Field Day showcases the very latest in seeds, technology and UGA brainpower

first_imgHe cautioned farmers to be careful about an insecticide’s influence on beneficial insects. He warned that some insecticides might wipe out one bug but create the conditions for other pests — like spider mites — to thrive. “Let’s try to avoid insecticides that may encourage them to become a problem,” Phillips said. “Insecticide selection is more than just selecting something that will kill the target is the message I want to deliver.”Meanwhile, researchers with the UGA Peanut Team continue to develop and evaluate different peanut cultivars on the Expo site.Researchers are looking at eight, runner-type peanut varieties in single- and twin-row planting patterns. Five of these varieties are currently available, and three are newly released.UGA experts will have more demonstrations of their research and share applicable results at the 2012 Sunbelt Ag Expo to be held October 16-18. On July 12, trams full of farmers, business administrators and reporters toured trial plots at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day, where University of Georgia agricultural experts discussed the latest scientific research for South Georgia. Researchers from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shared their results on intercropping, interseeding and other row crop and forage studies at the event in Moultrie, Ga. Melon and cotton intercroppingBrian Tankersley, Tift County Extension coordinator, discussed two-year trials aiming to improve profits for spring vegetable growers by planting cotton, a later season crop, alongside curcubits.In the study cantaloupes and watermelons were transplanted into fields between March 18 and April 25. Between April 18 and May 25, herbicide-resistant cotton was then seeded between the melon plants. After the melons were ready for harvest, herbicide was sprayed to burn down the remaining curcubit vegetation, leaving the cotton to mature for the rest of the growing season. Working with five growers on 385 acres, researchers found that cantaloupe and watermelon yields were comparable to the yields of those same crops growing alone. Field harvests of melons did not damage young cotton plants, and cotton planting did not create any delays in melon harvest.In many farm locations, cotton yield averaged more that 1,100 pounds per acre in late plantings put in the ground after July 10. In budget comparisons with post-crop grain sorghum, net return for cotton averaged $260 per acre — about three times that of grain sorghum.Researchers are still evaluating weed control management and pesticide compatibility issues. Interseeding alfalfa in bermudagrassDennis Hancock, UGA Extension forage specialist, presented on the benefits of interseeding alfalfa in bermudagrass to farmers interested in developing better forage pastures and hay as a cash crop.He cited five big benefits of interseeding. First, alfalfa fixes nitrogen and virtually eliminates the cost of purchasing nitrogen fertilizer. With high calcium and protein content, alfalfa increases Relative Forage Quality scores by 30 or more points. Interseeding produces excellent hay. Finally, growing alongside bermudagrass helps alfalfa dry faster and be harvested more cleanly.The ideal pH level for the combination of bermudagrass and alfalfa is 6.5. Hancock stressed the need to follow fertility recommendations for potassium, with concentrations of 250-300 pounds per acre. The micronutrients boron and molybdenum should also be present for nitrogen fixation.Planting times, bermudagrass length and vigor, and proper insecticide controls are also key to establishing alfalfa successfully.At the UGA campus in Athens, university researchers have developed an alfalfa variety — Bulldog 805 — that tolerates grazing, has excellent hay yields and is adapted for the Coastal Plain region. It also has high pest and disease resistance. Bulldog 505 is a UGA variety developed for the Piedmont and mountains region.UGA Cotton Team, UGA Peanut Team Extension agronomists Glenn Harris and Guy Collins and cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts — members of UGA’s Cotton Team — told growers about their fertilizer research, nitrogen delivery comparisons and insecticide efficacy trials.Roberts explained the balance of finding an insecticide that targets pest while leaving other insects unharmed.last_img read more

