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Georgia received more rain this February than during any February over the past 100 years. CAES News
Record-breaking rains
Rainfall across Georgia in February set a new record with a statewide average of 9.92 inches, alleviating the state’s drought conditions and recharging soil moisture just in time for the 2013 planting season.
Pictured are peanuts being bred at a greenhouse on the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
Genetics key in crop research
Between high volumes of irrigation and frequent pesticides use, farming peanuts can be a costly endeavor.
Georgia currently has more than 500 volunteer weather observers submitting their precipitation measurements to the Community Collaborative Rain, Snow and Hail Network CAES News
Who wants a rain gauge?
This April will mark the fifth anniversary of Georgia’s Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, part of a non-profit network of volunteer precipitation observers across the U.S. who provide daily rainfall information to the public.
A pair of beets plants are shown on the Lang Farm in Tifton, Ga. CAES News
Beets for biofuels
Beets are producing “sweet” results with researchers at the University of Georgia.
Calvin Perry, superintendent at the University of Georgia Stripling Irrigation Research Park, gives a presentation on variable-rate irrigation at the Climate Adaptation Exchange event held Feb. 8 in Tifton, Ga. CAES News
Building Resilience
Adapting to unpredictable weather is part of Lamar Black’s job as a farmer in Jenkins County, Ga. Black grows cotton, corn and peanuts on more than 400 acres, so each year he plans for and adjusts to extreme temperatures and rain, or lack thereof.
Farm pond in Coweta County on December 11, 2012 (courtesy C. McGehee, National Weather Service) CAES News
Warm December
Georgia experienced a much warmer than usual December. Temperatures were three to six degrees above normal across the state. Rainfall totals ranged from over eight inches in the northern regions of the state to less than an inch along the coast.
While cities and urban water supplies have not been as impacted by Georgia's current drought, middle Georgia farmers have seen more severe impacts than during Georgia's historic 2007-2009. CAES News
Drought update
The current drought in Georgia has caused significant problems for farmers in central Georgia and other areas of the state, but a lack of impact on the state’s larger cities and drinking water supplies has kept it off most Georgians’ radar.
A hyper-efficient irrigation system developed by researchers from UGA and other universities was recently recognized with nomination for the Katerva Awards, which recognize collaboration and innovation. CAES News
Katerva Award Nomination
Agriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, but a growing population’s increasing demand for drinking water means farmers need to learn how to do more with less water.
The National Weather Service reported that Georgia saw an abnormally drier and colder November. Some Northeast Georgia counties saw between 5 and 8 inches less rain than they do in an average November. CAES News
Dry, cold November
While the beginning of December has felt more like spring, Georgia experienced colder and much drier than normal conditions during November.
While parts of Georgia received almost 8 inches of rain this month other areas saw barely an inch of precipitation CAES News
October weather
Temperatures in Georgia were within one degree of normal across the state in October. Rainfall continued to be light across most of the state, continuing a trend from a dry September. A narrow band stretching from Columbus to the northeast mountains was the only area of the state that received higher than normal rainfall.