Nippy New Year.

first_imgA nippy new year sent a shiver through Vidalia onion farmers. But they’re breathing easier now. The frosty first week caused little damage to the sweet Georgia crop, said a University of Georgia scientist. “We saw some damage to the leaves,” said Al Purvis, a research horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga. “But the cold didn’t damage the growing points in the onion plants,” Purvis said. “That’s certainly good news that there wasn’t any major negative effect on the plants.” Reid Torrance is a county extension agent in Tattnall County, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onions grow. He said the onions were prepared for the cold this year. “It’s not like it was in ’96,” Torrance said. A mid-February freeze then cost Georgia onion farmers about half their crop. The cold weather came in a little more gradually this year, he said. And this year, the onions weren’t in the middle of a growth spurt and were less susceptible to the damage. “The tips of the foliage showed a little freezing. But we don’t anticipate any long-term damage from this freeze,” Torrance said. Toombs County Extension Agent Rick Hartley said the below-20-degree cold in his county slowed the onions’ growth. “We saw a lot of wind and cold damage in our earliest-planted onions. But they should survive,” Hartley said. Onions planted in December in Toombs County lost most of their leaves from cold damage. But “new buds are beginning to emerge, and the plants should make a comeback,” Hartley said. Toombs County farmers grow about 20 percent of the Vidalia onion crop in Georgia. The young onion crop, planted in November and December with harvest expected in April or May, still has a lot to go through before harvest. “These next few weeks are critical,” Hartley said. “Continuous mid-teen cold or an unseasonable warm period could escalate crop damage.” Georgia’s onion crop has blossomed in recent years, with production jumping from just more than 138 million pounds in 1993 to more than 347 million pounds in 1998. The crop value has more than doubled in five years to $88.9 million.last_img read more

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NPFL: Shooting Stars Pound Kano Pillars to Submission

first_imgOn the back of the big home win against Pillars, Shooting Stars have now recorded 44 points from 32 matches, a point behind Pillars.It was a deserved home win for the Ibadan club and asweet revenge after they were humiliated by the four-time Nigeria champions 6-0 in the first round of the season.Striker Sunday Adetunji scored a second half brace to take his season’s tally to 10 goals with Ajani Ibrahim and Ifegwu Ojukwu also getting on the scoreboard in the first half.After both teams had sized each other in the opening minutes, the Oluyole Warriors went straight to business with man of the match, Ifegwu Ojukwu, running in and shaking off Pillars central defender, Jamiu Alimi, to draw the first blood in the 9th minute.The duo of Gambo Mohammed and Rabi’u Ali, highly influential in the Pillars system looked temporarily like they will rally their side back to contention but they had another thing coming as Ifegwu and AdetunjiSunday set up mercurial Ajani Ibrahim in a goal rush and he calculatedly tapped in to make life more difficult for the visitors before the break.At resumption of play, Shooting continued the mauling with Adetunji Sunday tapping in again from a goal-mouth situation and celebrating with salsa steps that increased the enjoyment file the fans.With three goals down, Pillars looked psychologically drained, resulting in a brief altercation between Rabi’u Ali and Jamiu Alimi before the later was replaced with.Even at that, there was no escape for Pillars from the anger of the Shooting side who had been humiliated with similar wide goal berth when they went to Kano earlier in the season.Adetunji Sunday had rounded goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed and kickedtowards goal but Jonathan Zikiye rushed up to clear. Still hungry for more, Adetunji preyed around again and delivered his brace in the 64th minute to completely deflate Pillars.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In its determination to steer clear of the murky waters of relegation of the Nigeria Professional Football Club (NPFL), Shooting Stars on Sunday hammered visiting Kano Pillars 4-0 in a Match- day 33 clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.However, the title race took a new dimension as leaders Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers both lost 1-0 at FC IfeanyiUbah and Nasarawa United, respectively.Rivers United moved into second place on the table with 53 points after a 2-0 home win over Plateau United, while IfeanyiUbah are now third with 52 points.last_img read more

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