Peanut weather

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s cool, wet spring has delayed the growth of some crops. But the days are heating up just in time to help Georgia’s peanut crop.In May, temperatures across south Georgia climbed steadily into the 80s. Soil temperatures jumped by as much as 10 degrees, reaching the mid-70s at 4 inches deep.This is good news for peanut farmers ready to plant this year’s crop, said John Beasley, an agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Around April 20, he said, soil temperatures around the peanut growing region were in the mid-60s, almost too low for proper seed germination. Soil temperatures are usually around the mid-70s at that time, which is ideal for germination.It should take a peanut seed about seven days to germinate and emerge from the ground as a young plant. But some earlier-planted peanuts took 15 days to start growing in the cooler temperatures, he said.It’s important for peanut seeds to germinate quickly and come up at the same time in fields, Beasley said. Research has shown that this helps reduce the risk of tomato spotted wilt virus, which causes millions of dollars in damage each year to peanuts and other Georgia crops.Peanut farmers have to deal with TSWV every year. But if farmers can get into fields and begin planting peanuts soon, their risk for the disease will be lower. “In the next two to three weeks,” he said, “there will be a lot of farmers trying to get peanuts planted.”They’ll be planting more, too, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension Service economist. Georgia farmers are expected to plant 750,000 acres, 130,000 more than last year.Right now, prices for row crops like corn and cotton are low. Fertilizer costs are high. And an economically damaging soybean disease has been confirmed in Georgia.Peanut prices, however, have been good in recent years, around $400 per ton. And the demand for peanuts for food has climbed by about 20 percent in the past two years.This has all made planting peanuts look like the safer bet for many farmers this year, Smith said.If Georgia farmers have an average production year with the extra acres, there could be an oversupply around harvesttime in late summer, he said. This could lower prices.”Even with the strong consumer demand,” Smiths said, “it would be tough to use up that large a supply.”last_img read more

Local Family Files Lawsuit After Photo of Deceased Relative Winds Up Online

first_imgA West Palm Beach family is suing a local funeral home for allegedly allowing a photo of their deceased relative to be posted on social media.The lawsuit, filed this week, states that an employee from Stevens Brothers Funeral Home took the photo of Jakiel Allyson Jones’ disfigured body and gave it to someone else. It ended up online soon thereafter.Jones was killed in a traffic crash on I-95 near Lantana last January.Her mother, Deanna Washington, says that Jones’ service was closed casket due to the significant injuries the woman sustained. She adds, “When I looked at the photo I saw that it was taken in the prep room at the funeral home. My baby partially clothed on a mortuary slab, with her hair pulled back. Her body had not been prepped for us or anyone else to view.”Her father, Jessie Jones, says, “We hired this funeral home to help us, in our hour of need, instead they took our pain and made it even worse,” said Jessie Jones, Jakiel’s father.The funeral home has not responded to requests for comment.“This case is about accountability, the funeral home was negligent, and they did not protect this family’s right to privacy during a very difficult time in their lives,” argues Nicole Hunt Jackson, the family’s attorney.Meanwhile, Jakiel Jones’ parents are searching for answers.According to Washington, “I couldn’t see who could stand over a dead person’s body and take a picture of them, to do wrong with that. Nothing good. You took my daughter’s picture and did wrong with it.”last_img read more