Pam Knox

  • Get ready for warmer temperatures

    There are signs that the “crazy” weather pattern we have been in this summer (cool and pleasant) is about to change.  Dan Satterfield posts some commentary in Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal at the American Geophysical Union blog site here.  In the next two weeks we may shift from the current cool conditions to weather…

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  • The Tri-State row crop farming group has recently launched a new blog-style website with information on agriculture in the Southeast.  Some posts from this site will be cross-posted here.  You can check out their site at https://www.siftag.org/

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  • David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, provides this commentary on the weather we have experienced this summer: Is the Warming Arctic Causing More Extreme Summer Weather? A new study came out this week in the proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences showing a connection between the rapidly warming Arctic and persistent wave patterns in…

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  • The Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (GPF) for the Southeast for the next seven days shows below normal rainfall for most of the area, with the exception of peninsular Florida.  With lower humidity and abundant sunshine, this might be a good time to make some hay (maybe literally) with your outdoor activities.  The next three days should…

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  • Two articles that were published this week describe the differences in crop yield that come from global variations in climate.  Growing Georgia posted an article which pointed out that nearly ideal climate conditions in the Grain Belt have led to predictions of a near-record crop, leading to price reductions which could cause farmers to take…

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  • What to do when hail hits

    AgWeb recently posted some tips on three things to do when hail hits your crop.  First, be patient and give the crops some time to recover. Second, determine the crop growth stage, because that will affect the potential yield of the crop.  Third, assess your leaf health carefully, since leaf damage almost always looks worse…

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  • California drought transforms markets

    Bloomberg (as reprinted in AgWeb) wrote an article this week discussing the changes that California growers have made in response to the continuing severe drought in the state and the lack of water for some crops.  You can read the article here.  In the article the author discusses changes such as crop switching, high-tech irrigation…

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