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Georgia peach harvest

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSlammed by a devastating spring freeze and then a harsh drought, Georgia farmers are bringing this year’s peach crop to market. At least they’re getting good prices now. And the peaches are extra sweet, says a University of Georgia scientist.”It’s not an easy story to tell,” said Kathy Taylor, a peach specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Winter brought good weather to Georgia peach orchards and supplied ample chill hours to set the trees up to produce a good crop. Then what peach farmers dread the most happened: Freezing temperatures hit Georgia on Easter weekend, zapping developing fruit and crushing what could have been a good year.Prices have been strong for the early crop, Taylor said, about 30 percent to 40 percent higher than this time last year. Farmers pack boxes weighing 24 to 25 pounds each for shipping. Smaller peaches are bringing around $10 per box and larger fruit as much as twice that.The Easter freeze wiped out peach production in South Carolina, another large peach-producing state. “What’s left in Georgia is pretty much all there is for the Southeast,” she said.Georgia peaches are famous for their sweetness. This year will help solidify that reputation, she said. Sugar content, also known as the soluble solids, is reported as 50 percent to 75 percent higher this year. “That’s very sweet,” she said.An average good-tasting peach contains around 10 percent soluble solids. This year’s fruit has 15 percent to 17 percent. The surge in sweetness is due to the drought this spring, she said. The fruit is less diluted by water, concentrating the sugary taste.Most of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grows in middle Georgia. In Crawford and Taylor counties, growers have found 65 percent of the crop remains for harvest. But in Peach and Macon counties, only 25 percent remains. Overall, the freeze left less than 50 percent of the peaches in middle Georgia, Taylor said.And the peaches being brought in from orchards are having to be graded closely to make sure quality fruit gets packed, she said.The freeze left about 70 percent of the crop in south Georgia. But this region accounts for only about 10 percent of the state’s production each year.The peach harvest runs from May to August in Georgia.Other than keeping track of the peach industry, Taylor also conducts research on peach tree management in Byron, Ga. The freeze severely affected her research orchard, along with other orchards in the area.But there is a silver lining. “We’ll be able to learn more about freeze effects,” she said.For example, she has investigated ways to use girdles around tree trunks to increase the sugar concentration in the fruit. Other than making the fruit taste better, sugar in a peach can also act much like antifreeze in a car, she said.She plans to compare the fruit on the girdled trees to the fruit on nongirdled trees to see if the girdles helped fruit withstand the freeze better.last_img read more

Blooms need bees

first_img For example, okra blooms not pollinated by insects must depend on self-pollination. When humidity is high, okra pollen is sticky and does not shake off easily. If okra blooms are not pollinated the same day they open, the bloom will fall off without producing an okra pod. Plants usually stop dropping blooms when spring weather starts to warm up and conditions for bee flight improve. Even with the perfect weather for insect flight, gardeners can accidentally sabotage their plant’s pollination plans with inappropriate pesticide use. Gardeners should also avoid spraying and dusting insecticides when bees are present and try to avoid concentrating the insecticide on the blooms of their vegetable plants. On some vegetable plants, it may be possible to completely avoid spraying the blooms. If gardeners are noticing that many of their plants are dropping blooms even though they are seeing a lot of bee activity, the problem might have been caused by adding too much nitrogen fertilizer too early in the season. For more tips on growing vegetables, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. When it comes to growing vegetables, sometimes having insects in the garden can be a good thing. Some vegetable plants are self-pollinators or don’t produce fruit, but many others need bees and other insects to spread their pollen around in order to produce fruit. Leafy vegetables don’t need bees since they don’t produce fruit, and beans and tomatoes are self-pollinating, so they don’t need any help developing fruit either. Other plants like bell pepper and eggplant can produce fruit without bees, but gardeners will see higher yields if bees help pollinate the plants. However, cucumber plants and their relatives – including gherkin, pumpkin, casaba, crenshaw, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and all types of squash and gourds – require cross-pollination by bees and other insects before they will produce any fruit. These plants produce separate male and female blooms on the same plant. The male blooms appear a few days before female blooms, and during unfavorable conditions, the male bloom will abort before the female bloom is pollinated. Bloom drop commonly occurs during periods of cool weather, when the temperature dips to 55 degrees at night, and during periods of heavy rainfall. Insects typically don’t pollinate during this type of weather. Some garden centers sell products that claim to help plants hold blooms, but these products cannot always eliminate bloom drop during unfavorable weather.last_img read more

