Georgia’s recent abnormally cold weather has been good for its developing peach and blueberry crops. But a warm spell now could cause blooms to emerge too soon. Because of the extended cold spell, chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees, have accumulated rapidly across the state. Peaches and blueberries, two major crops for the state, need a certain amount of these hours during their dormancy in winter to perform well during the growing season.Chill hours are in excess of 800 across much of middle and south Georgia. This means that many varieties of peaches and blueberries have reached or are near the number of chill hours needed to break their dormancy. Any extended period of temperatures in the 70s now could result in blueberries and peaches flowering. If early flowering occurs, peaches and blueberries will be very susceptible to a damaging late winter or spring freeze. Producers are encouraged to take appropriate action to protect their crops from a possible freeze.Agricultural fields are expected to remain near saturation through March. Late winter and spring field work is expected to be delayed. The wet soils mean that flood risk is enhanced statewide. The current El Niño winter pattern is expected to continue with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation through March.It is not unusual for an extended dry period to follow an El Niño winter, with the dryness beginning mid-spring. Up-to-date weather information, including chill hours, may be found at www.georgiaweather.net.
There was an article in Sports Illustrated about a process of tracking the stress that throwing a baseball puts on a pitcher’s arm, shoulder, and the whole body for that matter. This system is called Motus Pro. Once it is hooked up to a pitcher’s body it will record acceleration and rotation and the bio-mechanics of a player as he throws a ball. They get a kinetic chain of action all the way from the shoulder stress to the point where the pitcher’s toe hits the ground and the hand releases the ball.The information from this will hopefully reduce the need for Tommy John surgery which has become so prevalent. The ligaments in the elbow will benefit by understanding the action that this system reveals on those ligaments that allow the arm to work. I know this is so technical that unless you have some form of medical degree it is impossible to explain it any clearer. If it does what they hope it will do, maybe elbow surgery will be rare, and hopefully, even forgotten in the future.
Ghanaian triple jump Athlete, Nadia Eke, has criticized government for always expecting athletes to win medals without a willingness to invest in training them.Eke won gold for Ghana at the 2016 African Championships in South Africa and represented Ghana at the 2016 Olympics.She’s the national record holder in the Triple Jump and has already qualified for the now rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.Ghana has won just 4 medals in the history of the Olympic Games and Nadia says for that to change, the country needs to begin investing in the sport from the grassroots level.“It begins from the grass root level.“Why aren’t we investing in our own talent, why aren’t we cultivating that talent first of all, so that those people can go up to the highest level and accomplish X,Y,Z and then that could come back and reflect on us as a country, she explained to Athletics Africa”“I think everyone looks at Usain Bolt’s career, especially in Ghana and I remember I was on a show once and they said, if Usain Bolt came to Ghana, the president will go and greet him.“But you are an African champion and you have a national record and the president doesn’t even know your name,” she continued.”“We look at those countries and we are thinking, look at Usain Bolt but he was cultivated from the grass root level, they invested time in his talent and now they are reaping the benefit of his talent.“But for us, we are not doing that and we are expecting to reap the benefits of something we haven’t sown.”Eke is an African triple jump champion from 2016 and a silver medalist from two years before that in Marrakech.