Wacky Weather: Alabama Planting Season Nears Amid Excessive Rainfall, Drought

Clint Thompson Alabama, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

Planting season nears for Alabama vegetable producers. Once again, weather will play a key role as farmers prepare to plant this spring’s crops. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, implores producers to wait until soil temperatures increase above a certain level and stay that way for several days straight. That will be a better environment for seed to germinate and …

QLA Deadline: Pecan Producers Reminded to Sign Up

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells encourages producers to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) program. The deadline for the USDA program, which provides assistance to farmers who suffered eligible losses due to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, is Friday, March 5. Wells reminded growers of the program in the UGA Pecan Extension blog. Hurricane …

Winter Weather: What to do When Storms Bring Ice, Potential for Damaged Trees Across North Carolina

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Top Posts, Weather

RALEIGH – Ice and freezing rain can be common weather events during the winter months. These types of weather events can severely impact trees and forested areas across the state. The N.C. Forest Service urges property owners and anyone preparing for or cleaning up after a storm to be cautious and think safety first. “If you’re out preparing trees for …

Soggy Soils: Excessive Rains Concern Onion Producers

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The wet winter weather has Georgia Vidalia onion producers concerned about not getting into their fields to apply fungicide sprays or make fertilizer applications. Certain diseases could soon become problematic considering how much rain the Vidalia onion region has received this year.  “They’re just not able to get caught up with their applications or get out there and do what …

Rain, Rain Go Away: Dry Weather Needed

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Excessive rainfall in January and so far in February has vegetable producers playing catch-up in preparing for the upcoming season. “We’re way behind as far as laying new plastic for the spring and everything,” said Bill Brim, part owner of Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia on Friday. “We probably still like about 600 acres of plastic to lay. We …

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Winter Weather Impact: Alabama Strawberries Progressing

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Strawberries in north Alabama are progressing despite sporadic temperatures and high wind speeds. “Our cold weather hasn’t been like a constant. It’s been more of a, we’ll have three or four days, maybe seven or eight days of colder weather, and then we’re back up in the 50s and 60s,” said Eric Schavey, Alabama Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama. …