Palmer Amaranth Management

first_imgGeorgia farmers scored what many view as a significant victory when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended the registration of the controversial weed killer dicamba for two years. The herbicide can be used for over-the-top weed control in cotton and soybean fields, according to Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed specialist.Cotton and soybean growers implement the dicamba system in hopes of controlling Palmer amaranth — the No. 1 weed pest farmers encounter every year.“Even in 2017, our growers noted that dicamba was an extremely valuable tool in managing Palmer amaranth. Keep in mind, in our state, the most problematic weed pests — Palmer amaranth, Palmer amaranth, Palmer amaranth and then maybe a morning glory or spider wart. It’s really Palmer amaranth that continues to drive the agronomic landscape in regards to weed control,” Culpepper said.Culpepper serves on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and has helped coordinate UGA Extension educational trainings for farmers and applicators about the dangers of pesticide drift that began in 2015. UGA teamed with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to create a training titled “Using Pesticides Wisely.” In 2017, there were zero incidents of auxin off-target incidents in Georgia.If not managed correctly, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, commonly called “pigweed,” can quickly overtake a field. With enormous growth potential, it can reach heights of 7 to 10 feet and adversely affect cotton equipment moving through a field. Palmer amaranth can also rob cotton plants from receiving much-needed resources like water and nutrients. As a result, cotton yields can be reduced.“I think if you survey any of our growers, if you look at my surveys that I’ve implemented, the EPA’s decision was extremely important because dicamba was very valuable and very successful for weed management, especially in a challenging year like 2018,” Culpepper said. “These technologies allow us a little better opportunity to catch up with Palmer amaranth.”UGA Extension is documenting the actual value of dicamba to Georgia growers but Culpepper says, “it will be quite large, without a doubt in cotton production for 2018.”According to the EPA, dicamba is a herbicide that is used on agricultural crops, pastures and turfgrass. Before 2016, dicamba was mostly used in late winter or early spring for the removal of broadleaf weeds prior to farmers planting their crops.In 2016, the EPA first registered dicamba chemistries for over-the-top application of dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean plants during the 2017 growing season.The EPA made the following additional guidelines to further minimize damage resulting from dicamba on nontarget crops:Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top.Over-the-top application of dicamba is prohibited 45 days after planting soybeans and 60 days after planting cotton.The number of over-the-top applications for cotton is reduced from four to two. Soybeans remain at two over-the-top applications.Dicamba may only be applied from one hour after sunrise to two hours before sunset.In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field. The 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications and is not limited to counties where endangered species may exist.To ensure consistency across all three products, the training period is being clarified for 2019 and beyond.Tank clean-out instructions are improved for the entire system.The label is enhanced to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pHs on the potential volatility of dicamba.Compliance and enforceability are improved through label cleanup and consistency.Culpepper emphasizes two points that growers need to be mindful of if they want to continue using dicamba when registration runs out in 2020.In the area of stewardship, farmers need to make sure the technologies they are using are applied on target and remain on target, without drifting to crops they weren’t intended for. Producers also need to be wary about resistance management and avoid overusing dicamba.“If we go out and spray too much dicamba, we will lose those technologies. Palmer amaranth is not a normal weed. It’s going to win if you don’t make every intelligent decision that you can make,” Culpepper said.For more information, see gaweed.com.last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Stuart Hogg ruled out as Scotland adds to squad

first_imgHead coach Gregor Townsend may also be without Russell. The fly-half was injured Sunday playing against Top14 leaders Toulouse and faces a nervy wait to find out if he can be involved for his country this weekend. Scotland has added six players to its training squad for the upcoming match. Fly-half Duncan Weir and Edinburgh trio Magnus Bradbury, Dougie Fife and James Johnstone have been drafted in, along with Glasgow Warriors front-row forwards Zander Fagerson and George Turner.SQUAD UPDATE | Head Coach Gregor Townsend today added six players to the Scotland squad ahead of this Saturday’s round three Guinness Six Nations Test against France in Paris, and provided an update on Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg.https://t.co/kCPMn0lOpb pic.twitter.com/ApFYWTeC2Q— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 18, 2019Injured Glasgow Warriors duo George Horne (shoulder) and Stafford McDowall (ankle) miss out, as do David Cherry, Murray McCallum and Jake Kerr. Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations contest against France, while Finn Russell will go through return-to-play protocols after suffering a head injury for Racing 92. Full-back Hogg sustained a shoulder injury after a challenge from Peter O’Mahony in the 22-13 loss to Ireland at Murrayfield and will not be considered for selection for the trip to Paris in round three, Scottish Rugby confirmed Monday. last_img read more

