Unlike most years when south Georgia’s weather goes straight from winter to summer, there was a spring this year and some cooler-than-usual temperatures at night. This harmed the early watermelon crop, he said. By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaIndependence Day celebrations include fireworks, cookouts and, often, big slices of ripe, juicy watermelon. Georgia’s melon crop is sweet but smaller this year. Prices will be slightly higher. Even with the difference in yield and the recent hot and dry weather, consumers can expect the size and sweetness of watermelons to be normal. Although the crop is smaller, the price shouldn’t be drastically different from previous years. “We’re going to have plenty of watermelons available for the 4th of July this year,” said Terry Kelley, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “But we do know the crops were a little bit short this year.” “Wind did a lot of damage to the plants early on, which caused the early fruit on the plant to not be as prolific as they would be in a normal year,” Kelley said. “Price may be a touch higher, but should be in the same ballpark as watermelons have been for the past three to five years,” he said. “There won’t be a huge increase at the retail level, but growers may be getting a better price.” Farmers need the higher prices, he said. Production costs for watermelon and other crops have jumped tremendously in recent years.Georgia is entering the heavy harvest season and, Kelley said, the supply will likely increase as we approach and go beyond the holiday.
Namibia has officially passed the mantle to Cameroon as hosts of the next edition of the African Women Championship (AWC) in 2016. The symbolic handover of the flag of the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) to the host of the next edition of a tournament was amongst others the key moments during the closing ceremony of the TN Mobile 9th African Women Championship 2014 which ended on Saturday with Nigeria claiming a record, extending seventh title. It started with Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Namibia 2014 Championship, Sivhute Katamba, passing the CAF flag to president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) John Muinjo, then to CAF President, Issa Hayatou, who in turn handed over to the Minister of Sport and Physical Education of Cameroon, Adoum Garoua to complete the cycle. Cameroon will host the 2016 edition of the showpiece continental women’s football championship. Previous hosts include Nigeria (1998, 2002, 2006), South Africa (2000, 2004, 2010) and Equatorial Guinea (2008, 2012).