Onion Bugs.

first_img J. Cannon, UGA CAES The damage they cause “Thrips aren’t going to wipe out the Georgia onion crop,” he said. “But they definitely can reduce yields.” UGA CAES Georgia onion growers don’t usually think of insects as a major problem. But thrips can take a bite out of the sweet onion crop, said a University of Georgia scientist. Even a few causeÿ some damage Later in the season, he said, a few thrips may not cause as much damage. “However, in Georgia, thrips populations are highest during March, April and May,” he said. “So control efforts should be aimed at thrips during the spring.” David Adams, a UGA Extension Service entomologist, said the thrips weaken the plants. “They use their rasping mouthparts to damage the plant cells and lap up the juices,” he said. When it hurts the farmer, it hurts the consumer, too, Riley said. “If the supply is lower,” he said, “consumers will have to pay more for these onions.” Riley said this year one-third of Georgia’s 17,000 acres of onions may need thrips treatments they’re not getting. “With effective control of the higher thrips numbers this year,” he said, “farmers could add about $4 million every year to the value of the crop.” In 1998, Riley’s research revealed that fields with effective thrips control produced more and larger Vidalia-type onions. For about $100 per acre in treatment cost, farmers can pocket another $900 in onion value from fields where thrips are at damaging levels. Without treatment, the farmers harvested fewer jumbo and large onion bulbs. JUST ONE THRIPS doesn’t look like much, and just one isn’t; a single insect isn’t much larger than the period at the end of this sentence. But thousands of thrips can invade an onion field and prevent the bulbs from reaching large or jumbo size. But with Riley’s research data, farmers can be sure their thrips control dollars will pay off in the long run. He’s working to learn what thrips species damage onions and when it’s most effective to apply insecticides. “Even a relatively small population can have a significant yield impact,” said UGA entomologist David Riley. “Thrips damage the leaves. Without healthy leaves, the bulbs can’t develop to their potential.” Riley said he’s seen thrips populations increase during the past three years of his research at the Tifton campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Adams said that the insects cause varying levels of damage at different times in the season. “If a lot of thrips are in the field early in the season, they can damage young plants as the bulbs are forming,” he said. “Effective control is vital then.” Research efforts paying off Treatment needed and effective Spotting the problem IMMATURE ONIONS like these are most prone to thrips damage during March, April and May. The thrips damage the leaves, weakening the plant and preventing full bulb growth. The damage thrips cause is hard to see. The insects are no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. It’s hard to spot them. Bo Herndon, an onion farmer in south central Georgia, said he has to look hard to see thrips in his fields. “I’ve really got to get down and look close,” he said. “And even then, you’ll probably see the damage first. They’re easier to see if there are a lot of them. And at that point, it’s time to treat — fast!”last_img read more

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Late surge in investment returns rescues Ilmarinen’s 2016 result

first_img“During the year, we reduced fixed income investments and increased investments in real asset classes,” he said. “We continued to diversify our real estate investments abroad and invested in new properties in Frankfurt, Berlin and Amsterdam, among other places.”The market value of Ilmarinen’s portfolio rose to €37.2bn by the end of December, from €35.8bn a year earlier.Equities were the best performers among the main asset classes despite market volatility, Ilmarinen reported, returning 6.5%.Investments in listed Finnish equities returned more than 15% in 2016, Ritakallio said, adding that US and emerging economy equities had also performed well.“However, investments in other European equities and shares lowered the overall return on the equity portfolio,” he added.Solvency capital was 29.2% of the technical provisions in 2016 compared to 29.6% the year before, and the solvency position remained at two times the solvency limit.Ritakallio also said implementation of Finnish pension reform had got off to a smooth start at the company.“It will be interesting to see how the reform will impact retirement in the long run and how Finns will make use of the new pension types,” he said. Finland’s second largest pensions insurer Ilmarinen recovered from early losses to report 4.8% in overall investment returns for 2016.The return was lower than 2015’s 6% gain, with European equities a drag, according to Timo Ritakallio, president and chief executive of Ilmarinen.“The Brexit referendum and the US presidential election fuelled political uncertainty, causing stock price volatility,” Ritakallio said. “Against this challenging backdrop, we reached a reasonably good investment return.”Ritakallio said the “good” full-year result was attributable to Ilmarinen’s long-term investment strategy, as well as diversifying investments both geographically and across various asset classes.last_img read more

