Extension Vegetable Specialist

first_imgNew University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Andre da Silva will improve vegetable production in Georgia through irrigation — and fertilizer-based research on the UGA Tifton campus.A native of Brazil, da Silva began working at UGA-Tifton on Aug. 1, when he began developing his research and extension program. Since the fall, he has been conducting field experiments related to fertilizer and irrigation management.“My objective is to provide our growers critical information on irrigation and crop nutrient requirements. From there I can help growers reduce fertilizer inputs and irrigation costs while maintaining yields for better profits over all seasons,” da Silva said.To do this, da Silva is studying cabbage and carrot varieties and their fertility requirements. In the spring, he will begin researching cucumbers, eggplants, squashes, watermelons and bell peppers.He will investigate the use of plastic mulching and its effects on plant growth and yield. His goal is to identify the point when multicropping in the same plastic mulching is no longer beneficial for crop production.  Part of da Silva’s assignment is to discuss his vegetable research with Georgia farmers. Vegetables had a farm gate value of $1.14 billion in 2016 in Georgia, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, but the commodity incurred $480 million in direct losses following Hurricane Michael in October.Wind and heavy rain from the hurricane-damaged squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn and eggplants.“About 40 to 60 percent of those crops were affected, except sweet corn where 90 to 100 percent of fields were damaged,” da Silva said. “There wasn’t much that growers could do. All we could tell them was ‘Harvest as much as you can and try to store it.’”His path to a career in crop production research began in his hometown of Maringa, Brazil, where he grew corn, wheat and soybeans and learned the importance of the soil. For da Silva, experiencing the day-to-day life of a farmer stirred up a lifelong passion for agriculture.By the time he applied for college at the State University of Maringa, da Silva had decided to study agronomy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 2011 and a master’s degree in vegetable production in 2013.After graduation, da Silva moved to the U.S. and attended the University of Florida where he earned a doctorate in horticultural science with a minor in agricultural engineering. He then set his sights on the next phase of his life — being a scientist.“I saw the large amount of vegetable production here (in Georgia),” said da Silva of his decision to accept a position at UGA-Tifton. “[I also saw that] there was a need to improve their irrigation scheduling and fertilizer management.”For more information about da Silva, see hort.caes.uga.edu/people/faculty/andre-biscaia-ribeiro-da-silva.html.(Bryce Ethridge is an intern for the UGA Tifton campus.)last_img read more

