Prep Sports Roundup: 9/20

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootballRegion 14DELTA, Utah-The Manti Templars used a 21-play 76-yard drive, capped off by a Travis Thomson scoring reception from 9 yards out from Jax Parry ( 13-19, 109 yards, TD) to win in the closing seconds, outlasting the spirited Delta Rabbits 21-18 Friday in the Region 14 opener for both squads.The Templars trailed 12-0 at the half, while Delta built their lead by virtue of a pair of Jake Jackson touchdown runs. Neverthless, the Rabbits failed to convert any of their conversion attempts after scores, which proved costly in the outcome of this game for them.Tyler Taukie’aho added a pair of touchdown runs for the Templars, while Austin Cox ran for 102 yards on 19 carries to lead Manti.On Delta’s  last-gasp Hail Mary attempt, receiver Britton Smith’s pass was interecepted by Ryker Hewko, as the game ended.The Templars improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Rabbits slumped to 2-4 with the loss. Manti next hosts Union Friday and Delta visits ALA as their respective Region 14 seasons continue.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Zac Cowan threw four touchdown passes and the Juab Wasps pounded Union 48-21 Friday in Region 14 football action. Cade Bowring had scoring runs of 2 and 25 yards as well in victory for the Wasps.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Payton Clawson caught a 5-yard touchdown pass, returned a fumble 15 yards for a score and added a 10-yard touchdown run as the North Sanpete Hawks blasted American Leadership 48-0 in Region 14 football action Friday. Jaxton Langschwager added a 15-yard scoring reception and Connor Jorgensen stepped up with a pair of scoring runs for the Hawks. Brayden Church also had a 1-yard touchdown run for North Sanpete.2-A NorthCOALVILLE, Utah-Cannon Richins threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the North Summit Braves clobbered Gunnison Valley 41-8 Friday in 2-A North football action. Brandon Tucker had a 12-yard touchdown run and added the 2-point conversion attempt in defeat for the Bulldogs.2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Sam Orton threw three touchdown passes and Michael Warino added touchdown runs of 9 and 3 yards as the Kanab Cowboys smoked North Sevier 35-14 in 2-A South football action Friday. Taylor Crane threw touchdown passes of 63 yards to Aaron Gale and 6 yards to Burke Mickelsen in defeat for the Wolves.MILFORD, Utah-Bryson Barnes threw three touchdown passes and Gage Griffiths added three scoring runs as the Milford Tigers overpowered Enterprise 42-24 Friday in 2-A South football action.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Burraston and added a 10-yard touchdown run as the Millard Eagles outlasted Parowan 34-33 in double overtime in 2-A South football action Friday. The Eagles rose to the occasion in the second overtime by stopping a Rams’ 2-point-conversion attempt that would have won the game for Parowan. The win kept Millard undefeated on the season at 6-0.Region 12PRICE, Utah-Gavin Brown threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brittyn Riddle, while Riddle ran for two more scores as the Richfield Wildcats hammered Carbon 42-0 in Region 12 football action Friday. Brown also threw scoring tosses to Gage Morrison and Mayson Hitchens in the rout for Richfield. Kasey Giddings also added a 7-yard touchdown run in victory for the Wildcats.MONROE, Utah-Shaw Nielson threw five touchdown passes and the San Juan Broncos decimated South Sevier 70-28 Friday in Region 12 football action. Jaxin Torgerson had touchdown runs of 34 and 85 yards and Tracen Winkel threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Connor Peterson, while also adding a 30-yard touchdown run in defeat for the Rams.Baseball1A South RegionPANGUITCH, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats held off the Piute Thunderbirds 8-7 for a crucial 1A South Region baseball win Friday.GREEN RIVER, Utah-Valley scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead and ultimately earn the win 10-6 over Green River in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.BICKNELL, Utah-Hunter Batty hit two home runs and was one of five Badgers with 4 RBI as Wayne dominated Bryce Valley 24-3 in 1A South Region baseball action Friday. Brody Durfey and Bridger Brian also homered in the win for the Badgers and Braige Jacobsen tripled.2A Fall Baseball (Non-UHSAA)DRAPER, Utah-Draper APA swept Wasatch Academy in a doubleheader Friday, winning game one 13-4 and running away in game two 18-3. September 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 9/20 Tags: Austin Cox/Delta Rabbits/Jax Parry/Manti Templars/Ryker Hewko/Travis Thomson/Tyler Taukie’aho Brad Jameslast_img read more

