Herbicide Transfer

first_imgAfter fielding a number of calls and examining plant samples brought in to the Bartow County Extension Office, I have decided vegetable gardeners are probably better off not using hay or manure in their gardens. Twenty years ago, manure was a great soil amendment to add to gardens. It was considered a good source of natural organic nutrients as an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Today it is nearly impossible to find a manure source that doesn’t contain herbicide residues. Ironically, this defeats the purpose of trying to be an organic gardener. Most gardeners don’t give much thought to where their manure comes from, aside from the obvious source. The vast majority of farmers spray their hayfields and pastures with herbicides for broadleaf weed control. Today’s hay customers expect weed-free sources of hay for their animals and farmers must meet the demand of their customers. Herbicides used today are safe as far as having low toxicity to humans and animals. In fact, many of these herbicides can be sprayed one day and grazed the next by livestock. The problem is that many of these herbicides have long-lasting residual activity. Some commonly used products are known to last as long as 8 to 12 months in the soil. Herbicide residues also remain active on forage hay fed to livestock and grass clippings from lawns that are sprayed. If you spray your lawn for weeds, don’t put your grass clippings in your garden or your compost bin. These herbicides are very good at what they do: killing broadleaf weeds without killing the grass. Unfortunately, these products don’t know the difference between a broadleaf weed and a prized tomato plant. Whether the manure comes from horses, cattle, alpacas, goats or other livestock, there’s a chance the animal could have been exposed to an herbicide. Even if the livestock owner doesn’t spray his pastures, hay that is purchased to feed the animals could have been sprayed. You should assume that any hay that is mostly weed-free has been treated with an herbicide. About the only forage hay that will not have been sprayed is alfalfa, since most broadleaf herbicides cannot be sprayed without damaging the alfalfa, too. If livestock owners only feed alfalfa hay to their animals and don’t spray their pastures, then you could use the manure in your garden. Most livestock owners also feed grass hays such as fescue, bermudagrass and orchard grass that are likely sprayed for weeds. Ask the livestock owner if he sprays his fields and what type of hay he feeds his animals. If you can’t get the answers to these questions, assume the hay has been sprayed with an herbicide and don’t use it in your garden. If you’ve already incorporated manures or hay mulches into your garden, watch your vegetables closely for unusual symptoms. Tomatoes are very susceptible to herbicide damage and are often the first indicator of a problem. If damaged, tomatoes will have extreme leaf curling and twisted stems. Usually, the newest growth on the plant is the first to show these symptoms. If you are unsure, bring a leaf sample to the local University of Georgia Extension office to rule out any other insect or disease problems.last_img read more

Plants in Space

first_imgWhen the public thinks of NASA, the first images that come to mind are often rockets or satellites. In the future, images of greenhouses might also make the list.This spring, University of Georgia undergraduate students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Niki Padgett will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for research internships focusing on ways to grow food in space.Bhuiyan, a horticulture student in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Padgett, a biology student in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, were selected from hundreds of applicants for NASA’s spring internship program.“Our students do all kinds of interesting internships,” said Marc van Iersel, professor of horticulture in CAES and a pioneer in controlled-environment agriculture. “But to have two UGA students selected for a NASA internship is unique and exciting. These are clearly two outstanding students with a passion for science and research. They will represent UGA very well.”A native of Athens, Georgia, Bhuiyan will graduate in 2019. She hopes her work at NASA will strengthen her understanding of controlled-environment agriculture. Whether it’s on the International Space Station or on a more earthbound farm, the future of agriculture is going to be about growing more with fewer resources, she said.”The research that they’re doing at the center is something that I’ve always been interested in,” Bhuiyan said. “They have to use minimal resources — water, media, and lighting because they are restricted to what they have in the Space Station. I’ve always been interested in working in that kind of environment — working to produce food for as many people as possible using limited resources.“This type of research, I’m sure, could be applied to many large-scale farming operations in the future.”Bhuiyan is specifically interested in the mechanics of systems that maximize the production of food in closed environments.Padgett, who is from Buford, Georgia, plans to graduate in 2018. She is interested in studying the symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes and how those relationships can help keep plants healthy in closed environments.“It’s always been my dream to work for NASA as a research scientist. It’s wonderful to step into that dream so soon,” Padgett said. “I’ve worked hard to get to this position … I can not think of a more fascinating, or rewarding, experience than to work on growing life to sustain human life beyond our atmosphere.”For more information about the UGA Department of Horticulture, visit www.caes.uga.edu/departments/horticulture.html. For more information about the UGA Department of Plant Biology, visit www.plantbio.uga.edu/.last_img read more

