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Cold Berries.

first_imgGeorgia’s freaky freezing temperatures haven’t hurt the state’sblueberry crop yet. But if warm weather arrives soon, it couldset up this year’s blueberry crop for significant freeze damagelater.”I don’t think the cold weather has hurt the blueberrycrop so far, but it’s sure setting us up for a dangerous situation,”said Scott NeSmith, a research horticulturist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Right now, the blueberries have received more chill hoursthan they need at this point in the season.”They’ve Gotta Have the ColdBlueberry plants need cold weather to produce blooms and thenfruit. This cold weather requirement is called chill hours. Oncethe plant gets the required number of chill hours, it’s readyto break bud and produce blooms.”If the weather warms up now, the plants are really goingto start blooming fast and this sets up a danger for possiblefreeze damage later,” NeSmith said. “So if we go throughtwo weeks of warm weather, we run the danger of getting earlybloom before the frost damage is over.”NeSmith said Georgia blueberry growers faced the opposite problemlast year.”In 1999, we had a record lack of chill hours, just 200,for the first week of January,” he said. “The plantsweren’t getting the chill hours they needed to bloom adequately.This was a very low number of chill hours compared to the historicalnumber of 400 chill hours for the same time of year.”Today, NeSmith keeps a close eye on the number of chill hoursusing data from UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental MonitoringNetwork website .Too Many Chill Hours”Here in Spalding County, we have normally accumulated400 to 500 chill hours at this time of year,” he said. “Butthis year, we already have more than 900 chill hours, which isabout a 40 percent increase in chilling.”NeSmith says having too many chill hours is rarely a problem.”This only happens five to 10 percent of the time,”he said. “It’s almost unheard of for us to have this problem.”The largest concentration of commercial blueberry orchardsin Georgia is located in the southeastern corner in Appling, Bacon,Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties, with additional growers sprinkledacross the state. Georgia ranks third in the nation in blueberryproduction with more than 4,500 acres.NeSmith and other UGA horticulturists plan to share their concernswith Georgia blueberry growers during the Georgia Fruit and VegetableConference set for this weekend in Savannah.”It’s a very scary situation because winter has been shiftedback,” he said. “It’s not any one cold event we’ve facedthat has caused this dilemma. It’s the amount of total cold weatherwe’ve been having. The cold hasn’t hurt us so far, but it surehas put us in a precarious position.”last_img read more


Stealthy, Undetectable, and Deadly

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo March 29, 2017 Stealthy, undetectable, and deadly – the qualities of the Colombian Navy’s ARC Pijao, an S-28 submarine, outfitted with state-of-the-art technology designed to mount lethal attacks against enemies without being detected. The Pijao is a conventional diesel-electric submarine that set off from the Bolívar Naval Base in Cartagena, Colombia on January 20th and traveled 1,400 nautical miles, surfacing at Naval Station Mayport, in Florida, to take part in the U.S. Navy’s Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI), an international training program for anti-submarine warfare. “The main role of the ARC Pijao (S-28) is to carry out naval operations to ensure national maritime security,” Pijao’s skipper, Commander Nelson Villalba, told Diálogo. Cmdr. Villalba arrived with a crew of 42 officers and NCOs on board. “We use the element of surprise, and stealth gives us the upper hand,” Cmdr. Villalba said, discussing his submarine’s advantages when taking on adversaries. “We conduct joint operations since the submarine provides highly important intelligence information that enables the strategic deployment of other naval units, such as surface ships, air units, and troops on the ground, which neutralize the actions of armed national and international criminal groups.” The Pijao The Pijao was built in 1974 and christened in 1975. She takes her name from an pre-Hispanic indigenous Colombian tribe known for its warlike culture. It is 56 meters long, has a 6.2-meter beam, and a surface draft of 5.3 meters. It can reach a maximum operating depth of 300 meters and carry up to 14 SST-4 torpedoes. The submarine conducts naval operations with Colombian surface units, patrols the nation’s maritime borders in the Atlantic and Pacific, and participates in international operations, such as UNITAS and NATO’s Operation Morro Castle, among others. The Pijao also aids in Colombia’s crackdown on drug trafficking, especially in the detection of semisubmersibles that are used by criminal organizations to transport drugs. “In our operations, we are on the lookout for semisubmersibles or sea-going vessels that might be departing or arriving along our coasts,” Cmdr. Villalba reported. DESI The U.S. Navy created the DESI initiative in 2001 to practice and test out its submarine warfare capabilities. The program focuses specifically on the United States’ cooperation with its South American partner nations that own submarines, such as Colombia, Peru, and Chile. DESI seeks to expand to include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, and Germany. DESI conducts highly complex exercises that include engagement tactics, close-in operations, and weapons systems testing. “DESI provides training opportunities against a real world threat – a modern, quiet, diesel-electric submarine,” said Juan Fernández, tactical analysis director and DESI program manager for the U.S. Navy’s Commander Naval Submarine Forces, in an interview for the magazine Undersea Warfare. In the event of a real emergency, participating nations will have the training they need to be able to confront the situation through a joint task force. “We don’t have enough of our own subs to train these battle groups. Working with submarines from other countries helps us fill that gap,” explained Rick Current, deputy director for Training, Tactical Weapons, and Tactical Development for Commander Naval Submarine Forces, in Undersea Warfare. “Each nation’s participation in this program is contributing to the coalition’s effort.” For the Colombian Navy, the benefits of participating in DESI are invaluable. “It helps increase our crew’s level of training in anti-submarine warfare or tactical training in scenarios that are as lifelike as possible,” Cmdr. Villalba said. Colombia began its involvement in DESI with the Pijao in 2004. “The opportunity to do this exchange with U.S. naval units is an enriching experience because they bring nuclear submarines, anti-submarine aircraft, and helicopters to the table. The exercise is quite interesting, both at sea and on land,” Cmdr. Villalba added. After two months of training, the Pijao’s crew set off for Colombia on March 26th. “Being cooped up and confined to small spaces for long periods isn’t easy,” Cmdr. Villalba acknowledged, just before slipping under the waves of the Caribbean with his “tribe,” as he refers to his crew. “You have to be a relaxed and flexible person, able to think on your feet in high-stress situations,” he explained, describing the profile of the members of his tribe. The Pijao’s tribe will return home with a new understanding of anti-submarine warfare tactics. “We’ve learned a lot and exchanged and shared a lot of experiences,” Cmdr. Villalba noted. “This has been a big boost to our Navy’s culture.”last_img read more