“READERS FORUM” MAY 25, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.HERE’S WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAYWe wonder where did the GAGE Board Of Directors get the money to pay for the $600,000 plus loss of our tax dollars during the 2009 Freedom Festival event? Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest was abruptly canceled?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailShare,We wonder where did the GAGE Board Of Directors get the money to pay for the $600,000 plus loss of our tax dollars during the 2009 Freedom Festival event?,Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest was abruptly canceled?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]center_img WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?last_img read more

Statement to parliament: Consulting on options to ban old tyres

first_imgColleagues across the House will be aware of the potential dangers posed by ageing tyres. In that context I would like to update the House further about potential changes to legislation that the government is proposing to improve the safety of buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses.This country has one of the best road safety records in the world. But over 1,700 people were killed last year on UK roads, and we are determined to improve the UK’s road safety record still further. In my written statement to the House on the 13 June 2018 I reported on the progress made toward the ambitious goals listed in the government’s 2015 Road Safety Statement.Penalties for using mobile phones while driving have been increased and commitments for police funding to tackle drug driving have been exceeded. Learner drivers can now gain valuable experience of motorway driving when accompanied by an instructor in a car with dual controls. We are pioneering new mobile breathalyser technologies, supporting the use of photographic and video evidence in police enforcement, and going further than ever before in investigating the causes of road collisions.However, in recent years the safety of older tyres on heavy vehicles has become a matter of serious concern to my department, and to this House. This followed a tragic coach crash in 2012 in which 3 people from the wider Liverpool area lost their lives. Mrs Frances Molloy, whose son Michael was one of those killed, has campaigned unceasingly for a ban on the use of older tyres on buses and coaches.She has been vigorously supported by the Honourable Member for Garston and Halewood, who has highlighted this issue in a number of Parliamentary Questions, and tabled a private member’ bill on this subject on several occasions. Responding to public concerns, in 2013 my department provided guidance to all bus and coach operators on how to establish the age of the tyres on their vehicles, and against the use of tyres more than 10 years old on the steering axles of those vehicles. This was updated and extended in 2016.The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has also been monitoring compliance with the guidance on age: Since June 2017 they have inspected 136,263 buses and coaches and found 82 to be non-compliant. I am pleased to say that this represents a non-compliance rate of 0.06% – that is, less than one tenth of 1% of over a hundred thousand vehicles inspected.But I, with the full support of the Secretary of State, have been determined to go further. In May 2018, in response to evidence that emerged from a collision investigation, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency introduced a change to roadworthiness requirements for tyres. In my written statement to this House on 23 November 2018 I announced further measures to address noncompliance with the tyre age guidance, and provide the basis for the Traffic Commissioner to intervene in cases of non-compliance.Importantly, this guidance also covered the misuse of older tyres not only on buses and coaches, but on all heavy motor vehicles and heavy trailers.A key constraint on this work has been the absence of robust and objective evidence as to the effect of age on tyre integrity. But we have addressed this issue too. In March 2018 I reported to the House that I had commissioned specialist research to investigate changes in the characteristics of tyres based on their age. I am pleased to tell the House that the investigative element of this pioneering work is complete, and we expect to report on the overall findings later in the spring.Yesterday in the Coroner’s court there was another awful case involving an old burst tyre which cost the lives of several people. Independent experts came together to testify that here too age was a factor. Their analysis fits with the department’s own emerging body of evidence. The government now intends to consult on options to ban older tyres on heavy vehicles, including legislation that could make it illegal for buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, and minibuses to have tyres more than 10 years old. We also intend to extend this consultation to taxis and private hire vehicles. Subject to consultation, we would expect antique and heritage vehicles to be exempt.I would like to pay tribute to Mrs Molloy, to the Honourable Member Garston and Halewood, and to all involved in the Tyred campaign. Road safety affects us all, often in the most direct and personal and distressing way. As this legislation underlines, this government is committed to ensuring that the UK continues to have some of the safest roads in the world.last_img read more

Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Tribute Bands To Play Fundraiser For The Denver Innocence Project

first_imgTomorrow evening, The Denver Innocence Project will be hosting their second annual fundraiser at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. Two bands are slated to play the event, a Grateful Dead tribute called Shakedown Street and an Allman Brothers tribute called My Blue Sky.All proceeds from the show are slated to go to the nonprofit, which provides legal services to free and exonerate the wrongfully convicted within the state of Colorado and advocates for criminal justice reform. Tickets are available via Cervantes’ website, and more information about The Denver Innocence Project can be found here.last_img read more

