Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Georgia blueberries face a 60% loss

The Fruit Growers Newsletter posted a story this week describing blueberry yields across the United States this year. Unfortunately, Georgia took another hit this year from frosts following the warm February we had that encouraged the bushes to bloom early. Unlike last year, when one big frost event wiped out…
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“Grapefruit: Born in the USA”

I love reading about foods that I love, and citrus fruit are certainly on that list. This article from Quartz provided a history of the grapefruit, a true North American fruit, although its ancestors came from China. You might enjoy reading it too. You can find it at https://quartzy.qz.com/1314705/grapefruit-and-stuff/.
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Impacts of rainy, cloudy weather on grapes

The rainy, humid and cloudy weather has had some detrimental effects on wine and table grapes in the Southeast. UGA grape specialist Cain Hickey describes some of the issues they are having in a blog post from earlier this week. You can read it at https://site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture/2018/05/what-a-long-strange-bloom-its-been/. His blog is a great…
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Rain impacts on Florida agriculture

The Vegetable and Specialty Crop Newsletter posted a couple of articles this weekend describing some of the problems that producers are dealing with from recent heavy rains, both those associated with Alberto and in rainfall prior to that storm’s visit. As expected, some rain has been beneficial for farmers in…
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