El Nino may mean more diseases in corn due to delayed planting

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By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

El Nino weather pattern will likely interfere with Georgia corn planting in March. A delay would increase the likelihood of diseases, too. Growers are advised to plant resistant varieties and be ready to apply fungicides earlier than normal.

A wet winter has already saturated Georgia’s soils, and more wet and cool conditions are expected through the first part of spring, according to UGA agricultural climatologist Pam Knox. “The rains associated with passing storms will keep soils wet for the foreseeable future,” she said. Continue reading

Lack of predicted rainfall good news for South Texas winter vegetables

by Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife

After two consecutive years of serious disease problems and weak market prices, South Texas winter vegetable growers are getting a break this year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Dr. Juan Anciso, an AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist in Weslaco, said predictions of a wet El Niño winter have failed to materialize so far, and that’s made all the difference in the world for growers. Continue reading

Hessian fly pressure not as bad this year, but growers should still be watchful

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by Paul L. Hollis, Auburn University College of Agriculture

Climate predictions for the upcoming fall and winter months indicate that Alabama wheat producers will have fewer problems this season with the Hessian fly, but now’s not the time to completely let down your guard.

Results of studies have shown that Hessian fly infestation and yield losses are least during an El Niño climate event—a wetter and cooler phase—which is the forecast for the coming months.

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Weather patterns in Texas will affect pest management

A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station.

But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the 2015 wet spring will necessarily follow.

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