Panhandle-area University of Florida Extension Agents Work to Help Flood-damaged and Delayed Growers
Torrential rains hit Florida’s Panhandle late this April, effectively kicking the proverbial horse that is the agricultural community while it remained down from nutrient-sapped, over-saturated soil. The University of Florida’s IFAS Extension officials have been working tirelessly in attempts to solve this problem; due to the timing of the rains this April, soil has not been able to dry – which is necessary for proper planting of seeds for upcoming harvests. Not only is the crop yield affected, but erosion and nutrient leaching are also top concerns for the region. Even Escambia County’s UF Extension office was flooded by the downpour. Officials have been working on the move, therefore, to remedy the situation.