Replanting Peanuts

first_imgGeorgia peanut farmers who plant a crop in mid-to-late April should make a decision on a second crop within two to four weeks of planting their initial crop. University of Georgia researcher and systems peanut agronomist Scott Tubbs helps farmers make that decision.Tubbs’ research focuses on the economical feasibility of replanting peanuts.“We want farmers to make those replanting decisions as early as possible, but you do have to give the peanuts enough time to come up (and be) fairly confident the majority of emergence has occurred. If you plant in relatively cool conditions, you could have a lot of variability in emergence,” Tubbs said.Spotty rows, which are the result of improper plant stands, can significantly reduce yields. Tubbs stresses the importance of allowing the plants to emerge.“In Plains, Georgia, a few years ago, I had a research trial that I assessed seven days after planting. It wasn’t long enough. I went back at about 14 days and we did our counts and started to consider things. After 17 or even 20 days, we looked at referenced rows and there were quite a few more that had come up in that timeframe,” Tubbs said.Late-planted peanuts — those planted in late May — need to be checked for emergence between the two- and three-week window. Tubbs insists that checking at four weeks is way too late.“The longer you wait, the bigger the initial plants (those planted in late May) get, and then they’re going to dwarf any replanted plants,” Tubbs said.Replanting is necessary when farmers do not get an ideal plant stand.Poor seed emergence can result from the germination percentage of the seed, handling or storage of the seed, and the previous year’s weather conditions. The likelihood of emergence is lower if the seed receives little to no water.Other factors contributing to poor seed emergence involve management conditions, like whether the peanuts were planted too early, the soil temperature was too low, or an herbicide was sprayed at the wrong time. Weather patterns can also impact peanut seed production.“Even if soil temperatures are adequate, if a cold front comes through or we experience an unexpected rainfall event that cools off the soil temperature quickly, it can shock the seedlings and result in a poor stand,” he said.Tubbs defines a good plant stand as 2.5 plants per foot based on UGA research over the last five years. Considering the costs to replant — labor, additional seed, equipment, etc. — it is not economically feasible to replant if initial planting produced at least 2.5 plants per foot.If a farmer’s peanut field has two plants per foot or less, it is economically acceptable to replant, he said.Peanuts are a high-value crop in Georgia, generating more than $684 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

Succession-ready all the time

first_imgYou may really get into the Rolling Stones performing “Time Is on My Side,” but when it comes to searching for a new CEO, you’re more likely to end up going back to the Gershwins and singing along to the classic “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”When it comes to best practices for CEO search committees, one thing is definite: CEO searches all require time. How much? As much as possible, say experts.That doesn’t mean that the day after you hire a new CEO, you should start looking for his or her successor. It does mean that you should have a plan in place for that eventuality, and update that plan every year or two.What’s more, says Deedee Myers, founder/CEO of CUES Supplier member and DDJ Myers, Ltd., Phoenix, and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute, every year there should be two or three board education sessions on CEO succession – not recruitment, she emphasizes. “That’s only one component,” Myers says. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Berger thanks Mnuchin for Treasury report; offers additional insights

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger thanked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a letter Monday for issuing his recent report containing many NAFCU-backed regulatory relief provisions and outlined some these measures and their importance to the credit union industry.Last month, the Treasury Department released a report that is filled with credit union-specific and NAFCU-requested recommendations aimed at helping the industry better serve its members and communities. Citing NAFCU’s Annual Report on Credit Unions multiple times, the Treasury report recommends a review of credit union capital requirements and the “current expected credit loss” accounting standard, among other things.“These reforms, if enacted, will make it easier for credit unions to focus on the needs of American consumers,” Berger noted.“NAFCU welcomes the Report’s dedicated focus on the unique nature of this country’s credit unions,” Berger wrote. “This nuanced structure is sometimes difficult for federal agencies to fully comprehend, but this Report demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the credit union difference, along with the benefits members enjoy and the overly broad regulatory environment they must endure. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Romane heritage route formed

