Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

first_imgA University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist is urging Georgia peanut farmers to plant a month later next year to keep the threat of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) at bay.In 1997, TSWV caused widespread damage to Georgia’s peanut crops. Peanut yields suffered, and the value of the state’s crop was reduced by more than 10 percent. The virus’ impact continues to be felt in 2014, according to UGA researcher Bob Kemerait, who’s based on the UGA Tifton Campus.He worries that growers have become “complacent” in the fight against the disease.“The fact that we’re seeing an increase in spotted wilt does not suggest to me in any way we’re going to go back to that period of time (in the late 1990s). What it does do is point out two factors: the first thing is that the disease, which has been quiet for a number of years, has not gone away. It’s still there. Second, and more importantly, as growers plant more resistant varieties, they’ve become complacent in the production practices important to minimizing the risk, and they could get bit by this in the future,” Kemerait said.TSWV dates back almost 40 years, when it was discovered in peanuts in Texas. It was later found in Louisiana and Alabama. In the 1990s, the virus was detected as a major problem in Georgia-grown peanuts, vegetables and tobacco.Through resistant cultivars developed at UGA by peanut breeder Bill Branch, the virus’ impact on peanuts was minimal over the next decade. For the last couple of years, though, TSWV appears to have been more severe in peanut fields, and Kemerait is unsure why.“In the past couple of years, we’ve seen an increase, certainly not to the level it was in 1995 or 1997, but I’m seeing more and getting more reports from growers of tomato spotted wilt virus. We’re not exactly sure why,” Kemerait said. “It’s something we’re aware of. It’s something we’re cautious about.”Managing TSWV is not as simple as controlling thrips, the tiny insects that transmit the disease. “Managing the thrips through the use of insecticides is not going to reduce severity of tomato spotted wilt,” Kemerait said.To reduce the virus’ impact, UGA Extension recommends peanut farmers plant in May next year rather than in mid-April, as earlier planted peanuts are more likely to be infested by thrips. Also, planting peanuts at greater plant densities reduces the incidence of the virus, so increased seeding rates are encouraged.“As an Extension specialist with the University of Georgia, my message and the message of the county agents is: Don’t forget that spotted wilt is out there. Don’t forget that it can affect your crop, and make sure you continue to take steps to reduce the risk,” Kemerait said.For more information about TSWV in peanuts, see www.caes.uga.edu/topics/diseases/tswv/.last_img read more

USC study links pollution and Type 2 diabetes

first_imgA new study led by USC researchers concluded that living in polluted areas increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for overweight Latino children in urban Los Angeles.Researchers studied over 300 children for an average of 3.4 years, none of whom had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes prior to the study. The children had annual physicals at USC or at the Los Angeles County hospital, where scientists measured their glucose and insulin levels.None of the children developed type 2 diabetes after the study concluded. However, once subjects turned 18, they had higher blood insulin levels and many were marked as pre-diabetic.According to the study, which was published last week in the journal Diabetes, socioeconomic status was also measured for participants. The scientists examined parents’ occupations and ranked their levels of education.The study noted that the results may only be applicable to the specific group they studied — overweight Latino children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. In the future, researchers plan to broaden the study to participants who are not overweight.Previous USC researchers have also found a link between air pollution and lung cancer survival time, cognitive impairment for the elderly and dementia in older women.last_img read more

