Mild fall weather gave way to sharp drops in temperatures over the past few weeks in much of Georgia. This wintry weather comes none too early for two major sweet crops in the state, say University of Georgia experts.Georgia peach farmers welcomed the cold. Their peaches need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15.Need a ChillDepending on the variety, peaches need from 400 to about 1,000 chill hours to perform well during the growing season, said Kathryn Taylor, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About 95 percent of Georgia’s peaches are grown in the middle of the state. To get by, peaches there need at least 900 chill hours by Feb. 15.”The past couple of weeks of cold weather has helped a lot,” Taylor said.So Far, So GoodSo far, the region has about 480 chill hours. That’s good. But to get all the chill hours needed by Feb. 15, the area must get 12 chill hours a day.”If we can get that, we’ll be in good shape,” she said.South Georgia peaches need about 650 chill hours before Feb. 15. But they can live with 600 hours, Taylor said.So far, south Georgia has about 402 chill hours. That’s also good. To get the rest of their chill hours, peaches here need about 6.5 chill hours a day before Feb. 15.Peaches require a certain number of chill hours to break winter dormancy, Taylor said. If they don’t get the hours, it can cause the fruit to be poorly shaped or aborted.After Feb. 15, peach trees begin putting on buds. They then start requiring heat units, or temperatures above 55 degrees.Onions Welcome ColdGeorgia Vidalia onion growers welcomed the cold, too.”We’re going to lose some foliage from frost injury and sleet damage. But overall, we’re looking pretty good,” said Reid Torrance, county extension agent in Tattnall County, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onions grow.He said the onions needed the cold weather.Slower Growth”We’ve had such a warm fall that until about three weeks ago, the onions were actually growing too fast,” he said. “We needed some cooler weather to slow down the growth. We’re pretty happy with the growth of the onions right now.”Vidalia onions are harvested from late April through June.The number of planted acres won’t be reported until March.”I don’t see any big change in acreage, however, from last year,” Torrance said. Farmers planted around 15,000 acres of Vidalia onions in 2000.
Poor hay quality due to last year’s increased rainfall, has Georgia cattle farmers searching for alternative ways to supplement the hay they feed their herd.Jacob Segers, beef cattle specialist with University of Georgia Extension, recommends planting winter annuals such as annual rye grass, wheat or different cover crops for cows to graze during the winter. Other feed sources high in digestible fiber, including soybean hulls, , corn gluten feed, citrus pulp and silage, are also suggested.Many county Extension agents, as well as cattle farmers, are asking Segers dietary questions because a normal food source is not meeting nutritional needs this year. More rain in 2013 resulted in hay maturing more rapidly. Because of inclement weather and wet conditions, most hay remained in fields until the skies cleared and the hay could be cut. As a result, the digestibility of the hay was low compared to that harvested in years with moderate rainfall. Also, left in the field and rained on, the hay lost a lot of nutrients essential for cattle’s growth.“It’s not abnormal (to have poor hay quality) in a wet year but we haven’t had a wet year in Georgia in a long time. We’ve had several years of drought where our issue was actually being able to get enough hay cut. The quality of the hay usually wasn’t an issue,” said Segers, who is based on the UGA campus in Tifton. In the past, storing enough hay for the winter was the problem most farmers faced. This year there is an abundance of hay, but the quality may not be sufficient to meet the animals’ needs, Segers said.Hay can lose approximately 20 percent of its energy value and 40 percent of its protein every ten days it has to stay in the field after the optimal cutting date, he said. “That leaves cattlemen in a situation where the hay is probably not going to meet the nutritional requirements of at least certain segments of a cowherd,” Segers said. Insuring cattle are properly nourished is a top priority for cattlemen, whose business thrives on cattle’s good health. Segers says if cows aren’t receiving necessary levels of nutrients, their chances of conception are reduced. If farmers don’t have a calf on the ground every 365 days, they lose money.“Physiologically speaking, the first thing a cow is going to sacrifice is reproduction (if not receiving enough nutrients). Then her milk production will decline. Then, if you are dealing with heifers, you’ll see them stop growing,” Segers said.When a cow consumes nutrients, her first objective is to maintain her own health; keep the heart beating and lungs expanding. Then if a cow has a calf, nutrients are used for lactation. Many nutritional hurdles have to be cleared so a cow is healthy enough for reproduction.“Our No. 1 priority is No. 4 on her list,” Segers said.If the animal is a heifer that is still growing, the nutrients go toward growth until the animal reaches maturity. Segers says it’s important for cattle farmers to know that not all cows require the same amount of nutrients. A non-lactating, pregnant cow requires much less nutrition than a cow that has just had a calf and is starting to lactate. It’s also important for cattlemen to get their hay tested. Some low-quality hay might suffice for cows with low nutrient requirements, he said.Segers also recommends farmers avoid high starch feeds to decrease metabolic disorders and increase efficiency in the cow herd.For more information on feeding hay to cattle, see the UGA Extension publications at caes.uga.