Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Armyworms reduce hay production in drought-hit areas

As I’ve posted in previous entries, parts of the Southeast have been suffering from a shortage of hay as drought stopped the growth of pasture and forage plants, especially in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.  Armyworms have taken advantage of the weakened plants and  have attacked in larger than usual…
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Extreme drought expands in Georgia

The Drought Monitor released this morning shows that extreme drought (D3) has expanded from 7.4 percent of the state’s area to over 11 percent in the last week.  Most of the expansion occurred in counties to the southeast of the Atlanta metro area, although there was also some expansion in…
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Water Conservation and Drought Awareness: Information about the Georgia EPD Drought Level 1 Response

Fifty three counties in Georgia are currently designated by EPD as in a Drought Response level 1.  Earlier this week I discussed what the difference between different agencies’ drought  designations mean.  Today Greg Huber of UGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture has published some information about water conservation efforts and the…
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Fall climate update for the Southeast

We will soon enter the last quarter of 2016, and the Climate Prediction Center has just released their latest set of updates for fall and winter.  What do they show us in the Southeast? Predictions for the end of September continue to show warmer than normal temperatures for most of…
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