Cotton boll blues

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia cotton farmers may be thinking that old saying, “you can’t win for losing,” was intended for them. Struggling with the drought all summer, they finally began getting plenty of rain this fall, precisely when they needed lots of sunshine.”All this rain has made it a pretty miserable time for people growing cotton,” said Steve Brown, a cotton scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia farmers headed into November with about half of the state’s 1.45-million-acre cotton crop harvested. The fall weather was greatly limiting harvest time for cotton, which must be picked dry.Rains hurt yields, quality”The rains have made things very difficult,” Brown said. “It has lowered both the yields and the quality.”When cotton bolls first open, he explained, the cotton is at its peak, with its brightest, whitest fibers. The more it’s exposed to rain, the more the cotton deteriorates. The fibers become duller, grayer.In the rain, the burr that holds the cotton bleeds onto the fibers, further damaging the color. The rains damage the quality of the seeds, too, which are used for oils and livestock feed.The U.S. Department of Agriculture started the season predicting Georgia farmers would produce 2 million 480-pound bales of cotton and average 710 pounds per acre, Brown said. Latest estimates are down to 1.7 to 1.8 million pounds and 621 pounds per acre.Yield estimates keep dropping”I think we’re going to wind up somewhere around 600 pounds per acre,” he said.East Georgia cotton farmers have been generally the hardest hit, said Brown and Philip Jost, a UGA cotton scientist in Statesboro, Ga. While the fall rains have hurt farmers fairly equally statewide, the summer drought had limited cotton grown more in the eastern part of the state.”The big issues in southeast Georgia have been first that drought stress limited the boll set,” Jost said, “and then the late rains rotted some of the bolls there were and stimulated regrowth in the top of the plants.”The late regrowth was a complication cotton farmers didn’t need. At best, it gave them two crops on the same plants. For most, though, the weather was so consistently rainy or overcast that the late regrowth is now just extra foliage getting in the way of a clean harvest.Many fields wiped outA month ago, Jost said, crop insurance adjusters were estimating the yields in some fields at just 150 to 200 pounds per acre. “But they were anticipating that those top bolls would open, and they haven’t,” he said. “So now they’re going back with estimates at about a third of that.”Even at 150 pounds per acre, the cotton isn’t worth harvesting, he said. With the price deductions for reduced quality, the $50 or so farmers would get per acre won’t cover the cost of defoliating, picking, ginning and storing the cotton.Jost said farmers in Burke County are probably the hardest hit in east Georgia. Richard McDaniel, the UGA Extension Service coordinator there, said farmers in the county have already accepted crop insurance claims and mowed down 12,000 of the county’s 46,500 cotton acres. He estimates they will destroy 25,000 acres before they’re done.”It’s terrible,” Jost said. “In some of those fields that have been mowed, you can walk out there and not see any lint at all.”last_img read more

Hinesburg Author/Business Leader Wins Writing Contest

first_imgBill Schubart of Hinesburg, Vermont, is thewinner of the 2003 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annuallyby Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Schubart’s winning entry, a true humorous essay entitled “TheBlack Bug,” captures Vermont life in the 1950s as it tells of a prankplayed by local Morrisville residents on the town’s newest flatlander. TomSlayton, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life commented, “Writinghumorously is an art. Bill Schubart’s piece, “The Black Bug,” is one ofthose rare essays that attempts humor and achieves it. It also gives anaccurate picture of a rural Vermont community a half-century ago, and thejudges were charmed by it. We are delighted to publish Mr. Schubart’sstory in the fall issue of Vermont Life.” The fall issue of Vermont Lifewill available in bookstores and newsstands in mid-August.Schubart, president and CEO of Resolution, is a local businessleader and former chair of Vermont Business Roundtable. He is also thestepson of one of the characters featured in his winning essay.Schubart will receive a $1,500 prize for the story. His storywas selected from among nearly 200 entries, including essays, shortstories and poems, submitted in the 2002 contest. The literary prize isnamed for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr, a Vermont historian and writerand long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. This isthe fifteenth year the literary prize has been awarded. Shubart willreceive the award at a ceremony to be held Thursday, June 26.The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermontwriters to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: TomSlayton, editor of Vermont Life; Ruth Page, author and long-time friend ofMr. Hill; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr.,award for her story, Shadbush; Brian Vachon, Vice President ofCommunications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Lifeeditor; and Steve Terry, Green Mountain Power’s Senior Vice President,Corporate and Legal Affairs.The deadline for entries for this year’s contest is November 15,2003. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonalresidents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants maybe amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be”Vermont–Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries mustbe unpublished and less than 3,000 words long. Staff of Vermont Life orGreen Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries tothe Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 AcornLane, Colchester, VT 05446.last_img read more

