Costly Irragation Lapses.

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_img PUMPING WATER AS FAST AS THEY CAN, many Georgia irrigation systems can’t keep up with plants’ water needs. Underdesigned systems or hesitant farmers supplement rain, instead of replace it, as irrigation systems are engineered to do. But using it to supplement rain means lost yields, said a University of Georgia engineer. “You have to be committed to supplying the moisture needs of the crop,” said Tony Tyson. “Sometimes that means irrigating 24 hours a day. But you have to do it.” (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Kerry Harrison — UGA CAES “For the most part, people have drawn that conclusion from past experience,”said Tyson, an irrigation specialist. “But either their system was underdesigned orthe farmer was hesitant to run it long enough to supply the peak water demand.”Usually, the problem isn’t the system. “Most systems less than 10 years old areadequately designed,” he said.The problem, he said, is that many Georgia farmers use supplemental irrigation. Theyjust fill in between rains. When their crop shows signs of moisture stress, they crank upthe irrigation.That approach is costly, he said, in years like this, when dry spells are long andtemperatures high.”If you wait until you see signs of stress, you’ve already hurt the yieldpotential,” he said. “That’s especially true in the critical pollinating andfruiting period.”Losing any yield is costly. Georgia growers get up to 1,400 pounds of cotton fromirrigated fields. A loss of 230 pounds per acre would mean about $100 million overGeorgia’s 600,000 acres of irrigated cotton.The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Servicerates 73 percent of Georgia’s 1.4 million acres of cotton as only “fair” orworse. About 40 percent is irrigated.Tyson figures most yield losses on irrigated acres could be avoided if the systems weredesigned and used right.”We recommend designs that will meet peak demand,” he said. “That meansthat with no rainfall at all, the system will supply the highest demand of a givencrop.”With most row crops, he said, the system must provide up to one and one-quarter inchesof water every three days.Some systems can’t meet that demand. “In the late 1970s and early ’80s,irresponsible or inexperienced irrigation contractors sometimes cut the system capacity tocome up with a competitive price,” he said. “Some of those systems can’t put outenough water in conditions like this.”Some farmers irrigate out of ponds they have already pumped dry. But Tyson said thatshouldn’t happen.”That’s one of the things we look at in the design,” he said. “It’s hardto justify making the kind of investment you have to make on irrigation if you don’t haveadequate water.”Some strategies, though, avoid problems even with underdesigned systems. “Werecommend splitting the system,” he said, “and planting different crops underthem that don’t require peak irrigation at the same time.”Most crops have a water-use curve, he said, that ranges from less than one-tenth toabout one-third of an inch per day. The peak water demand for corn and tobacco is in Mayand June. For cotton and peanuts, it’s July and August.Most farmers, though, have systems that can put out plenty of water. But for variousreasons, they hesitate until they’ve already lost valuable yields.”Some of our farmers do a good job with irrigation management,” Tyson said.”I can just about guarantee you somebody will make 1,400 pounds of cotton per acreeven this year.”The ones who manage their irrigation well, he said, are committed to supplying waterwhenever their crops need it.”You’re not going to make peak yields with supplemental irrigation in stressfulconditions,” Tyson said. “You have to be committed to supplying the moistureneeds of the crop. Sometimes that means irrigating 24 hours a day. But you have to doit.”center_img It’s not just the drought hurting Georgia farmers this year. A University of Georgia expert said the way many water theircrops could cut $100 million from cotton yields alone.Struggling to keep their crops healthy, Georgia farmers often declare that even inirrigated fields, they need rain to get good yields.But that’s not necessarily true, said Tony Tyson,an Extension Service engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more


NAFCU, others eye CFPB mortgage servicing proposal today

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgThe “successors-in-interest” aspect of CFPB’s mortgage servicing proposal – a provision NAFCU has flagged as a potential problem area – will be examined today during a mortgage servicing roundtable meeting that will include NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Alexander Monterrubio.The roundtable is being organized by the Consumer Mortgage Coalition and other financial trades were represented as well, including the Mortgage Bankers Association, and will be held at the offices of The Financial Services Roundtable.In 2014, CFPB issued proposed amendments to the 2013 Mortgage Rules under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z). One of the proposed changes would apply Regs X and Z mortgage servicing rules to successors-in-interest, or individuals confirmed as successors to mortgage borrowers who have died or transferred the property to family members.Mortgage servicers have expressed concerns that they could be liable under state or federal privacy or debt collection laws for giving successors-in-interest account information as mandated under Regs X and Z. There is also concern about the potential for fraud. Servicers have asked CFPB to clarify in any final regulation how servicers can both protect consumers and avoid impropriety in these dealings. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Hamilton is proving popular in the prestige apartment buyers market

