Using postemergence herbicides to control problematic weeds has been recently successful for Georgia cotton farmers, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed specialist Stanley Culpepper.Two to three weeks of steady rainfall prevented many farmers from making postemergence herbicide applications in late May, a pivotal time for cotton plants to establish growth. These postemergence herbicides help to tame weeds like glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, more commonly called “pigweed.”Pre-emergence herbicides helped growers make it through the period of constant, often heavy, rains, Culpepper said. Most postemergence herbicide mixtures, like Roundup, dicamba and 2,4-D, have also performed well. He added that even though applications of Liberty herbicide struggled during May’s consistently cloudy conditions, they regained effectiveness when the sun and heat returned in June. But as parts of the state continue to dry, the level of control offered by these systemic herbicides may decrease. Culpepper’s previous research on the UGA Tifton campus equipped farmers this year with management programs to suppress the development of pigweed. If it’s left uncontrolled, pigweed can grow as high as 10 feet.Pigweed has the potential to dwarf cotton plants and absorb sunlight, water and nutrients that cotton needs to grow. It also reproduces at high rates. A female plant can produce approximately 400,000 seeds in dryland cotton fields and 750,000 seeds in irrigated fields.“Successful weed control is greatly influenced by the ability of a grower to be timely in their implementation of each step of a sound system. It is very difficult to be timely when you can’t even walk in the field, much less drive through a field, which was the case in late May and early June,” Culpepper said. “Palmer amaranth is always a great challenge, and when the weed management program can’t be implemented in a timely fashion, the weed is more problematic. However, the new cotton technologies will help growers try to catch up.”Culpepper advises farmers to visit www.gaweed.com to learn more about cotton weed management programs. Farmers who use these programs should:Plant in pigweed-free fields.Apply two pre-emergence herbicides with active ingredients effective on Palmer amaranth.Apply sequential postemergence applications.Conduct a directed layby application.Growers must also understand the time intervals between two postemergence applications, he said. Intervals vary with specific technologies, so growers must be aware of the herbicides they apply and the directed length of time between applications.“If you are off a few days between sequential postemergence applications, it could have dramatic consequences,” Culpepper said.While herbicide applications are important in pigweed management, they can also be devastating to a cotton producer if they’re not correctly applied. According to Culpepper, most postemergence herbicide mixtures can cause twice as much damage when they’re applied in saturated soil. UGA Extension research also shows that it is best to avoid potential herbicide damage to cotton past the eight-leaf stage.To prevent cotton damage later in the growing season, Culpepper strongly recommends the use of a layby rig for herbicide applications. Equipment used during layby spraying programs applies herbicides to the base of the cotton plant, which improves weed coverage while it reduces herbicide damage. Additionally, a directed layby application allows growers to use a herbicide chemistries like diuron, Caparol and others, that is absolutely essential to sound, resistant management programs that will influence growers’ abilities to economically survive in the long term.For more information about issues related to cotton, see www.ugacotton.com.
Project WorkSAFE, Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, is pleased to announce that Long Trail Brewing of Bridgewater Corners has successfully completed and met the requirements of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).The company and the Vermont Department of Labor’s, Project WorkSAFE Program began working on the certification process over 12 months ago.“We applaud the employees and management of Long Trail Brewing in this accomplishment, especially in these tough economic times” said Scott Meyer, Manager of Project WorkSAFE.“We are excited about Long Trail’s continued leadership as a Vermont based brewer”, said Brian Walsh, President of Long Trail Brewing. Walsh went on to emphasize, “The SHARP recognition is an extension of the company’s passion to make award winning beer, but with emphasis on a safe and healthy environment for our brewing team.”Since 1989, Long Trail Brewing has been a regional brewer of high-quality, Vermont handcrafted alternatives to imported beer. The company has a genuine passion for brewing and keeping their employees safe in the process. In addition, Long Trail Brewing won the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in April 2009 for their Eco-Brewing philosophy. The efforts of management and employees working together to reduce risk, therefore reducing injuries and illnesses, made the SHARP certification obtainable for this facility.Long Trail Brewing is the third brewery in the United States to obtain the SHARP certification. The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by states under Federal OSHA. The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health programs. Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. Currently, there are over 1000 firms in the United States with the SHARP certification.The award is scheduled to be presented at Long Trail Brewing on March 31, 2010, 10 am at the Bridgewater facility.Source: VT Dept of Labor. 3.30.2010
Plan design restrictions. Some new hires are required to finish a year of service before they become eligible to join the employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. According to Investment News, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that being ineligible to save in a new employer’s plan for a year may result in $411,439 less in retirement savings. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sponsored by CUNA Mutual Retirement SolutionsEven as highly paid employees, credit union executives can face three challenges to saving enough to fund their retirements:401(k) limits. The IRS imposes a limit of $18,000 for 401(k) plans. This may prevent highly compensated employees from saving enough to have a retirement income near the 60 percent of their final salaries that is recommended to avoid a drop in their standard of living. continue reading » Non-discrimination test failures. Non-safe harbor 401(k) plans require annual testing to prove they don’t unfairly favor highly compensated employees. Failing this non-discrimination test can result in higher income taxes and fewer retirement savings for affected employees. According to judydiamond.com, $820 million in 401(k) contributions had to be returned to highly compensated employees in 2015 when over 54,000 401(k) plans failed non-discrimination testing. The affected executives then had to pay income tax on their returned contributions.
