first_imgGeorgia’s tobacco and pecan crop are on pace for a surprisingly good year. Not surprisingly, though, above-normal temperatures have smothered the state and taken a toll on some row crops, like peanut and cotton.Pecan trees are alternate-bearing, meaning they produce a full crop every other year. Most trees in Georgia are on the same cycle, and this was supposed to be an “off” year for pecan production. But it isn’t looking like it, said Lenny Wells, a pecan specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.“I’m really surprised. This is the best off year in a long time,” he said.Last year, Georgia farmers harvested 90 million pounds of pecans, a good crop for an “on” year. This off year, they’ll likely produce between 75 million and 80 million pounds, double what has been produced in other off years. The reason why isn’t clear, Wells said. Favorable spring and summer weather mixed with intense management by farmers to control diseases and insects kept trees stress-free. The colder-than-normal winter may have helped, too.Harvest on Georgia’s 140,000 acres of pecan orchards, mostly in southwest Georgia, will start later this fall. Changes in the way farmers market tobacco coupled with disease outbreaks have drastically reduced Georgia tobacco production in recent years. A decade ago, the state had 1,000 tobacco farmers. Less than a quarter of them remain today. But the crop turned a corner this year, said Fred Wetherington, a tobacco farmer in Lowndes County near the Florida line. Weather was good, and disease damage was minimal.“We got the best looking crop we’ve had in 15 years or so,” Wetherington said.Farmers planted between 10,000 and 11,000 acres this spring. Harvest is half complete.Spring and early summer weather treated newly planted peanut and cotton plants well. But above-normal temperatures, some reaching over 100 degrees in some place, have since rocked the crops.Last year, Georgia farmers harvested an average of 900 pounds of cotton per acre, a new state record. Records likely won’t be broken this year, said Phillip Roberts, a cotton entomologist with UGA Extension. Some areas are in mild drought. This coupled with the heat will hamper yield potential.“The cotton crop as a whole is variable across the state, which is typical for Georgia. But we’re probably looking at more of an average crop this year compared to last,” Roberts said. “But we still have a long way to go with this crop.”Farmers planted an estimated 1.24 million acres in Georgia this year, 25 percent more than last year, according to a recent report by the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yields are expected to be around 850 pounds per acre, but this could be optimistic, Roberts said. Harvest will start later this fall.The extreme heat in July and early August hurt peanut plants’ ability to set peanut pods, which grow under ground, said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with UGA Extension. But relatively cooler temperatures in the lower 90s are helping the crop recover.Peanut farmers last year also set an average yield record for the state at 3,530 pounds per acre. It will be tough now, Beasley said, for any yield records to be broken this year, but the potential for a good crop is still there. The average yield is now expected to be 3,300 pounds per acre, or 7 percent less than last year. Farmers planted an estimated 550,000 acres of peanuts in late spring. Harvest will start later next month.last_img read more

first_imgHaving an industry-leading card portfolio is fundamental to serving credit union members well. However, the member experience you provide extends well beyond the wallet. Rewarding members at every opportunity can help you deliver a more meaningful consumer experience and can play a key role in nurturing member loyalty over the long term.“Credit unions, by their very charter, are in the loyalty business,” said Jennifer Kerry, Vice President, Credit Card Services, for CO-OP Financial Services. “Members trust their credit union to be fair and equitable, and to care about them in ways that for-profit banks simply don’t.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgAs financial services firms continue to grapple with how to deliver the type of personalized, on-demand communication that investors prefer, texting is emerging as an increasingly critical way for advisors to communicate with clients.Once simply banned due to compliance concerns, this channel is now becoming the new norm, and for good reason: It’s fast, effective and personal – all vital to building those long-term relationships that grow business.Recent research and news reinforce this accelerated shift toward texting as an essential communication channel.More people – clients and advisors alike – are textingA July 2017 study by Salesforce, which was based on an online survey of 2,192 U.S.-based adults conducted in June by Harris Poll, found that accessibility is an important factor (cited by 68 percent of survey respondents) when choosing a financial advisor. continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » Elevations Credit Union is using the bicycle to connect to its Colorado communities.The $2 billion asset credit union in Boulder, Colo., allocates a portion of its community support to biking-related initiatives.“Anyone who has visited Colorado knows the importance bicycles play in our outdoor lifestyle, especially in and around the college towns of Boulder and Fort Collins,” says Dennis Paul, Elevations’ vice president of business and community development. “The members and employees of Elevations Credit Union are no exception, with many biking for both recreation and commuting.Here’s how Elevations promotes Colorado’s bike-friendly communities:Buffalo Bicycle ClassicElevations is the title sponsor of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic (BBC), which has raised more than $3.6 million to provide scholarships for more than 400 Colorado University students during the past 15 years. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgA public hearing to sign or veto the First Responders Act by the county executive will be held at a later date. The act allows for police and other emergency personal to press charges on individuals who harass them as they work. “These brave men and women take on a difficult, yet critically important job in our community that requires dedication and sacrifice,” said Reynolds in an official press release sent to 12 News. Broome County Legislature Chairman Dan J. Reynolds says the act is “one way” to help show support of first responders. On Nov. 21, an attempt to pass the First Responders Bill was met with protests which led to nine people being taken into police custody.center_img (WBNG) — The Broome County Legislature has adopted the controversial First Responders Protection Act of 2019. Protesters said the passing of the bill would be used to suppress protests. The adoption of the act was announced Thursday evening.last_img read more