FiberMark Converts Manufacturing Operations at Vermont Headquarters to Run on 100% Used Vegetable Oil

first_imgFiberMark Converts Manufacturing Operations at Vermont Headquarters to Run on 100% Used Vegetable Oil FiberMark, a leading producer of specialty papers and fiber-based materials for a variety of applications, today announced that it has converted the manufacturing operations at its Vermont headquarters to be able to run up to 100% used vegetable oil. With this conversion, FiberMark has become the first manufacturer in the state of Vermont and in the paper industry to generate part of its process energy from waste biofuel. The green steam produced by the vegetable oil not only powers FiberMark’s Brattleboro paper machine turbine and dries its papers, but also provides heat for the plant.Before the conversion, FiberMark consumed approximately two million gallons of number six fuel oil per year. Switching to used vegetable oil now allows the company to reduce its use of number six fuel oil and to significantly eliminate toxic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, the leading causes of acid rain and common side effects of burning of fuel oil. The vegetable oil burns far cleaner than conventional fuel.Among the ancillary benefits of the conversion to vegetable oil has been the working environment for FiberMark plant employees. Since vegetable oil burns far cleaner than crude oil, atmospheric soot from the facility has been significantly reduced. Indicative of this change is the plants air opacity, which before varied from 5% to 7% and is now between 0.5% and 1.5%.The conversion to vegetable oil-fueled manufacturing is one of a number of environmental initiatives spearheaded by FiberMark. Others include:- FiberMark is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- certified. This certification (certificate code SW-COC-003054) verifies the flow of FSC-certified forest products through FiberMarks supply chain and into its final products, assuring FiberMark customers that the papers they are choosing are made from trees harvested according to strict environmental standards and forest management practices.- All of the electricity consumed at FiberMarks Brattleboro headquarters is generated from fossil fuel-free sources (hydro- and nuclear power).- All FiberMark manufacturing uses aqueous (water-based) coatings.- FiberMark’s products are all elemental and process chlorine free, including the new Eviva paper line, which is made from 100-percent recycled fiber, including 30-percent post-consumer waste.- 100% of FiberMark’s Brattleboro waste water sludge is reused as landfill cover.”FiberMark is committed to executing environmentally sustainable practices wherever possible,” said Steve Pfistner, vice president of safety and environmental management at FiberMark. “Our manufacturing processes, our products, and our company culture are all designed to promote environmental responsibility. As the first in the paper industry to power manufacturing operations with vegetable oil to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve our natural resources, we will continue to pursue every opportunity to positively serve the environment.”About FiberMarkFiberMark offers distinctive covering materials that express brands, inspire designs, and make lasting impressions. With an extensive range of visual and tactile options, FiberMark materials provide an endless array of design possibilities for applications in the office products, publishing, luxury packaging, technical/industrial and graphic design markets. The company’s specialty fiber-based materials are enhanced with a variety of colors, finishes, and embossing techniques that create visual depth and invite touch. FiberMark’s design specialists work with creative teams to develop a look that captures a brand’s unique personality, differentiate it from competitors, and create impact. FiberMark crafts its materials in the U.S. and Europe, creating innovative solutions for world-leading brands.For additional information, contact:Laura Nelson or Kaycee RobertsSVM Public Relations(401) sends e-mail) sends e-mail)last_img read more

What’s required to create a hyper-relevant financial institution

first_imgIn almost every industry the traditional boundaries defining it have blurred. Banking was a little later than some in this digital transformation, but no longer. New entrants seriously challenge long-held notions of how financial services are defined and delivered.Eight in ten bank and credit union chief marketing officers, surveyed by Accenture, acknowledge that consumers are becoming more open to engaging with new entrants for products and services. The success of direct banks such as Ally and Marcus by Goldman Sachs, as well as some challenger banks such as mobile-only bank Chime, which now says it has signed up five million customers, serve as clear indications of this new landscape.As a further indication of the changed landscape, more than three quarters of financial institution CMOs agree that the new banking players use customer experience as the key differentiator and that they are often better at providing more relevant offerings than traditional players, according to the Accenture survey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Travel Diary: Discover The History, The Beauty & The Glory Of Greenport

