Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Another chill hour resource

In my talks at the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Growers meeting in Savannah last week, I discussed sources of chill hour accumulations for different states in the Southeast. If you are outside the Southeast or want a more national view, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center offers a national map through…
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New USDA GIS-based plant hardiness zone map

The USDA has announced the availability of a new GIS-based plant hardiness zone map, which is zoomable and is based on 1976-2005 data. You can read more about it at http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/AboutWhatsNew.aspx. You can access the map at the link above by clicking on Interactive Map on the top menu or go…
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Strawberry advisory system available for Florida, South Carolina growers

Fruit Growers News reported on a recent UF/IFAS web-based tool which is designed to help strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina manage for botrytis and anthracnose fruit rots. It uses data such as temperature and leaf wetness to advise producers when to spray fungicides to help prevent these devastating…
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Georgia’s Peach Farmers Hoping for Colder Winter This Year

Clint Thompson of UGA reported on Georgia peach farmers’ hopes that this winter will provide more chill hours for their trees than the last two winters. Last year in particular was particularly devastating for peaches with consistently above-normal temperatures leading to less than half the usual number of chill hours,…
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