None of us are perfect. As leaders, we have to be intentional about not letting our bad habits and weaknesses overpower the skills and characteristics needed to lead an organization. It’s up to us to balance the good with the bad.In a new post, leadership guru Dan Rockwell highlights how leaders can use imperfections to be better. First, he outlines negative behaviors leaders should work to overcome:Paranoia: Self-esteem fluctuates, and it can take a lot of work to conquer thoughts of doubt. However, those of us in positions of power cannot let our fears hinder our leadership. Your team is not your enemy or competition. Lead with integrity, confidence, openness, and kindness, and don’t worry about what others might be saying about you. Great leaders recognize the skills and intelligence of their employees and let them shine.Political: Office power struggles and games put up roadblocks on your path to success. Presidents and CEOs are put in those positions to make the hard decisions – you’ve proven your skills and knowledge to do so. Don’t shy away from doing what you think is best because others might disagree. Be strong and decisive in your decision making. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
Also, guests had the opportunity to get to know Rijeka as a tourist destination with a display of accommodation facilities. By the way, the Shengdi Group is a state-owned company that designs and implements tourism projects and events, and a delegation of Chinese businessmen visited the city of Opatija the day before. The exchange of experiences and the arrival of Chinese businessmen was realized on the initiative of the CNTB office in China. Representatives of the City of Rijeka, the Tourist Board and the company Rijeka 2020 received a delegation from the Chinese state group that designs and implements tourism projects and events. Representatives of this Shanghai company visited Rijeka as part of a European study trip to learn about interesting projects related to culture and tourism, as well as environmental protection, and in order to cooperate and exchange knowledge and experiences. The most famous realized project is Shanghai Disneyland, and they are currently working on the development of the area in the valley of the great rivers Huangpu and Yangtze. One of the goals is to establish contact with organizations and companies from our region that deal with the organization of major cultural and other events. The six-member delegation of the Shanghai Shendi Group, led by Deputy President Xiaoyun Shao, was received by City Council President Andrej Poropat, Marketing Manager of the Rijeka Tourist Board Dominik Damiš and Dorian Celcer, Partnership and Protocol Manager at Rijeka 2020. Shendi Group visited Rijeka at the initiative of the Office Croatian National Tourist Board in China, after the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture” was presented in May at the ITB China business fair in Shanghai. The Chinese delegation was introduced to the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”, ie numerous programs prepared for citizens and tourists in the coming year, with special emphasis on the zipline design project, designed by Octopus. Source / photo: City of Rijeka, Rijeka Tourist Board
Westport, In. — Officials in Westport fear the body found near the dam could be that of a woman missing since June 26.A search party including Westport Town Marshalls, Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen, Westport Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana Conservation officers and volunteers found the body of a woman around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The body was found about one-half mile south of the Westport Dam in an area of thick bushes.Jamilyn Valdovia was last seen in that area on June 26. Foul play is not suspected. The identity will be confirmed following an autopsy.
