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September was unusually hot and dry in Georgia, causing some crop issues

september 2019 georgia temperatures

While it seems Georgia is finally seeing a break from the summer heat, the long hot summer, including a record-setting September, has already caused problems for many Georgia farmers. With almost no rain during September, drought conditions expanded across the state. Record-setting temperatures and almost no rain during September caused a major expansion of drought across Georgia. The dry conditions ... Read More »

Tariffs weigh heavily on cotton outlook

cotton fiber

• By Yangxuan Liu • In 2019, Georgia’s farmers planted 1.4 million acres of cotton, which is the third-highest planted acreage for the past decade, down 30,000 acres from 2018. The average cotton yield is forecast at 932 pounds per acre. Production is forecast at 2.7 million bales, which would be the second-highest on record. There are three major contributing ... Read More »

Bootprints In The Dirt

ken hall

I am an only child and a third-generation Georgia farmer. As a little boy, I was fascinated with equipment and loved going to the farm with my dad, Kenneth. There’s a lot of truth to the phrase “following in your father’s footsteps.” While walking behind him in the field, I saw Dad’s bootprints in the dirt and tried to put ... Read More »

Across The Belt

jimmy webb georgia cotton photos

Cotton Planting Described As Mixed Bag In 2019. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • This year’s planting season has been a mixed bag with Mother Nature taking the reins in producing unusual weather in some areas of the Cotton Belt. Other parts of the U.S. cotton-growing region were somewhat dry and waiting on a rain to get seed in the ... Read More »

Celebrating A Century Of Service

joe west, uga

Greetings from the University of Georgia Tifton Campus! We have been celebrating a momentous occasion at UGA Tifton, and I would like to share that event with you. A bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly in August 1918 created the Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station, now UGA Tifton. Tifton was selected as the location for the station in May ... Read More »

Spring Season Brings Summer Heat To Georgia

planting cotton

• By Clint Thompson • Georgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. According to the UGA Weather Network at www.georgiaweather.net, ... Read More »