In this Issue:
  • March Weather Summary & Planting Season Outlook
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains
  • February Weather Summary and Spring Outlook
  • January Weather Summary and Spring Outlook
  • Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture
  • December Weather Summary and January Outlook
  • Weed Control During Drought
  • November Weather Summary and Winter Outlook
  • Don’t Rush Wildlife Plot Plantings – Wait on Rain
  • Weather

    March Weather Summary & Planting Season Outlook

    Rainfall

    The National Weather Service rainfall estimates ranged from as little as 0.5″ to 4″ across the Florida Panhandle in March 2017.  The western counties had higher totals with 3-4″ in the tan sections, and 2-3″ in the yellow.  The eastern counties ranged from 1.5-2″ dark green, 1-1.5″ green, and isolated ares of only 0.5-1″ …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/march-weather-summary-planting-season-outlook/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

    On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving fires, thousands of cattle and seven people were killed.  This week’s featured videos  provide an overview of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/friday-feature-destructive-wildfires-in-the-plains/

    February Weather Summary and Spring Outlook

    February was considerably drier than January across much of the Panhandle.  There were a few areas that received over 5″ (red), while large portions had 4-5″ (light brown), or 3-4″ (tan).  The eastern portion of the Panhandle received the lowest totals ranging from 1-3″ for the month.

    The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) stations …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/february-weather-summary-and-spring-outlook/

    January Weather Summary and Spring Outlook

    Compared to December, January was pretty mild up until Sunday January 22, 2017, which was a scary, and really stormy day with high winds, tornado warnings and heavy rains as a cold front rumbled across the Panhandle.  The unusually warm temperatures fueled a storm system that was more typical of late March or April than …

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    Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture

    The exceptionally dry fall, followed by above average rainfall in December surprised many and it has been problematic for those trying to plant and manage winter cover or forage crops. Many might be wondering if their soils have enough moisture reserve to support a cover crop if you decide to try a late planting. This …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/tools-for-assessing-soil-moisture/

    December Weather Summary and January Outlook

    December brought quite a change from the previous months of drought.  The National Weather Service estimates for rainfall ranged from isolated locations with over 15″ (purple), large regions with over 10″ (hot pink), to less than 4″ along the coast of Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla and Jefferson Counties (tan and yellow).

    The six Florida Automated …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/december-weather-summary-and-january-outlook/

    Weed Control During Drought

    Herbicide failures are common during extended dry periods. This is frustrating for the pesticide applicator due to wasted time and chemicals.  There are logical reasons why certain herbicides fail during droughts.

    There are two main reasons why herbicides fail in drought situations:

    • Less herbicide absorption through the leaf surface (uptake).
    • Translocation of herbicide within …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/02/weed-control-during-drought/

    November Weather Summary and Winter Outlook

    November was a very dry month across the Florida Panhandle.  For a good portion of the region the limited rain that fell came on November 30, the very last day of the month from a single cold front.  For the month, the vast majority of the region received less than 1″ (blue and bright green).  …

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    Don’t Rush Wildlife Plot Plantings – Wait on Rain

    It should be too late in the year for an article about cool season food plots; they should already be up and growing, at the very least planted. It’s November, archery season has begun, the fall food plot ship should have already sailed. However, due to the incredibly dry weather we’ve had for the past …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/04/dont-rush-wildlife-plot-plantings-wait-on-rain/

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