Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A crackling stalk of corn baked in the 100º heat Monday.
"We haven't had rain since June 4th. Corn needs three tenths of an inch everyday during this reproductive stage," said Rad Yager, county extension agent.
About five days after rain or irrigation yields begin to plummet. "Our corn crops can decline about 5% per day," he said.
So farmers, who can afford it, have been forced to irrigate multiple times, in the past couple of weeks. A costly task. But extension agents say because of the price of corn right now at four dollars a bushel, it's worth the money.
"That can help them put money back on their bottom line," said Yager.
Another problem is heat. Heavy spring rains washed out acres of crops. "Some corn was replanted three times probably within 45 days so that youngest corn just now in pollination," said Yager.
100º temperatures can easily have an adverse effect on pollination, again decreasing yields.
And yet another problem growing for farmers due to the lack of rain is weed control.
"Some chemicals we use to fight weeds do better when washed into the soil. It keeps weeds from germinating," he said.
All issues that may continue growing during the dry summer months.