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U.S. Drought Monitor: Tale of Two Regions

Dan Drought, Environment, Weather

The Western U.S., in the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday, shows much of the region in drought categories, with several areas classified in extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. Comparatively, the Eastern U.S. is mostly drought-free from the Eastern seaboard to the Central Plains. Drawing a line from the eastern border of Texas to the North is …


Watering Tools to Help Solve Your Drought Problems

Dan Drought, Irrigation, This Land of Ours, Water

Some watering tools to help solve your dry yard problems. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. If you’re not getting enough rain there are some products that will help your thirsty potted plants, garden plants, and lawn have everything they need to stay healthy and hydrated. It’s much easier to maneuver around the garden when you have a …

Rainy Forecast to Help Alleviate Dry Conditions

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Drought, Florida, Georgia, Weather

Farmers in Alabama, Georgia and most of Florida can expect to receive substantial amount of rainfall over the next few weeks, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. It should help alleviate some of the drought-like conditions that are being experienced in all three states. “I looked at the forecast for the next two weeks and it …

Dry Weather Could Impact Essential Nutrients in Cotton, Peanuts

Clint Thompson Corn, Cotton, Drought, Georgia, Peanuts

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension soils and fertility specialist Glen Harris cautions cotton growers and peanut producers about the impact that the current dry weather can have on essential nutrients in their respective crops. “We have dried out a little. We’re hoping to get some good rains here in late July and going into August,” Harris said. “The two biggest …


Irrigation Vital for Row Crops During Hot, Dry Conditions

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Drought, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Peanuts, Soybeans, Water, Weather

Hot and dry conditions over the next few weeks could spell trouble for row crop farmers if they do not apply irrigation in a timely manner. According to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist, current weather conditions could persist for the next month. She even hinted that a short-term flash drought could be possible considering the lack …

Hot, Dry Weather Expected Over Next Month

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Drought, Environment, Florida, Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson Hot and dry conditions appear to be the norm for the Southeast over the next month according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist. That is not good news for dryland farmers who depend on rainfall to provide moisture. It is also sobering news for producers since irrigation will once again play a vital role …

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Drought Developing in Parts of the Southeast

Clint Thompson Drought

There is growing concern among many landowners across the Southeast, especially in parts of Florida, with a potential drought expanding. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey explains. Rippey shares how increasing drought development is impacting both municipalities and agriculture in Florida. But Rippey says Florida is not the only part of the Deep South experiencing drought development in recent days.

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Six South Carolina Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available (USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Bamberg, Calhoun, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.  This natural disaster designation …


Alabama Producers Harvest Crops Despite Widespread Drought

Dan Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Drought, Peanuts, Soybeans

Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84 percent of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55 percent of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), 96 percent of the …