Whicker: Sizzling Dodgers must wish they could move up October

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start That was a season of exhilaration and discovery. Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes parachuted into the lineup and kept hitting. On the mound, Alex Wood went 16-3.“We came from behind to win a lot of those games,” Roberts said. “I think this year we’ve been on top of things more, from the beginning.”Less juice, more fiber. One-third of the way through the schedule, the Dodgers have had one walk-off victory. This year reeks of normalcy, a bunch of efficiency experts in grim pursuit. There is only one tolerable outcome, and it is five months away.Perhaps the Dodgers look so solid because they have quietly held a batting counter-revolution. They are refuting the theory that strikeouts are tolerable, a necessary inconvenience in the quest for the deep.They have struck out a league-low 413 times, 10 fewer than St. Louis and 117 fewer than league “leader” Milwaukee. Bellinger has struck out 13.8 percent of the time, Joc Pederson 17.9. Last year those ratios were 23.9 and 19.2. Bellinger has 23 walks and 21 strikeouts. Verdugo, the rookie, has 11 and 16.The Dodgers were seventh and sixth in strikeouts in 2017 and 2018. They led the league in walks both years, as they do today. A batted ball, unlike a strikeout, forces a defensive play and has the potential to move baserunners. This is old school thinking, specifically the third grade of the old school, and yet such truths have been submerged. Leave it to the Dodgers, so often accused of living by decimal points, to remind us how the game is played.Related Articles There has not been a back-to-back-to-back NL champ since the Cardinals of 1942-44. Think about that. The Big Red Machine, the Tomahawk Chop Braves, the Bruce Bochy Giants, the Boys of Summer … none did that.These Dodgers have a great chance, but there is one cylinder that isn’t clicking. Those at Monday night’s game saw Joe Kelly backfire again, and booed him all the way to the dugout. That’s not a great way to treat a guy just off the bereavement list, but wait until June 13, which happens to be Kelly’s Bobblehead night.The Dodgers need relief help, but so does everyone else in the league. Houston and the Yankees will be waiting in October with the bullpen resources that the Dodgers will be forced to match.And what if Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel return from exile to help a contender? What if the Indians deal shortstop Francisco Lindor to inflame someone’s lineup? What if Arizona sends Zack Greinke to a landing place in a pennant race?Those questions won’t find answers for a while. Until then, the Dodgers wonder if they can run unopposed. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Until 2010, prime ministers in Great Britain could schedule their Election Days. They could call for elections whenever the polls were friendly and the opposition was bleeding.As the manager of the two-time National League champs, the Right Honourable Dave Roberts might wish for the same executive privilege.Play the National League playoffs now.Don’t wait for Cody Bellinger to cool off to the .350s. Don’t wait for the injury vultures to descend. Don’t wait for the pitchers to get a better handle on Alex Verdugo, or for an inside fastball to break something on Justin Turner. Show your cards. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Dodgers were 36-18, coming into Tuesday. They had won 23 of 30. They had scored at least six runs in nine of their previous 10 victories. They had stepped out to a Secretariat-caliber lead in the National League West. They were leading the league in runs and they were second in the league in preventing runs.So shut up and deal, before the Cubs find a bullpen upgrade, before Paul Goldschmidt finds a little Arizona magic in St. Louis, before Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper reverts to whatever his mean is, before Milwaukee finds something more than sheet metal to construct a rotation.It would be disrespectful and arrogant to talk like that in public. Last year the Dodgers were wrapped in gauze and trailed by 8½ games in the NL West on May 15. They are 111-64 since then.So U-turns can happen on a dime, but neither the Dodgers nor their competition seems likely to change.Two years ago the Dodgers won 104 games, 10 by walk-off. At one point they were 55 games over .500. They were their own electrical grid. Every night was a fist-bump festival and an ice bucket that emptied on someone’s head. They had an 11-game winning streak. They had an 11-game losing streak. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more