Blueberries Booming.

first_imgWhile the economy lags and many businesses are forced to makedrastic cutbacks, Georgia’s blueberry farming is booming.”What was an infant industry in the ’90s has now grownto an adolescent industry,” said Scott NeSmith, a horticulturistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.NeSmith recently completed a survey of Georgia blueberry farms.The survey, led by UGA plant pathologist Harald Scherm, focusedon growers’ pest management and horticultural practices.Management Practices and More”We set out to find out what pest problems the industrymay be facing,” NeSmith said. “But the survey revealedmuch more.”It showed that Georgia blueberries are still grown mainly inthe southeastern and south-central parts of the state. Farms inAppling, Bacon, Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties account for morethan 90 percent of the total acreage.Georgia has 4,500 acres of agricultural land devoted to rabbiteyeand southern highbush blueberries. The average grower now hasbeen in the business 14.3 years.”The survey suggests the industry is healthy and expanding,and the area planted is expected to increase by 35 percent overthe next five years,” he said. “Our 4,500 acres shouldbe well over 6,000 acres by then. That’s not a fly-by-night orstagnate industry.”Southern highbush blueberries are becoming more popular amonggrowers.”When we last surveyed the industry 12 years ago, a highbushindustry didn’t exist,” NeSmith said. “Now, 8 to 10percent of the crop is planted in southern highbush.”Pest Problems on the RiseUnfortunately, the survey did reveal emerging pest problems.”Blueberries used to be billed as a ‘plant it and leaveit alone’ crop,” NeSmith said. “You didn’t need to sprayor manage it, and that was because they’re a native plant.”Growers can continue to manage their blueberries that way ifthey’re happy with low yields and mediocre quality, NeSmith said.”But if you really want to step up and get high yieldsand high-quality fruit, which is what the market is demanding,it requires a whole new level of management,” he said.”These emerging pest problems are going to require ourgrowers to apply pesticides,” he said. “Our job is toprovide them the best management practices they can follow.”The survey showed more than 80 percent of the growers are nowusing fungicides to control diseases.Growers Fight Fire Ants, Mummy Berryand ColdMummy berry was ranked as the top disease problem. Left untreated,the disease can cause fruit to be wrinkled and pink and, eventually,mummified.Growers said fire ants are a nuisance pest. They call midgeand flower thrips, which both feed on flower buds, their mostsignificant yield-reducing pests.Blueberry growers’ most common horticultural problems wereidentified as poor fruit set, drought and freezes. All of thegrowers surveyed ranked “freeze damage during bloom”as either a major or moderate problem.”With the survey completed,” NeSmith said, “wenow know what areas we need to focus our research on.”last_img read more

Cricket News Better to get hit early and hard: Virat Kohli has his say on bouncers

first_imgVirat Kohli has smashed 43 ODI centuries.Steve Smith was hit on the side of the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer.Sir Vivian Richards was one of the best players to emerge from the West Indies. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The issue of bouncers and batsmen safety is once again the talking point in cricket after Steve Smith was hit by a 93 mph bouncer from Jofra Archer on the side of the neck during the Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s. The issue of neck guards has been taken up with many former cricketers and medical experts believing that the neck guard must be made mandatory. However, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper has made his point on being hit by a bouncer and it makes for interesting reading. “I always feel it’s better to get hit early on and know the feeling rather than always feeling you might get hit. I prefer getting early on and hard, it motivates me to not allow that to happen again. Just that pain to go through your body and be like ‘Ok enough it’s not happening again’,” Kohli told the official BCCI website.Kohli was interviewing Sir Vivian Richards, considered one of the greatest batsman and he asked Sir Viv about his view of getting hit by a bouncer. However, the West Indies dasher had a different take on the issue altogether. “It’s all part of the game. It depends on how well you come back from these knocks. Before we had little guards around your ribs, you would take a hit and that’s where you would feel and take a count but that’s all part and parcel of the sport,” Sir Viv said.Sir Viv played in the era which had some magnificent fast bowlers from Australia, England, Pakistan and New Zealand but he never wore a helmet. When Kohli asked as to why Sir Viv never wore a helmet, the West Indies legend responded, “The helmet I tried felt a little uncomfortable. I felt the maroon cap given to me, I was so proud to have that. My mindset was that I’m good enough to be here, if I get hurt it’s  god’s will, I will survive. I believed that I’m the man. It may sound arrogant but I always felt that I was involved in the game that I knew. I backed myself every time. You even back yourself to get hurt, to take the knocks,” Kohli said. last_img read more

