University of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen is concerned that Georgia peach growers can’t tell the difference between phony peach disease and weevil or nematode damage. A consequence could be that farmers unnecessarily destroy trees and potential fruit.Phony peach disease, nematodes and weevil damage stunt tree growth, but farmers take different management steps to treat the problems.Due to a lack of a curable treatment option for phony peach disease, farmers are forced to cut and burn the trees suspected of having the bacteria. Producers with trees damaged by weevils or nematodes also have limited options, but they don’t need to kill the trees — a big difference, according to Brannen, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Growers who mistake weevil damage or nematodes for phony peach disease may unnecessarily kill the trees. “Visually, the damage that both the bacteria from a phony peach tree and from weevils and nematodes does look different. A stunted tree that has the weevil damage or nematodes does not have the short inner nodes and the green appearance that is present in a phony peach tree; it’s actually just a stunted tree,” Brannen said. “Producers who are having difficulty discerning the two, unfortunately have ripped up trees that probably would have produced some fruit.”Working with UGA Cooperative Extension agents, Brannen is trying to educate farmers so good trees that would still produce fruit aren’t destroyed. He advises Georgia peach growers to contact their local Extension agent if they are unsure of which problem they are facing. Brannen and Jeff Cook, a UGA Extension agricultural and natural resources multi-county peach agent in middle Georgia, will also hold a training for farmers this summer.“Eventually the fruit from a phony tree will be really, really small, and (growers) get less of those fruit. The fruits that are produced will develop into the size of a silver dollar. They’re really small,” Brannen said.Phony peach disease has been present in Georgia for 100 years. Lack of research into the disease has left growers with only one treatment option — pull the tree out of the ground and destroy it, he said.As for weevils, they have become a bigger problem because effective insecticides have been removed from the market. Because current chemical treatments do not provide 100 percent control, the weevils survive, Brannen said. Ten years ago, a post-plant nematicide for use on peaches was also removed from the market, leaving farmers no chemical control for nematodes. “The combination of stunting symptoms in orchards is to be expected in light of the limited management tools that remain,” Brannen said.Weevils and nematodes eating tree roots is an emerging problem for peach growers. One that would have been avoided if some of the previously available insecticides and nematicides were still on the market, he said. “The insecticides we have now just don’t control the weevils, and we have no post-plant nematicides. That’s resulting in a stunted looking peach tree, and producers who are naturally having some problems discerning which problem is which.”For more information on peach research and Extension work at UGA, follow the UGA Peach Team’s blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/peaches.
Omon-Julius Onabu in AsabaAFCON 2019 qualifier, the Super Eagles of Nigeria became $50,000 richer as the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday evening redeemed his pledge of $25,000 per goal scored by the team in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the South African football team, Bafana Bafana.Although, the Super Eagles encounter with their South Africa opponents in Johannesburg ended one goal apiece, Okowa decided to reward the Nigerian players with the sum of $50,000 apparently to compensate the Super Eagles for two goals they scored by controversially denied by the centre referee of the match. According to the Delta State governor, he was convinced that the Super Eagles performed well enough to claim the maximum points from the weekend match in Johannesburg, in spite of the 1-1 score-line at the final whistle signalling the end of clash.The Nigerian football ambassadors had trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, the Delta State capital, before jetting out to Johannesburg last weekend through the Asaba International Airport.After the match, which saw Nigeria booking a place during the AFCON Championship to be hosted 2019 by Cameroon, the Nigerian national football team also returned to the country through the Asaba International Airport.At a state banquet held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, on Tuesday night, the governor disclosed that though the match ended 1-1, what he saw was the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal.Okowa said, “As a state government, we did make a promise to give $25,000 per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa (and) in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal; because the second goal was wrongly disallowed.“So, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,he remarked.Moreover, the governor described the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba as a blessing in several ways.Shortly before their departure to South Africa through Asaba airport, Okowa motivativated the team with a pomise to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored against Bafana Bafana.“We are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport”, Okowa noted.“We are truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles as a state government and the Ugandan team (The Cranes) with who they earlier played a barren draw with the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we truly enjoyed ourselves because the two teams played good football.“It was good to host the Super Eagles, they have been with us for some days now, and I believe that the people, Deltans and Nigerians in general, are excited. Though they drew the match with the Cranes of Uganda, both teams played good game and it was gladdenjng to know that both team have also qualified for the African Cup of Nations,” he said, disclosing that the coming of the Super Eagles to Asaba greatly gave a boost to socio-economic life of Deltans.Okowa assured that his administration will continue to invest in the development of sports and sporting activities, noting that Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Cup football championship were designed to encourage the development of football in secondary and primary schools in the state.He congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for AFCON, assuring that his administration would continue to support the Pinnick Amaju led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to succeed.Stand-in Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa on behalf of members of the team, thanked Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State for their support.“We will love to come back here again and on behalf of my team mates, we say thank you,” Musa said.The Cranes of Uganda that earlier held the Super Eagles to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium attended the dinner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, Executive Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa presenting the 2018 Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) Footballer of the Year Award to Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ Stand-In Captain, Ahmed Musa at the Nigeria/Uganda International friendly football match on Tuesday.
Tipp will have to be on top of their game to beat Cork in this weekend’s opening round of the Munster Championship.The Lee-siders travel to Semple Stadium next Sunday in a bid to make up for last year’s defeat to Tipperary in the same game.Following a loss to Cork in the league, former Tipp hurler Conor O’ Brien says Cork are in a good position going into the game. Photo © Tipperary GAA