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Onion Crop

first_imgDespite a frigid, rain-filled winter, Vidalia onion farmers expect a good, quality crop this season.The cold temperatures forced some onion farmers to replant. Cliff Riner, coordinator of UGA’s Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, estimates 600 of the state’s 12,000 acres had to be replanted. Those plants are taking longer to grow, and the size of those onions may be affected.UGA vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong says onions that were planted prior to Dec. 4 or 5 had time to get established before January’s cold snap hit. “Those plants were able to keep rolling right along. The plants that were planted later, closer to Christmas, were really small and just sat there for a long time after that cold snap,” he said. “The plants look okay, they’re just behind everything else.”Vidalia onion farmers’ biggest concern now is the rain that saturated their fields. Impassable conditions have made harvesting onions almost impossible in some areas.“The rain has been kind of inclement, in terms of harvesting. We’ve had significant amounts of rain in production areas,” Riner said. “That can delay us in harvesting and delay us in undercutting the onions. We can clip the onions once they’re dug. To actually get them dug up is the problem.”Most onion farmers set a timeline of around May 20 to harvest their crops, he said. This timeframe decreases the possibility of disease, which increases with warmer temperatures. A late-May harvest this year could be a challenge if wet weather persists.“We’ve got a timeline to get everything in, and every day it rains and sets us back, there’s more stress on that timeline,” Riner said.Mark Shuman of Shuman Produce in Reidsville makes farming decisions 12 to 15 months in advance. “It’s like driving a speeding train. You don’t turn it on a dime,” said Shuman. Shuman Produce accounts for approximately 20 percent of the Vidalia industry’s total volume.Like all farmers, Shuman has no control over the weather, but his farm has survived much worse.“In 1983, the mercury plummeted to 8 degrees on Christmas Day. That crop was almost a total loss,” said Shuman, whose family has grown Vidalia onions for more than 30 years. “We received some significant cold weather this year with temps around 15 degrees, but are fortunate there will be good quality Vidalia onions on retail shelves this summer.”Vidalia onion growers have a short harvest window of just four to six weeks, depending on the weather. “Our ability to harvest in a timely manner is essential. Your army can’t be big enough come harvest time. You have to get that crop out of the row and under the roof to have a great summer market,” he said.The Vidalia onion industry in Georgia generates more than $100 million annually in farm gate value and surpassed $150 million in 2011 and 2012. Of the 12,000 acres grown, 75 percent are produced in Toombs and Tattnall counties.“As an industry we have to do a good job proving to the retail world that they can count on us. If we don’t, we are encouraging other regions, like Texas and New Mexico, to prey on our market share,” Shuman said. “We want to keep the jobs here and keep the product coming out of Georgia.”last_img read more

JADCO imposes one-year ban on Russell

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – West Indies Twenty20 star, Andre Russell, was yesterday ruled out of several major upcoming global tournaments after being slapped with a 12-month ban for an anti-doping whereabouts violation.The 28-year-old globetrotting all-rounder missed three drugs tests back in 2015 after failing to report his whereabouts, and was penalised by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission(JADCO).He had faced up to a two-year ban if found guilty of the violation but will now sit out the game until next January under the 12-month sanction which takes immediate effect.“What the panel was required to do was look at the evidence given and to find whether the complainant established the requisite standard of proof, and that standard of proof is that it must be to the comfortable satisfaction of the tribunal that there was a first filing failure,” chairman Hugh Faulkner said afterwards.“And we found from the evidence that there was a first filing failure for the period January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015.”He continued: “Again, using the standard of proof that we had enunciated, again to the comfortable satisfaction of the tribunal, we found that there was a filing failure – a failure to find whereabouts information – for the period 1st July 2015 to 30th September 2015, and then the third filing failure would have been for 1st July 2015 to 30th September 2015 but specifically, failure to provide the explanation required by the anti-doping rules for why you are late with the whereabouts filing.“Now the rules require that there must be three missed tests and that three missed tests happen within a 12-month period and we found that was the case.“As a result, the panel had no option but to apply a sanction. We looked at all the circumstances of the case, we looked at the evidence, looked at previous cases – precedents – and we came up with a one-year sanction.”Russell has played one Test, 51 One-Day Internationals and 43 T20s for West Indies, and was part of the squad which won an unprecedented second T20 World Cup in India last April.However, it has been on the global T20 circuit where he has made his name as an athletic fielder, a dashing lower order batsman and a lively seamer.In particular, he will miss the cash-rich Indian Premier League where he is contracted to Kolkata Knight Riders and for whom he is a key player.KKR’s chief executive Venky Mysore described Russell’s ban as a “big loss”.Russell also features for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League in Australia, Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League, Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League and Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.The hearing to determine Russell’s fate wrapped up last September and he continued to play while awaiting the judgement to be handed down.Faulkner said the panel had opted not to make the dates of the ban retroactive and had also felt under the circumstances, that only a one-year ban was necessary.“In some instances, they (bans) commence on earlier dates before the decision and in this instance, bearing in mind all the circumstances, we believe the commencement date should be at the date of the decision,” Faulkner pointed out.He added: “In our decision, we cited the circumstances, we cited the cases and explained therein … our decision (not to apply) the maximum (ban).”Earlier this month, Russell was forced out of the Big Bash with a hamstring injury.last_img read more