Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

One-third rule for calculating wet-bulb temperature can help determine when to irrigate for frost prevention

Farmers use a variety of techniques to help protect their vulnerable crops against frost damage when temperatures get near 32 F, including irrigation, large fans, or other heating methods.  But it is hard to know when to start the frost prevention measures, because if you wait until it gets to…
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Potential for mid-week hard freeze

Even though most people are watching colder temperatures and a slight possibility for wintry precipitation this weekend, especially in the northern mountainous areas, I think the real concern this week is going to be the potential for a hard freeze mid-week across a lot of the Southeast north of the…
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“Florida peaches ready to shine”

The Packer published a story yesterday on the growth of the production of Florida peaches.  The article notes that “With virtually no other peaches on the market for an eight- to 10-week period each spring, Florida’s peach crop is establishing a place for itself in the market.” The story goes…
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Warm winter affects pecan crop

The Southeast Farm Press published a story yesterday from Lenny Wells of UGA discussing the impacts of the unusually warm winter on this year’s pecan crop.  He expects that most buds will break dormancy in the next couple of weeks.  The most likely problems will be with decreased pollination and…
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Peaches are blooming in Watkinsville

I noticed when I drove home from work in Watkinsville GA today (just outside Athens) that the peach orchard on the university farm is in bloom (and no, this picture is not from Watkinsville-we’re a lot flatter).  This is about a month earlier than usual, which is consistent with observations…
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