Searching for ways to beat the state’s drought, University of Georgia scientists and Extension Service agents are exploring ways to reuse water for irrigation.”Reusing treated municipal wastewater is a more widely accepted practice, especially for large turf areas like golf courses, recreational facilities and parks,” said Wayne Gardner, coordinator of the UGA Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.”It’s a method of recycling a very important natural resource,” he said.The state’s Environmental Protection Division is moving several golf courses to use reuse water for their irrigation.Mandated SwitchesEPD is mandating, Gardner said, that courses in the upper Chattahoochee River basin with a certain type of surface water withdrawal permit must switch to reuse water.”This is not an immediate conversion,” he said. “But several courses will have to be on board with reuse water within 10 years.”Georgia’s golf course and landscape professionals are working with EPD officials and local governments to tap this source of irrigation water.”Urban agricultural industries are water-dependent,” Gardner said. “I find them to be very proactive in finding alternative, efficient and environmentally friendly means of doing business.”Reuse Water SymposiumUGA scientists, county agents and researchers and representatives of the state’s golf courses and water authorities will debate the issue next month during a reuse water symposium.”Reuse Water: Opportunities and Challenges” is set for May 29 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Griffin, Ga. The symposium will bring in a number of experts on the issue.”We plan to throw this issue out on the platter, not make any judgement calls, and have everyone come and speak from different viewpoints,” Gardner said.Experts from FloridaThe program will include experts from central Florida, where golf courses are using reuse water. “These speakers will be able to present the reality of reuse water,” Gardner said.”Our keynote address will be by Stephen Draper, a water-policy advisor to Gov. Roy Barnes,” he said. “And we’ll have speakers from EPD, a local water authority, the environmental community and others.”The event should attract water treatment facility managers and potential reuse water customers. City and county officials, regulators and others with environmental and water-policy interests will want to be there.The $40 fee (or $50 after May 22) covers lunch and other costs. To sign up, or to learn more, call the Griffin Campus Office of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia peach trees are on track to get enough chilly winter weather to make a sweet summer crop. But there are some concerns, says a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert.Peach trees go dormant in winter. During this time, they need chill hours (hours below 45 degrees) to properly bloom in spring and produce fruit in summer, says Kathy Taylor, a UGA Extension peach horticulturist. Depending on the variety, trees need between 400 and 1,100 chill hours in Georgia.About 90 percent of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches are grown in middle Georgia. The area has received about 800 chill hours this winter, she said. Peach trees there need about 1,000 chill hours to produce a good crop.”It looks like we’ll get around 150 more chill hours over the next 10 days, based on the forecast,” Taylor said. “If that happens, we should get the hours we need for middle Georgia.”Chill hours aren’t counted after Feb. 15.The forecast is less certain for farmers in south Georgia, who grow about 8 percent of the state’s peaches. Most varieties there need 500 to 650 chill hours. Right now, the area could use about 100 more hours.There’s a good chance they’ll come over the next few weeks. “We should make it,” she said. “But by the skin of our teeth.”There’s another problem for south Georgia growers. The weather has been springlike, with daytime temperatures reaching well into the 70s in recent weeks.Some trees are starting to wake from their winter naps about three weeks ahead of normal. Buds are starting to swell and some are even flowering. This puts them at risk. Freezing temperatures can kill these fragile buds.But each year, farmers routinely thin the buds from each tree, which can hold 3,000 to 7,000 buds. Depending on the variety, they’ll leave only 250 to 700 fruits on a tree. This helps the tree direct its resources to growing good-tasting, well-sized peaches.Most farmers would prefer to thin the crop without Mother Nature’s help, she said.It’s hard to say how the harvest will turn out this year, she said. Georgia peach farmers worry each year as winter and spring play tug-of-war with their crop. A freeze in April or early May can damage a crop.”But at this point,” Taylor said, “we’re on track to have a pretty good crop.”Georgia’s peach harvest starts in late April and runs through September. Early-maturing varieties can yield about 7,000 pounds per acre. Later varieties can yield three times that, she said.A cool, damp spring hurt Georgia’s ’05 peach crop, which was about 40 million pounds, about 25 percent less than in ’04.Georgia’s peach crop is worth around $35 million annually.
Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNThere’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderMLB odds, picks, betting trends for Friday, March 29*All screenshots are from the BetQL Trending Value Bets Page** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.Houston Astros at Tampa Bay RaysStarting Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (RHP) vs. Charlie Morton (RHP)Money Line: HOU -135/TB +115Run Line: HOU -1.5 (+130)Total: O/U 7Yesterday, the Astros touched up defending CY Young winner Blake Snell en route to a convincing 5-1 victory. Today, they will turn to Gerrit Cole on the mound as they face one of their former pitchers in Charlie Morton, who will make his first start for the Rays. Cole was significantly better at home than on the road last season, and he did not make it past the sixth inning in any of his final 12 road starts in 2018. This is going to be a game where you will want to lean on the BetQL sharp bettor reports as first pitch approaches. Currently sharp bettors are really looking to bet both the Astros as -135 road favorites, as well as UNDER seven runs. The BetQL models are looking to side with the books in this spot and are giving a slight edge to the Rays to bounce back and grab their first win of the season.BetQL Pick: Tampa Bay Rays (+115) St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee BrewersStarting Pitchers: Jack Flaherty (RHP) vs. Freddy Peralta (RHP)Money Line: STL -110/MIL -110Run Line: MIL -1.5 (+180)Total: O/U 8.5The best game to watch on opening day was undoubtedly the NL Central matchup between the Cardinals and the Brewers that came right down to the final batter. The second game of the opening series features a great matchup between two of the NL’s better young arms in Jack Flaherty and Freddy Peralta. Flaherty was inconsistent at times last season, but he pitched well against Milwaukee, allowing only five earned runs in 23.1 innings. Peralta was simply electric at times in 2018, which translated to a K-rate just a shade under 30 percent, but he also has struggled with his command after coughing up a pretty poor 12.5-percent walk rate. The books have this one as a virtual tossup at -110 ML for both teams, and you’ll have to pay some juice to bet the run line (STL +1.5 is -220). The BetQL models are giving the slightest of edges to the Brewers and see value in any line that is lower than -115 for Milwaukee.BetQL Pick: Milwaukee Brewers ML (-110)Los Angeles Angels at Oakland A’sStarting Pitchers: Matt Harvey (RHP) vs. Marco Estrada (RHP)Money Line: LAA -120/OAK +100Run Line: OAK -1.5 (+185)Total: O/U 8.5 My personal favorite game of the night from a betting perspective is the AL West matchup between the Angeles and the A’s. While this game may not be making any national headlines, but it’s the first time this season we can look to target a team against Matt Harvey (don’t worry Homer Bailey, your time will come). Harvey will be making his first career start for Los Angeles after struggling mightily for the Mets and Reds over the past few years. The BetQL models are capping the A’s as the best money-line value bet of the entire slate and see anything less than -170 as a value you should target. This is going to be a spot where you can certainly look to take the ML, but the Oakland -1.5 run line at +185 is too much value for me too pass up on.BetQL Pick: Oakland Run Line -1.5 (+185)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tools before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content. I hope everyone enjoyed opening day, and Friday brings another great slate of MLB action to handicap. As it often the case for the second day of the baseball season, there are a few nice pitching matchups, as well as some possible team run total spots that bettors can target (looking at you A’s vs. Matt Harvey). A couple of East Coast teams kick off the slate as Detroit travels north of the border to take on Toronto as +115 underdogs. Down south, the Rockies will look to start the season 2-0 as they continue their series in Miami as -165 road favorites.The National League features a few interesting early-season divisional tilts that could lay down early markers. The Cardinals look to even up their series with the Brewers after a tough 5-4 loss on opening day, while the Diamondbacks will call on Robbie Ray to attempt to right the ship after they allowed a record eight home runs to the Dodgers yesterday afternoon. The final game of the night features the new look Padres looking to start the season 2-0 versus the Giants with talented young arm Joey Luchhesi on the mound.
Booed and heckled throughout the 13th Presidents Cup following his antics at the Hero World Challenge, 2018 Masters champion Reed went down 5 and 3 to International pair Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the morning’s four-ball.The result led to a clash between Reed’s caddie and a supporter prior to Saturday’s foursomes.Official statement to Fore Play from Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, on #PresidentsCup altercation with fan: pic.twitter.com/ZQXT0NxhJ7— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) December 14, 2019″As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player,” Karain said in a statement to Fore Play.”We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for three days some had taken it too far. I had had enough.”Riding on the cart, guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, ‘You f—ing suck.’ I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives.”I don’t think there’s one caddie I know that could blame me.”The most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I’m more than happy to reimburse him for.” MELBOURNE, Australia — Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, confirmed he was in an altercation with a fan at the Presidents Cup on Saturday.Reed’s forgettable campaign at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he arrived amid cheating allegations, continued following a third consecutive defeat alongside United States teammate Webb Simpson. Patrick Reed having some fun with the crowd. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/RFEz6kgaUQ— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019Reed has been public enemy No. 1 after his two-stroke penalty during last week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.Already a maligned figure on the PGA Tour, American golfer Reed was penalized for improving his lie in the bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings, sparking controversy and claims of cheating.Booed on Day 1, Reed taunted the Melbourne crowd on Friday by mimicking a shovelling motion amid heckles.