Ag Forecast: Peanuts

first_imgUniversity of Georgia agricultural experts will give a forecast of agriculture in the coming year at a series of events set across the state in January. The new year looks bright for Georgia livestock producers, but not for many row crop farmers.Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series that informs Georgia producers and industry leaders about the market outlooks for different commodities.Economists from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will share their views about future markets for such commodities as cotton, peanuts, corn and livestock.The annual seminar series will be held Jan. 14-23 in Gainesville, Cartersville, Bainbridge, Lyons, Tifton and Macon. Extension livestock economists will present Georgia cattlemen with encouraging news.“I think, in 2015, cattlemen will be looking at pretty similar prices to what they had this past year, depending on when they sold. Last year we started off the year somewhere around $1.80 per pound for a 500-pound calf. That market today is almost $2.75. You’ve seen almost a $1 increase in a year,” said Curt Lacy, the Extension livestock economist based on the UGA campus in Tifton. Farmers who sold their stock in January or February of 2014 are going to receive a much better price this year, he said. Lacy expects prices to remain high, which is good news for cattlemen in Miller, Colquitt and Early counties. Those three south Georgia counties finished in the top 10 in farm gate values for beef cow production in 2013, according to the UGA CAED, joining Morgan, Madison, Carroll, Wilkes, Franklin, Jackson and Coffee counties.“I think, in general, this is about where we’re going to be for the next year or two,” Lacy said.While cattlemen can expect good news at this year’s Ag Forecast events, row crop farmers will get disappointing news. Cotton prices are hovering at 60 cents per pound, peanuts are $400 per ton and corn prices are around $4.10 per bushel. Those are discouraging figures for Georgia farmers who are planning next year’s crops. “It’s not as rosy a forecast for row crops as we’ve had in years past,” said UGA Extension agricultural economist Nathan Smith. For peanut growers, the news is especially grim as prices could fall even more as acreage is expected to increase in 2015, Smith said. “This year is more of a getting-by year, in terms of cash flow. The outlook isn’t as bright for row crops,” he said.Nearly 1,000 business people, producers and community leaders attended the seminars in 2014.“The main objective of the Ag Forecast seminar series is to provide Georgia producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA CAED. “It helps farmers plan what they’re going to plant in the next year, but it’s also good for bankers and others who do business with farmers or who will be impacted by the farm economy.”The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This series is made possible through the Georgia Farm Bureau Land Grant University Lecture Series Endowment and is supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.For more information or to register for the 2015 Ag Forecast series, see www.georgiaagforecast.com, follow @UGA_CollegeofAg on Twitter or search for #agforecast on social media.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Sol Campbell tells Unai Emery to sign player in the mold of James Milner

first_imgArsenal legend Sol Campbell tells Unai Emery to sign player in the mold of James Milner Arsenal need a player with James Milner’s ‘attitude’, says Sol CampbellSol Campbell has argued that Unai Emery is lacking a player with the ‘attitude’ of James Milner or Ray Parlour in Arsenal’s midfield.The Gunners won their two opening matches in the Premier League against Newcastle and Burnley but have failed to record a victory in their last three games.Though Arsenal’s defence received the brunt of criticism following Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Watford, the side’s weaknesses in midfield have also been glaringly obvious.Granit Xhaka has worn the captain’s armband this season but the Swiss has been widely panned for his performances at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal legend Campbell believes Emery needs a player in the mold of Milner or Parlour who can set an example for the rest of Arsenal’s squad.‘For me, it’s the controlling of the game. The middle of the park is where they’re lacking,’ the former Arsenal and England centre-back told talkSPORT.‘The steeliness and the balance just isn’t there. It’s the middle of the park, you win or lose a lot of games there.‘You can have a strong back or a strong front, but if you haven’t got a middle that’s really solid, then you have forwards dropping too deep because they’re not getting fed and defenders doing too much. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link756Shares Commentcenter_img Campbell thinks Arsenal are lacking in midfield (Picture: Getty)‘You get less attacks against you [with a stronger midfield], because you control the game more and you have the ball more.‘You win second balls and you don’t give silly fouls away. Yes, you’ve got to sort out the back. But in the middle of the park, they’ve got to get someone solid.‘They’ve got to realise the ingredients they need to win in the Premier League. At the moment, the ingredients aren’t right. Unai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:47FullscreenUnai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-sead-kolasinac-preview-frankfurt-match-2008692/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.He added: ‘You look at someone like Milner, the attitude. The Ray Parlour attitude.‘That’s the kind of attitude that Arsenal need.‘The love of football and desire to keep going, I think they’re lacking that. I look at Milner and think we need a little bit of that at Arsenal.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal kick off their Europa League campaign away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday evening and Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have been rested for the clash.‘We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad,’ Emery explained.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match.‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to rest and train and to be ready for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’MORE: Paul Scholes hails Mason Greenwood ahead of Manchester United vs Astana Advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Pogba, world’s most expensive footballer, visits Mecca

