Corn Potential.

first_imgDuring the week ending June 4, the Georgia Ag Statistics Service reports that 59 percent of the Georgia corn crop is in fair, good or excellent condition. But only 22 percent of farmers report adequate soil moisture.A critical time Despite the summer drought, the Georgia corn crop could still make good yields, said a University of Georgia scientist.”It all depends on where the rain falls,” said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension Service grains scientist. “Overall, the potential for a good crop yield is still there.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES “Corn is in the critical water-need stage of silking and grain fill,” Lee said. At this stage, corn needs about a third of an inch of water every day. Without water now, the kernels won’t fill out properly.Georgia’s corn value Lee estimates Georgia farmers planted about 340,000 acres of corn this year. Last year’s 265,000 harvested acres was valued at $54 million. About 35 percent of Georgia’s corn acreage, 120,000 acres, is irrigated. Lee said farmers with irrigation need to make sure their systems work properly throughout the season so the crop gets the water it needs.Problems other than watercenter_img A CRITICAL TIME for corn in Georgia is when silking begins. University of Georgia scientists say corn needs about one-third an inch of water daily to ensure grain fill and a full crop. In spite of a recent lack of water, the ‘potential is still there’ for the Georgia crop. But farmers who use irrigation face problems besides a lack of water. With water come diseases. Lee said common rust is showing up, particularly in irrigated fields. “But I’m sure the farmers would rather deal with rust than dry stalks,” he said. Though common rust has some farmers concerned, Lee said as average daily temperatures rise, it will be less of a problem. On the remaining 210,000 acres of dryland corn, Lee said hit-and-miss rain showers make all the difference. “I’ve seen some dryland corn that looks really good,” he said. “Other fields, well, they’re just about burned up.”Need more corn Whatever the crop outcome, Lee said Georgia is still a corn deficit state. Georgia farmers could grow four times what they do and just barely have enough to provide feed for the poultry and hog industries. “Georgia’s poultry industry uses far more (corn) than we produce,” said George Shumaker, a UGA Extension Service economist. “We have the actual acres, but other crops, particularly cotton and peanuts, are more profitable. And farmers won’t stop growing those to grow corn.” Feed processors import corn and other grains from the Midwest to fulfill the livestock feed demands.last_img read more

Love at First Bike

first_imgI’ve never gone mountain biking.Well, sorta.Prior to my time with the magazine (1.5 years ago), I had certainly been on a mountain bike. I used to ride one to and from class every day, take it for a cruise down the Virginia Creeper rail-trail nearby, drive around with it on the back of my beater Honda. But, as far as riding legitimate singletrack goes, it wasn’t until last year that I finally popped the cherry.The two times since those college days that I have truly gone for a ride were both merely a means to an end, once in DuPont State Forest and once in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Both times I was out photographing mountain bikers and needed to cover more ground more efficiently. What better way to accomplish that than by hopping in the saddle and joining the gang?DCIM100GOPROThe only problem? I suck at mountain biking. I can crank out uphills all day, and I’m damn good at bike hiking, but downhill is downright terrifying. If it’s not some rogue root or rock that sends me OTB, it’s my sporadic front-brake-freak-outs that launch my body spread eagle down the trail. Couple those poor bike maneuvering skills with a backpack full of expensive, company-owned camera equipment and you’ve got yourself one stressed out J. Daddio.Still, I loved it.Trail running, hiking, that’s all fine and dandy, but you can knock out some big miles on a bike and, when the downhill is straight and smooth like butta, I do like going really fast. And jumping over stuff. And that’s really fun. Until I wrap my ribs around a tree, which I really try to avoid at all costs. Still though, crashing and burning, just as in any sport, is part of the game. Even the best of riders get off line, hit the brakes, or worse, hit the tree and go sailing.More often than not, I’ve recently found that when I want to go outside and play most, I’m usually alone. For paddling and climbing, flying solo doesn’t always bode well (especially if Mom finds out). I’ve been eyeballing mountain bikes for the past few months, figuring mountain biking to be a reasonable solution to my partnerless woes. After weeks of sleepless nights fantasizing about disc brakes and fat tires, I finally decided last week to swallow my fear of breaking my body and take the plunge.DCIM100GOPROThe moment I saw Violet, I was in love. A Specialized hardtail 29er, she’s silvery purple, the color of twilight and concord grapes and all-things royal. I sensed in her a restlessness, a burning need to fly free through the woods and tear up the trails. She seemed innocent enough on the outside, you might even call her pretty, but inside I could tell she was a fiery pistol, cocked and loaded and ready to roll. I felt very much like this bike may be my kindred spirit, and so, the day I rolled her out the back door of Adventure Damascus (thanks to my friends and fellow employers at the shop!), I took her out on our first date…I mean ride.If I can sum up that first ride in one phrase, I’d say it was nothing short of expected. I face planted a rhododendron bush, toppled into a creek, and took a chunk out of my right knee cap and elbow. Fortunately no one was around to watch the hilarity that ensued as I tried to detangle myself from gear and chain and branch, but I honestly don’t think it would have mattered either way.DCIM100GOPROYou see, being in the woods has this incomparable healing effect on me. Whether I’m scouting a rapid, studying the route up a rock face, or picking a line down the trail, there’s something about riding that fine balance between man and nature that, when panned out to perfection, gets me stoked (though, per this video, maybe getting stoked isn’t always the best thing). Those moments of perfect flow aren’t always easy to come by, but all it takes is a single second of unity with the river, the rock, the trail, to keep me coming back for more.So as I laid there in the rhododendron bush beneath the weight of Violet, trying to gauge which hurt more – my oozing knee or my wounded pride – I decided that it was neither. Nothing hurt. I was actually kinda giddy. I picked myself up, snapped a too-dark selfie of my wreck, and proceeded to pick my way through the remaining two miles of technical downhill that I realistically had no business being on. Still, I was all smiles. I’d found yet another avenue for getting outside and letting the natural world be my sensei.DCIM100GOPROSince then, Violet and I have gone riding at Bent Creek and DuPont State Forest (photos from Big Rock Trail in DuPont) in North Cackalacky. Looking forward to some central Virginia riding this week and next – stay tuned!###Check out this month’s issue of the magazine to hear 10 regional riders answer the big question – Why I Ride.I’d love to hear from you on why you love to ride, where you love to ride, or tips and tricks on riding better. I can use all the help and suggestions I can get. Keep charging!last_img read more

