By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers started their peanut harvest a few weeks ago. And despite a searing summer drought, yields are OK. Even better news is that prices are the highest in years, say University of Georgia experts.”It’s amazing that we’re sitting as good as we are right now,” said John Beasley, a Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia’s peanut harvest is at its peak, Beasley said. But it’s three weeks behind its typical schedule. That’s because some farmers had to delay planting due to a cool, dry spring.The dry spring quickly turned into an extreme summer drought, hurting peanuts and other row crops. Triple-digit heat in August blasted peanut plants aboveground and the developing nuts underground.Timely rainfall, though, sustained the crop in places, along with a lot of water from irrigation. As of Oct. 7, a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of UGA Extension county agents assessed 90 percent of the crop as good to excellent.Farmers are expected to average 2,900 pounds per acre this harvest. That’s 150 pounds more than last year. “Considering the way we started out, that’s a good yield,” Beasley said. Georgia’s average has been as high as 3,450 pounds per acre in recent years.Farmers will harvest 520,000 acres, 55,000 less than last year. The total crop should be 750,000 tons, or 40,000 less than last year. Georgia grows about half of the U.S. peanut crop each year.The summer heat and drought hurt other peanut-producing states such as Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina more than they did Georgia, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension agricultural economist.The weather-related losses and a dwindling surplus have pushed prices to as high as $500 per ton. These are the highest prices since Congress ended the peanut quota program, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton, in 2001.Prices two years ago were $355 per ton because of a U.S. surplus of 1 million tons, Smith said. The surplus is now expected to be 490,000 tons. The industry likes to keep a 300,000-ton surplus each year to help meet the demand the following year.This is good news for farmers. “Looking at that kind of surplus,” Smith said, “sets us up for a good marketing year next year, too.”If the weather remains favorable, with isolated showers to soften the ground followed by clear, dry days, farmers should keep getting good yields statewide, Beasley said. With the harvest running late, though, cold weather may threaten it later this month and in November.
Farmers and food processors take routine steps to reduce the likelihood of foodborne pathogens, like Salmonella and E. coli, contacting our food and causing illness. The procedures that our food industry takes on a daily basis are also effective in reducing the chances that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 will come in contact with the food we eat.There is currently no evidence that the coronavirus is spread through contaminated food. This is in part because the virus primarily targets cells in the respiratory tract (lungs) rather than organs in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines), and because acids in the stomach likely inactivate ingested virus before it can cause harm.During the current pandemic and other viral outbreaks, there are further considerations that farms and agricultural businesses must take in order to protect their workers and customers despite the usual safety of our food supply.Farms, packinghouses and food processorsSick workers should never be allowed to come to work, and they should understand that there is no punishment for them if and when they call in sick.Encourage distancing of at least 6 feet between workers at all time, including on buses transporting groups of workers to the field and on the packing line when possible. Only one employee should be in the cab of a truck, and frequently touched surfaces like the steering wheel or door handles should be cleaned and disinfected when passengers leave or enter a vehicle.Frequently touched surfaces within the farm or facility should be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day and between shift changes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends a list of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus. A solution of 5 tablespoons of bleach in 1 gallon of water may also be used.U-pick operations, farmers markets, farm supply stores and CSAsPost signs stating rules to be followed at the entrance. Keep them short and easy to read. Rules should include washing hands (or using hand sanitizer if washing is not possible) upon arrival; wearing a mask, bandana or scarf; maintaining 6 feet of distance between other patrons; and requesting vendor assistance to select items instead of handling items themselves.Indoor markets may consider putting vendors or high-demand items outside so that patrons do not have to enter the building. For items inside, consider posting a price list outside and having an employee retrieve items, or set a reasonable limit on the amount of time each customer may stay inside to do business.Have one person dedicated to handling payments. Conduct transactions online or over the phone when possible, and require credit or debit cards for in-person transactions, since paper money cannot be sanitized.U-pick operations should clean and disinfect all picking baskets and equipment between customers. When in the field, customers must only touch fruit they plan to pick.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has further guidance, in English and Spanish, including materials for farms, packinghouses, community gardens, farmers markets, food banks, agribusinesses and consumers on its emergency resources page at extension.uga.edu/emergencies.
