Long Dry Spell Punctuated by Heavy Rains

Recent rainfall was very welcome by farmers and ranchers in north central Florida. However, it will do little to make up for the dry conditions experienced from October through March. Southeast Climate Perspectives from the Southeast Regional Climate Center shows that the total rainfall for the 6 month period from October 1 to March 31 …

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Florida Olive Field Day

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan Carter from Florida Olive Farms & Mill for welcoming a large crowd of participants to his farm in Live Oak for the Florida Olive Field Day. A large group turned out to learn about opportunities and challenges with this crop. Mr. Carter also showed the group the mill that is used …

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Jefferson County Farm Tour Part 1

The Tri-State Row Crop Climate Learning Network was treated to a tour of several farms in the Monticello area, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. The tour included a visit to the Fulford Family Farm, where Earnest Fulford is effectively integrating bahaigrass and cattle into his cropping system. Earnest had the opportunity to work with a landowner to develop …

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Jefferson County Farm Tour Part 2 (Video)

The Tri-State Row Crop Climate Learning Network was treated to a tour of several farms in the Monticello area, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. The tour included a visit to the Brock Family Farm, where Kirk Brock utilizes a rotation of corn, peanuts, and soybeans. Kirk described the land he farms not as dryland, but rather “irrigated by God.” If my memory …

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Black Layer and Harvesting Corn

Corn is beginning to be harvested around North Florida this week. Most all of the corn planted in the area has reached “black layer” or physiological maturity. This is where a black layer develops at the tip of the kernels, where they attach to the cob. Some farmers have started harvesting and drying grain, while others are waiting …

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Bring on the Plant Pathogens

Many have commented that 2016 feels like a warmer summer so far. They are not speaking in terms of a temporary heat wave, but a sustained long-term temperature increase. Monitoring stations in Florida show these observations are in fact correct. North Florida is about 2-3 degrees above normal for daily average temperature from July 1 to present. In …

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Spot Blotch in Rye

We continue to struggle with tough conditions for some winter annuals. We are seeing some challenges locally in rye planted for forage and seed. I have only observed this in Wrens Abruzzi, but was informed Florida 401 would likely be more susceptible to foliar disease, but am not aware of any planted locally due to seed shortages. …

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Winter Annuals Struggle in Dry Conditions

Looking back on previous posts on FLACROPS.com, I seem to have an infatuation with the El Nino conditions and the expectations for a possible cool, wet winter in the Southeast. However, some of our local farmers have felt like they just can’t buy a rain on their farm this winter and are wondering “What’s going on, …

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An Island of Dryness in a Sea of Rain

We have fortunately been an island of dryness  on the Florida peninsula among a sea of rainfall in the Southeast. This has allowed good harvesting conditions in October and November. Area farmers have some work to do to get in their late soybean and sorghum crops, but conditions have been favorable.  Local fields have been planted …

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Harvest Continues. Where is El Nino?

After a wet September in North Florida, area farmers were treated to a dry October with near perfect harvesting conditions. Many have gone out of their way to remind me I thought we could expect a cooler, wetter fall because of the conditions climatologists have called “Super El Nino.” I’ve heard enough jokes about guys …

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