Mercom India says country’s operating solar capacity climbed to 35.7GW in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET’s cumulative solar rooftop installations reached about 4.4 gigawatt (GW) at the end of 2019, according to a recent report by Mercom India.It added that last year large-scale projects accounted for 85 per cent of installations with 6,242 MW and saw a 7 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) decline. Whereas, rooftop solar projects made up the remaining 15 per cent adding 1,104 MW, a 33 per cent drop y-o-y.“At the end of 2019, cumulative solar installations reached almost 35.7 GW. Large-scale projects accounted for 31.3 GW, 87.6 per cent, whereas rooftop solar installations accounted for 4.4 GW about 12 per cent,” the research firm said in its CY2019 India Solar Market Update released on Wednesday.The report estimated a rise in solar installations by 17 per cent y-o-y to about 8.5 GW by the end of 2020 and solar installations in the 65 GW to 70 GW range by 2022.India installed 7,346 megawatt (MW) of solar power capacity in 2019, down by 12 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) as compared to 8,338 MW installed in 2018. Karnataka emerged as the top state for solar energy in 2019 with 1.8 gigawatt (GW), followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. These three states accounted for almost 70 per cent of solar installations in 2019.The large-scale solar project development pipeline stands at 23.7 GW, with 31.5 GW of projects tendered and pending auction at the end of Q4 2019. The government has set a solar installation target of 100 GW by 2022.More: India’s rooftop solar capacity reached 4.4 GW in 2019: Report Mercom India says country’s operating solar capacity climbed to 35.7GW in 2019last_img read more

Fresh Dirt

first_imgA lot is happening in the trail building world. From Georgia to Virginia, trail crews are planning new paths through our forests. Here’s a quick glance at this trail renaissance.Spearhead Trails, Southwest VirginiaAn entire system of multi-use trails is in the works for several counties in Southwest Virginia in an attempt to attract tourist dollars and jobs associated with hikers, bikers, ATVers, and equestrians. The proposed trails are currently undergoing a feasibility study to project the economic impact to the region.High Country Trails, Western North CarolinaA network including 389 miles of new hiking trails has been mapped by the High Country Council of Governments in Western North Carolina. The trails would stretch across Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and ­Wilkes counties in North Carolina. $25,000 has already been approved for the project from the state and local governments.Fat Tire Heaven, North GeorgiaA new trail system is in the works for Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service and local biking and equestrian groups are in the process of building the Dry Creek Trail System, 25 miles of shared use trails in the Conasauga River District in northwest Georgia. Construction of the singletrack is scheduled to begin this month. The trail system will connect to the popular Pinhoti Trail, one of the few long-distance mountain bike trails available in the Southeast.Downtown Singletrack, Asheville, N.C.The Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA) plans to build a five-mile trail system at Richmond Hill, a 171-acre park five minutes from downtown Asheville. Kid-friendly features and some technical fun is included in the master plan.last_img read more

Phil Phelan’s Multi-day Essentials

first_imgPhil Phelan knows the Blue Ridge Parkway better than most. The North Carolina-based hiker and adventure runner spent more than two weeks running the entire length of the highway, including Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. Phelan is probably best known for his work in the Linville Gorge—he’s written a couple of exhaustively thorough guidebooks after spending years hiking and mapping the area. But he’s recently added Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempts to his repertoire. Phelan earned the FKT for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive last summer, running the entire road, south to north, self-supported in 17 days and 16 minutes. He bagged 575.5 miles and 99,851 feet of elevation gain along the way. And he’s just beginning. This winter, Phelan will attempt the self-supported FKT for the Florida Trail, then move on to the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, and Benton Mackaye Trail.“I like pushing my boundaries and finding out what I can do,” Phelan says of his newfound passion for long trail FKTs. “This is my way of expanding my world, getting outside of my comfort zone, and hopefully becoming a better person.”We asked Phelan to detail his essential pieces of gear during these multi-day FKT runs. Here are his favorite pieces of gear, in his own words.RIBZ Front PackGoing for a FKT is all about logistics and efficiency. If you have to stop to get your food or GPS out of your backpack, you’re wasting time. This pack puts everything on your front so you can access it easily. And it fits well—no hot spots at all. $65; ribzwear.comgranite_grey_ribzREI Flash Bag It’s a three-season bag, rated to 29 degrees that’s comfortable and durable—I’ve thrown this thing on the ground and slept in it many nights. And you can’t beat the weight. It only weighs a pound. $259; rei.com862529Hoka Stinson 3 ATR I was reluctant to try these because of the way they looked, but I don’t know if my feet have ever felt better. Once I tried them, I couldn’t go back. They’re so comfortable. $160; hokaoneone.com3211052-p-MULTIVIEWSPOT Gen3Safety precautions should always be at the forefront of any planned excursion. I can’t stress that enough. The SPOT allows people to track me on an adventure, and allows me to get help if I need it. $150;findmespot.com11-11503cENO Singlenest Hammock I was a tent guy for so long, but I haven’t looked back after trying this hammock. It’s a little heavier than a bivy sack, but it’s comfortable and it has endured storms, cold weather, hot weather…it’s easy to set up and the thing is bombproof. $60; eaglesnestoutfitters.com72cd058c-180e-480b-b63d-1cc74827bc0a[divider]Related Content[/divider]last_img read more

