Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation

first_imgDrip irrigation systems have long helped Georgia vegetable farmers grow high yielding crops. Sub-surface drip irrigation can help some Georgia peanut farmers water their crops more efficiently, according to a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert. And, it won’t interfere with peanut digging equipment.While not suitable for all peanut fields, sub-surface drip irrigation could be used in smaller fields with irregular shapes where pivots are unable to reach or in plots with dry corners.“With drip tubing, you can get in these smaller spaces and provide irrigation for peanuts,” said Wes Porter, a UGA Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist.Sub-surface drip irrigation is primarily used for vegetable production in Georgia. Most commercial farmers grow vegetables on a plastic covering that lies above the sub-surface drip irrigation system. The water is applied directly to the plants’ roots, which results in vegetable farmers’ success.Porter believes that the same success can be achieved with peanut farmers. One of the system’s biggest advantages is its efficiency. With a standard irrigation system, Porter estimates farmers achieve an 80- to 85-percent success rate because some of the water used over the crops evaporates. With a drip system, efficiency is increased to between 90 and 95 percent. Farmers maximize their water usage and decrease the amount of water they use, which conserves resources and saves money.“The crop still requires the same amount of water, but with your efficiency calculation, you should be able to back off the amount you’re applying,” Porter said.Porter hopes to dispel the misconception that drip irrigation interferes with peanut diggers.“When they get in the soil, farmers are afraid they’re going to hit their drip lines when they’re digging their peanuts. You’re not because the drip line is 12 inches below the soil surface. You’re sufficiently deep,” he said. Only 3 to 4 inches of depth is required for peanut diggers to be successful. “Having the water right there for that root zone for those peanuts really helps throughout the season.”One disadvantage of drip irrigation is the high cost of installation. Porter estimates drip irrigation is twice as expensive at installation than overhead irrigation —anywhere from $1,600 to $2,000 per acre. This cost includes insulation materials and tubing, but not the cost of the water source. However, because it uses thicker material and is buried deep in the soil, drip irrigation can last 10 to 15 years and up to 20 years in some cases, Porter said.Drip irrigation systems can be operated manually or through an automated timer that applies water on a designated schedule.“With proper management, farmers can really see an increase in yields from drip. We know how much water each crop needs from the standpoint of inches per week,” he said.last_img read more

PSG contract offer ‘fake news’ – Wenger

first_imgArsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (C) stands on the touchlineParis, France | AFP | Under-pressure Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed as “fake news” reports that Paris Saint-Germain had offered him a two-year deal at the French champions.The Frenchman is facing a fan backlash at Arsenal after a rotten run of form and British tabloid The Sun said on Monday that PSG had offered him a contract to replace Unai Emery this summer.Wenger, who has reportedly decided to stay at Arsenal despite mounting pressure to quit, told beIN Sports of the PSG link: “It’s a false rumour, it’s ‘fake news’. I say formally: it is not true.”Following a damaging 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Arsenal’s fourth defeat in five Premier League games, the 67-year-old said he had made up his mind about his future. “I know what I’ll do in my future, so you will know very soon,” he told reporters.British media subsequently said Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996, was set to sign a new contract.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Temple men’s basketball wins two of three games at Orlando Invitational

