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first_imgTo better sustain Georgia’s future peanut production, a University of Georgia peanut entomologist is surveying Georgia farmers.Notifications about the online survey were mailed directly to the more than 3,500 peanut producers in Georgia. The survey can be accessed online through a link on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website at www.gapeanuts.com. “Insects, while not a huge problem every year like they were in 2014, can cause significant economic losses each year,” said UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney. “The more information that researchers and Extension specialists at the University of Georgia have regarding the major pest problems growers face, the better off we are.”By knowing which pests growers are most concerned about, the standard practices growers use to control pests, and how well those control methods work, scientists like Abney can more effectively develop research and Extension programs to address the key questions and problems farmers face. Abney said the survey should take 5-to-15 minutes to complete. It features questions about insect pressure, production practices that can influence pest populations and pest management practices used on individual farms.“It’s very important for us to have that kind of information. For example, if only 10 percent of the peanuts in Georgia are being scouted, we need to know that when we write grants and ask for funding for Extension work to educate growers about the importance of scouting their peanuts. Being able to document IPM practices such as scouting is very important,” Abney said. Along with questions related directly to insects, the survey includes questions about production practices such as tillage and irrigation that can impact pest populations indirectly. The effects of tillage and irrigation on burrower bug populations are also included on the survey.Farmers who complete the survey will help Abney and his UGA colleagues understand what research and Extension work needs to be done and help them map patterns in pest activity across the state.“The data we gather from this survey will help us better understand what practices contribute to the risk of insect damage. There are only so many trials that can be conducted at the university each year, and not all pests will occur in our research plots,” he said. “Everyone is very busy this time of year, and we appreciate growers taking the time to complete the survey.”As an added incentive, every person who responds to the survey can enter to win a Stihl MS291 chainsaw. The drawing for the chainsaw will take place on June 30.last_img read more

first_imgSolar-plus-storage projects spreading across the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A new wave of solar farm development, pairing solar photovoltaics with battery storage, is accelerating across the United States, most notably in California, Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast.Roughly 40 such systems were in operation in the U.S. as of late September, combining about 533 MW of storage with 1,242 MW of solar capacity. Meanwhile, companies are developing at least another 85 co-located solar and storage projects, most of which are in the near- to medium-term planning stages or under construction, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The planned projects combine 4,175 MW of storage with 8,921 MW of solar.These dynamic renewable energy assets can operate past sunset and into the hours of peak electricity demand typically served by natural gas-fired and hydroelectric generation. Adding energy storage to PV can also help reduce curtailments, or cuts of solar production during periods of midday oversupply on the grid, a growing challenge throughout California and other parts of the country, and smooth the variability of the renewable resource.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or LADWP, in September approved power purchase agreements for output from the Eland Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, a planned 400 MW solar project with 200 MW to 300 MW of batteries. Under development by 8minute Solar Energy LLC, the Eland facility is billed as “the largest solar and battery energy storage system in the United States.” The contracts, pending approval from the Los Angeles City Council, have all-in prices between $30/MWh and $40/MWh, depending on battery size. That is comparable to other recently contracted solar-plus-storage projects in the West.But some of the biggest U.S. solar-plus-storage buyers are outside of California. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate NV Energy Inc., for instance, in June announced plans to add 1,190 MW of solar capacity paired with 590 MW of battery storage in Nevada. Platts Analytics has identified a recent surge in solar-plus-storage projects in the deeper development pipeline. As of September 2019, for example, the California ISO’s interconnection queue showed 23,377 MW of energy storage under consideration with solar projects on the grid operator’s transmission system. That is up from 5,965 MW in June 2018.More ($): Solar-plus-storage power plant development accelerates in the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgThe Northern SportMod Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website. Other event sponsors are Croplan by Winfield and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Also running that evening at Britt are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  National, regional and state points will be awarded in those three divisions. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Kids 12 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30. BRITT, Iowa – Rain was the winner Tuesday night at Britt, as Hancock County Speedway’s $2,500 to win Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod Nationals were postponed to June 25 The MaxYield Seed-sponsored special pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded and top finishers from each heat advance to the $200 to win DeKalb/Asgrow Dash to determine their starting spots in the main event. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile Newcastle have brought in seven new players, but manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he wished that was even more.Then at 4pm Manchester United begin a campaign which they hope ends in their first league title of the post-Alex Ferguson era.They welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford, who’ve been busy in the transfer window.Among their new signings is former Man United striker Javier Hernandez.That game kicks off at 4pm.In yesterday’s games Burnley shocked the league with a 3-2 win away to nine-men Chelsea.Newly promoted Huddersfield began their first season in the Premier League in style with a 3-nil win away to Crystal Palace.Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game to give Everton victory at home to Stoke.West Brom defeated Bournemouth by the same scoreline, while Southampton and Swansea finished scoreless.The lunchtime game between Watford and Liverpool ended in a 3-all classic. Four more sides get their Premier League campaigns underway this afternoon.First up at 1.30 Newcastle United mark their return to top flight football as they play host to Tottenham Hotspur.It’s been a problematic summer for Spurs, as they’ve failed to purchase any players despite the loss of Kyle Walker to Manchester City.last_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake High School’s graduation ceremony originally scheduled for this coming weekend will be held in June.A social media posting by the school district today says due to recommendations from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education, the high school graduation ceremony has been rescheduled to June 21st at 2 o’clock in the high school gymnasium. Graduation was originally scheduled to take place this coming Sunday.The Clear Lake School Board last month approved setting this Friday as the final day of the district’s school year.If you have any questions about graduation you are asked to e-mail high school principal Chris Murphy at [email protected]last_img read more