Thru-Hiking the Cumberland Trail

first_img“Hmm, I haven’t seen a blaze in a while,” I thought to myself as I wrestled with a briar that had wrapped itself around me like a hungry octopus. This turned out to be a recurring theme for most of this sufferfest.Ethan Alexander, trail name Garbelly, and I had the idea to walk the length of the Cumberland Trail in one go. It all seemed simple enough. We’ve hiked over 7,000 miles between the two of us and were no strangers to getting lost, stuck in thunderstorms, thorns, facing shotgun-wielding locals, injuries, body funk, and insatiable appetites.The problem is, the Cumberland Trail really isn’t a single trail at all. Rather, it’s a series of segments that are being worked on diligently by some amazing people in hopes of connecting them to one another. All together, there’s about 200 miles of trail built between Chattanooga and Cumberland Gap at the Tennessee-Kentucky-Virginia borders. Around 125 miles of those trails see enough traffic to justify maintenance, however. But the rest involves a lot of bushwhacking.Two hours into our first day, it started to rain. It was the kind of rain that turns a trail into a creek. The kind of rain where you have to accept that you’re going to be wet. Everywhere. Several day hikers ran past us as we smiled and walked farther into the deluge, because that’s what thru hikers do. We aimed for the puddles.Our second day was the real doozy of the trip. We soon came to realize that if an atlas, topo, and online map say a trail or road is going to be there, it still might not actually be there. While following an old logging road to get to the next trailhead, our path unexpectedly ended.“Map check?” I ask.“Sure.” Garbelly sighs.After triple checking we were in the right spot, we figured the road must have existed at one point and was now just too overgrown to continue north on. So we found the next best thing; a deer path. It was going north (kinda), gave us something to follow, and the map said there was a creek down in the valley that we could then follow to an actual road. From there, we could either hitch or road walk to get to our second section and continue the hike.After 25 miles of jungle-like bushwhacking, we eventually found ourselves stumbling out of someone’s backyard onto a paved road for the first time since what felt like years. We were cut up, soaked in sweat, covered in dirt, and mosquitos had feasted on any exposed skin.“What’s wrong with us?” Garbelly asked about a week into the hike.  We were playing a game of kick the pinecone while we meandered down a sleepy gravel road. “I mean it. Why do we enjoy suffering like this so much? Other people do things that they can just relax at.”He made a good point. Why were we unnecessarily putting all this hardship into our lives when we were supposed to be enjoying ourselves? Were we enjoying ourselves? We weren’t angry about our misery. But we weren’t exactly comfortable.If you can triumph over the exhaustion, heat, stinging nettles, and everything else kind of terrible, then you get to revel in the feeling of knowing that you accepted the challenge of throwing yourself into a situation that was completely uncontrollable, and you came out fine. And you did it while carrying everything you needed to keep being fine on your back. It’s an extremely empowering feeling, one that both Garbelly and I have become addicted to. So we kept walking, one foot in front of the other, all the way to Cumberland Gap.Our Three Favorite Spots Along The Cumberland TrailThe Obed Wild and Scenic RiverThe rock formations and foliage are awe inspiring on this section. There’s roller coaster like trail that’s top notch quality. Everything was great. Everything except jumping into a lukewarm river… Like kind of hot river… Seriously, why is that river not cold?Deep CreekThis creek has amazing boulders and a beautiful bridge. The place is so perfect for a lunch break with all the table top boulders filling in the gorge.Laurel Snow Pocket WildernessSpooky tunnels, stories of ghosts and mountain lions, a beautiful river cutting through, rickety bridges, and great campsites you can have to yourself? Yes, please.LEARN MORE Chris Pickering and Ethan Alexander have started a GoFundMe to raise awareness and funds to donate to the Cumberland Trail Conference. 100% of the funds will go to the trail crews that go out and sweat and dig in dirt for five days a week so we can walk these beautiful paths: GoFundMe.com/ConnectingTheCTlast_img read more

