Drought conditions worsened across most of Georgia during May. With well-below-normal rain and temperatures routinely in the 90s, soils continued to dry. The southern half of the state is being hit the hardest. With little widespread rain and soaring temperatures over the next several days, conditions are expected to only get drier. Counties south of Harris, Talbot, Upson, Monroe, Jones, Baldwin, Washington, Glascock, Jefferson and Burke, inclusive, are now classified as being in extreme drought. Since Oct. 1, or what is considered the first of the water year, these counties have received 70 percent or less of normal rain. Over the past 6 months, Columbus has received 63 percent of normal rain. Macon has received 60 percent of normal rain.Soil moisture conditions in the southern half of the state are generally at the fifth percentile. At the fifth percentile, the soils at the end of May are wetter 95 out of 100 years. Many farmers have not completed spring planting because the soils are too dry. Farmers are irrigating their crops just to get small plants to properly emerge, a very expensive alternative to rain.Stream flows across the coastal plain region are very low for the end of May. Almost all streams are currently at or below the tenth percentile. At the tenth percentile, the streams would have more water in them 90 out of 100 years. Daily record-low flows are occurring on Spring Creek near Iron City, Pachitla Creek near Edison, Muckalee Creek near Leesburg, Withlacoochee River near Quitman, Alapaha River near Alapaha and the Ocmulgee River near Lumber City. These low flows in the coastal plain are especially noteworthy since they are lower than they were in late May 2007, which was during Georgia’s last major drought. Counties classified as being in severe drought are Heard, Troup, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Lamar, Butts, Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, Warren, McDuffie, Richmond, Columbia and Lincoln. Soil moisture in these counties is approaching the tenth percentile. Moderate drought conditions are now being felt in Haralson, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Henry, Rockdale, Newton, Walton, Morgan, Oconee, Greene, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, Wilkes, Madison and Elbert counties. The classification of these counties in moderate drought is based on extremely low rain over the past two months. These counties have received between 50 and 80 percent of normal rain during that time period. Over the past two months, Atlanta has received 80 percent of normal rain. Athens has received 48 percent of normal rain. Decreasing soil moisture is currently the major drought concern in these counties. The remaining counties across north Georgia are classified as being abnormally dry. Soil moisture in these counties is generally in the normal range for late May but decreasing rapidly. Stream flows are on the low end of normal in these counties. There remains an increased wildfire risk across the state. Precautions need to be exercised when doing any activity that could generate sparks. For the most part, water resources should remain adequate for municipal and industrial use through the summer. Most water systems in Georgia have the capacity for a drought lasting less than a year. Lake levels will decrease during the summer. Being good stewards of water resources is especially prudent during a drought even though water resources are expected to remain adequate for the foreseeable future. Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at www.georgiaweather.net.
The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body for cycling says its world championships will remain as scheduled the final week of September, drawing the ire of some pro teams hoping the calendar would be adjusted to accommodate marquee races that have been postponed. Associated Press April 1, 2020 The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept. The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” ___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. Officials from the UCI confirmed that its weeklong championships will begin Sept. 20 in Switzerland. It begins with the men’s and women’s time trial, and a midweek mixed team relay would keep riders busy ahead of the road championships the following weekend. That means the entire week is out of the picture for rescheduling other events.Almost the entire spring classics season has been scrapped. That includes races such as Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The first of the Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, has been postponed while the Tour de France hopes to remain in July.___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___
Optimal irrigation occurs between 2 and 7 a.m., said Guy Fipps, a professor in Texas A&M’s department of biological and agricultural engineering who specializes in irrigation technology, water quality and water management.Fipps said many systems he analyzes see three to four times the water amount applied than actually needed. He said fungi and dry spots occur because of improperly designed systems, where sprinkler heads are not properly spaced. The idea is to have head-to-head coverage, Fipps said, which creates overlap to improve field uniformity.The SU grounds crew now waters the field four times per week, at 20 minutes per zone. The water cycle varies depending on rainfall, with an increase over the last few weeks of September, when Syracuse experienced record-breaking heat. The dampness of the grass determines how the ball moves.“We want to play it faster, we want to move the ball side-to-side faster,” junior forward Hugo Delhommelle said. “If the grass is pretty dry, it’s not as fast as when the grass is wet.”Schools such as Syracuse stick to real grass rather than artificial surfaces, because, as Delhommelle and several other SU teammates said blankly, playing on grass is “more natural.” Turf increases the rate of injury, Fipps said, and it produces higher bounces. Other schools invest in turf because it’s generally easier to maintain. Irrigation alone costs between $5,000 and $10,000 per year.“I just think the ball moves better,” Syracuse junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just a sport that plays on grass. You see pro teams overseas play on grass. More MLS teams are going to grass as well. I just think it’s a part of the game to play on grass.