Georgia Farmers Adapting to Hotter Summers
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Georgia farmers Mandy and Steve O’Shea began their business in 2011 with a commitment to sustainability, reports The Red & Black. Now they’re having to adapt their growing season to deal with warmer winters and hotter summers. Instead of December and January being the slow time on their farm, they’re shifting their heat-sensitive flower crops away from July and August, and using those months as a rest period. The O’Sheas also power their farm with solar and biofuels. Other area farmers are also adapting to hotter weather and increased precipitation by using cover crops, and they’re making efforts to reduce their fossil fuel use, as well.