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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEvery peanut farmer in Georgia has heard of it. And this year, it’s been pretty bad.”Tomato spotted wilt virus has been very severe across the state in peanuts,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Not SurprisedThe severity of the disease was not unexpected, he said, because it was bad on tobacco and backyard tomatoes this year, too.Some fields are 100 percent infected, he said, even in peanut varieties that are resistant to the virus. But not all fields have been so severely affected.”I don’t know that this is the most severe we’ve ever seen,” Kemerait said. “But it’s certainly the most severe on peanuts in the past few years.”The virus didn’t treat peanuts too badly last year.”I believe many growers began to think we turned the corner on the disease, so to speak,” he said. “Unfortunately, that was not the case.”ManagementSome growers this year became a little lax in managing the disease and didn’t, or were unable to, follow UGA’s TSWV Risk Index as closely as they might. The index provides guidelines to reduce risk for the virus.And TSWV-resistant peanut varieties, like Georgia Green and C99-R, aren’t totally immune to the virus, especially in years with a lot of it around.”Fortunately, newer, more resistant varieties appear to be on the horizon,” Kemerait said.Those ThripsTSWV is spread by small insects known as thrips. Thrips pass the virus to peanut plants when they feed on them. The virus reproduces and spreads throughout entire plants. In many cases, it dwarfs the plants. Yields can be low or nonexistent if the virus attacks plants early in their growth.UGA scientists have proven that the date on which peanuts are planted has a lot to do with the risk of getting the virus.In the past, planting after May 1 was better. However, this year it appears, at least from preliminary observations, that the key was to plant after May 10.”Peanuts planted before that often, but not always, had more severe TSWV,” he said.Research ContinuesPlant pathology research has found an association between the severity of the virus in peanuts and the severity of TSWV in tobacco and rainfall in the spring. Tobacco is planted before peanuts. “Perhaps, the rainfall in the spring affects some aspect of the insects’ life cycle,” Kemerait said.To stay ahead of this disease, UGA breeders, researchers and other specialists keep looking for varieties with improved resistance. They continue to update the TSWV Risk Index to give the growers information on steps they can take to reduce the impact of the disease.”We’re still growing peanuts and will continue to do so,” Kemerait said.Due to recent tropical storms, the harvest of the Georgia peanut crop is slightly behind the five-year average. As of Sept. 22, only 29 percent of the peanuts had been dug, and only 18 percent had been harvested, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.last_img read more

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Podolski crowns farewell with stunning winner over England

first_img(REUTERS)-Germany’s Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.Podolski, who captained the team for the first time, could not have hoped for a more fitting finale to his 13-year Germany career, as he thundered in the winner in the 69th minute to take his goal tally to 49 in 130 international matches.The 31-year-old’s goal ensured an enterprising England suffered a bitter defeat having looked sharper than their hosts for much of the game and hit the woodwork in the first half.“It’s like a movie, the way it happened today. We win and I score the winning goal,” a beaming Podolski told reporters.“God or whoever gave me a left foot and it has served me well over the years.”England, who top World Cup qualifying Group F, host Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday while Germany, five points clear at the top of Group C, travel to Azerbaijan.Germany were without several key players, including Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil, with coach Joachim Loew forced to make changes.With youngsters Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Leroy Sane starting, the Germans struggled to find their feet and England had good chances to open the scoring through Jamie Vardy and Michael Keane, on his international debut.Their biggest came after 30 minutes when Adam Lallana took advantage of a Joshua Kimmich mistake to charge through but, with only Marc Andre ter Stegen to beat, his low, angled shot bounced off the post.The keeper came to Germany’s rescue just before halftime, blocking a Dele Alli shot, with England looking promising in Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge since being appointed full-time manager in November.The coach deployed an experimental three-man defence and it worked wonders for more than an hour as the Germans were resigned to trying their luck with long-range shots with little success.The visitors could not maintain their pressing game and pace into the second half before Podolski drilled home a shot from 25 metres out with his famed left foot to give keeper Joe Hart no chance.last_img read more

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Michael’s strong play pushes SU to NIT 3rd round