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerIt hasn’t always been a part of the game for every Syracuse player. Bakalovic, a Utica native, played mainly on artificial turf while with the Empire Revolution Academy. Junior defender Kamal Miller grew up further north in Ontario, Canada. There, Miller never played on grass.He remembers grass being seen as a commodity. His club team, Vaughan FC, made the League One finals two years in a row. Both finals games were hosted in BMO Field, a grass surface where Toronto FC plays its MLS matches.Now, Miller plays on grass every day. The climate in Syracuse isn’t much different from that of Ontario, but the grounds crew is more precise. After the game, Buffum and the crew do their rounds and replace the divots. A water cycle is laid down and the process repeats. One trim per day and twice on gameday.Sometimes, though, Miller can’t resist a third cut.“There’s been times when I mow it one way and then the other and I just have to mow it want one more way because you want that perfectly cut nap,” he said. “It gets obsessive.” Comments Published on October 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ A three-pronged, hand-held pitchfork dug deep into the pitch. Dave Buffum picked up the divot then reached into a white bucket. Using a metal shovel, he sprinkled top dressing into the wounded area before pressing the grass down. While Syracuse and Cornell broke for halftime last month, around 8 p.m., Buffum continued his long day of work, which begins daily at 10:30 a.m.Buffum leads a four-person crew at SU, where two members work each soccer game. But on that night, he had extra help. There was a youth soccer game during halftime. Baldwinsville and Oswego grade school students herded around one ball, unknowingly assisting Buffum’s crew. The young players stomped, patching up the injured areas the grounds crew couldn’t reach. It was a resurfacing of sorts.“It’s important to get the divots right back in so they can bite back in,” Jim Miller, the manager of grounds at Syracuse, said. “That’s one of the key components giving the field good longevity over the season.”Buffum’s attention to detail underscores the importance of maintaining a lush playing surface for the Syracuse men’s and women’s soccer teams. He works year-round to ensure the field recovers from any kind of high traffic or stress, like Division I athletes ripping it up for 90 minutes a night. They also want to prove the sod is drought and snow tolerant. In a calendar year, Syracuse’s grounds crews dump around 30 tons of sand and spray roughly 100,000 gallons of water to ensure vigor.Thanks to the intense care, Syracuse plays on an all-natural surface like 10 of its 11 conference opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, the hurdle was 80- and 90-degree days in September, when there were 12 games at SU Soccer Stadium. Last year, it was a drought. By the playoffs, it may be snow flurries. SU moved an NCAA Tournament game to Onondaga Community College due to snow last year. Regardless, keeping the playing surface on the campus of one of the snowiest colleges in the U.S. in a season as unpredictable as fall isn’t easy.“What you don’t hope for is snow,” Miller quipped.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorBased on 30-year averages, September is the third-rainiest month in Syracuse at 3.68 inches. Brian Donegan, a meteorologist at Weather.com, said it didn’t rain enough to replenish the water in the soil in 2016. This year, record heat and humidity brought new challenges.Three weeks ago, a period of humidity prompted pythium, a destructive parasite that can “wipe out a field in three days.” To monitor the performance and the playing quality, an SU grounds crew member walks the entirety of the field about four times per week. Patches can produce irregular bounces.“You ask any young man or young woman — they’d play on good grass (instead of artificial turf),” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It can be a better surface of which to move the ball around. It’s easier and better on the body.”Since the SU men’s and women’s soccer teams began this season in late August, temperatures have been erratic. By mid-season, temps can drop to about 50 degrees, which slows down the growth and recuperating ability of the grass. The slowdown can force managers to properly overseed or overwater to ensure extra strength.SU focuses on keeping an extensive root system, which digs deeper into the soil, helping in drought situations such as 2016. To care for the grass, field managers use Signature Blend fertilizer. In the spring the fertilizer contains a pre-emergent to prevent weed germination. In the fall, the fertilizer is a mix of nitrogen in potassium with a higher percentage of iron, keeping the grass green without pushing too much growth.They mow the 225 by 360-foot field twice on game day, going opposite directions each time to create the signature grid on the pitch, and once every other day with a 72-inch wide reel mower. To produce designs on the field, the grounds crew uses push brooms to dictate which way the grass lays. By putting the grass blades in opposition, the crew created a design featuring a block “S” for the Louisville game in mid-September.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just think that’s how it should be,” he said. “You know what I mean? Obviously I want to go back in, everybody wanted to go back in. At the same time, when they were making their run, had they tried to put me back in I probably would have told him to let the team roll.”Nance’s 18 points tied a career-high and marked his best offensive game of the season. He chalked that up to being aggressive and rebounding.“I knew they couldn’t keep me off of (the glass),” he said, “and Zo was making some great passes.”After starting just 29 games his first two seasons in the league, Nance has emerged as Walton’s choice at power forward with the first unit.In four appearances as the full-time starter, the 24-year-old said he had noticed matchups being a bigger challenge with the starting lineup. Three of his first five opponents were Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and, on Friday, Serge Ibaka. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Those are three of probably the top 10 power forwards in the league,” Nance said. “So I’m looking forward to more of it, but it’s definitely been a challenge – a challenge that I enjoy.” LOS ANGELES — In his speech to the team after the Lakers stormed back to beat Washington on Wednesday, Luke Walton singled out one of his players for his role in the victory.It wasn’t any of the five players who were on the floor for the comeback – although those players received their share of praise, too – but instead Larry Nance Jr., who did not get back in the game after scoring 18 points through three quarters.“He was up on the bench cheering on Julius (Randle),” Walton said. “In a league that a lot of times can be about ‘me, me, me’ he was a great example of the team being the most important and that’s the type of culture we want around here.”Nance, for his part, didn’t think he did anything special.