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HIFL 20192018 winners of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), UAM Tillers and third placed team OAU Giants will reenact their 2018 semifinal fixture after they both qualified from the quarter final rounds.UAM Tillers qualified narrowly at home, as they laboured to defeat a defiant BUK Stallions team 5-4 on penalties without prolific Kano Pillars striker Ebuka Odenigbo after the tie ended one-all on aggregate. The Stallions from Kano were the better side as they dominated the UAM Tillers for the most part of the game.In the 73rd minute, Abduljani Tijani, with Jersey Number 7, put the visitors ahead to the disappointment of the home fans, however the boisterous Tillers fans had the last laugh after the spot kick agony for the Stallions.OAU Giants qualified to the semifinals despite losing 1-2 to LASU Blazers in Lagos.The Giants defeated the Blazers 2-0 in Ife in the first leg of the semi-finals and will face UAM Tillers in the HiFL 2019 semifinals.In Ilorin, UNIBEN Royals advanced to the semi-finals despite losing 1-2 to 2018 fourth placed team, UNILORIN Warriors.The Royals met with tough opposition in Ilorin as the warriors gave their all to make it to Lagos a second time but to no avail.Muhammed Ahmad scored twice to boost the Warriors’ hope but his effort was cancelled out by 2019 season leading marksman Prosper Edewhor who got on the scorer-sheet in 22nd minute for the timid Royals.UNIBEN Royals will now play ESUT Explorers who qualified over last season’s runners up UNICAL Malabites in Enugu.The 2019 first leg Semifinal fixture is scheduled for the 25th of September, with the return leg ties billed for October 9th.The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The league is sponsored by Stanbic IBTC, Indomie Nigeria and Premier Cool. The top 32 Universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
GREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ? When looking for reasons why the Wisconsin men?s basketball team lost its first game in a month and a half, you could look at a lot of different things.You could look to the stat sheet and the rebounding column, where the Badgers ? one of the best rebounding teams in the Big Ten ? were outrebounded for the second consecutive game.You could look at the assist-to-turnover ratio. The Badgers gave the ball up two times more than they set up their own made baskets (13 turnovers to 11 assists).You could also look at the shooting percentages. Wisconsin made just 38.5 percent of its shots for the game, including shooting worse than 35 percent in the second half.You could even look at intimidating Mackey Arena, where a packed house of wild Boilermaker backers proved once again why the Badgers have won there just once since Richard Nixon was serving his first term as president.You could look to all of those for answers, but the underlying reason is very simple: execution.?It?s such a tough place to come in and win, we practiced hard, we were ready,? forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. ?We just didn?t execute.?It was a problem for the Badgers on both ends of the court.?We did some very uncharacteristic things that we usually don?t do,? forward Brian Butch said. ?We got away with it [against] Michigan, but you don?t get away with it all the time.?Several times late in the second half, Purdue players were able to separate from Wisconsin defenders for open 3-pointers to stem Badger assaults on the Boilermaker lead.?Bodies on bodies, and just following our rules,? Butch said. ?There were a lot of open guys on a lot of 3-pointers that just seemed to put them on a run. We could have done a better job as a team defending that, it would have helped out everything.?Playing in front of a hostile road crowd for the first time since the loss to Duke, Trevon Hughes seemed to let the atmosphere get to him. Straying from the more controlled game that he displayed since returning from a late December ankle injury, Hughes turned the ball over three times in the first half on forced passes, including one in which he tried to make a decision about where to throw a pass in midair.?The one time [Hughes] jumped up in the air and threw it to Brian slipping, he jumped up in the air, and you don?t jump up in the air and make a decision,? Ryan said. ?The decision has to be made.?Hughes also picked up a blatant intentional foul near mid-court early in the second half that gave Purdue two free throws and possession of the ball.But even when the Badgers did execute offensively and get an open shot, the ball just wasn?t going in.?If you look at [Michael Flowers] and Marcus (Landry) and some of the looks they had, maybe take four of those shots out and those other shots ? are very makeable,? Ryan continued.Down the stretch the ball didn?t bounce the Badgers? way either. On two shots in the final three-plus minutes of the second half ? once on a nine-foot baseline jumper by Butch and a second time on a wing 3-pointer by Jason Bohannon ? the ball was seemingly halfway through the cylinder before it popped out.?We got good looks, I thought, they just didn?t fall,? Krabbenhoft said. ?Like I said, the game plan was there, and in the second half, I thought we executed a lot better. But they hit some shots and as a team, we really didn?t.?For the game, the Badgers averaged only 0.89 points per possession, well below their target mark of 1.0.?There?s so many other things that we could?ve done, but they?ll see it on the tape,? Ryan said. ?Just fundamental things.?
