UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS…

Hurricanes May Bring Unusual Pests

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Irma rolled through the Southeast and impacted many sectors of the region’s agriculture. While growers continue to assess the damage on their farms, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds them to check their crop for unusual pests as well. According to Majumdar, insects generally do not like wet weather.…

South Florida Fruit and Vegetable Grower Damage Report

Abigail Taylor Labor, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Irma tore through Florida on September 10–11. Now, growers are assessing the damage on their farms and looking toward the future. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), says based on reports from growers, fruit and vegetable farms faced minimal damage. Before the hurricane came through, Calvin…

USDA Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Food Safety, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: USDA Press, Phone: (202) 720-4623, Email: press@oc.usda.gov USDA Reminds Individuals and Small Businesses USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses impacted Hurricane Irma that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff…

Hurricane Irma Affects Southeast Agriculture

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

While Hurricane Irma released its fury on agricultural areas throughout the peninsula of Florida, it continues to work its way through Georgia and parts of Alabama with strong tropical force winds and rain today. Needless to say, agriculture, no matter what the crop, has been and will be affected. Here is U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny…

Hurricane Irma Damage Concerns

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Florida growers are doing what they can to prepare for Hurricane Irma. As the storm quickly approaches, vegetable growers in southwest Florida are thinking about the possible damage ahead. Calvin Arnold, center director at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, says growers have been working to get ready for their fall crop. He says…

Rainfall Eliminates ‘Extreme’ Drought Conditions in Florida

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Recent rainfall has improved drought conditions in Florida. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, between May 30 and June 6, several areas of the state have moved down in their drought categories. Throughout May, much of the state was in “moderate” or “severe” drought condition. In the beginning of May, an area north of Lake…

Preparing for Predicted Active Hurricane Season

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a 45 percent chance of having a more active than normal hurricane season for 2017, which means more people, land and animals will be affected. NOAA forecasters also predict a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 storms that will be named during the…