Tracking Bug Tracks

first_imgModeling clay isn’t limited to art classrooms and sculpting studios. University of Georgia researchers developed a tool to track beneficial insects in turfgrass systems using clay models. Tracking these good predators can help develop eco-friendly pest management techniques for both home lawns and commercial sod growers.In a recently published article in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, UGA scientists determined that beneficial predator insects will interact with and leave distinct markings on clay models that resemble their prey, in this case the larvae of turfgrass pests. This study was led by entomology doctoral candidate Fawad Khan under the guidance of Assistant Professor Shimat Joseph in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the UGA Griffin campus.“We want to know who the predators are and what kind of impressions these predators will create on these clay models. Before we do anything in the field, we need to have a sense of what that looks like,” said Joseph, a turfgrass entomologist.Though the clay model approach has been used in other disciplines to observe predator activity, Joseph and Khan found no previous use of the method in turfgrass research. This study developed clay models as a tool to aid in future research.“It’s kind of brain hack of the predator. We want to see how much the real predator interacts with the model based only on the visual cues,” said Khan, a Fulbright scholar who came to UGA to study eco-friendly pest management options, specifically beneficial insects.The need for researchThe turfgrass industry contributes $9 billion to Georgia’s economy each year, but one of the high costs is pest management. Joseph said that the use of insecticides not only cuts into grower profits but requires valuable time, labor and equipment. The use of biological controls, such as natural predator insects, could mean only using chemical management when pest numbers rise beyond a certain threshold.Harmful pests such as fall armyworms cause problems for turf growers and homeowners alike. Though there are natural predators that attack pests in their larval stage, it’s difficult to study the activity since they leave little evidence. The goal of Khan and Joseph’s research was to identify predator interactions and use that knowledge in commercial and residential turf. But before they could do so, they needed a method to measure how predators interacted with their prey.In this study, researchers created two sizes of simulated larvae from modeling clay. Then they collected natural predators from turf lawns at UGA-Griffin. Each collected arthropod spent 48 hours in a petri dish with two sizes of clay larvae models. This was enough time for them to make their marks. Because the clay stays soft at room temperature, any markings left by the predators were preserved.Researchers used video equipment to observe how the predators would first interact with models in the field. Outside of the petri dish controlled environment, they also placed the clay models near a fire ant mound in turfgrass. The study found different types of predators left behind distinct markings.The researchers characterized and named the impressions left by each type of arthropod and used the knowledge of the specific markings as a tool to study the activities of these insects in the field.“(The clay method) is good and it’s also cost-effective because it does not use a lot of expenditures like cameras or heavy equipment. You just have to put the clay models on the trees and near the turfgrass. After one or two days you see there are different markings and some activity there,” Khan said.Fueling pest management researchBecause this study used a new method for measuring predator activity in turf, it created a baseline tool for further research as part of Khan’s dissertation work. The next step in the research is to compare predator activity between different systems.“For that research, we need to identify the marks in the real field conditions of the sod farms and the residential lawns. If we did not have the baseline research on the turfgrass system, we couldn’t do that,” Khan said.The goal in tracking predator activity between the systems is to create integrated pest management (IPM) methods against harmful insects such as fall armyworms. The clay model system will allow researchers to know which predators are present in commercial and residential situations. With that knowledge, Joseph said that they hope to manipulate existing predator insects to serve as a control method for the pests.“In IPM, we tend to use multiple tactics. Pesticide is an important tactic, but there are others, like biological control,” Joseph said. “My viewpoint is more conservation. Here we are looking at biological control so we can … develop a population of predators and beneficial insects. When the fall armyworm attacks, (predators) can provide the first layer of control. If the population is overwhelming, we have to come up with a remedy. Chemical management comes into play if the numbers go beyond a certain threshold.”Khan said the ecosystem-based approach of IPM considers beneficial insects including predators, parasites and pollinators, the environment, costs, economic loss and other factors surrounding any crop. However, this approach is not just important for those in the commercial agricultural sector. One of Khan’s ultimate research goals is to help homeowners know more about what is happening in their lawns.“We have to appreciate the natural enemies and biological control that is happening around us in our residential lawns. My research will be giving an estimation technique to see what good insects are active,” Khan said.For more information on the UGA Department of Entomology, visit ent.uga.edu.last_img read more

Northfield, Vermont, could be the world’s next ‘Sock Capital’

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont,Darn Tough Vermont, domestic manufacturer of premium all-weather performance socks, is smashing growth projections set earlier this year. Last February, Darn Tough Vermont announced it was hiring more employees and increasing its knitting machine inventory by nearly 50 percent. After second-quarter assessments, the sock maker says it is investing an additional $400,000 into its hosiery mill this year, most of which will be allocated for more Italian-made seamless knitting machines, the most sophisticated seamless knitting machines available. The company also expects to continue adding jobs.  ‘People are willing to pay for quality,’ said Ric Cabot, founder and president of Darn Tough Vermont. ‘Maybe even more than ever, consumers are making well-informed, deliberate purchases and looking for products that are made in the USA or guaranteed. They’re spending their dollars very wisely. We are seeing growth through all of our branded channels of distribution.’ Given Darn Tough Vermont’s rapid growth since the company’s inception in 2004, Cabot feels they’ve earned a place in the hosiery history books. ‘Northfield, Vermont may just be the new sock capital of the world,’ he said jokingly. The town of Fort Payne, Alabama once held the title of ‘Sock Capital of the World,’ but the last major hosiery mill there closed its doors and headed overseas earlier this year. A roadside sign proudly proclaiming Fort Payne as the ‘Sock Capital of the Word’ has since been removed, and the title is up for grabs as far as Cabot is concerned. ‘Volume needn’t be the driving factor for the ‘Sock Capital’ title,’ added Cabot. ‘It should be based on quality.‘Unlike so many hosiery and textile mills who have succumbed to the cost-savings of offshore manufacturing, our mill and our jobs are here to stay,’ asserted Cabot. ‘More importantly, we’re not just holding our ground but growing at a rapid rate in a challenging business environment. We’d like to take the ‘Sock Capital of the World’ title back to the United States. Heck, let’s bring it to Northfield, Vermont. This is where the title belongs.” About Darn Tough VermontDarn Tough Vermont is a domestic manufacturer of premium, all weather outdoor socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. Darn Tough Vermont offers products in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by: 100% USA manufacturing; small needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management; and a unique unlimited lifetime guarantee policy. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external). –>last_img read more

