Cotton Losses.

first_imgGeorgia farmers who delay picking their cotton could lose moneyby sacrificing the crop’s quality, say University of Georgia cottonexperts.Many of the state’s farmers grow both cotton and peanuts, whichmature at about the same time. They harvest peanuts throughoutSeptember and October and pick cotton from mid-September intoDecember.Handling both harvests at the same time can strain farmers’resources. The peanut harvest coincides with the time they applychemicals to remove the cotton plants’ foliage and stop growth.”Right now, most farmers don’t have the luxury of handlingthe majority of peanut and cotton harvest at the same time,”said Don Shurley, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultureand Environmental Sciences. “Most farmers leave the cottonto get in the peanuts.”Getting Bad GradesShurley and Craig Bednarz, a CAES assistant professor of cottonphysiology, began a study three years ago to find out how muchgrowers lose by postponing cotton defoliation and harvest.The cotton plant opens its bolls, the part that produces thelint, for about six weeks. Soon after, Bednarz said, the qualityand potential yields decline. The bolls don’t all open at once.Some will be open and subject to decline, while others continueto develop.When quality declines, cotton mills lower the price they paythe farmer. In some cases, they even refuse to buy some of thecotton. The mills want high-quality cotton that can more easilybe processed into yarn.Last year, deductions due to poor quality cost state growers$40 million, Shurley said. The 1999 crop was worth about $440million, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Timing Versus Quality”The main reason we’re doing this research is that thefiber properties in the state aren’t as good as some mid-Southcotton,” Bednarz said. “Harvest timing has somethingto do with this.””We got peanuts to pick, and we got cotton to pick,”said Roy Roberts, an Ocilla, Ga., farmer. Because of limited manpowerand time, Roberts will usually opt to pick his peanuts first anddelay his cotton harvest.But Roberts, who also manages a gin, has seen cotton qualitydecline over the years. He worries about the state’s positionas a leading producer.”I’d like to see us do a better job on staggering outthe peanut and cotton planting, going back to having a good reputationfor producing a good quality crop,” he said. He pointed tothe need for a timely harvest and a uniform crop.Bednarz said the research could help farmers find a more profitablebalance between cotton and peanuts for harvest resources, suchas labor, equipment and chemical applications.Best TimingAt the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., Bednarzscheduled harvest at 13 stages of crop maturity.He began harvest-aid applications when 10 percent of the bollswere open and continued every week for 13 weeks. Each plot wasmechanically harvested following defoliation.By adjusting income to compensate for losses to grade deductions,the 1999 economic analysis shows the per-acre dollar value increasedfrom week 1 to week 6. It peaked at $684 per acre.Research in 1998 showed the best time to defoliate cotton waswhen the crop had 60 percent open bolls. In 1999, the profit peakedat about 70 percent open bolls.Bednarz said the research results are still early. The weatherchanges and affects cotton differently from year to year, he said.So multiple-season data will be needed before they can set a stableguideline for farmers.last_img read more

Farm bill

first_imgA different weather pattern in 2013 has affected planting, as growers have seen much cooler weather later into this year than last year. Many growers planted later in the spring, and Beasley said warmer weather will be needed in the fall.“It’s a complete turnaround from what we had last year,” he said. “It was very warm in early April last year, and we got some timely rain last July and August which made it such a good year. We’ll need some warm weather into late October this year because the start of planting was delayed, but that wouldn’t be that unusual to have those kinds of temperatures.” The recent vote by the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee to approve a five-year, $500 billion farm bill has encouraged Georgia peanut growers and given them hope that some legislation will be decided on this year.However, UGA peanut specialists say there is still a lot of work to be done before they know specifics about what farmers can expect.Last year Congress decided to extend the 2008 Farm Bill by one year, as no new legislation was agreed upon. John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said knowing what the future holds is key for farmers who need to plan for the year ahead.“Growers want some sort of bill just so they’ll know the rules and regulations which they’re operating under,” said Beasley. “It’s always a challenge to get a crop planted and not know where it’s going. Going into the winter, we were out talking to farmers, sharing research, and most weren’t sure how many acres they needed to plant. They weren’t sure about crop rotation and the financial end of it. And our lending institutions are reluctant to provide capital if they don’t know where it’s going.”The bills produced by the agricultural committees in both the U.S. House and Senate are similar, said UGA peanut economist Nathan Smith. Both bills eliminated direct payments, but they do provide some stabilization for rural economies.“The loss of the direct payment program wasn’t really unexpected,” Smith said. “With the budget deficit and everything that has come out of the super committee and the fact that the 2008 Farm Bill was extended out for this year, we thought that farmers would lose direct payments. But there is some choice for producers with the choice between the price loss program and the shallow loss program. That’s something new and something that should be good for our farmers.”Smith added that revenue insurance is relied on heavily by corn and grain growers in other parts of the country but does not benefit Southern growers as much. While he is encouraged by the progress in Washington, Smith believes there are still some serious discussions to be had.“One of the biggest hurdles we’re going to have is the funding cuts to the nutrition title programs, which really impact the funding for the farm bill,” he said. “SNAP programs and the WIC and school lunch programs are a big part of that, and there’s a lot more support now for locally grown and less processed foods. That could have an impact on produce growers.”“The regulations still have to be written, and as they say, the devil is in the details sometimes,” Smith said. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, said he expects debate to move to the floors of Congress in the next few weeks. He hopes the process is completed by the fall, which would leave growers with time to seek financing for the 2014 planting season.”Both bills authorize programs that provide an economic benefit to rural areas whose economies are highly dependent on the success of agricultural production,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to get us through that process. I’m optimistic when I look at the votes, and I think we have some major challenges staring us in the face. But getting it out of committee right now is a major step in the right direction.”center_img Beasley said the 2012 peanut crop was by far the most successful Georgia has seen, exceeding the 2011 yields by 1,000 pounds per acre. An unexpected rise in export of peanuts to China kept prices from dropping too far with such a large supply.last_img read more

