Dry Temperatures Not Bad Thing for Georgia Hemp Producers

Clint Thompson Environment, Georgia, Hemp, Top Posts, Weather

Hot and dry temperatures are not necessarily a bad thing for Georgia’s hemp producers, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist. What the crop will not do well in is when the soil is wet. “Every single grower that I’ve met with is irrigating their hemp anyway. Actually, a little bit drier is probably fine, because if …

Potential La Nina Weather Event Could Impact Pecans Later This Season

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

An increasing likelihood of a La Nina weather event this fall could impact row crop farmers and specialty crop producers as well, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. “When we do have a La Nina, we do tend to have a little bit drier than normal fall. Dryness in the fall isn’t necessarily bad. It’s helpful …

UF/IFAS Experts Outline Hurricane Prep, Recovery for Citrus Growers

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Weather

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-875-2641 (cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu Like all farmers, Florida’s citrus producers must prepare for the worst before a hurricane strikes. That’s why Fernando Alferez co-wrote a manual that gives growers tips on how to get their citrus farm ready for – and recover from — the potentially dangerous storms. It’s not just coastal counties, where the storms …

Cristobal Expected to Bring Rain to Southeast

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Tropical Depression Cristobal’s expected movement into the Gulf of Mexico should bring much-needed rainfall to North Florida and South Alabama. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist, says rains over the next week should alleviate some of those drought conditions. “The whole Florida Panhandle and then stretching west into the Mobile (Ala.) area has been …

Persistent Rains in South Carolina Cuts Short Strawberry Season for Some Growers

Clint Thompson Berries, South Carolina, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Excessive rainfall in South Carolina has cut short strawberry season for parts of the state, says Bruce McLean, Clemson (S.C.) Extension area commercial horticulture agent for Dillon County, Horry County, Marion County and Malboro County in the Pee Dee Region. “Last week, in certain spots was just torrential rains,” McLean said. “A lot of the fruit that …

Challenging Season for South Georgia Agriculture

Clint Thompson Environment, Fruit, Georgia, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

By Ashley Robinson South Georgia farmers have been on edge as weather and impacts from the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) have taken a toll on their crops. “2020 has been a tough year overall for our growers,” says Andre da Silva, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist. COVID-19 Impacts South Georgia farmers have had their fair share of difficulties …

Showers Soak North Carolina During Stormy April

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Top Posts, Weather

Posted by Corey Davis Rain was widespread in April in North Carolina. According to the N.C. State Climate Blog, the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reports a statewide average precipitation of 5.15 inches, which ranks as the 17th-wettest April since 1895. The highest totals came in the Mountains from a series of moisture-rich cold fronts that moved in from …

N.C. State Specialist: Weekend Frost Damages Some Grapes

Clint Thompson Berries, Grapes, North Carolina, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson North Carolina State small fruits Extension specialist Mark Hoffmann confirmed that grapes in his state experienced frost damage during last weekend’s cooler temperatures. The state’s strawberries appear to have escaped damage. “We got lucky for the most part and didn’t see a lot of damage in strawberries. Still a pretty strong strawberry season,” Hoffmann said. “But we had …