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Saint James Honors and Congratulates Retiring Teachers

first_imgNewly retired Saint James teachers are from left – Ann Fitzgerald, Susan Walsh, Marsha Walsh, and Neil Fitzpatrick.ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Saint James School students celebrated the final weeks of school with sadness and joy; wishing four beloved teachers farewell as they retire while celebrating the end of the school year with parties and graduations.The teachers, called strong pillars of the elementary school with unwavering loyalty, patience, faith, and commitment to education, had more than 100 years of service to Saint James.Susan Walsh has taught math, algebra, and religion at Saint James School for 11 years while also serving as a homeroom teacher. She has been one of the forces behind the school’s performing arts drama program, always encouraging students to explore and develop their potential.Marsha Walsh has taught at Saint James School for 28 years, first as a kindergarten teacher, then as a first grade teacher and most recently, as a resource teacher. Walsh also was the coordinator for the extended-day program for 10 years. She has always patiently guided young students on their learning journey.Neil Fitzpatrick has taught music to students in preschool to eighth grade at Saint James for 31 years. Fitzpatrick has played either the piano or organ for all religious services, Christmas shows, and also moderated the school’s choral club.Ann Fitzgerald has taught at Saint James School for 38 years. She has taught grades 5-8 and has been an algebra teacher. She also taught math lab and high school prep and has served as technology coordinator.last_img read more

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Ex-Nelsonite Sookro sinks Leafs in overtime

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second consecutive night a player with ties to the Heritage City came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored early in overtime to power the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the fifth in six attempts for the Hawks, who have outscored the Leafs 24-13 this season.Friday, the one-two combo of Dane Rupert and Landon Andrusiak, who played last season in Nelson, combined for seven points to help the Kelowna Chiefs skate to an 8-6 win.Saturday it was a goaltender’s duel between Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets and Zack Perehudoff. Beaver Valley took a 1-0 into the first period intermission when Ryan Edwards beat Beesley from the edge of the goal crease.Nelson defenceman Braeden Hikichi tied the game in the second with an assist from Colton Schell.The Leafs, holding a 9-5 shots advantage in the third period and 21-17 in the game, pushed for the victory but could not beat Perehudoff.The loss all but ended Nelson’s bid to overtake Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Division standings. The Hawks now hold an eight-point lead over the Leafs. Beaver Valley also has played one fewer game.However, Nelson still holds a glimmer of hope if the Leafs can sweep a season-ending series next weekend.Saturday, the Hawks once again invade the NDCC Arena before the teams hook up Sunday, January 31 in Fruitvale.LEAFS BANTER: Ryon Sookro leads the Hawks in goals (23) and points (46). The 19-year-old native of South Slocan decided to play for the Hawks after failing to catch on last season with the Leafs. . . .Nelson, third in the Murdoch Division with a 22-17-0-3 record, has eight games remaining on the schedule. . . .Nelson plays host to Castlegar Rebels Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. . . .The game was slugged International Night as the hockey team welcomed visiting students attending school in the Heritage [email protected]last_img read more

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Red Bluff Junior Round-Up holds rodeo

first_imgRed Bluff >> Competitors from all over made their way Saturday and Sunday to the Tehama District Fairground where the annual Red Bluff Junior Round-Up Rodeo was held. All Around for the rodeo was awarded as follows: Senior Boys Wyatt Brown of Red Bluff; Senior Girls Kodi Myers; Junior Boys Hunter Hughes; Junior Girls Shelby Dunning; All Around Cowboy Jasper Frost and All Around Cowgirl Elthia Gomes.Results for the rodeo were as follows:Senior Boys Saddle Bronc, Bareback had no …last_img read more

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Recycling tyres, creating jobs

first_img10 January 2012 A waste tyre management plan to be rolled out later this year will create a “sustainable recycling industry” to deal with a major waste problem, the recycling initiative said on Monday.The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) said the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan, which had been approved by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, would create jobs and foster small and medium-sized businesses throughout the country.Job creation, business development “The new law is intended not only to support the creation of a sustainable recycling industry to deal with a major and problematic waste product, but also to create jobs and foster small and medium sized businesses in communities throughout the country,” the group said.All involved in the industry have to register by 31 January 2012.Redisa said the income generated from a rand-per-kilo levy charged to tyre manufacturers and importers would be used to help stimulate start-up businesses around the collection, transportation, storage and recycling of the waste.It would also be used for research and development, training, monitoring and overall community upliftment.10-million scrap tyres a year The South African tyre industry produces more than 10-million scrap tyres a year.According to Redisa it is estimated that between 60- and 100-million scrap tyres are stockpiled in South Africa.“Waste tyres pose an environmental problem, both as pollutants and as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and vermin,” the group said.“However, there is as yet no effective technology for disposing of tyres in an environmentally friendly yet economically viable way.“The need for research and development, collection and recycling is therefore imperative. The opportunity for generating jobs and new industry businesses aligned to the recycling of waste tyres is of paramount importance.”The group said the R2.30 per kilometre levy charged to the manufacturer would effectively subsidise the collection and recycling processes.By giving the tyres a value for recycling, entrepreneurs would be able to build a business out of collecting tyres from their community and delivering them to a collection point.Sapalast_img read more

