first_imgMorning 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.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Richmond Times-Dispatch:Dominion Energy on Thursday announced plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia — a 220-turbine installation that would power 650,000 homes at peak wind. If it gains state and federal approvals, the $7.8 billion project would deliver 880 megawatts of energy by 2024 and a total of 2,600 megawatts by 2026. The turbines would be anchored on 112,800 acres Dominion is leasing from the federal government 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.Dominion’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order calling for a plan to make Virginia’s electric grid solely dependent on carbon-free energy sources by 2050. That plan called for 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2026.As pitched, Dominion’s would be the largest offshore wind farm in the country. The nation’s first commercial offshore wind farm began operation off the coast of Rhode Island in 2016. Others are in development.“If approved and generating power as projected in 2026, Dominion’s 2,500 megawatts project will be the single largest project in U.S. waters,” said Laura Morton, a policy analyst with the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group. The next largest project, Ocean Wind, would generate 1,100 megawatts off the New Jersey coast.New Jersey has a procurement goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030. New York recently announced a 9,000 megawatt goal by 2030.Making Virginia a leader in offshore wind has become a goal for Northam, who vowed policy support for the industry during a speech in Norfolk on Thursday. Northam is calling for construction permits related to Dominion’s project to be filed by 2021 — the last full year of his administration.More: Dominion plans to build nation’s largest offshore wind farm off coast of Virginia Dominion plans 2,600MW offshore wind project, largest in U.S.last_img read more

first_imgStatewide —On Monday,  Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued a new two-week Stay At Home order designed to limit interactions. While the Stay At Home order continues mostly as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people.Retail businesses that provide necessities of life may remain open but should limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time; implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as limit hours of operation to restock and clean; and comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public. A list of such businesses is included in the executive order.All other retail businesses may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence. State parks remain open to daily visitors.Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.All employers, regardless of type, must continue to comply with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) standards and safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA. IOSHA is actively accepting and investigating complaints of violations. The complaint process may be accessed at addition to IOSHA investigations, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.last_img read more

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand (CMC) – Assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes Kraigg Brathwaite will acquit himself well, when he takes over as West Indies captain for the second Test against the Black Caps starting here tomorrow.The 25-year-old, the side’s vice-captain for over a year, was forced into the breach after regular skipper Jason Holder was suspended by the International Cricket Council for the upcoming match, following an over-rate offence in the just-concluded Wellington Test.Estwick, who has overseen Brathwaite’s development from a young age, said his fellow Barbadian possessed all the qualities necessary for leadership.“Leadership is not anything new to Kraigg. Obviously I’ve known him from a little boy at Combermere (secondary school) and he’s captained right through school at Combermere,” Estwick said.“He was Barbados Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 (captain) and West Indies Under-19 captain to the World Cup; so it’s nothing new to him. It’s something I would say he’s been groomed for.“It’s unfortunate the way he’s got the captaincy for this match but we’ve got to put that behind us. We’ve got to support him, we’ve got to help him, we’ve got to rally around him and we’ve got to go out and play good positive cricket.”Brathwaite was one of the few bright spots from the opening Test at the Basin Reserve last weekend which the Windies lost by an innings and 67 runs inside four days.The right-hander scored 24 and 91 in a match that featured a massive West Indies batting collapse, emerging as one of just two batsmen who managed half-centuries.Estwick pointed out that the high value Brathwaite placed on his wicket and the high standards he demanded from those around him would be an asset for the side.“He will lead by example. He’s someone who will put a price on his wicket. He’s a person who will give 100 per cent at all times and he will expect his players to do that as well,” Estwick explained.“He will expect his players not to give an inch, not to let their heads drop and continue to work hard and stay disciplined, and those are the things he’s going to bring to the table.”West Indies have not won a Test series on New Zealand soil on 22 years and the defeat in Wellington ensured that trend would remain unchanged.Estwick said he backed the Windies to hit back from the heavy loss, noting the key was to remain focused throughout the Test.“It (first Test result) was very disappointing. We didn’t play well in that Test match at all. We didn’t bowl as well as we would’ve liked. We certainly didn’t bat as well as expected,” said Estwick.“Obviously if you’re going to be bowled out on the first day of a Test match just before tea for 134, it’s always going to be an uphill struggle.“What we’ve got to do now is put that behind us and over the next couple of days really work hard and bounce back. We’ve done it before and if we can remain focused and disciplined, and keep our belief as strong as possible, we can bounce back in his coming Test match.”last_img read more