first_img Comments As Nicole Michael emerged from the locker room and went through her routine halftime drills Monday, something was visibly different in her demeanor. No facial expressions. No chatting with teammates. Nothing.With her team trailing at the intermission, Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer had only registered three points on two shots from the field. And with her squad on the brink of elimination from the WNIT, and with SU head coach Quentin Hillsman pleading, the senior had to do something.‘I had to respond to Coach’s halftime speech,’ Michael said. ‘It was pretty … yeah … it wasn’t good, so I just responded to that.’ Prompted by a challenge from her coach, the killer instinct returned.Behind Michael’s 15 second-half points, the Orange came from behind to secure a late 69-55 victory over Richmond in the second round of the WNIT at Manley Field House in front of a crowd of 316. The win gives SU a program record 24 wins on the season heading into Friday’s matchup against another Richmond, Va., squad — Virginia Commonwealth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter an uneventful first half, Michael and the Orange snapped out of its first-half funk and put on an offensive clinic in the second. Jumping out to an 8-2 run through the first 2:20 of the half, the Orange began imposing its will upon the smaller, less-athletic Spiders. SU outscored the Spiders 46-26 in the second half.‘Take away her 15 points in the second half and we would’ve lost,’ junior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘She’s just so big on every play, whether it’s a tip, an offensive or defensive rebound or a shot. She’s a key part to our success and without her, it would be tough to win.’The Orange played uninspired basketball for the first 20 minutes. Only six trips to the charity stripe. Fifteen turnovers to just four assists. The hustle plays, seemingly nonexistent.But that changed in the second half, largely thanks to Michael. From the first minute after halftime, she made her presence felt. Slashing to the basket, post up, and drawing fouls in the paint led to easy points. Just 1:23 into the half, Michael stripped the ball from Richmond guard Crystal Goring, and weaved through two defenders on the fast break before easily getting to the rim. On the ensuing possession, Michael immediately took it right at Richmond guard Danielle Bell on a post move, using her obvious height advantage and length around the basket. That kind of scoring mentality was evident on nearly every possession. ‘We have a lot of different sets that we can run to get her the ball,’ Hillsman said. ‘We went back to freshman year when we gave her the ball every possession, and we just did a few things to give her the ball in the spots closer to the basket where she can score and didn’t have to put the ball on the floor a lot. And that was big.’ Though Michael had an obvious size advantage, she said she was a bit hesitant when Hillsman told her to go down in the post and do some damage. But after connecting on a few early baskets, she kept going back to what came naturally.‘At first I was kind of surprised that (Hillsman) wanted me to go into the post, but I just responded to what he wanted me to do,’ Michael said. ‘I went down, played strong down there and did pretty well.’With Michael leading the way, SU started clicking on all cylinders. Following Michael’s example, the Orange started imposing its will. According to Morrow, SU started doing the ‘little things’ that it wasn’t doing in the first half.  Aside from Michael’s scoring, Morrow said that was the difference. After committing more than a dozen turnovers in the first half, the Orange turned the ball just four times in the second. With the turnovers held to a minimum, SU went 15-of-27 from the field. It was a tale of two halves for SU. As a result, Hillsman’s squad survives and advances to the third round of the WNIT. And in the locker room after the game, Michael was uncharacteristically all smiles.‘I just wanted to win,’ Michael said, trying her best to hide the grin. ‘And my team wanted to win. We just wanted to keep playing. So I was just happy every time I made a good play, every time my team made a good play.’[email protected] Published on March 22, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Suspect in hit-run deaths turns himself in to officers

first_imgVALENCIA – A Salinas man accused of causing a Thanksgiving Day crash near Gorman that killed a father and son turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol on Monday and was booked on suspicion of two felony hit-and-run counts and two manslaughter counts. Javier Barajas Zavala, 41, had contacted authorities Thursday through his attorney to express a desire to surrender, CHP officials said. He arrived Monday morning at the Newhall CHP office and was transported to the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station for booking. “We received a letter from his attorney instructing us not to question him,” Officer Wendy Hahn said. “When he arrived, we gave him his Miranda rights and asked him if he wanted to talk to us, and he said no.” Investigators believe Zavala was driving a 1999 Peterbilt big-rig that slammed into the back of a 1990 pickup truck stalled in traffic lanes of the northbound Interstate 5 near Gorman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The crash killed Jose Palomino and his 15-year-old son, Julio, both of Bell Gardens. The men were headed toward Bakersfield because Palomino was planning to move his family there. After the collision, Zavala allegedly drove farther to flee from authorities, turned off at the northbound state Route 138 off-ramp and ended up on Lancaster Road. The tractor-trailer’s fuel tank apparently ruptured in the collision, causing the cab to catch fire after the driver left the freeway. CHP Investigator Dave Pokorny said that witnesses who spoke to the driver when he stopped the burning truck were concerned that he was trying to get a ride out of the area while his truck was ablaze. The witnesses had no knowledge of the earlier fatal collision. About 20 minutes after the crash, police got a call from a man, possibly Zavala, who claimed his tractor-trailer had been stolen from a Pilot station in Castaic. When they arrived, the man was nowhere to be found. Pokorny said that Zavala evaded capture despite ground and air searches. “He would have been in a lot less trouble if he had waited at the scene,” Pokorny said. “This could have been just a horrible accident.” Each charge that Zavala faces carries a possible sentence of 30 years in state prison. Bail was set at $50,000. Pokorny said a bail bondsman arrived with Zavala when he turned himself in. Zavala has no prior criminal record. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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