Morning glory is a long-standing nuisance weed that wraps around corn plants and chokes farm equipment. One University of Georgia weed scientist is helping corn producers find ways to contain the weed.“I’d say, look first at what you’re doing and see if there’s a deficiency there, then what you could do that you’re not doing. We would encourage farmers to use as much atrazine as possible,” said Eric Prostko, a Tifton-based UGA Extension specialist. Atrazine is a corn grower’s most effective management strategy in combating morning glory, though there are restrictions as to how much and when it can be used. Prostko said growers can use 1 quart at planting time and follow up with an additional 1.5 quarts later in the season up until the corn is 12 inches tall.The problem that corn growers with major morning glory issues encounter is that atrazine does not provide residual control throughout the entire length of the corn growing season. In south Georgia that could be February through August. Also, because corn is planted and harvested earlier than other crops, it dries out much quicker in the summer. This allows sunlight to reach the soil surface, enabling morning glory to emerge. Prostko said corn growers are susceptible to a flush of morning glory weed late in the season because there’s not an herbicide to prevent it from coming up.Morning glory vines wrap tightly around a plant and migrate laterally across the crop plant. This makes harvesting corn a struggle for farmers. Morning glories can also wrap around combine parts and stop the combine during harvesting.“It can be a tremendous harvest problem. It may be, in some cases, impossible to go through a field with a combine that’s got a very bad morning glory problem,” Prostko said.Hand-weeding is not an option because it’s impractical to pull weeds in July in 12-foot corn, he said. Based on his research, Prostko can offer farmers some alternatives. “What we have seen is harvest aids being used. Products like Aim can be used to make the vines more brittle, so they’re more likely to break up in the combining process,” Prostko said. Harvest aids are applied about a week before harvest.Another option is to pick the corn before morning glories become too much of a nuisance. Producers can allow the corn to dry out of the field, though that strategy requires added expense that some growers may not be able to finance, Prostko said.For more information about UGA corn production research, see the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia grains site.
In the statement, GAM chairman Hugh Scott-Barrett backed Friedman’s handling of the suspension of Tim Haywood, head of the absolute return bond team, on 31 July. Alexander Friedman, group chief executive officer of Swiss asset manager GAM, has stepped down from his role effective today, according to a statement from the company.David Jacob, a member of GAM Holding’s board of directors, has been appointed interim group CEO until a permanent replacement is chosen.Friedman’s departure follows a difficult period for the group, which recorded a net outflow of CHF17.7bn (€15.5bn) in the third quarter of this year in the wake of the suspension of a senior fund manager.GAM’s share price has fallen by more than 60% since the start of this year, from CHF16 to CHF6 at the close of trading yesterday. Source: GAMAlexander Friedman“Alex has ably led the business during a time of unprecedented challenges for the active asset management and hedge funds industry,” Scott-Barrett said. “Alex had the full support of the board in the decision to suspend a portfolio manager in July.“During his tenure as CEO he has driven a significant programme of change that has made us a more modern, diversified and cost-effective business. We would like to thank Alex for his significant efforts over the last four years and wish him well for the future.”The chairman said Friedman’s departure was a joint decision that would “better enable us to take the action necessary to support profitability and drive forward the group’s strategy”. He added that the leadership team still had “some important decisions” to make regarding the future of the company.Jacob joined GAM’s board in 2017, and was previously CEO at Rogge Global Partners from 2014 to 2016. He worked at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors) for nine years until 2013 in a variety of senior roles including chief investment officer. He has also worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and JPMorgan Asset Management.GAM said his “immediate priority” would be ensuring that “the steps necessary to drive forward GAM’s strategy and to support profitability are actioned as soon as possible”. GAM was forced to halt dealing on its absolute return bond fund range at the beginning of August after investors began to redeem their money in the wake of Haywood’s suspension. The company subsequently decided to liquidate the funds and return cash to investors, although new vehicles are planned for those investors wishing to remain in the strategy.
Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerIs Melvin Gordon playing Week 14?While there has been some optimism from the Chargers that Gordon could return to action shortly, it may not happen in Week 14. Gordon was sidelined at practice on Wednesday, according to the Chargers’ official injury report, and if that doesn’t change on Thursday, it seems that he will be a long shot to suit up on Sunday.It’s also notable that the Chargers have a short turnaround following Week 14, as they play an important Thursday night game against the Chiefs in Week 15. They could be trying to save Gordon for that matchup, as it seems unlikely that he would be able to play in two games in five days while he deals with this knee injury.While Gordon is out, Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler will handle a majority of the workload in the Chargers’ backfield. Both should have a chance to take advantage of a weak Bengals defense that has struggled badly against the run, but it is unclear exactly which player will get more opportunities to produce. Jackson looked better on the ground last week, and that’s why he’s one of our top potential sleepers for Week 14.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endJames Conner injury updateConner has already been declared out for Week 14 as he deals with complications from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chargers. He may, in fact, have an ankle sprain or a high ankle sprain, so his status moving forward will need to be watched closely.As long as Conner is out, Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will split the load in the backfield and run a committee approach for the Steelers. That said, we do prefer Samuels against the Raiders, as he should take on a bigger role in the receiving game. For more on how to treat these players this week, check out our Week 14 RB rankings.WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsIs Kerryon Johnson playing Week 14?Johnson is still dealing with complications from a knee injury suffered in Week 11, and his potential return this week isn’t looking great. According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, Johnson missed practice on Wednesday. He hasn’t logged a practice since suffering the injury, and if he can’t get on the field soon, it looks like he will miss another week.In Johnson’s stead, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will have a chance to carry the load. The Cardinals have one of the weakest run defenses in the league, so that should bode well for Blount as the team’s between-the-tackles runner. He will move up into RB2 territory if Johnson is, indeed, out for Week 14. Is Chris Carson playing Monday night?In the Seahawks’ blowout win over the 49ers last week, Carson suffered a dislocated finger that kept him out of the game late. Of course, that move could have been precautionary because of the scoreline of the game, but it’s still an injury worth watching going forward.According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes that Carson should be able to play in Week 14 against the Vikings. However, it’s important to take that with a grain of salt, as Carroll has a history of having an overly positive outlook on the health of his running backs. So, it’s possible that Carson could be a true game-time decision. And with the Seahawks playing on Monday night, fantasy owners will certainly be sweating that out.If Carson can’t go, Rashaad Penny would likely take over as the lead back (though you never know with Seattle). Penny saw a good amount of work against the 49ers and had an impressive TD run against the squad. He would be a volume-based RB2 against a tough Vikings run defense while backup Mike Davis could also become a TD-dependent FLEX play. But if Carson plays, this will all be moot. It’s seem quite possible — if not, probable — that three key RBs could be inactive again in Week 14. We already know James Conner is out (as well as Matt Breida), and Melvin Gordon and Kerryon Johnson could also miss the first week of the fantasy playoffs as they deal with their respective injuries. Elsewhere, solid RB2s like Chris Carson and Doug Martin are nursing injuries from wear-and-tear as the season has gone along, so they may be questionable, as well. These injuries will create some difficult start ’em, sit ’em decisions for fantasy owners and will definitely have an impact on our Week 14 RB rankings, elevating some handcuffs to full-fledged sleepers.We’ll have more updates on injuries as the week goes along, so keep checking back for the latest updates. For more on banged-up players at other positions, including Julio Jones, Evan Engram, and Mitchell Trubisky, click here. And for more fantasy news, follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy). WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsDoug Martin injury updateMartin is dealing with a knee injury, but he doesn’t seem to be in danger of missing any time. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Martin was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. That should allowed him to play on Sunday against the Steelers.Martin will continue on as the lead back with Jalen Richard mixing in as the top pass-catching option. However, it will be interesting to see if the Raiders use C.J. Anderson in any capacity after signing him as a free agent this week. The Raiders backfield could become a committee approach if they look to limit Martin’s touches, so this situation will bear watching in the fantasy playoffs.