Strawberry App

first_imgUniversity of Georgia and University of Florida (UF) researchers are using weather monitors to combat diseases in strawberry fields. The researchers are testing the Strawberry Advisory System (SAS) in Georgia strawberry fields. SAS, an app created, in part, by UF plant pathologist Natalia Peres, uses temperature and leaf moisture monitors to recommend when farmers should spray for Botrytis and anthracnose, two fungi that cause fruit rot on strawberries. Strawberry farmers typically apply fungicides every week during the growing season to prevent and control diseases. The SAS application reduces the amount of fungicide a grower needs to spray. A 2014 Florida study showed that following SAS recommendations could increase growers’ net profits by $1.7 million over a 10-year period when compared to traditional spraying regimens. The system has been tested in Florida for three to four years and in South Carolina for one year. This is the first year that SAS is being used on Georgia-grown berries.Farmers can install the necessary equipment – a temperature and humidity sensor along with a leaf moisture sensor and cellular communication hardware – for about $2,500. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is exploring the addition of leaf moisture sensors to its existing network of 81 weather stations around the state. Collectively, these stations make up the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (weather.uga.edu). In the past, a few UGA weather stations included sensors to track leaf moisture. The devices were difficult to keep properly calibrated and were eventually removed, said Ian Flitcroft, manager of the network.“The UGA weather stations can ultimately be modified to include this device,” said Phillip Brannen, a UGA CAES plant pathologist based in Athens, Georgia. “If a farmer is located close enough to one of our weather stations, he can use that station’s data.”For this weather-driven system to be effective, farmers must use accurate weather data for the area closest to their farm. “In south Georgia, and in a lot of places across the state, it can rain in one field and the next one can be dry as a bone,” Brannen said.This season, UGA Cooperative Extension agents in Appling and Hall counties are testing the system in Georgia strawberry fields. The monitoring stations are located in north Georgia and in south Georgia to track how effective the system is where soil types and weather conditions are different.In Appling County, UGA Extension agent Shane Curry works with farmers in one of the largest strawberry-producing counties in Georgia. He says that the way the berries are picked makes it difficult to track the weather station data’s effect on crop yields.”Strawberries are picked every other day or every third day, so it’s hard for us to get yield counts each time in a commercial field. We are collecting important data and probably will next season, also,” he said. “Ideally, if we don’t see a yield decrease or a reduction in fruit quality, we can reduce the number of sprays and instead spray based on the weather.”Curry would like to see something similar to the SAS app adapted to other Georgia commodities, like pecans and blueberries, very profitable crops in Appling County. He feels the system would also be useful for controlling Botrytis and anthracnose in blueberries and, with some modifications, pecan scab disease in pecan orchards.”With the right programming, we should be able to adapt this system or something similar to almost any crop,” Curry said. “The research on the diseases is already done. Using the information we already have from university research and making it available on smart phones through apps could be very beneficial to farmers. It’s still Extension information, but the delivery is different.” Brannen agrees, and thinks Georgia blueberry farmers waste money and time applying unnecessary fungicide sprays. “The long-term goal will be to add the leaf wetness sensors to UGA’s weather stations. I’m excited about strawberries, but if we get this to work, we can use it on blueberries or apples, basically any crop that gets Botrytis or anthracnose,” said Brannen, whose research focuses on using weather-monitoring equipment and satellite systems to monitor diseases in fruit crops.“Strawberries are a minor crop in Georgia, unless you are a strawberry farmer. It’s not like in Florida and South Carolina. Blueberries are first in my next thought process. This system would help us predict whether a farmer needs to spray, and it could save him money, too,” he said. “You could switch commodities – and I think it would work – and then we could use it to predict the occurrence of the same organisms. If we can do that, then we will really be making hay.”For more information on the SAS app, visit edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ae516.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Helicopters Will Be Part Of The Humanitarian Aid In Chile

