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Another warm and dry winter may be in the offing

The latest outlook for winter is now available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Short answer: warmer and drier than usual conditions are more likely than usual due to the impending La Niña. I break it down in my blog post at http://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/latest-climate-outlook-shows-impact-from-la-nina/.  
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Vineyard “chores” list from Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium Newsletter

I write a column in the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium’s quarterly newsletter entitled “Small Fruit News”. The column is a “grape chores list” to complement the caneberry and strawberry chores lists contained in the newsletter. This chores list may contain some information that is valuable to blog readers, so…
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2017 North Georgia Wine Grape Season Wrap Up

It has been a successful first research season in the vineyards of North Georgia. The UGA Extension Viticulture Team finished harvesting their last research plots of the season two weeks ago.  As we reflect on this past season, we can now see that it was a race from the start. …
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Fall freeze climatologies

Looking for average first frost dates for fall?  I have just posted a list of several sources that can help you identify the average first fall frost date for your area on my blog at http://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/fall-freeze-climatologies/. Later this week I will discuss some places you can go to see current frost…
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A note about post-harvest fertilization

I have been asked about the need to apply fertilizer after harvest. Studies have shown that root mass increases considerably after harvest, and continues on this trend for about five to six weeks before levelling off at leaf fall.  During the post-harvest / pre-leaf drop period, roots can take up…
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Latest winter outlook shows a classic La Niña pattern

My latest blog post on the outlook for fall and winter can be found at http://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/winter-outlook-shows-classic-la-nina-pattern/.  As expected, La Niña is expected to occur in the next few months and should bring drier and warmer conditions than normal to most of the Southeast, although the strongest effects will be seen in…
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Next two weeks look warm and dry for north Georgia

The forecast for the next week shows almost no rain for north Georgia.  While temperatures are taking a dip this weekend, above normal temperatures should return for most of the next two weeks.  Drier than normal conditions are expected for at least the next ten days, with a return to…
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