first_img The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year

first_imgChina has been cautious about resuming professional sport even as neighboring South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have restarted soccer and baseball leagues.The top-flight Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league will resume on Saturday in two central hubs in Qingdao and Dongguan but no fans will be present.The Chinese Super League (CSL) soccer league, which was scheduled to get underway on Feb. 22, would resume in July “if everything goes well”, Xinhua quoted Xu as saying.Xu said the administration had been talking to many international sports organizations in recent months about hosting events in China’s financial capital.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was cancelled hours before the opening practice session in March as the virus started to spread around the world.The Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan races were cancelled last Friday, joining four races already called off. China has been invited to host two Formula One races in Shanghai this season but no decision has been reached over whether to accept the offer, the head of the Shanghai Sports Bureau has told local media.The Chinese Grand Prix was supposed to take place at the Shanghai International circuit on April 19 but was postponed until later in the year because of the coronavirus outbreak.Formula One Management (FOM) still hope to run 15-18 races this year and have announced a revised and shortened provisional European schedule set to start in Austria without spectators on July 5. Topics :center_img “FOM asked us if it is possible for Shanghai to hold two races,” Shanghai Administration of Sports director Xu Bin was quoted as saying by state news agency Xinhua.”We have not made the final decision, depending on the potential changes of the epidemic situation.”The novel coronavirus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has now infected more than eight million people worldwide.Beijing officials reported 27 new confirmed cases for June 15 on Tuesday, stoking fears of a second wave of the respiratory disease.last_img read more

first_img Read More / FA Cup quarter-final draw Sheffield United vs ArsenalNewcastle vs Manchester City Norwich vs Derby or Man UtdLeicester vs Chelsea Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Holders Manchester City will take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park after Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game to see off Sheffield Wednesday.12-time winners Manchester United could face Norwich City if they overcome Wayne Rooney’s Derby County on Thursday after the Canaries knocked out Tottenham with a 4-2 penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw in normal time. Despite their struggles in the league, Pep Guardiola’s men are bidding for the treble following their win in the Carabao Cup final last weekend.Newcastle are through to this stage of the competition for the first time in 12 years but former City defender Micah Richards says Guardiola will be pleased with the draw.‘We can’t be that harsh on Newcastle,’ said Richards.‘My old manager Steve Bruce, he’ll have them compact, they’ll be up for it but it’s a good draw for City’.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to pick ‘unstoppable’ midfield of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominayADVERTISEMENT by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED 1 min. story Advertisement Read More Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Mar 2020 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares 1/1 Manchester City are bidding to defend the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Chelsea’s reward for beating Liverpool is a tricky clash against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Frank Lampard’s side put in an impressive display during a 2-0 win agianst the Reds at Stamford Bridge and will face the Foxes in the last-eight after they beat Birmingham 1-0.Arsenal sealed their path through to the last-eight with a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Portsmouth on Monday night and will take on high-flying Sheffield United in the next round. Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Full Screen FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea away at Leicester, Arsenal to play Sheffield United, Manchester United could face Norwich test Comment Advertisement PLAY Skip Coming Next Read Morelast_img read more

first_imgWilfred Bischoff, 82 years old, of St. Leon, passed away Wednesday, May 27 shortly after his wife Bettykissed him and told him that she loved him. Wilfred married his sweetheart, Betty, who coincidentallyhad the same last name as him. Married on June 17, 1961, Wilfred and Betty were married just shy of 59years. Wilfred was born and raised in St. Leon and was well liked by everyone he knew. He worked over35 years at Seagrams in production. Wilfred was fun to be around and loved spending time with family.He had a certain cackle about him that made everyone smile, his laugh was contagious. He loved to playcards including euchre, 500, and poker, often playing cards in family tournaments. Wilfred was alwayscomplimentary, making everyone feel special after a conversation with him. Many will rememberWilfred for running the ham stand for years at the St. Leon Fireman’s Festival. He was an avid sports fanand he and his brother-in-law, Bob, had season tickets to the Reds and the Bengals for many years.Growing up, Wilfred played basketball for Sunman High School and was named All County. He was ahard worker and enjoyed working on the farm. Wilfred was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, AllSaints Parish, the North Dearborn Conservation Club, Sons of American Legion, St. Leon Pole Raising,and the St. Leon Potato Club.Wilfred will be greatly missed by his wife, Betty, his brother-in-law Bob (Ardis) Bischoff, sisters-in-law,Doris Bischoff, Ruth Bischoff, Phyllis Bischoff, Phyllis Bischoff, Linda Dunn, and many nieces andnephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Lena (Hoffman) Bischoff, brothersLeroy, Francis, Ernest, Alfred; sisters Angela Wilhelm and Dorothy, and brother-in-law Ronald Bischoff.Visitation for Wilfred will be on Tuesday, June 2 from 1:00 – 3:00pm at Andres-Wuestefeld FuneralHome. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Church at 3:30pm, immediately followed by burialat St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Masses or family wishes. Please visitwww.andreswuestefeldfh.com to leave online condolences.To keep everyone safe and healthy, and to comply with Indiana’s COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of100 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Funeral home staff will be assisting with thisso that everyone has a chance to pay their respects in a safe and reverent manner. We would appreciateif visitors would wear masks to visitation and/or mass. In addition, only 100 people will be able to attendthe funeral mass. People wishing to only attend the graveside service can do so by practicing social distancing or by remaining in their car. Unfortunately, due to statewide guidelines the church will be unable to offer a meal after the graveside service.last_img read more

