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| October 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico
Hurricane Zeta, the earliest-ever 27th hurricane of the season, made land on the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun, Mexico on Monday night. With winds of 80 mph, the storm is less fearsome than Delta, the last hurricane to pound the peninsula only three weeks ago, but downed trees are still piled around the area, causing concerns that they may become airborne projectiles by the winds of the coming storm. The Mexican government had still been distributing aid and roofing metal to residents who were hit by the previous storm. The average hurricane season in the Atlantic sees six hurricanes and twelve named storms, but Zeta is the eleventh hurricane as well as being the earliest 27th named storm in the Atlantic. Zeta is predicted to dump 4-8 inches of rain on Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba, making its way to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. somewhere between Louisiana and Florida by Wednesday.

Cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan falters again
The United States helped to bring about a ceasefire last weekend between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region; the truce took effect at 8 AM Monday morning, with congratulations by President Trump to the leaders of the two nations for an agreement that would save many lives. But by the end of the day, both nations were accusing each other of violating the treaty. The present conflict, which has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 5,000 people, had its beginning in the fall of the USSR, when ethnic Armenians living in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan territory won a fierce war of secession and have been living as an independent nation, but without legal recognition, ever since. The Minsk Group, led by the U.S., Russia, and France, is a diplomatic effort that has been involved in peacemaking in the conflict for almost 30 years, with little success.

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court Justice
Amy Coney Barrett, the 48-year-old Republican judge from Indiana, was confirmed by the Senate late Monday in a close but expected victory of 52 in favor and 48 opposed. No Democratic Senators voted in favor of Barrett in the unusually rancorous proceedings, with the opponents of her confirmation crying “foul” and the Republicans elated to be adding another conservative justice to the bench. Barrett is the third Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump, and has been chosen to fill the place of the iconic liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month. Barrett’s vote on the Supreme Court may be potentially decisive in issues like abortion, Obamacare, and the upcoming election. Barrett was sworn in late Monday by Justice Clarence Thomas and will begin her new responsibilities today.

Stock markets fall as COVID-19 cases rise
Wall Street had its worst day in a month on Monday, as stocks fell sharply, with the S&P 500 losing 1.9% and the Dow Jones down 650 points at the end of the day. Rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Europe and the U.S., along with several European countries returning to lockdown, have investors troubled about the effects on an economy that is still weak from trade disruptions earlier this year. The deeply-divided U.S. government has been unable to pass a second coronavirus relief package, and investors fear that potential wrangling over a contested election could push any relief efforts further into the future. The U.S. economy has been recovering from the effects of the earlier restrictions, and a report on Thursday is expected to declare a third quarter growth of 30.2% after the economy shrank by 31.4% in the second quarter of 2020.
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New apple variety growing complex
SnapDragon and RubyFrost are two new apple varieties being discovered by consumers on the shelves of supermarkets. Around 5,000 varieties of apples are grown around the world, and while some people may think that an apple is an apple, many apple lovers have their favorite variety that they declare to be the best. But the pursuit of the “best apple” continues, as apple breeders at Cornell University, the oldest apple breeding program in the U.S., continue developing new varieties. Older apple varieties, like Jonagold and Empire, were simply released to any grower who would like to plant them, but today’s varieties have considerable marketing and branding involved in their release, with Cornell University licensing exclusive rights to grow and sell these new varieties. Crunch Time LLC is a venture organized to secure the exclusive rights to these two new varieties, with most of the orchardists involved in direct marketing rather than wholesale, except for Tree Crisp Orchards in Wolcott, NY, which wholesales these new varieties. SnapDragon apples with their “monster crunch” are going out on the retail shelves now; RubyFrost apples are held in cold storage until January to improve their flavor.
Lancaster Farming

Ohio acorn crop report
Acorns are an important food source for more than 90 species of wildlife in the woods, and the distribution of the mast, or crop of acorns, can affect a hunter’s plans. A survey on the abundance of acorns in 38 wildlife areas in Ohio shows an above-average season for red oaks but a below-average year for white oaks, with 70% of red oaks and 27% of white oaks bearing acorns this year. This is the second year that the red oak crop is above the 16-year average and the white oak crop is below average. White-tailed deer, black bears, turkeys, gray squirrels, and ruffed grouse all depend on acorns, and the mast crop directly affects body condition, reproductive success, and winter survival for these species. White and chestnut oak acorns attract more wildlife because they are less bitter than red oak acorns, which contain more tannin.  The mast crop this year may produce good success for hunters in stands of white oak, as the animals gather for the desirable acorns.
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