12 Additional Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought Conditions

Dan Drought, Economy, Environment, Georgia, USDA-FSA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 more counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions. The Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the Farm Service Agency in Georgia (FSA-GA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. The additional primary Georgia counties are Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, …


Farm Bureau Analysis: 2022 Crop Losses Top $21 Billion

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Commodities, Crop Insurance, Drought, Drought, Economy, Environment, Field Crops, Weather

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) estimates 2022 crop losses due to weather and climate change at more than $21.4 billion. The AFBF Market Intel analysis shows in 2022, 18 weather and climate disasters, each with damages exceeding $1 billion struck the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2022 surpassed 2021 as the third-costliest disaster …


USDA Investing Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry

Dan Climate Change, Conservation, Drought, Environment, Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they are providing $10 million to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices in 10 targeted states. This includes Florida and Georgia. The assistance, available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will help agricultural producers plan and implement voluntary conservation practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of …

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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 like hoses and sprinkler systems 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 …

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 …