FOLLOWING a request for sports gear, several Amerindian villages were granted their wishes by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who made a timely donation of cricket bats, balls, pads and footballs.The equipment was handed over to Mr Karan Chand who is the Prime Minister’s Region 2 Representative and Mr Naitram who is an Alliance for Change Member and the Region’s Agriculture Coordinator.At a simple ceremony held in the compound of the Regional Administrative building on Tuesday, Mr Karan Chand expressed delight and thanked the Prime Minister for his insight in ensuring that the Amerindian communities benefit and develop through sports.He further stated, “The gear will be distributed during the celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month in September and will serve to promote and expose the hidden and vastly rich talent within the various villages.”Also expressing his appreciation was Mr Naitram who acknowledge that due to the lack of adequate sporting resources, Amerindian communities were left to suffer and without any form of recreation.He concluded that with the donation “the youths will now have an opportunity to explore their talent and even become national and international athletes. I have seen promise in these various villages and amazingly such a donation will do wonders for the future development of sports there.” opined Naitram.Among the communities to receive the equipment are Mashabo, Mainstay, Akawini, Karawab and Wakapoa. Also, according to the regional officials, more equipment will be distributed to the other areas in the future. (Elroy Stephney)
Tottenham’s Premier League title hopes suffered an unexpected setback as Wolves scored three times in the last 18 minutes to come from behind and win at Wembley Saturday.Spurs would have moved three points behind leaders Liverpool with a win, but defeat meant the Reds ended the day nine points clear.Willy Boly levelled with a powerful header in the 72nd minute to punish the hosts for a sloppy second-half performance after Harry Kane’s spectacular first-half opener for Spurs. Raul Jimenez then beat Hugo Lloris with a weak effort from the edge of the area to put Wolves in front before Helder Costa added a third on the counter-attack three minutes from time.The hosts did not have a single shot in the second half as their five-game winning run in the league came to an end. They remain second in the table but Manchester City can go back above them when they visit Southampton today.Spurs’ performance in the second half was in a stark contrast to their previous two games, in which they scored six times against Everton and put five past Bournemouth.That free-scoring form had led manager Mauricio Pochettino to admit his side were “intruders” in the title race, but a fifth league defeat of the season halts the momentum they had built.The north London side played well in the first half and had 10 efforts on goal, though most – including Kane’s goal – came from distance. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min were particularly lively.But after the break they were flat and lacked cohesion, the influence of Kane, Son and Eriksen diminished, and the introduction of Lucas Moura failed to spark them into life.The tension inside Wembley increased as the home support witnessed their team lose control of the game as Wolves, who had barely threatened in the first half, grew in confidence.After Boly’s deserved equaliser, the Spurs fans tried to squeeze more from their team but it was Wolves, helped by some slack defending,Wolves had eight shots in the second half to Spurs’ none Wolves’ fans, players and manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrated wildly at full-time.They did not create chances in the opening 45 minutes but, unlike Everton and Bournemouth before them, defended well enough to stay in the game.Then, when Spurs’ performance dipped, they began to exert control on the game and Nuno made the right substitutions.Joao Moutinho was introduced to the base of midfield in the 68th minute and dictated play, as well as providing the pin-point cross from the set-piece for Boly’s equaliser.Striker Costa, meanwhile, came on in the 59th minute and made an excellent run before a clinical low finish to seal the game with Wolves’ third goal.Victory means they jump to seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Manchester United.They began 2018 as a promotion-chasing Championship side but end it as a team in the top half of the Premier League with a famous win over a title contender.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In Division 1 leaders and defending champions Clonmel go to Ennis to take on St Senans; Clanwilliam travel for a meeting with Old Christians; and Kilfeacle are also on the road – Cobh Pirates are their opponents.Thurles’ scheduled Division 2 match away to Waterford City has been postponed owing to a bereavement.Fethard have home advantage for their tie with fellow stugglers Bantry Bay in Division 3.