first_img“The goal of the Geek Speaks lecture series is to bring popular artists to campus to engage in thoughtful conversations that we think might be relevant to geeks here at USC,” said Provost’s Professor of Communication Journalism and Cinematic Arts Henry Jenkins.The night featured two panels. The first focused on the creative process of the industry. Women from iconic television shows such as Friends, Fringe and The Vampire Diaries discussed how they began their careers, ranging from how they interacted and collaborated with mentors and employees to how they believed the media and audience can change the way in which their work has been produced and viewed. Erin Reilly, creative director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, moderated the panels.The first panel began by speaking about what television meant for them growing up in their childhood households. Julie Plec, co-creator and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries, discussed her love for soap operas as a child.Melanie Chilek, on the other hand, discussed her experience working in television production and business within the industry.“Reality television has its roots in journalism, and to tell stories in journalism, you ask a lot of questions,” Chilek said. “I was an avid and voracious reader and very curious. This propelled me for my career in the reality side and business side.”Felicia Henderson, writer and co-producer of Fringe and Gossip Girl, started her career in her living room watching sitcoms as a child before her bedtime.“Eight o’clock sitcoms are my favorite things in the world,” Henderson said.Alexa Junge, producer of Friends, felt ’70s sitcoms shaped her understanding of human relationships. She began her career in theater, desiring to be a playwright until she started working at Nickelodeon.“Many of the skills that I had were of value [at Nickelodeon],” Junge said. “The collaboration was so evident, because as a playwright the writing is so concrete.”The panel also agreed over what they believed was the main barrier for female directors and producers. Though a common assumption would be that the main issues are pregnancy and family, the actual reasons appear to be gender and finance.Asha Anderson, a sophomore majoring in political science, discussed how going to this panel would help her prepare to battle these problems when she enters the industry.“I’m an aspiring writer and director for television and although I’m not in the film school, I thought it would be interesting to see how my gender, [which is] highly underrepresented in this industry, are treated in their careers,“ Anderson said.The second panel focused on creative products. It dove into the harder issues that have arisen in past years — whether it’s in the content of their material or the issues their shows explore. The panel included women from prominent television shows such as Sex and the City and My So-Called Life and was moderated by Francesca Marie Smith, a member of Annenberg Lab.Meg DeLoatch, co-executive producer of Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, cites herself as a “TV baby.” She came to Los Angeles as an actress but realized a career as a writer would be more stable.Women such as DeLoatch serve as inspiration for students such as Sarah Ortiz, a junior majoring in critical studies.“I hear all this stuff about how difficult this career is for women, but I’ve gone to several of these panels, and this one was particularly interesting because I could hear the paths of these women,” Ortiz said.Robin Schiff, executive producer of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, loved television as a child, saying she even picked her childhood friends based on their love for television.“TV is the medium. I don’t hear anyone having long conversations about movies, but I do hear them for House of Cards and Game of Thrones,” Schiff said. On Thursday, Annenberg Innovation Lab hosted “Geek Speaks: The Women Who Make Television.” Focusing on the development of arts and technology, the event recognized women who have played pivotal roles within the television industry.It’s all geek to me · Alexa Junge, a producer of the former hit show Friends, spoke to students on how her past experience has influenced her. – Kirstin Louie | Daily Trojanlast_img read more