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Farm Profit Mapping

first_img “This profit map shows a farmer the bottom line,” said Calvin Perry, a research engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Other maps can show where problems are,” Perry said. “But when he can see what he put into his pockets — how much profit he made on that land — he can begin making his operation more efficient.” Perry studies precision farming at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station on the CAES Tifton campus. George Vellidis, Jeffrey Durrence and Dan Thomas, all engineers, are part of the large team working to develop, perfect and test precision farming equipment, software and methods. Profit maps and yield maps show farmers short-term and long-term issues they must face and manage to become and stay profitable, Thomas said. Farmers use Global Positioning System satellites to map soil types, disease or insect problems, nutrient and water applications, yields and, finally, profit. The maps show the yield or profit for every part of a field, Thomas said. Special sensors attached to harvesters fitted with GPS locators gather the information. Computer software links the yield data with specific spots in the fields. The farmers then use other software to create the maps. “Yield mapping is a key component of precision farming,” Vellidis said. “It allows farmers to see the results of their management practices.” Vellidis said all those maps make management more intense. They make farming more complicated and simpler at the same time. “So many factors affect the crop yield it’s hard to say ‘this one will make the change,'” he said. “But you can’t even try to make that decision without accurate information.” Vellidis said yield maps show the farmer vividly where he could make management changes to boost profits. “That’s really important for us now, as we’re looking ahead and wondering if price support programs will be there much longer,” he said. Thomas said precision farming helps farmers be better stewards of the environment. “If you put out only the pesticides and nutrients you need, and only where they’re needed, you reduce the risk of overapplying chemicals and environmental pollution,” he said. But not many farmers are using precision farming methods yet. “It’s not cheap,” Durrence said. “It’s hard to get into it a little bit at a time. And not many commercial services are available yet.” Durrence figures on a start-up cost of $12,000 in equipment, including the yield monitor, computer, printer, GPS equipment and a subscription to a service that make the GPS system more accurate. Much of the precision farming technology was first developed for farmers growing corn and other grains in the Midwest. “We started working to adapt that technology to cotton and peanuts,” Vellidis said. “We ended up almost starting over to get a yield monitor that works for our crops.” Vellidis said five farmers — four in Georgia and one in Texas — are planning to use the peanut yield monitoring system this year. He hopes the equipment will be on the market for the 1999 season. The team’s work with cotton yield monitoring isn’t that far along. But they expect good results soon. Two cotton yield monitors are on the market. But UGA testing shows they need some modifications to be accurate in Georgia growing conditions. “This is a high-tech approach to farming — a real information revolution on the farm,” Perry said. “It’s not easy to spot, except for the GPS antenna, from the highway. It’s exciting for us to see Georgia farmers on the cutting edge of this technology in the Southeast.” A University of Georgia scientist says Georgia farmers may soon have maps that show how much money they make — or lose — in any spot on their farm. Other maps can show where problems are and, to some extent, how to fix them. PROFIT MAPS like this one can show farmers exactly where they are, and aren’t making money in a field. Farmers use yield monitoring harvest equipment, computer software and Global Posi- tioning Systems to create maps. George Vellidis, a UGA research engineer, said these maps help farmers use their land more efficiently with less risk of environmental harm. (Map courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environ- mental Sciences.)center_img Download the full-size .JPG here — 1.97M.last_img read more

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Recycling Day.

first_imgYou’re not supposed to put empty pesticide containers in the trash. So what do you do with them? Periodically, pesticide container recycling days are set up around the state to allow people to get rid of these containers.One such pesticide container recycling day is set for Wednesday, March 27, at Gwinnett Technical College. Containers may be brought for disposal anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.The containers must be a No. 2 type plastic and must be triple rinsed or pressure rinsed and punctured. No other type of container and no container with pesticide residues can be accepted.For more information, contact Steve Cole of the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-9373. Or call Robert Brannen of the University of Georgia Extension Service at (678) 377-4010.last_img