first_imgThe Roman route includes Italy, Slovakia, Croatia, Greece, Serbia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, with a total of 40 sites. The creation of this route of Roman heritage began at the initiative of the Council of Europe through the Routes4U project. This project aims to encourage the development of transnational cultural routes, to preserve the heritage in four European macro regions, ie the Adriatic-Ionian, Baltic, Alpine and Danube regions. Find out more about the project HERE “This is the beginning of a really new direction in the development of the cultural offer of the city of Vinkovci, which we will put in the function of tourism through various projects that we hope to realize”Said the director of the Vinkovci Tourist Board, Martina Matković. According to the previously expressed interest in partnership on the route of Roman heritage, the representative of the Tourist Board of Vinkovci, director Martina Matković, presented the efforts so far in education, promotion and content creation on the Roman Empire. Photo: TZ Vinkovci Photo: TZ Vinkovci After several months of cooperation and after many years of communication on the topic of Roman heritage, the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci was invited to attend the establishment of a new route at the EU and the Council of Europe. After the feasibility study, the partners expressed interest in participating in this route and follow the steps for certification of the route, which is a prerequisite for further development of projects on the route, heritage preservation and its presentation as well as tourist valorization. The meeting, which brought together interested countries and specific partners from the Adriatic, Ionian and Danube areas, including the Tourist Board of Vinkovci, discussed the formation of the umbrella route “Romane heritage route” and the Iron Age route and the route of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Vinkovci, as the oldest city in Europe, in the area where people have lived continuously for more than 8300 years, keeps many secrets underground, and the entire area of ​​Vinkovci has been declared a protected archaeological zone since 1982. By the way, it is less known how two Roman emperors, Valens and Valentinian, were born in Vinkovci (Colonia Aurelia Cibalae, the Roman name of Vinkovci).  Two Roman emperors were born in Vinkovci A new tourist route is being established at the EU, ie the Council of Europe, it is a route that shows the Roman heritage – Roman heritage route. Colonia Aurelia Cibalae was the third largest city in the province of Pannonia Sekundi, which stretched in the present-day area of ​​Slavonia, Srijem and Baranja, after the capitals of Sirmium (S. Mitrovica) and Mursa (Osijek). The city was founded at the beginning of the first century and is slowly developing into a trade and craft center. During the reign of Hadrian (117-138) it received the status of a municipium (Municipium Aelium Cibalae), and from the end of the 2nd or the beginning of the 3rd century the city was elevated to the rank of a colony. The basis of economic development is agriculture and the ceramics industry, as evidenced by over 80 ceramic kilns found to date. The city experienced the peak of development through the 4th century, when the city and its surroundings lived between 5 and 10 thousand inhabitants, and the city covered an area of ​​about 550.000 m2. Apart from the fact that they were already a Christian diocese in the first half of the 2nd century and that we know the names of one of the bishops (Eusebius (? -258)) and one of the scribes (Polyon (? -304)), the most important people born in Cibale are Valentinian (364-375) and Valens (364-378), brothers and the only Roman emperors born in present-day Croatia. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 10

