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AgDay Daily Recap -April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 21, 2014

 

NOAA WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THIS COULD BE A BIG WEEK FOR FARMERS ANXIOUS TO GET PLANTING ON THEIR SPRING CROPS.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

THE NEW DROUGHT MONITOR REFLECTS IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORN BELT, WHILE THE DROUGHT CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. SNOW AND RAIN LAST WEEK HELPED IMPROVE DROUGHT CONDITIONS FROM EASTERN IOWA INTO WISCONSIN. BUT MUCH OF THE STATE IS STILL VERY DRY. THE MONITOR ALSO SHOWS DROUGHT INTENSITY INCREASED TO D3 OVER CENTRAL KANSAS WHILE D2 WAS EXPANDED INTO MORE OF EASTERN KANSAS.

SOUTHERN CROP DAMAGE:

IN THE SOUTHEAST, FRUIT FARMERS ARE STILL ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEK'S COLD SNAP. IT APPEARS THE PEACH CROP - ESPECIALLY IN TENNESSEE- TOOK A REAL BEATING.

PALM TREES:

PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE HAVE LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF PALMS, CITRUS TREES AND OTHER NON-NATIVE PLANTS BECAUSE OF THE INCREDIBLY HARSH WINTER IN THAT AREA. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THIS WINTER, TEMPERATURES IN THIS PART OF FLORIDA DIPPED INTO THE 20'S. THAT'S JUST TOO COLD FOR TREES AND PLANTS DESIGNED TO THRIVE IN TROPICAL CONDITIONS. NOT ALL OF THE TREES WERE LOST. ARBORISTS SAY DEPENDING ON HOW ESTABLISHED THE TREES ARE, THEY COULD GROW-BACK THEIR PALMS.

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