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Rainfall in April was near normal for most of Georgia. 
Drought conditions continued to shrink across the state during April due to the seasonal rainfall and cool spring temperatures; the only area of Georgia left in drought is a small sliver along southeast coast. CAES News
Drought almost gone
Drought conditions continued to shrink across the state during April due to the seasonal rainfall and cool spring temperatures; the only area of Georgia left in drought is a small sliver along southeast coast.
Members of Brian Schwartz's turfgrass team plant a bermudagrass variety trial by hand in 2012. CAES News
Annual turfgrass conference
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has laid the framework for its annual turfgrass conference.
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.
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.
Camellias add both green shrubby and color to landscapes with their leaves and blooms. CAES News
New plants
Fall and winter are the best times for Georgians to add new trees, shrubs and bushes to their landscapes.
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.
2012 World Food Prize Laureate and UGA CAES alumnus Daniel Hillel will deliver the 2012 DW Brooks Lecture on Nov. 8. CAES News
Daniel Hillel
Daniel Hillel, the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate and a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia, spent the better part of his career perfecting arid- land farming methods in Israel and sharing them with farmers across the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia. On Nov. 8, Hillel will return to Athens to deliver the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2012 D.W. Brooks Lecture at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
Georgia saw a slightly drier than average September, but the state did see plenty of rain at the beginning of the month when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac blew through. CAES News
September climate summary
Georgia made it through September without much dramatic weather. Temperatures across the state were normal, but rainfall was light. The areas that received the most rainfall were affected by the remains of Hurricane Isaac in the first week of September.