Kayak and Weekend Adventure Giveaway

first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 15, 2017 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before June 15, 2017 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.WIN ONE MORE ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST! I would like to receive updates from BRO, and prize partners straight to my inbox!* denotes required fieldlast_img read more

8 CU issues worth a second look

first_imgIn addition to meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team regularly meets with key regulators and administration officials, and attends events covering critical issues affecting credit unions. See what the industry’s Washington Watchdog has been working on lately.Qualified mortgagesToday, the association will meet at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to discuss qualified mortgages (QM). Earlier this year, Acting Director Mick Mulvaney indicated that the bureau would review its QM rule as part of efforts to “look at unduly and overly burdensome regulations.” NAFCU in July included making permanent the government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) QM category on its list of priorities for the bureau (read more here).NAFCU Senior Counsel for Research and Policy Andrew Morris will attend today’s meeting, along with other financial trade groups. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blood drive to honor late State Trooper

first_imgThe blood drive will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 16 Crescent Drive in Kirkwood. Trooper Skinner served with the State Police for 13 years before he was killed in the line of duty in 2014. He also was a firefighter with the Five Mile Point Fire Company. The Red Cross says blood donations often decline during the holidays as people get busy and travel.center_img KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The Five Mile Point Fire Department is inviting the community to pay tribute to late New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner at its sixth annual blood drive in his memory. If you would like to donate, you can make an appointment by downloading the Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or visiting this link.last_img

More than a month into phase 4, Candor gym owner asks ‘When can we reopen?’