first_imgBravos to Ballston Spa for chicken lawWho would have thunk it? Little old-fashioned Ballston Spa is on the cutting edge of a dietary revolution.In the Oct. 2 Gazette, Stephen Williams reported (“Fresh eggs from the backyard”) that the Village Board of Trustees adopted a local law that allows village residents to keep up to six hens on their property.He succinctly describes the cooperation between the Milton Grange, the Brookside Museum and even Mayor Larry Woolbright (who is boarding several chickens made temporarily homeless by construction at the museum) to formulate this law and implement it.All master chefs, dietitians and lifestyle gurus promote the consumption of free-range chickens for their exceptional taste and high nutritional value. Backyards in Ballston Spa are free range; you don’t need cowboys, horses and lariats to herd chickens. They flock together.Three cheers for the village of Ballston Spa, which is creating the opportunity for its citizens to return to living off the land.Forman PhillipsBallston SpaShame on GOP for lying about DelgadoIn recent weeks I have read good reports regarding the efforts and accomplishments of our  congressional representative, Antonio Delgado.He is certainly outperforming the past Republican Rep. John Faso in his short time in Washington.Recently I have seen a political ad on TV from the Republican Party that makes degrading comments, absolute lies and false claims about Rep. Delgado.I am shocked to see the same misstatement of facts that we hear from President Trump almost every day now being used by the political party that includes local leaders: Leo McAllister, Richard Lape, Chris Tague and Earl Van Wormer III, among others.I know that these are respectable men and I cannot believe they can associate with the lying propaganda of the Republican Party.A lie doesn’t become a truth just because it is repeated over and over again.Robert GosselinkCobleskillClimate change is kids’ new religion“You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” cried 16-year-old Greta Thunberg at the UN.She is correct, but for the wrong reasons. Her youth has been compromised by liberal progressive school policies. In the United States, K-12 does not discuss Christian, Jewish or other established religions.The Bible is not allowed on school grounds where Mother Earth (Gaia) is revered with globalism as the new religion and global warming as the evil one.Climate confessions are encouraged, and the Green New Deal is our savior.Even though, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, carbon emissions in this country declined 14 percent between 2005 and 2017 due to more electricity having been generated from natural gas, the climate changers do not care. But why work with facts when fear and falsities can satisfy your agenda.No civics classes of our founding history are offered to our youth.All they are made aware of is that the Founding Fathers were old, white, male slave owners.With no Christian or religious knowledge, no awareness of American history or of the founders that created the most free and the strongest country ever, we now have youth that are blank slates filled with fear of extinction and are only offered the climate changers as their saviors.Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionU.S. must foster Ukraine sovereignty“No one is above the Law.”That’s right, Speaker Pelosi. But it has been common practice in our administrations to try to influence elections in foreign countries so that a “favorable” candidate to the United States is chosen.The irony here is that I have never seen so much attention given to Ukraine, which as a nation has been struggling to maintain its independence from the former USSR and now Russia, in addition to dealing with its own internal corruption.The United States and Russia have both used Ukraine as a pawn in a powerful chess game, which hasn’t worked out well for the Ukrainians.If our country maintains that it fosters democracy throughout the world and gives assistance likewise, then stop using Ukraine as a punching bag and allow it to survive on its own. The Ukrainian masses will be grateful and will continue to ally themselves accordingly.William D. WillsAmsterdamlast_img read more

The fall and rise of the developer’s developer

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Twitter tackles violent upsurge against women in lockdown

first_imgTwitter has launched a new prompt to fight gender-based violence in response to a surge in sexual assaults and domestic attacks during lockdown, a company official said on Wednesday.The social network said the feature, currently available in 11 countries, directs users to local helpline services if they search for terms such as “domestic violence” or “sexual assault”.”This is the first time that this notification prompt has been made available in multiple locations in multiple languages,” said Kathleen Reen, a senior director of Twitter in Asia-Pacific. Topics : UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on governments to take urgent measures to tackle the spike in domestic violence and make it a part of national response plans for COVID-19.More than 240 million women and girls aged 15 to 49 worldwide have faced sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner over the past 12 months, UN figures show.It says the figure is likely to increase due to health and money worries ratcheting up tensions at home.”Violence against women and girls across Asia-Pacific is pervasive but at the same time widely under-reported,” said Melissa Alvarado, a manager at the UN Women Asia-Pacific, which partners with Twitter on the latest feature.”Connecting women who are feeling fearful or in danger is critical for their safety,” she added in a statement. center_img The prompt was introduced across Asia last week, then expanded to the United States on Wednesday, with notifications in English and Spanish. Next step: Europe and Latin America.”Twitter is a very popular service during crisis. People come to find out what’s happening, what’s breaking and to get key information on real-time basis,” Reen told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The initiative came after the United Nations warned there had been a “horrifying global surge” in domestic violence, with calls to helplines doubling or tripling in some countries, as lockdowns trapped many women indoors with their abusers.The feature is an expansion of Twitter’s #ThereIsHelp initiative, which provides similar notifications on issues such as suicide prevention and vaccinations.last_img read more

Seaton Beach Management Plan Gets Go Ahead

first_imgEast Devon District councilors have given the go ahead for the production of a beach management plan for Seaton.“A preferred supplier – CH2M – has already been identified, following a rigorous and competitive tender process,” the official press release stated.CH2M are coastal flooding experts who have already produced over 20 Beach Management Plans for areas across the South West of England, including Exmouth and, most recently, Sidmouth, in East Devon, the council said.CH2M will begin work on the Seaton Beach Management Plan (SBMP) in May 2017 with a view to completing it in this year.The project, which is split into six main stages, will involve:Project initiation and planning;Collation of available data;An assessment of the existing coastal processes, flood and erosion risks, as well as the condition of existing sea defenses and the environmental setting;The establishment of baselines for defenses, coastal processes, environment and economics;The consideration of future options for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks;Advising on the actions that will need to be taken over the next five years to implement those options and to manage the beach.[mappress mapid=”24064″]last_img read more