Posted On Oct 6 2020 by

first_imgErrol and Kathy Taylor are loving their new life at Newport apartments in Hamilton Reach.PRESTIGE apartments in Hamilton are appealing to downsizers who still want room for their extended family to visit.With only seven residences left, the recently completed Newport at Hamilton Reach is proving a winner in the luxury apartment market.Errol Taylor and wife Kathy chose to buy a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment on the second level, enabling them to downsize but still accommodate their children for visits.“The children have grown up and left home so we wanted something on the water that couldaccommodate the family when they visit,” Mr Taylor said.“We also wanted to be in a position where we could go on holiday and not worry about thegarden, security and checking the letterbox.”The couple has been renting an apartment in another Hamilton Reach building, Watermarque, ahead of the settlement of their Newport purchase.“We absolutely love the community feel and vibe,” Mr Taylor said. “It’s family friendly which is great for our grandkids.“We love the lifestyle here — it’s an excellent location that is close to everything but still has arelaxed, family feel.” Newport at Hamilton Reach.The $35.9 million 34 apartment, five level complex has the feel of a boutique hotel, with stunning Brisbane river frontage and views to the CBD.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoFrasers Property Australia general manager residential Queensland Cameron Leggatt saidNewport’s popularity could be attributed to its design, location and Brisbane’s buoyant prestige market.“Our relationship with Newport’s architect, Rothelowman, across several stages of HamiltonReach has been crucial in achieving the best design outcomes for this development,” MrLeggatt said.“This has enabled the architect to develop an intimate and holistic understanding of thecommunity, its residents and their lifestyle needs.”Rothelowman Principal Jeff Brown said the natural elements surrounding the property drove the architecture behind the project.“Defined by a splendid location next to the Brisbane River, golf course and waterway, we were given the opportunity to deliver a high-quality, private and intimate apartment dwellings, very favourable to an owner-occupier buyer,” Mr Brown said.“The building was designed to reflect the meandering of the Brisbane River; white and dark tones fold against one another, allowing for deep shadows to play across the facade exaggerating form through movement.”Mr Brown said the interiors showcased a light and simple finish allowing owner-occupiers to personalise their own apartments.“Generous spaces combine considered joinery and fixtures to match the requirement for an understated sense of luxury,” he said.Newport features an internal atrium with mature palm trees and natural airflow.The development’s remaining apartments include riverfront residences ranging in size from 109sq m to 165sq m with prices starting at $755,000 and ranging to $1.525 million.last_img read more


12 Cuban health workers assigned to SERHA

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional 12 Cuban health workers assigned to SERHA by: Jamaica Observer – November 21, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share 224 Views   no discussions KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twelve of the 30 Cuban health workers, who recently arrived in the island, have been assigned to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).The team consists of eight doctors and four specialist nurses. They will be deployed to health facilities in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew and St Thomas.“SERHA provides health care services to approximately half of the population and so we welcome the additional manpower. We have no doubt that they will enhance our ability to meet the demands of the patients we serve,” Dr Andrei Cooke, SERHA board chairman said. “The team will provide services in specialty areas such as pathology, dentistry, primary care, oncology, neonatology and mental health.”Dr Cooke said the health workers have begun a three-day orientation, which the Region has customised to ensure that they are able to effectively function in the health facilities they have been assigned.“This orientation is geared towards assisting the team to adjust to working in a different cultural setting and so they are being introduced to the certain aspects of the Jamaican culture such as the food, language, dance and folklore,” Dr Cooke explained.“One of the key components of the orientation is strengthening the communication skills of the health workers because we recognise that there may be communication gaps.”In addition, Dr Cooke noted that the team will be briefed about the technical services offered in the Region, which represents their core responsibilities as it relates to patient care. They will also undergo three months of in-service technical training in the health facilities they have been placed.last_img read more


Sex party: England boss furious with Man City fullback Walker

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon And it was only hours before he made a plea to his supporters to stay home to aid the coronavirus fight. The Sun claims that Southgate is very angry with Walker and the example he is setting through his behaviour. read also:Morgan slams Walker’s ‘disgusting hypocrisy’ for hosting sex party The England starter may even be dropped from the squad entirely by Southgate for future games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img England manager, Gareth Southgate, is unhappy with Manchester City star Kyle Walker. Kyle Walker The latter reportedly hosted a “sex party” at his home during the current COVID-19 lockdown. There is no football and most non-essential workers around the world are encouraged to stay home and lay low. However, Walker is said to have invited two escorts to his home.Advertisementlast_img read more


