The Quincy FAWN Station recorded the highest rainfall totals for the 1st quarter of 2013, and Live Oak the lowest rainfall. The average rainfall for all six stations for the first three months was almost 16 inches.
Download the Jan-Mar 2013 Jackson Co Weather Summary with daily rainfall, temperatures and comparison to the 61 year rainfall history at the North Florida Research and Education Center.
The weather in the first quarter of 2013 showed significant variation from the averages. January was the second driest in the 61 year rainfall history at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Marianna, with only 1.05″ of rain measured. The driest January came way back in 1957, when only 0.75″ was recorded.
February rainfall set a record with 12.86″ breaking the previous record for February of 10.27′ that fell back in February of 1986. In March only 2.99″ of rain was measured at the Station, the driest since 2007, and only the 12th time in 61 years that less than 3.00″ was measured at this location in March. March is normally the second highest rainfall total month with a 61 year average of 5.43″. However, when combining all three months, Mariana is 1.4″ above average for the first quarter of the year.
Temperatures for 2013 have not been extreme, but March was actually slightly colder than January. Average soil temperatures are still below the recommended threshold for many traditional warm season crops, but are finally beginning to warm up once again after the Easter cold snap.
The Drought Outlook for the early growing season is still positive through the end of June. Much of the Corn Belt also has a better outlook than last year. This has lowered the corn futures price and could possibly bring some future relief to livestock feed prices.
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Monthly rainfall totals from 6 UF/IFAS FAWN weather stations located across North Florida.
2012 was a fairly good weather year. For the year, the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) station at Marianna recorded the highest rainfall with almost 61″ and the lowest total was recorded at the station near Quincy, coming in just below 45″. Average for the region was 55″ for the year.
In addition to higher rainfall totals than the previous two years, 2012 was also a milder year. There were only 16 days with low temperatures below freezing, compared to 21 days in 2011, and 51 days in 2010. There were also only 29 days with high temperatures above 95 in 2012, as compared to 81 in 2011, and 83 in 2010. The three year drought totals were reduced to some degree with almost 7″ more rain than the 60 year average.
Download the full daily weather report for the entire year: 2012 Jackson Co Weather Summary
Weather data collected near Marianna by the UF/IFAS FAWN weather station located at the NFREC Marianna.
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November was a very dry month across all north Florida. Jay had the high rainfall at only 1.4 inches while Quincy and Live Oak received only 0.2 inches. Total rainfall from January through November was still highest at the Live Oak Station and lowest at Quincy.
Cooler weather has arrived with two mornings of frost and temperatures below freezing. Record rainfall in August and above average rainfall in September had soil moisture in good shape. Two straight months of below average rainfall have diminished totals to just under 7 inches above average for the year. For a complete report of daily rainfall and tempeatures, download: Jan-Nov 2012 Jackson Co Weather Summary
Data collected from the UF/IFAS Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) station located north of Marianna at the UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna.
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Marianna FAWN Summary
October was the first month since March where high temperatures stayed below 90 degrees. Below average rainfall aided crop and hay harvest, but was not favorable for the planting of cool season crops. For the year, Jackson County is still almost 9 inches above average. The entire growing season was much cooler than the previous two, with only 29 days of over 95 degrees as compared to 81 in 2011, and 83 in 2010. The cooler temperatures and above average rainfall certainly contributed to higher peanut yields for 2012. For more complete details, download the complete Jackson Weather Summary for 2012: Jan-Oct 2012 Jackson Co Weather Summary
North Florida Summary
For the whole Panhandle Region Quincy remained the driest location, falling well short of the average for the region. Live Oak received the highest rainfall once again and remains the wettest location across North Florida.
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From January through July, the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) Station in Marianna had recorded 34 inches of rain, which was exactly the same as the historic average for the first 7 months of the year. The 14.35 inches of rain that fell in August set an all-time record for the month. In the 61 years of rainfall records the previous high, 14.28 came in August of 1996. This record was set with only limited rainfall from tropical storms or hurricanes. The cooler temperature trend also continued, as compared to the two previous years.
Certainly the rainfall varied widely across the Florida Panhandle. The following chart shows the monthly totals that the 6 UF/IFAS FAWN stations located in North Florida recorded. Live Oak received the highest total with two tropical storms. Quincy had the lowest totals, missing most of the tropical moisture from multiple storms.
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Through the first seven months of 2012, Marianna is right at 60 year historic average of 34.2 inches. Certainly the rainfall and more moderate temperatures have been welcome relief for farmers, when compared to the last two years, but it has just been an average year thus far.
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Calcium is essential for high quality peanuts, and that makes calcium management one of the more critical aspects of peanut production. Soil moisture plays a critical role in absorption of calcium.
Calcium is “passively” absorbed by the developing peanut fruit. In other words, the amount absorbed depends on the concentration of water soluble calcium in the soil solution and the amount of water absorbed by the plant.
Very little calcium is absorbed by the peanut foliage and essentially none is translocated from the foliage to other parts of the plant, including the developing fruit.
Failure to supply adequate soluble calcium in the pegging zone during pegging and pod fill will result in “pops,” poor pod fill, low seed germination and higher incidence of aflatoxin.
For more information on the uptake of calcium on the developing peanut, please see this article: WEATHER, PEANUTS and CALCIUM
If you have any questions, please contact John Atkins at (850) 675-6654.
John Doyle Atkins
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Most, but not all, pastures, paddocks and hayfields in Wakulla County have drained.
Tropical Storm Debby brought much needed rain to Wakulla County and the Big Bend region. Many, but not all, pastures, paddocks and hayfields have absorbed the moisture.
Scattered showers since TS Debby’s deluge have kept forage production going since the 20 plus inches of rain received on some farms. But fair weather here has not allayed cattlemen’s concerns about other sections of the county.
Drought and heat in parts of the country led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to lower its corn production forecast to 12.970 billion bushels from its previous outlook for 14.790 billion, well below the record crop of 13.1 billion bushels produced in 2009.
The USDA has dropped its estimate for U.S. corn good-to-excellent condition rating to 40 percent from the previously reported 48 percent. The hay crop in drought affected areas is threatened, too.
The agency evaluated U.S. soybean conditions at 40 percent good-to-excellent, down from 45 percent a week earlier, and in its July crop report estimated 2012 U.S. soybean production at 3.050 billion bushels, down from the previous forecast for 3.205 billion.
This portends additional herd reductions and rising feed cost for feedlots finishing cattle. Strong demand for hay supplies during the winter of 2012/13 is likely unless conditions improve. The USDA will update its U.S. corn and soybean production forecasts on August 10.
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June was a good month for farmers and ranchers in the area. Above average rainfall and more normal high temperatures have crops growing under less stress than the previous two years.
June rains brought some welcome drought relief to the area. The area is still 35 inches below average over the past three years,however, Jackson County actually had an inch more rain than the 60 year average, through the first half of 2012. Compared to the previous two years, rainfall totals have improved and there have been much fewer days with high temperatures over 95 degrees. In May and June of 2011 there were 38 days over 95 degrees. In May and June of 2010 there were 22 days with high’s over 95. This year there were only 10 days in May and June over 95. This combination of more frequent rainfall and more normal temperatures should provide a boost in crop yields, if a more normal weather pattern continues through harvest.
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