NOT QUITE YET, but Georgia peaches are well on their way. An unusually warm winter was followed a cool spring with too little water had many growers and peach lovers concerned.ÿ But a UGA horticulturist said she expects the largest harvest since 1994 — a bumper crop. “If everything else goes well, we’re expecting 75 percent to 85 percent of a full crop.” This year’s Georgia peach crop has had too little cold, too little heat and too littlewater. But University of Georgia scientists and peachfarmers still expect the 1999 peach harvest to be the best since the bumper crop in 1994. The lack of chill hours was a big concern, but growers applied a compound called Dormex that substituted for some chill hours. In Fort Valley, scientists report they got only about two-thirds of the chill hours they needed for many varieties — about 770 hours versus 1,200 in a normal year. Taylor said the trees set a good flower crop, but the leaves are expanding slowly because of a cool spring. Dormex speeds up leaf emergence. Once the leaves emerge and begin photosynthesizing, the tree can provide the energy needed to support the developing fruit. But after the warm winter, Taylor said spring was relatively cool in peach-growing areas. “The cool spring kept the leaves from growing normally. It has some of the farmers holding their breath for the late-season varieties.” “We’re looking at a pretty good crop,” said KathrynTaylor, a stone fruits horticulturist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “If everything else goes well, we’reexpecting 75 percent to 85 percent of a full crop.”Chill a concern Compound helps, but nature most important “Flameprince” peaches And on top of the too-warm, too-cool problems, Georgia is about 7 inches short on rainfall so far this year. “Our growers are busy irrigating now to develop peaches of good size for the market,” Taylor said. Farmers are also making sure their orchards are clean — that no extra weeds or grasses take up water the trees need. Brooks County is in the second-largest peach growing area in the state, producing about 10 percent of the state’s crop. Georgia is the nation’s No. 3 peach-producing state with a crop value of $35.2 million in 1997. Al Pearson of Big 6 Farms in Peach County said he’s noticed the trees look different. “They sure don’t have the leaves they usually do,” he said. “The tree produces the fruit. But it takes the leaves to keep the fruit.” Peach County is in middle Georgia, where farmers produce about 90 percent of Georgia’s peach crop. Pearson said he used Dormex on much of his orchard, but hasn’t noticed any real difference in most of the varieties. “We’re hoping to see a difference later in the year on the late varieties,” he said. Add water woes Johnny Whiddon, a UGA Extension Service agent in Brooks County, said growers there began picking peaches in the third week of April. “Our crop looks good,” he said. “But how we do the rest of the year will depend on the rain we get.” Whiddon said most farmers in his county used Dormex on mid- to late-season varieties. Early maturing varieties have lower chill requirements and got enough cold naturally. “How well we do with Dormex is dependent on timing,” Whiddon said. “So we’re still waiting to see how those do. But it’s looking good.” Pearson said he and his neighboring growers will start picking their peaches in mid- to late May. South Georgia peaches are different varieties with shorter chill requirements and mature more quickly in the warmer climate. “I’m still a little nervous — it’s still a long time until the season’s done,” Pearson said. “But overall, I’m real optimistic. I see the possibility for a good crop, probably the best since ’94 or ’97.” Farmer sees difference Wild weather K.Weller, USDA Contact the USDA photo unit for high-res images.
BATESVILLE, Ark. – A pair of $1,250 to win features for IMCA Modifieds are on the card for the Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 Arkansas Spring Nationals at Batesville Motor Speedway.Both Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying events pay $1,000 to the runner-up. Minimum start money is $150 and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded.Pre-entry fee is $50 each night or $75 at the gate. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each night.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 14 and under. Pit passes are $30.Overnight accommodations are available by calling the Ramada Inn at 870 698-1800, the Holiday Inn Express at 870 698-2700 or Comfort Suites at 870 698-1900.Additional information about Arkansas Spring Nationals is available by calling 870 251-0011, at the www.batesvillemotorspeedway.com website or by emailing [email protected]
“We are very happy that this programme is finally taking place. Previously, we had been doing CAF ‘B’ and ‘C’ courses. The ‘A’ Licence programme means that we are stepping up. I am also happy about the response of our coaches to this programme,” Amodu said in Abuja monday.Assistant Director (Technical), Rafiu Yusuf, disclosed that over 40 persons registered for the two-week course, which will end on April 30.Yesterday, Amodu introduced the course content to the participants, while Onigbinde and Laloko began the series on ‘Soccer Simplified’ which will last for a number of days. Laloko also spoke on ‘Fitness for Success in Football’ and ‘Typical Training Session.’Today and Wednesday, the ‘Soccer Simplified’ series will continue, and on Thursday, Director of Sports Medicine in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu will speak on ‘Injuries and Rehabilitation, Recovery and Regeneration, Conditioning for Pros, Drug Testing and Fitness Testing Environmental Problems.’Mr. Linus Mba will speak on ‘The Laws and the Coach; the Laws and the Spirit of the Game: Analysis of New Proposals.’The programme is a 240-hour course, with the second phase billed for the mid-season period of the Nigeria Professional Football League next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe first-ever CAF ‘A’ Licence Coaching Programme in the history of Nigeria started in Abuja monday, organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Before now, a number of CAF ‘B’ and ‘C’ Licence courses have been held in the country over the years. But the two-week programme that started at the FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja is the first CAF ‘A’ course in the country.National Technical Director, Shaibu Amodu, is coordinating the programme alongside assistant technical directors Rafiu Yusuf and Siji Lagunju (both ex-Nigerian internationals), with former NFF General Secretaries Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Tijjani Yusuf, FIFA Advisor Linus Mba, former NFF Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko and former Nigeria coaches Adegboye Onigbinde and James Peters among the resource persons.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMore than 80 classes at Thunder Bay Junior High School took part in the ‘Get Fit Don’t Sit’ exercise challenge b there was only one winner. Some of the exercises included walking laps around the track, jumping jacks and more.‘Get Fit Don’t Sit’ day is inspired to help people get up and move throughout the day. Sitting for long periods of time can be more dangerous than smoking.8th Grader, Brianna Boyk said the program is great and it feels good to be able to get up and move during school hours. Mrs. Samp’s third hour Social Studies class won a healthy pizza for their participation.The healthy pizza wasn’t your typical cheese and pepperoni. Students indulged into a unique slice of fruit for breakfast.Community Health Coordinator, Erica Phillips said the idea is to help kids become more aware of what they are eating so they don’t suffer from health problems.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Locals Honor Alpena Fallen Police Officers During National Police WeekNext Hoeft State Park gets nominated for ‘Best Michigan Park’