Plan Orchard.

first_imgAnna5Early,dessert (red blush)A Mollie’sDelicious3,4Fresh,sauce and piesB Redgold1,2,3 DessertB VarietiesZoneUsesPollinationCode Priscilla1,2,3Sub-aciddessertC DorsettGolden5Early,dessert (yellow)A Jerserymac1,2,3Fresh,sauce and piesB Yates1,2,3,4Small,subacid, mellow, juicyB OzarkGold1,2,3Dessert(yellow)C Several types of tree fruit can be grown in Georgia. Some of the more popular for the home orchard are apples, pears, peaches, plums and nectarines. For a successful orchard, you need to plan way ahead.All of these fruits require good sites, pollination, pest control and maintenance. The best site is one with plenty of sunlight, air drainage and good soil structure and chemistry.Plant your trees where they will get the most sunlight. If you plant them in rows, orient them north to south.Put them, too, where cold air will drain away from them on frost nights. Cold air drains downhill, so put fruit trees on top of a hill on a southeastern-facing slope. If the area is flat, put them where cold air can drain away unblocked by bordering woods.Well-drained SoilThe soil should be well-drained. A sandy loam to sandy clay loam is best. Have soil samples analyzed for nematodes and pH. Add lime to bring the soil to a pH of 6.5. Your county extension agent can help with this. Now is the best time to analyze the soil for next year’s orchard planting.Select varieties that will do well in your specific climate. Georgia has two systems for designating hardiness zones.U.S. Department of Agriculture zones in the state range from 6b (the coldest) to 8b. These are most often used by nurseries and seed catalogues. Georgia designations range from 1 (the coldest) to 5. These are used in University of Georgia Extension Service bulletins about tree fruit production.Protect PollinatorsPollen is moved by wind and insects. Bees and other pollinators improve the pollination of most fruit trees, so protect them. Don’t spray insecticides when they’re working the flowers.Fruit trees are either self-fruitful or self-unfruitful. The latter group requires pollination from a different but compatible variety known as a pollinizer. Peaches and nectarines don’t require pollinizers, but apples, pears and plums do.Many apple varieties can be grown in Georgia. They are listed in the chart below with their planting zones and pollination codes. Stayman must be matched with a male fertile member of group C to produce fruit.Pears, Fire BlightSelect pears based on their susceptibility to fire blight. A number of Asian and hybrid pears are grown in Georgia. Asian pears have to be planted with another compatible pear variety.There are hundreds of peach varieties to choose from. Select them based on planting zone and harvest date. The ideal variety requires so many hours of chilling that it breaks dormancy, blooms and sets fruit when the danger of frost is over. Of course, most varieties aren’t ideal.A few nectarine varieties are also available. However, the lack of fuzz makes the fruit more susceptible to insects and diseases.Several new plum varieties have been developed for the Southeast. They generally have very low chill requirements and thus flower at about the same time. Plant them along with a different variety for pollination. Applesfor Georgia RedDelicious1,2,3,4Sweet,fresh, or saladsB Stayman1,2,3Tart,all-purposeC-sterile Best RootstockPlant Carefully *To determine compatible pollinizing pairs, match the letter codes. GoldenDelicious1,2,3,4Sub-acid,yellow, all purposeC GrannySmith1,2,3,4All-purpose(yellow green)Clast_img read more

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US Helps Improve Guatemalans’ Lives

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 04, 2020 The United States government, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the donation of $7 million to the Trifinio Plan, to be used in four new and existing projects in Guatemalan municipalities that share borders with El Salvador and Honduras. The plan intends to carry out security, justice, and cross-border crime prevention projects.Then U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga, made the announcement on September 29, 2020, together with Guatemalan Vice President Guillermo Castillo Reyes. The Trifinio Plan, a regional body that is part of the Central American Integration System, seeks to improve living conditions in border communities. The Trifinio region consists of 45 municipalities: 15 in Guatemala, eight in El Salvador, and 22 in Honduras, the Salvadoran newspaper Diario CoLatino reported on June 2.Ambassador Arreaga, who ended his diplomatic tenure in September, reaffirmed his commitment to support the Trifinio Plan mission to “reduce violence and migration levels, especially among young people who are agents of social change and transformation.” During his presentation, he thanked Vice President Castillo “for his dedication to improving the lives of all Guatemalan citizens.”The U.S. government will fund two offices of the State Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons (SVET, in Spanish). Human trafficking continues to be a significant problem for Guatemala. In 2019, authorities detected 596 cases of victims of human trafficking, the Guatemalan website Efeminista reported on July 6.The U.S. effort will also finance the opening of a regional office in Chiquimula, aimed at providing alternatives for young people in conflict with the law, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement on September 29. “About 200 young people per year will receive rehabilitation, so that they can reintegrate successfully into their community and contribute to prosperity,” the Embassy said.Furthermore, the statement indicated, the U.S. will continue to support border security projects in collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of the Interior through technology, infrastructure, and training at ports of entry, to curb narcotrafficking and smuggling into the country, while facilitating legitimate trade and strengthening overall border security.“It has been proven that organized criminal groups take advantage of those countries and geographic areas with weak institutions and leadership,” Sandy Recinos, SVET director, said. “Transnational organized crime is one of the […] greatest threats to world stability, since it is a problem that has been increasing in recent years.”U.S. financial support will favor the socioeconomic empowerment of women, youth, and indigenous communities, with feasible and substantive opportunities for these populations to prosper in their own communities, the Embassy statement highlighted.last_img read more

