Homegrown tomatoes

first_imgBob Westerfield spends his days growing vegetables and watching for problems. As University of Georgia Extension’s consumer vegetable horticulturist, he answers questions from backyard gardeners and Extension agents across the state. In the summer months, most of the questions are about tomatoes.“I’d say 90 out of 100 vegetable calls I get in the summer are about tomatoes,” said Westerfield. “I’m not a huge fan of eating fresh tomatoes, but those who do say the fresh-grown taste is incredible. I want to love to eat them, but I just don’t like them. But I will eat them cooked, and I love ketchup.”Plant second crop, or first, nowWith Georgia’s long summer growing season, Westerfield says it’s not too late to “grab some transplants and put them in the ground” and enjoy your own homegrown tomato harvest. “Some folks planted tomatoes early and are pulling tomatoes now. On my farm, we stagger our plantings, so that we have some tomatoes that are almost red and some just in the blooming stage,” he said. When planting tomatoes, Westerfield says you have to keep your personal preference in mind when selecting a variety. What do you plan to do with the tomatoes? Do you want something easy tomatoes to eat fresh or ones to use for canning?Indeterminate tomatoes ripen over the whole season, which is a better option for eating them fresh. If you plan to can tomatoes, select a determinate variety because the bulk of the crop will ripen at the same time. If you want to plant tomatoes just for eating, Westerfield recommends one of the cherry types for salads and either Beefsteak or Beef Master for tomato sandwiches.“Last year we grew some chocolate Russian tomatoes, and my research assistant popped them in like gumballs. They did have a sweet taste,” he said.For canning, Westerfield recommends Rutgers or Celebrity. “Amelia, a newer variety, is also a good one,” he said.Plant deep and wideNo matter which variety you select, bury the plants deep. Tomatoes have advantageous roots, so burying a tomato plant deep will lead to a tremendous root system, he said. Don’t put the plants too close together. “You want a lot of air in between each plant for ventilation to prevent diseases,” he said.Westerfield enjoys growing tomatoes for homemade Italian sauce. His wife does the cooking and canning. “She uses a recipe from an Italian lady from up North and follows the guidelines in the ‘So Easy to Preserve’ cookbook from UGA Extension,” he said. “It has everything in the world you need to know about preserving food.” Using a 12-quart pot, she cooks the tomatoes in hot water, peels them, purees them, cooks them with olive oil and several other herbs, and then stores them in jars. “It’s an easy way to have your own sauce, and you know what’s in it because you put it there,” he said. “We usually put up enough tomato sauce to use in spaghetti, eggplant Parmesan and lasagna until the next growing season.”He and his family also store stewed tomatoes in the freezer. “They are really simple to make. You just cook them, add basil or oregano, pour them in quart size bags and use them in the winter to make soups,” Westerfield said.For more details on Georgia home grown tomatoes, see the UGA Extension publication written by Westerfield at http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B1271. The sixth edition of “So Easy to Preserve” will be available the end of August and can be ordered at http://setp.uga.edu/.last_img read more

Jan De Nul starts Formosa 2 construction work

first_imgNearshore and onshore construction works have started at the landfall site in Miaoli County and Taichung port, Jan De Nul said. Offshore installation works will commence later this year. Pin Piles Halfway There “In the past months, we have signed several agreements with local suppliers for this project in Taiwan. Our local partner Hung Hua Construction has been working with us on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project, now completed, as well as on the Changhua project and the Formosa 2 project, both under construction. These engagements fit perfectly in our philosophy of involving the local supply chain as much as possible.” Source: Jan De Nul “Our local integration has been ongoing for years thanks to our past experience of various marine activities throughout the region,” said Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group.  Meanwhile, jacket fabrication was kicked off and subsea cables manufacturing is ongoing at the Asian supply chain. Half of the 188 pin piles have been completed. Each pile is approximately 65 metres long, has a 2.4 metre diameter, and weighs 240 tonnes. The piles form part of the turbine’s foundation structure, which includes one jacket and four pin piles anchoring the jacket to the seabed. At the landfall site in Miaoli County, the nearshore pre-trenching works and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) from shore have started. center_img In Taichung, onshore preparations works are well underway with Hung Hua Construction preparing the storage area for pin piles and jackets arriving later this year, Jan De Nul said. Having appointed Taichung Port as the marshalling harbour for the project, Jan De Nul set up its local supply chain with the support of Hung Hua Construction. These include preparations for storage and transport of the foundation structures, installation of transition joint bays, and various offshore support vessels. Jan De Nul has kicked off construction works in Taiwan for the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm. Formosa 2 will comprise 47 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines slated for commissioning in 2021. The wind farm is being developed by a partnership between JERA, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Swancor Renewable Energy.last_img read more

Biztech Software strikes long-term Paddy Power deal

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Biztech Software has secured a landmark long term agreement with Paddy Power to continue the delivery of its ‘next generation’ sports betting EPOS acceptance and settling solution for the operator’s 600+ betting shops.Biztech, who first secured a multi-year deal with the Irish operator in April of last year, launched Arkle in 2007 to secure and streamline the betting shop, while taking care of all its needs from bet acceptance through to reporting and tax returns.  The Managing Director of Belfast-based Biztech is Gary Toal, who bought into the company in 2012 because he believed it was “best in class software that is more robust and more resilient than legacy EPOS software that is no longer fit for purpose”.He added that Paddy Power now has long-term access to the “fastest bet slip editor on the market”, which also enables staff to remotely edit between shops in real time.“Arkle allows you to view a centralised fieldbook and risk management facility showing liabilities and alerts in real time across entire estates, while real time security alerts allow operators to take action before expensive pay-outs are processed,” Toal explained.  “It strives to provide any of the needs or wants of a US customer experience, whether that be traditional slips, call over or marksense. All of this is possible through Arkle.”The product is integrated with 2DB and MRG screen systems and includes all SIS, TRP and Virtual data feed integrations. It is built on modern .NET 4.7 Framework Technologies and SQL Server so that trading isn’t disrupted even when a shop server is down.“A vital component of Arkle has always been that shop staff can still serve their customers and scan bets even during down time,” Toal continued. “It also includes a full mark sense, providing a faster, more efficient way to take bets with multiple selections. “Meanwhile, recent updates include an All in One Screen that provides a better visual aid of the horses and races on offer. These races will start showing early prices, live shows and results as soon as they are received, while prices are consistent between screens and tills.”last_img read more