Glorious, Spring-like Weather Ahead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While February is traditionally among the coldest times of the year, that doesn’t mean this normally frosty month is immune to extremes.Brace yourselves, Long Islanders: You’re about to confront a significant winter warm-up, with temperatures reaching the 40s and topping off in the mid-50s on Sunday. Put away the snow shovel. Break out the sun block.The upcoming spring-like forecast features sunny skies through President’s Day Weekend and well into next week.This Friday’s outlook calls for sunny skies with a high of 41 before temps take a dive in the evening to the freezing mark.The mercury will shake off the shivers Saturday as mostly sunny skies and temperatures pushing 50 degrees are likely. As the forecast stands, Sunday is expected to be even more glorious: a whopping 55-degree day featuring mostly sunny skies. (Perhaps some golf is in order?)Things are also looking up for President’s Day, which is expected to resemble the weekend’s unseasonably warm forecast.It may not technically be beach weather, but the forecast should bring a wide smile to anyone still reeling from last week’s blizzard, which dumped up to 16 inches of snow on the Island. The first major storm of 2017 was followed up by blustery weather and powerful winds, which temporarily knocked out power to thousands of PSEG Long Island customers.Now we can all talk about the weather with something positive to say. In these politically fraught days, such news is always welcome. Almost like a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

The man in the news

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‘We are up to plan D or E’: Australian rescuers still have no luck catching crocodile

first_imgWright said the large movement area for the crocodile had been one of their major obstacles. The Palu River is 90 kilometers long and flows through the city of Palu, with almost half of the basin area covered by tropical montane forest.“Enthusiastic locals watching on the side of the river also often hindered rescue efforts,” Wright said, adding that the team was now discussing its next hunting strategies.Wright said he had been following stories of the trapped crocodile for the past 18 months and had been trying his best to speak with Indonesian officials and get over to Palu to help relieve the crocodile.The rescue efforts have been going since Tuesday when Wright joined the rescue team to prepare two traps and some floating drums. One of two traps made was then set in the Palu River with the bait of a live duck inside.Read also: Australian presenter Matt Wright to help Palu crocodile stuck in tire for yearsOn Wednesday, the 4-meter-long trapped crocodile was nowhere to be seen, leaving only a medium-sized crocodile swimming freely around the trap. The bait somehow failed to lure the crocodile.The rescue team then planned to up its strategy with the help of the police. On Thursday, the team members were back at the river, jumped on a boat and tried their luck, only to return empty-handed once again.“We spent all night playing cat and mouse with the big fella in the river. Unfortunately, I think we were more the mouse. The crocodile is very cunning and cautious and it does not like the boat approaching him,” Willow wrote on an Instagram post on Friday.“I think we are up to plan D or E now but today is another day.”Although he has failed several times now, Wright said he was glad to be able to share his knowledge with Indonesian rescuers on how to catch and release a large saltwater crocodile in a skilled and most importantly, humane way.During one rescue attempt, Wright was asked by the rescue team to catch a smaller crocodile from the river as training. He took the opportunity to catch a small crocodile to show the locals what to do when dealing with a wild crocodile.“Environmental conditions in the water out here are very tough, coupled with the fact that this crocodile isn’t hungry because of the large food sources in the river. So, we need to make sure we are as prepared as we can be for this challenge,” Wright said.As of Friday, Wright has two days left of his work permit. (syk)Topics : Wright then used a living duck as bait with a drone, which was later lost. “Started well, finished bad, no more drone,” Wright said in an Instagram story on Friday. “Willow and I are here just waiting for the crocodile. We just lost the drone, which was a little bit of bomber.”Before being offered to the crocodile, the duck bait was hung on the drone, tied with a rope. The plan was for the crocodile to take the bait and pull the drone along as the device transmitted a feed of the animal’s movement and location.But instead of approaching the bait, the crocodile – which had been resting on the sand dune – swam away before disappearing without a trace. Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright and fellow crocodile expert Chris “Willow” Wilson made another attempt at rescuing a crocodile trapped in a motorcycle tire in the Palu River, Central Sulawesi, on Friday.This time, they focused on what used to be called the Yellow Bridge. With the help of a rescue team from the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi), the two Australians were able to track the animal twice as it appeared on a sand dune at the river mouth.Read also: Choked Palu crocodile not yet lured into rescuers’ traplast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal

