Palmer Amaranth

first_imgWhat hasn’t improved are management costs. Culpepper said during the past decade, Georgia growers spent more than $1 billion fighting the weed that competes with cotton plants for water and nutrients. Costs often range between $75 and $100 per acre for adequate control. With approximately 1.4 million acres grown annually in Georgia, the costs have skyrocketed past $1 billion in 10-plus years. “We’re looking at pre-emergence herbicides when we plant the cotton, coming back with post-emergence treatments when the cotton is 2 inches tall and then on throughout the season,” he said. “Cotton’s a slow-growing crop that requires time to become established and then compete and outgrow the weed. That’s why herbicides are required as part of a systems approach to achieve this goal.” Concerns over low cotton prices and high treatment costs have University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper fearing Georgia farmers might be tempted to become conservative in their fight against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth.One of the numerous weed scientists speaking at the annual meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society in Savannah this week, Culpepper is encouraging producers during winter meetings to resist that temptation.“You have done a great job. We know prices are tough, but you have got to stay at it. One lax year and we will go back to where we were,” Culpepper said.From 2008 to 2011, Georgia cotton farmers struggled to manage Palmer amaranth (pigweed) and were suffering economically as well. With improved management strategies, led by Culpepper’s research on the UGA Tifton Campus, farmers are handling this weed better now than any other time since it was discovered eleven years ago in Macon County.center_img With current cotton prices low, Culpepper fears farmers are no longer willing to spend the money needed to effectively manage Palmer amaranth.“It’s a stressful year because of prices and cash flow. Cash flow is an issue for many of our growers,” Culpepper said. “It may be difficult and economically challenging to keep implementing our management systems when cotton prices are at 60 cents or 65 cents; I really hope our growers are able to look at a more long-term view.”Culpepper credits growers for diminishing the weed’s seed bank, or the amount of seed per given area. However, due to the weed’s physiological makeup, that could change if management doesn’t continue or is curtailed in any way.“These farmers have really done a great job in bringing the populations down. But if they skip one year or they try to cut the corner on one year, then you’re back to ground zero because the female plant produces half a million seed,” Culpepper said.Much-needed help in the form of new technological advances could soon be introduced this year. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences weed scientist Timothy Grey has spent the past three years researching and analyzing different chemical treatments in Tifton, Georgia. These improved management strategies will work if used properly, Grey said.Grey’s role at UGA entails working with chemical companies as they introduce new technologies. He has been studying the use of dicamba herbicide in cotton and researching answers to questions like: Is the cotton tolerant to dicamba? What is the cotton’s level of tolerance if dicamba is applied at planting or when the cotton is 2 inches tall?Though dicamba is yet to be registered, Grey’s study treatments have proven to suppress the weed when included in a sound weed management program. In an effort to not overuse the herbicide, Grey limited the application to two or less treatments during the growing season. Reducing the treatments will eliminate the potential of resistance becoming an issue in coming years.“The agricultural chemical industries want to have knowledge that tells them, when they say there is crop safety in putting out these herbicides on these tolerant crops, that there are no issues. The only way for them to do that is to come to people like me and Stanley and others and evaluate these new technologies. The only way they know is to test it in different environments across the state,” Grey said.To effectively manage what Grey calls the “top weed concern” for Georgia cotton farmers, growers need to incorporate old technologies and chemical treatments into their management system, he said. Becoming too reliant on one set of chemicals will lead to resistance, which is what occurred with glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth.last_img read more

Vermont Quarter to get a makeover

first_imgThe Vermont quarter is getting a facelift or at least to its backside.  Governor Jim Douglas has nominated Vermont s 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail to replace the scene of Camel s Hump and sap buckets as part of the U.S. Mint s new America s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Program. Each governor gets to suggest a national park or site in his or her respective state. From Glastenbury Mountain to Woodstock and West Hartford, thousands of Vermonters and visitors each year discover and enjoy our slice of the country s best-known footpath, the Governor said. For more than a hundred miles, the Appalachian Trail follows the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the nation, as it runs along the spine of our Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Quebec.Ben Rose, Executive Director of The Green Mountain Club, notes:  The Long Trail and Appalachian Trail are the backbone of Vermont s landscape, and the Green Mountain Club s (GMC) hundreds of volunteers take care of them.  The timing of this quarter is good, because this summer the GMC will host the Appalachian Trail Conservancy s biannual conference at Castleton State College from July 17-24.  This is a large event, where nearly a thousand hiking club leaders, volunteers, and experienced long-distance hikers from all over the eastern U.S. will converge in Vermont for guided dayhikes, workshops, and socializing.  It is also an invitation for more Vermonters to get involved with hiking clubs check out www.vermont2009.org(link is external). This is a great opportunity for us to share this wonderful resource with the rest of the country, Governor Douglas continued. And with warmer weather just around the corner, I hope Vermonters will get out and enjoy the miles of trails we have in our backyard.The U.S. Mint also asked that two alternatives be submitted. Governor Douglas suggested the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge along Lake Champlain in Franklin County.The U.S. Mint will begin to issue a new 25-cent piece every 10 weeks in 2010, in the order in which each site was first established as a national site.For more information on the U.S. Mint program, visit http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/index.cfm(link is external).last_img read more

Halep remains on top of world tennis rankings

first_imgMadrid: Romania’s Simona Halep continues to lead the Women’s Tennis Association’s rankings released this Monday with 6,921 points, followed by Germany’s Angelique Kerber.Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark retained the third sport in this week’s unchanged top 10, ahead of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, reports Efe news.Further down the rankings, Spaniards Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro kept their 18th and 23rd spots, respectively. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Old grenade discovered in local garage in Oxford

first_imgby Shane Farley, Newscow.net — Oxford police and a bomb squad member were called Sunday afternoon when a resident discovered part of an old grenade in a local garage.Police secured the area, just off N. Pacific, where the center portion of a pineapple-style grenade was found. The part was later determined to be a live grenade fuse and was safely disposed of by a bomb squad official from Sedgwick County.No injuries were were reported.Authorities said the fuse posed a risk mainly to anyone who might have been handling it. The outer shell had been removed and the fuse was wrapped in a cloth or handkerchief.The fuse was discovered as owners of the property sorted through items in the garage. Once it was found, authorities were contacted.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Mary · 208 weeks ago Estate Sale-1113 North B-Wednesday, Aug. 17th, 8am-1pm Everything must go!!! All items 1/2 price off! OR you may fill up a provided bag for one bargain price. Sale will be ìn the garage behind the house. Please park in front of the house so not to block alleyway. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Stacy · 208 weeks ago Garage Sale Saturday August 20th 8 am to Noon 1309 High Drive (In Wheat Ridge) Name Brand Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Clothing, golf clubs, Wii, Miss Me/Name Brand Jeans, Coach Purses, Christmas Ornaments, Jewelry, Weather Tech Car Mats for Chevy Traverse, Household décor, and lots lots more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Kathy · 207 weeks ago Moving Sale! Everything must go! August 27th from 7am – 2pm 319 S. Blankenship, Udall 7 piece dining room set (table can be extended to seat 12 or be small to seat 2 and has leather table covers.) Treadmill, small refrigerater, dishes, glassware, small kitchen appliances, microwaves, tupperware, games (handheld and board), Tv stands, Tv’s, bookcases, stereos, chest of drawers, Queen bed frames with mattress sets, Christmas tree and decorations, all kinds of knicknacks and misc items. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of August 19-21, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more