Immature Pecan Trees

first_imgWhen it comes to giving young pecan trees a jump-start, Georgia growers need to focus on improving the soil over applying nitrogen, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Pecan Specialist Lenny Wells.Excess fertilizer can do more harm than good, burning the tree’s roots and upsetting the tree’s nutritional needs. A young pecan tree will only use as much nitrogen as it needs, and the rest will be lost to the environment, Wells said. Wells’ research at UGA debunks the theory that immature pecan trees need excessive amounts of nitrogen.“The first year, pecan trees really don’t need much fertilizer. There’s enough left in the trees from what they got at the nursery to take care of them,” Wells said. “That first year, the trees just really need to get their root system established. All they need for that is well-drained soil, good soil moisture and no competition from weeds. If they can get that root system established and get it growing well, then the tree can start doing what it’s supposed to do.”It can take as long as seven years for a tree to produce harvestable nuts after being planted, Wells said. During this time, Georgia pecan growers tend to overfertilize their trees to spur growth. UGA research trials showed that first-year pecan trees don’t require added nitrogen, Wells found. During the second and third growing seasons, only modest treatments were required.“Everybody that plants a tree wants to get it into production as soon as possible. Of course, a lot of growers are going to push those trees to do that. One way they push them is to shoot a lot of nitrogen into them, but that’s just not always the best way to go,” Wells said. “It can lead to a lot of other problems.”Wells applied 25 pounds of nitrogen per acre to first-year trees and 50 pounds per acre for second- and third-year trees as part of his research studies. He concluded that nitrogen concentration never fell below the minimum recommended level in any of the treatments. During the first year, the unfertilized trees grew just as well and had a nitrogen concentration similar to the fertilized trees.Instead of focusing so much on nitrogen applications, pecan producers need to use their time and energy to apply other needed nutrients, like phosphorus, potassium and zinc, Wells said.“Most of our soils are low in those nutrients, and farmers need to start building up those orchard soils. It’s going to take some time to build those nutrients up, so the earlier they start, the better off they’re going to be in the long run,” Wells said.Georgia is the United States’ leading producer of pecans. The state amassed more than $313 million in farm gate value in 2014, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Pecan production has increased dramatically in Georgia over the past five years. More than 25,000 acres of trees were planted.“The pecan market in recent years started a planting boom. Despite that, the prices are still holding up pretty well. There were a few ups and downs, but the market is still maintaining profitable prices for most commercial growers,” Wells said.last_img read more

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Judge Sets March Trial Date for Ex-SCPD Chief James Burke

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The alleged brutality cover-up case against ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke is expected to go to trial on the first day of spring at Central Islip federal court, officials said Tuesday.During a pretrial hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler set a trial date of March 21 after prosecutors said they expect to finish turning over evidence to Burke’s defense attorney, James Conway, within two weeks—with 3,000 pages of case files already provided.“We’re optimistic that at a trial we’ll be able to prove that the charges are unwarranted,” Conway told reporters after the hearing.Burke, who is being held without bail after Wexler termed the ex-top cop a danger to the community, last month pleaded not guilty to violating a suspect’s civil rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors have alleged that Burke beat Christopher Loeb, a Smithtown man who was arrested for stealing a duffel bag from Burke’s SUV, while in custody and then ordered police to cover up the alleged assault.In other developments Tuesday, Conway said that he opted against appealing Burke’s being denied bail in order to focus on preparing his defense. Conway signaled that he would prefer a so-called bench trial decided by a judge rather than a jury trial because it will be difficult to find jurors who haven’t heard about the high-profile case. He wouldn’t say whether he plans on seeking a change of venue to address that issue. But he did say that Burke may take the stand.“It would be hard not to in a trial like this,” Conway said, noting that there’s been no discussions of a plea deal.Conway said that it is “pretty likely” that the trial will actually start on March 21 even after he noted that, historically, it would be “very, very quick” for a federal case to pick a jury and begin hearing testimony so soon after an arrest.Burke, who was dressed in a beige jail-issued uniform, shaved his gray mustache since his last court appearance. He is due back in court on Feb. 9 for his next pretrial hearing.He is expected to receive a retirement payout of $434,369.52 on Thursday in compensation for 114 unused vacation days and 300 unused sick days, according to the Suffolk comptroller’s office. He made $232,047 until he retired in November, according to See Through New York. His pension has not yet been calculated.last_img read more

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Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: Bengal Warriors beat Puneri Paltan 43-23