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Grazing School 2017

first_imgA two-day Advanced Grazing School, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists Sept. 19-20, will provide a deeper understanding of grazing systems to those in attendance. The first day will focus on low-cost fencing and portable watering systems. On the second day of the program, specialists will cover grazing management influences on soil health.The program will be held at UGA farm properties near the Athens campus. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings and will include many hands-on learning experiences.The first day of instruction will be held at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Extension Center on Experiment Station Road in Watkinsville, Georgia. Participants will learn how to allocate pastureland and provide portable water and shade in a rotational grazing system.The group will also visit the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences’ Iron Horse Farm, off of Georgia Highway 15, near the line for Oconee and Greene counties, where participants will take a close look at the roots of diverse forage species as they explore the soil by stepping into soil pits. They’ll see how roots and microbes interact with the soil and learn how dung beetle and earthworm populations are improved in well-managed grazing systems. The cost of the two-day program is $150 for the first person from each farm, then $75 per person for each additional individual from a farm or family. The registration fee includes a 250-page notebook full of resources on the subject matter taught, lunches and breaks each day, and dinner on the first night. Registration is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested should register soon.For more information on the grazing school program, visit read more

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Brazilian Navy Conducts Mock Amphibious Exercise

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo January 24, 2017 The Brazilian Navy held the 37th edition of Operation Dragon from November 28th to December 16, 2016. In total, 3,000 Brazilian Navy service members from the Marine Corps, and the 1st and 2nd Naval District Commands participated in the exercise, held in the maritime boundary between the two southeastern states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. Nineteen ships, four landing craft, four helicopters, two fixed-wing Skyhawk AF-12 airplanes, 12 amphibious vehicles (CLAnf, per its Portuguese acronym), and 10 combat vehicles were deployed. These resources comprised the Amphibious Task Force (ForTarAnf, per its Portuguese acronym), an organization that includes more than 50 military units from the Brazilian Navy. It was the most important exercise held by the Brazilian Navy during the year – and for the Marine Corps specifically – since it included all phases of an amphibious operation (OpAnf, per its Portuguese acronym): planning, embarking, training, transit, and attack. According to Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Júlio César Franco da Costa, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Operation Dragon XXXVII Landing Force, “in this exercise we can assess our naval, air, and marine capabilities through their actions in an amphibious operation.” During their crossing, the Amphibious Task Force conducted onboard exercises and training to prepare the troops for executing an amphibious landing. Operation Dragon also enabled the large-scale testing of command-and-control systems and the coordination and synchronizing of operations to carry out assigned tasks. Amphibious assault December 4th was D-Day for Operation Dragon, when the simulation exercise really began. In spite of having set H-hour for 0800 on Itaoca Beach in Espírito Santo, preparing the landing area began much earlier, with the simulated destruction of targets on the ground and the use of Naval Fire Support provided by the ships and planes in the Amphibious Task Force. According to Col. Franco, the Naval Fire Support is tasked with destroying or neutralizing enemy defenses, helping to isolate the landing area, and destroying mines and other obstacles. “Naval fire is also used for supporting dive teams and mine sweepers during the final preparations to secure the landing beaches and sea access.” At H-hour, the earth ship movement began. That is when Navy ships deploy their amphibious resources at sea. The movement included amphibious landing craft and vehicles, as well as two helicopters capable of transporting the embarked troops. According to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Landing Force, the exercise simulates a real-world conflict situation using sea, air, and land maneuvers. Service members also conducted land operations. “The purpose of merging these assault landing elements is to unify and focus their forces, to provide combat support, and to relieve, clear, and overtake the stationary troops dedicated to carrying out defensive action,” Col. Franco explained. Amphibious assault is the most complete type of amphibious operation, said Col. Franco. “This is a simulated attack by sea to put a landing force on the ground, where, among other aspects, we can train service members how to capture a target area to carry out naval warfare operations, or to set up a forward base to help initiate or support a land campaign.” For Col. Franco, Operation Dragon XXXVII is very important for honing the Marines’ operational skills. He said a new edition of this exercise should occur in this same time frame in 2017. “That is when we avail ourselves of the ship and troop presence at Brazilian ports as part of the Fleet Week celebrations.” Multipurpose amphibious dock ship Bahia One difference in this edition of Operation Dragon is the use of the multipurpose amphibious dock ship (NDM, per its Portuguese acronym) Bahia, recently acquired by the Brazilian Navy for transporting and landing combat troops, vehicles, and equipment directly in the area of operations. Col. Franco said that during the exercise, the Bahia’s loading and unloading capacity was tested at sea and in the air. “This ship bolstered our naval power capabilities during the operation.” According to information from Naval Operations Command, Bahia’s other purpose is to carry out humanitarian aid missions. The vessel has a hospital complex with 49 beds capable of treating patients in critical condition, as well as burn victims. There are two surgery wards, a laboratory, a compartment for radiology exams, and an equipment-sterilization center, as well as medical and dental clinics. For Major Ana Cristina Requeijo, a public relations consultant for the Marine Corps Force Command, the big difference with NDM Bahia is the ship’s versatility which justifies its classification as “multipurpose.” “The incorporation of NDM Bahia into the Brazilian Navy projects their power over land, due to its amphibious capability, as well as its ability to carry out air operations, whether by controlling sea areas or through its command-and-control facilities,” explained Maj. Ana Cristina. One important difference with this vessel is its docking well, which can be extended at sea. This makes it possible to use the NDM Bahia for landing troops and materiel while the ship is underway. “Using this deck makes it possible to provide logistical support on beaches and in ports, as well as to provide support to the Marines, with their trucks and armored vehicles,” Maj. Ana Cristina concluded.last_img read more

