Pigweed problem

first_imgSeveral years ago, pigweed found the weakness and breached the defense that Georgia cotton growers used to control it. It now threatens to knock them out, or at least the ones who want to make money, says a University of Georgia weed expert.“It’s been devastating in a lot of ways,” said Stanley Culpepper, a weed specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who’s taken a lead in fighting the weed in Georgia. “It’s without a doubt the largest pest-management problem that any of our agronomic growers are facing, especially our cotton producers.”If not killed early, pigweed — also called Palmar amaranth –can grow as tall as a small shade tree in fields, gobble nutrients away from cotton plants, steal yields and in severe cases make harvest difficult or impossible.How did we get here?In 1997, farmers started planting cotton that was developed to stay healthy when sprayed with glyphosate herbicide, commonly sold under the brand name Roundup. They could spray the herbicide over the top of this cotton, killing weeds like pigweed but not the cotton. Virtually all Georgia cotton grown now is “Roundup Ready” because it saves farmers time and money. But relying on one tool to do the job can lead to problems.In 2005, the first case of pigweed resistant to glyphosate was confirmed in middle Georgia, the first confirmed case in the world. At the time, it was localized to a few fields on about 500 acres. The resistance has spread across 52 counties, infesting more than 1 million acres. Within the next year or two, Culpepper said, it will likely be in every agronomic county in the state. It’s also confirmed in most Southeastern states.Glyphosate didn’t cause pigweed to change genetically or to become a resistant mutant, he said. All it took was a few weed plants in a field or area to be genetically different — in this case, resistant to glyphosate. The resistant ones survived to reproduce.Pigweed is dioecious, meaning it needs separate male and female plants to reproduce. And it can reproduce a lot. The male produces the pollen. The female produces the seed. The resistant trait is passed through pollen, which can survive in the air and travel as far as a mile. One female plant can produce between 500,000 to 1 million seeds. Economic survival?According to a survey last year, half of Georgia’s 1 million acres of cotton was weeded by hand for pigweed, something not normally done, costing $11 million. Growers went from spending $25 per acre to control weeds in cotton a few years ago to spending $60 to $100 per acre now.“We’re talking survival, at least economically speaking, in some areas” Culpepper said, “because some growers aren’t going to survive this.”Growers in middle Georgia who’ve battled the resistance for several years now are aggressively attacking the weed. Growers in other regions need to get on board. “If they don’t have resistance yet they will,” he said.The key is diversity, or using more than one tool to fight invaders. Herbicides still provide good control, he said, but they must be applied at the right time and, if possible, under the right conditions. Growers, too, must reduce the number of pigweed seeds in their fields.“Herbicides alone often will not provide adequate control. An integrated program must be developed to reduce the amount of Palmar that actually emerges,” Culpepper said. “If it (pigweed) doesn’t come up, we don’t have to kill it.”Deeply tilling the soil in a field can reduce pigweed seed germination by as much as 50 percent in that field. Using heavy cover crops like rye to provide a thick mat between plant rows can also reduce germination by as much as 50 percent and give cotton plants a competitive edge over the weed. The combination of deep tillage and cover crops in a field can reduce pigweed seed germination by as much as 80 percent. All of this helps, he said, but it won’t knock the giant out.The situation is bleak, he said, but the cotton industry, chemical companies and researchers are responding and trying to catch up with pigweed.“It won’t be tomorrow or even next year, but we have some new technology coming. I’m certainly more optimistic. We’ve got some good options we’re testing now,” Culpepper said. “But we’re going to have to change how we’ve handled this pest in the past. If growers don’t, they simply won’t be growing cotton.”last_img read more

