first_imgRecord low temperatures froze much of Georgia last week. When it comes to freezing temperatures, survival depends on timing and location for some Georgia crops, say University of Georgia experts.Tough on Early PeachesFreeze destroyed about 60 to70 percent of the south Georgia peach crop last week, said Kathryn Taylor, an Extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About five to 10 percent of Georgia’s peach crop grows in south Georgia.Peach tree varieties in south Georgia bud, flower and develop fruit earlier than those in middle Georgia. These early varieties go to market first. Therefore, they bring the most income for south Georgia growers.As a tree progresses to full flowering, the developing flowers’ ability to resist freezing temperatures is diminished, she said.”The freeze had a devastating effect on the three earliest south Georgia varieties,” Taylor said. “These trees were in full bloom. . . . This (freeze) resulted in a large economic loss for them.”At 20 degrees, trees in full bloom will lose 90 percent or more of their flowers.No flowers, no fruit.Warm weather in February caused south Georgia trees to bloom.”But this is not particularly early,” Taylor said. ” It was just time for (these) varieties to bloom.”Timing Is EverythingIronically, the freeze may help middle Georgia peach farmers.Most of the middle Georgia crop remains in the bud stage of development. Tight buds can stand the freeze. The loss of slightly swollen buds is only about 10 percent. A peach tree grows about 10 times as many buds as it needs to produce a full fruit crop.”We can spare that 10 percent (loss),” Taylor said. The freeze reduced the potential fruit load and necessary thinning costs for growers.”The (recent) freeze in middle Georgia did not reduce the expected yield for this summer,” Taylor said.A later freeze in middle Georgia would be much more damaging to the state’s peach crop.How damaging?”Timing is everything,” Taylor said.The risk of freeze for much of Georgia usually passes with Easter.Chilled GreensFreezing temperatures raised eyebrows of Georgia’s cabbage and carrot farmers, said Terry Kelley, UGA Extension Service horticulturist. A mature cabbage “can freeze as hard as a rock,” Kelley said. But when it thaws out, it’s usually fine. However, freezing temperatures can damage newly planted, young cabbage.”I’m not nearly as concerned with the mature cabbage as I am for the ones being planted,” Kelley said. Farmers are currently harvesting mature cabbage while planting another cabbage crop.It’s hard to tell just how damaging the freeze will be, Kelley said. Many weeks from now, as the next cabbage crop progresses, this freeze could cause plants to flower early instead of producing a cabbage head, cutting heavily into producers’ bottom line.Georgia farmers also have about 3,500 acres of carrots in the ground right now. “Carrots can take a pretty stiff freeze,” Kelley said. “In general you won’t get root damage unless the ground freezes.”There was some damage to the tops of carrots, he said. The tops will grow back, but it exposes the plant to disease and insect pressure and quality problems at harvest time.Leafy greens, such as mustard, turnips, kale and collards, received some damage from the freeze, too.”Some of the young greens got hammered pretty hard,” Kelley said. “I’m sure there will be some replanting to do.”Sweet and EstablishedGeorgia’s $90 million Vidalia onion crop fared the freeze well, according to Reid Torrance, Tattnall County Extension Service agent, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onion crop is grown.”Once an onion plant is established, you can have a blistering cold. It will usually come back out from the cold fairly easy,” he said.Some foliage was damaged.”But you’re going to get that more from the frost than the freeze,” Torrance said.Much like carrots, the actual onion bulb isn’t damaged unless the ground freezes for extended periods. The ground around Tattnall County froze only a quarter to half an inch, Torrance said, and for only a short period.last_img read more

COVID-19: GMF expects spike in maintenance orders from flight bans

first_imgNotable carriers such as American Airlines, Air France and Qatar Airways have temporarily halted all flights to China in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia, have also temporarily suspended all flights to mainland China to prevent the furteher spread of the virus.Read also: Airlines face $100 billion-plus virus hit, discounts ‘wouldn’t do any good’ He added that the increased demand for maintenance from non-affiliates could offset the expected decline in orders from affiliate airlines as well as flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost subsidiary Citilink Indonesia, “since both airlines have reduced their flights to China and Saudi Arabia for umrah [pilgrimage]”.This, in turn, could lead to postponements in Garuda’s and Citilink’s regular maintenance schedules, he said.With the expected increase in orders from international airlines, GMF AeroAsia would be heightening its prevention measures by disinfecting every aircraft that rolled into its maintenance hangars.Tazar said that the company had disinfected 19 Garuda aircraft and 13 Citililink aircraft from January to March, as well as 18 aircraft from international carriers during the same period.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia still allows flights to and from South Korea amid travel banDespite the spike in maintenance orders, Tazar said that GMF AeroAsia would accommodate new orders according to capacity.The company plans to open a new MRO facility this year in Denpasar, Bali, bringing its total to 25 outstations.Tazar added that GMF AeroAsia would maintain its revenue and profit projections for the year, with revenue projected to grow 5 percent and profit 10 percent on the back of planned efficiency measures.GMF AeroAsia was also allocating US$50 million in capital expenditure for 2020, with most of the fund to be used toward both organic and inorganic business growth.Stocks of the company, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code GMFI, plummeted by 11.58 percent on Friday against the Jakarta Composite Index’s loss of 2.4 percent. The stocks have lost more than 51 percent of its value throughout this year.Topics : The suspension has left some airlines unable to land in China for scheduled maintenance, prompting them to seek new alternatives for servicing their aircraft.GMF AeroAsia had so far received three orders for maintenance services from international airlines that were not on the company’s roster this year, Tazar said.center_img PT Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia expects to see increasing demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services from non-affiliated international airlines as a result of diverted flights due to the COVID-19 outbreak.President director Tazar Marta Kurniawan said on Friday that GMF AeroAsia projected a year-on-year increase of 80 percent in the contribution of non-affiliated international airlines for its MRO services, from 71 percent in 2019.“We might receive more orders for MRO services from international airlines, since those who were scheduled to have maintenance in China, for example, would be diverted to us because of the coronavirus outbreak,” Tazar told a press briefing in Tangerang, Banten.last_img read more

John Gray, 67, Cincinnati

first_imgJohn C. Gray, 67, of Cincinnati, passed away at 6:15am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Olean on September 17, 1950 the son of Gilbert and Evelyn Lane Gray. Survivors include one son Glen Edward Gray of Versailles; Three brothers Glen Gray of Milan, Robert (Linda) Gray of Versailles, and Ronald (Linda) Gray of Farmers Retreat; three sisters Wanda Gray of Versailles, Janice (Wayne) Linkmeyer of Cross Plains, and Hope Gray of Olean. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Gary Gray and Gene Gray. Mr. Gray was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and studied diesel mechanics at the Southeastern Career Center. He was a former resident of Olean and Vevay and was a former bus driver for the Switzerland County Schools. He had also worked with his brother Gary in the excavation business. John was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more