Teenager Saleh Gomaa scored a late goal to hand Egypt a 2-1 victory over Ghana in the African Youth Championship opening match.Substitute Mahmoud Hammad broke the deadlock in the 67th minute, shortly before Ebenezer Assifuah leveled for Ghana.But ENPPI starlet Gomaa settled the game for the Young Pharaohs from the spot with just three minutes remaining.Earlier on the day, hosts Algeria played out a goalless draw with Benin in the Group A opener.Ghana 1-2 Egypt
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Ok, Wellington sports historians may want to set us straight here, if this is wrong. But from all indications, the Wellington seventh grade boys and girls teams are the first to sweep the Pioneer Tournament League Championships for the first timeâ€¦ ever.The Wellington girls defeated Winfield 34-24 in the Pioneer League Division III Championship. The Wellington boys then completed the sweep with a 42-34 win over Circle. Appropriately, Wellington first tournament sweep (allegedly) occurred at the Wellington Middle School Thursday evening in front of a capacity crowd.Â “I can’t find a time when it has ever happened,” said Brian Aufdengarten, who is an assistant principal and has been at the Wellington Middle School since the 1990s. “A few years ago the Wellington seventh and eighth grade girls swept their tournament in the same year. But never the boys and girls in the same class.”Aufdengarten said he can’t remember a Wellington boys team getting into the finals since his arrival.“It might have happened before me,” Aufdengarten said. “But I know it hasn’t happened since I’ve been here.The girls opened with an 11-6 first quarter lead and led 24-12 at the half. In the third and fourth quarter, Wellington didn’t score too many points, 10 for the half. But Winfield only scored 12 and that wasn’t enough.Wellington completed a sensational season in which if finished 16-1 for the season. Avery Rusk scored 16 points. Shayland French had 10. Zairen Warnock and Mekenna Adams scored 4 apiece.Other players on the team were: Gracie Fink, Valerie Ast, Stormie Jones, Lexi Saffell, Abby Lowe and Kyla Hawks.In the nightcap, Wellington battled Circle in a close-knit affair for three quarters. Wellington would pull away late outscoring Circle 10-2 in the fourth quarter.In the first quarter, Circle eked out a 12-11 first-quarter lead, but Wellington turned the tables 12-11 in the second to make it 23-all at the half. The two teams exchanged baskets in the third quarter. Then Wellington would roar out in front scoring the game’s last 8 points.A.J. Snipes was sensational scoring 20 points.Â Cade Phelps had 5, R.J. Lara 4, Logan Jones 6, Jack Walton 5, and Brieden Buresh 2. Other eighth grade players included Derek Reynolds, Jaden Adams, Deyton Araujo, Sam Horn, Trey Cary and Ian Groom. The boys finished 12-3.The eighth grade girls lost in Mulvane in their tournament championship. No score was available.Seventh girls: Wellington 34 Winfield 24Winfield 6 6 4 8 â€” 24Wellington 11 13 4 6 â€” 34Wellington scoring: Shayland French 10, Zairen Warnock 4, Avery Rusk 16, Mekenna Adams 4. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you Cueball for all the reporting on these young Lady’s and Men. Report Reply 0 replies · active 391 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Rhonda · 391 weeks ago Congratulations A.J. I am so proud of you and your team!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 391 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Seventh boys: Wellington 42 Circle 34Wellington 11 12 9 10 â€” 42Circle 12 11 9 2 â€” 34Wellington scoring: A.J. Snipes 20, Cade Phelps 5, R.J. Lara 4, Logan Jones 6, Braiden Buresh 2, Jack Walton 5.Wellington seventh grade girls.Wellington seventh grade boys.