Mild fall weather gave way to sharp drops in temperatures over the past few weeks in much of Georgia. This wintry weather comes none too early for two major sweet crops in the state, say University of Georgia experts.Georgia peach farmers welcomed the cold. Their peaches need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15.Need a ChillDepending on the variety, peaches need from 400 to about 1,000 chill hours to perform well during the growing season, said Kathryn Taylor, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About 95 percent of Georgia’s peaches are grown in the middle of the state. To get by, peaches there need at least 900 chill hours by Feb. 15.”The past couple of weeks of cold weather has helped a lot,” Taylor said.So Far, So GoodSo far, the region has about 480 chill hours. That’s good. But to get all the chill hours needed by Feb. 15, the area must get 12 chill hours a day.”If we can get that, we’ll be in good shape,” she said.South Georgia peaches need about 650 chill hours before Feb. 15. But they can live with 600 hours, Taylor said.So far, south Georgia has about 402 chill hours. That’s also good. To get the rest of their chill hours, peaches here need about 6.5 chill hours a day before Feb. 15.Peaches require a certain number of chill hours to break winter dormancy, Taylor said. If they don’t get the hours, it can cause the fruit to be poorly shaped or aborted.After Feb. 15, peach trees begin putting on buds. They then start requiring heat units, or temperatures above 55 degrees.Onions Welcome ColdGeorgia Vidalia onion growers welcomed the cold, too.”We’re going to lose some foliage from frost injury and sleet damage. But overall, we’re looking pretty good,” said Reid Torrance, county extension agent in Tattnall County, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onions grow.He said the onions needed the cold weather.Slower Growth”We’ve had such a warm fall that until about three weeks ago, the onions were actually growing too fast,” he said. “We needed some cooler weather to slow down the growth. We’re pretty happy with the growth of the onions right now.”Vidalia onions are harvested from late April through June.The number of planted acres won’t be reported until March.”I don’t see any big change in acreage, however, from last year,” Torrance said. Farmers planted around 15,000 acres of Vidalia onions in 2000.
Baye Moussa Keita didn’t miss a shot. For once, the sophomore center’s energy and effort made a splash on the offensive end.‘Baye was really good,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He was just active. Moving and he’s playing with good guards that can get him the ball.’Off a C.J. Fair miss late in the second half, he fought through for the rebound and made the follow, putting Syracuse up by 23. It also concluded an offensive explosion for Keita, as he scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the Orange’s 98-74 dismantling of Albany on Tuesday. Deft defensively but not offensively in Syracuse’s (3-0) first two games, Keita brought it on both ends of the floor against the Great Danes.‘I was doing the same thing,’ Keita said. ‘Probably tonight I was probably more aggressive on the offensive boards.’The center finished with five rebounds to go with his career scoring night. All five were offensive boards. And that allowed him to play one of the best all-around games of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first half, Keita sprinted at the front of the pack as Syracuse was in transition, taking a feed from Michael Carter-Williams to put Syracuse up 13.Keita later made post moves on his Albany defender, finishing with a two-handed slam in the second half.On a team with so many weapons, Keita’s performance just adds another to the arsenal if he stays consistent.‘You never know what can happen on this team, like tonight Baye had 14,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘Career high, probably. So it’s things like that and I was finding Baye a lot, he was active down there, he was running the floor, so I had to reward the big fella.’Keita stayed aggressive on the defensive end, too. Syracuse was up 65-43 in the second half when Albany guard Logan Aronhalt drove in from the left side of the baseline. He tried shooting from mid-range, but Keita was there for an emphatic swat, sending the Orange on a fast break.Boeheim said the production of both Keita and Fab Melo, who had eight points and seven rebounds, is a good sign.‘Baye’s active, he moves and he gets some easy baskets,’ Boeheim said. ‘He had 14 and Fab had eight, that’s pretty good production.’Syracuse overcomes 23 foul calls Clarence Armstrong signaled a charge on Gerardo Suero with 12:54 remaining in the first half. The Albany guard had sprinted full speed toward the basket, colliding with Dion Waiters in front of the basket.From the opposite side of the lane, Tim Higgins called for a blocking foul and overruled Armstrong.Boeheim was livid on the Syracuse sidelines, and Waiters wasn’t much happier after the game.‘Hell yeah, that was a charge,’ Waiters said. ‘He was out of control, but for the first time I tried to take a charge, they called a foul on me, so I don’t know.’Suero tied the game at 16 by knocking down a pair from the free-throw line, a place he and his Albany teammates became familiar with by the time the game ended. The Great Danes attempted 33 free throws Tuesday and made 26 of them in a losing effort on Tuesday night.But the 23 fouls called on the Orange and the 14-shot disparity between Albany and SU left Boeheim and the players a bit frustrated with the officiating.‘We hadn’t fouled at all, we’d been really good about not fouling,’ Boeheim said. ‘But tonight there were some really unbelievably strange calls, and to let them shoot 33 free throws was shocking.’Though some of the calls were questionable, like the block on Waiters, others were a result of Syracuse’s sloppy defense.Suero went to the line 12 times Tuesday, drawing multiple reach-in fouls as he drove to the basket. Similarly, James Southerland was called for over-the-back fouls against smaller defenders after failing to get in good rebounding positions.Fortunately, those mistakes can be fixed, and Boeheim said the team will work on them the rest of the week. The same errors that didn’t prove costly against Albany could certainly be the difference between a win and a loss in a Big East game with a team that can match Syracuse’s size and athleticism.‘That’s a lot of foul shots,’ Boeheim said. ‘We need to do better. We can’t be putting people on the foul line 33 times.’[email protected]@syr.edu Comments Published on November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Image Courtesy: Getty/CR7 UnderwearAdvertisement itq7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2tndWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1cw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1ekb8fbWould you ever consider trying this?😱a8uitCan your students do this? 🌚kyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp is renowned for his hilarious gestures, both on and off the field. Recently, an example of his comic acts have been unveiled by the club midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/CR7 UnderwearDuring an interview with The Athletic, the Netherlands international revealed that back in 2018, before their Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, the squad noticed their German gaffer wearing Cristiano Ronaldo branded boxers during the pre match pep talk.“We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo. He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his ‘CR7’ boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off.” the 28 year old said.Advertisement The Reds were heading onto the presigeous tournament’s final after 11 long years, since losing the silverware to Italian giants AC Milan in 2007. The nervous atmosphere soon went off after the players saw the 52 year old German in their opponent talisman’s brand underwear.“That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.Advertisement “He’s done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players.”Despite the Reds losing the trophy to Zidane’e star studded Galacticos 3–1, Klopp and the team managed to reach the final again this year, and also beating Spurs 2-0, putting an end to their trophy less streak. Advertisement