Drought continues to suppress Georgia agriculture, particularly in southwest Georgia, the hub of the state’s pecan production. It could turn what was expected to be an “on” year into an “off” one for pecan growers.
Drought conditions continue to intensify across most of Georgia. Since the end of May, conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state have deteriorated from extreme to exceptional drought, the highest drought category. Portions of northwest Georgia have now entered moderate drought conditions.
Georgia is locked in the grip of a severe drought. Most of the state’s pasture and hayfields are in poor to very poor conditions. Many livestock producers are struggling to feed their herds. In Tifton, Ga., June 20, University of Georgia specialists will discuss ways cattlemen can deal with drought.
The heat was on. Rain was scarce, and drought expanded across Georgia in May. The state got a reprieve from the waves of severe weather, which swept through in April, but scattered wind and hail damage did occur.
Drought conditions worsened across most of Georgia during May. With well-below-normal rain and temperatures routinely in the 90s, soils continued to dry. The southern half of the state is being hit the hardest.
Three separate waves of severe storms ripped through Georgia last month. Warmer-than-normal temperatures may have contributed to the development of these severe episodes. But most of the state, except far-northern counties, remains drier than normal.
Posted on 05/05/11 by David E. Stooksbury
The drought conditions now gripping the southern two-thirds of Georgia are expected to last through the summer, with a chance conditions could worsen through at least the middle of August.