first_imgQPR saw off Leicester in an action-packed meeting at Loftus Road to start what manager Harry Redknapp described as a “very important period” for his side with a win. The clash with Leicester will have been seen as the first of four winnable home games for the R’s, with Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace all visiting west London before Christmas. And Redknapp’s players obliged with a hard-fought 3-2 win that lifts QPR above Leicester and up to 18th in the Barclays Premier League table – with goal difference the only factor keeping them in the relegation zone. Ex-Norwich midfielder Fer was the next to hammer wide before Steven Caulker was unlucky to see a well-struck shot blocked by Morgan as QPR failed to make their ever-increasing dominance pay. With his players proving so profligate, Redknapp saw his side draw level courtesy of an own goal as Morgan could only turn Caulker’s cross past Schmeichel, stumbling over the ball with Eduardo Vargas in close proximity. Green then stopped Leicester immediately re-establishing their lead as he stayed big and denied Vardy from close-range. And it was QPR who got themselves ahead before the interval as Austin finally tested Schmeichel with a point-blank header from Barton’s cross and, although the Dane kept it out, Fer was on hand to hammer his side ahead on the stroke of half-time. Leicester responded well after the interval as Mahrez saw a shot pushed away by Green before Vardy headed a cross from the Algerian against the crossbar. But the hosts remained a threat at the other end as Schmeichel did well to keep out Austin’s drilled effort, with the second half proving as free-flowing as the first as Vardy again wasted a decent chance after a quick Cambiasso free-kick caught the Rangers defence sleeping. The equaliser came shortly afterwards as the impressive Cambiasso showed fantastic composure when collecting the ball at the back post to feed substitute Marc Albrighton. His shot was blocked but Schlupp, who was still dusting himself down having been floored in the build-up, fired in a tremendous 25-yard strike to draw Pearson’ side level. Things nearly got even better for Leicester as Green went missing and Cambiasso’s header was blocked on the line by Henry, with Morgan unable to turn home the rebound. It was QPR cursing their luck next up as the chances to continued to come, with Schmeichel denying Fer from scoring a header. The hosts were ahead from the resulting corner as Onuoha saw his goal-bound effort blocked by David Nugent before Austin was on hand to head home and continue his rich vain of form – converting QPR’s 31st effort of the game as they hung on through six minutes of stoppage time. Things started badly for the hosts as Esteban Cambiasso slotted Leicester in front early on – the first the Foxes had scored following a fallow run of 56 days, or 504 minutes of football, without a goal. QPR recovered to dominate the remainder of the first-half and led at the break through a Wes Morgan own goal and a first club goal for Leroy Fer. Nigel Pearson’s side hit back in the second half as Jeffrey Schlupp drew them level, only for Charlie Austin to hit his fifth goal in as many games with 17 minutes remaining to settle the contest. Leicester fans had been starved of goals since a 2-2 against Burnley on October 5, but they only had to wait just only four minutes for the opening goal here courtesy of a measured finish from Cambiasso. Schlupp rolled the ball into Leonardo Ulloa who was challenged by Nedum Onuoha with the ball breaking kindly to Cambiasso, and the Argentina international needed no invitation to finish accurately past Rob Green and put the visitors in front. Their lead was nearly a short-lived one as Niko Kranjcar’s free-kick was deflected behind for a corner and Fer should have done better when picked out with the resulting set-piece. Riyad Mahrez had scored the Foxes last goal before today, almost nine hours ago in that draw with Burnley, and the Algeria international spurned a great chance to double the visitors’ lead as he steered Jamie Vardy’s pass wide. QPR had yet to test Kasper Schmeichel and their best chance came as Fer cut inside and played in Austin, whose effort was blocked into the path of Karl Henry – but the former Wolves man could only bend a tame shot well wide. Press Associationlast_img read more