Record crop yields?


first_imgGeorgia row-crop farmers worked hard on their fields this growing season, and Mother Nature gave them some favorable “calls.” They could break records. This coupled with fair prices could lead them, if not to a conference championship, to at least what could be called a “winning” season.Most Georgia farmers plant more than one crop during a season, usually managing a combination of peanuts, cotton, corn or soybeans. Across the board, they are looking at record or record-tying yields.Farmers planted 1 million acres of cotton this year and expect to produce1.8 million bales. (A bale is 480 pounds of lint.) This is slightly less than earlier predictions, but still 200,000 bales better than last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.“Certainly the profit potential is there for cotton when you consider the size of the crop, which will be by most accounts phenomenal,” said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Right now, the state’s average yield is forecast to be 873 pounds per acre, or 24 pounds more than the previous record set in 2005. Harvest will not be complete until later this month or next.Along with the yields, prices are also good at 70 cents per pound of lint right now. “And any price that starts with the number ‘7’ gets cotton farmers’ attention,” Shurley said.Overall, U.S. and world production is down 5 percent this year. Demand for U.S. cotton has rebounded by 2.5 percent after a major slump last year, which has kept prices higher.Georgia peanut yields are expected to be 3,500 pounds per acre, which would be 50 pounds more than the record set in 2003, according to GASS.“If we do reach or exceed 3,500, it will be amazing, considering the delayed planting in spring and the very undesirable harvest conditions,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist.The No. 1 reason, he said, Georgia may reach the record is the widespread use of improved peanut varieties, like Georgia-06 G, Florida-07 and Tifguard. These varieties have high levels of disease resistance and perform with good rainfall, which most of the state received after June.Prices for this season’s peanuts are $400 per ton, or $50 to $100 less than last year. This decrease is due to 1 million tons in surplus that hung over preplanting decisions and contract offers farmers were receiving, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension economist. Georgia peanut farmers, who produce half of the nation’s crop, responded to the surplus by planting 505,000 acres this year, or 185,000 acres less than last. The U.S. will produce 1.8 million tons this year, 300,000 tons less than the expected U.S. consumption. This will shrink the surplus which will be good for prices next year, Smith said.Demand for peanuts has recovered from the salmonella scare associated with a Georgia processing facility earlier this year. It is on track to be up 2 percent from last year, Smith said.Georgia’s average corn yield will be 140 bushels per acre, tying last year’s record. Timely rain and irrigation helped the crop. Prices are good, too, Smith said, around $3.85 to $4 per bushel. An increase in demand for ethanol, which is made from corn, has bolstered prices.Soybean farmers will also tie a yield record this year, averaging 33 bushels per acre. Prices for soybeans are high at $10 per bushel. China’s demand for U.S. soybeans has fueled the high prices. They will import 614 million bushels this year, double what they imported last year.Overall input costs, or what farmers spend to produce a crop, stayed the same or decreased 5 percent to 10 percent from the previous year, Smith said. This helps farmers’ bottom lines.Georgia’s growing season results will vary from farm to farm and so will profits, he said. Some farmers spent more, for example, to control insects or diseases in certain locations.“But overall, things do look better now compared to what we were forecasting earlier this year,” Smith said.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dodges questions over Arsenal future during Instagram live with Kevin-Prince Boateng


first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dodges questions over Arsenal future during Instagram live with Kevin-Prince Boateng Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares VIDEO: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s reaction to being asked about signing a new deal at Arsenal. “Sure”. [@taraAFCx].pic.twitter.com/LIIoY5w4Mn— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) March 28, 2020 Boateng told Aubameyang that he was getting loads of comments from Gooners asking if he would stay at the club and the forward’s reaction was rather telling.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe transcript….Boateng: ‘They’re [Arsenal fans] all saying you should sign a new deal with Arsenal’Aubameyang: ‘Ah…yeah. I know’.Boateng: ‘How long do you have left?’Aubameyang: ‘One year’.Boateng: ‘Ohhh okay…Okay I cannot ask you ‘Will you stay at Arsenal?’ [because] that’s a stupid questionAubameyang [laughing]: ‘Sure, sure’.Boateng: ‘He’s going to come to Besiktas’.More: 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 CityArsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang will be all but over should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners are currently outside the top four and Mikel Arteta has admitted a fourth season outside of the competition would have sizeable implications on the club’s finances.Aubameyang is the club’s highest earner and is valued at around £55m by the club.He arrived in 2018 for a then-club record fee of £57m.MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey and Maurizio Sarri to take pay cuts to help Juventus survive Covid-19 crisiscenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [bottom] is stalling on a new deal at Arsenal (Picture: Instagram)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sidestepped questions about his future at the club during an Instagram live chat with former Tottenham winger Kevin-Prince Boateng.The Gabon international has around 15 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and he’s believed to be keen on an exit this summer.Arsenal have not given up hope of keeping the striker but Barcelona are interested in his services and Aubameyang is thought to be keen on a move to the Camp Nou,Supporters are still praying that he stays at the Emirates and thousands tuned in as Aubameyang went on Instagram live with ex-Barcelona man Boateng.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

FL Red Flag Law in Spotlight Following Mass Shootings


first_imgShortly after, the tragic Parkland school shooting, lawmakers in Florida passed the “Red Flag Law” which allows law enforcement agencies to seize firearms from individuals they believe may pose a threat to themselves or others.The Florida law has been thrown into the spotlight in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.President Trump is reportedly considering making the bipartisan legislation federal law in efforts to combat mass shootings in the US.The law is known in Florida as the Risk Protection Act.It allows a law enforcement agency to petition a judge to force someone they believe is a threat to surrender their firearms for a period not to exceed a year.Over 450 guns were seized in South Florida almost immediately after the law was enacted in the state in 2018. The recent mass shootings have reignited calls for gun control, including banning assault weapons entirely in the US.The ban on assault weapons has been a controversial topic amongst Americans.Those who oppose the ban of assault weapons argue it would infringe on their second amendment rights.But others argue that the weapon is dangerous, has been used to kill vasts amounts of people, and should not be accessible to civilians.President Trump is reportedly in talks with lawmakers as Americans call on officials to find a solution to the mass shooting epidemic in the US.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Sparky


first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sparky!  He is a happy, 57 pound, 7-year-old, who loves exercise!  He has a blast in our agility yard, and really enjoys playing fetch! You can be sure that he will always greet his people with joyous enthusiasm. He loves car rides, knows how to sit on command, really likes water, walks great on a leash, and as a bonus can wave his paw in the air! He has a beautiful white coat, bold black markings with a touch of brown. Sparky is very loving, smart, and has an optimistic personality. My forever family will need to be active, have a securely fenced yard, and provide me with a grain-free diet.Sparky is an adorable pup looking for an active family to call his own. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetAdopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more