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Overlooker

first_imgI’m a young man of twentyseven years. I’m concerned citizen who hails from The Eastern Cape but I’m in gauteng.As I was watching the world and our country fighting against xenophobia it came to my concern that why cnt I start my organisation in helping the government to fight this campaign of fighting this underage/illegal circumcision in our beautiful country as it is getting out of hand.The department is doing its best but it’s still extending so it’s my wish to play my part and work with the government as an overlooker whenever it’s being performed around the country.So I’m pleading with this organisation and the health department to help me play my part in our beatiful country as our brothers are dying every season. Let us unite in arms maAfrica.Blakie masixole.Name: Masixole BlakieEmail address: [email protected] Telephone: 073 265 0691last_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga Visit Rebecca Black at Twitter for Google on Behalf of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (Video)

first_imgPop singers Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber visited Internet singing sensation Rebecca Black at Twitter‘s headquarters in San Francisco today for Google, on behalf of Facebook. Indicating the social media is seldom seen so tranquilizer freedom, Bieber indicated his Lady Gaga fans held up Twitter as the most frequently Googled site from Facebook. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg applauded the concatenation. “Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber performed Rebecca Black‘s song at our campus and I Twittered it on Google.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “So I was at Twitter once with Mark Zuckerberg from Google, no, Facebook,” said Black, “and Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were really nice.”Miley Cyrus photograph by Alex Loves Mikey “I love Rebecca Black’s song ‘Friday,’” Bieber said to Lady Gaga, during the duo’s trip to Twitter on behalf of Google for Facebook, Zuckerberg reported.“Justin Bieber and I are going to do a duo,” Lady Gaga said. “It’s a song that Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg wrote with Rebecca Black and that we heard at Twitter when we were visiting Google.” curt hopkins A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#art#Facebook#Google#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

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Americans borrowed more in November amid solid holiday sales

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumers in November ran up nearly $28 billion in new debt on their credit cards and in the form of new auto and student loans, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing grew 8.8 per cent, the most in more than two years, to $3.83 trillion. The Fed’s monthly consumer credit report does not cover home mortgages or any other loans secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Americans are increasingly confident in the economy and are willing to borrow more to fund their consumption. Surveys show that Americans’ confidence in the economy reached a 17-year high in November, though it declined a bit last month. And retailers say early reports from holiday shopping have been mostly positive.last_img read more

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SNCLavalin gets contract to design deliver 19billion chemical plant in Oman

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has reached an agreement to design and deliver a chemical plant in Oman that will cost an estimated $1.9 billion to build.The Montreal-based engineering and construction company says it will support the program from concept development to commissioning of the plant, and work along with Omani contractors.SNC-Lavalin will also support the operations and maintenance of the plant, to be built about 150 kilometres southeast of Muscat, the capital of Oman.“This contract is a major strategic win for us, helping to grow our business in the region and demonstrate our world-leading credentials,” said Christian Brown, president of oil and gas at SNC-Lavalin in a statement.“Oman is an important market for SNC-Lavalin where we have a long history of safely delivering complex major projects.”Last year, SNC-Lavalin was awarded a long-term framework contract from Petroleum Development Oman to help commission and manage its upstream assets in the country. SNC-Lavalin has set up an academy in Muscat to train and develop graduate engineers in the commissioning as part of the contract.The new chemical plant is expected to produce about 227,000 tonnes a year of polyvinyl chloride for export to Asia. The plastic material is used in a wide range of products from piping to medical devices to credit cards.The facility will also produce about 127,000 tonnes of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, to support local industries. Caustic soda has a variety of industrial applications including for production of petroleum products, soap and in water treatment.The SNC-Lavalin contract was signed with Project Development & Management International LLC.Oman’s production of petroleum and other liquids stood at around a million barrels a day in 2016. The country’s oil and gas production has been boosted by newer production techniques including enhanced oil recovery that allows for more production from older oil fields.SNC-Lavalin has been awarded several other contracts in the Middle East this year, including a contract for the expansion of a district cooling scheme in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, a contract with Saudi Aramco to expand a major gas processing facility in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, as well as a five-year agreement to provide general engineer services to a joint venture between Aramco Gulf Operations Co. Ltd. and Kuwait Gulf Oil Co.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

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