UF/IFAS experts help growers ready for tonight’s cold snap

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers are bracing for a cold snap tonight that could cost them thousands of dollars in damage. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and researchers are here to help.

A hard freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 16 for many counties in North Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Temperatures are predicted to be 24 to 27 degrees during these hours.

UF/IFAS Extension specialists are available to give growers advice for the cold spell. Find your county’s UF/IFAS Extension specialists by clicking here. Then click on your county.

Also, UF/IFAS offers growers a suite of tools to help prepare for the cold snap. The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), was started in 1998 to provide weather decision-making data in agricultural regions, said Rick Lusher, director of FAWN. There are 42 FAWN stations across the state positioned in agricultural areas.

“Our freeze protection decision-making tools are for growers who are considering using water for cold protection,” Lusher said. “The tools determine forecasts for individual locations, evaluate individual cold events such as tonight’s, give minimum temperatures, track evaporating cooling potential and help determine when to safely shut down the irrigation system.”

Growers can visit www.myfawn.com to get more information.


By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at ifas.ufl.edu and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.


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Posted: March 15, 2017

Category: Agriculture, Crops, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Cold, Extension, Florida Automated Weather Network, Freeze, Plants, Rck Lusher

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