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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Researchers Study Genetic Diversity of Peanut Disease

In a year dominated by clouds and rainfall, local peanut fields have been inundated with plant diseases. Peanut farmers  utilize fungicides to protect the leaves and the pods developing below ground. However, too much rainfall, while improving growing conditions for fungus, can also reduce the effectiveness of agri-chemicals. Researchers from the University of Florida were recently …

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El Niño. Can We Have La Niña Back?

I was recently out with a peanut farmer struggling along with others in North Florida to harvest what has the potential to be a very good crop.  Somewhat despaired by rainfall 7 of the last 9 days, he commented, “Is this El Niño?” This followed our previous conversations about being prepared for a high likelihood of above average precipitation …

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North Florida Corn Harvest

North Florida farmers have been working hard to get their corn crops harvested. Silage harvest is mostly finished, and the earliest planted corn has air dried to about 16% moisture for those who don’t use driers. Late-March planted corn is being harvested and dried in between rain showers. Throughout North Florida, farmers are collecting data …

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Got White Mold?

Judging by the condition of area peanut fields I’ve seen this week I would wager that everybody has some, either that they know about, or that they don’t know about. Although climatologists were expecting a warmer, drier summer in the Southeast, locally rainfall has been frequent and abundant. Diverse reports have been coming in: one …

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Not “Out of the Woods” Yet

 It has been quite a relief to some local farmers, with the grain markets heading upwards and corn mostly past the dent stage, that we will pull off harvest of this corn crop. Corn silage harvest is well underway, and in just a few weeks grain combines will begin harvest. They tell me that the escaped …

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Do you ever feel like you missed a week of your life? I’m beginning to wonder where time has gone as this corn crop is quickly wrapping up for the season in North Florida. There has been some chatter about Growing Degree Days (GDDs) well ahead of last year. I recently found the coolest tool yet …

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Center Pivot Irrigation For Sale

April and May are traditionally dry periods for farming in North Florida.  Unfortunately, this coincides with rapidly increasing water requirements by the crops we grow.  Corn is particularly challenging this time of year with rapidly increasing plant water demand and large yield impacts of drought stress.  The warm dry conditions throughout May have done little to assist …

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Go Nuts! It’s National Peanut Month

Wait! Not so fast! Even though March is National Peanut Month, local farmers are still waiting for the right conditions to begin planting their peanut crop. Recent research at the University of Georgia has cautioned farmers to wait until soil temperatures reach 68 F at the 4” depth. This work has shown that peanut seed …

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