Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

2014 Hay contest results show improvement from 2013 due to weather

The results of the 2014 hay contest are in, and show a marked improvement over 2013, when wet weather caused poor forage conditions across the Southeast.  Here is a paragraph from the contest summary: “Weather is always a major limiting factor when attempting to produce high quality forage. This year,…
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Dry conditions continue to plague farmers

The latest release from the National Agriculture Statistics Service shows that 79 percent of subsurface soils are short on moisture, according to Growing Georgia.   This continuing lack of rainfall has caused crops like soybeans, cotton and peanuts to fade and pastures to stop producing grass.  Even crops that were going…
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NWS graphical forecasts can be used for short-term planning

The National Weather Service has a product available on the web pages for their forecast offices that may be of some use for planning purposes up to five days ahead.  It is called the “Graphical Forecast’ and an image of the interactive map is below.  By moving your mouse over…
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SRECA presentations are now available on YouTube

If you are interested in the presentations from the Southeast Regional Extension Climate Academy, they have just been uploaded to the PINEMAP YouTube video channel.  You can access them at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHu4PGejzrIyU2A7Mm2RIWhybDik1jnW3.  The audio is of variable quality since they were just recorded from ambient sound.  Thank you to Dr. Eric…
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Stripling Irrigation Park newsletter has great comments on dealing with current weather conditions

The latest newsletter from UGA’s Stripling Irrigation Park (available at http://striplingpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Sept-Newsletter.pdf  has some great comments on how the wet spring and dry summer have affected cotton and peanuts around the area, particularly in southwest Georgia.  Wes Porter, the UGA irrigation specialist, has some good comments about irrigation needs for cotton…
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