Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weather - August Rainfall

We have had considerable rainfall over the first 2 weeks of August across mid-state. The following are some August rainfall totals:

Blackbird = 2.20 inches
Bridgeville = 1.56 inches
Dover = 1.01 inches
Ellendale = 1.49 inches
Georgetown = 1.14 inches
Harrington = 2.17 inches
Kitts Hummock = 1.45 inches
Milford = 3.19 inches
Sandtown = 1.11 inches
Smyrna = 7.06 inches
Townsend = 0.31 inches
Viola = 2.21 inches

As you can see, rainfall still is extremely variable. Smyrna continues to receive significant rainfall. However, not far away in the Townsend area there has been little rain. Milford also has had considerable rainfall this month.

The humid, wet weather along with heavy dews have set up conditions for many diseases in ornamental plants and turf. For example, we are seeing more downy mildews this year and Pythium in turf.

Gordon Johnson, Extension Horticulture Agent, UD, Kent County

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