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Potential Future Increases in Intense Precipitation Events and Implications for Agriculture

From the USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory and Southern Plains Climate Hub…  

Intense precipitation is a mixed blessing for agricultural producers. Depending on its timing, severity, and the antecedent environmental conditions, it can bring much needed relief from droughts and strengthen crop and livestock productivity, or it can exacerbate flooding on already saturated ground and decimate harvests. Current and future climate change will affect the nature of intense precipitation events (defined as the highest 10% events in daily precipitation distributions), further challenging the management of agricultural production systems. 

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Additional Reading on Rain and Production: Nation’s Wettest 12-Month Period on Record Slows Down 2019 Planting Season

Citrus/Plant Industry Pest Alert – Lebbeck Mealybug; Grower’s Meeting

Florida Department of Agriculture has announced a pest alert for the Lebbeck Mealybug.

This is an agricultural pest in many parts of the world on a variety of agricultural crops. In Florida, citrus, cotton, ornamentals and tropical plants would all be potential impacted crops.  In citrus growing areas of Jordan, where this insect had been a pest prior to introduction of biological controls, it caused such extensive damage that groves were burned in an effort to eradicate it (Stocks 2013). Losses in citrus groves are mainly due to premature fruit drop. (via pest alert)

The UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension office has announced a Grower Meeting on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center where UF/IFAS Extension Agents, Scientists and representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry will be on hand to discuss this invasive pest. (Courtesy Florida Citrus Mutual)