When people think of Georgia peanuts, they often think of the thousands of acres planted on the western half of the coastal plain. But the truth is that east Georgia boasts its share of peanuts as well. During the 2018 Georgia Peanut Tour, about 200 industry leaders and other peanut stakeholders learned about the eastern half of Georgia’s peanut belt — from the Bulloch County fields that produce more than $20 million worth of peanuts a year to the Port of Savannah, where Georgia’s peanut exports are sent overseas. The Georgia Peanut Tour is organized by the Georgia Peanut Commission with the help of industry leaders and peanut researchers at the University of Georgia. It’s designed to help peanut stakeholders, who are not familiar with Georgia agriculture, to learn more about the local impact of peanut farming and how commission-funded research impacts individual growers and farms.This year’s tour attracted attendees from more than 20 states and four countries outside of the U.S., according to Joy Crosby, communications director for the Georgia Peanut Commission. Over the course of the three-day tour, experts from the University of Georgia Peanut Team and peanut farmers from across the region explained the link between Georgia’s peanut industry and the research pioneered by agricultural scientists at UGA. “Georgia peanut farmers realize that research is what’s going to move them forward,” said Bob Kemerait, a peanut plant pathologist with UGA Cooperative Extension and a Georgia Peanut Tour committee member, explaining that farmers fund over $1 million in research each year through the peanut commission. One research success farmers pointed to repeatedly during the tour was UGA peanut experts’ work to control tomato spotted wilt virus in the state’s peanut fields. “When I first started seeing this (tomato spotted wilt virus) problem, I said, ‘This is going to put us out of the peanut business,” said peanut farmer Charlie Cromley during a harvest demonstration at one of his family’s peanut fields near Springfield, Georgia. “That’s a testament to the research at UGA, which has supported the peanut industry in this state. We were facing a big problem, and they found some cultural practices and other methods that we could use to control the problem before it became too widespread.” The tour also gave farmers the chance to demonstrate how they’ve put the latest research into action. At the Boddiford Farm in Sylvania, Georgia, father and son team Joe and Knapp Boddiford showcased how new precision agriculture technologies have reduced the amount of water they use to irrigate their crop and how it has resulted in more productive peanut plants.Today, peanut researchers are working to identify more insect- and disease-resistant peanut varieties, better weed control measures and more productive cultural practices to help solve emerging problems in Georgia’s peanut fields. For more information about the impact of the UGA Peanut Team, visit peanuts.caes.uga.edu. More photos from the 2018 Georgia Peanut Tour are available at www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/albums/72157671678251397.
Developers push 4GW solar-wind-storage project in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian renewable energy developers Energy Estate and MirusWind are proposing to build a 4,000MW (4GW) wind, solar and storage facility in New South Wales that will be the biggest single renewable energy project in Australia’s main grid.Energy Estate founder Simon Currie – a former head of energy at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright – says the region has excellent wind and solar resources, and is close to the backbone of the transmission system and the coal plants in the Hunter Valley that are scheduled to be closed from 2022.The plan is to combine the wind and solar, and add in storage such as pumped hydro and batteries, and create a new substation and “renewable energy hub” near the town of Uralla. The proponents say this will ease congestion in the grid, and fits in with plans outlined by Transgrid, the NSW government and the Australian Energy Market Operator, to create the infrastructure to support a major renewable energy zone – one of many planned across the main grid as the country shifts to renewables.“This multi-technology opportunity will supply low-cost, firmed, renewable energy to NSW customers,” the companies said in a statement. “The recent dramatic falls in the cost of new wind and solar generation means this is now the right time to move ahead with a project of this size and impact in NSW.”The Walcha Energy Project is by the far the biggest single renewable energy project proposed for the National Electricity Market, and beaten only in scale by the 11GW wind and solar project proposed by CWP, Macquarie, Vestas and others in W.A.s remote Pilbara region, where the output is designed for export to Asia and to support local manufacturing and other industry. The first stage of the project could be up to 1GW of wind and 400MW of solar, and is expected to begin construction in 2020, delivering its first output by 2022 – when the Liddell coal generator is scheduled for closure. Most of the early development will be wind, with solar also increasing over time along with storage. “The time is now right,” said Currie. “This is not about the renewable energy target any more, this is the next wave of low-cost renewables, and it is close to load centres. This will stand on its own two feet on economics alone.”More: Massive 4GW wind and solar and storage project proposed for NSW
The Benfica winger has been on Merseyside to undergo a medical and Press Association Sport a deal is likely to be finalised on Tuesday. His arrival will take Rodgers’ spending close to £60million after Liverpool triggered the 20-year-old’s £20million release clause just a year after the Serbian moved to Portugal. Liverpool are set to complete their fourth signing of the summer with the capture of Lazar Markovic. Press Association Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can have already been added to the squad while negotiations are continuing in an attempt to sign Belgium’s Lille striker Divock Origi. Rodgers is looking to strengthen further following the £75million departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, which is expected to be completed later this week. Reds forward Iago Aspas has returned to Spain on a year-long loan with Sevilla after a disappointing maiden season having moved from Celta Vigo last summer. The Spanish outfit announced the clubs had agreed a loan deal, with the option for them to sign Aspas on a permanent deal. Aspas’ departure may help in Liverpool’s pursuit of the Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno. The two clubs appeared to have reached an impasse over the defender’s fee, with the Merseysiders unwilling to meet a £20million valuation, but talks have continued.