Asian longhorned beetle educational workshops planned

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in cooperation with USDA and the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, invites you to attend a free educational workshop designed to teach volunteer citizens how to identify the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This will help to ensure early detection and better chances of eradication quickly of this destructive non-native forest pest.The preferred host for the ALB is maple trees making it a real and serious threat to the Vermont landscape and economy. Just last year, ALB was found in Worcester, Mass.The workshops will include two hours of classroom time followed by one hour in the field to teach volunteer citizens how to identify ALB.  Classroom work will include information on the threat to Vermont s forests, the biology of ALB, including how to recognize the larval and adult stages, how to recognize external symptoms of ALB infestation on host trees, and who to contact should they see this pest.In the field session, attendees will spend about an hour doing a walk-through of high-risk host hardwood trees, and will have the opportunity to practice Asian long horned beetle survey techniques. Having trained volunteers who can recognize ALB and other invasive pests will increase our chances of early detection and eradication.The workshops are scheduled for:Monday July 13           9:30 a.m. 12 p.m.    S. Burlington Community Library S. Burlington, VTWednesday July 15     5:30 – 7:30 p.m.            Tropical Conservancy – Brattleboro, VTSaturday July 18         9 a.m. 12 p.m.          VINS Nature Center Quechee, VTWednesday July 22     9 a.m. 1 p.m.            Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park – Woodstock, VTWednesday July 29     5:30 – 8:30 p.m.             Ethan Allen Homestead – Winooski, VTThe instructor is Amanda Priestley, Vermont Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Coordinator with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.  To register, call Amanda at (802) 522-0951 or e-mail Amanda.Priestley@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Shumlin announces $2.9 million in Transportation Enhancements Grants

first_imgStatewideVisitor Center Sculpture Interpretation$37,040.00 HartfordRt. 5, I89 Interchange Pedestrian Scoping Study$20,000.00 Morristown-Stowe (LCPC)Multi-use Path Scoping Study$38,724.00 JamaicaJamaica Village Sidewalk$293,894.00 Transportation Grants Awarded for 2011:TownTitle/ActivityRequested Amount Williston Route 2A Multi-Use Path$208,805.83 St. Albans CityPedestrian Enhancements$300,000.00 Killington Killington Road Walkway$255,120.00 Castleton Castleton Corners Sidewalk$300,000.00 Killington Streetscape Scoping Study$30,000.00 GuilfordGreen River Covered Bridge Preservation$123,680.00center_img Barre Town Bridge Street Sidewalk$131,520.00 Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that 18 Vermont communities will receive a combined $2.9 million for transportation enhancements projects.In keeping with Legislative intent that priority be given to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, the lion’s share of this year’s awards went to sidewalks, bike paths and scoping studies for future pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Additional awards were given for the restoration of an historic covered bridge, enhancement of the state’s welcome centers, and studies to determine the feasibility of future projects.A full list of the awards is provided below.‘The seed money provided by these grants will help communities enhance their livability as well as their economy,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Helping our communities be places for walking and cycling increases their vitality. During tough economic times, it is critical for the state to partner with local governments to fund important transportation improvements that local cities and towns otherwise could not afford.’Since 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has annually awarded enhancements grants to communities and non-profit organizations for a wide range of federally-eligible projects such as restoring historic buildings, rebuilding and extending sidewalks, enhancing the environment, bike paths, purchasing scenic easements and repairing historic bridges.Since the program’s inception, more than 350 grant awards have been made to Vermont communities totaling over $46 million.This year, 24 grant applications were received. Following a review by VTrans to affirm project eligibility, the applications were then considered by a Transportation Enhancement Grant Committee, which made the awards. VTrans’ staff will provide technical project assistance and oversight to grant recipients as their projects work their way through the development process.Vermont’s Transportation Enhancement program is a federal-aid reimbursement program. The federal government reimburses 80 percent of a project’s cost, while the recipient local community or non-profit organization pays the 20 percent non-federal match.Source: Governor’s office. Specific questions about the Transportation Enhancements Grant Program may be answered by calling Kevin Russell, Enhancement Program Coordinator at 802-828-0583.  NorthfieldVillage Common Implementation, Sidewalks$200,000.00 Bennington Middle Street Sidewalk$60,800.00 PittsfordPittsford Sidewalk$140,369.00 Rutland CityRutland Creek Path$300,000.00 Hyde ParkDepot Street Sidewalk$146,200.00 South Hero (Local Motion) Causeway Bike Ferry$300,000.00 E. MontpelierBicycle and Pedestrian Scoping Study$20,000.00last_img read more

Roosevelt Woman Tried to Open Bank Account With Fake ID, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Roosevelt woman has been accused of using a fake ID and a counterfeit $100 bill to try and open a bank account in Merrick on Monday afternoon.Nassau County police said Earlene Wilson walked into the Chase Bank on Merrick Road and tried to open an account using a fraudulent New York State driver’s license at 3:40 p.m.The 67-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene.Wilson was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. She will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

