Georgia Corn Crop

first_imgGeorgia corn growers can expect to face challenges in pricing this year, according to Dewey Lee, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension feed grain agronomist.Growers need to watch their expenses closely, recognizing that there is not much of a market for corn this season, Lee said. Currently, corn is selling for $3.67 per bushel, down almost a full dollar from last July. As a result, Georgia corn acreage is expected to drop significantly from last year.“In 2013, we were at 510,000 acres. In 2014, when prices started dropping, the acreage continued to drop to 350,000. Then, in 2015, it dropped even further to 330,000 acres. Last year, we produced about 410,000 acres,” Lee said. “As a guess, we will likely be down to around 330,000 to 340,000 acres.”Entering the growing season, Lee said that the market for corn is rapidly declining and remains unpredictable. Growers are frustrated that the market dropped considerably, but the price of production stayed the same. Costs of seed and fertilizer treatments have not decreased. Corn is a water-intensive crop, so growers also have to factor in irrigation costs.There other alternatives that growers may have to consider this year, Lee said.“They (growers) have to rely either on government programs or on planting more acres of a crop that’s more favorable price-wise, such as cotton or peanuts,” Lee said. “They also may change their rotations, but a lot of growers don’t like to change their rotations because they feel it is important to subsequent crops. It’s definitely an important year for corn growers to make every decision count.”Because temperatures are expected to be high with clear conditions this week, Lee expects many growers to begin planting their crop. Since the majority of corn acreage is irrigated, drought isn’t a concern. The only potential problem with the high temperatures is disease pressure. With prices already low, growers don’t want to lose any crop to diseases like southern corn rust.“With prices expected to be tight this year, growers need to carefully manage their crop. There’s not much wiggle room in regard to profitability, so farmers need to make large yields,” Lee said.Of the top three row crops that Georgia farmers produce – cotton, peanuts and corn – corn is grown on the least acreage, but still records a significant farm gate value every year. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, corn’s 2015 Georgia farm gate value is more than $252.9 million.(Julia Rodriguez is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Large blocks are proving to be a drawcard for Brisbane investors

first_img34 Olivia St, NorthgateShe said the market for good-size property in the northern suburbs was running hot.“The large-block market on the north side is going crazy. I’ve sold a couple of large blocks lately … and there’s people all over them. ‘‘Obviously developers to do splits but also families looking for a bit more space than what a 405sq m offers.”The buyers are locals looking to upgrade to a large site with a classic home. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201934 Olivia St, Northgate.The home’s appeal extends through to its period elements.High ceilings, VJ timber walls, polished timber floors and rambling verandas all feature.“The whole feel from the veranda is probably my favourite part, because when you’re on the veranda, the breezes are really beautiful and you’re overlooking the parkland which is really nice,” Ms Gregory-Hunt said.Another attraction is the property’s position with Nundah Village cafes and the train station just 300m from the front door. 34 Olivia St, Northgate.The home at 34 Olivia St, Northgate, is a classic, but it was the 810sq m block which proved to be the clincher in achieving a $777,000 auction sale on May 13.Shontelle Gregory-Hunt, marketing agent from Ray White Wilston, said the block had redevelopment potential, but the home’s age and position presented difficulties for developers.In the end, a young couple were the winning bidders.“They love it,” Ms Gregory-Hunt said. ‘‘They’re making minor changes but basically keeping it as it is.’’last_img read more

Indiana Pacers appoint Robert “Cody” Parrent as Director of Esports Operations

first_imgEsports Insider says: More and more appointments are now emerging as esports initiatives gather pace out in the States. We’re looking forward to the league getting underway next year. The NBA team Indiana Pacers announced last week that Robert “Cody” Parrent is to join the organisation as their Director of Esports Operations.Robert will report directly to Kelly Krauskopf, the Senior Vice President of the Pacers. The Pacers have yet to make a huge move in esports, yet are one of the 17 confirmed NBA teams who are set to participate in the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season which gets underway next year. Whilst Parrent is not an overly familiar name in the esports industry, he brings a wealth of business experience and work in and around the esports space. In the business world, he spent time at Berry Plastics Corp., as an IMS Business Analyst and recently was a Co-Owner of Blue Commerce LLC, a company engaged in market research and Ecommerce. The release also adds that Parrent was an active member of the Evansville community, where he attended university. He was an Associate Head Coach with the Evansville Soccer Club and volunteered with a variety of organisations and charities. “Cody brings solid competitive gaming experience in many esports titles such as Halo, CS:GO, FIFA, and NBA 2K,” said Krauskopf. “He has built numerous connections in the NBA 2K community through his background in developing the 2KLab which focuses on analysing data from the 2K video game franchise in order to give players an edge over the competition. We are fortunate to have him leading our operation.”“I am honored to become a member of the Pacers team and look forward to developing a first-class esports operation here in Indianapolis,” said Parrent, who earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. “I have been involved in the esports community since 2006 and am passionate about being a part of the movement of competitive gaming into the mainstream.”last_img read more