Drydown in corn: What to expect?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionMany corn growers may encounter slower than normal drydown this fall due to late crop development associated with June planting dates. Much of Ohio’s late-planted corn may not achieve black layer until mid-October or later when drying conditions are less favorable for drydown. Once corn achieves physiological maturity (when kernels have obtained maximum dry weight and black layer has formed), it will normally dry approximately 3/4% to 1% per day during favorable drying weather (sunny and breezy) during the early warmer part of the harvest season from mid‑September through late September. By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to ½% to 3/4% per day. By late October to early November, field dry‑down rates will usually drop to 1/4% to 1/2% per day and by mid-November, probably zero to 1/4% per day. By late November, drying rates will be negligible.Estimating dry‑down rates can also be considered in terms of Growing Degree Days (GDDs). Generally, it takes about 30 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25%. Drying from 25 to 20 percent requires about 45 GDDs per point of moisture. In October, we typically accumulate about 5 to 10 GDDs per day. However, note that the above estimates are based on generalizations, and it is likely that some hybrids may vary from this pattern of drydown. Some seed companies indicate considerably lower GDDs for grain moisture loss, i.e. 15 to 20 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25% and 20 to 30 GDDs per point from 25% to 20%.Past Ohio research evaluating corn drydown provides insight on effects of weather conditions on grain drying. During a warm, dry fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.76% to 0.92%. During a cool, wet fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.32% to 0.35%. Grain moisture losses based on GDDs ranged from 24 to 29 GDDs per percentage point of moisture (i.e., a loss of one percentage point of grain moisture per 24 to 29 GDDs) under warm dry fall conditions, whereas under cool wet fall conditions, moisture loss ranged from 20 to 22 GDDs. The number of GDDs associated with grain moisture loss was lower under cool, wet conditions than under warm, dry conditions.Weather related crop stress may affect drydown this year. Bob Nielsen at Purdue University notes, “When areas of fields die prematurely due to stresses like drought, spatial variability for grain moisture at harvest can be dramatic and often creates challenges with the management of the grain dryer operation. This is especially true early in the harvest season when grain moistures of healthier areas of the field are in the low 20s. The spatial variability for grain moisture decreases later in the harvest season as grain moistures throughout the field settle to an equilibrium level (15% or less).”Agronomists generally recommend that harvesting corn for dry grain storage should begin at about 24% to 25% grain moisture. Allowing corn to field dry below 20% risks yield losses from stalk lodging, ear drop, ear rots, insect feeding damage and wildlife damage.last_img read more

A Massive Market Opportunity Awaits In Analyzing The Internet Of Things

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … The major hurdle that traditional development shops struggle with in the [data] analysis layer is the volume of the data that edge nodes emit, and the speed with which it must be processed. As a result, we’re seeing increased deployment of NoSQL database management systems…where developers collect data and make it ready for analysis.This move toward more modern data infrastructure is a big opportunity for vendors in the machine-to-machine data market. But it’s not just data management vendors. It’s also those who provide enabling cloud infrastructure. In particular, Amazon’s recently launched Kinesis service offers a holistic approach, given that it includes high-speed data ingestion plus connections to S3, DynamoDB and RedShift for storage and data analysis. In many ways, developers can increasingly shop for IoT infrastructure on Amazon just as they shop for books and clothes.Seeing Into The DataData management is a big market. But it’s still one step removed from the end user and, hence, not the biggest market IoT will enable. For developers looking to cash in on the IoT gold rush, analytics offers an even bigger lottery. Morgan Stanley places the analytics opportunity squarely in the middle of the IoT monetization timeline: This jibes well with Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher, who argues that for Big Data, “The bigger category of winners are the apps and analytics vendors that abstract the complexity of working with very complicated underlying technologies into a user friendly front end.” While we have a host of companies like Palantir and Tableau that have sprung up to help users analyze and visualize their data, IoT remains relatively uncharted territory, largely because most business intelligence or analytics tools are stuck in outdated relational database models.Splunk probably gets organizations closest to real analysis of IoT data, given that its genesis is in analysis of machine data. Splunk has already extended its technology to embrace Hadoop, offering Hadoop analytics through a product called HUNK, and will almost certainly look for other ways to extend its reach into unstructured data, which is growing at twice the rate of structured data and already accounts for 80% of all enterprise data, according to Gartner.Opportunity In AnalyticsIoT data doesn’t fit neatly into the tables and joins of traditional data management technology. Therein lies the problem. Virtually all business intelligence and analytics companies are SQL-based and rely on neat-and-tidy relational database technology. This isn’t going to work in the big data Internet of Things economy. Across the board, such tooling needs to be re-architected. Some vendors have tried to skirt this requirement by embracing ODBC-based connectors to modern data management technologies. But this results in a flattening of the richness of unstructured data and ultimately won’t work. All of which means that there is a huge need for a new breed of business intelligence or, more particularly, IoT intelligence. We need new analytics tools capable of ingesting and processing the diverse, unstructured data that fuels IoT. Consider this your next billion-dollar startup idea. You’re welcome.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Big Data#Business Intelligence#Internet of Things#Open Source#telecom#unstructured data Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts The Internet of Things has been hyped for 15 years, but until now technological realities haven’t supported technological possibilities. Today, given the confluence of cheap semiconductors, telecom operators with excess capacity and a new generation of open source data infrastructure, IoT is not simply possible, but probable. The question is what developers will do with it. Ultimately, as I’ve written, big money awaits developers who can turn IoT’s Big Data into cross-device services. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud But before we get to this point there’s plenty of money in data management and analytics. In fact, as new research from Morgan Stanley posits, IoT services depend on the industry first maturing around IoT data management and, in particular, analytics.In The Beginning Was The DataThe Internet of Things forces developers to approach data management very differently than the old world of structured data. In the IoT world, it’s implausible to rely on a constant, “fat” connection to the Internet. As Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond describes:Architects designing systems of record [e.g., ERP and CRM systems] can usually count on a local network connection with a relational database management system (RDBMS) and don’t think twice when designing for a beefy application server.These design sensibilities don’t work when building thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of edge nodes to connect to systems of operation. Network bandwidth, memory, power, and compute are necessarily constrained at the edges of the connected world.So what should a developer do? Focus on learning new data technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, according to Hammond: Matt Asaylast_img read more

