Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Climate outlook for July 2017 and beyond

This outlook will be posted in the Peanut Pointers newsletter but I thought other producers might also find it useful: Drought is almost entirely gone from the Southeastern US, with only a tiny sliver remaining in northeast Georgia.  I expect that to be eliminated in the Drought Monitor map released…
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Could these beans save the world?

Sometimes it takes me a while to find an interesting story.  This 2015 story on dry beans from Modern Farmer discusses a cross between common beans like white or kidney and the tepary bean.  The tepary bean is much less sensitive to hot temperatures than the common beans, and the…
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“The Gulf of Mexico’s ‘Dead Zone’ Could Nearly Double in Size This Year”

One of the consequences of the rainy conditions in the central US this year has been exceptional runoff of fertilizer and other agricultural chemicals as well as animal waste, most of which make their way down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.  These chemicals help lead to the…
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Too much rain keeps farmers from fieldwork

I’ve seen several articles this week discussing problems that farmers are having in areas that have received abundant rain in the last few weeks.  While the precipitation is welcome for many, it does make it hard for producers to keep up with applications of nutrients and other agricultural chemical treatments….
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