Sugarbush Resort extends season through Easter Sunday

first_imgSugarbush Resort,Thanks to a 300-inch snowfall year, Sugarbush will remain open through Easter Sunday on April 24, 2011 â ¦ at least.To celebrate the long spring season, Sugarbush is announcing deep lift ticket and lodging discounts, including free skiing and riding for the rest of the spring for purchasers of 2011-2012 season passes. ‘We’re feeling the positive aftershocks of the third snowiest winter on record here in Vermont,’ said Sugarbush president and owner Win Smith. ‘The mountain still has a superb amount of snow, and with warmer weather here it’s just a fabulous, fun time to be on the hill.’ The special spring deals at Sugarbush include: ·    Free skiing or riding for the rest of the 2011 spring, for those who buy a 2011-2012 season pass (All Mountain 7, Mount Ellen Plus, Fancy Pass, or College Pass·     $48 per person, per night, spring vacation lodging packages at the luxurious Clay Brook slopeside hotel.  ·    $199 Spring Passes that are good for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season.  Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak is 100% open, with 72 trails of skiing and riding, including daily grooming on select trails.For details on any of the discounts or for up-to-date ski reports, log on to is external)last_img read more

Ecuador’s Correa Declares Re-Election Victory

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2009 Populist President Rafael Correa appeared headed for an outright election victory, according to partial results, which would make the leftist economist the first Ecuadorean president in 30 years to be chosen without a runoff vote. Correa won 51 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field in Sunday’s election, according to unofficial results based on more than three-quarters of ballots cast. Official results put Correa at 49 percent with 11 percent of the votes counted. Correa had vowed upon first taking office in January 2007 to rid this small, traditionally unstable Andean nation of a corrupt political class that had for decades siphoned off oil wealth. Now, he could have eight more years in power managing a government that gets 40 percent of its budget from a distressed petroleum industry. Ecuador’s oil revenues plunged 67 percent in the first quarter. Added to the pain is a drop of more than one-fifth the value of remittances from Ecuadoreans abroad. The International Monetary Fund predicts Ecuador’s economy will shrink by 2 percent this year. Correa claimed victory Sunday evening, and he, his ministers and close advisers celebrated by singing their party anthem, dancing and pumping their fists in the air. “It is our pledge to eradicate misery and leave a more just, fair and dignified country — with greater solidarity,” Correa told supporters. An unofficial count of 77 percent of the vote by the independent, nonpartisan citizens’ group Participacion Cuidadana gave Correa 51 percent to 28 percent for former president and coup leader Lucio Gutierrez, his closest competitor. With a little more than 11 percent of the vote counted, official results gave Correa 49 percent compared to about 31 percent for Gutierrez. Banana magnate Alvaro Noboa, whom Correa defeated in a 2006 runoff, had 11 percent. To win without forcing a runoff, a candidate needed either 50 percent of the vote plus one or at least 40 percent with a 10-point margin over his closest competitor. Sunday’s elections were mandated under a new constitution voters approved in September that, in addition to giving Correa greater control over spending and the central bank, makes him eligible to run in 2013 for another four-year term. Voters also chose a new 124-seat National Assembly — six seats of which will directly represent the Ecuadorean diaspora — as well as governors and mayors. Exit polls indicated Correa’s Alianza Pais party and allies won a majority in the new congress. Correa, 46, blames the global economic crisis on capitalism’s “structural flaws” and has alienated foreign investors by defaulting on foreign debt payments and for his hard bargaining with oil companies and other multinationals. He’s also imposed, mostly as tariffs, some of the world’s strictest protectionist measures. That has put imported goods out of reach for many consumers. But Correa has firm lower-class allegiance. He has tripled state spending on education and health care and doubled a monthly payment for single mothers. The new constitution guarantees free education through university. Many who voted for Gutierrez said they blamed Correa for rising unemployment, which hit 8.6 percent in the first quarter, and inflation now running at 7.4 percent annually. “Correa’s ability to manage expectations will be put to a test,” said Michael Shifter of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington. “His government may have little choice but to resort to the same international financial institutions that had been the target of his political attacks.” Correa severed ties with the IMF in 2007, calling it exploitative of countries like Ecuador for imposing loan requirements that benefit bankers and private interests at the expense of the poor. But like many Latin America nations these days, he is accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from multinational leaders including the Inter-American Development Bank. He could also lean on China. It recently offered Ecuador a $1 billion loan to help it deal with an estimated $1.5 billion budget deficit this year. Private international lenders were upset by Correa’s defaulting on interest payments representing 32 percent of Ecuador’s $10.1 billion in foreign debt. But Ecuadoreans may win out. Correa’s government said last week that it would seek to buy that debt back at a 30 cents on the dollar.last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Banning drive-thrus?

