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

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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

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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

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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 …

Hot, Dry Weather Impacts Florida’s Tropical Fruits

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By Clint Thompson Florida’s hot and dry weather this winter and spring has impacted its tropical fruits, according to Jonathan Crane, University of Florida tropical fruit crop specialist. From lychees to avocados and mangos, none were immune to high temperatures over the past few months. Lychee requires exposure to cooler temperatures. If they don’t get much of that, they don’t …

Presence of Powdery Mildew a Concern for Southeast Vegetable Growers

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By Clint Thompson Powdery mildew disease is present on older squash in various vegetable fields across South Florida. According to the South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline, respondents report that the disease has also started to show up on watermelon crops across the region as well. It’s also reported that powdery mildew is showing up on squash and cantaloupe …

Expected Temperature Drop in N.C. Leads to Extra Protection for Strawberries

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By Clint Thompson Potential freezing temperatures this weekend in North Carolina could impact strawberry production. Unless farmers utilize row covers for protection. According to Mark Hoffmann, North Carolina State small fruits Extension specialist, row covers, which help reduce radiation in the field should provide adequate frost protection from temperatures in the 30s on Saturday and Sunday. “It looks like in …