17 Jan

Planting in drought

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaExtreme drought now covers most agricultural areas, delaying peanut and cotton planting and raising concerns for the crops this year.Dust blows thick across dry Georgia fields, where 66 percent of the soil is reported as very short in moisture, the worst category. Only 7 percent is normally ranked very short at this time of year. In central and south Georgia, where most peanuts and cotton are planted, 70 percent to 90 percent is very short.”The drought is the worst for this time of year that anyone can ever remember,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “We’ve had a dry April and May before, but never preceded by … well below normal rainfall from November to March.”Georgia farmers usually start and finish planting peanuts in May. Earlier this spring, Georgia agricultural officials estimated farmers would plant 500,000 acres.But so far, only 33 percent of that has been planted, according to a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of county extension agents. Planting is typically more than half over by this time.Delayed planting can lead to delayed harvest, Beasley said. “If harvest is delayed too much, we run the risk of cold weather in the fall slowing or shutting down maturity. If that occurs, yields and grades are reduced.”But farmers can’t think of harvest now. Their immediate concern is getting planted seed to come out of the ground. “Without moisture, peanut seed will not germinate,” Beasley said.Georgia cotton farmers face a similar scenario, said Steve Brown, a UGA Extension cotton agronomist. Most farmers can’t think about high yields or quality. They just want rain to come and give them a good reason to get back to planting.Farmers so far have only planted about 40 percent of the expected 1.1 million cotton acres. Planting is normally more than two-thirds complete by now.A cotton plant can hold up against some drought stress, he said. Last year proved that. The cotton crop set no records but did surprisingly well despite prolonged dry spells.”We have never seen cotton die of drought. It can hang on,” Brown said. “But you have to get the plant established and get a good stand up first.”The future of Georgia’s nonirrigated corn is questionable, said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension corn agronomist. It still has a chance for OK yields if rain comes soon.”But every day now that goes by without rain is one less day for recovery,” Lee said.Georgia farmers have completed corn planting. Lee figures they planted close to 425,000 acres, 75,000 fewer than estimated earlier this year. Half the crop is likely planted in fields with irrigation.Georgia corn will have its highest demand for water over the next month, he said, as it enters a critical developmental stage.Peanut, cotton and corn teams with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have recently released publications to help farmers cut costs and manage their crops during the drought.To find out more, farmers can contact their county UGA Extension offices.last_img read more

30 Aug

EveryMatrix appoints former bwin CEO Norbert Teufelberger as new board Chairman

first_img Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Norbert TeufelbergerEveryMatrix has completed a €4.3 million strategic investment round and appointed Norbert Teufelberger, former CEO of bwin, as its new Chairman.The company has widened its shareholder base by completing the private strategic investment round with Strawberry Capital, a large Norwegian fund owned by Petter Stordalen.In his new role as non-executive Chairman of the board, Teufelberger will assist with the formulation of its business strategy focusing on reaching its ambitious commercial goals over the next years.He commented: “I’m truly excited to invest and chair EveryMatrix. Being part of the bwin story since its inception was a wonderful experience for me and I look forward to assisting the founders and team of EveryMatrix in developing a blue chip B2B technology provider for the fast expanding global I-gaming market. After an extensive due diligence period, I was particularly impressed with the product vision and innovation capabilities and drive of the EveryMatrix team.”Ebbe Groes, Co-Founder & CEO at EveryMatrix, added: “This is the first ever external investment into EveryMatrix. With more diverse skills and broader ownership at the board level, we are confident in executing our growth strategy and pursuing our long-term vision over the coming years.”Meanwhile, the industry provider has also added two non-executive board members with critical skills in preparation for its next expansion phase. Anders Böös, former Chairman of IFS, and Jan Gottlander, co-founder of Snow Software, both participated in the capital increase alongside Teufelberger.Co-Founder Stian Hornsletten said: “The extended board will have a great mix of talent which I’m positive will help us professionalise the company further, accelerate our product innovation cycles and expand our global footprint.”last_img read more