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal ($):Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund is embracing renewable energy and winding down fossil-fuel investments.The Scandinavian nation’s parliament voted on Wednesday to instruct its $1 trillion fund to pull an estimated more than $13 billion from oil, gas and coal extracting companies and move up to $20 billion into renewable-energy projects and companies, representing around 2% of the fund.The Government Pension Fund Global—which has around 6% of its holdings in fossil-fuel equities—won’t pull investments from major oil companies, but will divest from smaller energy exploration and production firms, according to a proposal from the Ministry of Finance. The move could affect several of its U.S. investments including its 1.08% stake in Anadarko Petroleum Corp. , 0.98% in Occidental Petroleum Corp. and 0.96% in EOG Resources Inc.Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund is one of the largest in the world, investing in nearly 9,200 companies globally as of the end of 2018, according to government data. It has a stake in some 341 oil-and-gas companies, the largest share in the U.S., at 31% of those holdings.Norway forged its social wealth fund in 1990 with profits from the North Sea oil fields. The country’s divestment comes as government pension funds face mounting political pressure to exit fossil fuels and realign their strategies around green businesses and clean energy to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. While political forces helped drive the divestment, the decision also reduces financial risk because the oil-and-gas industry is no longer as profitable since the oil-price drop in 2014—while renewables are in a growth phase, said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research firm.More ($): Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund boosts renewable energy, divests fossil fuels Norway’s Parliament approves expanded divestment from fossil fuel investments
continue reading » Last week, the House and Senate made progress on federal tax reform. The credit union tax exemption remains intact in each of the chamber’s respective tax bills.Here’s a rundown of what happened last week:The House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) was voted on by the full House Thursday and passed by a vote of 227-205. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.The Senate Finance Committee late Thursday night approved and reported out the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on a party-line vote after four days of mark-up. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Potentially complicating the Senate’s passage of the bill is the inclusion of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The tax reform bill is being moved through the reconciliation process, which requires only a simple majority to pass; however, a few Republican senators are unlikely to support the bill with the individual mandate repeal included. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo delivered a significant blow Wednesday to legislation enabling banks and credit unions to serve the cannabis industry, announcing his opposition to a bill designed to help marijuana businesses in the more than 30 states that have legalized the substance.“I have significant concerns that the SAFE Banking Act does not address the high level potency of marijuana, marketing tactics to children, lack of research on marijuana’s effects, and the need to prevent bad actors and cartels from using the banks to disguise ill-gotten cash to launder money into the financial system,” Crapo said in a detailed statement about his views on the issue.Crapo’s plans have been the subject of intense speculation since the House passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act. The biggest question has been whether he would hold a vote on pot banking legislation in 2019. But his statement all but confirms that he will not move such a bill this year.Instead, Crapo requested public feedback to help forge a legislative solution to the issue that addresses his concerns. continue reading »
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The back and forth over industrial zoning in Endicott continues. She said, “We learned that the only decision we as a Village could make was regarding adding safety restrictions to our existing zoning code.” After months of conversations over Zoom, met with some oppostion, Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson said she is recommending the village board repeal the restrictions recently passed on the recycling operations in the village. In a press release sent to 12 News, Jackson says Endicott is a village with a reputation built on technology and is what its economy depends on. Jackson explained the village was initially skeptical of the DEC following through on its responsibilities based on past experiences. It comes as the battery recycling facility set to be operated by SungEel MCC Americas was put on hold by the DEC, which wants to look further into its recycling process and certain chemicals involved before it gets up and running. “Recently they have proved to be responsive to the watchdog role they play over this company,” said Jackson. “We will let the DEC and the company work out the next phase of the permit review process.”