3 ways to make your credit union members happier than they already are

first_imgCredit union members are among the happiest consumers out there. Satisfaction is through the roof, so to speak. Credit unions rank high on the American Customer Satisfaction Index year over year, routinely beating banks (though that gap is closing quick) and other financial services institutions.So the challenge isn’t how to make your members happy. It’s how can you make them even happier? Here are three ways to knock member satisfaction off the charts.1. Satisfy your employees firstMember happiness starts with engaged employees. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Think about any situation in which you encounter a service provider, whether that’s the server at your favorite restaurant or the CEO of a vendor partner. Their demeanor makes all the difference, regardless of the situation.It may be hard to believe, but technology can help boost overall employee satisfaction. You’ve heard of a low-value task, right? Tasks that often involve moving paper from one person to the next. Or manual data entry. Or searching for member information in siloed solutions disconnected from the core. There’s a solution. Content services is the low-value task killer. Here’s a story to illustrate. Whatcom Educational Credit Union, a fast growing financial services company in Whatcom County, WA, was overflowing in loan applications, membership profiles, you name it. It was all physically stored in its main office, so whenever a team member at a branch needed to access a member’s file – while the member was standing at the teller window, no less – someone at the main office would have to find the file, find the right document within the file, and fax the paperwork to the branch.Stop and think about that for a minute. Think of the time wasted calling the main office, finding someone to retrieve the file, time spent retrieving and faxing the file, and reviewing the fax once it came across. Now consider the member at the teller window and how those low-value tasks impact service times and satisfaction.It’s been a while since Whatcom connected its core system to a robust content services platform, and employees are still instantly accessing member files and information. Time previously swallowed up by calling, faxing and waiting is spent helping members reach their financial goals.2. Make sure members’ information is safe and secureBy the time June 2018 rolled around, more than 660 data breaches had occurred at businesses large and small. Those breaches represented nearly 23 million exposed records, according to Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout. Financial institutions, including credit unions, made up 12 percent of those breaches.In other words, if you think your credit union is too small or too unassuming to be a target, think again.“Security by obscurity” – or believing your organization is too small to be a target – is no longer a viable strategy for information management. Smaller, less protected companies and organizations are prime targets, and these breaches are more likely to go undetected and under reported.Today information theft is a volume business with a rather mundane objective: Plunder caches of personal information from average people. This personally identifiable information (PII) might include email addresses, website logons, social security numbers, and bank and credit card accounts.Don’t treat security as an afterthought. Start at the beginning, prior to evaluating your current legacy core system or implementing any new software solution that is going to touch your members’ personal information. Make sure the vendor considers security at every phase of the solution’s product lifecycle, including development, testing and support. You could go so far as to ensure the vendor gives its development and quality assurance employees the tools needed to detect and prevent software vulnerabilities.3. Engage in the larger financial services digital ecosystemNo doubt you know a lot about digital transformation and how it can help propel your credit union beyond the competition. But what do you know about digital ecosystems?In the simplest of terms, a digital ecosystem comprises people or companies, data, processes, and connected technology via shared use of digital platforms. Digital ecosystems encourage collaboration between credit unions and members – and even other credit unions. In may still seem far in the future, but the industry is moving toward a digital financial services ecosystem – one of a dozen or so major business ecosystems – that will provide consumers with an interconnected set of services. Members will easily and effortlessly fulfill financial needs from a variety of providers through a single integrated digital experience.To prepare your credit union for inclusion in this digital ecosystem, digital transformation efforts should focus on use of advanced data analytics, machine learning and AI and even open banking APIs. Remember what we’ve said in the past, too. Don’t put off digital transformation because you think it is too big to undertake. Understand that you can take these big ideas back to your organization and move the needle on digital transformation.Credit union members are a happy lot, but there are ways to increase satisfaction and strengthen relationships. That includes a smart content services strategy and a focus on digital transformation and ecosystem alignment. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Comer Steve Comer, Director of the Financial Services industry at Hyland Software.For the past 13+ years, Steve has been dedicated to helping the financial services industry transform their business through … Web: www.hyland.com Detailslast_img read more

