Florida: Funding and policy progress

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Environment, Florida, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Adam Basford On March 19, the Florida Legislature wrapped up the 2020 legislative session after a six-day extension caused by a delay in budget negotiations. Clearly, the COVID-19 outbreak has created significant uncertainty about Florida’s economy and there may be a need for the Legislature to meet again to revise the budget based on updated revenue forecasts. However, for …

UGA Helps Produce Growers With Water Quality Calculations and Education

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Irrigation, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables, Water

By Josh Paine for UGA CAES News An online tool developed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is helping produce growers assess their water quality and prepare for increased testing requirements. Uttam Saha, a program coordinator at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs, developed an online calculator and simulator to help educate farmers and …

Frost and Freeze Protection for Vegetable Crops

Clint Thompson Fruit, Irrigation, North Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

Written By Chris Gunter, N.C. State Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Weather predictions for this weekend include clear skies with minimal or calm winds, which are conducive to cold temperatures and could lead to freeze or frost conditions in North Carolina. On Sunday morning, May 10,  low temperatures are predicted to drop into the 30s with some temperatures possibly below freezing …

Recent Rains Helping Alleviate Parts of Florida’s Drought

Clint Thompson Drought, Florida, Irrigation, Top Posts, Water, Weather

By Clint Thompson This week’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor is expected to show improvement to Florida’s current drought conditions. That’s the belief of David Zierden, a state climatologist at Florida State University’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies. “I anticipate the drought monitor will show improvement, especially in north Florida. Right now, it seems the driest part of the …

Long Drought Leads to Water Restrictions in One Florida County

Clint Thompson Drought, Florida, Irrigation, Top Posts, Water, Weather

By Clint Thompson A water restriction has been placed on one Florida county because of the long drought. Gene McAvoy would not be surprised if more restrictions will follow. On Friday, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Lee County announced mandatory irrigation restrictions. According to the press release, the restrictions were to address low aquifer levels. They went …

Irrigation and Nitrogen Fertility Rate Strategies to Reduce Leaching

Clint Thompson Corn, Florida, Irrigation, Top Posts, Water

By Ashley Robinson Excessive nutrients in waterbodies, such as nitrate-nitrogen (N), have been one of the major issues in unconfined regions underneath the Upper Florida aquifer. This can be attributed to farmers applying excessive N fertilizer with the hope of obtaining higher yields. Therefore, the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as proper irrigation and N management is required …

High Rainfall Probabilities Look Promising for Florida Agriculture

Clint Thompson Drought, Environment, Florida, Irrigation, Top Posts, Water, Weather

By Ashley Robinson There may be light at the end of a dark and dry tunnel for Florida farmers with increased chances of rainfall over the upcoming week. According to Gary England, RSA/Director for the Hastings Ag Extension Center in Hastings, Florida, the same weather system currently ushering severe weather into the Southeast will elevate rainfall chances in the Hastings …