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Georgia Drought

first_img“This is definitely a below-average season. Up to 30 percent of our rain in the summer comes from tropical systems. When we don’t have those storms come over, we’re more likely to go into a drought,” Knox said.For more information about drought in the United States, go to droughtmonitor.unl.edu. A summer drought combined with scorching temperatures have Georgia farmers feeling the heat, says University of Georgia’s agricultural climatologist Pam Knox.“Now that the temperatures have risen and we’re still not getting rain, it’s really put a lot more stress on the crops,” Knox said. “Looks like there’s not a whole lot of relief in sight anytime soon.”Parts of Georgia have been classified as D2 — in severe drought — by the Drought Monitor, an organization that tracks the country’s rain deficits. That classification includes Alma in south central Georgia, an area thriving in blueberry production, but one that had endured a record-low amount of rainfall last month. Knox said Alma recorded less than half an inch of rain in July.Another drought-ridden part of Georgia include areas southwest of Tifton, in which crops have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, says Knox.The summer drought is having a detrimental impact on summer crops. Scott Monfort, a peanut agronomist based on the UGA Tifton Campus, said about half of Georgia’s 590,000 acres are farmed on irrigated land. Farmers with non-irrigated peanuts, however, could feel the pinch once harvest season begins in September if it doesn’t rain soon.“I think we’ll see our harvest a little under what it has been, not as great as we’ve seen,” Monfort said, referring to 2012-13 when yields were the best the state has ever seen. “It’s just real spotty where we’ve gotten rain. In a couple of locations, we’re telling our growers to watch what they put into it because they might not get it back out.”Monfort said peanuts will start being harvested around the third week of September and continue as late as Thanksgiving for crops planted the end of May through the first of June.Georgia cotton farmers expect a productive harvest despite the prolonged drought. UGA Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins said the USDA is predicting 967 pounds per acre, though Collins believes that number is a little high.“We’ve got some really good looking cotton and some that’s struggled. Last year, the cotton was so water-logged, it was poor. But this year has been more of a typical year for us so far. There’s always some drought stress at some point in the game so our growers are used to dealing with it,” he said.Georgia growers planted 1.45 million acres of cotton this year.The recent heat wave has also taken its toll on vegetable producers who are trying to get their fall crop in the ground, says UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong.“People are trying to get transplants into plastic and get them established. This heat last week has been an issue,” Coolong said. “People are having to run irrigation to wet the beds before planting. They normally do that anyway but they’re having to do it a little more now and then really keep the water on the plants.” Since most Georgia grown vegetables are heavily irrigated, the lack of rainfall has reduced the potential for some diseases.Contributing to Georgia’s severe drought is the lack of tropical systems coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more

Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more