Pam Knox

  • Livestock and climate in the news

    I’ve seen a couple of interesting stories on livestock and climate in the news recently.  One story, published in the Los Angeles Times, discusses how scientists at the University of Delaware are studying the genes of chicken with naked necks to see how they might be able to incorporate that trait into future varieties of…

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  • After a wet weekend across most of the Southeast, the weather should quiet down for the next few days.  Temperatures will slowly rise and precipitation is not expected until late in the week.    Even though some precipitation will fall, amounts are generally expected to be light.  Near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall should continue…

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  • El Nino could be good for Florida

    An article in Florida Today points out that if the predicted El Nino develops as expected, it could have good consequences for Florida, including reduction in damage due to hurricanes.  Read the story here.

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  • Today is the last day for early enrollment for the annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, meeting in Mobile AL  on July 20-24.  There will be several sessions on climate and agriculture, some related to crops and others to livestock.  I am looking forward to participating in activities throughout the week. …

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  • The PINEMAP group is meeting in Athens, GA this week to discuss results from their research and outreach efforts for the last year.  PINEMAP stands for Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project, and is a Coordinated Agricultural Project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2011.  Scientists from…

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  • David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, sends this report: North Florida including the Panhandle, south Alabama, and southwest Georgia have experienced a very wet spring this year, topped off by the flooding rains that hit the Pensacola and Mobile area on April 28-30.  But the recent rainfall is just the latest in a string of…

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  •     So far May has been feast or famine for rainfall in the Southeast.  I saw standing water on the fields in northern Florida into southern Georgia as I drove back from Tallahassee to Athens last week, but dust clouds as I got close to home.  This map shows the rankings of the month-to-date…

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