Common and Robert Glasper’s Jazz-Rap Supergroup Just Released A New Single [Listen]

first_imgCommon has teamed up with acclaimed jazz pianist Robert Glasper and longtime collaborator Karriem Riggins to form a new supergroup. Calling themselves August Greene, the trio released their debut single—a cover of Sounds of Blackness’ “Optimistic” that featured vocals from Brandy—earlier this year. Now the group is offering up its second track, a thought-proving and laid-back new tune called “Black Kennedy”, which will appear on August Greene’s forthcoming debut album. The self-titled LP is set for release on March 9th via Amazon Music.While Common and Riggins have been working together since the mid-‘90s, the pair first joined forces with Glasper for the 2016 release, “Letter to the Free”. That track picked up an Emmy Award for its inclusion in Ava Duverney’s extraordinary documentary 13th, which examined the origins and implications of mass incarceration in the United States.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Probing the Black Death for lead pollution insights

first_imgWhen the Black Death swept across Europe in the 14th century, it not only killed millions, it also brought lead smelting, among many other commercial activities, to a halt.That cessation is reflected in a new analysis of historical and ice core data, which researchers say provides evidence that the natural level of lead in the air is essentially zero, contrary to common assumptions.“These new data show that human activity has polluted European air almost uninterruptedly for the last [about] 2,000 years,” the study’s authors say. “Only a devastating collapse in population and economic activity caused by pandemic disease reduced atmospheric pollution to what can now more accurately be termed background or natural levels.”The work, an interdisciplinary collaboration led by historians and climate scientists at the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard University and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, matched new high-resolution measurements of ice core lead taken from a glacier in the Swiss-Italian Alps with highly detailed historical records showing that lead mining and smelting plummeted to nearly zero during the plague years of 1349 to 1353.The study, which also involved collaborators from Heidelberg University and the University of Nottingham, shows that lead levels declined precipitously in a section of the ice core corresponding to that four-year window, a drop unique in the past two millennia of European history, according to Alexander More, a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard’s History Department and the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past. More is first author of the research paper, to be published this week in the American Geophysical Union journal GeoHealth. The authors challenge assumptions that widespread environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s, and that lead detected before that era represents natural or background levels. The new research shows that lead from mining and smelting — which has occurred for thousands of years — was detectable well before the Industrial Revolution, and that only when those activities were essentially halted by the plague did lead pollution decline to natural levels.“When we saw the extent of the decline in lead levels, and only saw it once, during the years of the pandemic, we were intrigued,” More said. “In different parts of Europe, the Black Death wiped out as much as half of the population. It radically changed society in multiple ways. In terms of the labor force, the mining of lead essentially stopped in major areas of production. You see this reflected in the ice core in a large drop in atmospheric lead levels, and you see it in historical records for an extended period of time.”The research, backed by the Arcadia Fund of London, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, was enabled in part by the development of a cutting-edge laser facility to analyze ultrathin layers of ice. Designed and operated at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, the facility can analyze layers thin enough to coincide with sub-annual time periods, even in highly compressed ice. Institute researchers Nicole Spaulding and Pascal Bohleber, among other co-authors, produced and analyzed millions of data points from the ice core.“This research represents the convergence of two very different disciplines, history and ice core glaciology, that together provide the perspective needed to understand how a toxic substance like lead has varied in the atmosphere and, more importantly, to understand that the true natural level is in fact very close to zero,” said Paul Mayewski, a co-author of the new study and director of the Climate Change Institute. “Using the ultrahigh resolution ice core sampling offered through our W.M. Keck Laser Ice Facility, we expect to be able to offer new insights, previously unattainable with lower-resolution sampling, into the links between climate change and the course of civilization.”The researchers focused on lead not only because it is a hazardous pollutant, More said, but also because it serves as a proxy for economic activity, ramping up when the economy is growing and tapering when it declines.“Lead is one of the most dangerous pollutants in the air, and one we’ve mined for a very, very long time,” he said. “It was ubiquitous in the preindustrial world, widely used in construction, pipes, currency, and everyday utensils.”Michael McCormick, Harvard’s Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chair of the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, and Christopher Loveluck of the University of Nottingham, a former visiting professor at Harvard, also contributed to the research, providing archaeological and historical expertise. McCormick said that undergraduates played a role in the work by building a database of historical climate records.The research highlighted other, lesser drops in ice core lead accumulation, including one in 1460 that also may have been due to an epidemic-related downturn, and another in the 1970s as abatement policies phased out leaded gasoline and other sources of air pollution.Philip Landrigan, dean of global health for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, who has studied the epidemiology of lead poisoning in children, said that the work highlights today’s good news-bad news situation regarding environmental lead.While widespread contamination due to leaded gasoline, lead paint, lead solder, and other common modern-era applications has been curbed by government regulation, the recent crisis of tainted water in Flint, Mich., shows that lead continues to poison children in America and elsewhere. One recent estimate, said Landrigan, who did not participate in the new findings, holds that some 535,000 American children under age 6 have elevated blood lead levels. Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that no level of lead can be considered safe for children.“Lead is toxic to the brain at extremely low levels,” said Landrigan, who, while working with the CDC in the 1970s, investigated lead poisoning in children near a Texas lead smelting plant. “It’s clear that lead has lasting effects on children’s lives.”More said the ice core, taken by a team with members from the University of Maine, University of Heidelberg, and University of Bern from the Colle Gnifetti glacier high in the Alps, remains rich with data, accessible due to the precision of the Climate Change Institute’s next-generation laser facility. Combining that data with historical sources and established methodologies, More said, could lead to new discoveries in climate science, human and planetary health, and economic history. Where lead lurks Scientist’s website a warning system for toxic water Relatedlast_img read more

