Peanut potential

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia was expected to have a record-size peanut crop this year. But hot, dry September weather and disease have taken a toll on the crop, lowering expectations, says a University of Georgia expert.In early September, Georgia was expected to produce 2.3 billion pounds of peanuts, 97 million pounds more than the record set in 1991, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The record production potential was spurred by an increase to 760,000 planted acres, 140,000 more than last year. Georgia grows about half of all U.S. peanuts.Georgia farmers were set to average 3,100 pounds per acre. But this number will likely go down by the time harvest ends later in November, says John Beasley, a UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.”The major reason for the significant drop-off in yield potential is the hot, dry weather over the past few weeks,” Beasley said.Rainfall in September has been scarce to nonexistent across south Georgia, where most peanuts are grown. The area usually gets 3 to 4 inches in September, barring any tropical storms, according to the UGA Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.Farmers started harvesting a few weeks ago, Beasley said. But much of the crop is still maturing in fields.”A significant number of our acres were planted late,” he said. “Those acres still need several weeks to mature. Weather conditions over the next few weeks will dictate the yield potential of those acres.”Dry weather has hurt peanut quality, too, he said. It has kept part of the crop from maturing and gaining weight normally.”But we expect the grades to improve as the season progresses,” Beasley said.About half of Georgia’s peanut acres are irrigated, he said. But farmers haven’t had to use it much this summer. Most of the peanut-growing counties had above-average rainfall in June, July and August.”Many producers were able to park their irrigation systems during the season because of the rainfall amounts,” he said. “Those producers with irrigation have run it more over the past few weeks than all season combined.”Tomato spotted wilt virus, a deadly and yield-reducing peanut disease, has hit the crop hard this year, he said, along with other diseases.”TSWV is the worse it has been since the late 1990s,” he said. About 12 percent of the crop in 1997 was infected with TSWV, costing $45 million in losses.last_img read more

Work Starts To Extend Ocean Parkway Bike Path From Tobay to Captree

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A $16.2 million project started this week to extend the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway pedestrian and bicycle path 10 miles from Tobay Beach to Captree State Park, New York State officials said.The project, which has been discussed for two decades, is the final leg of the shared-use path, which already runs 3.6 miles between Tobay Beach and Jones Beach State Park, where a new path that opened this spring runs the length of that park. It is slated to be completed in time for the summer of 2021.“The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway will provide cyclists, runners and walkers new opportunities to get outside while at the same time providing a new route for people to get to the many outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. In addition to paving a path on the north side of the parkway, workers will also plant shrubs natural to the area along the route, install shaded rest stops every three miles, information panels highlighting local history, and bridges over existing pedestrian tunnels.Like the first leg of the project, a cable guiderail will separate the Ocean Parkway from the Greenway to provide a barrier between traffic and pedestrians. New bicycle parking areas will be also installed at Gilgo Beach, Cedar Beach Marina, and Captree State Park.The Ocean Parkway path links to the 5-mile Ellen Ferrant Memorial Bikeway along Wantagh State Parkway from Cedar Creek County Park that connects to mainland Long Island on the east end of Jones Beach Island. But as there is no pedestrian path along the Robert Moses Causeway bridges, there will be no way to access the path from the Suffolk County side of the Ocean Parkway path without first driving to Captree.“We’ve been pedaling this idea for a number of years now and I’m proud to say the time has finally come,” said state Sen. John Brooks (D-Massapequa).Related Story: A Comprehensive Guide To Jones Beach Islandlast_img read more

Duterte widens travel ban on visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau

first_imgPassengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Parañaque City wear face masks as a precaution. President Rodrigo Duterte has expanded the ban on travelers to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. ABS-CBN NEWS As of yesterday morning, a total of305 people had died from coronavirus in mainland China, according to thecountry’s National Health Commission. The total number of confirmed casesworldwide has increased to 14,380./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasincluded foreign travelers to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macaufrom the coverage of the temporary travel ban still due to the 2019 NovelCoronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV). According to Medialdea, the temporaryban now covers the following: Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeasaid the wider travel ban was after Duterte accepted the recommendation of theDepartment of Health and the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for theManagement of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The infectious diseases task force meanwhilerecommended the establishment of repatriation, quarantine facility andmandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos and permanent resident visa holderscoming from any place in China and its SARs. “I wish to emphasize that we are notsingling out Chinese nationals. This order covers all travelers from China tothe Philippines, regardless of nationality. We emphatize with China given whatthey are going through but we are doing this to protect the country and itspeople,” he added.center_img * The entry of any person, regardless ofnationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visaissued by the Philippine government, who within 14 days immediately precedingarrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its SARs * The entry of any person, regardless ofnationality, except Filipino citizens and foreigners holding permanent residentvisas issued by the Philippine government, directly coming from China and itsspecial administrative regions (SARs) Hong Kong and Macau Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who earlierannounced the expansion of travel ban in a radio interview, said that thegovernment is not “singling out” Chinese nationals amid this recommendation. “Taking into consideration the concernsraised by key government officials and health experts, the President made aninformed decision and has agreed to adopt this recommendation and implement itimmediately as additional precautionary measure to protect Filipinos andeveryone in the Philippines,” said Go. * Temporary ban on Filipinos fromtravelling to China and its SARslast_img read more

