Sweet Fruits.

first_img Bigger than a quarter, Kiowa blackberries thrive in Georgia gardens. Tara is one of the biggest bronze muscadines. Things wouldn’t be quite so sweet for shoppers and home fruit growers today without the Georgia legislature’s farsighted action in the 1940s.For six decades now, Georgia has had muscadine and blueberry breeding programs. The results are thriving muscadine and blueberry industries and a great number of excellent cultivars for home gardeners.This year, farm gate sales of blueberries and muscadines topped $20 million. These small fruits provided much-needed income for struggling family farmers.Both muscadine and rabbiteye blueberries thrive in Georgia’s hot, humid climate. They can usually be grown with great success without pesticides in home gardens.Top Muscadine PicksMy top picks for large muscadine grapes to plant in 2001 and 2002 are Tara (bronze fruit), Cowart (black), Scarlett (red), Summit (pinkish bronze) and Supreme (black).These should work everywhere in Georgia except in the high mountains. In the high mountains, American bunch grapes, such as Niagara or Fredonia, are a better choice in the home garden. (See your county Extension Service agent for a publication on this.)Rabbiteye blueberries thrive all over the state. Plant early-, mid- and late-season cultivars for extended ripening.Top picks for early season are Austin, Premier and Climax. Austin is new and might be hard to find this year. The best midseason choice is Brightwell. Late-season picks are Tifblue, Powderblue and Centurion. If you’re in a frosty spot, go with Brightwell, Tifblue, Powderblue and Centurion. Photo: CAES File Photocenter_img Best BlackberriesBesides these fruits, a breeding program for blackberries in Arkansas is producing cultivars we can use with great success in Georgia.The ones that are doing best in Georgia are Kiowa and Chickasaw (very big fruit on thorny bushes) and Arapaho (medium fruit on thornless bushes). Kiowa and Chickasaw do well statewide, while Arapaho does better in north Georgia than in south Georgia.Fall-planted strawberries do well in Georgia, too, but this is a project for next September. In the fall, plug plants are available from several Georgia producers. (See your county agent for a source and a publication on the subject.)The Chandler and Camarosa cultivars from California are the best I’ve seen for this project. Georgia now has about 45 pick-your-own strawberry producers, and the strawberry harvest is here. Your county agent can give you a list of farms near you. Photo: SRSFClast_img read more

Adekuoroye Eyes Return to World Number 1 Spot

first_imgOdunayo Adekuoroye Nigerian female wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuoroye has expressed delight with her fourth place global ranking, but stressed she is capable of returning to number one in the world, which she held at a point in 2017.After a title-winning outing at the German Grand Prix and equally great Bulgarian Open run, the two-time Commonwealth Games champion said she will work hard to climb higher in the women’s -57kg wrestling class.Adekuoroye insists her performances last month in Germany and Bulgaria gave her fresh insights into her form, which she said she will now use to soar on the rankings by United World Wrestling (UWW). She will, however, have to contend with the opposition posed by China’s Ningning Rong, who tops the women’s -57kg, as well as Bilyana Dudova of Bulgaria in second and Grace Bullen of Norway lying third.The four times African champion went on to thank the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Honourable Daniel Igali, her coach, Purity Akuh, her training partners and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministry (MFM), Dr Daniel Olukoya for supporting her efforts.Adekuoroye said: “I am glad that I have been ranked fourth in the world after my performances at the German Prix and Bulgarian Open.“I learnt so many lessons from these two tournament. By the grace of God, hopefully before the end of 2019, I will get to the top.“(I learnt) what I am good at and my weaknesses. The most important of all is that I also learnt from the mistakes of my opponents.“In 2017, I was ranked number one in the world, after also performing excellently well in my outings.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more