Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

New National Phenology Network forecast maps available for 12 pests

The USA National Phenology Network is now releasing an improved suite Pheno Forecast maps for 12 insect pests (listed/linked below). Pheno Forecast maps show when a species is predicted to reach a life cycle stage that is managed/controlled. The forecasts are based on published growing degree day thresholds and are available up to 6 days in…
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Heavy rain expected for northern parts of the region this week

The latest 7-day QPF forecast shows that heavy rain of up to seven inches (or perhaps more in a few isolated places) is expected to occur over the next week over the northern part of the Southeast. The heaviest rain will fall in the Tuesday through Thursday period, but rain is expected almost every day. By comparison, the southern part of the region will see little to no rain at all as it is bypassed by the storms.

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Looking for new crops in North Carolina

Southeast Farm Press reported this week that the North Carolina agricultural commissioner is urging farmers to look into new crops to help diversify themselves in case of bad weather or market unrest. Some of the crops include carrots for natural coloring, poplar for veneer and industrial hemp. You can read more at https://www.farmprogress.com/crops/nc-ag-commissioner-urges-farmers-take-serious-look-new-crops.

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