Dominican Air Force Supports Olympic Hopes of Country’s Athletes

first_imgSports, the FARD, and his mother’s support helped 1st Lt. Santos stay away from bad choices in the tough neighborhood where he was raised. “Some 98 percent of the high-performance athletes in the Dominican Republic are members of the Military or police,” Colonel Julio César Hernández Olivero, the Dominican Army’s Director of Sports, told Diálogo on April 2015. The FARD has a registry of about “170 athletes in track and field. “These young, high-performance athletes represent the Military and our country,” Colonel Antonio Santos Gómez, the FARD’s Director of Sports, told Diálogo. “Every time an athlete from the Dominican Air Force wins a competition, the Air Force’s sports and social assistance efforts are validated.” “This construction was a fervent dream for many, and now thanks to the cooperation of friends, businesses, officials, and Defense Minister Máximo William Muñoz Delgado, it has all come to pass,” Major General Elvis Marcelino Feliz Pérez, Dominican Air Force Chief of Staff, stated during a November 3rd press conference to showcase the Multidisciplinary Sports Complex. “The FARD has supported me since I was little, when they lent me a helping hand in sports,” 1st Lt. Santos told Diálogo. “It is the institution that has always been by my side in good times and in bad. I am proud to represent my country’s Air Force. “This training is conducted so the athletes are in optimal condition and can continually improve their physical training with a view to their commitments this year, such as the Military Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games, and the Olympics,” FARD Chief Master Sergeant José Rubio Rodríguez, who is training the athletes, told Diálogo in an interview. “I feel physically ready to take the gold. I am focused on my job as an athlete,” he said. “This time, things are looking better than they did for the London Olympics [in 2012].” Some athletes representing the preliminary Dominican national team train at the new track. The runners include FARD 1st Lt. Santos; FARD Second Lieutenant Masielis Sánchez; FARD Staff Sergeant Jordania Díaz Hottesse; FARD Staff Sergeant Álvaro Luis Abreu Martínez; FARD Senior Airman Evelyn Del Carmen Hichez; FARD Airman Jayline De León Concepción; Dominican Army Private Stanly Del Carmen; and National Police Privates Juander Santos Aquino and Juan Aroldis Santos Aquino, according to a FARD press release. Guiding youth In addition to Dominican athletes, a number of foreigners are being trained at the Multidisciplinary Sports Complex, including Rose Mary Vargas and Víctor Santana from Puerto Rico and Liemarvin Bonevacia from the Netherlands. There is also a short track where “children from 8 to 12 years old come to practice every Friday. The FARD has developed a program to train children as the athletes of the future who will represent the Armed Forces and the country,” Col. Santos Gómez stated. First Lt. Santos’s goal is to win gold at the 2016 Olympics, which will be held August 5th-21st in Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 10,500 athletes from 205 countries will compete in 42 events. “I was born in a dangerous barrio [Santo Cristo] with drug deals on every street corner,” said 1st Lt. Santos, who took silver in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011. “I never chose that path. Thanks to my mother and the FARD, I have been able to carry my country’s flag as far and wide as possible. There are no borders in track and field, regardless of which military or country you’re from. We are all one family, united by sport.” center_img In addition to protecting the sovereignty of the country’s airspace and combating illegal piracy, the Air Force of the Dominican Republic (FARD) is training the nation’s high-performance athletes, many of whom are from the Army and National Police, for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and other competitions. Supporting sports programs not only helps Dominican athletes win their competitions, but it promotes a greater sense of connection between the FARD and civilians, according to Col. Santos Gómez. Athletics also keep young men and women away from crime. “The Air Force General Staff Office incentivizes and encourages the development of close relationships with civilian communities because we perform social work with the community,” Col. Santos Gómez said. “The Armed Forces are seeing success in keeping youths away from crime. The results appear in the public’s great interest in joining the Armed Forces.” CM Sgt. Rubio employs the discipline he learned as a member of the Armed Forces, specifically the FARD, to train 24 high-performance athletes. “We work all year long, in country and abroad. This is just one more year of hard work for Dominican athletes,” said CM Sgt. Rubio, who is widely regarded as the country’s best track and field coach, having guided FARD 1st Lieutenant Luguelin Miguel Santos Aquino, 23, to a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2012 Olympics. “Sports are a method of prevention and it molds you as a human being. Countries should start choosing the sports path so that youths are not abandoned to the influences of those who would pull them away from where they should be,” he continued. To better support its national athletes, the FARD recently built a race track near the San Isidro Air Base. The eight-lane track is 200 meters long and composed of two layers of synthetic materials. A new race track “Just like service members prepare for their missions with clear objectives, athletes require a lot of physical and mental effort, a great deal of discipline, dedication, and consistency to get results, regardless of the competition,” CM Sgt. Rubio explained. In addition to training Dominican service members and police officers, he also coaches several international athletes, including Honduran national Rolando Palacios, a sprinter who won a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2014, according to the website El Caribe. By Dialogo February 09, 2016 “We’re going for the gold,” CM Sgt. Rubio agreed.last_img read more