Górnik Zabrze fans collect 25,000 euros to renew Igor Angulo

first_imgIgor Angulo has not yet decided whether or not to continue at Górnik Zabrze next season. As he revealed in AS, the Bilbao striker wants to continue in Poland but will not All coast. His contract ends next June and the club has already offered to renew for one more season. He will, however, only extend his commitment if he assures his permanence in the team until 2022. Polish and Turkish clubs will seek to take advantage of the situation.Meanwhile, Górnik Zabrze’s fans have mobilized to help the club improve its initial offer. Without going any further, the group “Partners Górnik” has offered 25,000 euros with the objective of ensuring the continuity of Igor Angulo in the mining sector. “Thanks to his goals we achieved promotion and thanks to him we reached the previous rounds of the Europa League. Who was the top scorer of the Ekstraklasa? Who has given us so many joys in the last decade? What foreign player has been so ingrained to the city? ”Reads the statement. In addition to the contribution, the group of fans has enabled an account number so that any fan can contribute money. The goal is to reach 75,000 euros. Igor Angulo arrived in 2016 at a Górnik Zabrze of Second Division and, with 17 goals, became the great architect of the ascent. In his second season he scored 23 goals that led the team to qualify for the previous phase of the Europa League and last season he was the top scorer of the Ekstraklasa with 18 goals. This course, Angulo has nine goals that keep the team away from the relegation zone.Aware that they could lose one of the best strikers in their history, Górnik Zabrze fans and especially the group G Górnik Partners ’have taken action. The age of Igor Angulo, who turns 36 in just a few weeks, is the great impediment to renewal. The club does not aspire to the highest paid player of its squad in 2022 being 38 years old. But with the help of the fans this story is something else. The outcome will occur in just a few weeks.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: NBA All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend

first_imgIn coordination with the All-Star weekend hosted by former NBA star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand is releasing a series of off-court footwear to honor the six-time NBA champion, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship and became a household name with the Chicago Bulls.One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe.But the most popular shoe might be the re-release of what Jordan wore in the last All-Start game played in Charlotte in 1991 — the mostly black-and-red Jordan VI Infrared ($200, available Saturday).In this undated image provided by Nike, a shoe that Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George will wear for the NBA All-Star Game is shown. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Nike via AP)“We wanted to pay homage to the most important parts of MJ’s journey and you can see that come to life with new and classic takes of Air Jordans for men and women,” said David Creech, the Jordan Brand vice president of design.Half of the 26 players selected to the All-Star game will be wearing Nike shoes.Five will wear Jordan Brand, three will sport Adidas, two Under Armour and one each player each will represent New Balance, Anta and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Curry’s “Coy Fish” shoe ($130, available Friday), for instance, resembles the vibrant koi fish — and the story of when Curry and former Davidson Wildcats teammate Steve Rossiter decided to jump into the koi fish pond at a local Japanese restaurant while out celebrating one night. Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish.Unfortunately for Curry and Rossiter, the security surveillance tape captured the antics and it got back to Davidson coach Bob McKillop.“We were in the gym running sprints for a good two hours,” Curry says on the Under Armour website.McKillop also made the players go back to the steakhouse and stand at the front door and greet customers for four hours.Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. The KD 11 Aunt Pearl ($150, available Thursday).ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.ADVERTISEMENT In this undated image provided by Nike, a shoe that Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant will wear for the NBA All-Star Game is shown. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Nike via AP)Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry decided to poke fun at his own mischievous nature with his shoe selection, unveiling the Under Armour Curry 6 “Coy Fish” colorway depicting the time he and a former college teammate found themselves in a little trouble for pulling a prank at a Japanese steakhouse.This undated image provided by Under Armour shows the shoes that Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry will wear during the 68th NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (Adidas via AP)All-Star shoe fashion may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a real thing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe shoes players wear are still considered as big of a deal as the All-Star game itself for a loyal niche of fans in the basketball community known as “sneakerheads” — even though the overall market for basketball shoes may not be what it was a decade ago.In this undated image provided by Nike, a shoe that Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George will wear for the NBA All-Star Game is shown. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Nike via AP)Regardless, the stories behind them add meaning to the shoes. 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(Adidas via AP)While the unveiling of new shoes at the NBA All-Star game is a bit like Christmas morning for some shoe collectors, one industry advisor says it isn’t likely to resonate with American consumers.“Basketball shoes are not in fashion anymore,” said Matt Powell, of the Sports NPD Group who has been doing research in the area of shoes for more than two decades.This undated image provided by Adidas shows the shoe that Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry will wear during the 68th NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (Adidas via AP)Powell said the trend away from basketball shoes began around 2015 and that sales have continued to slide. He said basketball shoe sales in the United States declined in “the low teens” in 2017 and in the “high single digits” last year.He doesn’t expect the trend to change regardless of how fancy the new line of basketball shoes unveiled this weekend in Charlotte.This undated image provided by Adidas shows the shoe that Houston Rockets’ James Harden will wear during the 68th NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (Adidas via AP)Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. So there will be a bevy of multicolored ones on display.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Kyrie Irving might don the most vibrant shoes.In this undated image provided by Nike, a shoe that Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving will wear for the NBA All-Star Game is shown. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Nike via AP)Irving will wear red, blue, black, yellow and white Kyrie 5 X Rokit by Nike ($190, available Saturday), which combines the skate and hoop culture to showcase the crossover between the sports.Westbrook will celebrate his eighth NBA All-Star selection with a special edition colorway of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 shoes ($125, available Sunday) that features a bold combination of black, red, light and dark blue and lime green.In this undated image provided by Nike, a shoe that Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook will wear for the NBA All-Star Game is shown. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Nike via AP)Like most of the players, Westbrook has input into the design of his shoes, saying on the Nike website that “every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me. … I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.’” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more