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Bolivia Distances Itself from the Evo Morales Era, Suspends Relations with Cuba

first_imgBy José Arturo Cárdenas / AFP February 05, 2020 Bolivia’s interim government “suspended” diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 24, in yet another move from Bolivian right-wing President Jeanine Áñez to distance herself from the foreign policy of her predecessor, Evo Morales.“The Plurinational State of Bolivia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces to the national and international public that it has decided to suspend diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba as of this date,” said Cabinet Minister and acting Foreign Minister Yerko Núñez.Núñez, who is temporarily replacing Bolivia’s Foreign Minister Karen Longaric, currently on a mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, characterized the statements by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez as “unacceptable.” On January 22, Rodríguez described Áñez as a “self-proclaimed coup-leader.”The interim government notified the Cuban Embassy in La Paz of its decision, Núñez said. Áñez took office two days after Morales’s resignation on November 10.Morales, who is living in exile in Argentina, said via Twitter that he “condemned” the measure and regretted “the permanent deterioration of the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s international image as a State that respects the people’s free self-determination, sovereignty, and diplomacy.”To distance herself from Morales’ foreign policy, two days after taking office Áñez broke ties with Nicolás Maduro, a close partner of her predecessor, just like Cuba, and recognized parliamentary leader Juan Guaidó.Bolivia is now the only country in the Americas without diplomatic relations with Cuba.“Agreements are on hold”Bolivian Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zannier said at the same press conference that “the suspension is very similar to breaking off [diplomatic] relations.”As such, the measure will affect the presence of diplomatic personnel at both embassies, although he didn’t give further details.“All talks, negotiations, and official and governmental agreements are suspended; there will only be a small delegation here in Bolivia and there in Havana,” Zannier said.Núñez said that “[the Cuban diplomats] will surely leave the country in due time.”Confrontation with Minister RodríguezThe decision, Núñez said, was made because of “unacceptable comments from Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Cuba’s hostility and constant grievances against the Bolivian constitutional government.”On Twitter, the Cuban foreign minister called Áñez’s statements of January 22, on Plurinational State Foundation Day, as established by Morales, “vulgar lies by the self-proclaimed coup-leader in Bolivia.”The president said that during Morales’ 14 years in office, Bolivia spent about “$147 million” to fund a medical brigade, but that “less than a third” of its members were professional doctors.In addition, only 20 percent of the funding was destined for this health program. “The rest was diverted to fund Castro-communism,” Áñez said.In the same tweet, the Cuban foreign minister said that Áñez’s decision to cancel the Cuban medical mission affected the Bolivian people, since “454,440 medical consultations had been suspended.”Interference allegationsFrom the outset, Áñez’s government showed differences with Havana, in contrast to Morales’ close ties.Áñez blamed Cubans and Venezuelans for meddling in Bolivian affairs and contributing to destabilization, blaming them for the violence and riots carried out after the — now annulled — elections of October 20, which left 35 dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Morales had close relations with Cuba long before he came to power in 2006, and used to call Cuban leader Fidel Castro (who died in 2016) “wise grandfather.”Recently, the Áñez government broke off a commercial agreement on urea exports, arguing that its prices were too low.La Paz and Havana had strained relations in the past. In the 1960s, Argentine Ernesto Che Guevara led a guerilla campaign in Bolivia in an attempt to export Castro’s revolution. Guevara was captured and summarily executed by the Bolivian Army in 1967.last_img read more