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantA truly memorable road trip includes several distinct characteristics.A choice destination must be unique. It must stand on its own as a place of intrigue, fascination. It must exude a certain magnetism that captures your imagination and systemically draws you in, leading you ever so closer with each passing thought or mention, inevitably rendering you powerless to resist its enigmatic allure and compelling you to transport yourself and/or a loved one to its inviting, heartstring source.A choice destination must be memorable. It must leave a lasting impression on your very soul and forever imprint a small part of itself on who you are and all you may do afterward.A choice destination must also be welcoming and exciting, offering delectable food and drink, of course, yet also possessing an equal amount of options that foster relaxation and contemplation, creating those choice and too-rare moments to reflect upon your life and your loved ones, and meditate on these special gifts and those with whom you share it, heal your spirit and rejuvenate your soul.Fear not, fellow day-tripping motorists and adventure-seekers, you need not journey to the ends of the Earth to experience such a place. Long Island is loaded with these exact hometown hotspots.Renowned for its rich history, natural splendors and present-day wonders, the idyllic village of Greenport on Long Island’s North Shore is but one, attracting like-minded expeditionists the world over to relish in its breathtaking beauty and majestic glory.Some might say it’s one of LI’s best-kept secrets.Yet the road to such a magical realm demands an equally choice chariot, and luckily, NY Auto Giant possesses a vast array of extraordinary vehicles to ensure your trek to this storied village is as memorable as the amazing experiences you’ll have once there.NY Auto Giant can put you behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0-Liter Turbo Coupe today!Wait, what’s that you say? Style, elegance, power!?Ah, yes, dear friends. A 2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0-Liter Turbo Coupe radiates all these virtues, and so much more. Yes, she will bring you to this fantastical nook, dear adventure vagabonds. She will bring you home.This beauty boasts turbocharged performance, a roomy and luxurious interior and style, style, style!Because whether it’s the sweet, healing elixirs at Kontokosta Winery you seek or the aromatic hues of Lavender By The Bay–a family run lavender farm in nearby East Marion and one of the largest in the country–the road to Greenport is paved with adventure.Roll up to Sep’s Farmstand on your way into town, won’t you, and toss some farm-fresh vegetables and fruit in a basket in the back seat—maybe a gorgeous, fresh-cut bouquet of flowers for the lady friend? Of course! Road trips are romantic, especially when riding into town in a pink rose-scented Cadillac!Yes, dear road warriors, unfortunately, it is true that what we call time is ever fleeting. So a stop at Tick Tock Miniature Golf is just what the doctor has ordered to help sear this epic road journey into your go-to-stories-to-share for generations to come!If it’s history that’s your love, you are surely in the right place! Greenport was once a bustling whaling and shipbuilding port, and there are many, many sights to see from its long-ago seafaring past!Check out the 1840 Schoolhouse Museum, pay a visit to the Blacksmith’s Shop, the East End seaport Museum, the Lighthouse, the Greenport Jail and Police Museum, Railroad Museum, the Stirling Historical Society Museum-Ireland House, and 4-acre Mitchell Park, right in the center of the village!Next, take a Walking Tour and learn all about this historic village’s past, a trip across the bay aboard the environmentally friendly vessel Glory, the Fireboat Fire Fighter floating museum, or soak in the vibes and spirits on a North Fork Wine Tour!Hungry? Thirsty? Of course you are!Supercharge those engines at Aldo’s Coffee and Biscotti and Coronette Luncheonette, munch on some pastries over at the Blue Duck Bakery, a slice or pie at 1943 Pizza Bar, Emilio’s, La Capricciosa and Rolling In Dough Pizza, toss back a pint or two at the Biere Bar and Restaurant and Whiskey Wind, and devour the most succulent seafood treats at Claudio’s Clam Bar, Claudio’s Crabby Jerry’s on the waterfront, Deep Water Bar and Grille, Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market, Skipper’s, Vino N Vittles, or more!Enjoy some craft brew at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, revel in the bizarre cinematic wonders of the Camera Obscura—one of the world’s only such public-access dark rooms—catch some live music at Billy’s By The Bay, then go and sing your own true song down by the harbor!Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantNo visit to Greenport would be complete without a spin or three on the backs of some of the majestic creatures whirling about the village’s Antique Carousel. and as you twirl atop those colorful vintage critters, one hand on the reins, your other in the soothing grip of your loved ones, shout it out with pride to all those curious bystanders watching from the lawn: “New York Auto Giant! New York Auto Giant! New York Auto Giant!”To get behind the wheel of your very own supercharged 2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0-Liter Turbo Coupes, head on over to NY Auto Giant’s Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac!last_img read more

