University of Georgia faculty will share the latest research on cotton, soybeans, corn and other southeast Georgia crops during the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center Field Day held online Aug. 12.Research and Extension faculty will present current research conducted at the Midville facility to include agronomic, pest and disease management of row crops as well as plant breeding and variety trials.“The Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center at Midville has always strived to provide Georgia farmers with sound and reliable agricultural research relevant to east Georgia soils and weather conditions,” said Midville Superintendent Anthony Black. “It has been an annual tradition to showcase this great research through our face-to-face field day. However, due to COVID-19, we will be offering the same program, only through virtual means.”The 700-acre research center located in Burke County allows scientists from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to conduct various research projects on many commodities, including wheat and small grains. UGA Cooperative Extension agents also assist with research trials in the area and disseminate timely updates to producers.To register for the Midville Field Day or learn more, visit t.uga.edu/6b4. Registrants will receive an email containing a link to the field day presentations at a later date.Presentation topics and faculty include:Precision agricultureImplementation of variable rate irrigation models at Midville — Wesley Porter, associate professor and Extension precision agriculture specialistPlanting speed and downforce effect on seed placement in cotton and peanuts — Simerjeet Virk, assistant professor and Extension precision agriculture specialistPests and diseasesCotton insect pest management — Phillip Roberts, Extension cotton entomologistEvaluating lesser cornstalk borer management tactics in southeast Georgia — Mark Abney, peanut entomologistDisease management for row crops — Bob Kemerait, plant pathology professor and Extension specialistCover crops and soil healthLong term cover crop rotation — Peyton Sapp, Burke County Extension agent, and Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension agentDetermining the relationship between cover crops and soil moisture — Jason Mallard, Screven County Extension agentOptimizing management practices to improve plant nutrition and soil health in cotton production systems in Georgia — Henry Sintim, assistant professor of soil fertilityImpact of tillage practices on peanut in east Georgia — Scott Monfort, Extension peanut agronomistPlant breedingIncorporating strong pest and disease resistances from wild species into elite peanut cultivars — David Bertioli, professor and Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Seed Development distinguished investigatorLarge-scale corn hybrid trial — Corey Bryant, Extension grains agronomistSoybean breeding for drought tolerance — Zenglu Li, Georgia Seed Development professor in soybean breeding and genetics, and Ethan Menke, Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics doctoral candidateOn-farm cotton variety trial, Midville with — Jason Mallard, Screven County Extension agent, and Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension agentCrop managementCotton management systems trial — Steven Powell, Treutlen County Extension agent, and Savannah Tanner, Emanuel County Extension agentEvaluation of replanting strategies for cotton — R. Scott Tubbs, crop and soil sciences professor
Parents of children who attend a special needs elementary school in Broward are calling for changes after audio of a kindergarten teacher, and teacher’s aide cursing at students was secretly recorded.(LISTEN: Tape of Broward teachers swearing at kindergartners with special needs.)Concerned parents Miriam and Matt Adar placed a recorder in their son’s backpack after he came home from school swearing.Their son, who is diagnosed with non-verbal autism, attends Pasadena Lakes Elementary School in Pembroke Pines.Thursday, classrooms were empty as parents said they were too afraid to send their children to school following the recording.Officials say, the unidentified teacher and teacher’s aide accused of cursing at students are under investigation and have been removed as employees.Superintendent Robert Runcie met with concerned parents on Monday over the incident.This story is developing.
Update on the latest sports March 21, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Three mushers participating in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were rescued Friday after they activated their SOS beacons because of deep overflows of water on the trail near the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome.Even before the rescue of 52-year-old Tom Knolmayer, 28-year-old Sean Underwood and 37-year-old Matthew Failor, more than one-third of the participants in this year’s 1,000-mile race had quit largely because of conditions. The winner, Thomas Waerner of Norway, arrived at the finish line in Nome early Wednesday.Iditarod officials confirmed the three rescued Friday had officially withdrawn from the race. That brings the number of those who scratched to 22, short of the record of 24 set in 1980. In this year’s race, another musher also was removed for not being competitive.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. He said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.”— A handful of golf mini tours are continuing to play through as coronavirus fears shut down major sports leagues across the world. The Cactus Tour in Phoenix this week was won by two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist and the Outlaw Tour held a men’s event across the Valley of the Sun. The Cactus Tour instituted preventative guidelines to prevent spread of the coronavirus, sanitizing golf carts, limiting one rider per cart and asking for social distancing on the course.— Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino. The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, while the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. IDITAROD3 mushers rescued The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.Among others urging a delay, Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” And the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.In other virus-related developments:— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finds himself almost constantly looking at financial numbers and projections. And like the rest of a world that is dealing with the seismic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he still isn’t sure how bad things will get. Silver said today that the league is considering all options — best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between — as it tries to come to grips with this new normal. But definitive answers on any front are in short supply.— The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUS track federation joins calls for postponement of Tokyo GamesUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. track federation has added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. Associated Press