Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

How does this El Niño compare so far to previous strong events?

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William Schmitz of the Southeast Regional Climate Center put together a scorecard of how the rainfall conditions this winter (December to February to date) compare to previous strong El Niño events.  You can see the scorecard at  The scorecard shows that the 1997-98 event set records across the region for…
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Many benefits from cover crops

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As part of the celebration of the International Year of Soil, the New York Times published an article this week on the value of planting cover crops between regular harvests.  Among the benefits: increase in soil carbon, decrease in erosion, reduction in compaction, lower fertilizer costs, and improvement in crop…
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NOAA: Drought footprint lowest since 2010

jan 16 precip ranking

NOAA released their summary of climate conditions for January 2016 this morning.  You can read the summary at, with a link to the full report coming out later this week.  They noted that this is the lowest amount of drought in the contiguous US since 2010.   
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