French Navy Seizes 1.2 Tons of Cocaine in Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo January 13, 2012 The French Navy has seized over 1.2 tons of cocaine and arrested seven people aboard two boats after a six-day chase ending in the Caribbean, the local military said. The drugs were recovered from a boat flying the British flag which was caught by French surveillance frigate Le Ventose 600-700 kilometers off the French Caribbean island of Martinique on January 6. The seizure came after a six-day chase in the Atlantic in which three crew members from a second boat which was spotted sailing alongside the first were also arrested. The nationalities of the seven suspects have not been made public, the high command of the West Indies Armed Forces said.last_img read more

Aerosmith Drummer Serves New ‘Rockin” Organic Coffee in Westbury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rockin’ & Roastin’ CoffeeFor 42 years, Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer endured a hectic, grueling touring schedule that could only be managed with some strong java. Yet, Kramer couldn’t find a consistently decent cup of Joe.So he went about creating his own.“If you want something done,” he told the Press, “you do it yourself.”Aerosmith drummer Joey KramerWhat he wanted was a gourmet cup of organic coffee at a reasonable price. And so he created Rockin’ & Roastin’ Coffee, on sale at 2,000 retail locations on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia at Costco, Stop and Shop and Hannaford Supermarkets.Kramer, who was at Costco in Westbury on Saturday, is a hands-on CEO who brought the beans to the roaster himself and cuts each batch personally, approving the taste before it goes to market.This is not a case of another celebrity “putting my name on something and collecting a check,” he said. “It’s about a great cup of coffee.”The coffee is available in three roasts: Ethiopian, Guatemalan and Sumatran. The organic beans grown in the shade where it takes longer than sun grown to harvest, but the end product is better: for the consumer and for the Earth. The shade growing process “slows the process of killing trees and preserves the rainforest,” Kramer explained.Why organic? “Because, quite honestly,” he said, “I wouldn’t drink anything else. “His commitment to chemical- and pesticide-free shade-grown coffee is an extension of his quest for clean living, something he details in his autobiography Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, released in 2009.Rockin’ & Roastin’ is the official coffee of Aerosmith. Kramer takes it with him on tour and the whole band will drink nothing else. “Everyone I know drinks it,” he said.Eventually, he plans to open a rock and roll café in Massachusetts where he’ll serve Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee. “There will be no comparison,” he said. “This will be the best tasting coffee–bar none.”Costco members had an opportunity to try a cup and meet Kramer, where he posed for photographs, signed autographs and Rockin’ & Roastin’ purchases.Is it safe to say that caffeine is now Aerosmith’s drug of choice?last_img read more

The number crunchers

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Yoshihide Suga set to become Japan’s next prime minister