Odisha government’s scheme for farmers runs into rough weather

first_imgThe Odisha government’s much-hyped Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme has gone haywire. The authorities are now facing a gigantic task of removing bogus beneficiaries who have already availed of the benefits.A total of 51 lakh cultivators, loanee and non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers and landless agricultural labourers have been provided with financial assistance under the scheme so far. The authorities have now found out that all beneficiaries were not entitled to the benefits under the scheme and have asked the ineligible people to refund the money.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the scheme ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held in April and May. He had assured that no eligible beneficiary would be left out of the scheme.The State government, which had increased the target of KALIA beneficiaries to 75 lakh families, has stopped disbursement of financial assistance following the revelation about bogus beneficiaries. It is now busy verifying the genuineness of each and every beneficiary and has extended the deadline of the verification process from August 14 to August 27.Verification processAccording to official sources, out of the 51 lakh existing beneficiaries, the verification of 13 lakh of them was completed till Tuesday and 70,000 were found to be ineligible. The number of bogus beneficiaries is likely to increase since more than one member of a family have managed to get assistance.In a majority of blocks, the number of applicants have outnumbered the number of ration card-holding families. A total of 54,000 applications were received for inclusion under KALIA from one block in Jagatsinghpur district while the total number of ration cards issued in the block stood at 23,000 only.An official of the Agriculture Department told The Hindu that the problem with KALIA is that people had applied individually instead of one member from a family seeking assistance under the scheme.Simultaneously, the government is also verifying applications of people who had been left out of the scheme earlier.The total number of applications received under KALIA stands at 1.25 crore against the targeted number of 75 lakh families, a surplus by 50 lakh.last_img read more

SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Despite Game 1 beating, CEU Scorpions ‘won’t quit’ John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men’s -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition Wednesday at the KLCC Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. Bejar lost to settle for the silver medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An aggressive John Paul Bejar stormed to a 3-1 lead over his Indonesian foe but faded when it mattered to settle for the silver medal Wednesday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competitions here.Bejar, who joined the Philippine team in training in Germany, took the action right to Iwan Bidu Sirait, who got the nod of the judges on many close calls to take a 10-4 victory in the -55 kilogram kumite.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim His silver is the best finish so far in karate, although the Filipinos are confident of grabbing a gold when the competitions end Thursday.Earlier, Mae Soriano snagged a bronze in women’s -55kg kumite. Junna Tsukii also took bronze this time in -50kg in the sport played at KLCC Halls right under the Petronas Twin Towers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBejar’s march to the finals was marred with controversy as the PH team filed a protest over his semifinals loss to a Malaysian.The protest was upheld, allowing the 23-year-old Bejar to fight for the gold medal. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

