Hurricane Florence slowing down and tracking further south

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Hurricane Florence is expected to cross the US East Coast sometime tomorrow. Earlier reports had the path of the hurricane hitting the central North Carolina coast before dumping heavy rains across North Carolina and parts of Virginia. The latest track, however, has it moving further south, with the most recent data from the National Weather Service showing a crossing very close to the North and South Carolina border. 


North Carolina’s hog and poultry farmers are directly in the path of Hurricane Florence.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, more than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence draws closer to the coast. Meteorologists are predicting that the Carolina coasts will start seeing tropical storm-force winds late Wednesday night, with hurricane-force winds arriving at around noon on Thursday and official landfall likely on Thursday night. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday. 


El Niño return threatens summer crops - South Africa

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After showing solid recovery from drought in the previous and current marketing seasons with above-average maize and soya bean production, the debate on climate-related challenges could resurface as the opening of the summer crop-planting window approaches in the next two to three weeks.


The USDA revised its estimate for SA’s 2018/19 maize production down by 4% from last month

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Last night, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised its estimate for South Africa’s 2018/19 maize production down by 4 percent from last month to 13.0 million tonnes. While this is 6 percent lower than the 2017/18 production season, it is still above the long-term average production of about 12.5 million tonnes.


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