Soil Still Dry Rainfall late last week and early this week has brought some temporary relief to drought conditions across Georgia. But the state needs much more rain to break the drought. Total rainfall between June 8 and June 14 in the state’s peanut region ranged from 0.3 inches at Statesboro to 1.98 inches at Tifton. Most stations reported between 0.75 and 1.75 inches. Across the rest of the state, rainfall ranged from 0.1 at Dearing and 0.27 at Eatonton. Some stations had more than 1.5 inches, included Attapulgus and Dixie in southwest; Tifton in south central; Vidalia in southeast; Griffin, Pine Mountain and Williamson in west central; Blairsville in the north Georgia mountains; and Clark Atlanta University in downtown Atlanta. (The rainfall figures are from the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. Daily updates are available on the Web site.) With last week’s rain, conditions in central Georgia improved from extreme to severe drought, while southwest Georgia improved from severe to moderate drought. Except for the northwest (moderate), the rest of the state is in severe drought. Rainfall needed to end the drought ranges from 4 inches in the northwest to more than 11 inches in the southeast. The eastern two-thirds of the state needs more than 9 inches to end the drought. Drought Still On The Georgia Agricultural Statistical Service reports that soil moisture is very short to short in 70 percent of the state. The topsoil in the central, east central and all of south Georgia is excessively dry, and yield prospects are reduced. West-central Georgia soils are abnormally dry, and prospects are deteriorating. Across the rest of the state, the soil moisture is rated as short. Regional drought and soil moisture conditions are calculated by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center and updated weekly. Agriculture remains stressed across the state. GASS rates almost half of the corn and pastures very poor to poor. Almost a third of the cotton crop is rated very poor to poor. You can find daily updates on the drought at the UGA drought Web site. Or contact your county extension agent.
ABBOTT, Texas (Feb. 4) – The 2015 race season is the second in a five-year agreement making Mach-1 of Abbott, Texas, title sponsor of IMCA’s Sport Compact division.Mach-1 will provide a portion of the $1,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final national standings for the 4-cylinder class in 2015. The Gary Mach-owned company began giving Sport Compact contingencies in 2009, first put its name on the division in 2011 and inked the new five-year contract in 2014. Sport Compact champions were crowned at 41 tracks in 10 states in last year. One hundred and nineteen different drivers have now won one or more of the 200 track or special series titles awarded since IMCA began sanctioning the division in 2006. More information about Mach-1 support and consulting services is available by calling 254 826-5848.All drivers in the division are required to display two Mach-1 decals on their race car to be eligible. “The Mach-1 program is crucial for our Sport Compact members because it puts cash in their pocket not only at our national banquet, but during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s as well,” pointed out IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “They’ve been the only title sponsor this division has ever known and we are pleased to be able to market that well into the foreseeable future.”