Tag Archive: Rains

Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Slime Mold Sporangia. Image Courtesy Matthew Orwat Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on …

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Heavy Rains in April brought Drought Relief but also Planting Delays

If the old adage of “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is true, parts of the Panhandle should be a blooming mess very soon. The National Weather Service provides estimates of rainfall.  The map above shows that there were some pockets in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Washington and Jackson Counties that received 10-15″ in April.  In contrast, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/02/heavy-rains-in-april-brought-drought-relief-but-also-planting-delays/

Mosquitos Swarming Pastures After Heavy Rains

Standing water in pastures herald the beginning of mosquito season for livestock. Weeks of consistent above normal rains have filled farm ponds, ditches, swamps and anything else which will hold water.  While this is a positive trend for the water table and minimized, if not eliminates, the need for irrigation, there is a down side. …

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Heavy Rains Cause Fertility Problems for Farmers & Ranchers

The National Weather Service estimates July 2013 rainfall  ranged from 6-22″ across the Panhandle Josh Thompson, Regional Agronomy IPM Agent & Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director The country music singer, Alan Jackson, has a song titled, “Too much of a good thing, is a good thing.” Normally, that is right, but the excessive rains …

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Rains Promote Fungus In St. Augustinegrass

 Gray Leaf Spot is a common fungal disease of St. Augustinegrass. Recent wet conditions have promoted this disease. This includes high humidity, heavy dews and particularly frequent afternoon and evening rains.  Gray leaf spot symptoms on St. Augustinegrass. Photo credit: UF/IFAS Extension The individual spots or lesions are first seen as tiny brownish spots smaller …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/22/rains-promote-fungus-in-st-augustinegrass/

Early July Rains Drench Panhandle

National Weather Service precipitation estimates for June 28- July 12 Libbie Johnson, Escambia County Ag Agent,  found a really cool weather data website.  The National Weather Service provides estimates of rainfall based on the combination of radar estimates and data collected by weather stations.  This information is used to generate color coated images like the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/13/early-july-rains-drench-panhandle/

Additional Rains Improve Washington County Situation

Recent rains have improved Washington County's forage situation Rains over the past week have greatly improved crop and pasture conditions in Washington County.  The watermelon, sweet corn, and vegetable harvests are proceeding at a rapid pace. Peanuts and cotton are responding well to recent rains. Cattle conditions are improving along with refreshed pastures.  The wet conditions halted hay …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/15/additional-rains-improve-washington-county-situation/