Vidalia Onion Growers Expected to Resume Planting Following Latest Storm

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, Weather

Georgia Vidalia onion growers will resume planting this year’s crop following rainfall from Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Sally this week, says Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. Tyson said the heavy rains that pummeled the Southeast on Wednesday did not impact his area as much in southeast Georgia. …

Floodwaters Impact Southeast Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Top Posts, Weather

Farmers and homeowners across parts of Florida, Alabama and Georgia felt the wrath of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Sally this week. High winds and massive floods knocked out electricity for residents and impacted farmers’ crops. Kristin Woods, Alabama Regional Extension agent, who specializes in commercial horticulture and food safety, reminds growers about the ramifications of floodwaters that come in contact with edible …

Georgia Pecan Producers Wary of Storm’s Impact

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Georgia pecan farmers are once again vulnerable to a fall storm as Hurricane Sally slowly moves across the state this week. Its presence reminds growers of Hurricane Michael in 2018. While Hurricane Sally is not expected to bring similar damage, it still is a subtle reminder of the impact a storm can have on the state’s pecan crop, especially this …

Soon-to-be Hurricane Sally to Bring Lots of Rain to Georgia

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

The latest tropical system to impact the Southeast is expected to bring lots of rain to Georgia this week. Tropical Storm Sally is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. In her blog, Knox said Tropical Storm Sally is bearing down on the Southeast and is expected to become …

Dry Temperatures Not Bad Thing for Georgia Hemp Producers

Clint Thompson Environment, Georgia, Hemp, Top Posts, Weather

Hot and dry temperatures are not necessarily a bad thing for Georgia’s hemp producers, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist. What the crop will not do well in is when the soil is wet. “Every single grower that I’ve met with is irrigating their hemp anyway. Actually, a little bit drier is probably fine, because if …

Potential La Nina Weather Event Could Impact Pecans Later This Season

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

An increasing likelihood of a La Nina weather event this fall could impact row crop farmers and specialty crop producers as well, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. “When we do have a La Nina, we do tend to have a little bit drier than normal fall. Dryness in the fall isn’t necessarily bad. It’s helpful …

UF/IFAS Experts Outline Hurricane Prep, Recovery for Citrus Growers

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Weather

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-875-2641 (cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu Like all farmers, Florida’s citrus producers must prepare for the worst before a hurricane strikes. That’s why Fernando Alferez co-wrote a manual that gives growers tips on how to get their citrus farm ready for – and recover from — the potentially dangerous storms. It’s not just coastal counties, where the storms …

Cristobal Expected to Bring Rain to Southeast

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

By Clint Thompson Tropical Depression Cristobal’s expected movement into the Gulf of Mexico should bring much-needed rainfall to North Florida and South Alabama. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist, says rains over the next week should alleviate some of those drought conditions. “The whole Florida Panhandle and then stretching west into the Mobile (Ala.) area has been …