Milaha Reports Rise in Quarterly Profit

first_imgzoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Qatar Navigation (Milaha) wrapped up the first quarter of this year with a net profit rise of about 7 percent.For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the company delivered a net profit of QAR 278 million (USD 76.4 million), up from QAR 260 million (USD 71.4 million) reported in the corresponding period last year.Operating revenues increased to QAR 708 million in Q1 2019 from QAR 698 million seen in Q1 2018.In addition, operating profit rose to QAR 214 million in the first quarter of 2019 from QAR 203 million recorded in the corresponding three-month period in 2018.Milaha posted increases in overall results despite mixed results delivered by the company’s business units.Specifically, Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ revenue was down by QAR 24 million and net profit by QAR 12 million, driven by a decrease in bulk shipping rates and a vessel impairment charge on the company’s bulk carrier.On the other hand, Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue increased by QAR 3 million and net profit by QAR 50 million, aided by improvement in market rates and growth in some of the sectors Milaha operates in.Additionally, Milaha Offshore’s revenue increased by QAR 61 million and bottom line improved by QAR 6 million on the back of improved utilization.However, Milaha Capital’s revenue decreased by QAR 22 million and net profit by QAR 23 million and Milaha Trading’s revenue dropped by QAR 22 million and bottom line by QAR 1 million.Established in 1957, Milaha focuses on marine transportation in gas, petroleum products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management and operations; logistics services; shipyard; trading agencies; real estate investments; and asset management.last_img read more

Bush survival could be difficult for BC homicide suspects say Tataskweyak residents

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAs the search continues for two men accused of killing three people in British Columbia, many are left wondering how the two are surviving the rough terrain of northern Manitoba.Kilometres of water and forest surround many of the communities, including Tataskweyak Cree Nation.The landscape offers a scenic view, but it also poses many risks for people who aren’t from the north.“As far as surviving out in the bush, I think that’s really dangerous if you’re not a northerner and you don’t know the area,” Tataskweyak resident Eunice Beardy told APTN News.Beardy grew up in the bush, as it is affectionately known as to locals.Much of northern Manitoba is made up of forested areas.It’s where an extensive search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky has been taking place since last Wednesday.The two are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, and are considered suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, who is from Australia.RCMP had focused their search on Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation, but the vast area has proven difficult.Eunice Beardy grew up in the bush and says outsiders might not know how to survive. Photo: APTN.Beardy said there are a number of places the two could hide and survive.“There’s a lot of cabins out there and we leave stuff in the cabins. There’s food…[and] in some places they have their four wheelers outside the cabins,” she said.Without shelter the two are exposed to various elements such as bugs, animals and muskeg, a swampy-like marsh area.Ernest Bittern is a fisherman and trapper in Tataskweyak.He said the bush is no place for the inexperienced.“You got to know how to survive. Even when a person gets lost they start panicking,” he said.Ernest Bittern says fishing or hunting is a necessity for survival in the bush. Photo: APTN.Bittern said despite the rough terrain the two can survive if they find a reliable food source.“If they know how to catch fish there’s usually creeks where you can go down and grab a fish…or if they have some kind of weapon they could probably shoot an animal,” he said.Leadership in Tataskweyak told APTN the two fugitives came through the community last Monday before police announced they were suspects in the deaths.Robert Spence, a councillor, said they stopped to get gas before heading to Gillam, approximately 175 kilometres north of Tataskweyak.Their vehicle was found later that day burned out.When asked by reporters if the McLeod and Schmegelsky could be dead, RCMP said Wednesday it’s a possibility.“The north part of the province is a very unforgiving place…very challenging terrain. We’re keeping all possibilities in mind as we go forward,” said Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy.She also announced police would be scaling back their search efforts over the next [email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more

Michael Vick a Free Agent to Meet With Jets

Michael Vick is looking for an NFL team, and the New York Jets could be the place. At the least, he plans to visit there today to see if there is a match.Geno Smith, the rookie from West Virginia, was good enough to help the Jets win eight games last season, but not enough to be declared the team’s starter. This is where Vick comes in. The team could sign Vick and allow him to compete with Smith for the starting position. It helps that Vick, 34 in June, worked four years with former Philadelphia Eagle offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who serves in the same role with the Jets.This, of course, makes former starter Mark Sanchez the likely quarterback out. Reports indicate that he would receive a $2-million roster bonus on March 25 if he’s still on the team. The Jets almost assuredly would cut Sanchez, who has a $13.1 million cap charge, if they signed Vick in the coming days. Or they could ask Sanchez to take a big pay cut–the least likely scenario.Vick has been linked to the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, two teams that also are not set at quarterback. He was injured and lost his job to Nick Foles in Philly last season. Vick was professional in how he dealt with losing his position, leading teams to believe he could be a strong mentor for the young Smith. read more