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Fed: Monitoring costs ‘integral’ part of interchange standard

first_img The Federal Reserve board of governors clarified its debit interchange rule this week stating that transaction-monitoring costs are included in the interchange fee standard.The clarification to Regulation II, which covers debit card interchange fees and routing, comes after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found in June that the rule needed further explanation.After the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act required an interchange fee cap, the Fed set the ceiling at 21 cents per transaction for card issuers with more than $10 billion in assets.The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) challenged the Fed’s regulation governing the fee paid to card-issuing financial institutions when a debit transaction is made, saying the Fed’s ceiling is too high.However, CUNA and its financial services coalition partners make the case that it is too low and does not allow debit card issuers to cover their costs with a reasonable rate of return. continue reading » The Federal Reserve 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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We do not hire buzzers, only social media influencers: Presidential office

first_imgPreviously, Donny Gahral Adian, a leading expert at the office, echoed a similar statement, saying that the government never hired buzzers.“I want to clarify that the government has never organized buzzers. [Buzzers] exist because of democracy,” he said during a discussion hosted by the University of Indonesia’s Alumni Association (Iluni UI) on Tuesday.He explained that, in a democracy, rulers and their opposition usually had supporters, regardless of whether they were paid to speak up or if they did it on their own volition.“There are indeed private buzzers who work independently. Their political affiliations can lead toward the ruler or to the opposition,” he said, adding that buzzers who violated the law should be held accountable.The statements came amid suspicion from the public that the government uses buzzers to support and defend its policies.Concerns over the alleged hired buzzers escalated following recent cyberattacks that were directed toward government critics, including online news publication, which had its website defaced, and Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia whose Twitter account was hacked. (mfp)Topics : The Executive Office of the President has denied using so-called “buzzers” to support the government and its policies, claiming that it only hires social media influencers to help educate the public on certain policies.“We don’t use buzzers at all,” Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, the office’s deputy head of politics, law, security and human rights affairs, said Thursday as quoted by, who tend to be anonymous, are often directly paid to espouse certain political views, while influencers are public figures with a strong presence on social media. Influencers tend to have many followers and may openly promote brands. Jaleswari said the office only accepted the service of influencers, including experts that had the capacity to discuss strategic issues, as buzzers tended to be anonymous when addressing issues.She also claimed that the Executive Office of the President did not give special treatment to influencers.“Payments are given according to the budget of ordinary sources. We use transparent and accountable principles while not diminishing the government’s attitude of allowing us to have different opinions.”Read also: Social media influencers key actors in democracy: Palacelast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Holidays Harrisburg, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf joined cabinet members for the 28th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“I am so proud of the Holiday Wish Program and all the joy it brings to so many seniors, families and children across our commonwealth,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “And I am particularly proud of the state employees who take part in the program each year. It truly shows the dedication and generosity of our state employees and reflects the best values of Pennsylvania – support for our neighbors and care for those among us who are in need.”Cabinet members from the departments of Human Services, Aging, Transportation, and Labor & Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while Santa Claus visited with children from local child care providers.Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.“We work all year to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians but the holidays give us the opportunity to see that work in action. Hundreds of Pennsylvania families have so much to look forward to thanks to the generous support we’ve seen from employees around the commonwealth,” Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said. “I am proud to work with people who care this much and I want them to know that we all sincerely appreciate their efforts.”The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in numerous departments. Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season December 06, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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New beachside suburb in the running to become the Gold Coast’s most expensive

