This weekend, Jamiroquai will perform their first U.S. show in thirteen years at the 19th annual Coachella in Indio, California. Earlier this morning, the festival announced they would live stream Jamiroquai’s set, in addition to over 70+ other performers during the first weekend of the festival. Ahead of the big performance, Jay Kay and company will head to The Late Late Show With James Corden for a late-night national television guest spot on Thursday, April 12. Don’t miss it!In addition to marking their first U.S. shows in more than a decade, Jamiroquai’s Coachella performances are the first of four total confirmed American shows this year. In between Coachella sets (April 13 & 20), Jay Kay and company will head to San Francisco to perform the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on April 17. On September 8, the band will head to New York City to perform the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Additionally, Suwannee Hulaween recently revealed the dates for their 2018 festival with a short animated video and snuck in a massive hint pointing to Jamiroquai as their 2018 headliner. In the clip, the band’s familiar silhouette symbol appears in the corner of the frame, suggesting that Jamiroquai will be performing at the sixth annual event.It’s been over a year since Jamiroquai announced their triumphant return after spending years outside the spotlight. In March of 2017, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, the funk favorites embarked on a global tour, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 comeback tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S. Here we are, with four shows and a late-night television slot on the books, and it feels damn good.[H/T JamBase]
“We’re expecting a good crop, but not what we could have had if you consider the scab problems, especially on our more susceptible varieties,” said Bill McWilliams, a pecan farmer in Crisp County. “Any time you have a wet summer like we’ve had, you will end up with pecan scab.”Roughly half of Georgia’s 120,000 acres of commercial orchards are planted in scab-susceptible varieties, like Desirable, Schley and Pawnee, Wells said. Some farmers sprayed as much as 15 times, or once every 10 days, to keep the disease at bay. They still had trouble staying ahead of it. One spray can cost $10 to $14 per acre.Farmers are getting good prices, around $2 per pound, now for early-maturing varieties, Wells said. Consumer demand for pecans has grown, due in large part to the industry’s strong marketing campaign in recent years.A boost in the pecan market has also come from China’s new-found taste for the nut. U.S. pecan exports have skyrocketed to the Asian country in the past four years and are expected to climb higher. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China imported 2.2 million pounds of U.S. pecans in 2002. Last year, they imported almost 44 million pounds.“With these numbers expected to increase, the Chinese market for pecans takes enormous pressure off the domestic demand for pecans, allowing prices to stabilize somewhat, which is good for the grower, shellers and consumer,” Wells said.The U.S. is expected to produce between 300 million pounds and 328 million pounds of pecans this year. Harvest will run through Christmas. A pecan-loving disease enjoyed Georgia’s wet summer weather and is now blamed for cutting what was expected to be a large crop, says a University of Georgia pecan specialist. But farmers still expect to have an “on” year.“We had a good crop set early in the year, but we’re seeing some loses to disease now,” said Lenny Wells, a UGA Cooperative Extension pecan horticulturist.Pecan trees are alternate-bearing, meaning they produce a full crop every other year. Most trees in the state are on the same cycle, and this is an “on” year for Georgia pecans. Farmers expect to harvest 90 million pounds, 20 million pounds less than predicted earlier in the season. The state record is 150 million pounds, set in both 1993 and 2007.Georgia leads the nation in pecan production. Farmers in southwest Georgia, the hub of production, began harvesting early-maturing varieties last week. They are running into the aftermath of a disease called scab, the pecan’s No. 1 enemy. The fungal disease scars husks, cuts yields and hurts quality. It thrives in wet summer weather like Georgia experienced this year.