Agricultural drought

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaAs Geogia enters the heart of the growing season, mildagricultural drought conditions have returned to much of northand central Georgia. The remainder of the state is abnormally dry.Mild drought conditions exist primarily south of a PolkCounty-to-Stephens County line and north of a Quitman-to-LincolnCounty line. Most of the remainder of the state is quicklyapproaching mild agricultural drought conditions.Soil moisture levels in southeast Georgia are near normal formid-June.Tropical weather system Alberto is bringing some moisture reliefto south Georgia on Tuesday. Until the final track and timing ofAlberto is known, though, the impact on the moisture supply inGeorgia won’t not be known.High water use by plants and high evaporation rates associatedwith temperatures in the mid to upper 90s have caused soilsstatewide to become very dry.Hot cropsThe immediate agricultural concerns are with corn and pastureconditions. Corn has started to pollinate across the state. Hotand dry conditions during pollination cause major reductions incorn yields. Pasture production is also being negativelyaffected. This impact will hurt livestock and dairy operationsand could linger into the winter.Rainfall during the cool season, October through March, was lowacross most of the state. Because of the dry cool season, thesoil moisture was not adequately recharged to provide a bufferfor a period of little rain and high temperatures.During the past 30 days, the following University of Georgiaautomated weather stations are among the 28 receiving less than 1inch of rain: Alpharetta, Arlington, Brunswick, Pine Mountain,Camilla, Cordele, Covington, Dawson, Duluth, Eatonton, FortValley, Gainesville, Griffin, Statesboro, Valdosta, Vidalia andWatkinsville.Low streamsU.S. Geological Survey stream gauges are showing low flows acrossthe entire state. Many streams are near the 10th percentile forthe date.At the 10th percentile, we expect the stream flow to be greaterthan the current value in 90 years out of 100 for the currentdate.Based on USGS data, groundwater levels were showing good rechargein November and December 2005. However, with abnormal drynessduring the late winter and early spring, groundwater levels werebeginning to drop by mid-April. By June, levels were below normalstatewide and still dropping.The normal recharge season for groundwater is over. So levels areexpected to keep dropping through summer into fall.The state’s major reservoirs are in good shape now. However,water levels are starting to drop. Farm ponds are showing theimpacts of the dry, hot weather.WateringGeorgia is now under the normal odd-even outdoor water useschedule. Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays. Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses maywater only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are nohour limits.Local governments and water providers are authorized to implementmore stringent outdoor water use schedules within theirjurisdictions. Some water providers, especially around Atlanta,are starting to implement more stringent outdoor water userequirements.Comprehensive updated information may be found at www.georgiadrought.org.Real-time weather conditions, including soil moisture balance,may be found at www.georgiaweather.net.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professorof engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Race Ahead: Goodwill Mud Run

first_imgThe Goodwill Mud Run in Greenville, South Carolina, presented by St. Francis Sports Medicine is a 3.5-mile challenge run with 35 obstacles, where teams compete against each other in an officially timed event, April 12-13, 2014The Mud Run/Obstacle Course race takes place at the SC-TAC (formerly Donaldson Center)Start Time is 7 a.m. and up to 4,000 individuals may register.Visit goodwillmudrun.org for more information and to register.Registration:2 Person Team (Saturday Only) 3 Divisions – $1004 Person Team (Divisions A-F) – $140JROTC Team (this is for JROTC high school teams) – $90.00Obstacle Course InformationPlease see the Course Map and familiarize yourself with the Obstacle Rules to prepare yourself for taking on the Goodwill Mud Run course. In an effort to create a fair playing field for participants, course previews or practice runs are strictly prohibited. Trespassing on the Goodwill Mud Run Obstacle Course opens up participants to the potential for injury and places Goodwill Industries in a position to withhold a team from racing.Wear clothing that you don’t mind throwing away. Organizers recommend participants wear pants that fasten tightly as drawstring shorts and pants tend to get stuck and come off in the mud. A running, trail or some form of hiking shoe/boot is recommended. You cannot run barefooted and NO flip flop or slip-on sport shoe will be allowed. Some participants find it helpful to duct tape their shoes to their feet.Kid ZoneThe Kid Zone is open to children ages 4 and up. Parents/guardians must sign a waiver for their children to run through the Kid’s Zone course. A Kid’s Zone participant does not receive an event t-shirt with registration.T-Shirt & Costume ContestThe Goodwill Mud Run has a separate T-shirt and Costume contests. Let the photographers at the registration table know your team would like to enter either contest and at that time they will take your picture. Goodwill Mud Run race organizers will vote on the contest entries the week after the event. The winning team from each contest will win $150; Runner-up team in each category will receive $100. Have fun, but please keep t-shirt designs and costumes “family friendly.”Race Contact: Paul J. Callahan; [email protected]; 864-351-0123To see more, check out some of the videos on YouTube.GMR Logo_Fall 2011last_img read more