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West Virginia floods sock members, spare credit unions

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The West Virginia floods late last week were blamed for 25 deaths, including a member of the $192 million Pioneer West Virginia FCU, according to President/CEO Dan McGowan.McGowan said he expects the number of members at the Charleston-based credit union who have suffered hardships as a result of the natural disaster to grow.“This week, we’re sure to learn of many tragic stories from other members who have lost their homes, cars, and personal treasures. Naturally, we’ll be working with members one-on-one in any way we may to alleviate their hardships,” he said. continue reading »last_img

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North Sumatra urges businesses to develop more swallow’s nest products, increase exports

first_imgAccording to the agency’s data, North Sumatra exported 21 tons of swallow’s nests between January and October 2019. Zonny said the agency set a target to export 35 tons of birds nests in 2020.Ori Ginalnest Indonesia CEO Rusianah said she supported the provincial administration’s target and was considering recommendations to develop the downstream sector of the product.“We are optimistic regarding the target, as we already achieved 20 percent of it while still in March,” she said.North Sumatra saw its agricultural product exports grow in 2019, as the provincial administration’s efforts to support plantation companies contributed to a sharp increase in the exports of agricultural commodities from the province.According to data provided by the Agriculture Ministry’s Agricultural Quarantine Office, North Sumatra’s agricultural export volume increased by 23.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2019, while its export value rose by 21 percent to Rp 32.2 trillion (US$2.3 billion) from Rp 26.6 trillion in 2018.The province’s agricultural exports have shown an increasing trend since 2017, when the export value slumped to $654 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). The province exports a wide range of commodities, such as palm oil, rubber, coffee and sawn timber. (mpr)Topics : More than 593 kilograms of swallow’s nests were set to be exported to China, the United States, Australia and France on Tuesday’s shipment. China was the biggest export destination, with around 517 kilograms of the shipment bound for the cities of Xiamen and Guangzhou.Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer of swallow’s nests with an annual production of 200 tons, with North Sumatra contributing around 31 percent to exports, the province’s Industry and Trade Agency head Zonny Waldi said.Read also: North Sumatra lures Indian investors to open cattle farms, thread factories The North Sumatra administration has urged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region to develop the downstream sector of the swallow’s nest industry to increase the commodity’s value and provide employment to the people. Provincial administration secretary Sabrina lauded the SME association and swallow’s nest exporter PT Ori Ginalnest Indonesia for exporting the commodity overseas, but hoped that more end products would be exported in the future.“We need to increase swallow’s nest exports and develop the downstream products to provide job opportunities,” Sabrina said in a ceremony to launch a shipment of swallow nests at the Medan Metropolitan Trade Center (MMTC), Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Remarks by Governor Wolf at Historic Liquor Reform Bill Signing

first_img June 08, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Liquor Reform,  Remarks Historic Liquor Reform Bill SigningHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:Today I am following through on a promise I made during my campaign to modernize our wine and spirits systemThis bill is truly historicIt is the most significant step we’ve taken in this area in 80 yearsThis bill will improve the customer experienceIt will make pricing more competitiveIt will make the purchase of these products more convenientIt will produce more revenue for the commonwealth of PennsylvaniaAnd it shows that we can do things here in Harrisburg that matter to our fellow citizensThis bill also shows – once again – that Democrats and Republicans can work togetherToday, we are changing a system that many people in Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a long timeAnd it has come about because members of both parties have cooperated with each otherI promised to modernize our state store system when I ran for governorThis bill delivers on that promiseSix packs of beer will now be sold in convenience stores as part of this lawWine will be sold in supermarketsI want to pay special tribute to a number of peopleSpeaker Mike TurzaiRepresentative Paul CostaSen. Chuck McIlhinneyLeader Dave ReedLeader Frank DermodyChairman Bill AdolphChairman Jor MarkosicThe citizens of Pennsylvania have called for change in the way our system worksThis bill responds to that callI am pleased to join with my colleagues here to sign it into lawAnd I have every confidence that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board – and especially its board members – are deeply committed to making this workLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Remarks by Governor Wolf at Historic Liquor Reform Bill Signinglast_img read more