first_img According to him, the Brazilian Air Force personnel are especially prepared to help with cases of broken bones and drowning. “We are still unsure what we will encounter, but we are prepared. Because this involves earthquakes, we are carrying supplies for immobilization and first-aid kits, as well as rescue equipment for coastal areas,” he said, emphasizing that it is a source of pride to participate in such missions. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help someone get back to a normal life. Every human being feels good being able to help others, Brazilians or not.” “We are not sure how much time we will spend there, because we know that many people need help. We all want to get there soon and see what we need to do and take action, regardless of the number of days that will be necessary or the amount of rest we will have,” explains a member of the Manaus Special Aviation Infantry Battalion (BINFAE-MN), Lieutenant Renan Antunes. Above 10,000 meters, extra sources of oxygen would be necessary. The aircraft will be part of the humanitarian aid, including search and rescue efforts, in the regions affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. The Black Hawks can also be used for the transportation of food and medicine to isolated areas. center_img During the trip there, which included crossing Argentina and the Andes mountain range, studies were made of the climatic conditions in the lower-altitude area. By Dialogo March 08, 2010 I read about the humanitarian relief that Brazil is providing by the decision of the President. This is how all of us brothers should help and support each other. Nature does not choose by the color of our skin or by what religion we practice. This could happen to all of us. We must all start from that principle. I am happy to know that my country could help its neighbours because nobody is so poor that can’t help the others. The two H-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 7th Squadron of the 8th Aviation Group of the Brazilian Air Force are already in the city of Concepción, in Chile. last_img read more

Valley Stream Music Teacher Charged With Rape of Teen Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yoel GonzalezA guitar teacher from Valley Stream has been arrested for the statutory rape of an underage teen girl after Nassau County police said they learned about the two-year sexual relationship.Yoel Gonzalez, 27, was charged Thursday with third-degree rape and criminal sexual act.Police said Gonzalez was 24 years old when he initiated a sexual relationship with the then-15-year-old girl in 2011, two years after they first met when she was 13 and taking lessons from Gonzalez when he worked at Bracco Music Center.The two began to socialize outside of the music shop and Gonzalez continued to tutor the victim privately in her home after he no longer worked at the shop, police said.Authorities began investigating Gonzalez after “information regarding their relationship surfaced,” police said in a news release.Gonzalez will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.Special Victims Squad detectives ask any other possible victims of the suspect to call them at 516-573-4022.last_img read more

Dunkin’ offers sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

first_img“Being the busiest day of the year, they need to staff it accordingly. They’ve been planning their orders now for the last couple weeks to make sure they have plenty of heart-shaped doughnuts to appeal to everybody,” said Stensland. “You share the love with your favorite somebody, it goes a long way. So you’re going out whether you’re getting chocolate, you’re getting balloons, you’re getting flowers, buying heart- shaped doughnuts, man, that makes a statement,” said Stensland. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — It’s a day of love and lots of customers for Dunkin’ locations. “You could share with your kids classrooms, your favorites over at the office, but again, it’s all about a great week to share some love,” said Stensland. Offering a variety of heart-shaped doughnuts and pink velvet drinks, like lattes and macchiatos. Appealing to the eye, and to the heart. Whether you’re at the drive-thru, or inside, you can bet you’ll be waiting on a bit of a line, no matter the time of day. Stores have been getting ready for Valentine’s Day for weeks.center_img “We’re busy in the morning, but if you’re anything like me, you might be that person on the way home, you want to grab something for that someone special, stop in at Dunkin’ for some heart-shaped doughnuts, they really bring smiles to your kids faces,” said Stensland. Dunkin’ says Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year. “Valentine’s Day is a huge day for Dunkin’ second to national doughnut day pretty much,” said integrated marketing manager Eric Stensland. And romance isn’t a requirement! Doughnuts are a great gift for anyone in your life. Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day products have been offered since the beginning of February and are available while supplies last.last_img read more

