Winter hardy

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDespite adverse growing conditions this year, consumers can expect plenty of fresh quality Vidalia onions in grocery stores soon, says a University of Georgia expert.An extreme Georgia winter threatened the Vidalia onion crop earlier this year. On several occasions, temperatures dropped well below freezing for extended periods of time. Though Vidalia onions are winter hardy, there was a question whether or not the sweet Georgia treats would make it through the winter.Barring any more extreme temperature changes, the crop will be good, said George Boyhan, an extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Remarkable“The crop has done remarkably well even with the freezes,” he said. “The onions have really grown a lot in the past three to four weeks. The harvest, supply and quality should be very good.”Harvest could begin as early as the first of April, he said. Consumers can expect to see Vidalia onions in the produce section beginning about mid-April, with a hardy supply well into the year.This year, growers had the option of planting seven new varieties, which were tested by CAES scientists and approved to carry the Vidalia onion label by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. To become a certified Vidalia, an onion has to be a yellow Granex onion that is grown in a 20-county area in southeastern Georgia. The Vidalia onion is known for its unusually mild, sweet flavor, which is attributed to the low-sulfur content in the soil, the mild winters and the use of irrigation in this region.Disease toughBut late season diseases can still pose a threat, he said.“There has been some disease in spots, primarily Botrytis neck rot,” he said. “This disease can be devastating in onions particularly in storage.”As much as 60 percent of the crop was destroyed by disease last year. This shrank supplies and prices remained relatively high last year, he said.Good supplyBut Boyhan expects growers planted as many onions this year, about 14,000, as last year. Growers report the number of onions sold to the Vidalia Onion Committee as they sell them. This is then translated into acreage through county extension agents and the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Considering the winter weather, Vidalia onion growers are pleased with their crop to this point and are ready to get into their fields and harvest it, he said.Vidalia onions are one of Georgia’s most valuable cash crops, worth about $80 million a year.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 29

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNY’s new abortion law goes too farThe Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was fast-tracked in our state Legislature and was passed on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had RHA as a focal point of his re-election campaign last fall. Recently, the governor even rallied with Hillary Clinton in New York City in support of RHA. Unfortunately, many misconceptions exist regarding the RHA: one being that it would simply codify Roe v. Wade. However, the RHA an extreme expansion of the current state abortion policy. The RHA is a horrendous bill. It would: 1. Eliminate the requirement that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians, 2. Take abortion-related crimes off the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being assaulted. 3. Allow third-trimester abortions for any reason (removing ambiguity in existing laws) 4. Make it legal for viable babies born alive following late-term abortions to be denied medical care.  Last week on I-90 in Albany, there was a huge lighted billboard that read, “We Deserve the Reproductive Health Act.” Who are the “We”? Certainly not the pre-born babies whose lives are being taken.After the bill passed, one of the female legislators stood and stressed that this law was mostly about a woman’s right to choose her reproductive health. Certainly allowing a baby that’s born alive after a late-term abortion to lie on a table left to die is totally unconscionable. It’s murder. Is this what the “We” really want or deserve? Stand up and say absolutely not.Madeline DerwinJohnstown Trump has dubious accomplishmentsThese are the things Trump has done: He’s created more jobs. I’m not sure how, but this is what everybody tells me. He has alienated our allies. He’s fired more in-house people in his government, chosen by him, than any other president of all time.He’s weakened the EPA and gutted the Clean Air Act. This might not affect us, but will our grandchildren or their children. But he thinks this is OK. He won’t be around when this happens, long after he’s gone.Fossil fuel has nothing to do with climate change, he believes. It’s people and cows that are causing this fake news about global warming. All immigrants are criminals. He’s not fussy about nationality, just everybody.He wants the wall because this will probably be what he will be remembered by and what he did as president.Anne FringoMiddleburgh Develop a healthy bond with siblingsAs a  parent you can have a huge impact on your children’s older adult life by encouraging healthy supportive sibling bonds. It may also affect your own health and well-being, because siblings with already-established healthy relationships are much more equipped to take care of you as you age. If you have a sister, consider yourself extremely lucky. Most sister/sister relationships remain a constant strong bond throughout life. Even brother/sister relationships are as strong and supportive. This is attributed to the emotional expressiveness when one takes the role as a nurturer.Probably the healthiest adult sibling relationships are either congenial or loyal. Seeing your siblings as close friends and having some family loyalty can come in handy as you get older. Many older adults find sibling relationships more satisfying and reliable in their lives. They seem to grow closer as the years go by. If you can live a life like this, it will be well worth  it, because nothing is more important than your family. Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more