With so many options on the market, growers have had to learn how to manage different varieties. In Terrell County, McGhee used different seed varieties from different companies, planted them in field trials and harvested the crops to see what variety worked best in his county. “We rely heavily on cooperation with our county agents to get these trials planted and harvested,” Whitaker said. “We use the information from these trials implemented by our agents to get an idea of how well varieties perform across the state.” Nick McGhee, Terrell County Extension coordinator, is one of those cooperating Extension agents.“This program is something that a lot of the growers in Terrell County can benefit from. Cotton variety selection is an important decision that they face every year,” he said. With cotton prices plummeting below 60 cents this winter, selecting a variety to plant for the upcoming season is a critical decision for Georgia farmers. The University of Georgia Cotton Variety Selection Program provides growers with the research-based information they need to produce the state’s No. 1 row crop.UGA Extension agronomist Jared Whitaker, who helped start the program, said he has seen the right variety choice add $100 an acre or more to a farmer’s bottom line. In 2014, DP 1252 B2RF, CG3783 B2RF and PHY 333 WRF were the varieties with statistically similar and highest average lint yield when averaged across all 20 trials. With regards to consistency across those trials, those same varieties had yields within the top three of 12 varieties evaluated in at least 45 percent of the 20 trials. For more information about variety performance from this program, contact your local county agent or visit the UGA Cotton Web page at ugacotton.com.The data produced from the cotton variety selection can be seen at ugacotton.com/cotton-variety-selection/.According to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia produced more than $1.2 billion in cotton in 2013. “We started the program so that we could evaluate a small set of promising varieties across a large number of locations and environments to observe performance in various situations and get an idea of where varieties perform best and which are most consistent,” Whitaker said.Jeff Davis County cotton farmer Wayne Herndon has helped with the program since its inception. Whitaker uses Herndon’s land to plant and test different cotton varieties. “The program allows us to see what variety works best in different types of soil and environments,” Herndon said. “And it has helped me decide what varieties to plant.”Rather than growing cotton in just one part of the state for the UGA program, Whitaker aims to grow cotton in different counties across Georgia to see how the different varieties perform in various environments. Cotton seed can be expensive, and yields can be attributed to the variety that farmers choose. According to McGhee, cotton producers have the potential to increase their gross revenue by more than $3.5 million annually in Terrell County if they choose the right variety. “They were all planted in the same field and managed the same way, which determined what variety yielded the best,” McGhee said. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Topics : Chelsea and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was arrested at the weekend after police responded to a report of an “unwell woman”, British media reported on Monday.Police officers and an ambulance attended Hudson-Odoi’s London home in the early hours of Sunday.The 19-year-old was arrested and taken into custody before being released and bailed. “Police and London ambulance service were called at 03:53hrs on Sunday, 17 May to a report of an unwell woman,” a police spokesman said, adding that the woman was taken to hospital.The reports said Hudson-Odoi was in breach of coronavirus lockdown guidelines.Chelsea have declined to comment, according to the reports.Hudson-Odoi made a full recovery after becoming the first Premier League player to test positive for COVID-19 in March.
The Bombers play host to the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hangar for all the marbles and a berth at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Championships in Langley.Despite missing Eberle and Kingdon, the Bombers blasted the Storm by 20-plus points in the opener.Bjorn Morris and Zhou led the Bombers with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Josh Matosevic and Ethan Perkins each added 10 points.Against district rivals from Mount Sentinel, the Bombers once again ran the ball up and down the court to victory.Morris led the charge with 21 points while Wang had 11 and Perkins 14.In the final, Morris and Matosevic combined for 35 points to lead the Bomber attack.Zhou had 12 and Perkins eight.OVERTIME: The Bombers are hold a 50/50 draw during Wednesday’s zone final to help defer costs should the squad land a spot at the provincials. Admission is $2. . . . In Castlegar, the LVR Junior Girls won the Damsels in the Castle Basketball Tournament. The squad, coached by Chris Dergousoff, defeated host Stanley Humphries Rockers, Nakusp Cougars and Grand Forks Wolves en route to the overall title. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the Kootenay High School Boy’s AAA Zone Basketball Championships by capturing the Falcon’s Tournament Saturday in Fernie.After disposing of Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 69-44 and Mount Sentinel Wildcats 73-49 in the semi final, the Bombers dumped the host Falcons 66-48 to claim the title.”Competition was good for us because we were missing Tobin Eberle and Isaiah Kingdon for the weekend,” Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan said after returning to Nelson.”Sida Wang and Leo Zhou (our exchange students) really stepped up and we were able to start to run some of our fast break offense so it was a good weekend for us.”