“We have opportunities right now, as our businesses are not as impacted as other industries. However, we don’t have sufficient infrastructure and our talent is not trained for this market,” Cipto said during an online webinar held by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.Market tracker SuperData reported that spending on digital video games globally hit a record high of US$10 billion in March since the COVID-19 pandemic. It also noted that spending rose 15 percent on mobile games – mostly smartphone games – to reach $5.7 billion in March.Similarly, mobile market analytics AppsFlyer noted that more people were making in-app purchases for online games in Indonesia during the pandemic.Despite significant revenue growth in the IP subsector, Cipto said companies who designed games to be used for companies’ marketing and product showcasing, dubbed the “gamification” subsector, had seen a significant decline by up to 75 percent as exhibitions and events are called off amid the pandemic. Poor digital infrastructure and a lack of human capital are hampering gaming industry growth in Indonesia despite opportunities to expand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Game Industry Association (AGI) has said.The AGI’s chairman Cipto Adiguno said on Wednesday that the gaming and digital industry had the potential to outpace other economic sectors as they were less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the lack of infrastructure made it hard for the industry to seize the opportunity.According to the AGI’s calculation, companies that develop gaming products, referred to as the intellectual property (IP) subsector, have seen their revenue increase by more than 50 percent since the pandemic hit Indonesia in early March. Topics : “As there are currently no events being held, customers are deferring their payments, which affects companies’ cash flow. We can say that the financial damage in this subsector is pretty high,” he said.According to a survey conducted by the AGI of Indonesian gaming companies in March, some 30 percent of respondents said they lost Rp 101 million (US$ 6,926) to 300 million in profits because of the pandemic while 10 percent reported losses of Rp 25 million to 50 million.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s movie, television and animation director, Syaifulloh, acknowledged that the creative and digital sector were not ready to fully transform their business models and adapt to the changes that have been wrought by the pandemic.“When COVID-19 hit the industry, the companies still needed time and funds to adjust their operations,” he said during the online webinar.While the pandemic has inflicted revenue declines on parts of the gaming industry, it has also reduced the disadvantages of the gaming industry in Southeast Asia in regard to product marketing, Philippines Game Developers Association (GDAP) chairman Alvin Juban said.With gaming conventions going online because of the pandemic, Alvin said developers did not have to spend a huge amount on traveling abroad and exhibiting their products, thus reducing the gap between large gaming corporation and small-scale developers.“Reaching clients through online platforms has become very effective. This is where we have to invest our resources if we want to expand our businesses and generate more investment from people around the world,” he said.
Floating rig contractor Transocean has reported a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $208 million for the second quarter of 2019. The company’s loss in the second quarter of 2018 was around $1.1 billion.Illustration: A Transocean drillship; Photo by John/Flickr – Shared under CC BY-NC 2.0 licenseTotal contract drilling revenues were $758 million for the second quarter of 2019, down from $790 million in the corresponding quarter a year ago.Operating and maintenance expense was $510 million, an increase vs. Q2 2018 O&M expense of $431 million. Contract backlog was $11.4 billion as of the July 2019 Fleet Status Report. This is a decrease compared to July 2018 contract backlog of $11.7 billion.Second-quarter 2019 capital expenditures of $86 million were related to the company’s newbuild drillships and capital upgrades for some rigs in the existing fleet.The offshore drilling company’s rig fleet-wide average daily revenue for the quarter was $314,900, an increase compared to Q2 2018 when the average dayrate was $308,300.Ultra-deepwater floaters commanded an average daily revenue of $335,400, harsh-environment floaters had an average of $301,700, and midwater floaters had an average of $163,700 in Q2 2019. Utilization was 56 percent for the whole fleet, down from 57 percent a year ago.Transocean has total current assets of $4.2 billion. The offshore drilling company has long-term liabilities of $11,4 billion, and total current liabilities of $1,46 billion.Jeremy Thigpen, President, and Chief Executive Officer said: “We continued to operate at a high level throughout the second quarter, with strong rig uptime and attained performance bonuses producing revenue efficiency of approximately 98% across our global floater fleet.”“As importantly, we generated strong cash flows from operations of $153 million through the efficient conversion of our industry-best $11,4 billion backlog.”Thigpen said that despite some continued uncertainty around oil prices, offshore project economics remain compelling, driving increases in floater contracting and increasing dayrates in both the harsh environment and ultra-deepwater markets.Transocean last week released a fleet status report according to which it has recently managed to find work for two semi-submersible drilling rigs and three drillships. The contracts have added around $158 million to the company’s backlog.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
NewsRegional Agencies try to keep cholera from Haiti capital by: – June 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The United Nations says health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince.“Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance. “Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation issues are properly fixed,” Chaib warned.A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to occur.A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.Caribbean 360 News 13 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share
It is said that the playmaker has little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.Tottenham are also said to be monitoring the player, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be attracted to the idea of him moving to Old Trafford while Leicester, who may be restricted in funding the deal, are also interested.Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is currently on loan – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised.Earlier this month, Diario Sport claimed Chelsea are favourites to land the former Liverpool playmaker and indeed have already made an approach.It is said that the most likely structure of the deal would be an upfront loan deal for one season, with a purchase option linked into the move.Read Also: Barcelona agree to offload Firpo in the summerA report in El Mundo Deportivo last month claimed the Catalan giants have lowered their asking price for the playmaker to €80m as they look to balance their books.Coutinho has netted eight goals and provided multiple assists in 15 league starts for the Bavarian club, while the recent report stresses the good relations between the two clubs which could help smooth a permanent move this year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Manchester United and Leicester City are both attentive to the situation of Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, say Diario Sport.Advertisement It follows a report in El Mundo Deportivo that the Brazilian wants to return to the Premier League should he not continue at the Camp Nou. Loading…