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AGS conducts ‘record-breaking’ seismic program off Norway

first_imgAxxis Geo Solutions (AGS), a Norwegian ocean bottom node seismic company, has achieved several seismic production records during an Utsira multi-client ocean-bottom node (OBN) seismic program.One of AGS’ vessels. Source: WikimediaAGS said on Thursday that this season’s Utsira multi-client ocean-bottom node (OBN) program, conducted in conjunction with TGS, began on Saturday, July 3.The crew achieved a company record regarding a one-day single marine source count which recorded more than 50,000 marine sources.The company added that this milestone was only one element of what was a record seven-day acquisition window in all areas on the Utsira OBN program in the North Sea.The crew has acquired over 300,000 marine sources in the trailing seven days, an average nearing 43,000 marine sources per day.The record source production was made possible by a record number of nodes being moved within the same period, enabled by the Constant Velocity handling system.AGS accurately positioned and moved over 14,000 ocean bottom nodes and deployed over 700 kilometers of receiver line during the same period.It is worth reminding that AGS signed a global master service agreement with an unnamed international oil company in mid-June covering marine services, OBN acquisition, and other methods.In connection with this agreement, AGS received its first call-off for provision of services in the North Sea, and it expects to execute the work program during 2019 or 2020 North Sea seasons. New contract awards from this customer will be under the agreement and will be given as call-offs.Spotted 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.last_img read more

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Linari: “It was not easy being isolated in Madrid and alone”

first_imgThe Atlético Elena Linari participant I converse in The Domenica Sportiva, of Rai 2 about your confinement in Madrid, the place he arrived after canceling the ultimate of the Algarve Cup the place he was enjoying along with his staff: “To be right here alone is not easy. You might be all the time with your self, you do not have many different options. Luckily my household and my girlfriend They’ve all the time been shut. After which there are the neighbors, who adopted me, they cooked my meals virtually on daily basis, “he revealed.The Italian central defined that he’s wanting ahead to work after so lengthy a hiatus: “I might have gladly returned and I hope I can do it quickly. We will even should begin once more, as a result of we’re professionals and the staff pays us. “A parenthesis in ladies’s soccer that for the transalpine participant can do loads of harm to ladies’s soccer: “The ladies we begin from scratch, and we all know how a lot we needed to sacrifice to get to the place we’re “. “Let’s say we hit 5, we don’t wish to return to 1 … We wish to dwell this nice dream anyway, “he stated. Linari revealed some time in the past he was homosexual and he did it forto assist in giving normality to this sexual possibility that in his nation he’s nonetheless frowned upon in many sectors: “Once I made this resolution I did it to make a non-public look public and increase consciousness between the individuals”. “I don’t suppose soccer means homosexuality or heterosexuality, single means sport. I wished to sensitize individuals, as a result of sport introduced me nearer to my means of being, nevertheless it did not carry me nearer to individuals who had been homosexuals and I grew to become one “, defined the Italian who continued: “It allowed me know me internally and present my means of being with different individuals. “last_img read more

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Huskies fall just short against Fairview

first_imgHead Coach Gary Alexander wasn’t ready to make any excuses for the loss, and wasn’t happy with how the team came out to play to start the game. “We started flat again. You give them a lead when you have short numbers like that you don’t always come back. Excuses are for losers. We just didn’t play well,” he says. One area that particularly plagued the Huskies was penalties and the penalty kill. Overall the Huskies discipline was decent, but three powerplay goals were too much to overcome. – Advertisement -“We were sloppy in our own end. We didn’t play our positioning like we had been on the penalty kill and it cost us. At the same token we have three or four guys recovering from the fly and haven’t had a lot of ice time in the last seven or eight days, but like I said excuses, excuses but it all adds up here and there.” Scoring in order for the Huskies were Jordan Harder, Dayne Pedersen, Cayle Bell, Dayne Pedersen, and Shane Rutherford. Assists went to John Apsassin (3), Brighton Campbell, Tyson Glass, Taylor Greatrex, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, and Daylen Pearson. Next for the Huskies is a home game tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m. against the Slave Lake Wolves.Advertisementlast_img read more

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