first_imgSenior guard Quinton Rose dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against La Salle at the Tom Gola Arena on Nov. 16. | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cowan scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Terrapins while shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Smith added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Temple University men’s basketball (6-1) won two of its three matches at the Orlando Invitational Thursday through Sunday. Rose was only one assist away from a triple-double as he recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Temple will return to the Liacouras Center to play against the University of Missouri (4-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Temple rebounded from its loss against Maryland with a 65-42 win against Texas A&M University (3-4) on Friday. The Owls then went on a 25-7 run to end the game and held the Aggies to only one field goal in the final 12 minutes of play. Overall, Temple’s defense held Texas A&M to 22.4 percent from the field. The Owls then came out of halftime on a 17-6 run in the first eight minutes of the second half. The Wildcats’ shooting went cold in the second half where they only scored 20 points. They shot 25 percent from the field and only made one three-point shot out of 15 attempts. Temple jumped out to a 16-7 lead early in the first half after junior forward J.P. Moorman II hit two threes and a two-point shot. Mayland eventually tied the game at 26, but Temple went into halftime with a 34-29 lead after Moore stole the ball and made a driving layup at the buzzer. The Owls were up 60-57 against the Terrapins after senior guard Alani Moore II hit a three-pointer with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in the game. After that, Terrapins senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored five points and assisted on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jalen Smith to put the Terrapins up 65-62 with two minutes and 35 seconds left to play. After Smith’s three-point shot, the Terrapins kept the lead. Temple-Texas A&M The Aggies came out in the second half with a 14-2 run to cut Temple’s lead to 40-35 with more than 10 minutes remaining. Aggies senior forward Josh Nebo was the only player to score in double digits for the Aggies. Nebo led the Aggies with 12 points. Junior guard/forward Savion Flagg scored all nine of his points on threes. Flagg shot 3-of-10 from the field.center_img Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis led the Owls with 15 points while making 5-of-10 shots from the field. Pierre-Louis also added seven rebounds. Temple concluded its tournament with a 66-53 win against Davidson College (3-5) to finish in fifth place. Temple lost to the University of Maryland (8-0), 76-69, in its first match of the tournament on Thursday. The Terrapins are ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Temple-Maryland Temple started off slow in the first half. The Owls only shot 39 percent from the field and made three shots from behind the arc on 11 attempts. The Wildcats made 46 percent of their shots from the field to take a 33-30 lead into halftime. Moore led the Owls with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Moore also made six of his 10 three-point shots. Moorman added 14 points and nine rebounds while shooting 4-of-8 from the field. Senior guard Quinton Rose contributed with nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Jake Forrester scored six points in 12 minutes in his Temple debut. Forrester had his transfer waiver cleared by the NCAA on Tuesday. The Aggies had an 11-8 lead with 11 minutes and 28 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Owls went on a 24-4 run over the next nine minutes to take a 32-15 lead. The Owls took a 32-18 lead into the locker room. Temple-Davidson Rose led the way for the Owls with 19 points. Rose added six rebounds and four assists while shooting 6-of-14 from the field. Moore scored 14 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Redshirt-junior guard Monty Scott scored 11 points off the bench. Scott also made two three-pointers on four attempts while shooting 4-of-9 from the field. Wildcats sophomore forward Luka Brajkovic led all scorers with 16 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field. Junior guard Carter Collins added 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 from the three-point line. Junior guard Kellan Grady scored 11 points while shooting 3-of-13 from the field. Grady only made one of his six three-point attempts. The rest of the Wildcats scored only 14 points combined. Forrester also scored in double digits, making 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench. Forrester also recorded four rebounds. Scott added eight points and five rebounds off the bench while making two of his four three-point shots.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgSpurs extend home dominance SAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio immediately bounced back from a rare loss and beat Denver 101-86 on Saturday to extend their franchise record for consecutive home wins to 26. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points for the Spurs, who maintained their eight-game lead atop the NBA’s Southwest Division. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Boris Diaw had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won all 17 home games this season to add to the final nine of the previous campaign. Denver’s Nikola Jokic scored 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Shah banned after failing doping test ISLAMABAD (AP): The International Cricket Council has provisionally suspended Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a positive drug test. The ICC says in a statement yesterday that a sample provided by Shah on Nov. 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in the United Arab Emirates, contained chlortalidone, which is on the World Anti-Doping Authority’s list of prohibited substances. Shah could challenge the suspension and apply for the test of his B sample within seven days. The 29-year-old Shah has taken 76 wickets in 12 Test matches and 18 wickets in 15 one-day internationals.last_img read more

Latest: Southampton 0 Chelsea 0 – injury blow for Blues early on

first_imgPedro limped off after tweaking a leg muscle in the opening stages of Chelsea’s game at St. Mary’s.The Spaniard struggled from the off and eventually crumpled to a heap after six minutes, before being replaced by Oscar.Both defences looked nervous initially, despite Southampton extending their run without conceding to more than nine-and-a-half hours.After Chelsea had looked uncomfortable in dealing with a couple of Southampton corners, the ball was recycled and with Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois out of goal, Shane Long headed over from close range.Southampton were also anxious on occasion as Chelsea tried to play cute short passes around the edge of the box, and they also hacked clear a loose ball from the goalmouth after a corner.Chelsea selected the same side that started the FA Cup rout of Manchester City for the trip to Southampton.Southampton made two changes from the side which won at Swansea, Cedric returning at right wing-back while former QPR striker Charlie Austin started at the expense of Graziano Pelle.Southampton: Forster; Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Cedric, Clasie, Romeu, Davis, Targett; Long, Austin.Subs: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Tadic, Pelle.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro (Oscar 7), Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Scott Metzger, May 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started back in planting last Monday after two or three weeks. You could row the corn this morning already.We got done with everything for the first planting on Saturday and started replanting beans on Saturday. We had those big rains earlier and corn really struggled. That corn we planted the week of April 23 through 27, it was three weeks before it was up really good. We planted our Plenish beans that week too and all of those acres need another 125,000 on them because the beans couldn’t push through the ground crusting over. Most of that was on patterned tile ground too.We were fortunate with our 500 or 600 acres of corn we planted that week of April 23 and we only had about 40 acres that we needed to spot in. Some of that rotted, some of it leafed out underground and some of it just disappeared in the white clay.There are always a couple of days every year you shouldn’t plant and this year those days were April 27 and 28 before we got four inches of rain. The next couple of weeks we got more small rains and cool weather. We didn’t get good drying days until the week before last.We had a great run this last week and then Saturday we ended up getting a half inch to 1.2 inches. We needed about a half inch or so just to keep things going. East of us 10 miles it didn’t rain at all. I really feel for the guys west of us that have really been hammered with rain this spring.This area has been a really big replant area. There were a lot of guys jamming in crops that week of April 23. A lot of that corn planted on the 28th got torn out. We were fortunate we didn’t have to replant that much.Wheat is coming along really well. There were some early varieties starting in on the blister stage in the area. I would say by June 12 or 15 we will probably be in wheat harvest around here, unless it cools off. It looks pretty good.The new hog barn we put up is just a little over half full and everything seems to be running alright. They look to have it at full capacity here in the next couple of weeks.On our early-planted soybeans the bean leaf beetles are just running rampant. The one early field is the worst because it is the only field of beans planted in that area. They have had a feeding frenzy on them. We have had a little Pythium in the beans too.last_img read more

Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating Military Children

first_imgSource: via Child Care & Military Families on PinterestThis post was uploaded by Anne Adrian, Social Media Strategist with the Military Families Learning Network. Did you know that April is the Month of the Military Child?last_img

NCC to grow, change training syllabus

first_imgThe National Cadet Corps (NCC), India’s military youth movement in schools and colleges, is all set to grow with the defence ministry planning to increase its sanctioned strength from the existing 13 lakh to 15 lakh cadets.The outfit is also readying to change its training syllabus, refining the philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the country’s youth.These issues were discussed at the NCC Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting chaired by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju recently.”The important issues discussed during the CAC meeting included introduction of a new syllabus based on the refined training philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the youth of the country.””In addition, an increase in authorised strength of cadets to be enrolled in NCC, raising of additional NCC units and enhanced role of NCC cadets in social and community development programme were also discussed during the meeting,” defence ministry officials said.Addressing the meeting, Raju complimented the NCC on the excellent performance of its cadets in various activities pertaining to training, sports, adventure, social service and community development.Describing the NCC cadets as “leaders of tomorrow,” Raju said since they are the key instruments of social change, economic growth and technological innovations, there is an urgent need to channelise their energy in proper direction with care.On the occasion, NCC Director General Lt. Gen. P.S. Bhalla presented a detailed update on NCC activities in the past two years to the members of the CAC.CAC is the apex body that advises the government on policies regarding the constitution and administration of NCC.The CAC also consists of nominated members of parliament, the tri-services chiefs, and eminent educationists.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli looked dangerous, Australia lucky to get him out cheaply: Michael Hussey

first_imgVirat Kohli looked like he was on his way to a big score against Australia in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Michael Hussey said on Thursday.Kohli was dismissed for 23 in the first over after tea by Josh Hazlewood but India still finished the opening day on 303 for 4 thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara (130 not out) and Mayank Agarwal (77).Kohli, who had scored four hundreds in four Tests in Australia in 2014-15, has not been as prolific this year. He was in stupendous form in 2018 and finished the year as the highest scorer in Tests (and ODIs) after hitting 593 runs in five Tests in England.In Australia, Kohli has scored 282 runs so far – he has the chance to add to his tally if India bat again in Sydney but Kohli would rue at a missed opportunity on Thursday.Kohli had looked good in the course of his 23 but then he tried to work a Hazlewood delivery fine – he only managed to get his gloves to the ball and Tim Paine caught it as Australia breathed a sigh of relief.Michael Hussey believed Kohli was unlucky to be caught out like that. The first day in Sydney was of course all about Pujara and Agarwal but Hussey weighed in on the quality of the Kohli innings that was taking shape.”Pujara was fantastic but I thought Virat Kohli also looked dangerous. He was a bit unlucky to be caught down the leg side. It generally happens only once or twice a season,” Hussey wrote in his column for Fox Sports.advertisement”He usually goes on to make big scores in Australia after getting his eye in, and now he’s fallen for 34, 82 and 23 within this series. But I wouldn’t read too much into it. I don’t think he’s done anything different from his other Australian tours to lose his wicket a few times after a good start. It’s just the way batting goes sometimes.”I thought he looked really good at the crease today. He looked sharp, his defence looked good and I thought he was set for a big one, so the Australians will be happy they got him out really cheaply.”Also Read | Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awarenessAlso Read | Kadaknath over grilled chicken: Virat Kohli, BCCI get a diet recommendationlast_img read more