An overlooked quality for getting ahead

first_imgEvery summer as a teenager, I worked for a family business in my small hometown in upstate New York. I would work the morning shift at the ice cream stand, and then walked next door to Danny’s restaurant, owned by the same family, to bus tables at night. I was motivated—I wanted to earn enough money to pay for my living expenses and books during college. That experience did more for me then help me earn money for college. I also learned an important lesson that has helped me in every job I have ever had since then, and has contributed to multiple promotions. One of the owners, Vinny, often repeated a saying to the staff that has stuck with me all these years later; “If you can lean, you can clean”. I’ll admit that as a teenager, this off-handed comment sounded a bit micromanaging at first, but I realized that working hard and putting in extra effort had its rewards—I was quickly given more responsibility at the ice cream stand, and allowed to open and close the shifts on my own. In my early twenties, I left upstate New York to move to my now home state of Maryland. Although I left the restaurant and ice cream stand behind, I took the principle of “if you can lean, you can clean” with me. I realized that becoming indispensable to my bosses had its rewards in the corporate world as well. Being proactive by offering to take on additional work and take tasks off my manager’s plate built trust, respect, and accolades. In a nutshell, I put in the effort to make my boss’s job easier.In the journey to develop in your career, there are many important competencies and skills that can help you get ahead. Pursuing an advanced degree, learning a new system, and doing your job well can all contribute to higher level responsibilities or a promotion. But an often-overlooked quality for getting ahead is going above and beyond for the people around you. Below are some examples of how you can apply the concept of “if you can lean, you can clean.”In a weekly meeting with your manager, offer to take a task off her plate. I recall a time when I was the VP of HR at a credit union and my CEO mentioned a vendor she needed to call and schedule an on-site meeting with. I offered to call the vendor for her. If you make it a habit to do this often, your manager will see you as a proactive, effective leader who gets things done.Before approaching your manager with a problem, brainstorm solutions first. Share how you would approach or handle the issue, and ask for buy-in. A common complaint I hear from leaders is that their employees upward delegate issues to them. No one wants more problems, they want solutions. Be the solution.In team meetings, when your manager asks for someone to take on a task, volunteer. Be proactive in helping your manager any way you can to make her job easier. Come prepared to your one-on-one meetings by thinking through how you want to best use the time with your manager. Don’t expect your manager to lead the meeting.Follow up and follow through. These skills cannot be overemphasized enough. Leaders don’t want to run after you to get what they need. Write down everything you commit to, and don’t miss deadlines. Trust is an important factor when managers promote employees.Anticipate your manager’s needs. One of the best employees I ever worked with would approach me often to ask what she could help me with. She wasn’t bored—she had plenty to do—but she made it her priority to help take things off my plate. She stood out from her coworkers by offering assistance regularly. Don’t complain to your boss. Don’t complain about other team members, and don’t complain that you don’t have enough time. Whether conscious or not, your manager will question whether you can handle more responsibility if you can’t handle your current workload.Ask for clarity. If you do feel overwhelmed with work, approach your boss and ask for clarity. For example, “I have three projects that seem important right now. Which one would you say is the priority?” or “When do you need this report by?”Come with a plan. Many times, managers aren’t in tune with the everyday tasks and projects you have on your plate. Instead of complaining about your workload, develop a realistic plan of what can get done with the time and resources you have. Again, leaders want solutions, not problems. For example, “In evaluating our resources, the team doesn’t have the capacity to do projects A, B, and C this quarter. Here is what we can reasonably do with the time and resources we have.”There are many ways you can approach your work with a proactive mindset and become the go-to employee for your manager and team. Developing your knowledge and skills is an important part of preparing for the next step in your career. But if you really want to stand out, put in extra effort as part of your everyday work. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

Zimbabwe beat Pakistan after thrilling Super Over in third ODI | Cricket News

first_img– Advertisement – Sean Williams and Babar Azam traded centuries before Zimbabwe overcame Pakistan in a Super Over at the end of a dramatic third one-day international in Rawalpindi.Pakistan, who had claimed the three-match series after back-to-back victories, clinched a tie from the final ball, as Muhammad Musa hit a four to level the scores at 278.Zimbabwe, though, restricted Pakistan to just two runs from the sudden-death over, as Blessing Muzarabani added another couple of wickets to his five during the regular match, removing Iftikhar Ahmed first ball to a catch at deep midwicket and then Khushdil Shah dragged onto his stumps.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Blessing Muzarabani took five wickets in regulation play and two in the Super Over for Zimbabwe
Blessing Muzarabani took five wickets in regulation play and two in the Super Over for Zimbabwe

