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As of Dec. 27, 2016, this map of Georgia shows areas that are experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Image credit: USDA Drought Monitor. CAES News
Georgia Drought
Welcome rains during December 2016 and the first week of 2017 are providing hope for Georgia farmers looking for relief from a statewide severe drought, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia agricultural climatologist and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist.
The 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, on Thursday, January 17, 2019. CAES News
Peanut Farm Show
The Georgia Peanut Farm Show is set for Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia.
Despite rains from hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, the coast of Georgia was rated abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor by the end of November. CAES News
Fall Drought
Weather conditions were warmer and drier than normal across most of the state during November, causing drought and extremely dry conditions to again expand across Georgia.
Rye and clover grow side by side in a research plot on cover crops at the University of Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville. CAES News
Cover Crops
Georgia’s recent drought led University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter to caution farmers about planting cover crops this winter.
Leaf spot damage seen on a peanut leaf. CAES News
Leaf Spot Disease
Georgia peanut growers are experiencing problematic leaf spot diseases this year due to susceptible varieties and weakening fungicide treatments, according to Albert Culbreath and Tim Brenneman, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.
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Air Quality
The air quality in north Georgia has suffered over the past weeks due to several wildfires burning across the north Georgia mountains. While the smoke ebbs and flows depending on the direction of the wind, smoke is likely to be an issue for at least the next few weeks.
Solar panels used by poultry houses in south Georgia. CAES News
Energy Efficiency
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley believes solar panels are a way to help poultry farmers become more energy-efficient.
Pictured is a pond with low water on the UGA Tifton Campus at the Lang-Rigdon Farm, due to the drought.
Date: Nov. 9, 2016 CAES News
Georgia Drought
Georgia farmers are experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent memory, and University of Georgia climatologist Pam Knox cautions there could be a potential repeat next year.
Pecan orchard damaged in Screven County. CAES News
Hurricane Matthew Damage
Pecan and cotton crops took the brunt of the agricultural hit by Hurricane Matthew, and southeast Georgia pecan and cotton farmers are still assessing the damage from the Friday, Oct. 7, to Monday, Oct. 10, weekend.