Eddie Irvine heads for Silverstone

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Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan

first_img‘It’s actually nice’But the spread of the new coronavirus has forced employers and workers to give telework a try in Japan, and Sato for one has been pleasantly surprised.”Unlike I’d expected, it’s actually nice. Much easier than going to the office,” said Sato, who has been working at home since February when the government began asking workers to telework to avoid spreading the new coronavirus.He works for a Tokyo start-up, Phybbit, which offers services to counter digital fraud, and had never before tried working from home.”This experience has completely changed my image of teleworking,” he told AFP in the small office he has set up in the family home he shares with his wife and two children.For a start, it saves him two hours of commuting a day, meaning he has more time with his daughters, whose schools are currently closed.”I can also give them their bath in the evening, something I could never do during the week before because I was never home before 8pm.”Sato’s wife Hitomi takes primary care of their daughters, six-year-old Yurina and four-year-old Hidano and said she has welcomed the helping hand at home.”I’m glad that he’s here, and the girls are happy to spend time with their dad,” she said.The Japanese government has renewed its push for teleworking and off-peak commuting in recent years, hoping to ease the burden on the notoriously congested Tokyo public transport system, particularly ahead of the Olympics.But there hasn’t been much enthusiasm.  Experts say part of the challenge is the social stigma attached to deviating from the “salaryman” stereotype of the suited-up office worker who proves his dedication by spending long hours at his desk.Polls show “the Japanese still have this image that telework isn’t real work because you’re not physically in the office,” said Haruka Kazama, an economist at the Mizuho research institute.That’s a view familiar to Yuki Sato, 35, currently experimenting with teleworking for the first time.”The image of going to the office is very strong. You have to show that you work hard and long hours and that you help your colleagues,” Sato told AFP. The longstanding stereotype of Japan’s office-bound “salaryman” is being tested as companies cautiously embrace working from home in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Japan’s government has for years been trying to encourage firms to implement “flexible working patterns”, hoping that less demanding office hours will help women return to work after having children and men share more housework and childcare.But uptake has been slow. A survey published last year found around 19 percent of companies offered a telework option, but just 8.5 percent of employees polled had tried it out. ‘Mindsets are changing’ Kunihiko Higa, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology who specializes in flexible work options, attributes that to reluctant managers.Many of them “consider teleworking only as a tool for workers,” he told AFP. “In other words, they don’t understand that teleworking, if used in the right way, can be a management strategy tool.”The coronavirus outbreak appears to have achieved what government campaigns could not, forcing the hands of firms who may previously have been reluctant.”The situation has put their backs against the wall. They’ve been forced to give their employees the choice to telework,” said Kazama.A poll carried out at the end of February by the Keidanren business association of nearly 400 major firms found nearly 70 percent had already begun implementing teleworking or were planning to because of the pandemic.The switch hasn’t been universal. Workers still cram onto commuter trains — albeit in smaller numbers — and Japan’s parliament is hardly setting the tone, continuing to hold sessions and ministerial press conferences.And there is no guarantee yet that companies will continue to allow teleworking when the crisis eases.But experts said being forced to try teleworking was likely to leave a lasting impact in Japan, with companies beginning to see working from home as a feasible and even attractive option.”I think mindsets are changing,” said Kazama.center_img Topics : “With telework, we can’t show our goodwill and motivation,” he added.last_img read more

Why One Woman Wants You to Say No to Surrogacy 30 June 2014Family First Comment: “Lahl emphasizes that the point of Breeders is not to tell families who can’t conceive that they need to “suck it up.” Rather, it’s to steer them toward other options for creating a family.”     Well said.When we think of surrogacy, we often think of a woman and a couple coming together to create a new life. We see happy faces and beautiful babies like the twins Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed via surrogate, but Jennifer Lahl says there’s definitely a darker side to the process. In her new film, Breeders, the former pediatric nurse and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network explores a side to surrogacy that we don’t see on TV or read about in the papers. The film features several surrogates speaking about the physical, emotional, and psychological toll that their “good deed” took on them and the child they carried. Their stories, which include abortion, legal battles, and near-death experiences, open viewers’ eyes to the flaws that exist in, what appears to be, a perfect solution to a heartbreaking problem.“I think I was really trying to point out that [surrogacy] is fraught with problems,” Lahl tells us about the film. “All of the marketing is geared towards happy, smiling couples holding cute, healthy babies, but it’s more than that.” After viewing Breeders, we can certainly see Lahl’s side of things. Here, five main messages Lahl wants viewers to take away from the film.1  The Health Risks Are High2  Low-Income Women Lose3  It Affects the Mother-Child Connection4  Contracts Don’t Solve Everything5  There Are Other OptionsREAD MORE: read more

