Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Wet conditions this fall and winter cause problems for forage in NW Florida

The latest newsletter from the IFAS Extension office in northwest Florida provided an update on the state of forage supplies and quality for livestock producers in that area. Producers who were fortunate to have baleage bagged before Hurricane Michael found many of their rolls to be damaged in the storm, leading to problems with quality. Wet conditions during late fall and winter made it difficult to establish new pastures and fertilizer that was applied to the fields often washed off in heavy rains, leading to poor quality stands. You can read more here.

Round Bale Silage (baleage) destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Gulf County. Credit: Ann Blount, UF/IFAS