A growing season scarred by deadly diseases, though, has choked the supply of Georgia tobacco. The tomato spotted wilt virus has killed about 35 percent of the tobacco crop. That will cause about a 20 percent reduction in the overall production for Georgia. And that’s a conservative estimate, Moore said.Farmers have battled this disease, which also affects tomatoes, peanuts and other vegetable crops, since 1986. But this year “was the worst in history,” he said.Georgia farmers are allowed, due to government regulation, to grow around 60 million pounds of tobacco. A 20-percent reduction of that is 12 million pounds. That calculates, conservatively, into $21.6 million in tobacco that won’t be sold this year.Disaster?The Georgia Department of Agriculture is pushing for disaster assistance for tobacco farmers devastated by disease and drought this year.”Growers have been hurting financially, spending extra money to produce this crop,” Moore said. “And then they’re going to come up short on tobacco to sell.”Will the shortage of quality Georgia tobacco have an effect on the demand this year?”The only place to find that out is where there is some competition,” he said, “and that’s at the auction sites.”Moore said it’s tough to say how much tobacco will be harvested this year. There could have been as many as 27,000 acres.”But we’ve had close to 1,000 acres already destroyed and insurance collected on it because of the tomato spotted wilt virus,” he said.Georgia averages about 2,000 pounds of tobacco per acre. But this year, Moore said, the average will be more like 1,800 pounds per acre.Many frustrated farmers feel an urgency to get through with this year’s crop, he said. Moore tells farmers, “Don’t get into a hurry. The best tobacco is yet to be harvested or cured.” Amid drought, deadly disease and a new way of selling one of Georgia’s top money-making crops, tobacco auctions opened across Georgia this week.Georgia’s tobacco auctions started in Statesboro, Ga., July 30. Opening prices for this region were $1.56 to $1.78 per pound.”Prices look good,” said J. Michael Moore, an agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. An auction opened in Douglas July 31. Smaller auctions will be in Moultrie and Nashville.ContractedBut much of the Georgia tobacco crop will not go to auction this year. About 92 percent of the 2002 crop was contracted before April 15. Contract farmers bypass the process and sell directly to tobacco companies, Moore said. Because of this, the number of auction sites across Georgia has dwindled over the past few years. “There are not going to be new (auction) warehouses opening up,” he said.Anybody who wants to know when and where tobacco auctions will take place, plus other Georgia tobacco information, can go to www.georgiatobacco.com.Though auctions will continue to be a way to sell tobacco, they’re becoming less popular. “Growers for the second year in a row have chosen overwhelmingly to sign contracts as a means of marketing their crop,” Moore said.Farmers who contract see the advantage of delivering their tobacco and returning home with a check that same day, he said.There are 10 receiving stations in Georgia and Florida where farmers can deliver directly to the tobacco company.”There’s an efficiency to the operation in dealing directly with the individual that purchases the tobacco,” he said.But growers who choose to go to auction have an opportunity to compete for the highest bid among all the companies.Choked SupplyAnd this year, prices could be high for noncontracted quality Georgia tobacco. (Tobacco companies already competed heavily to gain contracts with Georgia and Florida growers. Tobacco in this region, because of its higher sugar content, is highly sought after. Only 80 percent of the tobacco from other tobacco-growing states were contracted, compared with the 92 percent in Georgia and Florida.)
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One can only hope that Trump’s greatest accomplishment will be closing the cesspool known as the United Nations. Instead of giving voice to all nations, large all small, they have taken on the task of eliminating Israel. Syria gases innocent citizens, silence — drinks and dinners as usual. Israel bombs a military site — emergency meeting. Please, President Trump, hang a closed sign on the United Nations. Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Letterkenny MD Cllr Liam Blaney has called for parking spaces beside e-car charging points to be specially designated for electric cars only.Cllr Blaney raised a motion at today’s Municipal District meeting to ensure that every charging point in Letterkenny would have a marked parking space beside it.He said a local man who bought an electric car found himself driving around Letterkenny searching for a car parking space beside a charger. Cllr Micheal McBride said the council needed to ‘get out of the traps’ and prepare for the rise in ecar sales. He asked to explore options to have up to 5 or 6 parking spaces position in a circle around charging stations.There are a number of ecars Public Charge Points located in the Letterkenny Town Centre, including Justice Walsh Road, An Grianan Theatre and Tobin’s Service Station.Mr Fergal Doherty, Engineer and Area Manager, agreed to examine the current issue at the existing car parking spaces.Designated spaces sought for ecar charging in Letterkenny was last modified: May 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charginge-carselectric carsLetterkenny Municipal District