first_imgHe and his cabinet resigned on Wednesday morning, paving the way for a vote in parliament in the early afternoon, which Suga is expected to easily win, given the ruling party’s strong majority.The 71-year-old has spent decades in politics, most recently as chief cabinet secretary, where he was known for pushing government policies through a sometimes intractable bureaucracy.He has also been the face of the government, doggedly defending its policies as spokesman, including in sometimes testy exchanges with journalists.Suga’s background, as the son of a strawberry farmer father and schoolteacher mother, sets him apart from the many blue blood political elites in his party and the Japanese political scene. Japan’s parliament votes Wednesday for the country’s next prime minister, with powerful cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga all but assured the top job, taking over from Shinzo Abe after a record-breaking tenure.Suga, who on Monday was elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is viewed as a continuity candidate, saying his run was inspired by the desire to continue Abe’s policies.Abe is ending his record run in office with a year left in his mandate, forced out by a recurrence of ulcerative colitis, a condition that has long plagued him. But while he has championed some measures intended to help rural areas like his hometown in northern Japan’s Akita, his political views remain something of a mystery.He is viewed as more pragmatic than ideological, and during his campaign spoke more about the need to break down administrative obstacles – so-called bureaucratic silos – than any grand guiding principles.He will face a raft of tough challenges, including an economy that was already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic.Suga has said kickstarting the economy will be a top priority, along with containing the virus – essential if the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are to open as planned in July 2021.His recipe for doing that? More of the same, he says.”In order to overcome the crisis and give the Japanese people a sense of relief, we need to succeed in what Prime Minister Abe has been implementing,” Suga said after being elected LDP leader on Monday.”This is my mission.”Suga will unveil his cabinet formally later Wednesday, but leaks to Japanese media suggest it will offer few surprises.Senior figures including Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Finance Minister Taro Aso are expected to stay on in their jobs.Defense Minister Taro Kono is tipped to be replaced by Abe’s brother Nobuo Kishi, who was adopted by his uncle as a child and carries his surname.Kono is reportedly set to become minister in charge of administrative reform, a portfolio Suga considers particularly important.Just two women are so far reported to be in the cabinet, as Olympic minister and justice minister, down from the three who served in Abe’s last government.Analysts say Suga is likely to stick with his predecessor’s signature Abenomics programs, involving vast government spending, massive monetary easing and the cutting of red tape.On the diplomatic front, Suga is a relative novice, with little foreign policy experience.There too, experts say, he is likely to tread the path charted by Abe, prioritizing the key relationship with the United States, whoever is president after November’s election.Relations with China may prove trickier. Japan had been working to improve ties, but the road ahead is complicated with a global hardening of opinion against Beijing after the coronavirus and unrest in Hong Kong.There has been speculation that Suga could call a snap election to consolidate his position and avoid being seen as a caretaker prime minister, but he has been circumspect on the prospect.Abe will stay on as a lawmaker, with some mooting the possibility he could undertake diplomatic missions.Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil ‘likes’ comment questioning Unai Emery after being axed for BATE Borisov clash

first_imgAdvertisement Ray Parlour thinks it could be Mesut Ozil’s last season at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Asked if Ozil could leave the Gunners this summer, Parlour replied: ‘It looks like that could happen.‘I go back to the dilemma of what Arsenal have got. He’s on £350,000-a-week. Who is going to pay that sort of money?‘There’s got to be a time in your career, when you’re over 30 you know you’re on a slippery slope. You have to come to a decision.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He could stick his heels in and sit out his contract, and say “play me when you want”. The players hold all the power.‘When you’re left out you want a reaction from the player – especially from training. Show the attitude you want to get back into the team somehow.‘I don’t know what he’s been like in training.’MORE: Chelsea transfer target Mauro Icardi refusing to play for Inter, says Luciano Spalletti Mesut Ozil ‘likes’ comment questioning Unai Emery after being axed for BATE Borisov clash Comment Unai Emery has used Mesut Ozil sparingly since taking over from Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)Ozil indicated that he was in high spirits with an upbeat message for Arsenal fans on Wednesday evening, but the midfielder later appeared to hit back at Emery’s decision on Instagram.He ‘liked’ a comment which said: ‘We miss you bro. Keep fighting and stay strong.‘Show Emery, dumb pundits and the whole world they are wrong.’Ray Parlour has warned Emery that Ozil could get him the sack at Arsenal.‘It’s been a little bit like PSG with Neymar. Neymar ended up getting Emery the sack,’ the former Arsenal midfielder said.‘He lost the dressing room and Neymar was pulling the strings there. Maybe it could be the same at Arsenal.’center_img Mesut Ozil has not traveled with his Arsenal team-mates to Belarus (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has ‘liked’ an Instagram comment questioning Unai Emery after he was axed from Arsenal’s squad for the side’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov.The 30-year-old playmaker has been in and out of Emery’s side for much of the season and has managed only 102 minutes of first-team football since the turn of the year.An illness meant Ozil missed Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Huddersfield but the German, Arsenal’s top earner on £350,000-a-week, returned to training on Wednesday.However, Ozil has once again been omitted from Arsenal’s squad and did not travel with the rest of his team-mates to Belarus.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about his decision on Wednesday, Emery explained: ‘We are here with the players who I think are OK to play.‘The players not in the squad is because [Aaron] Ramsey has not trained with us, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] has started to train but not enough, Mesut is the same.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 11:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link524Shares Advertisementlast_img read more