Georgia’s cotton and peanut farmers are not expected to plant seeds for another two months, but they should be tending to maintenance issues now, according to Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.“Farmers want to go ahead and take care of any maintenance issues now. Once planting season starts, they don’t want to be taken out of the field because of an equipment problem that could have been fixed today,” Monfort, who is based in Tifton, Georgia, said. “The hardest part of any season is making that first day happen. Once growers get all the bugs worked out, then they can move forward.”UGA Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker acknowledges cotton planting has grown increasingly complicated in recent years. Beyond simply planting seed, growers conduct as many as five operations in one pass. The process could include a strip tillage operation, placing seed in the furrow, applying fertilizer prior to planting, spraying in-furrow insecticides and fungicides, and applying herbicides behind the press wheel. The complexity of cotton planting makes for all the more reason to look over equipment in advance and fix any kinks.“I would advise farmers to spend time with these units, make sure everything is good to go and think about improvements needed to speed things up when planting time comes. That way, when we’re in the heat of the battle, there’s one less potential delay to be concerned with,” Whitaker said. Unpredictable weather patterns could occur in midspring due to El Nino, which brings warmer and wetter temperatures than average. If El Nino hits in April, the month when most cotton and peanut planting is done, farmers are going to want to take advantage of all the clear, sunny days they can get. Getting sidelined in April to repair equipment could be detrimental to the grower’s bottom line.“It’s the little things that could make the biggest difference, especially when talking about the maintenance of a planter. That could be making sure there’s no buildup behind the plates of a planter to making sure your insecticide is flowing correctly and not having a stopped-up tube that may cause problems,” Monfort said. This year has already provided soggy days for south Georgia farmers. From Jan. 1 to Feb. 10, the UGA Tifton Campus experienced 16 rainy days and accumulated 6.12 inches of rain, according to UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. During that same time, 7.26 inches of rain were recorded at the Sunbelt Ag Expo field in Moultrie, Georgia, and 6.88 inches were recorded at UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia.“Right now, with us having rain pretty regularly, growers do have the opportunity to look at all of their tillage and planting equipment and to do the necessary maintenance, so when they do start planting, they’re not plagued by down time. Most growers are taking care of any maintenance issues right now anyway — it’s not a big issue,” Monfort said. “But it is always a great to remind (growers at this time).”For more information about cotton, see ugacotton.com. For more information about peanuts, see caes.uga.edu.
Van Wolfswinkel, who scored 15 goals for Sporting last season, added: “Of course it shows me that Norwich have a lot of confidence in me, so If anything I see it more as a motivation. “In Portugal we didn’t even have a second striker actually so you need to perform because all of the pressure to score the goals is on you. I did great (at Lisbon), so maybe I started to get used to it.” Norwich struggled to find the net over the second half of last season – before eventually scoring four against West Brom and then three in the win at Manchester City on the final day to pull clear of the relegation zone and finish a creditable 11th. Van Wolfswinkel believes his added firepower will help the team progress. “I am confident of scoring goals. That is part and parcel of my job, but the most important thing for me is I am a team player,” he said. Van Wolfswinkel earned his second cap for the senior Dutch side in their friendly against Indonesia in June, and feels the switch to England can only help boost his international profile ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. “The Portuguese League is not on the TV in Holland, the Premier League is every day, so more people see you, and if you are in the news performing well, then the (Holland) coaches will see you also,” he said. “For me, it is of course a decision to go to Norwich for the future, to be there also (with Holland) for the World Cup, but my main focus is Norwich.” Press Association The 24-year-old officially completed his transfer from Sporting Lisbon on Monday and will join up with his new team-mates later this week ahead of a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States. The capture of Van Wolfswinkel shattered Norwich’s previous record transfer by almost three times, but the Dutchman said: “With my first transfer (from Vitesse to Utrecht) and my one to Portugal I was also seen as a big signing, but that is something not for me. I just have to focus on my game.” Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel is confident Norwich’s club-record £8.5million fee will not weigh heavy on his shoulders next season.
Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj is convinced David Moyes will bring trophies to Old Trafford. It has been a tough baptism for Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, with a string of disappointing results sending the Red Devils spinning down the Barclays Premier League table. Sunday’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa did suggest a brighter future, although Moyes is mindful his side have gained similarly encouraging results before, only to immediately lose their momentum. However, Januzaj, one of the players upon whom the ‘new’ United must be built, feels Moyes will continue with the club’s trophy-winning traditions. “He will win trophies,” the winger told MUTV. “Don’t forget, it is a new coach. Everything is new. “You have to give it time. “I think he is a good coach. All the players are ready to work hard as well and everything will come.” Januzaj has been a more regular member of the United squad in recent games, having marked his first start with two goals at Sunderland in October which turned the game at the Stadium of Light on its head. He has already been rewarded with a five-year contract extension, allaying fears United could lose another of their promising stars, as happened with French midfielder Paul Pogba who is now doing such good things for Juventus. Yet moving was never on the agenda for Januzaj, who created United’s opening goal at Villa Park when he crashed a header onto the post. “I am happy here,” he said. “When I moved to Manchester I wanted to play with the first team. “Now I want to stay here, play for a long time if I can and be the best player I can be.” For Januzaj that means emulating another winger who left his home for England at a very young age – Cristiano Ronaldo – and became one of the world’s best players. The example of Ronaldo proves what can be achieved. But there are others, much closer to Manchester. And Januzaj feels he is learning from the best in Ryan Giggs, whom, he is convinced, still has much to offer despite hitting his 40th birthday. “Ryan is a legend, totally unbelievable,” said Januzaj. “If I don’t know what to do on the pitch, I just go to Ryan and ask him what I need to improve on. “He helps me a lot – and he can still carry on for a bit yet. “He is 40 but I think he could play for another five years.” Moyes has little time to reflect on United’s success at Villa Park. After a quick trip to Leeds, where he was part of the United delegation that attended the presentation of the lifetime achievement award handed to Sir Alex Ferguson at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, he was back over the Pennines to plot the downfall of Stoke in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final. United will need to take a check on Shinji Kagawa, who has still not fully recovered from having to have his stomach pumped a fortnight ago, and Javier Hernandez, who missed yesterday’s game after taking a kick on the head in training on Saturday. Press Association