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…

USDA Designates Eight Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

In response to a request from Debby Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Brevard Hillsborough Manatee Seminole Collier Lake Sarasota…

Florida Is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners Are Doing About it

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year, according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if…

Threat of Wildfire Lingers as Florida Drought Continues

Abigail Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

The threat of wildfire is still eminent in Florida as the dry spell continues. Despite slight rainfall recently in some regions of the state, it was not enough to eliminate the risk of fire or to lift burn bans in some counties. On May 15, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service…

UF-Developed Tools to Help Cope with Weather

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By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida weather is unpredictable. While you cannot control the weather, you can use UF/IFAS-developed weather databases to improve farming, home irrigation and flood control. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have written a new Extension document that summarizes several weather data…