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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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‘Giving Tuesday’ spotlights role of non profits in COVID-19 response

first_imgPart of that Accardi says is reaching out a hand to those who may be reluctant to accept. “We have been emphasizing providing not just the non perishable foods but fresh dairy, meat, fish, produce,” said Lori Accardi, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Broome County. “We want to be able to help as many people as possible as easily as possible,” said Sister Mary O’Brien, Executive Director of Tioga County Rural Ministry “We are simplifying our financial relief intake sheet so anyone who has been laid off or lost their employment can easily access funds from us.” “Any generosity from the community would help us be able to help more people during this time,” Lesko said. “There are so many people who are unemployed for the first time,” she said. “These are people who never imagined they would reach out to an organization like Catholic Charities but we really want to get the message out that it’s here for you if you need it right now.” The Ross Park Zoo Accardi stresses that Giving Tuesday Now is about more than just pressing the donate button. Kopernik Observatory Some organizations also providing financial assistance. center_img That means providing help with things like access to food. Giving Tuesday Now hopes to help make sure they are able to continue answering the call. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together and give as well as support their communities,” she said. The Broome County Humane Society “What we’re seeing is folks who have lost their jobs who have not received any unemployment yet and they still need to pay rent they have phone bills and utility bills,” said Jennifer Lesko, CEO of the Broome County Urban League. “We want people to know you aren’t looking for an handout you’re looking for a hand.” (WBNG) — With the COVID-19 pandemic putting many in the Southern Tier in a financial position they didn’t see coming, non-profits across the area have stepped up to help provide for those in need. Giving Tuesday Now isn’t limited only to organizations involved in the COVID-19 response, some local organizations have started fundraisers in order help them make it through the crisis, they include:last_img read more

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What are we doing for leisure? We’re online

first_imgNZ Herald 15 March 2012New Zealanders are doing less of just about every leisure activity other than sitting at a computer. A “state of the nation” report issued today by pollsters Roy Morgan says 83 per cent of us used a computer at home in the past month, up from 60 per cent a decade ago. But we are now less likely than we were 10 years ago to play sport, entertain friends and relatives, and go to movies, sports events, art galleries and museums. The apparent trend to being less sociable is only partly offset by being more health-conscious. We are now more likely to do some kind of exercise other than playing sport, such as running or going to the gym.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10792176last_img

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USC alumnus gives $10 million donation to Price school

first_imgThe donation renames the USC Department of Real Estate Development, which opened last year, the USC Price Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development. This is the school’s first naming gift of a department.  The money will primarily be used to recruit top faculty members to the department, provide financial aid for students studying real estate and summer funding for faculty research while also expanding professional development opportunities. .  “He has done some pretty visionary projects,” Department of Real Estate Development chair Richard Green said. “He does a wide variety of things in the real estate business. He’s always been generous about sharing what he knows with our students, because he comes back and talks to our students on a regular basis.”  Smith graduated fromPrice  with a master’s degree in real estate development in 1999, and in 2003 founded Greenlaw Partners, a real estate firm based in Southern California. Since then, Smith has remained involved within the USC and Price community by delivering guest lectures at the school and acting as a mentor to graduate students. He is also a member of the executive committee of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Price Board of Councilors and the Price School Real Estate Advisory Board.  “[We want to] particularly help those [students], for whom USC would be a very expensive place … to help students come here, because one thing that’s very important for us is for people who traditionally have not gotten into the real estate business to get into that business,” Green said.  Wil Smith earned his master’s degree in real estate development at the USC Price School of Public Policy. His gift will go towards scholarships and faculty research, and establishes the USC Price Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development. (Daily Trojan file photo) Wil Smith, a USC alumnus and real estate executive, has donated $10 million to the Sol Price School of Public Policy to fund scholarships, research opportunities and other resources, the University announced Wednesday.  According to Green, the department serves approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students with majors or minors in real estate development. It also supports a group of researchers studying topics relating to real estate development.  The donation money will be put to use beginning next academic year.last_img read more

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Bethesda reveals further Quake Champions esports tournaments

first_imgBethesda and DreamHack have joined forces to bring further Quake Champions tournaments after the Quake World Championships.The two additional tournaments in 2017 have been marked as the DreamHack Denver Quake Championship, between October 20th and 22nd before heading to DreamHack Winter between December 1st and 4th for the Quake Champions Invitational.The Denver tournament will host a $75,000 (£58,000) prizez pool, with competitors facing off in Quake Champions’ Duel Mode as well as the four versus four team-based Sacrifice mode.The Invitational will see the finest Quake players compete across Duel and Sacrifice for an impressive $350,000 (£272,000) prize.Both of the aforementioned titles will have open qualifiers as well as a select list of invited professionals. The Bethesda release also states that: “Additional esports events for Quake Champions – the latest game in the franchise that helped found the esports scene 20 years ago – will be announced in the future”. This implies that they’re here to stay and it’s not just a short term burst back into the esports space.Currently there’s the small matter of the Quake World Championships taking place over in Dallas. There’s $1,000,000 on the line as Quake re-announces itself in the esports world. It’s a blast from the past for many, with James “2GD” Harding playing for The Defendants and for those familiar with Dota 2 — seeing Paul “Redeye” Chaloner interviewing 2GD as a player, it’s a fun sight to see.It comes just days after AMD was announced as the partner for the World Championships so there’s clear interest from the brand side. The rest of the World Championships will go a long way to seeing just how big the viewership is and if it the game will make a lasting mark on an already busy esports scene.Esports Insider says: Quake’s great fun to watch and seeing the old guard emerge once more competition brings back a fuzzy nostalgic feeling. We’re rooting for James & co over in Dallas.last_img read more

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Apply for World Cup visas early – Brazil Ambassador

first_imgThe Brazil Embassy in Ghana says it is ready to handle the expected high visa application for the 2014 World Cup but has urged fans to begin their application process early to avoid the challenges often associated to such last minute rushes.According to the embassy, a task force had been put in place to handle the about 3,200 visa applications likely to come from Ghana for the World Cup.While the task force has begun work, albeit without pressure at the moment, they expect the pressure to be more intense between March and May, when most fans would be concluding their travelling arrangements.Madam Irene Vida Gala, the Brazil Ambassador to Ghana in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said her outfit was ready to attend to everyone who satisfied all the requirements for applying for a World Cup visa or tourist visa even during the world fiesta but it would be in the interest of both applicants and the embassy if the process was hastened.Madam Gala explained that as of last Friday, many tickets had been sold to fans who applied for them on the FIFA online ticketing sales and since they had been issued with their confirmation slips and had made air ticket flight bookings, as well as confirmed their accommodation bookings, they could go ahead and apply for the visa.The second window for fans to apply for tickets closed last Friday and those who were unsuccessful or are yet to buy a ticket would have to wait till March 11, when the final window opens. However, the last phase for the ticket sales would be on first come, first served basis, thus fans who want to go to Brazil at all cost would have to hurry in placing their order when the FIFA window opens. Madam Gala also indicated that by the process used by FIFA for the ticket sales, no tour operator in Ghana was chosen to sell tickets on behalf of football”™s world governing body and said tour operators who were planning to organise trips for the World Cup were also required to book for the tickets for their clients online.She, however, indicated that the embassy were liaising with interested tour operators to ensure that things was well ironed out so no one is disadvantaged.“The World Cup visas would be issued for free so we would want to give it out to those who will really make use of it. Otherwise, it will be waste of time and resources on both sides.”last_img read more

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