Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

USDA announces new Farm Bill program to help with losses from severe weather

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On Tuesday the USDA announced a new Farm Bill initiative to assist agricultural producers with losses from severe weather, including drought, according to Growing Georgia.   They report “The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been […]
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How do you get your weather data?

Weather information is one of the most important things farmers need to know when planning daily and weekly work as well for longer-term farm management.  Every producer I talk to has a different favorite source of weather data they like to use for their planning.  Some sources include The Weather […]
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2014 Hay contest results show improvement from 2013 due to weather

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The results of the 2014 hay contest are in, and show a marked improvement over 2013, when wet weather caused poor forage conditions across the Southeast.  Here is a paragraph from the contest summary: “Weather is always a major limiting factor when attempting to produce high quality forage. This year, […]
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Kazakhstan’s wild apple forests are being decimated by development, drought and diseases

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Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting article in the past few days about the reduction in wild apple forests in Kazakhstan due to illegal development of vacation homes as well as drought and increased disease pressure linked in part to changing climate.  Kazakhstan is home to what some consider the birthplace […]
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