Sapura Energy scores $206 million in new offshore contracts

first_imgMalaysian offshore contractor Sapura Energy Berhad, formerly known as Sapura Kencana, has secured four separate international contracts worth around $206 million.In Myanmar, the company has been hired as a subcontractor by PT. Gunanusa Utama Fabricators for work on PTTEP’s Zawtika offshore project.Under the contract, Sapura Energy will be responsible for the engineering procurement construction and installation of associated pipelines, transportation and installation of new offshore wellhead platforms.It will also provide brownfield modifications of existing platforms and installation of telecommunication and control system integrated to existing facilities to be executed in the Zawtika Field Development for Lot 1 and Lot 2 located in the Gulf of Moattama, approximately 300 km South of Yangon, Myanmar. The subcontract works are expected to be completed in March 2018.In Brunei, Shell has contracted to carry out the works for the Seria Crude Oil Terminal Oil Export SystemThe contract scope of work consists of project management, engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation and installation and hook-up/pre-commissioning of one of Shell’s new Single Point Mooring-1 and Pipe Line End Manifold-1 complete system as well as decommissioning of certain parts of existing infrastructure for the project. The duration of the overall works will be approximately 21 months with the offshore works planned to commence in April 2018.In India, ONGC has hired Sapura for to provide transportation and installation balance subsea works for for C26 Cluster Pipeline Project at ‘C-24PI to TCPP’ segment and ’BB to BA’ segment, relocation of anodes at NLW platform.The scope also includes sump caisson removal at BA platform and to divert the flow to inlet of closed drain header at BPA platform. The offshore works are expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.In Australia, PTTEP Australasia has hired the company for the provision of IRM services including saturation diving and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) intervention works in Montara field. The work is expected to be completed by July 2017.last_img read more

Guyana: Total completes Orinduik block farm-in

first_imgFrench oil major Total has completed the acquisition of a 25 percent working interest in the Orinduik block offshore Guyana.Total had an option to acquire a 25% working interest in the block from Eco Atlantic, one of the partners in the Tullow-operated block. The French company exercised the option in September 2018.Eco Atlantic said on Wednesday that it completed the farm-out agreement with Total’s subsidiary, Total E&P Activités Pétrolières.The company added that all required government authorizations were obtained, the relevant partners’ approvals were executed, and the necessary government transfer fees were paid.Accordingly, Total on Tuesday transferred to Eco the balance of $12.5 million for the 25% working interest in the block.Following the completion of the transaction, the operator Tullow retains its 60 percent interest, with Total now holding 25 percent while Eco Atlantic is holding the remaining 15 percent.Colin Kinley, COO of Eco, said: “We are pleased to confirm that the farm-out to Total is now complete and this allows us to progress efficiently to the next stage of exploration. The company has advanced quickly through the stages of 2D interpretation and 3D surveying, processing, and interpretation.“Now, with Total on board and being fully funded to drill, we look forward to moving ahead, finalizing drilling targets and approving the 2019 drilling budget for Orinduik.“We have remained well ahead of our committed schedule […] and we look forward to advancing through drilling – years in advance of our committed timing under the terms of the Orinduik license.”Gil Holzman, CEO of Eco, added: “The completion of this farm-out to Total is not just the culmination of years of hard work from the Eco team, who identified Orinduik as a high-grade opportunity even before ExxonMobil’s Liza discovery on the adjacent Stabroek block, but is also the beginning of an exciting period where we can now work officially alongside two world-class partners, Tullow and Total, to determine drilling targets for at least one well and potentially more on Orinduik in mid-2019.“Having now received the $12.5 million from Total for their 25% working interest […] we are fully funded for next year’s drilling program.”It is worth noting that a competent persons report identified potential for almost three billion barrels of oil equivalent on the Orinduik block.The 1,800 km2 Orinduik Block is located in the shallow water of the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin. The block is adjacent and updip to the deep-water Liza Field and Snoek, Payara, Pacora, Turbot, Longtail and Hammerhead-1 Discoveries, recently discovered by ExxonMobil and Hess, which is estimated to contain in excess of 4.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, making it one of a handful of billion-barrel discoveries in the last half-decade.last_img read more