agriculture weather

Agri View: Agriculture Weather

Dan Agri View, Weather

Everett Griner talks about how costly 2017 was to agriculture due to weather damage in today’s Agri View. Agriculture Weather Well, first it was Irma, then a very unusual snowfall, that caused farmers in the southeast heavily. The major damage was to the fruit and vegetable crops. But, other sectors of agriculture were also impacted. Few people are aware that …

The Importance of Research Dollars in the Next Farm Bill

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Farm Bill, Florida, Research, Weather

The new farm bill is still being negotiated and worked out. There are some kinks to it, which is why its completion is taking longer than expected. However, one thing that most people can agree on is the importance of including research funding in the new farm bill. Hurricanes asides, research has greatly impacted the Florida citrus industry industry after …

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Southern Plains Drought Becoming “Rapidly Dire”

Dan Drought, Industry News Release, Weather

The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday suggests the situation in the Southern Plains is becoming “rapidly dire.” February 14th marked the 124th consecutive day without rain in Amarillo, Texas, and the 98th consecutive day without measurable precipitation for Lubbock, Texas. The western half of Oklahoma and northern Texas are classified in an extreme drought, with nearly all of both states …


Seven Counties in Florida Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Weather

Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Madison and Washington counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017, through Sept. 12, 2017. Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Bay, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Lafayette, …


The Status of Hurricane Relief Funding

Abbey Taylor Florida, Weather

Florida growers are still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Irma, which hit the state back in September 2017. Florida citrus took the biggest hit, with an estimation of approximately $760 million in damages. Since Irma, growers have been anxiously waiting on disaster relief funding so they can begin to rebuild. During the recent Taste of Florida reception in Tallahassee, …

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Drought Monitor has Concerns Shifting South

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

Last year, drought worries centered around the northern Plains and grazing conditions in the Dakotas and across Montana. Those areas remain dry, but the intensity has weakened, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. Moving into 2018, drought intensity and area is spreading, extending over the Southwest, southern Plains and Great Plains, according to the American Farm Bureau Market Intel …


Georgia Cold Weather Update from Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

“The cold weather this week, in addition to cooler temperatures throughout this winter season, have proven beneficial to many of our crops by providing much needed chill hours. In fact, peach and blueberry crops have received more chill hours this year than the last two years combined.  We must of course always be realistic in the fact that there is …


Florida Growers Reminded about FAWN Cold Protection Toolkit

Dan Florida, Weather

The recent cold snap is a good time to remind growers across Florida about the Florida Automated Weather Network’s (FAWN) Cold Protection Toolkit, which is designed to help you make decisions when using irrigation for cold protection. The toolkit basically provides a “step-by-step guide” to help with making decisions on cold nights. And many growers may be familiar with “My …