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Flash drought causing significant issues for farmers

At our special drought webinar this afternoon, over 350 people registered and almost 200 people attended the live webinar. We spent an hour talking about the atmospheric conditions leading up to the drought, the impacts of the drought on agriculture, and the outlook for the next couple of weeks. There was a lot of material to cover, and I want to thank all the people who sent me comments and photos that showed what was happening on their farm or in their county. Here is a good write-up with photos about the drought from AP, including some comments from today’s webinar. I will post the link to the recording as soon as it is available.

In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 photo, cracked earth is left behind after an ongoing drought dried up a stream at Pettit Creek Farms in Bartow County, Ga. Owner Scott Allen says that natural water sources like this one used to provide water for the zebras and other animals in the farm. Allen is now relying on city water from Cartersville, Ga, to care for the animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)