Farmers in Florida are facing drought conditions that have the potential to be disastrous for the state’s agricultural industry, according to a study published in the US Department of Agriculture.
The study, by the USDA’s National Agricultural Research Service (NARS), found that the drought has forced farmers to relocate crops to places where they are less vulnerable to pests and diseases.
The drought also has the potential for severe damage to crops, with some farmers seeing their crops fail and others losing crops altogether.
“We are in a situation where we are not only facing extreme conditions, but also extreme impacts,” said David Kober, a University of Florida agronomy professor who co-authored the study.
“If you look at the total number of crops that have died, we are talking about a huge number of farmers that have lost crops in the last six months,” Kober told Al Jazeera.
“So we’re going to have to start looking at a whole lot of different things.”
The drought is a growing concern for Florida farmers.
The state has been facing extreme drought conditions for several years.
The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in Miami, which was created by Congress in 2012, said that the number of days with no rainfall has been increasing in the state.
On average, Florida has had a total of 7,000 days without rainfall this year, according the NDMC.
The National Density Index (NDI), a measure of drought severity, is currently at a level of 6, meaning that a severe drought is one where a third or more of the state is experiencing extremely low rainfall.
“The last six years have been a very, very challenging period for the agriculture industry in Florida, but the fact that we are experiencing this severe drought again is just the icing on the cake,” Kiber said.
The severe drought that has been plaguing Florida has caused widespread crop damage, as farmers have moved to locations where the weather is drier and where there are fewer pests.
“This drought has been extremely bad for Florida’s agriculture industry,” said Kober.
“There’s no doubt that the impact of the drought on farmers is going to be catastrophic for the agricultural industry.”
It’s going to take a very large amount of time to sort out all the problems and the problems that farmers have already experienced,” he said.
Some farmers have taken to growing crops in salt marshes, as a way of escaping the dry conditions.”
As the drought continues, the salt marshing industry will see significant loss of revenue because the salt is being harvested in a place that is driest and most waterlogged,” said Mike Fogg, an assistant professor at the University of Miami.”
In other words, you’re going back to the days when the soil was so dry that it would have dried out the soil, and you would have to have a lot of salt on hand to make salt beds,” he told Al Jazeeras.”
And so the only solution to that problem is going back into the salt water.
“But many farmers are not worried about the drought, and say they are more concerned about the effects of the disease.”
I’m not going to lose money, I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing,” said Joe Sutter, a farmer who has been farming for more than 40 years in Orange County, Florida.”
For a lot a people, this is going be a challenge,” he added.”
When you look across the landscape of our country, we’re not seeing much of a drought, so it’s hard for us to see any other impact.”‘
That’s what we’re seeing with the drought,” he continued. “
Extreme drought has the ability to completely change the way that plants respond to the environment,” said Fogg.
“That’s what we’re seeing with the drought,” he continued.
The study found that drought impacts are greatest for crops that rely on rainfall for survival. “
That’s really the extreme drought.”
The study found that drought impacts are greatest for crops that rely on rainfall for survival.
For example, corn requires about 10 days of rain to produce a pound of grain.
That is reduced to about seven days if there is no rain.
Farmers have also reported that waterlogging has become a major problem in their fields.
“Waterlogging is a very big problem for us right now,” said Sutter.
“We have been seeing water loss at an alarming rate.”
Farmers in Florida face a number of different issues, including high costs for irrigation and for chemicals to treat the soil and water.
“All of these things, all of these issues, are really going to affect the agriculture economy in Florida,” said Tom Fong, a member of the Florida Farm Bureau.
The report found that, while the drought could impact the agriculture sector, it does not appear to be a significant threat to the general economy.
“Farmers are going to go back to farming,” K