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WHO medics, aid flown into Iran as virus toll jumps to 66

first_imgA plane carrying UN medical experts and aid touched down Monday in Iran on a mission to help it tackle the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of coronavirus as European powers said they would send further help.As the official death toll rose by 12 to 66, the Islamic republic turned down a similar offer from arch-enemy Washington, dismissing it as “propaganda”.The World Health Organization said a flight arrived from Dubai carrying medical supplies and experts on a fact-finding mission and to “provide guidance on strengthening and scaling up the response to the ongoing outbreak.” ‘Supplies running low’ The WHO said it had sent Iran “medical supplies and protective equipment to support over 15,000 health care workers, as well as enough laboratory kits to test and diagnose nearly 100,000 people”.As the goods worth more than $300,000 — including gloves, surgical masks and respirators — were loaded onto an Emirati transport plane in Dubai, WHO’s Robert Blanchard warned that global supplies were running low.”What we see now is that demand has greatly exceeded our available stocks… and we are struggling to get access to more supplies.”The six-member medical team is made up of doctors, epidemiologists and laboratory specialists to help Iran detect and control the virus, Blanchard said.WHO operations manager Nevien Attalla said the supplies were the “first big shipment which supports the response to coronavirus”.”Iran is a challenging country. You don’t have always easy approvals to go,” she said.The UAE provided the military transport plane for the flight despite having downgraded its relations with the Islamic republic amid fierce rivalry between Iran and close UAE ally Saudi Arabia.Gulf states have announced a raft of measures to cut links with Iran to curb the spread of the virus, cutting off transport links and telling citizens not to visit.”Aid should reach all people regardless of their background,” said Sultan Mohammed al-Shamsi, the UAE’s undersecretary for humanitarian affairs.IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for patients suffering from the new coronavirus. Topics : Germany, France and Britain, for their part, said they would send emergency medical supplies including testing equipment, body suits and gloves as well as five million euros (US$5.5 million) to help tackle the outbreak.Iran’s confirmed cases leapt Monday by 523 on the previous day, hitting 1,501, said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.State news agency IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for coronavirus patients. The outbreak that originated in China has sparked concern among Iran’s neighbors, with the Gulf Arab states confirming 130 cases including, on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s first case.The health ministry in Riyadh, another key rival of Tehran, said the man had tested positive after returning from Iran.Many of the Gulf’s other victims are pilgrims returning from Iran, especially the Shiite holy city of Qom where the country’s first case was reported.US President Donald Trump had Saturday offered: “If we can help the Iranians with this problem, we are certainly willing to do so… All they have to do is ask.”But Tehran rejected the offer, charging that Trump, who has heaped sanctions and a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, was offering help “for propaganda purposes”.”We are suspicious of the intentions of the Americans and do not count on this aid,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Moussavi, quoted by IRNA.Germany, France and Britain, who remain as signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite Trump’s withdrawal, expressed “their full solidarity with all impacted by COVID-19 in Iran”.Beijing, also a signatory to the nuclear deal, said an expert team from China had arrived Saturday in Tehran “to provide what assistance it can in terms of epidemic prevention and control and medical relief”.last_img read more

Gyms ‘ordered to stay shut due to high risk of spreading coronavirus’

first_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… Gyms have been told they must stay shut until autumn at the earliest after Government officials deemed them one of the worst places for spreading coronavirus. Government scientists are understood to have grouped them with bars and restaurants, which will be among the last venues to reopen. More pessimistic forecasts within government have even predicted that gyms won’t reopen this year. An industry source in talks with the Government said: “Six months is a reasonable timeframe.” Whitehall officials who have been working with industry bodies on plans to reopen workplaces have concluded that like bars and restaurants, gyms are a “hotbed of infection”. A source who has been involved in extensive talks with government officials over the ‘Back to Work’ plans said: “Gyms won’t be open any time soon. It won’t be sooner than autumn.” Another of those involved in the planning said: “One way systems don’t work in gyms as people don’t use the equipment in order like aisles in Tesco.Advertisement “They are in close proximity in the wet environment of changing rooms, while exercise means lots of sweat and huffing and puffing in close quarters.” But some gyms have urged the Government to allow them to open for personal trainers and their clients. They have argued this could work because gyms could operate in a much more controlled environment where personal trainers could keep two metres away from their clients but also clean equipment after every use. The Treasury is understood to be working on plans to extend its wage support scheme for the specific sectors that are told to stay shut. read also:Inside Lionel Messi’s full-fledged Gym: To Hell with Coronavirus! That could see gym employees kept on some form of the taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, which currently pays 80 per cent of wages for workers who have been furloughed by their employer. The current scheme is currently due to end in June but Chancellor Rishi Sunak has assured employers that they will not face a “cliff-edge”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more