Members pledge for peace

first_imgStudent Senate pledged official support for peace efforts in the face of possible civil war between the northern and southern parts of Sudan at its meeting Wednesday. The northern and southern parts of Sudan have been in conflict for more than 50 years. In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement formally ended civil war and scheduled a referendum for Jan. 9, 2011. The citizens of Southern Sudan will then vote for or against secession from the country. Social concerns chair Patrick McCormick presented a resolution to Senate to officially support all sustainable efforts for Sudanese peace. The resolution passed unanimously. “We are trying to encourage students to act on this,” McCormick said. “We hope that we can put pressure on those who have the opportunity to shape policy in the United States so they pay attention to the Sudan.” The purpose of the resolution was to officially engage the support of the Notre Dame student body to work with this issue, he said. “We need to continue spotlighting the issue,” McCormick said. “We need to recognize that this is not just another conflict, but one that could define our generation.” The resolution comes after a delegation from the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference visited the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Tuesday. They presented on the urgency of the crisis in their home country. After their visit to Notre Dame, the delegation will proceed to Washington, D.C., and New York City to meet with government officials and the United Nations. McCormick said University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh envisioned Notre Dame as both a crossroads and a lighthouse. “The fact that a conference of Catholic bishops from Sudan would come to Notre Dame is indicative of that crossroads,” McCormick said. “And right now we have an opportunity to be the lighthouse.” More information is available at http://peaceinsudan.crs.org or through the Center for Social Concerns.last_img read more

