Pam Knox

  • Former USDA Chairman Dan Glickman has written an opinion piece in Agri-Pulse discussing the future of farming  as the climate changes.  It was originally pointed out to me by the Southeast Regional Climate Hub  in an article here.  You can read the original op-ed from Agri-Pulse at https://www.agri-pulse.com/Climate-change-and-agriculture-challenges-and-opportunities-09222015.asp. Glickman spends some time discussing adaptations that farmers…

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  • USGS: How much rain fell during a storm?

    The USGS has a nice tool for calculating the total amount of rain that fell in a storm.  You can find it at their Water School site at https://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-howmuchrain.html.  Based on this tool, it has been estimated that the amount of rain that fell in the South Carolina flood was 11 trillion gallons of water, according…

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  • One of the first stories to come out from South Carolina about the impacts of the flooding on agriculture was published yesterday in the Post and Courier with the title above.  The flooding hit at a critical time for farmers, near the end of the growing season when many crops are close to harvest if…

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  • The State Climate Office of North Carolina has produced a short summary of the rainfall in the heavy rain event this past weekend.  You can access it at https://climate.ncsu.edu/climateblog?id=156&h=5666e5c1.

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  • Kudos to the National Weather Service

    I wanted to take a moment today to recognize the incredible work by the National Weather Service in warning about the tremendous flooding that affected South Carolina this week.  These dedicated public servants work 24/7 to provide timely and useful weather and river forecasts for all of us every day, and often go out of…

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  • Southeast Farm Press reported this week that almost all grain sorghum fields in North Carolina have begun to sprout due to wet conditions following a dry spell.  According to the article, “Preharvest sprouting of grain sorghum occurs when there is a period of prolonged rainfall, high humidity, high temperature and alternate periods of wetting and…

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  • As you can imagine, there are many articles about the South Carolina flood event.  The rainfall is now winding down but the flood impacts will occur for a week or more as all of the water moves down the streams through the system.  And of course the wet soils will remain for a lot longer.…

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