DA: 2 Long Island Docs Sold Prescription Drugs for Cash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Long Island psychiatrists, including one who lost his license to practice amid rape allegations, allegedly conspired to sell addictive prescription drugs to patients for cash, authorities said Thursday.Howard Mahler, 62, of Long Beach and his alleged partner, Marshall Hubsher, 64, of Sands Point, were both charged Thursday at Nassau County court with conspiracy and other counts.Hubsher was arrested two years ago for allegedly having sexual relations with a patient, which resulted in him losing his license. That case is still pending.Prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the pair allegedly sold Adderall and Xanax prescriptions to patients in Hubsher’s former office in Roslyn. Hubsher allegedly continued to receive patients there, authorities said, despite losing his license.Authorities reported at least three occasions in which Hubsher was paid cash after asking patients medical questions, and then directing them to Mahler, who would allegedly write prescriptions. One of the patients was an undercover detective who requested a higher dosage of Adderall “in order to sell unused pills to fund purchases of Oxycodone,” according to a press release announcing the arrests.Both men were arrested Wednesday at Hubsher’s office.Mahler was also charged with five counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. Hubsher was additionally charged with five counts of unauthorized practice of a profession.Their bail was set at $180,000 bond or $90,000 cash and $240,000 bond or $120,000 cash respectively. They are both due back in court Nov. 3. Hubsher’s rape case resumes Dec. 1.last_img read more

How to make 2016 your most productive year yet

first_imgAt the end of a deep Twitter rabbit-hole late last year I found myself on the Kickstarter page for something called The Spark Planner. The pitch began: “How successful could you be if you stopped being slowed down by day-to-day distractions, and started making real, tangible progress on your most important work and goals?” The page described a notebook that managed to combine many of my existing organizational quirks — like 30 day challenges — with clever features I wished I’d thought of earlier. Example: Time blocking, laying out what you want to accomplish in the morning, afternoon and evening to visually compartmentalize your day.The campaign went on to raise $460,602 – that’s more than 30-times creator Kate Matsudaira’s original funding goal. I’ve had my planner for a few weeks  and already it’s making a difference. This week I gave Matsudaira a call to hear more about how everyone can make 2016 their most productive year yet. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 ways to inspire your credit union team

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent article I read asked a question that has stuck with me: “Why would [members] and employees rally behind me?” The piece concluded that most employees like a leader who is visible and involved and who, in turn, is able to motivate and inspire.The Inc.com article, by journalist and digital consultant John Boitnott, lists six ways a CEO can have a greater presence and be more inspiring. His list includes:1. Walk the walk and talk the talk. You must look like a leader. Boitnott explains that this includes your physical appearance and also how you stand, your handshake and conversational skills.2. Be active online. When a CEO uses social media themselves, it gives the organization a face and personality and improves communication with potential customers. I daily use Twitter (@BDanBerger, in case you aren’t following me yet!), Facebook and LinkedIn – not to mention this blog. I want NAFCU’s members to feel a direct connection with me. continue reading »last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane holds talks with Houssem Aouar as Real Madrid register interest in Arsenal target

