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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 …

Many Topics Covered Through NRCS Video Series

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Water, Weather

If you have not taken the time to look through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) video series, Conservation at Work, you are invited to do so. The series consists of short, 90-second videos that highlight common conservation practices. By watching them you will learn about the benefits of conservation practices directly from farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who are …

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 …

Cristobal Churning Towards Gulf Coast

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson Tropical Depression Cristobal’s expected movement into the Gulf of Mexico should bring much-needed rainfall to North Florida and South Alabama. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist, says rains over the next week should alleviate some of those drought conditions. “The whole Florida Panhandle and then stretching west into the Mobile (Ala.) area has been …

EWP Helps Landowners After a Natural Disaster

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With the 2020 Hurricane Season officially here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind landowners that if your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) can help relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from …

Florida NRCS: Hurricane Season Begins

Clint Thompson Florida, Weather

With the 2020 Hurricane Season here, and the fact forecasters have predicted an active one, workers are finishing repairs in Florida from Hurricane Michael which hit back in October of 2018. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided $20 million in Bay, Gulf, Gadsden and Walton counties to remove debris in canals, ditches and streams to prevent flooding and to …

South Alabama Counties Remain Dry

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Weather

By Clint Thompson Drought conditions continue along the Gulf Coast. Mobile and Baldwin counties in southern Alabama are classified in ‘D2’ or severe drought status by the U.S. Drought Monitor. John Cristy, Alabama state climatologist, says June is a “real critical month.” The influx of irrigation being utilized by the state’s farmers will help during these hot and dry periods. …

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Little Projected Rainfall Means More Irrigation Needed

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

By Clint Thompson Limited rainfall over the next couple of weeks means row crop growers need to be irrigating early and often to get their seed producing. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter said water requirements for cotton and peanuts is low early in the season. But they do still require water. “If we’re absolutely getting no …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida Forest Service Warn Floridians of Increased Wildfire Danger

Clint Thompson Florida, Forestry, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla.– Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service are urging Floridians to exercise caution due to the increased threat of wildfires. Fire danger has increased throughout the state due to windy conditions and critically low relative humidity over the coming days. Gusty conditions are possible in the Panhandle and Big Bend with the passage of a dry …