first_img“I’m really happy today. My performance was good. And I’m always happy to score goals and help the team to win games.”@Aubameyang7 reacts to becoming the quickest player to score 5️⃣0️⃣ Premier League goals for Arsenal…🎙 @ReshminTV pic.twitter.com/97e8deukSu— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 1, 2020 Comment Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal Aubameyang was Arsenal’s man of the match in their easy win over Norwich (Picture: Getty)Doubts still linger over Aubameyang’s future however, with his current contract expiring next summer, though he has not closed the door on signing an extension of his own.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he will delight Arsenal fans even more and follow Saka’s lead in signing a new deal, Aubameyang told BT Sport: ‘I know, I know! I’m really happy that Bukayo signed da ting! [laughing]‘And now we’ll see [about me]. We’ll talk with the club and we’re going to see what’s going to happen.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But first of all I’m really focused on the games, this end of the season, so we will see.’Asked if he sees positive signs in the team under Arteta, he continued: ‘Yeah, as I said, since Mikel is in we’re doing well and we’re working very well, so we have good signs that we are improving.’ Aubameyang has continued to score freely despite Arsenal’s struggles this season and head coach Arteta has been full of praise for his talisman after his record-breaking evening.Asked about his record, the Spaniard said: ‘Credit to him that we were talking that he wasn’t scoring many in the last few weeks.‘The type of player that he is, he’s always trying to be the best, to score goals, to help the team, and I’m really glad with him. Not only for the goals but with his attitude overall.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal recordMORE: Arsenal postpone Alexandre Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 8:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisement The Gabon striker struck twice as Arsenal dominated against Norwich (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he will hold talks with Arsenal over a contract extension and is happy with the direction the club is taking under new boss Mikel Arteta.The Gabon striker, who is the Gunners’ top scorer this season, netted twice more on Wednesday evening against Norwich to become the fastest Arsenal player to hit 50 Premier League goals – doing so quicker even than Thierry Henry.Arsenal’s 4-0 victory, which takes them above north London rivals Spurs in the table, marked a day of double delight, with Bukayo Saka having committed his long-term future to the club earlier in the day.last_img read more

Just what the doctor ordered

first_imgA render showing the view from the top of Skyhomes TaringaIf the views are enough to take your breath away, you are in luck. The Westside Private Hospital will be just a few floors down.Skyhomes Taringa, which is being developed by Evans Long, will be constructed on the top two floors of the new Montserrat Healthcare facility currently under construction on Morrow Street.Skyhomes Taringa“The development provides a unique opportunity to have a hotel, childcare facility, day hospital and cafe on your doorstep,” Dirk Long of Evans Long said.“In addition to the facilities, the property is located adjacent to the Taringa railway station allowing easy access to the CBD, Suncorp Stadium and the airport.” Seven double-storey residences will be built across the two floors, with prices starting from $1.6 million.The project will be launched to the market this month, with six residences for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“The Skyhomes were driven by the mixed- used nature of the site and the height that we were able to achieve in this precinct,” Mr Long said. “The city and mountain views inspired us to create a product that has not been seen in the western suburbs.“The architects were briefed to create a warm and sophisticated space that took full advantage of the city, river and mountain views. A degree of flexibility was built in to create spaces that could be used for a variety of uses as well as catering for ground floor bedrooms now or in the future if desired.”Skyhomes Taringa.Ray White Toowong agent Kris Matthews, who is marketing the project, said larger and more opulent apartments were proving popular with buyers.“Apartments that fill the void between large family homes and your standard size two and three bedroom apartments seem to be the most desired right now, and this is being reflected in the interest and prices achieved,” he said.“Due to the lack of quality, expansive higher- end apartments in Brisbane, buyers are willing to pay top dollar for such properties.”Mr Matthews said Skyhomes Taringa would be most popular with downsizers who wanted to remain in the local area but still have enough space for visitors.“They will want a downsizing opportunity that … doesn’t necessarily feel like your typical apartment,” Mr Matthews said.last_img read more