first_imgZinedine Zidane holds talks with Houssem Aouar as Real Madrid register interest in Arsenal target Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link982Shares Zidane has made contact with the midfielder (Picture: Getty Images)Several teams including Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be keen on the playmaker, and according to L’Equipe, Madrid are the latest to have joined the race for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report states Zidane recently spoke with Aouar, who is said to view the idea of moving to the Bernabeu and linking up with the French boss as a ‘dream’.Madrid’s finances have taken a hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning the deal would likely be an initial loan with an obligation to buy next summer.Lyon are believed to be open to that idea, as long as they get the amount they are asking for in the end.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 ArsenalSo far this summer, Arsenal have brought in Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and central defender Gabriel Magalhaes.When asked about a potential move for Aouar, Gunners boss Arteta said: ‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. ‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future. We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news.\‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season.’MORE: Lucas Torreira says his goodbyes to Arsenal team-mates as he prepares for Atletico Madrid moveMORE: Mikel Arteta issues promise to Arsenal fans over Houssem Aouar transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment Arsenal have not yet met Lyon’s valuation of Aouar (Picture: Getty Images)Real Madrid are the latest team to register their interest in Arsenal target Houssem Aouar and Zinedine Zidane has very recently held talks with the midfielder, according to reports in France.The Gunners have been in pursuit of the 22-year-old, but are yet to offer up Lyon’s £46 million asking price.Mikel Arteta is in the market for a central midfielder to bolster his options in the middle of the park, with Aouar and Thomas Partey his top targets. Advertisementlast_img read more

How Rudiger ex-rayed Chelsea

first_img Loading… The Blues suffered a humbling defeat to 12th placed Newcastle on Saturday. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “It was an unfortunate game because we  really tried everything but at the end we were sloppy.” After being out for nearly 3 months due to injury this season, competition for his place upon his return was high.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The 26-year-old, however, suggested that the competition was not unhealthy, but in fact a normal part of football: “There have been a lot of ups and downs but it’snormal to have competition.” Read Also:Chelsea’s Rudiger returns ‘home’, makes donation Chelsea host London rivals Arsenal tonight, with Rudiger expected to start at the heart of Frank Lampard’s inconsistent defence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Antonio Rudiger has given  his thoughts on Chelsea’s competition at centre-back and encouraged the collective commitment of all defenders on his team.last_img read more

Batesville native deploys to Kuwait

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville native Benjamin Eisert has been deployed to serve in Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserve.Eisert is a 1998 graduate of Batesville High School, a 2001 graduate from the University of Northwestern Ohio’s High Performance Technician program, a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College in 2013 & 2015 with degrees in industrial technology and automotive technology and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses. He is employed full-time with the city of Batesville and volunteers with the Morris and Batesville Fire Department. His wife is a professor of nursing at the Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg Campus.last_img

Man City agree £41m deal with Bournemouth for Ake

first_img There was expected to be strong interest in the 25-year-old this summer, with his departure becoming almost inevitable when Bournemouth’s relegation was confirmed last weekend. It is understood City are the only club to have so far made an offer. Ake missed the Cherries’ final three Premier League fixtures after suffering a groin injury in 4-1 win over Leicester on July 12. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their Careers7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In HollywoodWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Manchester City have agreed a £41million fee with Bournemouth to sign defender Nathan Ake, the PA news agency understands. The deal is worth a guaranteed £40million to the relegated Cherries, potentially rising by a further £1million. Holland international Ake has been a standout performer at the Vitality Stadium since joining from Chelsea for a reported £20million in 2017. He had previously been on loan with Eddie Howe’s side. Loading… City are in the market for a centre-back after surrendering the title to Liverpool. Star defender Aymeric Laporte missed a large chunk of the season due to injury, while England international John Stones has seemingly fallen out of favour with manager Pep Guardiola. Ake, capped 13 times by his country, has made 121 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring 11 times. Cherries boss Howe had little interest in discussing Ake’s future before the Premier League season ended. Read Also: Lampard aims to cap Chelsea comeback with FA Cup glory Asked if the player may have made his final appearance for the south-coast club after he sustained an injury against the Foxes, Howe replied: “I think it would be silly of me to comment on that, to be honest, at this moment in time. “I think next season and everything beyond it will take care of itself.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more