Clippers keep pressure on Blazers before falling in final minutes

first_imgRelated Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The Clippers (6-5) closed to 107-101 on Gallinari’s jumper with 2:50 left, but Jusuf Nurkic answered for Portland with a layup and the Clippers could not get any closer down the stretch.“I thought down the stretch – the last eight minutes of the game – our offense really let us down,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.There were questions before the game about the availability of Clippers forward Tobias Harris because of illness. Coach Doc Rivers said Harris was a game-time decision, but he was ultimately in the starting lineup.Harris, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, finished with 15 points and 11 boards for his fifth double-double this season.The Clippers were without Avery Bradley for the second straight game because of a left ankle sprain, and Luc Mbah a Moute missed his seventh game with a sore left knee. PreviousPortland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, looks to pass the ball on Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, dribbles the ball past Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, hits a shot over Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, passes the ball as he runs into Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, grabs a loose ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, center, dives in and forward Tobias Harris, right, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner, left, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers yells out to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left front, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers forward Mike Scott and forward Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, is held back by his teammates as he has some words with referee Sean Wright, right, after fouling out during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, tries to get past Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of Thursday’s game in Portland, Ore. Gilgeous-Alexander had 19 points in the 116-105 loss. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)NextShow Caption1 of 16Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)ExpandPORTLAND, Ore. — Even in the games when they fall short, the Clippers certainly are proving to be a tough out.Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each scored 20 for the Clippers on Thursday night and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career-high 19, but it wasn’t enough to take down a surging Portland Trail Blazers team.Damian Lillard had 25 points, CJ McCollum added 23 and the Blazers won their third straight game 116-105. Portland (9-3) has won six of seven.The Blazers had struggled all night to separate from the Clippers, but pulled in front 93-83 on Zach Collins’ dunk with 9:42 left. Another dunk by Collins put Portland ahead 100-90 with 6:10 left. The Clippers missed Bradley’s perimeter defense against Lillard and McCollum.Portland was without Maurice Harkless, who has missed seven straight games because of a sore left knee. Jake Layman has been starting in his place.The Blazers led 37-28 after the first quarter, paced by McCollum’s 10 points. Portland never could extend the lead to double digits and led just 61-57 at the break. Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezl Harrell each had 12 first-half points for the Clippers, while Lillard led all scorers with 14.Al-Farouq Aminu hit a 3-pointer that gave Portland a 78-68 lead, its largest to that point, midway through the third quarter. The Clippers narrowed it again, closing to 81-77 on Harris’ driving floater.“We didn’t start the game with very good defense. In the first quarter we gave up 37 points,” Gallinari said. “Our defense got better but in the fourth quarter they were better than us, especially in the last five or six minutes when they were able to expand the lead.”Nurkic fouled out with 1:57 left, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds.The Blazers’ bench contributed 41 points and was critical when Lillard and McCollum rested at the beginning of the final period.“That was a grind-it-out kind of game. I thought our team did a good job just being present for the entire game. Our bench once again came through, with the spark down the stretch,” Lillard said. “End of the third, beginning of the fourth they had a really good stretch, opened it up a bit and left it there for us to close it out.”TIP-INSClippers: The team put out a statement of sympathy for victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night, and there was a moment of silence before the game. … The Clippers were coming off a 120-109 win at home over Minnesota.Trail Blazers: Portland was coming off a 118-103 win at home over Milwaukee on Tuesday. … The Blazers have won the last four meetings between the teams. … Lillard did not shoot a free throw.UP NEXTThe Clippers host the Bucks on Saturday. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more