first_imgCANDOR (WBNG) — More than a month has passed since the beginning of phase four in New York State and gyms and fitness centers have still not been allowed to reopen. Now one gym owner in Candor is joining the fight to get those facilities reopened safely. “Most of us feel that exercise is medicine, and that’s probably why we’re such a vocal bunch– we feel like by being open we’re helping the situation– not hurting it,” he says. “Reports show that infections are rising in more than 40 states…We understand that some people aren’t happy – but better unhappy than sick or worse.  We fully intend to defend the actions taken in these matters,” Conwall went on to say. “It’s a small mom and pop boutique gym here in Candor, NY. We cater primarily to helping women succeed with fitness,” he says. Fay also argues that big gyms and smaller fitness centers should not be lumped into the same category when it comes to making health related decisions. “When you talk gyms most people think large boxes with lots of people going in and out, personal training studios only have a few people,” he says. “We need to get back to where we were quickly, with a lot of the businesses still closed it’s putting a huge dent in our ability to recover,” he says. “We have our safety plan, we have our cleaning plan, we have all of our equipment required to clean, if they say masks that’s what we’ll do,” he says. For their part, the State defends the decision to keep gyms closed. Now over a month later, New York gyms are still closed and Fay says he’s looking for answers. He also argues that gyms should have been essential from the beginning, as they help people fight diabetes and obesity, two things associated with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms. Governor Cuomo’s office says they intend to fight the lawsuit. Fay says while his business is in a solid spot to weather the pandemic, he’s joining the fight on behalf of many fellow gym owners who aren’t so fortunate.   “The actions taken by the Governor with respect to gyms and fitness centers are wholly consistent with the powers granted to the Executive by the Legislature. The measures the Governor has taken were intended to – and did – curb the rise of infection across the State.  They also allowed us to avoid subsequent spikes of infection,” Governor Cuomo’s spokesman Jason Conwall told 12 News in part. Running Fay’s has been a way of life for Ron and his family for more than thirty years. Like all gyms, Fay was forced to close down due to the coronavirus, and they had hoped to reopen as part of phase four. “We told our membership okay here’s the day, this is the day we’re going to reopen and everyone was all excited to come back and then a few days before it was ‘gyms couldn’t,'” he says. “We’re ready to roll whenever the state is,” say Ron Fay, owner of Fay’s Fitness Co. in Candor. Fay argues that gyms and fitness centers can be reopened safely, and that’s why he’s joined a lawsuit with 600 other fitness facilities arguing that gyms should not be singled out. “When? That’s what we really want to know, when can we reopen?” he says.last_img read more

Hikers flock Mt Lawu ahead of Independence Day, raising COVID-19 concerns

first_imgGiri Lawu management office head Miko Wicaksono confirmed the situation and said the footage had been taken on Sunday morning.”The video was taken by my friend this morning at the entrance of the Cemoro Sewu trail,” he said on Sunday as reported by admitted that the management team was overwhelmed by the number of visitors flocking to the mountain on Sunday and was struggling to ensure visitors adhere to the physical distancing rule.”We broadcast the health protocol requirements through social media and set up handwashing facilities near the entrance. We also reminded visitors to follow protocol through megaphones, but we’re struggling to manage such a large number of hikers,” he said.Miko said at least 800 hikers had registered on Sunday, which was the maximum allowed number of daily visitors at the mountain.”We stopped the registration at 5 p.m.,” he said.It is a longstanding tradition for Indonesians to hike mountains ahead of Independence Day on Aug. 17 to conduct flag-hoisting ceremonies on mountaintops. (nal) Hundreds of visitors flocked to Mount Lawu in Magetan, East Java, on Sunday, raising concern over the transmission of COVID-19 at the popular hiking spot as management was overwhelmed in controlling the crowds.Footage of hundreds of visitors being stuck at the jam-packed entrance to the Cemoro Sewu trekking route went viral on social media on Sunday gaining more than 56,000 views.”New cluster: Mount Lawu,” a Twitter user with the handle of @sociogeeks_ wrote on Sunday.Cluster baru : Gunung Lawu 😑— Socio Geeks (@sociogeeks_) August 16, 2020 Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal legend Lauren approves transfer move for William Saliba

first_imgSaliba has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery will only have around £40m to spend on new recruits this summer if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.The Spaniard is expected to prioritise a move for a central defender and Saliba is believed to be among the club’s top targets.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEarlier this month, Jose Mourinho gave a ringing endorsement of the France Under-19 international.‘I think he has everything needed to become a good player, much like Kurt Zouma, who I signed,’ the ex-Manchester United manager said.MORE: UEFA will block Arsenal from showing support for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Europa League final against Chelsea Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal legend Lauren approves transfer move for William Saliba Comment Arsenal legend Lauren is convinced by William Saliba’s potential (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lauren has explained why Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba would be the ideal signing for his former club this summer.Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances.Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress and reports this weekend claim that Arsenal are looking to hold talks over a possible deal for the centre-back.Saliba, who is valued at around €30 million (£26m) by Saint-Etienne, has impressed former Arsenal full-back Lauren with his accomplished displays in Ligue 1.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Yes, he looks a very good player,’ said Lauren, speaking exclusively to‘Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.‘He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 May 2019 3:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShareslast_img read more

