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John McKissick gives the 2011 Ag Forecast in Gainesville, Ga., on Monday, Jan. 24. CAES News
Ag Forecast 2011
Georgia farmers are staring at record prices this year for the crops they grow. But high crop prices aren’t good for all, particularly for those who raise animals, said a University of Georgia economist.
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November weather
Temperatures were close to normal across Georgia last month. But rainfall varied greatly, ranging from wetter than normal in the north to significantly below normal along the coast.
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Drought is back
Drought conditions have expanded over the past three months to include most of Georgia. The major exceptions are north-central and northeast Georgia, where conditions are rated as abnormally dry. Additionally, Bibb, Crawford, Macon, Peach and Houston counties are classified as being abnormally dry.
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Dry, warm winter
Georgia will likely experience a warmer-than-normal and drier-than-normal winter and early spring. Heating demand for this winter should be much less than last winter. Unfortunately, recharge of soil moisture, groundwater, streams and reservoirs will probably also be less than normal.
Farm workers load trays filled with vegetable transplants onto a truck at a greenhouse in Tifton, Ga. CAES News
Agribusiness degree
The new agribusiness major focuses on the “money side” of agriculture, giving students a head start on the diverse management, marketing and financial strategies associated with agriculture, the state’s No. 1 industry.
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Fall weather?
Georgia's warm and dry weather continued in October. Drought in southeast Georgia increased and record-high temperatures were tied or set at many locations.
Cotton is harvested in Colquitt County, Georgia. Cotton prices for the 2010 crop are around $1.20 per pound, the highest ever. The historic cotton prices aren't expected to last for next year's crop, but they are expected to be good for most Georgia-grown row crops. CAES News
High prices
Cotton prices right now are the highest in history. Prices for other Georgia-grown row crops are riding high, too. And the ride could last well into next year, say University of Georgia farm economists.
A visitor at the 33rd annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition Oct. 19 takes a putt at the University of Georgia building, where the university highlighted its world-famous turfgrass research program. Most southeastern golf courses and many football fields are planted in a turf developed by UGA. CAES News
Sunbelt Expo 2010
The 33rd annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition kicked off Oct. 19 in Moultrie, Ga., where visitors could learn everything agriculture and a Georgia man walked away as the Southeast’s top farmer.
Most Georgia farmers plant more than one crop during a season, usually managing a combination of peanuts, cotton, corn or soybeans. Across the board, they are looking at record or record-tying yields in 2009. CAES News
Georgia crop report
Mother Nature blessed Georgia row-crop farmers in 2009 with perfect weather, which helped bring record-setting results. This year, however, she wasn’t as cooperative and sent the hottest April through September on record – the kind of weather that can hurt.