Lack of Rainfall Impacting Florida Agriculture

Clint Thompson Drought, Florida, Weather

By Clint Thompson Lack of rainfall in March in Florida could have major implications for Florida agriculture. David Zierden, a state climatologist at Florida State University’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, said most of the state is currently experiencing conditions that are drier than normal. “With these very warm temperatures we’ve seen in the month of March and only fractions …

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Cover Crops Helped Alabama Growers During Rainy Winter

Clint Thompson Alabama, Environment, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama farmers who utilized cover crops this winter protected their soil during times of excessive rainfall, according to Audrey Gamble, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at Auburn University. “I think it’s very obvious to see that we’ve had record rainfalls across the state, and that in fields where we had cover crops, it helped with preventing …

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Georgia Cattle Producers Urged to Sign Up for Block Grants

Clint Thompson Georgia, Weather

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is currently accepting online applications for the Farm Recovery Block Grants program from farmers and forest landowners affected by Hurricane Michael. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) Executive Vice President, Dale Sandlin, wants producers to know GDA has posted the veterinarian certification of damage information to the farm recovery website.   Georgia farmers and forest landowners …

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Registration Ongoing for Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grants

Clint Thompson Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson Registration is ongoing for Georgia producers, who experienced crop losses to Hurricane Michael in 2018, to submit online applications to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for the $347 million in Farm Recovery Block grant funds. All applications must be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 8. According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, farmers …

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Excessive Rainfall Could Delay Spring Plantings

Clint Thompson Field Crops, Weather

By Clint Thompson Excessive rainfall this winter could delay plantings for growers across the Southeast, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. Two days of steady rain on March 4 and 5 inundated much of Georgia with parts of Georgia receiving between 4 and 5 inches. The two-day deluge of moisture only highlighted a wet 2020 …

UGA Economist Says Block Grant Funds Will Help Georgia Producers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson Georgia farmers hoping for financial relief from Hurricane Michael in 2018 can begin submitting online applications to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for the $347 million in Farm Recovery Block Grant funds on March 18. Adam Rabinowitz, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension assistant professor and agricultural economist, believes the block grant funds will provide extra benefits …

Another Frost Event Likely for Parts of Southeast Region

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson The Southeast is not out of the woods for a late frost event, which could be costly for peach producers and blueberry growers in Georgia and Alabama. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension climatologist, said some blueberry farmers are especially concerned since their plants have already started producing a crop. “Because it’s been such a warm …

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Lingering Effects of Drought in the Southeast

Clint Thompson Drought

Last fall, many were concerned with the dry conditions across this region. But thanks to good rainfall over the past few weeks in many areas, the overall drought is basically over here in the southeastern part of the country. But according to a story from Stephanie Ho, the effects of the drought remain.