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New source of weather forecast data may be useful for farm management

Here’s some interesting information about a source of weather forecast data that might be useful for farmers across the Southeast, from Mark Hoffmann at our sister UGA Extension blog on viticulture. Note that the six-day forecast for humidity, wind, dew/frost and other variables will be good for planning field work…
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Another chill hour resource

In my talks at the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Growers meeting in Savannah last week, I discussed sources of chill hour accumulations for different states in the Southeast. If you are outside the Southeast or want a more national view, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center offers a national map through…
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New USDA GIS-based plant hardiness zone map

The USDA has announced the availability of a new GIS-based plant hardiness zone map, which is zoomable and is based on 1976-2005 data. You can read more about it at http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/AboutWhatsNew.aspx. You can access the map at the link above by clicking on Interactive Map on the top menu or go…
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Strawberry advisory system available for Florida, South Carolina growers

Fruit Growers News reported on a recent UF/IFAS web-based tool which is designed to help strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina manage for botrytis and anthracnose fruit rots. It uses data such as temperature and leaf wetness to advise producers when to spray fungicides to help prevent these devastating…
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