Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Hail storm damages hundreds of acres of watermelon plants

WCJB-TV in Gainesville FL reported earlier this week on the terrible hail which fell in Florida North Central Florida. The heavy hail hit and damaged many young watermelon plants, damaging stems and potentially delaying or even destroying a lot of this year’s crop. This region produces roughly one-third of Florida’s…
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Critical temperatures for frost damage on fruit trees

I ran across this useful chart from Utah State University on the temperature thresholds that cause damage to a variety of fruit trees.  It summarizes how different stages of fruit production from bud to flower are affected by freezing temperatures. You might find it useful as well. You can see…
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Weather causes woes for California and Florida strawberry producers ahead of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is always a big deal for strawberry producers who want to sell lots of chocolate-covered, juicy berries to lovers across the country. This year’s harvest in both California and Florida have been hampered by bad weather, which has delayed harvest. In California, cold and wet weather has damaged…
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