first_img continue reading » This month, drive-thrus made national news as cities from coast to coast passed ordinances to ban future development. The rationale is to improve pedestrian safety and the quality of urban living, reduce carbon emissions and help eliminate litter (and, in the case of fast food drive-thrus, attempt to reduce obesity). CO2 emissions are often the leading reason—think about how willing we are to wait in our idling cars for a Starbucks almond macchiato or a McDonald’s Big Mac.David Byrne (from the band The Talking Heads) offers “reasons to be cheerful” in his blog, saying: “Is there anything more absurd than a car in a city? A clunky, oversized contraption awkwardly maneuvering through a confined urban space, like an elephant using a phone booth. No wonder more and more cities are taking steps to cut down on driving. Streets are for transit, bikes and human beings, and you’ll never convince us otherwise.” He concludes: “They’re dangerous, destructive, polluting, expensive, inefficient and inequitable. Now cars are being taken off city streets. That’s progress.”This sentiment is evident across the country as cities replace car lanes with bicycle paths and consider charging a fee to drive downtown. But, like all things, reality is a spectrum of environments and situations; drive-thrus still have a place at some restaurants, drug stores and financial institutions, both in and outside of urban centers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Donald Trump Appearance at Suffolk GOP Event in Patchogue Sparks Outrage

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian and Timothy BolgerRepublican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance at a Suffolk County Republican Committee fundraiser this week in Patchogue near where an immigrant was killed in a hate crime nearly eight years ago has sparked outrage among advocacy groups and the victim’s family.Trump’s appearances frequently attract demonstrations wherever he goes, but members of the Patchogue community say Thursday’s event at The Emporium is particularly unsettling, given his controversial statements on immigration issues during the campaign. The venue is a short distance from where 37-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was slain by a group of teenagers in 2008, revealing deep fissures within the community after it emerged they beat Hispanic immigrants for sport, dubbing it “beaner hopping.” Jeffrey Conroy, who was 17 at the time, is serving 25 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in the attack, and his six co-defendants were convicted of lesser offenses.“I think it’s really insensitive…because its just three blocks away from where my brother was killed,” Joselo Lucero, Marcelo’s brother, told the Press. “To have somebody—which I believe he’s a bully, he’s reckless, he’s anti-immigrant—I don’t think it’s the right thing.”Suffolk County Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle has said the $150-per seat event, which will have more than 1,000 in attendance, was scheduled two months in advance, but Trump wasn’t confirmed until a week ago. The Suffolk GOP regularly hold events at the night club and music venue owned by Frank Profeta, a local Conservative Party committeeman who testified last month at ex-Suffolk Conservative chair Ed Walsh’s federal fraud trial. LaValle and his counterpart to the west, Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello, have endorsed Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.“We believe this is an important part of the political process and is protected by the First Amendment,” LaValle said in a statement. “The Committee looks forward to continuing this tradition this Thursday night…And while we offer the greatest empathy possible to the family of Marcelo Lucero, who was brutally murdered by a group of teens in 2008, we can’t help but to be suspicious of the motives of those leading the charge to connect that vicious hate crime with Mr. Trump’s commitment to enforcement of immigration laws that have gone largely ignored by both parties, for 30 years.”Suffolk County police and Village of Patchogue officials said they are coordinating with the Secret Service and community organizations to prepare for protesters expected to flood the area for anti-Trump demonstrations.“We will not tolerate any lawlessness,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters Wednesday during a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. “Let’s remember that in this country, we are all entitled to express ourselves peacefully. We’re all entitled to our opinion.”He said extra police, including undercover officers, will be patrolling the area. The commissioner also urged drivers to avoid the area since roads will be closed surrounding the venue Thursday, including Railroad Avenue, South Street and Second Street. Vehicles parked near the venue will be towed and the Long Island Rail Road’s Patchogue station parking lot will be closed.