Pam Knox

  • 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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  • Scientific American magazine reported this week on an article in Nature about some results of experiments on C3 plants in plots grown under increased CO2.  The article can be found by clicking here.  In the test plots, which were grown in open-top chambers containing up to 584 parts per million CO2 (compared to 400 ppm…

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  • Georgia FACES recently published a story which is based on a talk given by Carrie Furman and me to the annual meeting of Georgia Organics.  You can find the link here.  In the talk we discussed current trends in temperature, precipitation and other climate variables and their impact on crops, including an increase in the…

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  • You can read national highlights of April weather at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/4.  The National Climatic Data Center produces an update of climate conditions around the country each month.

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