Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Rain,Rain go away… for a little while

Posted by romeethredge on July 5, 2013

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Wow, in the first 4 days of July we’ve had 4 and a half inches of rain, and June was extremely wet. The above chart shows that at the Donalsonville weather station we got 16 and a half inches in June and the first 4 days of July when the long term average is less that 6 inches! We need for the rain to go away…. for a little while. We’ll be needing it again shortly.

Good news is that groundwater levels are up 8 feet in the last week, and river levels are up, ponds are full and the power and diesel bills(for irrigation systems) will be lower this month.

 

 

Groundwater levels were low but have risen in a hurry recently.

 

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This graph shows a years worth of groundwater data in blue, with the gold being the long term average.

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Stream and river levels are good across Georgia.

 

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Notice eastern US River levels are high but out west there are still some lower levels.

 

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This week’s Drought Monitor report is not surprising. Look at the comparison of a year ago and now, below.

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UGA’s Pam Knox says that these wet conditions have come with high  humidity and more clouds than usual, leading to some disease impacts on peanuts  and other crops around the area.  The  outlook for July shows a continued likelihood of wet conditions to continue  through the first half of July.  In the  first week, the wettest conditions are expected to be near the coast, while the  axis of highest rainfalls will move inland and to the southwest after the 4th  of July weekend.  Saturated soils may  create localized flooding when high intensity rain from thunderstorms  occurs.  You can calculate your risk of  peanut leaf-spot disease based on observed precipitation and forecast rainfall  using the Agroclimate tool located at http://agroclimatology.engr.uga.edu/0.04/ga.php.

With the exception of Tropical Storm Andrea early in June,  the tropics have been pretty quiet so far this year.  An active season is forecast, so this could  change quickly once the upper level wind patterns become more conducive to  tropical storm growth.  The peak of the  tropical season is early September, so we have a long way to go before the risk  from flooding rainfall due to tropical storms eases.

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