September 18, 2012

Weather & Crop Report

Weather Summary:
Rainfall across Florida was almost widespread. The north to mid-region was the driest based on data from the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN). Okahumpka received only 0.01 of an inch of rain. The southern region received the most rainfall with a minimum of 1.05 inches at Clewiston to a maximum of 4.49 inches at Homestead. The State remained drought-free. Lake Okeechobee was over 14 feet high and rising. Normal temperatures to two degrees below were reported at major cities. Minimum temperatures ranged from 59 degrees in Monticello to 74 degrees in Fort Lauderdale, while the maximum temperatures ranged from 85 degrees in Indian River to 93 degrees in Immokalee.
Field Crops:
Due to drier weather, hay cutting had resumed in most counties. Union County producers were still unable to cut hay in some wetter areas. In some areas, peanut inverters were turning up peanuts. So far, the peanut crop appeared to be better than average in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. There were some reports of soybeans experiencing pressure from deer and rust in Washington County. In Jackson County, cotton harvesting will begin soon.
Fruits & Vegetables:
In the southern counties, vegetable growers continued to prepare land, plant and, spray as necessary. Sugarcane planting had also begun after some delays due to muddy fields caused by the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Livestock and Pastures:
Statewide, the condition of pasture was mostly good, with some pasture flooded. The quality of summer pasture began to decline seasonally. The cattle condition was mostly good.
Daily high temperatures were in the upper 80s to low 90s across the citrus region. All of the FAWN stations in the citrus growing region recorded some precipitation this week, with Palmdale receiving the most at 4.48 inches. Six stations received more than two inches, and another four received more than an inch. Ocklawaha recorded the least with 0.01 of an inch recorded. The citrus region remains entirely drought free, as per the U.S. Drought Monitor; last updated September 11, 2012. Application of fall miticide, young tree care, irrigation, and grove maintenance are the primary grove activities.
By USDA, NASS – Florida Crop Progress and Condition Report

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