Extension Blogs

first_imgFor University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists and agents, blogs are a vital tool for quickly getting information out to Georgia producers.Many agents see blogs as an opportunity to switch from traditional newsletters to a more modern mode of communication, through which farmers and growers receive information anytime and anywhere with just a click of a button.“During the growing season especially, a problem may pop up and we can alert growers of the situation and offer solutions right away. This way, they can fix the problem early on or plan for the possible problem before it’s too late,” said UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells, who started his blog in 2014.Wells communicates regularly to industry leaders and Georgia pecan farmers at blog.extension.uga.edu/pecan/. Through his blog, he provides updates on timely topics like pecan prices, what pests to watch for and his observations on the crop’s harvest.Some Extension agents work together to communicate through blogs. Such is the case for UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent Jennifer Miller in Jeff Davis County and UGA Extension Coordinator and ANR agent Brooke Jeffries in Wheeler County. They developed Plow Points, a blog aimed towards commercial agricultural production, at blog.extension.uga.edu/plowpoints/. In their blog, Miller and Jeffries provide information about upcoming meetings, updates from specialists and more.“This blog is a versatile tool where I can change things quickly, and growers will be notified immediately through email of the new post,” said Miller. “It’s so convenient because they can just check out the blog on their phone.”The blog has been a successful communication tool for the UGA Extension system. During the past two growing seasons, Extension agents blogged 77 times about issues that affect growers and their farming operations. This year, that information has been viewed by 722 users and received approximately 3,681 page views.The most popular topic was whitefly control in cotton. Since the cost of treating whiteflies is contingent on growers making applications at the appropriate time, Plow Points has helped Georgia cotton farmers save between $5 and $16 per acre.“Blogging is efficient and can be a tremendous resource for our farmers. As agents, we can better communicate with this tool at our disposal,” Jefferies said.Blogs can also be effective tools in preparing Georgia residents for impending natural disasters. Pam Knox, the agricultural climatologist for UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said that her biggest single day for views was Friday, Sept. 8, when Hurricane Irma approached Georgia. Unlike the 60 or 70 page views the weather blog regularly receives, Knox’s blog, which can be found at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/, was viewed 449 times.The traffic to Wells’ pecan blog increased to 7,700 page views when he posted storm damage information after Hurricane Irma.  One of the obstacles agents and specialists encounter with blogging is finding the time to sit down, collect their thoughts and write a detailed post. Most of their workdays are spent either in transit to meet a grower or at a field site answering questions.Christopher Tyson, UGA Extension ANR agent for Tattnall County, offers this advice to bloggers.“You just need to give yourself time to write. It may take a while, but you get used it, and it starts to become easier,” he said.When he was based in Thomas County, Andrew Sawyer, UGA Extension ANR agent in Wilcox County, developed an electronic newsletter. He built a list of 204 farmers, agribusiness representatives and local community leaders, who received his updates of crops, insects, disease problems and farming activities.He posted five times per week and his blog was viewed 35,034 times in 2016. The Thomas County Ag blog, found at www.thomascountyag.com, has been viewed a total of 111,774 times by residents in 172 countries.Sawyer now communicates through a new blog, Wilcox County Ag, at blog.extension.uga.edu/wilcoxcoag/. Many of the agriculture-based topics that were popular on his Thomas County blog are also relevant to Wilcox County.“This is the Extension model at work. We as agents are communicating timely information to growers. Blogs allow us to communicate more efficiently and with greater success,” Sawyer said.For a list of all Extension blogs, see blog.extension.uga.edu.Julie Jernigan is an intern at the UGA Tifton campus.last_img read more