Rating proposals attacked by RICS

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BPJS Kesehatan to return to previous premiums as of May 1

first_imgThe Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has announced that it will return the premiums for the national health insurance (JKN) program to their original rates on Friday, in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling.The ruling reinstates Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 82/2018 on health insurance, which applies premiums of Rp 80,000 (US$5.35) per month per person for first-class service, Rp 51,000 for second-class service and Rp 25,500 for third-class service.BPJS Kesehatan spokesman M. Iqbal Anas Maruf said the company would return excess payments paid by participants in April. The regulation took effect in January this year. However, in March the Supreme Court granted a judicial review of the Perpres, effectively revoking the decision to increase the premiums.The judicial review petition was filed late last year by the Hemodialysis Patients Community — one of the many groups and individuals who protested against the premium hike, which they claimed were too high.Iqbal said that the BPJS had calculated the participants’ excess payments and had adjusted its information technology system for their insurance bills.The government is currently planning to issue another Perpres on health insurance that will better regulate the fairness and balance of the premium contribution for JKN participants.”We don’t want health services for JKN participants to be hampered, especially considering the current socio-economic conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Iqbal said. (nal)Topics : “Premium overpayments disbursed from January-March will not be returned or refunded. However, excess payments paid in April will be compensated in the following month’s premiums,” Iqbal said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.In October last year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Perpres No. 75/2019 on health insurance that stipulated a 100 percent rise in JKN premiums. The move was designed to help the insurer overcome financial losses.Read also: BPJS premium increase stirs controversyUnder the new regulation, the government initially doubled the premium for the first-class service to Rp 160,000 per month per person, while raising the cost for the second-class service to Rp 110,000 and for the third-class service to Rp 42,000 per month.last_img read more

Stylish and spacious contemporary Carindale residence next to park awaits modern family

first_img21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale.This residence at 21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale, promotes family living with its three-tiered floorplan, creating distinct levels with inviting outdoor and indoor areas. There is a stately facade while on the inside, luxurious finishes have been created by interior designers. 21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale.A pathway runs between pillars and tropical gardens to the handmade timber front door, which grants entry into a chandeliered foyer on the first level. A carpeted office with side entry sits to the foyer’s left, while the three-car garage with storage closets resides on the right. Vitrified floor tiles flow up a grand staircase under 3m ceilings, passing a second hallway with an adjacent bathroom. 21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020They continue into the second level’s sprawling living and dining room with down lighting, an ornate chandelier and square-cut cornices.The adjoining kitchen’s granite benchtops overlook this living area, complemented by a double sink, generous cabinetry and high-quality appliances, including induction cooktop with an extra-wide oven. A soundproofed family room is found on the kitchen’s opposite side, complete with a surround sound system and mirrored bar boasting sink, shelving and bar fridge. 21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale.Sliding glass doors lead from the living and dining room out to a covered pavilion with a soaring timber ceiling, resort-style fan and outdoor kitchen with gas barbecue. It overlooks a pool with glass fencing and a sandstone waterfall. A bedroom with access to an outdoor sitting area with an electronic awning is on the middle level while four bedrooms and a bathroom are on the top level. Three bedrooms have large windows and built-in wardrobes, while the main bedroom boasts a walk-in wardrobe, Juliette balcony and ensuite with rain shower and stone-topped double vanity. 21 Kenilworth Place, Carindale.The residence also has 4500L of tank water, tinted glass and ducted airconditioning. It is nestled on the edge of Ablington Way Park, five minutes’ drive from Westfield Carindale.Agent Patti Steele called this residence a timeless haven of natural light, space and privacy.“This home caters to every family member with its impeccable appointments, spacious bedrooms and separate living areas,” she said. BSInspections: Today, 11-11.45amAuction: On site, Sept 2, 11amAgent: Patti Steele, Harcourts Homesidelast_img read more

