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 From Cotton Farming, May 1

Celebrating Arizona Soil and Climate

Recently, (UArizona Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist Jeff) Silvertooth was our guest on KTAR’s Rosie on the House — a statewide weekend radio program — highlighting not only Arizona’s climate but the state’s soil type.

According to Silvertooth, “The state soil of Arizona is the Casa Grande sandy loam that is commonly found in alluvial areas [soils deposited by streams and rivers over centuries] of Pinal, Pima and Maricopa counties.”

He adds that Arizona soils are geologically young, fertile and extremely productive if they are reclaimed and managed from excessive salt and sodium — a natural part of desert soils — and sufficient water is provided by irrigation.

AZ Meteorological Network Launches New Website

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The Arizona Meteorological Network has a new website with many familiar aspects of the legacy website rebuilt and reorganized. AZMet will continue to evolve the site with new features and tools. AZMet's network of automated weather stations allow viewers to see real-time temperatures, wind speeds, humidity, dew point, and evapotranspiration information from 43 sites across Arizona.  

If you have questions about the new website, please contact AZMet Program Manager Jeremy Weiss at jlweiss@arizona.edu.

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From Nursery Management, May 2024

Resilient Plants

Ursula Schuch, Extension specialist and professor at the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona, explains that extreme high temperatures and late low temperatures continue to accelerate and be a challenge for plants in her region.

“We had some really unusual late freezes in the spring that damaged some plant material, and the persistent high temperatures over 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit are a challenge to some of the plant material,” Schuch says.

Based on the trial, one of the top performers was Dodonaea viscosa ‘Emerald Ice,’ commonly known as hop bush. Schuch explains that the ‘Emerald Ice’ plants provided with the lowest irrigation treatment (20%) grew just as well as the plants that were provided 50% and 80%, and there were no significant differences in the growth.

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