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Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought

first_img January 1, 2006 Regular News Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought D eputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for the position of deputy chief judge of compensation claims.The commission will hold a public hearing January 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Airport Boulevard, Orlando 32827, for the purpose of interviewing prospective applicants for the position.Qualified applicants must submit one original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, phone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587, and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member, no later than 5 p.m. January 13. Any applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A copy of the judicial application along with a listing of all SNCJCC members is posted on the DOAH Web site at www.jcc.state.fl.us/jcc and The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org.last_img read more

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3 weekend money traps you need to avoid

first_img 181SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details After a hectic workweek, it’s natural to want to decompress over the weekend. Watch out though, because these two days can be the most expensive of the entire week. Here are three common weekend money traps, and how to avoid them.RestaurantsDinner at a popular eatery on a Friday night always sounds enticing after a long week. But before you make those reservations consider how much you’ll save by cooking at home. You can still enjoy a great meal, and some quality time with friends and family without the expensive bill.Movie theatresIt is more expensive than ever to catch the latest movie release. Add in some sodas and popcorn and you’re looking at a hefty price tag. Instead, do some research on the newest releases on Netflix or Hulu, and grab some snacks at a discount store.ShoppingWe love shopping on the weekends. Special sales at your favorite store may have you spending money you shouldn’t on things you don’t need. Instead, redirect that shopping urge to the grocery store. Not only will you be able to shop but you’ll be purchasing necessary items that will encourage you to plan your meals, and keep you out of those pricey restaurants.last_img read more

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Take action to bring end to climate change

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Climate change/global warming is the most important issue we face today. If we don’t do something to mitigate it, all our other issues will be moot, because we will be in the process of going extinct, along with the rest of God’s creation. Almost 100 percent of our scientists believe that this is so. The ones who express doubt are the ones on the payroll of fossil fuel companies.This is what climate change scientist Kevin Anderson has to say: “If our developing nations’ emissions peak in 2030, and decline at 3 percent per year thereafter, and if our developed nations’ emissions peak in 2015 (which they have not), and decline at 3 percent thereafter, we have a 50:50 chance of limiting global warming to 4 degrees C.”  This is equivalent to about 9 degrees F.  This could be happening as early as the 2060s.What will happen?  Seas will rise, droughts and fires will increase, as will hurricanes and floods. Species will be lost. As for humans, we will be stressed for water and food, forced to move by rising sea levels, stressed by heat waves and disease. People will have to migrate to survive, causing wars, chaos and social and economic breakdown. Do you have children and grandchildren?  Do you want to see them go through this? I don’t. Please, conserve fossil fuels, give up eating beef, encourage your congressmen to take the subsidies off fossil fuels and beef, and ask them to encourage clean, renewable energy.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Engagement: Clarke – Robertson

first_imgNancy and John Clarke of Edgartown are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katharine Warren Clarke of Edgartown, to Craig Steven Robertson of Chelmsford, son of Kathleen and Matthew Rafferty of Dracut. Katie Clarke is director of theater at Endicott College, and artistic director at Stage 288. Craig Robertson is employed by Chelmsford High School. The couple plan to marry in September 2022.last_img

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