first_img MORE NEWS: New home hot spots revealed REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson.He said the suburb’s proximity to the Gold Coast Airport and popular surf breaks made it particularly appealing.The median house prices are based on 66 sales in Mermaid Beach over the past year and 16 in Bilinga, which suggested a few million-dollar sales were skewing the figures.Mr Henderson believed that once the data to the start of April was revealed, it would paint a different picture as there had been a number of million-dollar sales at Mermaid Beach during that period.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker, who has sold several multimillion-dollar properties at Bilinga over the past year, backed Mr Henderson’s comments.He said when Bilinga’s prestige market dried up, the median would drop back.DJ Stringer Property Services principal David Stringer said houses in the area were already highly sought-after while five to seven-storey height limits meant new boutique beachfront developments were also on offer. Bilinga’s median house price is catching up to Mermaid Beach’s following several multimillion-dollar sales in the past year.Mermaid Beach’s median soared to $1.5 million last year, which marked a record for the Gold Coast, but it has since gradually declined to $1.385 million while Bilinga’s has rocketed to $1.3 million.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson (pictured) believed Mermaid Beach would always reign supreme but said there was merit in Bilinga’s increased popularity.“It’s obviously heating up the competition between the two but whether it will pass (Mermaid Beach), I can’t see that happening,” he said.“But as new houses get built and more people appeal to the area … I think that (Bilinga) could be held in high esteem.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Bilinga for a long time was probably under valued.” MORE NEWS: Imagine owning a castlecenter_img Another Gold Coast suburb is in the running to take Mermaid Beach’s title as the city’s most expensive.MERMAID Beach has long held the title as the Gold Coast’s most expensive suburb, but a new contender is hot on its heels.Bilinga joined the Coast’s million-dollar club in November and has been close to surpassing Mermaid Beach’s median house price for months.CoreLogic data to December showed there was only a $50,000 difference between the two, which stretched to $85,000 in January. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

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first_imgThe Reds got off to a good  start in Spring Training.  There are some nagging questions, however.  Will Latos and Leake be ready for opening day?  Can Billy Hamilton hit his way on base and patrol center field like Choo did?  Have the Reds spent their way into a corner with big contracts to Votto, Phillips, and Bailey?  We hope the first two are yes and the last one is no.  So far that tendency to score runs in bunches and then get shut out is still  around.  Will they consistently hit?  Ownership says he has spent what he can afford and TV will offset the cost.  Cincinnati will never be able to spend with the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs, or Red Sox.  That is why the minor league system must remain strong.As far as individual performances go every year is a crapshoot.  I don’t think Hamilton will every be a .300 hitter but if he can bunt, draw walks, and hit .270 he will be a winner.  A pitching staff today is a like a China doll that can break at any time.  Trainers and doctors are as important as pithing coaches.  These athletes fine tune their bodies so much they are always on the edge of breaking.Hitting is contagious and the Reds have enough of it if Frazier, Cozart, and Ludwick get back to 2012.  We will see.last_img read more

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