Analysts skeptical of Trump’s latest play to save coal

first_imgAnalysts skeptical of Trump’s latest play to save coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Trump administration is trying to remove a key barrier to constructing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. — but don’t expect any utilities to actually build them.The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants, including a change that would remove a de facto requirement to use expensive carbon-capture technology at the sites. The carbon-capture requirement EPA is proposing to eliminate is one obstacle to building coal power plants, though economic and market realities have created much higher hurdles that analysts say will endure no matter what the Trump administration does. “We don’t see the EPA’s rollback of carbon capture technology and storage requirements sparking any new coal plant openings in the foreseeable future,” said Toby Shea, vice president at Moody’s Investors Service. “Existing coal plants are being challenged by low-cost natural gas and renewables, and an easing of regulations won’t change that.”The Trump administration appears to agree. In an economic analysis of its proposal, the EPA asserts that the move isn’t expected to result in significantly more carbon dioxide emissions — largely because it expects “few new” coal-fired electric generating units “due to expected economic conditions. The technology of choice for new generation is not expected to be coal-fired units due to current and projected market conditions,” the analysis said.Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. government has already advanced policy changes designed to make coal cheaper to mine and more attractive to burn for electricity. But coal use has continued to fall as other environmental regulations and economics have encouraged utilities to embrace less expensive natural gas, wind and solar. Since 2010, power plant owners have either closed or announced plans to close at least 630 coal plants in 43 states — nearly 40 percent of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group representing utility Southern Co., miner Peabody Energy Corp., and other companies.“It’s doubtful the proposed policy change will make much of a difference to any potential coal power plant developers,” said Rob Barnett, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “The economics of building a new coal plant just don’t make sense given the availability of abundant and cheap natural gas” that’s helped make new coal plants “among the most expensive electricity options at this point.”More: Trump lifting hurdle to coal plants no one wants to clearlast_img read more

