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ARID model may help growers mitigate against drought

Scientists at the University of Florida have created a new model that may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid drought.  The model, called ARID (Agricultural Reference Index for Drought), predicts water loss for crops like cotton, peanuts, soybeans and corn, using weather variables like temperature, humidity, wind and…
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A quarter of India’s land is turning into desert

Reuters news service reported yesterday that desertification is affecting about a fourth of India’s land.  Agricultural lands are becoming degraded and threatening food security in this highly populated country.  The main causes of the desertification are overgrazing and heavy land use coupled with changes in rainfall over time.  Some of…
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Bumper crop of yellow flies linked to wet 2013 and 2014

David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, sent along this note on yellow flies in the Southeast: Folks who frequent or work outside close to wooded areas in Florida and the Southeast in the summer are familiar with yellow flies. What we call “yellow flies” often refers to several different species…
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