Information packed session at the Greensburg Adult Center

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Representatives from Decatur County Memorial Hospital met at the Greensburg Adult Center last Wednesday to provide an informative program to attendees. Approximately 20 individuals learned about Diabetes, DCMH Emergency Services, and Specialty Clinics.  Holly Pray, RD spoke of ways to prevent diabetes and how to live well with the diagnosis.  She shared many useful tips for grocery shopping, meal planning, and portion control.  She also answered many questions from the audience.  Scott Chasteen, Emergency Services Director, added comedic relief to the afternoon and provided the crowd with information on the EMS Department at DCMH.  He also gave a tour of the new ambulance.  Several in the audience shared stories of how a quick response from DCMH EMS saved the lives of loved ones, and they were amazed at all the capabilities of the new ambulance.Kristin Rowland, Health Coach, provided free blood pressure screenings to everyone in the audience.  Several attendees took advantage of the service.Many asked questions about DCMH Specialty Clinics and physicians.  Rebecca Kennelly provided pamphlets with contact information to schedule appointments.  DCMH representatives provide informational meetings to groups and employers throughout Decatur County and can be seen at events throughout the year.  Please visit www.DCMH.net for additional information on all services.last_img read more


Eddings promoted as new Cricket Australia (CA) chairman

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgMelbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of a former first-grade batsman and president of Premier Cricket side North Melbourne, Earl Eddings as its new Chairman. David Peever resigned from the position following the publication of the Longstaff Review, and Eddings, recently elected the deputy chair, has been promoted.Eddings became a CA Director in 2008 and has been an active member of the Audit and Risk, and People and Culture Committees as well as an alternative Director for the past 18 months at International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. His current term is scheduled to run till the CA’s Annual General Meeting in 2019.“Cricket is only what it is in Australia because of the commitment of our people, the fans and the thousands of volunteers around the country. I am honoured to serve in this position and am committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud of,” Eddings said in a statement.“It’s important that, along with our owners, the State and Territory Associations, the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, that we work harder than ever before to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds across the country and continue to strengthen cricket’s privileged position as Australia’s favourite summer pastime, whether you are a spectator, player or volunteer,” he added. (IANS) Also read: Sports Newslast_img read more


The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgThe school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members so far. All other tests have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff.___Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic.All of FIFA’s 211 national members will get a $1 million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. June 25, 2020 Associated Press ___East Carolina says it had one positive test result for COVID-19 this week.The school announced Thursday that it had performed 68 tests with athletes, coaches and staff Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school didn’t specify who had the positive result from that group.So far, the school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members. All other test results have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. The Sounders will travel to Orlando, Florida on July 3 to begin preparations for the MLS Is Back tournament. Seattle’s first game in the tournament is July 10 against San Jose.___The IndyCar Series plans to welcome fans back to the track July 9-12 at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.IndyCar officials said all guests will be screened in their vehicles with contactless temperature checks before they enter the parking areas. Only people described as essential racing personnel will have access to the paddock. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be given to spectators as they arrive at the track.Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a cloth face covering where social distancing is hard to maintain. IndyCar officials also are encouraging spectators to print their tickets at home for easier entry. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-isolation at home. None of the positive tests came from players currently in Minnesota or in Fort Myers, Florida, where the team’s spring training headquarters are. Falvey declined to specify the exact number or whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. Prior to the recent positive tests, Falvey said, the Twins had no known cases among players or staff.Major league camps are set to reopen next week, mostly at home stadiums.___The Seattle Sounders had one player test positive for COVID-19, but the player has recovered and returned to full team training.Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said Thursday the player tested positive in the early stages of when the team returned to individual training last month. The player was quarantined and was later cleared to rejoin team activities. ___Manchester City has been given permission to host Liverpool in the Premier League on July 2 at Etihad Stadium.The Man City-Liverpool match had been one of five games the police asked to be held at a neutral venue to keep away fans because of safety concerns.But Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group says there are “no objections” to the match at City’s home stadium.The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police, fire and rescue services, and supporters’ groups. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million.Many soccer federations get much of their income from the men’s national teams, which have been unable to play since November.FIFA says the money can go to help “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected” by the pandemic.Oversight of the money and repayment plans will be led by FIFA governance panel member Olli Rehn, who is governor of the Bank of Finland. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.“I would say I maybe had one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then it wasn’t too bad,” Elliott said during a Twitch chat with Scooter Magruder this week. “I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. But now I would say I feel good, I feel normal.”Elliott said he hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first.It was revealed June 15 that Elliott had tested positive for the coronavirus. That was about a week after he had been tested.Elliott’s mother said last week on Twitter that the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. Elliott’s mother and sister were with him during that encounter. Both tested negative. The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests ___Michigan State says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, and East Carolina says it had one positive test result this week.Michigan State says 114 athletes were tested Monday, and the two who tested positive will be isolated for 10-14 days. Also, one athlete will have to quarantine for 14 days after contact tracing revealed close contact with someone who tested positive. No athletic department staff members tested positive.Michigan State previously announced that one athlete tested positive in testing done June 15. Athletes who have tested negative twice are now permitted to participate in voluntary workouts.East Carolina says it tested 68 athletes, coaches and staff on Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school in Greenville, North Carolina, didn’t specify who had the positive result. ___The University of Memphis says three student-athletes and one staff member in the athletic department have tested positive for COVID-19. All four have been isolated, and medical staff are tracing their contacts. Memphis is neither releasing the names nor identifying the sport or sports involved, citing privacy concerns.The university shared video Wednesday on Twitter of members of the men’s basketball team returning to campus. Their first stop was the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame for virus testing.___ ___The rugby final of the postponed European Champions Cup has been set for Oct. 17 and the final of the second-tier Challenge Cup will be the day before.The matches were called off in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The quarterfinals for both tournaments have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The semifinals will be Sept. 25-27.Leinster will host Saracens in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 final, Toulouse plays at home against Ulster, Clermont Auvergne faces fellow French side Racing 92, and Exeter will welcome Northampton in an all-English clash. European Professional Club Rugby says it remains committed to staging the finals in Marseille, France.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