Losers: BearsAmos is a tough loss for their secondary, as well as unsigned nickel back Bryce Callahan. Signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to replace Amos and Buster Skrine to replace Callahan are big downgrade, and by not getting into the Bell sweepstakes after not taking a flyer on Kareem Hunt, they settled for Seahawks backup Mike Davis for their offensive backfield. Wide receiver/return man Cordarrelle Patterson doesn’t do much to move the needle, either. Chicago and Ryan Pace get a little break for having a busy, effective 2018 offseason, capped by the Khail Mack trade. But this hasn’t been much of a follow-up with Green Bay doing real work and neither Detroit or Minnesota getting worse.Winners: RaidersThe Raiders look like they’re sticking with Derek Carr at quarterback, and they were smart to back up that continued investment. Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams make Oakland among the best in the league at wide receiver. Left tackle Trent Brown shores up Carr’s protection to get the ball downfield for the new weapons. Their other big move, free safety Lamarcus Joyner, cleans up a lot of coverage issues defensively. Coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have spent a ton, but it’s clear they have a plan. The best part is how they came out with their three first-round draft picks still intact.Losers: ChiefsSo they cut Justin Houston and traded Dee Ford, taking away from the one good thing they did on defense last season — rushing the passer from the edge. Chris Jones and his 15.5 sacks need a lot more help now, and Alex Okafor signing inspires only a little. On the back end, they couldn’t keep Nelson and spent a lot on Tyrann Mathieu, who ended up as a replacement for, instead of complement to, the now-released Eric Berry. Carlos Hyde is a minor help to their running game. In relation to Kansas City, Oakland and Denver improved more.Winners: 49ersSan Francisco sat on its big money and didn’t dive in too deep on Bell or Brown, but it filled two great needs defensively with Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander. There was no Earl Thomas splash at safety, either, but the 49ers didn’t need to overextend for another defensive impact player while sitting on the No. 2 overall pick and staring at Nick Bosa in the draft. Losers: SteelersThe Killer B’s era is officially over with Antonio Brown traded to the Raiders and Bell signing with the Jets. The Steelers also saw the Browns and Ravens make some marquee moves to improve their teams. Cornerback Steven Nelson is a good acquisition, but Pittsburgh goes into the draft with considerable holes coming off a non-playoff season. The next question becomes how long Ben Roethlisberger will play to prop up the team into contention.Winners: EaglesKeeping Brandon Graham and getting Malik Jackson was a good combination for the Eagles’ defensive line, and getting DeSean Jackson back as a deep threat in the offense was good, too. They also got something out of cut candidate Michael Bennett by sending the end to the Patriots. And they resisted trying to pull off a tag-and-trade with quarterback Nick Foles. L.J. Fort also was good recovery pickup for the defense after losing Jordan Hicks.Winner: Nick FolesFoles’ feel-great story had to end in Philadelphia, and he cashed in with his one real suitor, getting $50 million-plus in guaranteed money as part of his four-year, $88 million deal. Jacksonville is giving him a clear-cut chance to remain a starter thinking he has more playoff magic left in him.Winners: PackersGreen Bay is sitting pretty for the draft after getting two Smiths from the Beltway (former Raven Za’Darius, former Redskin Preston) to replace fading Clay Matthews and Nick Perry as its top edge pass-rushers for Mike Pettine. The Packers also addressed their next biggest defensive need with free safety Adrian Amos, plucking him from the rival Bears. That leaves a ton of flexibility with their two first-round picks, where defensive line and tight end are firmly in play. GM Brian Gutekunst has separated from Ted Thompson with his calculated attack mode. Losers: SeahawksSeattle’s big move was signing the best kicker in free agency, Jason Myers, to replace Sebastian Janikowski. But the Seahawks already had Myers on the team last summer before deciding to cut him in favor of Janikowski, so that’s more of a corrective move. Recovering from the Thomas departure will be harder than the Seahawks think. Signing Mike Iupati and re-signing D.J. Fluker are “meh” moves for the offensive line.Winners: Patriots and DolphinsThe Patriots lost some big-money names in Trey Flowers and Trent Brown. The Dolphins have been rather quiet under new coach Brian Flores, the Patriots’ former defensive play-caller. But if New England keeps avoiding flashy free agency, Miami should be happy to follow suit. Sometimes the best moves are the ones teams do not force themselves to make.Losers: Titans and LionsThe Titans do have Patriots ties, and when you pull back and see the haul (wide receiver Adam Humphries, left guard Rodger Saffold, edge-rusher Cameron Wake), it does fill some holes. But it’s hard to think the Titans got that much better. The Lions, with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, splurged on Flowers as well as two more former Patriots in nickel corner Justin Coleman and wide receiver Danny Amendola. They also overpaid for pedestrian former Steelers tight end Jesse James. Again, sometimes less is more.Winners: RavensSpeaking of less is more, the Ravens saw Mosley, Smith and Suggs leave their linebacker corps and broke up with Weddle. But they recovered nicely Wednesday with the additions of Thomas and running back Mark Ingram. Baltimore was prepared to lose some defense and will be in position to re-stock at