Lee County paying $1,000 to May 4 winners in IMCA Modifieds, Stocks, Northern SportMods

first_imgDONNELLSON, Iowa – Checks for $1,000 go to feature winners in three IMCA divisions at Lee County Speedway’s Thursday, May 4 special.IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events all pay $1,000 to win while the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $300 to win. The evening’s Modi­fied headliner is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:45 p.m. hot laps.Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for students ages 11-17 and free for 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available at the website and on Facebook.The special will be broadcast on IMCA.TV to viewers who live at least 60 miles from Donnellson.last_img read more

Clonmel through to last 16 of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgThe South Tipp club defeated Tramore 6-1 in the Sixth Round of the competition.Aidan McGrath, who scored a hat-trick, Jack Burke (2) and David McGrath scored at The Complex.Town will play Newmarket Celtic of Clare in the next round.last_img

Hard-hitting Adam Kownacki dreams of becoming a Polish-American heavyweight champ

first_imgKownacki’s smash-mouth style isn’t pretty, but boy is it crowd-pleasing. He’s going to eat his fair share of punches, but he’s going to keep moving forward and throwing and landing more shots of his own — each equipped with a thud. At least that’s what the Polish fighter has been able to do effectively through 18 pro bouts, touting an 18-0 record with 14 KOs, as he continues to climb up the heavyweight ranks and build up his profile simultaneously.Join DAZN and watch Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue on Jan. 26His last fight at Barclays Center —a unanimous decision over Charles Martin on Showtime in September — had hundreds of raucous Polish fight fans in attendance cheering him on, giving him as frenzied of a response, if not greater, than Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia got in the main event. He’s expecting even more of a fervent show of support Saturday night when he takes on Washington.“Polish people have my back since day one, since amateur days they’ve come out to support me and it’s getting bigger and bigger with every fight,” Kownacki told Sporting News before his media workout at Gleason’s Gym on Wednesday. “It’s amazing and I hope this fight will be around 2,000 people supporting me.”If there’s one place that Kownacki reps as much as Poland, it’s Brooklyn. His family emigrated from Lomza, Poland to the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn when he was just seven-years-old, with his father working the night shift at a local bakery and his mom working in the hotel industry.“Luckily, I moved to Greenpoint, which had a big Polish community at the time, so it was much easier to adapt, but English was a second language, so it was hard,” Kownacki said. “My dad worked nights, he slept during the day, so we really didn’t get to spend time with him because he was at work. So, it wasn’t easy, but we managed. Eventually, he did construction — a little better paying job — so, we managed.”He added: “I was always a little chubby growing up, so I got bullied a little bit.”Years later, and “Babyface” is still “a little chubby,” except he’s the one bullying others now … in the ring.Kownacki tipped the scales at just over 263 pounds during the weigh-in for his fight against Martin. When he and Martin exchanged heated words after the weigh-in, Kownacki brushed them off saying, “I’m from Brooklyn, man, so I ain’t scared of that s—.”The next night, he proceeded to pummel Martin, taking a fair share of punches, but throwing and landing the more devastating shots en route to yet another victory. With Kownacki, absent is a chiseled six-pack like you might see on other heavyweights. But present is a hard-hitting fighting spirit that goes for broke with each performance.“Boxing is a skill,” Kownacki told a pool of reporters following his media workout, shrugging off questions about his physique, “not a bodybuilding contest.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThrough boxing, Kownacki was able to purchase a home for he, his wife and parents on Long Island, New York roughly four years ago. Furthering his ascension up the ranks has him thinking about purchasing his parents a home of their own. And there’s another goal — with Poland and Brooklyn on his mind.“That’s my ultimate goal. That’s what I think about every day — becoming Polish-American heavyweight champ of the world,” he told Sporting News with a grin on his face. “That’s the bar I set for myself and I plan on accomplishing that title.” NEW YORK – As much as the nationally-televised audience on FOX will be tuning in to “PBC Fight Night” on Saturday to see Keith Thurman back in the ring, another boxer on the card might just steal their hearts.Adam Kownacki will bring his brawling, thumping style back to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he’ll face Gerald Washington in heavyweight action.last_img read more