A new app, developed for smartphones and tablets by researchers and Extension personnel with University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, allows farmers and scouts to save time and money by finding and using the most effective treatments available for stink bugs. Cotton farmers and scouts began using the Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor app this summer. It gave them an advantage in managing the potentially economically devastating pest, said Michael Toews, a UGA research entomologist who helped to develop the app. “If a grower or a scout selects the wrong product for treatment, they can actually aggravate the condition, and it will end up costing them more money in the long run. If you have an app in your hand, it allows you to make research-based decisions to maximize profits,” said Toews, who works on the UGA Tifton Campus. With the Insect Advisor app, growers or scouts can enter the conditions in their field and the app suggests the chemical applications that are needed. The ability for researchers to update the information instantaneously is what makes the app a must-have and why it was a success this cotton season, Toews said. “The beauty of the app is, if we see insecticide resistance develop, we can change recommendations in the app and there will be an automatic update that goes out. Everybody will have the most up-to-date information in the palm of their hand as opposed to waiting a year for a new handbook to come out,” he added. “Many of these recommendations and product selection choices are in the pest management handbook. But that’s about a 5-pound paper book, which doesn’t work well when you’re carrying it in the field. This app allows you to have all that information in your hands.”In cooperation with the UGA Department of Entomology and with support from Cotton Incorporated, the Insect Advisor app was developed at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.The development of an app was necessary because of the economic impact stink bugs have on cotton every year. With piercing-sucking mouth parts, stink bugs feed on cotton bolls, destroy the seeds and prohibit the growth of the lint, the harvestable part of the cotton. With the app, farmers can find the correct treatments quickly and take appropriate action. “Approximately half of our cotton acres in Georgia are scouted by a commercial scout. For the other half, those treatment decisions are made by the grower. We want to make sure that all of these folks have the most up-to-date information in their hands,” Toews said. The app currently only provides treatments for stink bugs in cotton. Toews said plans are being made to include additional insect species in the future.To download the Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor app or view the other applications available from the Center for Invasive Species, visit apps.bugwood.org.
By Dialogo August 14, 2012 Colombian police seized a ton of cocaine that was allegedly being sent to the Mexican Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, on a highway in the Antioquia Department (northwest), said the National Police on Aug. 11. The cache of drugs, valued at $35 million, was found in 866 packages in a truck that was stopped at a police checkpoint on a road between the towns of Caldas and Versailles, according to a statement from the Anti-Narcotics Police. The seizure was achieved thanks to information provided by an unidentified source. The driver of the vehicle was arrested in the operation and was brought to court on charges of trafficking, possession and sale of narcotics. The drugs allegedly belonged to the “Office of Envigado,” which is one of the largest drug trafficking groups in Colombia, and was created in the 1980s by the now deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar. On Aug. 8, Erikson Vargas (alias “Sebastian”), who heads the organization, was captured in a luxurious estate in the vicinity of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá), and will be extradited to the United States. Although Colombia has decreased almost half of its cocaine production and the expansion of its coca crops, it still leads the world production of this drug, with 345 tons of cocaine in 2011, according to UN figures. “El Chapo” Guzman is considered the world’s most wanted drug trafficker and is ranked 55 in the list of the most powerful people in the world according to U.S. magazine Forbes.
WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. – A Batesville resident was involved in an interstate accident between a vehicle and mowing tractor that put a Tennessee driver in the hospital.An elderly Tennessee man was traveling in a Toyota 4-Runner on the Edward T. Breathitt/ Pennyrile Parkway in Western Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon when it collided with a mowing tractor, The Gleaner reported.The tractor was operated by Jose Garcia, 42, of Batesville. He was in the process of crossing a bridge to continue mowing the median. Authorities say the 4-Runner struck the tractor from behind.The Tennessee man was taken to an Evansville hospital for treatment. Garcia was not injured, police said.Both occupants were wearing seat belts.
Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Point guard Taylor Schildroth of the George Stevens Academy Eagles drives the baseline in the first period of the Eagles’ lopsided 73-28 win over the Fort Kent Warriors in Tuesday’s Northern Maine Class C quarterfinal.PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBANGOR — As a practical matter, Tuesday’s Northern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal between the George Stevens Academy Eagles and the Fort Kent Warriors at the Cross Insurance Center was over almost from the start as GSA romped to a 73-28 victory.The eighth-ranked Warriors jumped in front when senior guard Ryan Chasse scored the first basket of the game. But that proved to be Fort Kent’s only lead as the Eagles, sparked by nine points from junior forward Jarrod Chase and eight from sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth, raced out to a 22-7 first period lead.And for the Warriors, things only got worse as the game rolled on. The Eagles, taking advantage of their superior size and depth, scored almost at will, holding a 45-14 lead by the halftime break.Big 6-6 sophomore center Max Mattson led the way in the second period, scoring eight points and grabbing a host of rebounds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe intense GSA defense forced numerous turnovers by the Warriors, and as a result, only three Fort Kent players scored in the first half.Even with coach Dwayne Carter making liberal use of his bench in the second half, the Eagles continued to build on their lopsided lead, holding a 63-20 edge by the end of the third period.Seven players contributed to the scoring for GSA in the contest, four of them tallying double figures. Mattson led the way with 19 points, Schildroth had 17, senior center Nick Szwez contributed 14 and Chase added 13.For the 12-8 Warriors, Chasse led the way with nine points, all of them coming in the first half.Nick Szwez of the George Stevens Academy Eagles makes a move to the basket in GSA’s 73-28 Northern Maine Class C quarterfinal win over the Fort Kent Warriors on Tuesday.PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENWith the win under their belts, the 18-1 Eagles, whose only defeat in the regular season came at the hands of the Class B Ellsworth Eagles, will square off against the fifth-ranked Schenck Wolverines Friday at 8:35 p.m. in semifinal action. The Wolverines survived an overtime battle with the fourth-seeded Lee Academy Pandas on Tuesday as junior Christopher King went to the foul line with no time left and sank a pair of free throws for a 60-59 win.The winner of Friday’s semifinal won’t have much time to rest. The Class B regional championship will be played at the Cross Center just 24 hours later on Saturday night.Find more photos of this game here. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
Written By COMMENT LIVE TV Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night.Darin Ruf hit a two-run single in the sixth and Brandon Belt had a bases-loaded walk as the Giants won for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Yastrzemski added a pair of singles.Gallen had not allowed more than three earned runs in his first 23 career starts, a major league record to begin a career. The right-hander faced the minimum through five innings against the Giants before getting tagged for four runs in the sixth.Gallen (1-1) allowed five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.The biggest blow came from Ruf, who entered the game as an injury replacement in the fourth when Alex Dickerson fouled a ball off his right knee. Ruf looked at two pitches to complete Dickerson’s at-bat, but didn’t swing. He did in the sixth, singling up the middle on Gallen’s first pitch.After Donovan Solano singled to load the bases, Arizona reliever Junior Guerra walked Belt to force in a run and make it 4-1.Gausman (3-2) struck out nine in six innings to win his second straight. Gausman allowed one run and two hits, and retired nine of the last 10.David Peralta homered off Sam Coonrod leading off the ninth for Arizona. Ketel Marte also had an RBI.MATHISEN DEBUTDiamondbacks third baseman Wyatt Mathisen went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in his major league debut after logging 649 games in the minors. “He’s worked hard to deserve this moment,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “In my small discussions with him, he’s transformed his body, he’s made himself a totally different player than he was several years ago. It’s a lot of hard work that he’s putting in behind the scenes when nobody’s really paying attention.”ROSTER MOVEThe Giants released INF Abiatal Avelino. Avelino had been at the alternate training site.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Dickerson left in the fourth after fouling a ball off his right knee. … 3B Evan Longoria was scratched from the original lineup as a precaution because he is dealing with some soreness in his right glute. Pablo Sandoval started in his place. … LHP Drew Smyly, sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand, could be ready to be activated as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. RHP Jeff Samardzija may face hitters one more time to increase his volume before being deemed ready to return from inflammation in his throwing shoulder. … Both Smyly and Samardzija could come back as starters before the season ends, nothing determined yet. … Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Trevor Cahill is OK after dealing with a right hip issue and is on track to make his next start.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-6, 7.44) tries to snap his three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Dodgers. Weaver’s command has improved, with only five walks over his previous six starts.Giants: San Francisco has not named a starter for Tuesday night’s game against Seattle.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th September, 2020 09:25 IST Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 09:25 IST Giants Beat Diamondbacks, End Gallen’s Record Streak Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US
The Lone Star’s victory over Sierra Leone puts Liberia in a better position ahead of the return-leg slated for Sunday, September 8, 2019.Liberia have taken advantage in their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers-Preliminaries after they defeated Sierra Leone 3-1 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.Based on the record between the two teams, in which Liberia is the better side, the victory did not come as a surprise.Terence Tisdell perfectly converted a Penalty in the 18th minute after Kpah Sherman was fouled in the penalty area.Prior to the opener, Kpah Sherman could have scored one of the fastest goals after his left foot effort hit the goal post.Sierra Leone on the other hand took charge of ball possession, but could not get a curtain raiser.However, Sierra Leone leveled things up in the 56th minute through Kwame Quee’s low effort to beat pass goalkeeper Ashley Williams.Liberia coach Peter Butler made two substitutions by introducing Tonia Tisdell who replaced Terrence Tisdell and Mohammed Sangare, replacing debutant Seith Hellberg.The substitutions yielded positive results as Liberia mounted more pressure to take the lead for the second time.Second half substitute, Sangare put Lone Star in front for the second time through a brilliant spot kick in the 82nd minute before Sam Johnson finally completed the 3-1 victory for the Red, White and Blue boys in the 89th minute due to miscommunication in Sierra Leone defense.The victory put Lone Star in a better position ahead of the return-leg slated for Sunday, September 8, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)