Golden Jaguars ready to roar against Haiti tonight

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgGUYANA and Haiti will meet today for the first time since the French-speaking Island defeated the Golden Jaguars in 2012, as the two amplify their preparation for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Haiti will open their Gold Cup campaign on June 16 against Bermuda, while Guyana will face defending Champions, USA, two days later in Minneapolis.However, tonight’s matchup, which takes place in Costa Rica, will be the last taste of international football for the Golden Jaguars before they wing out for St Pauls, Minnesota, to set up camp ahead of their Group D opening against the USA.According to a release from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), they held their first training session on Sunday afternoon at the CAR Turrucares Playfield in San Jose.Johnson informed that despite just getting a few hours rest, everyone is fit and well and the session was satisfying.“We had to do something today, we knew the lads were tired but we knew we had to do something, bearing in mind that we have a game in 48 hours. So yes, it was a long journey but we got some good work in, a bit on how we want to play defensively without the ball, so it was a good session all in all, players have enjoyed it and now we are looking forward to (Monday’s) training session.”Touching a bit on team bonding, Johnson said it is getting better as the days go by, adding “I think the most important thing we see in camp is the unity. I’m not with all this local-based and international-based, what I’ve seen over the last week coming together is a unified group; a group that interacts well no matter where they’re from, we all pull on the same shirt to play for one common cause and that’s for Guyana.”Come the Haiti game, Johnson said they are looking to see improvements on a collective scale, reminding that it is not about the result at this juncture of preparations.“If it were about the result, I’d play the strongest team, I’d play everybody where they should be playing but for us, it‘s about learning and trying to keep something back and just making sure that the players are taking on board all the information we are giving them. The journey continues.”last_img read more


Wolves Sign Portuguese Star for Championship Record Fee

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgWolves have signed midfielder Ruben Neves from Portuguese club FC Porto for a Championship record fee. The 20-year-old had been linked with a £15.8m move to Wolves, whose owners, Fosun, have a close relationship with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes.He has signed a five-year deal and played under Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Porto. The Championship club have also signed central defender Willy Boly on a season-long loan from Porto.Although the fee is officially undisclosed, Wolves confirmed it is a club record, which would make Neves the most expensive player in Championship history.The previous record is the £13m Wolves paid to Benfica for winger Helder Costa in January.Neves became the youngest captain in Champions League history when he led Porto against Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.“I have always wanted to play in England and we have a good team,” he told the Wolves website.“I think we can do good things this season. It is also a good opportunity for me to work again with a trainer I worked with last year.”record.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more