Exercise Mercury Prepares Panamanian and US Forces for Disaster Response

first_imgBy Maria Pinel / Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs January 22, 2020 When a disaster strikes, many factors can come into play as different agencies and organizations try to respond. From emergency first responders, nongovernmental organizations to military and public forces, everyone wants to lend a helping hand.However, those components may not always have the right capabilities, or simply may not have the right information to know what capabilities to employ, making training scenarios very important. They enhance interoperability and facilitate communication between multiple responders, in order to prepare participants for potential future contingency scenarios.Joint Task Force Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) service members and Panamanian forces joined for an emergency response and humanitarian assistance exercise in the Darién Province, Panama, December 3-10 to hone expeditionary and readiness capabilities during a combined, joint exercise called Mercury. Amid dense jungle and remote field conditions, more than 100 U.S. participants worked alongside their Panamanian hosts to respond to a simulated flooding disaster following a hurricane — a wholly believable scenario for the region.The goal of the low-cost exercise was simple: allow participants to learn together as they practiced the exercise deployment and operation of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Situational Assessment Team (S-SAT) — SOUTHCOM’s eyes and ears, as the first team on the ground to reach a country that was affected by a disaster. The S-SAT is a multi-capacity machine that can rapidly move to an affected area to determine the situation on-the-ground during a disaster or crisis.“We have the capacity to arrive in an affected area rapidly, and we can gather information to assess damages by land or through satellite images to develop a course of action that can help mitigate what has happened,” said U.S. Army Captain Juan Ariel Torres, JTF-Bravo engineer and exercise participant. “We coordinate with other U.S. Army and partner nations’ engineers to bring the necessary capabilities to respond efficiently.”Panamanian Air and Naval Services Major Emerito Villareal, coordinates air movements with U.S. counterparts at the Panama Pacífico Airport, Panama, December 4, 2019. (Photo: Technical Sergeant Daniel Owen / Joint Task Force Bravo)The S-SAT’s ranks include engineers, logisticians, communications specialists, intelligence analysts, medical personnel, and other components who all analyze and assess the situation in an affected area to advise senior leadership and decision makers on the correct response to a crisis. They say what is needed and what is not by working with the host nation, determining what capabilities are readily available.For Exercise Mercury, the S-SAT worked alongside various Panamanian agencies, just as they would in a real-world event. One of these agencies, SINAPROC, is the Panamanian equivalent to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.“The exercise has been very successful,” said Ariel Martínez, provincial director of SINAPROC in Darién. “The most important thing we have seen is that a real delivery of aid has been accomplished and seeing how quickly they have been able to get to distant communities that are difficult for us to reach because of lack of equipment to mobilize to these remote areas. We have worked with [other agencies such as] SENAFRONT [Panamanian National Border Service], SENAN [Panamanian Air and Naval Service] and JTF-Bravo to see how resources are channeled to bring the right response to the people in need. If we work together it’s easier to be able to respond.”The training scenario involved a flood in Darién, affecting several adjacent communities where personnel and necessary supplies can only be carried rapidly by air, based on historical data of what a disaster might look like in the region.The remote communities included Alto Limón, El Real Jacque, La Olla, La Palma, La Unión, Metetí, Nazareth, Punusa, Tres Bocas, and Nicanor, where the S-SAT team deployed to assess and enhance Panamanian capabilities. At the same time, the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment (1-228th) transported humanitarian assistance cargo in conjunction with the exercise scenario being executed. This exercise built on work the 1-228th had done with SENAFRONT earlier in 2019.The 1-228th played an integral and crucial role in the success of the exercise by coordinating flight movements throughout the mission, working with SENAN and facilitating transportation of cargo to SENAFRONT outposts, as they would be called upon to do in a real world event where Panama would request assistance from SOUTHCOM.“There has been a lot of integration between us, SENAN, and SENAFRONT,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Elliott, 1-228th commander. “We have a number of folks that are key integrators in our operations cell that work with our forces on a daily basis to ensure the right cargo gets on the right flight to the right location. It´s keeping us ready to respond to any humanitarian assistance or real-world disaster relief event.”Panama is a highly valued regional security partner to the United States and the only country in the Americas with a humanitarian assistance hub due to its proximity to disaster prone areas, making it a perfect location for the execution of Mercury.last_img read more

Wait…that’s not what I meant…

first_imgI still want to slap my forehead when I think about it.A colleague was preparing a report for NAFCU’s board of directors. I emailed him to see when I could expect it. Unfortunately, I “fat-fingered” my iPhone, ending the sentence with an exclamation point by accident.“When will I see it?” became “When will I see it!”His reply seemed strange, until I saw what I did. While I cleared things up, I’m sure Greg wasted 15 minutes wondering what I meant.I’m not alone in sending cryptic emails. This article from the Wall Street Journal dives into the subject.Jill Campen was baffled recently when her boss Marty Finkle fired back a one-word reply to her carefully thought-out email asking for his approval on a client-training presentation she had prepared: “Done!” Ms. Campen, a consultant at Scotwork North America in Parsippany, N.J., puzzled over the message for a half-hour, then decided she was too upset to resolve the matter by email. She called Mr. Finkle and asked, “What is going on with you? ‘Done?’ What does that mean?”Mr. Finkle, chief executive officer of Scotwork North America, a negotiating-skills training and consulting company, was dismayed. He told Ms. Campen that he trusts her to do a good job and went on to explain that he had been rushing to answer a client’s email and empty his in-box of the 100 to 150 emails he receives daily. When her message popped up, his first thought was, “We’ve already talked about this. I could get rid of this really quickly.” By the end of the conversation, the two were laughing.She wasted half an hour before resolving the issue with a phone call. That isn’t uncommon. How many of you have seen a day or good mood ruined by an email – only to find out that the email was misunderstood?But here’s the problem – the pace of email is only getting worse.The number of emails sent or received daily by the typical corporate employee is expected to rise to 136 by 2017 from 121 this year, based on projections released last November by the Radicati Group, a Palo Alto, Calif., market-research firm. Managers, who receive the most, are “flooded by email,” says Nancy Ancowitz, a New York business communications coach. Many a manager multitasks to get through it all, “emailing from a mobile device at a stoplight, typing with his thumbs,” Ms. Ancowitz says.I’ll end with these thoughts.There are no simple, throw-away emails. Each one counts – even those one-word replies.If you lead a team or organization, people will read into everything you do. Body language, tone, facial expression, eye-contact. But email strips you of everything except the written word. Can the words you are writing be taken the wrong way? If so, slow down and edit the email.Taking time to write thoughtful emails may seem time-consuming. But as a leader, your emails trickle down through the entire organization. The thirty seconds you may save firing off a quick email could lead to hours or days of confusion. The cost/benefit analysis, at least for me, says that sending thoughtful, clear emails will be more efficient over time. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Annual Broome County Trunk-or-Treat to have virus safety precautions