Beatrice Export Cable Section Arrives in Peterhead

first_imgThe first section of the second export cable which will connect the Beatrice offshore wind farm to the Scottish grid arrived in Peterhead on Monday, 29 January, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) said. The first section of the 220kV cable is expected to be installed next week, BOWL said.The first 70-kilometre export cable was installed by Nexans’ cable laying vessel Nexans Skagerrak in December 2017.Nexans started installing the first of two export cables for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm at the end of September.In May 2016, the company won a contract for cable works on the wind farm together with Siemens, who is in charge of supplying, installing and commissioning the wind farm’s turbines.The Beatrice offshore wind farm, located in the Outer Moray Firth off Scotland, will consist of 84 Siemens 7MW wind turbines and two Siemens Offshore Transformer Modules (OTMs), all placed on top of jacket foundations.The wind farm is expected to deliver first power by July 2018, with the full commissioning scheduled for 2019.last_img read more

No more penalties for Van Persie

first_img The Baggies recorded successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 1959 after Chris Brunt’s 63rd minute free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea. Van Persie had the chance to grab a valuable point for United 11 minutes later when referee Anthony Taylor ruled Saido Berahino had handled Antonio Valencia’s cross in his own box. But Boaz Myhill saved the striker’s effort and United went on to lose their third successive match, leaving them four points above fifth-placed Liverpool with three games left. Van Persie took the penalty because Wayne Rooney missed his previous attempt at Liverpool. And now that the former Arsenal striker has failed to score from the spot, Van Gaal is looking for a new penalty taker. “No, he is now at the end of the road,” the United boss said when asked if Van Persie would continue taking penalties. “It is always (like that). Wayne has missed also so when you miss you are at the bottom again.” United’s struggles in front of goal worry Van Gaal. “It’s a concern now [a lack of goals],” said the Dutchman, who conceded he is likely to be without injured midfielder Michael Carrick for next week’s game at Crystal Palace. Myhill always had a feeling he would save Van Persie’s effort. “I can’t take any credit for (the save),” the Baggies goalkeeper said. “Our goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould drew me up a list before the game and said different players go different ways in the main and I made up my mind that if Van Persie took a penalty I would go that way and well done to him.” Despite his penalty heroics, Myhill may leave the club this summer. Albion have yet to exercise the option they have to extend his deal beyond June for another 12 months and he says is in the dark over his future. “I have heard nothing from the club yet. I don’t know what’s happening,” said the 32-year-old, who has been in goal since Ben Foster suffered a season-ending knee injury in March. “I will wait and see until the club put something in front of me and we will take it from there. “I want to stay. The ball is in the club’s court.” Myhill had little to do all afternoon. United had a jaw-dropping 80 per cent of possession, but could not find their way through a compact West Brom team that operated with four centre-backs and a five-man midfield. For the man who won the free-kick that led to the goal, Darren Fletcher, it was a strange experience returning to Old Trafford for the first time since his 20-year association with United ended in January. “I walked out of the dressing room and I was stood on the wrong side of the tunnel and had to be told to move over to the other side,” the former United midfielder said. “Old habits die hard.” Fletcher won four league titles and the Champions League during his glittering career with United. On the evidence of Saturday’s performance the team he left behind has a long way to go before they can even think about bringing in any kind of silverware next year. Too often United played the ball sideways or chipped into the box hoping for the best. There was a lack of cutting edge up front, with only Ashley Young proving a real handful for the visitors. Fletcher admits improvement is needed at his old club if expectations are to be met next season. “They have to up it a level,” the Baggies captain said. “The aim for United this season was top four. “I hate even saying accepting top four (is okay) but the fans and everyone will maybe accept it for one season. “But they need to be challenging for the league after that. Any United side talking about accepting the top four is just not good enough.” Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse surrenders 2-goal lead in overtime loss to Providence

first_imgSyracuse (1-4-1 College Hockey America) lost, 3-2, to the Friars (4-2,1-0 Hockey East)) in overtime on Saturday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange scored a pair of goals in the opening two minutes of the second period, but then SU seemed to ease up defensively. Providence quickly responded with two goals of its own in the third period and then, in overtime, the Friars took advantage of Syracuse’s miscommunication to score on a breakaway. The puck slid between SU goalie Abbey Miller’s legs and Providence had come all the way back. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2017 at 11:12 am Contact Phil: pcbryant@syr.edulast_img