Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Video: Protecting your Farm or Ranch from Wildfire

cattle and fire

I ran across this YouTube video discussing how you can protect your farm from wildfire from the EDEN folks at  While wildfires are more prevalent in the western US, fires can and do affect farms in the Southeast as well.  This video discusses steps you can take to identify risks…
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“The eBay of Hay”

Source: Commons Wikimedia

Modern Farmer published a short story on a new website devoted to farmers who have hay to sell or buy.  It is located at and allows farmers to sell or buy hay by location.  There are currently no listings in the Southeast, but if you have some hay to sell, you…
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Famous “Shawshank” tree falls

Source: CNN

One of my favorite movies is “The Shawshank Redemption”, and according to IMDB, it is the highest-rated movie in their database.  One of the pivotal scenes late in the movie revolves around a secret cache hidden near an ancient oak tree.  This iconic 200-year-old tree, which was filmed in Mansfield,…
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Nature: Impacts of climate variability on maize in the Southeast

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My colleague Dr. Brenda Ortiz from Auburn University recently had a paper published in Nature about climatic effects on maize yield in the Southeast that you might find interesting.  You can read the article, entitled “Climate Change and ENSO Effects on Southeastern US Climate Patterns and Maize Yield”, at  Keep in…
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Another dry week may worsen drought

7 day qpf 7-23-2016

The latest 7 day QPF shows another fairly dry week in store for most of the Southeast. When combined with the high temperatures we have been experiencing, this could lead to further expansions in drought across the region. The rain that falls is likely to be spotty in nature, leaving…
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