Ag Forecast

first_imgCommodity updates for high-value row crops like peanuts and cotton highlight this year’s Georgia Ag Forecast meetings, which are currently being held statewide.Georgia Ag Forecast, presented by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture, is an annual seminar series that features CAES economists’ agricultural market outlooks for the upcoming growing season.“These meetings allow Georgia farmers and industry personnel to get a quick glance of what’s going on and what factors are going to affect prices and production this year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “How is this season going to play out for Georgia farmers? That’s what people come to these Ag Forecast meetings to find out.”The first forecast was held in Lyons on Tuesday, Jan. 30, then in Bainbridge on Thursday, Feb. 1. Other seminars are slated for Tifton at the Tifton Campus Conference Center on Friday, Feb. 2; Macon at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building on Monday, Feb. 5; Cartersville at the Clarence Brown Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 6; and Athens at The Classic Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Each meeting is focused on commodities specific to that area of the state.Forecast meetings include a keynote speaker. In Lyons and Bainbridge, attendees heard from Bob Redding of the Redding Firm in Washington, D.C. Redding discussed major themes that may be addressed in the 2018 farm bill and moderated a discussion on the bill. He will also speak at the Tifton and Macon forecasts.Attendees in Athens and Cartersville will hear from Matt Hauer of UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Applied Demography Program. In 2017, Hauer provided demographic data that the Georgia House of Representatives Rural Development Council needed in order to make recommendations for potential legislation.In the south Georgia meetings, speakers emphasize row crops. Georgia farmers grew 840,000 acres of peanuts, the most acres planted in the state since 1991. Adam Rabinowitz, UGA Cooperative Extension peanut economist, said that total production for Georgia peanuts was 1.8 million tons, a state record.Considering the low prices for other row crop commodities, like corn and cotton, peanut acreage could top 700,000 planted acres for the fourth-straight year. Georgia farmers haven’t devoted that much acreage to peanuts since the early 1950s.After a strong year of peanut yields, there will probably be concerns about continued record levels of production due to high acreage and high yields. Rabinowitz said this will likely lead to a decrease in contract prices.“In order to achieve higher farm prices this year, some combination of two things must occur: Additional demand needs to be created and/or supply needs to be constrained,” Rabinowitz said. “Farmers need to consider rotation after consistently planting peanuts so many years in a row.”A price of $400 per ton is projected for peanuts in 2018.CottonThe U.S. cotton crop was larger than expected last year, despite two hurricanes and earlier-than-normal cool conditions across the Texas plains late in the growing season. Georgia’s cotton crop disappointed many growers. Don Shurley, UGA professor emeritus of cotton economics said the state average yield is projected to be 850 pounds per acre, almost 200 pounds less than projected earlier in the season. Cotton losses are attributed to Hurricane Irma, severe whitefly infestation in some areas and early wet conditions that impeded root development.Georgia’s cotton acreage increased to 1.29 million acres, up 110,000 acres from 2016.Shurley forecasts cotton and peanuts will continue to be the front-runners in terms of net returns despite their high production costs. Economists expect cotton acreage this year to be higher than it was in 2017. December 2018 futures are currently around 75 cents, 2 to 3 cents higher than they were at the same time last season. Any change in the cotton program and generic base provisions effective for the 2018 crop will also have an impact.“Factors that will impact this year’s crop prices include U.S. plantings and production, global demand, Chinese production, stocks, and imports and U.S. exports,” Shurley said.BeefGeorgia’s beef cattle producers can be encouraged by supply and demand conditions stabilizing, which provides optimism for 2018. Though steer and heifer prices didn’t reach record levels like they did in 2014 and 2015, prices stabilized in a seasonal pattern during 2017 and remained consistent with prices late in 2016. Steer prices did not decline primarily because of strong feedlot demand.“Given the increases in the production of beef and competing meats, stable prices indicate strong consumer demand and, potentially, a shift in consumer preferences toward beef,” said CAES agricultural economist Levi Russell. “Specifically, skepticism about the alleged negative health effects of beef combined with continued improvements in the domestic economy may be causing consumers to prefer beef over other products.”PoultryLow feed costs, which are not expected to increase in 2018, could help Georgia’s poultry producers see a record production year. Additionally, bird weights rebounded late last year after declining early last year due to woody breast, a condition that leads to low-quality breast meat. These factors set the industry up for a production increase of 1.8 percent, from 41.4 billion pounds to 41.89 billion pounds. However, a strong supply is likely to lead to a decrease in prices this year, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s average of 93.8 cents per pound in 2017 to between 85 and 92 cents per pound in 2018.DairyGeorgia dairy farmers should expect lower prices in 2018 mainly due to continued herd growth and per-cow production, and large cheese and butter stocks. Vigorous competition from European producers means export markets will be tough for the U.S. Georgia milk prices are forecast to be between $17.90/hundredweight (cwt) to $20.80/cwt this year.CornDue to low prices compared to soybeans, U.S. corn acreage is likely to decrease again in 2018. During the 2018 harvest, economists expect prices for Georgia corn to be between $4.07 and $4.22 per bushel.Georgia’s corn acreage decreased by 29 percent in 2017 to 290,000 acres. This is the smallest number of corn acres in Georgia since 2006 and is 21 percent below the 10-year average.SoybeansFor the second straight year, Georgia’s soybean acreage declined. The crop is down to 155,000 acres in the state, 150,000 of which were harvested. However, yields were back up to a projection of 42 bushels per acre. The declining acreage projects that the 2017 crop will come in at 6.3 million bushels, 12.5 percent lower than 2016.“While there is lower production in Georgia, this is not what is happening at the national level,” Rabinowitz said. “Planted acres surpassed 90 million acres for the first time ever, with 90.1 million acres planted and 89.5 million acres harvested. This resulted in a crop of 4.4 billion bushels, which is a national record.”Rabinowitz projects 2018 Georgia harvest prices to be between $9.40 and $9.62 per bushel.WheatGeorgia’s 2017 wheat crop was far below the previous 10-year average of 280,000 planted acres. Only 160,000 acres were planted last year, 70,000 of which were harvested. While yields increased to 47 bushels per acre, this was also below the 10-year average of 49 bushels per acre.Georgia’s price for wheat is likely to be between $4 and $4.27 per bushel. Rabinowitz said a record world supply and increased competition will continue to suppress prices.For more information on the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast series, visit georgiaagforecast.com or search “#gaagforecast” on social media.last_img read more