“Because of where it’s at, there’s a raised level of awareness on the immigration issue,” said Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, who said he isn’t happy about the event but didn’t ask the Republicans to move it, citing their First Amendment rights.Also exercising their freedom of speech will be Lucero’s brother and several groups that have planned vigils and protests, including one called “Make America LOVE Again,” which will double as a fundraiser for the Marcelo Lucero Award Fund.It didn’t take long for Trump’s appearance to draw a withering rebuke from immigrant groups as well as The New York Times editorial board, which called it “a wretched development, a disgraceful provocation by the Suffolk County Republicans and their chairman, John Jay LaValle.”Lucero’s death still hangs over the community, and it was only two years ago that Suffolk police settled a U.S. Department of Justice probe into whether the department did enough to prevent hate crimes against Hispanics before Lucero was killed.Opponents say the event is deeply insensitive because of Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on the issue of immigration. During his campaign rallies, he routinely reads the lyrics to “The Snake”, an Al Wilson song, while comparing Syrian refugees to deadly serpents. He reiterated that part of his speech during a massive rally in Bethpage last week.Marcelo Lucero was killed in a hate crime in Patchogue in 2008.“Trump’s campaign is filled with hate speech against immigrants and we don’t feel his hate speech belongs in Patchogue,” reads an anti-Trump rally event posting on Facebook from Long Island Progressive Coalition.An event posting for the Lucero fundraiser at 89 North Music Venue said they intend to celebrate diversity with the help of local performers.“We, the people of Patchogue, are joining together to demonstrate our commitment to building bridges, not walls,” the post reads.The historic Congregational Church of Patchogue announced it’s holding a 15-minute silent rally and vigil dedicated to “Peace, Love & Understanding.”“I think it’s important for people to have an opportunity to stop talking and to just sit wordlessly, silently, in silence for a period of time,” Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, the church’s pastor, told the Press. The Congregational Church was the site of Lucero’s funeral.Wolter believes a few minutes of silent reflection could be just as empowering as opponents trying to “outshout” one another.“See if there’s any healing in silence,” he said. “Silence is a very potent tool.”The church’s long-time pastor said he’s a “firm believer in free speech” and believes in those opposed to several of Trump’s positions could learn from what he has to say. However, he said, “Any reasonable person would not only move that venue but would look good for having done so…I think it would make Trump look reasonable.”Sini and Pontieri noted that since the event isn’t moving, it will give Patchogue a chance to show the world how far they’ve come since 2008, when news of Lucero’s slaying gave the South Shore village and Suffolk a national reputation of being as a hotbed of anti-immigration fervor.“The Village of Patchogue…has come a long way in recent years and tomorrow’s a good benchmark for that progress,” Sini said. “I’m very confident that we’ll show to the world… that here we respect each other, we treat each other with respect and dignity and we can peacefully express ourselves.”Pontieri added: “The sense of community is much greater now than it was then.”Trump has been criss-crossing New York State with the hope that his home turf would help him win more delegates in his effort to clinch the GOP presidential nomination over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ohio Governor John Kasich.One of Trump’s most provocative proposals is to compel Mexico to pay for a wall that would keep undocumented immigrants from crossing the southern border into the United States.“I love the Mexican people, I love Hispanics,” Trump said during his campaign stop in Bethpage before his fans began chanting “Build the wall!” He then asked the crowd, “Who’s going to build the wall?” The crowd shouted back: “Mexico!”Joselo Lucero said the event is “reckless.”“I think he should not even speak in Suffolk County at all, period,” he said.last_img read more

