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Elsa Aftermath: FDACS Responds to Secretarial Disaster Designation

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has informed Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) that it has granted a Secretarial disaster designation in several counties in Georgia and Florida due to losses caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind, and excessive rainfall that occurred on July 7, 2021. …

AFBF Urges Against One-Size-Fits-All Regulation for Workplace Heat Standard

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson A one-size-fits-all regulation to protect workers from heat stress could have significant ramifications for farmers and farming operations. That is why the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging restraint as it waits to see what standard the federal government develops, says Allison Crittenden, director of Congressional Relations at AFBF. “Is it a requirement to just have …

Georgia Producers Thankful for Dry Weather

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson The weather forecast for the foreseeable future is a sight for sore eyes for South Georgia vegetable and specialty crop producers. The summer was filled with persistent rains that caused saturated field conditions. Sunshine with minimal rain is in the forecast. That is welcomed news for producers who have already started planting their fall crops, says Ty …

La Nina Expected This Winter

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson It is never too early to start thinking about what Southeast vegetable and specialty crop producers can expect with this winter’s weather conditions. It is expected to be warm and dry. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist, believes another La Nina winter is likely, which would have implications for peach growers, who need chilling hours; …

Lingering Impact: Pecan Production in Two Alabama Counties Remains Low Following Hurricanes Sally and Zeta

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson The impact from a pair of devastating hurricanes that wiped out pecan production in two Alabama counties last year is still being felt today. Bryan Wilkins, Alabama Extension Research Associate, discusses what percentage of this year’s pecan crop should be expected in Baldwin and Mobile counties. “Baldwin and Mobile counties are pretty slack. Sally hit a year …

Moisture Available for Alabama Strawberry Growers Preparing to Plant Upcoming Crop

Clint Thompson Alabama, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Excessive rainfall this summer has provided much-needed moisture for North Alabama strawberry producers preparing to plant this year’s crop, says Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama. “We’ve got some good moisture now for working ground up and getting ready to lay plastic for strawberries. We’re kind of liking that,” said Schavey, who’s responsible for Blount …

Wet Weather: Central Alabama Having Increased Plant Disease Pressure

Clint Thompson Alabama, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Like other areas in the Southeast, central Alabama was not immune to the impact felt from a saturated summer. According to David Lawrence, regional Extension agent for commercial horticulture in middle Alabama, the wet weather led to disease issues in multiple crops. “We saw a lot of bacterial spot on peaches this year, a lot more than …

Flooding Impact Contaminated Produce Should be Discarded

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

By Clint Thompson Hurricane Ida’s recent devastation in parts of Louisiana and the Southeast should remind vegetable and specialty crop producers about the danger of flood waters. Especially as growers produce their fall crops, the produce is in danger of becoming contaminated during a major storm or even hurricane, like Ida, says Kristin Woods, Alabama Regional Extension agent, who specializes …