linebacker and edge in the draft. Thomas gives the Ravens a potentially elite secondary, while Ingram fits the offensive identity with Lamar Jackson to a tee. NFL TRADE GRADES: Antonio Brown deal | Odell Beckham Jr. deal2019 NFL free agency winners and losersWinners: BrownsGetting Odell Beckham Jr. to take Baker Mayfield and their offense to another stratosphere is one thing, but the Browns also upgraded on defense with Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon as great fits for their scheme. The Browns are in a rare position to draft for luxury vs. need when they pick without a first-rounder in April. There’s not even a question about their status as AFC North front-runners now with John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens.Losers: GiantsThey recovered a lot of money and got extra picks by moving Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon and not re-signing safety Landon Collins. General manager Dave Gettleman is doing some gutting with a cost-effective rebuild in mind, which worked for him in Carolina. But for now, New York is a shell of what it needs to be in order to be competitive for coach Pat Shurmur, especially if the team sticks with Eli Manning as surefire starting quarterback without OBJ. Golden Tate and Markus Golden hae helped start the recovery plan. NFL free agency in 2019 has been crazier than usual. Elite wide receivers were traded in blockbuster deals, there was another marquee QB deal, and multiple teams have been aggressive stockpiling veteran talent.But what players and teams are coming out of free agency looking the best, and what moves have them looking like the worst? Here’s going around the league to break it all down: MORE: Tracking the top free-agency signingsWinners: BroncosIt wasn’t splashy, but the swap of Case Keenum for Joe Flacco was a good start in conjunction with picking up wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ option. The Broncos quietly filled two needs with versatile defensive back Kareem Jackson and underrated offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James. They are slowly chipping away to get a team that better fits their new identity under Vic Fangio.Losers: RedskinsThey are now the latest team to fall for Keenum, and they spent too much on Collins to get him away from a division rival. They ended up losing Preston Smith and Zach Brown from their defense and might not be able to keep Ha Ha Clnton-Dix at safety because of the Collins’ deal. The Redskins still seem to be caught in limbo between past and future — never a good place to be in free agency. Losers: BillsThey got two OK wide receivers (John Brown, Cole Beasley), another aging running back (Frank Gore) and a backup-type tight end (Tyler Kroft). Josh Allen did not exactly hit the jackpot with his new veteran support. The Bills’ understated moves on the offensive line (center Mitch Morse and tackle Ty Nsehke) were better, but they spent too much there. Buffalo looks like it’s having another rough offseason.Winners: Inside linebackers and safetiesIf you can tackle against the run, blitz and cover, too, you’re getting paid well this offseason. And why not? Inside linebacker, the quarterback of the defense, is a key position. Luke Kuechly probably deserves more from the Panthers after what Mosley and Alexander got, and Jordan Hicks (Cardinals), coming off an injury-riddled season, did well for himself, too.The safety market didn’t cash in well last offseason, culminating in the eternity it took guys such as Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro to sign. But Thomas, Amos, Collins, Mathieu, Joyner, Weddle, Reid, Vaccaro and Tashaun Gipson (Texans) all were handsomly — and quickly — rewarded.Losers: Wide receivers and running backsBeyond Brown and Beckham, Williams was the best option as an outside wideout, and the top slot, Golden Tate was late to sign with the Giants. Beyond Bell, there have been no Jerick McKinnon, Dion Lewis or Toby Gerhart inflated-type deals in the backfield. Ingram and Latavius Murray (Saints) settled for modest signings, and Tevin Coleman got very little over 2 years ($8.5 million) to join a crowded 49ers backfield. The skill position free-agent class was weak below the marquee, and it’s playing out like that with the lack of lucrative deals and fast action. Winners: JetsThe Giants are also getting heat for drafting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall last year as the other New York team got its franchise QB, Sam Darnold. Now the Jets have a special feature back of their own in Le’Veon Bell. The 26-year-old is big-time support in the running and passing games, and Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy boost an underrated receiving trio of Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and tight end Chris Herndon.For Gregg Williams’ defense, they couldn’t quite land linebacker Anthony Barr or cornerback Pierre Desir, but keeping versatile lineman Henry Anderson and getting C.J. Mosley to clean up on the second level were coups. Like the Browns, the Jets were not far from competing for the playoffs last season with Darnold. So it made sense for GM Mike Maccagnan to be aggressively spending, as well, to take advantage of having the initial savings of a good first-round QB.Loser: Le’Veon BellBell ended up with a team on the rise, but by sitting out a year with the Steelers to protect himself from injury, he ended up hurting his longer-term earning potential. Several teams shied away from making stronger offers for him. He went in expecting more than the $52.5 million over four years with $35 million guaranteed he got from New York. In relation to what running backs are worth now, that is high, but it didn’t push Todd Gurley for the top of the market. Consider this a close loss.