first_imgThe drive-thru will be held on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at no cost. If your business, organization or agency would like to register, click here. The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services says this year’s event will be a drive-thru due to COVID-19. Additionally, the county says it is looking for volunteers to hand out candy and decorate their trunks. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Details regarding the 3rd Annual Trunk-or- Treat event at Otsiningo Park were announced Thursday. Broome County Parks staff will direct traffic as local businesses, organizations and agencies align the upper loop of the park. Everyone at the park will need to wear face masks.last_img

​AP4 hails financial benefit of tobacco divestment

first_imgNiklas Ekvall, chief executive, AP4Ekvall’s comments were part of an announcement from the fund that it was joining the United Nations Tobacco-Free Finance Initiative, which aims to highlight financial institutions that have decided not to invest in tobacco companies and encourage others to do the same.“By participating in this initiative, we hope to prove to others that it is profitable to integrate sustainability aspects into investments,” Ekvall said.He said risks existed that were not judged to be properly priced today, and that the shares of tobacco firms were considered to be overvalued.“Over time, tobacco companies are therefore likely to develop worse than the index,” Ekvall said.Other institutions, including France’s FRR and the Church of England, have also signed up to the Tobacco-Free Finance Initiative.In 2016, the US’ biggest pension fund CalPERS extended its tobacco company ban despite evidence that it had missed out on as much as $3bn in returns over 15 years. “Tobacco stocks have thus underperformed by 40% since June 2016,” he said.Fransson acknowledged that, from a longer-term perspective, tobacco stocks had significantly outperformed the global equity index.“But we view the environment as much more challenging for the tobacco companies in the future,” he said. Sweden’s AP4 – one of the country’s four main national pensions buffer funds – has said deciding not to invest in tobacco companies has boosted its financial results.The SEK367bn (€35.7bn) pension fund said it took the business decision not to invest in tobacco companies in 2016, because it assessed that rising long-term risks would adversely affect the tobacco companies’ valuations in the future.Niklas Ekvall, AP4’s chief executive, said: “Our business decision not to own tobacco companies has so far contributed positively to the result.”Tobias Fransson, head of strategy and sustainability at the fund, told IPE that since AP4 sold tobacco stocks in June 2016 from its global equity portfolio – which is benchmarked against the MSCI World index – the sector had fallen by 6% while the index as a whole had increased by 34%.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Boys Basketball Scores   (1-31)Batesville  77     North Decatur  50Lawrenceburg  59     South Ripley  55   (OT)Columbus East  70     East Central  42Greensburg  83     Franklin County  39Oldenburg Academy  57     Jac-Cen-Del  48Hauser  87     South Decatur  71Rushville  54     South Dearborn  40Rising Sun  60     Shawe Memorial  44Switzerland County  69     New Washington  43Connersville  49     Mount Vernon  37Waldron  55     Southwestern Shelby  40Morristown  66     Edinburgh  40Indian Creek  63     Monrovia  49Girls Basketball Scores   (1-31)Oldenburg Academy  42     Greensburg  35Centerville  56     Union County  43last_img

Premier League: No positives from latest round of testing

first_imgThere were no positive results for coronavirus from 1,195 tests in the latest round of Premier League testing. Premier League: No positives from latest round of testing.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 One person tested positive in the previous round, and 13 in total from 6,274 tests since they began.The Premier League – suspended since 13 March – is set to resume behind closed doors on 17 June when Aston Villa host Sheffield United at 18:00 BST.Manchester City entertain Arsenal at 20:15.Read Also: Messi, Suarez hand Barcelona fitness boostLiverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the table, while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation zone.There are 92 games remaining this season. The sixth round of twice-weekly screening of players and club staff took place on 4 and 5 June.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaySuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?90s Stunners Who Still Look Gorgeouslast_img read more