A drought that has spanned multiple months has University of Georgia peach specialist Dario Chavez concerned that peach trees in Georgia may suffer from lack of water.Even during the fall, mature peach trees need approximately 15 gallons of water per tree every day. Younger trees need about two-thirds of that amount. As fall moves into winter, those water requirements will decrease.Though Georgia has received some rain over the past couple of weeks, 103 counties in the state were declared at Level 1 drought response, according to UGA Agricultural Climatologist Pam Knox.“Although the fruit is far gone from the peach trees right now, trees are still growing. If we don’t have water available, we’re not keeping the trees and their fruiting wood in optimal conditions, and this is what produces the fruit for next year,” said Chavez, who is based on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Griffin, Georgia. “Although we focus mostly on the fruit when it’s available on the tree, we have to focus on the tree health overall, too.”Chavez believes it’s easy, once peach season ends in early August, to forget about irrigating peach trees during the off-season. If irrigation in the orchards is not managed properly, it could impact the peach crop the following year.“One of the main factors with tree health is the availability of water for the tree. That’s why I try to remind the growers that, although we don’t have fruit available, we still need to water because those trees have a water requirement,” he said.Chavez says that if the trees don’t have sufficient water, they will quickly show signs of stress that can affect the fruiting wood and fruit development.According to georgiaweather.net, UGA’s automated weather network, the drought was especially impactful on areas of the state where the bulk of peach production occurs. In Fort Valley, Georgia, located in middle Georgia, only 3.9 inches of rain and 11 rainy days were recorded between Aug. 10 and Oct. 10. This is down considerably from the 7.92 inches and 20 rainy days registered during the same time period in 2018. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, peach production netted $8.8 million in farm gate value in 2016 in Peach County.In Gainesville, Georgia, located in the north central part of the state, only 1.9 inches of rainfall and eight rainy days were recorded during the same timeframe. Peach production in the area netted $490,000 in farm gate value in 2016.For more information about Georgia’s peach crop, see t.uga.edu/5m7.
Argonia-Attica4-08-084 DistrictOverallPointsEliminated South Haven1-33-5-31x Norwich0-42-6-84x Class 3A District 9 Caldwell2-23-50 South Barber3-16-231 Class 8-man D-2 District 4Â by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Tonight will be the final regular season game of the high school football season for six of the seven Sumner County schools.â€¢For Argonia-Attica a district championship is on the line.â€¢For Conway Springs, a playoff berth is on the line.â€¢For Caldwell, thanks to a reprieve by Pretty Prairie last week, there is new life and the Bluejays will be fighting for a playoff berth.As for the other three Sumner County teams: Oxford, South Haven and Belle Plaine. It is one last time this season to strap on the cleats.It will be an interesting night of high school football throughout Kansas and Sumner County is no exception.South Barber at A&A at AtticaLetâ€™s put things into perspective by how dominating A&A has been this season. No team has been able to score more than 14 points against the Titans. By the same token, A&A hasnâ€™t scored less than 56 points this season.Hereâ€™s an issue for A&A. The Titans have only played one fourth quarter this season, and that was in week #1 against Sedan. Heck, the Titans havenâ€™t seen the second half since week #2. That’s six weeks where the Titans have yet to play more than a half of football.Technically, A&A hasnâ€™t wrapped up anything up other than a playoff berth. A victory by the Chieftains tonight would give South Barber the district crown.But who believes that? South Barber just lost to Pretty Prairie 74-26 last week a team that A&A beat 64-6.It may be a couple of weeks before we truly know what kind of team A&A has.Norwich at CaldwellÂ The Bluejays have an interesting scenario when it comes to the playoffs. They must make beat Norwich by 21 points – which is doable. Norwich comes into the game 2-6.Then A&A needs to beat South Barber by 21 points or more. Again, doable.But then there is Pretty Prairie which hosts South Haven. Caldwell needs its rival to at least keep it closer than a Caldwell victory over Norwich. If both teams win by 21 points or more, then it could come down to a head-to-head tiebreaker. Caldwell holds the edge over Pretty Prairie in that scenario because it beat Pretty Prairie earlier this year.All the Bluejays need to do is win by 21 points and let the rest of the world take care of itself.Chaparral at Conway SpringsThis is essentially a playoff game for Conway Springs.The Cardinals win they are in. They lose and the Cardinals will be out of the playoffs for the first time since 2006.Chaparral last year beat Conway Springs 27-19 to not only cost Conway Springs a district championship but knocked it out of a Central Plains League Championship.Both teams have lost to Cheney and Garden Plain this season. Conway Springs lost to Wichita Trinity while Chaparral won. But Conway Springs has Chaparral at home. This could be a fun one.Other games: Cheney at Belle Plaine Looks as if the Dragons will have their third consecutive winless season.South Haven at Pretty PrairieSouth Haven improved its record by one game from 2014, as it hopes for a good game to finish off the year.Udall at OxfordIt has been a rough year for the Wildcats on the gridiron. Udall beat Oxford 56-26 earlier this year in a non-district game.Â Â Follow us on Twitter. Cheney2-06-211 Belle Plaine0-20-8-42x Chaparral1-16-214 Conway Springs1-15-317 Pretty Prairie2-26-20 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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