Dry Weather Update: Extreme Drought Observed in North Alabama

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Extreme drought is spreading in two areas in North Alabama. Most of Georgia is either abnormally dry or moderately dry, while Northeast Florida is abnormally dry. These are the latest conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme drought is seen in Alabama counties like Lamar, Fayette, Marion and Walker, in the northwest part of the state; along with Lauderdale, …

Extreme Weather Patterns Impact Alabama Tomato Crop

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By Clint Thompson Tomato harvests are under way for one Alabama producer. Chad Smith, in St. Clair County, said the intense heat felt this summer, which followed steady rainfall in the spring, contributed to what is expected to be an “average crop” this season. “This year, we had a lot of rain early, and it turned off hot and dry. …

Sweet Georgia Peaches a Hit with Growers, Customers

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s peach producers are finally enjoying the fruits of their labor this year. “It’s good, it’s really hard to complain about this crop,” said North Georgia producer Drew Echols. “The flavor is great. There’s a lot of beautiful peaches.” Echols and other growers with a crop had reason to be smiling this harvest season. Last year’s crop …

Best North Carolina Peaches in Recent Memory

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By Clint Thompson North Carolina peach farmers are experiencing a bumper crop this year; the best crop in recent memory, according to one producer. “It’s the best crop I’ve seen, and I’m 44-years-old. It’s an outstanding crop for North Carolina,” said Brad Thompson, president of the North Carolina Peach Growers’ Society. The reason for such optimism is simple; there was …

Alabama Producers Optimistic About Pecan Crop

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By Clint Thompson Alabama pecan producers are feeling optimistic about the crop for the first time in four years. Not since 2020 have the state’s pecan farmers felt this good about its crop heading into harvest season, according to Bryan Wilkins, Auburn University research associate. “It was a decent June drop, but it just really thinned them out like they …

What’s Next? Georgia Pecan Grower Stresses Education with Potential Exports to India

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By Clint Thompson The trade mission to India last April went about as well as could be expected, according to Georgia pecan industry experts. But what happens next? Justin Jones, Georgia pecan grower, chairman of industry relations for the American Pecan Council and co-owner of brand Zorro Pecans, discussed the next step in making a trade partnership with India, not …

Specialty Crop Grower Magazine: State Funding Tackles Wildlife Troubles in Agriculture

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By Clint Thompson Agricultural pests are sometimes not just bugs and diseases but include animals looking for a food source. Unfortunately, for Georgia’s specialty crop producers, that food source is often their crops. Georgia’s legislative leaders are arming state agencies with substantial funding in next year’s budget to tackle this problem. Included in the budget was $150,000 directed to the …

Sweet Grown Alabama Day Highlights State’s Specialty Crop Industry

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By Clint Thompson Alabama fruits and vegetables were highlighted on Saturday as part of the third annual Sweet Grown Alabama Day throughout the state. Aisling Walding, assistant director for Sweet Grown Alabama, said the spotlight was put on Alabama agriculture at 14 participating farmers markets. “Sweet Grown Alabama Day was just a way to show love to Alabama farmers and …

USDA Expands Fresh Market Beans Insurance Program to Florida

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VALDOSTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding the fresh market beans insurance program to two southern Florida counties: Hendry and Palm Beach. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) currently offers coverage in New York, North Carolina and Virginia. “Fresh market bean growers in Florida and stakeholders have asked for crop insurance,” said Davina Lee, director of RMA’s …