Wetter Weather.

first_img“The rains could not have come on a more timely basis,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Those fields needed the rain as soon as possible. And hopefully, most of them got what they have needed.”Peanuts Bounce BackPeanut plants can generally handle early-season drought stress and bounce back if they get enough rain later in the season, he said.Georgia’s peanut crop is worth about $350 million annually.Though heavy at times, the recent rain has fallen mostly as scattered thunderstorms. That means some folks have gotten less than others or no rain at all.”There are still a few areas that have not gotten the rainfall they need,” Beasley said.But in the fifth straight year of drought, Georgia farmers will take any rain anywhere right now.The state’s peanut crop is now entering the part of the growing season when it needs the most water, Beasley said. It will need about two inches a week for the next six to eight weeks.”Rarely do we get that rainfall pattern,” Beasley said. “Irrigation is needed to make up the difference.”Good growing conditions last year benefitted this year, too. The peanut crop grown last year for seed was excellent, he said, giving this year’s crop a good head start.However, dry weather late this spring delayed planting into late May and early June. This early dry weather opened the gates to some insects and disease, causing crop damage in places, he said.It also looks as if the number of cases of tomato spotted wilt virus will be very heavy again this year, Beasley said. Georgia farmers have been battling TSWV for many years. It can cause severe crop loss.But many farmers have reduced potential damage of the virus by following the guidelines of the UGA TSWV Risk Index.”This year I would have to say the majority of the Georgia peanut belt is in good shape,” Beasley said.Comfortable CottonMuch like peanuts, Georgia’s cotton crop needed the recent rains, said to Steve Brown, a UGA cotton agronomist.”In many places the crop is in good shape,” Brown said. “But the showers have been scattered. And those areas that have missed altogether are reaching the point of desperation. Some are even past the point of desperation. In those places, the crop is essentially finished.”The cotton crop has reached the bloom stage of development. As is the case with peanuts, getting enough moisture becomes critical during this time.”Generally, prospects are good if we receive broad rain frequently in the coming weeks,” Brown said.Tiny early-season insects known as thrips were particularly tough this year. “But we’re past that now,” he said.An unusually high number of aphids have surprised some cotton farmers. Aphids can suck the life out of cotton plants. But there’s something out there now keeping the population in check, Brown said.”A biological control for aphids, a naturally occurring fungus, is beginning to knock aphid populations down,” he said. “We rarely spray for them. We routinely rely on this fungus to eliminate them.”July marks the beginning “of real insect problems” in cotton, he said. For the next six to seven weeks, farmers and cotton scouts will have to be vigilant.last_img read more

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Mayo battle back to beat Cork

first_img Mayo came from behind to defeat reigning champions Cork by 0-11 to 0-10 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Cillian O’Connor steered over a late winning free for the westerners, who had started the day with the threat of relegation hanging over them. Dublin will play Mayo and Tyrone will take on Kildare in the NFL semi-finals, as a result of a dramatic day of action. Daniel Goulding, Fintan Goold and Aidan Walsh shot the Rebels into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead, but second half scores from Donal Vaughan, O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin helped Mayo claw their way back, before they stole a late winner. Kerry retained their Division One status after posting their best performance of the league with a 1-16 to 1-12 win over Tyrone at Healy Park. Tomas O Se’s 32nd minute goal, and a seven points tally shared between Declan O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy, sent wind-assisted Kerry in with a 1-13 to 0-5 interval lead Stephen O’Neill netted for Tyrone, and points from Conor Gormley and Conor Clarke and a Mark Donnelly goal narrowed the gap from 12 to one. All-Ireland champions Donegal were relegated to Division Two, along with Down. Dublin’s Paul Mannion scored a late equaliser to give Dublin a 1-10 to 0-13 draw with Donegal and secure top spot in the league table for the Dubs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Husband, wife top field at Roger Willey 5K

first_imgELLSWORTH — A San Francisco couple finished as the top male and female runners Saturday at the Roger Willey 5K at the Down East Family YMCA.Parker Pruett, a former Sumner Memorial High School runner, returned to Downeast Maine for a middle school cross-country race in his honor. Yet Pruett, 39, also competed in the 5K portion of the Roger Willey event and finished first of 33 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds.Pruett’s wife, 34-year-old Monica Robles, was the top women’s runner. Robles finished with a time of 22:39 to place fourth overall.Lubec’s Peter Williams posted a time of 18:13 to finish as runner-up. Evan Merchant of Beals (third) and Trinity Montigny of Ellsworth also earned top-five finishes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn addition to the 5K race, 23 runners competed in the Roger Willey 10K. Erik Knickerbocker of Hampden took first in that race with a time of 37:08 to edge second-place finisher Rob Shea of Ellsworth. Abby Iselborn of Bangor posted a flat time of 40 minutes to finish as the top women’s runner.Below is a full list of finishers from both the 5K and 10K races.Roger Willey 5KParker Pruett, 17 minutes, 32 secondsPeter Williams, 18:13Evan Merchant, 20:57Monica Robles, 22:39Trinity Montigny, 23:49Kassie Strout, 23:56Marc Dupuy, 24:30Lisa Tweedie, 24:34Christopher Heel, 24:37Erlyn Davis, 24:51Monica Pettigrew, 25:37Destinie Ordway, 25:59Tom Kirby, 26:07Addison Nelson, 26:18Joshua Ordway, 26:33Mary Lisa Skiff, 26:47Jennifer Brodie, 26:57Kelly McKenney, 27:24Pamela Beam, 28:01Tamera Murphy, 28:10Rebecca Mantelli, 28:22Lloyd Harmon, 28:25Paul Markosian, 28:48Bob Abrams, 28:59Nicole Nelson, 30:17Susan Bean, 31:44Marion Frehill, 32:04Jeff Dalrymple, 32:15Kathy Snow, 34:23Robin Emery, 35:23Sandy Alley, 38:43Billie Jo Pung, 42:09Brooks Engle, 48:36Roger Willey 10KErik Knickerbocker, 37:08Rob Shea, 38:55Kris Garcia, 39:13Abby Iselborn, 40:00Justin Brenton, 44:46Cecilia Dube, 45:23Nathan Rockwood, 49:04Tom Murphy, 49:12Toni Bridges, 50:07Peter Hall, 50:13Tricia Brown, 50:56Laura Anderson, 55:12Lisa Kearns, 55:31Cate Schneider, 55:44Jennifer Sargent, 56:20Debbie Hall, 58:22Michelle Crispo, 1:02:25Susanna Fay, 1:04:54Stephen Fay, 1:04:54Johnnie Walker, 1:07:44Robert Garnett, 1:09:44Maureen Lord, 1:11:38Linda Rogers, 1:20:33last_img read more

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