Adults must be role models for our kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Oct. 15 letter of Lois Mills regarding high school football players imitating the example of NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem had a serious flaw: namely that she felt that the students were being leaders in doing so, while clearly they were being followers of, in my opinion, faulty role model Colin Kaepernick.It’s sad to see that someone who is benefiting in the millions of dollars yearly from a country that gives free food through food stamps and pantries, health care through Medicaid, education from Headstart up to college, salary through unemployment, and housing through Section 8, creates a means of drawing attention to himself during the National Anthem.If he, and other attention seekers truly care about whatever issue they take, let’s see them work for that cause or donate some of their millions to change things. After all, who really needs all that money to live a good life? Better yet, let them find a country that suits them. Or don’t they really care about things? If they really cared about anyone or anything besides themselves, they would not demand those exorbitant salaries. They would take more equitable salaries so that tickets to games would be reasonably priced, and families could actually afford to buy tickets for the games.And they would try to be good role models.It’s time for teachers, advisers, parents and supervisors to stop letting naive, inexperienced children run the show. It’s time for all of us to be role models — good role models.It’s time to realize how good we have it in this country. Even the slightest knowledge of world news would have us kissing the ground in thanksgiving for this free land we live in.Theresa NowickiPattersonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationLocal movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barlast_img read more

Study finds chronic cannabis users worse off

first_imgRadio NZ 3 April 2016Family First Comment: It’s called ‘dope’ for a very good reason! So why would governments want to encourage use of it??New research shows chronic marijuana smokers – those who use cannabis four or more days a week for many years – are more likely to wind up in a lower “social and economic class” than their parents.Researchers at the University of California, Duke University and King’s College London, tracked 1000 people who were born in Dunedin 45 years ago and were being monitored in Otago University’s longitudinal health and development study.They said those who went on to become heavy marijuana users disproportionately experienced downward social mobility and financial problems by the age of 38, compared to their peers.Earlier this week Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne this week said the government was considering taking a more tolerant approach to minor drug offences, which kicked off a debate about drug laws in New Zealand.Scientist Magdalena Cerdá said the most important finding of the study was that people who smoked cannabis regularly over many years ended up in a ‘lower social class’ than their parents.They also ended up in jobs that were lower paid, less prestigious and that required lower skills. read more

First tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season forms.

first_img Share Share Tropical Storm AlbertoBRIDGETOWN, Barbados ––  The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is reporting that at 5 pm eastern time Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 32.2 north longitude 77.7 west or about 140 miles east southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.The 5 pm EDT NHC advisory indicates that maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts and tropical storm force winds extend 45 miles mainly to the north of the system.The estimated minimum central pressure for the system has dropped to 1007 mb.Tropical Storm Alberto is the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season which begins on June 1st, 2012 however it poses no threat to the Caribbean.According to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to see about ten named storms including four hurricanes and two major hurricanes.Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 40 Views   no discussions NewsRegional First tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season forms. by: – May 21, 2012last_img read more

Douvan delivers in great style

first_img Mullins said: “He did that nicely. He jumped and galloped and did everything that he does at home. He does things very easy. “That race on paper looked stronger than the one Vautour won last year. I don’t think ground or trip make any difference to him, and I’d imagine he’ll go straight to Cheltenham now.” Walsh added: “He did it very well. He travelled well, he jumped super. They were probably stayers he beat but they’re decent enough horses, it was a good performance. He has the size and scope to be a beautiful horse next year – when he fills into his frame, he’ll be some horse. “He has a lot of natural ability and hopefully we can keep him right and going the right way and get him to Cheltenham in one piece. “He was very professional with his jumping and travelled beautifully, settled lovely, quickened up the little bit when he had to – it was hard to knock it. “He’s a very good horse. I’d say you could go any trip with him, two, two and a half – I doubt you’d have to go the Albert Bartlett, but either of the other two (Supreme and Neptune) wouldn’t bother me.” RaceBets cut Douvan to 5-2 favourite from 4-1 for the Supreme, and to 4-1 market leader from 10s for the Neptune. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci are treading a similar path with Douvan as they did with Vautour last season. “Douvan was far more impressive than Vautour in winning the Moscow Flyer and when you consider that Vautour went on to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, it is no surprise that Douvan is now the clear favourite to follow in his stablemate’s hoofprints.” Betfred trimmed Douvan to 3-1 from 5-1 for the Supreme, leaving him unchanged at 6-1 favourite for the longer Neptune. Paddy Power quote him as 3-1 favourite from 4-1 joint-favourite for the Supreme. Press Association Douvan strengthened his claims for Cheltenham honours with an emphatic success in the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.center_img Already at the head of the betting for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March after impressing on his Irish debut at Gowran, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old passed his latest test with flying colours. Sent off the 1-3 favourite, the Rich Ricci-owned gelding was never out of second gear under Ruby Walsh, who sat in fourth through the early stages before cantering to the front hard on the bridle coming to the last. Having safely negotiated that, he cruised home from Alpha Des Obeaux. last_img read more