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LOC Renewables on MOG Marine Warranty Survey Duty

first_imgThe Paris office of LOC Renewables, a part of LOC Group, has been contracted by the Belgian transmission system operator Elia to provide Marine Warranty Survey (MWS) services for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project.The agreement will see LOC provide support during the construction and installation of the Offshore Switchyard (OSY) platform some 40km off the Belgian coast in the North Sea, and the submarine cables that will serve it.LOC Renewables’ Paris office began carrying out MWS services in January 2018 and will continue in 2020.The work will be completed in three phases: first, an engineering and procedural review; followed by an assessment of vessel suitability; and, finally, site approval of the critical marine operation for load-out, transportation and installation of the OSY platform and submarine cables.Image source: EliaThe newly built DP3 cable installation vessel Living Stone will be leading the cable laying campaign, while the offshore lifting of the OSY platform is to be completed by Oleg Strashnov, a DP3 vessel with a 5,000-tonne crane capacity.The MOG project, with its central OSY platform, will connect four planned wind farms: Rentel, Northwester 2, Mermaid and SeaStar, enabling them to supply electricity directly to the Belgian national electricity grid. It is anticipated that the project could also provide an initial foundation for the future development of an extensive North Sea grid, with the potential to interconnect the electricity supplies of neighbouring countries.Construction of the OSY offshore platform, a grounded, 4-leg substructure housing a 220kV Gas Insulated Switchgear, started in 2018. Initial work on installing the submarine cable connections will commence in 2019, including a 220kV AC cable linking the OSY and the Rentel wind farm, and two more identical cables linking the OSY to the Stevin substation on Zeebrugge beach.“In providing a foundation for the expansion of offshore capacity in Belgian waters, the MOG will play an important role in the reliable supply of renewable electricity into the grid for years to come,” said Hugues Delanoue, Managing Director of LOC Paris.“We are delighted to be contributing our expertise, particularly in heavy lifting, cabling and construction, to this pioneering project.”last_img read more

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Sunman fight investigation leads to arrest

first_imgSunman, In. — After a three month investigation Indiana State police have arrested an Aurora man in connection with a fight outside a Sunman tavern in June. Andrew Ballard, 29, was arrested at his place of employment Wednesday at 2 p.m. and charged with battery causing serious bodily injury.On June 11 police responded to a report of two men suffering from serious injuries in the 100 block of West Washington Street at 2 a.m. After reviewing the evidence collected in the investigation Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel issued the warrant for Ballard’s arrest.The investigation is ongoing. More arrests are possible.last_img

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Recently reappointed Ball State trustee dies in Friday plane crash

first_img     Rick Hall          Chair     Ball State University Board of Trustees      Geoffrey S. Mearns     President     Ball State University Muncie, in. — Officials from Ball State University say newly reappointed board of trustees member R. Wayne Estopinal has been identified as one of the people killed Friday in a Clark County air crash.Estopinal was president of TEG Architects in Jeffersonville and was reappointed to the board of trustees just last week.Here is the complete statement from Ball State University:It is with deep sadness that we inform you that R. Wayne Estopinal, a Ball State University Board of Trustee member and a 1979 graduate of our College of Architecture and Planning, has passed away in a plane crash today in southern Indiana. He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you.last_img read more

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Duffy wins 141’s Red, White and Blue Series

first_imgBy Greg Aregoni FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (Aug. 9) – Darin Duffy has traveled from Urbana, Iowa, to 141 Speedway and back four times this season. That 40 hours of driving time paid off as Duffy captured the track’s Red, White and Blue Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Duffy won the Saturday night feature and picked up his second $1,000 payday of the three-race series. He had finished second in the opening race and was thus one win away from scoring the clean sweep in the series. He receives the coveted crate motor courtesy of Gandrud Chevrolet along with the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.Tim Czarneski started up front and led early in a feature that saw five cautions in all. Russ Rein­wald snuck into the lead briefly but Czarneski came flying back up top. Czarneski led through a few more cautions with Johnny Whitman hot on his heels. Following a lap 11 restart, Whitman got a good jump coming off of turn two and Czarneski tried to sneak through up high and slammed hard into the wall, ending his night. The final restart was on lap 12 with Duffy in second. Duffy stayed patient and finally found his line right up top, cruising into the lead on lap 15 and lead­ing the final six laps.Whitman finished second, chased by Josh Long, Shawn Kilgore and R.M. Van Pay. Feature results – 1. Darin Duffy; 2. Johnny Whitman; 3. Josh Long; 4. Shawn Kilgore; 5. R.M. Van Pay; 6. Eric Mahlik; 7. Brad Lautenbach; 8. T.J. Smith; 9. Randy Markwardt Jr.; 10. Troy Jerovetz; 11. Dave Zeitler; 12. Kyle Kudick; 13. Jeremy Jacobs; 14. Shawn Frelich; 15. Sean Jerovetz; 16. Brad Theys; 17. Russ Reinwald; 18. Lance Arneson; 19. Tim Czarneski; 20. Jay Matthias.last_img read more

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ISDH daily COVID-19 update

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health says 474 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private laboratories. The total is now at 3,039 Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. To date, 16,285 tests have been reported.  Seventy-eight Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.Marion County had the most new cases, at 192. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Decatur (10), Clark (11), Floyd (13), Hamilton (21), Hendricks (24) and Lake (28). Decatur County now has 58 cases, Franklin County is at 45, and Ripley County has 39 positives cases total.  Decatur County reports 3 deaths, Franklin County 6, and 1 for Ripley County.last_img read more

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