Caribbean to have strong presence at HIV/AIDS meeting

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Caribbean to have strong presence at HIV/AIDS meeting by: – June 2, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share The Caribbean will have a strong presence at the United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on HIV/AIDS next week with more than 50 representatives, including Heads of Government, Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, and representatives of regional Civil Society organizations in HIV/AIDS, slated to attend.The June 8-10 meeting which will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York is being called to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the UN’s 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, will also provide an opportunity for promoting the continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS. Five themes have been identified: Shared responsibility; Prevention; Innovation and new technologies; Women, Girls and HIV; and Integrating the HIV and AIDS response with broader health and development agendas.Among the issues of particular relevance to the objectives of this High Level Meeting, is the Declaration of St Maarten resulting from Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP)’s Tenth Annual General Meeting in October /November 2010, in St. Maarten. In that Declaration, the Partnership resolved to place universal access to prevention, care and treatment at the centre of its programme; and by 2015: to eliminate mother to child transmission; increase access to care by 80 percent; reduce infections by 50 per cent; and accelerate the agenda to achieve human rights for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), including eliminating travel restrictions.In recognition that human rights for all and particularly for vulnerable communities are fundamental to impacting the epidemic, a recent PANCAP/UNAIDS brief called on Governments to place explicit emphasis on protecting and promoting human rights as a proven effective means to advance public health.  The brief draws attention to recent modes of transmission data, which highlight that some key populations, particularly Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and sex workers/clients are significant parts of the epidemic in some countries in the region.  It points out that these populations, which also include  transgender people, people who use drugs, prisoners, people affected by humanitarian emergencies, vulnerable migrants and  substance abusers, suffer from very elevated risk and infection in specific contexts. In these contexts, from a public health perspective, these populations need special attention to access services. “For CARICOM/PANCAP the Declaration of St Maarten, the eight priorities of the Caribbean Strategic Framework (2008-2012) and the UNAIDS outcome document from the Global Task Team on the Elimination of Mother-to-child transmission  and keeping mothers and children alive are guiding principles for action,” a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat said.The PANCAP/CARICOM Delegation will be headed by Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Denzil Douglas who is Chair of the Partnership and the lead CARICOM Head of Government with responsibility for Health, Human Resource Development and HIV and AIDS. Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Chelsea plot move for Liverpool and Man Utd transfer target

first_imgChelsea are set to battle Liverpool and Manchester United for the signature of Timo Werner, according to reports. Red Bull Leipzig striker Werner has attracted the attention of clubs across Europe during a stunning season for the Bundesliga table-toppers. Loading… Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasMagnetic Floating Bed: All That Luxury For Mere $1.6 Mil?Top 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Most Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Chelsea are investigating whether they can activate a release clause to sign Werner in the January transfer window, according to a report from The Telegraph .  The report says Werner is one of several forwards being considered by Chelsea, with their shortlist also including Moussa Dembele, Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha, Leon Bailey and Samuel Chukwueze.center_img  The 23-year-old has scored 18 goals in 17 league games for Leipzig, also chipping in with six assists. Werner has long been linked with Liverpool , while he is also a potential target for United after Erling Braut Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund this week. But now Chelsea – who have money to spend after being banned from making transfers last summer – are weighing up an offer. Read Also: Kevin de Bruyne opens up about his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea Leipzig will no doubt fight to hold onto Werner as they target the Bundesliga title and an assault on the Champions League. The German side topped their Champions League group and will face Tottenham in the last 16. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more