Granit Xhaka open to Newcastle transfer after deciding to leave Arsenal

first_img Comment Xhaka feels let down by the Arsenal hierarchy (Picture: Getty)Xhaka has therefore decided to leave Arsenal in January and the Telegraph report that Newcastle are keen on a loan move for the former Borussia Monchengladbach ace.AdvertisementAdvertisementSteve Bruce wants to add more experience to his young Magpies side and Xhaka has supposedly intimated that he would be keen on a short-term move to the north-east.The 27-year-old has been given glowing reports about the city by international team-mate Fabian Schar and he believes a new environment could be reinvigorating.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 ArsenalHowever, Newcastle will face competition from Serie A giants AC Milan for Xhaka’s signature and there’s likely to be a wealth of other competitors looking at short-term deals for the midfielder.Nevertheless, it’s clear that Xhaka sees no future for himself in north London and that Unai Emery is now happy to sell the Swiss.MORE: Barcelona ‘upset’ after failing to sign Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Nov 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares Granit Xhaka open to Newcastle transfer after deciding to leave Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Granit Xhaka is set to leave Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Newcastle United are hopeful of signing Arsenal star Granit Xhaka on loan in January after the midfielder decided to leave the Gunners.The Switzerland international hasn’t played for the club since telling supporters to ‘f**k off’ as he was jeered leaving the field in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October.Xhaka was subsequently stripped of the club captaincy but some members of the squad feel he was unfairly treated by Unai Emery, who offered little defence of the Swiss.The midfielder maintains his position as the captain of the national side but he’s understandably concerned that a lack of first-team football could see him lose the honour.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Holds Roundtable Discussion on Economic Impact Of New Shell Plant in Western PA

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Holds Roundtable Discussion on Economic Impact Of New Shell Plant in Western PA July 21, 2016center_img Economy,  Press Release Monaca, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today met with legislators, local government officials, businesses, and other stakeholders to discuss downstream economic opportunities and workforce needs following the recent announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that the company plans to build a new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.“Shell’s decision to invest and build a new cracker plant in Beaver County is a game-changer, and our success in securing this project has happened thanks to the leadership and hard work on all levels,” Governor Wolf said. “This project promises positive economic ripple effects for years to come and with a spotlight on Pennsylvania, the commonwealth will skyrocket to the top of the list of potential locations for additional industries, and we need to be sure we’re prepared.”The discussion, which was held at Penn State Beaver, focused on the project’s demand for at least 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 full-time permanent jobs, as well as the estimated $6 billion economic impact on the region.“We’re pleased to host Governor Wolf today and excited to discuss all of the economic and workforce opportunities that lie ahead as a result of Shell Chemicals,” said Chancellor Jenifer Cushman, Penn State Beaver. “Education is imperative to any region’s growth and development, but particularly to one that is expected to encounter so much change. We hope be an active partner in that change for many years to come.”“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to participate in today’s roundtable discussion and value the support of the governor and all of our elected public servants, business and industrial leaders as we work together to realize new and exciting opportunities for Beaver County and the region,” said Dr. Chris Reber, president of the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC). “Preparing to address the workforce needs of Shell Chemicals and other organizations that will be impacted by the cracker plant is priority #1 for CBCC. We are also partnering with other educational providers, including high schools, community colleges and four-year universities, to address workforce needs in the areas of engineering and maintenance.”Shell’s Cracker Plant will be one of the largest of its kind in North America, and the largest single ‘from-the-ground-up’ industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation. The company is expected to break ground in late 2017, with commercial production expected to begin early next decade.“I’m glad to welcome to the governor to Beaver County today, and have the opportunity to meet with other elected officials and local stakeholders to discuss the economic opportunities associated with Shell’s new plant,” said Rep. Jim Marshall. “My goal is to continue our work with Shell to give local manufacturers the ability to provide materials for this project, while ensuring our local workforce will be trained and prepared to work for Shell in the years to come.”“This is a historic investment in Beaver County economy that I’m happy to have been a part of,” Rep. Jaret Gibbons said. “We now have to take the next step and make sure our local workforce is ready and able to step up and fill the jobs. We need to make sure we have an educated workforce that can step right into these jobs.”The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tons of polyethylene per year. Polyethylene is used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components.For more information on the Shell Cracker Plant’s impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, go to read more