first_imgThe world’s most expensive footballer is on a pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan.French international Paul Pogba shared a picture of himself in Mecca on Sunday, captioning it the “most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life”.He also sent a tweet wishing everyone a “happy Ramadan”.The 24-year-old became the most expensive footballer in history last summer, after Manchester United paid Juventus a reported £89m ($114m) fee. On Wednesday, he lifted the Europa League cup after Manchester United beat Ajax in the final in Stockholm. Following the end of the season, he shared a short video of himself with a suitcase, saying he was “en route” for his prayers. He is attending Umrah, a non-mandatory Muslim pilgrimage.Pogba is reported to have visited Mecca at least once before, when he performed the Hajj, a journey every healthy adult Muslim who can afford it is supposed to make at least once in their lives.Mecca is believed to be the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, and no non-Muslim is allowed to enter.last_img read more

Clippers rookie Sindarius Thornwell making the most of his opportunity

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — The Clippers had a plan for rookie Sindarius Thornwell, but it didn’t involve checking Paul George in his first NBA start. Coach Doc Rivers’ options were limited when the Clippers faced the Oklahoma City Thunder last week without injured guards Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic.“I made a joke before the game: I’m starting, and they’re going to throw me on Paul George for my first starting matchup?” Thornwell said. “They should have thrown me on Andre Roberson. It was fun, though. You’ve got to be ready when your name is called.”George torched the Clippers for 42 points in the Thunder’s victory last week, although not all of them came against Thornwell. Roberson scored only four points. Thornwell countered with a career-high 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in nearly 23 minutes in his first start.Welcome to the NBA, rookie. “I really want to see if it’s really what everybody says it is,” Thornwell said of facing players like George and Russell Westbrook. “It’s just the experience of putting up a fight. You’re never going to stop those guys. The best you can do is make it tough on them and slow them down.”One night later, Thornwell scored seven points in a career-best 31:52 in the shorthanded Clippers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Then, during Monday’s defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center, he had seven points in 30:43.Overall, Thornwell is averaging 4.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting in 13 games, including three starts. His fourth start will be against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, although he’s not likely to be matched up one-on-one against James. It’ll be a team effort.“I’m looking forward to that,” said Thornwell, who helped lead South Carolina to the Final Four last spring. “It’s going to be an experience to guard him.”So far, Thornwell’s defensive game is ahead of his offensive play, which was to be expected. “My confidence on the offensive side is coming. Slowly,” said Thornwell, who turned 23 on Wednesday. “On defense, I feel like I’m good. Defensively, I feel like I’m doing my job and what they ask of me. Sometimes I hold myself back on offensive because I don’t want to make a mistake.”Rivers said he isn’t disappointed. He’s realistic. He’s willing to be patient because, well, there’s no alternative to playing Thornwell at the moment. Thornwell has filled Beverley’s role as a defensive-minded guard as well as can be expected under the circumstances.“We’re telling him who he is,” Rivers said of playing Thornwell against George, only partly joking with a group of reporters. “That’s exactly what we’re telling him. You’re a defensive player. That’s exactly the announcement our coaching staff has made to our rookie.“Actually, overall, he’s done pretty well.”Rivers then laughed after mentioning George’s explosive game against Thornwell. The rookie was simply overmatched against the veteran. Rivers said he doesn’t have high offensive expectations from Thornwell. Not yet, anyway.Defensively, it’s a different story, as far as Rivers is concerned.“Whatever offense he gives us, we’re good with that,” Rivers said. “He has a chance to be an elite defender, but his offense will come because he has great offensive instincts. What I don’t want him to do is what most young guys do, which is they get lost in their offense and then they don’t defend.“The quickest way to get on the court when you’re a young guy is to play defense. He has a gift. He should want to do that. His instincts, his strength, his quickness. He’s a want-to defender. There’s no great defender that doesn’t want to be a great defender.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Former City midfielder Toure joins Olympiakos

first_img0Shares0000Yaya Toure won three Premier League titles with Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFPIRAEUS, Greece, Sep 3 – Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure rejoined Olympiakos on Sunday, 12 years after making his mark in Europe with the Greek Super League club.The 35-year-old Ivorian international played for the Piraeus-based side during the 2005-2006 season, scoring three goals in 20 matches. He then joined Monaco before moving to Barcelona between 2007 and 2010. After Gulf-based owners injected huge funds into Manchester City, Toure was one of the key signings that helped the club win three Premier League titles in seven seasons.He played 230 matches for City, scoring 59 goals but was released at the end of last season after another title triumph, although he had grown frustrated with his lack of playing opportunities in northwest England.Toure has also played for Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine (2003-2005) and Belgian club Beveren (2001-2003).He has made 101 international appearances and scored 19 goals.No details financial details nor the duration of the contract were announced by Olympiakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more