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Bengal Warriors produced a commanding display as they beat Puneri Paltan 43-23 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 match here on Monday. Maninder Singh was the chief architect of Warriors’ win as he scored 14 raid points and got able support from Mohammed Nabibakhsh who chipped in with 8 crucial raid points.Rinku Narwal completed a High 5 as Bengal Warriors dominated Puneri Paltan. For Puneri Paltan, Girish Ernak scored three tackle points and Pankaj Mohite top scored with 6 points but Bengal Warriors had an answer to everything their opponents threw at them.Maninder Singh got two super raids and was a thorn in the Puneri Paltan’s side throughout the match. It was a show of strength and agility by Maninder Singh as from the word go he attacked the Puneri Paltan defence.Bengal Warriors made the best start possible as Maninder Singh made a super raid to give them a 4-1 lead. Puneri Paltan recovered from the early onslaught and forced a super tackle in the 5th minute to trail 4-5. The next few minutes was all about Bengal Warriors as they scored seven straight points, including an all out, to lead 11-4.Pankaj Mohite picked up two quick raid points for Puneri Paltan as they trailed 7-13 after 14 minutes. Maninder Singh produced another super raid in the 15th minute to give Bengal Warriors a 16-7 lead.Bengal Warriors ended the first half on a high as they led 18-9 at the break.Bengal Warriors began the second half in an emphatic manner as they inflicted an all out in the 24th minute to lead 24-11. Maninder Singh completed his Super 10 in the second half as he continued to hurt Puneri Paltan.Mohammed Nabibakhsh produced a terrific Super Raid in the 29th minute as Bengal Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-11. Puneri Paltan were down and out by this time and Bengal Warriors continued to pile the points. Rinku Narwal achieved a High 5 and also reached the 50 tackle points landmark in Pro Kabaddi League.Pankaj Mohite scored with a two-point raid in the 33rd minute as Puneri Paltan trailed 16-37. Bengal Warriors took their foot off the pedal as Pankaj Mohite picked up a slew of raid points to reduce the margin of defeat. Bengal Warriors forced a super tackle in the 37th minute to lead 40-19.Bengal Warriors picked up a couple of more points in the last two minutes and emerged victorious in the end. last_img read more

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Williams wins 21-of-25 at faceoff X, propels Syracuse to 12-9 win over Army at home

first_imgIt didn’t take Ben Williams long before he knew he could take advantage of Alex Daly.The Army faceoff man was called for a violation before a second even elapsed in the first quarter and the same happened to begin the second. At that point, Williams was already 8-for-8 from the X and exploiting Daly’s evident weakness.“Whenever anybody gets two violations, they obviously can’t be as aggressive,” Williams said.The Syracuse faceoff specialist won all 11 draws in the first half, a program record for most faceoffs won without a loss to start a single game. And though Williams didn’t stay perfect in the second half, he gave SU security at a position that was vital in a game when Army and Syracuse were never separated by more than three goals.The No. 3 Orange (3-0) bent, but didn’t break against the No. 15 Black Knights (3-1), and earned enough possessions courtesy of Williams — who won 21-of-25 faceoffs overall, against three different opponents — to squeeze out a 12-9 win in front of 2,561 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought Williams was certainly the MVP of the game, played terrific and gave them a lot of opportunities,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “It did seem to me that in the vast majority, he had his stick over the ball before we did.”After John Glesener scored to pull Army within one late in the second quarter, Alberici pitted faceoff man Dan Grabher against Williams to try and reverse his team’s fortunes at the X.The whistle sounded on the ensuing faceoff and Williams and Grabher did three rotations with their shoulders pressed up against each other, the ball lodged in between their sticks.The ball eventually popped out 5 yards away and Williams was there to corral it on his own.“He was beating us to the clamp and he did a good job with some pressure ground balls he came up with,” Alberici said. “It was a pretty physical faceoff and he held up to the test.”But just more than a minute later, A.J. Canara tied the game for the visitors and the Army bench emptied several yards onto the field in celebration. On the next SU possession, head coach John Desko called a timeout and SU midfielder Paolo Ciferri — who had just gained possession — threw his hands up in the air at his own sideline.The frustration was tangible, as Desko too threw his arms in disgust at a call made by the referee, and SU was in need of a cushion. The lead changed three times over the next nine minutes of game time, and with 8:35 remaining in the third the score was knotted at seven.But Williams won the ensuing faceoff, and the Orange put three more in the back of the net for a 10-7 advantage before the quarter ended.“Obviously the faceoffs helped quite a bit with Ben,” Desko said. “Another great job for us, giving us all those possessions.”Williams credited his wings for assisting him when he couldn’t win a faceoff cleanly on his own.Whether it was Mike Messina, Scott Firman, Peter Macartney or Ciferri as the two on the wings, SU’s three-man faceoff unit provided a response every time Army inched closer.But when Kevin Rice slotted the ball into an empty net to give the hosts a three-goal lead with a minute left, the Black Knights couldn’t get any closer.Williams lost the ensuing faceoff, and it’d be the last one he’d take in the game. But at that point, it didn’t matter.“To take I believe all 25 of them, that speaks well to his stamina,” Alberici said. “Like I said, tip my hat to him. I think he certainly was the most valuable player for Syracuse tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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LaLiga Hosts Derbies Close Up Event in Lagos

first_imgL-R – Media and Communications Coordinator LaLiga Nigeria, Ayodeji Adegbenro, Delegate LaLiga Nigeria, Guillermo Perez Castello, LaLiga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju, and Managing Director LaLiga Nigeria, Javier Del Rio Okpuzor EzekielIn its bid to raise awareness on Spanish derby matches, LaLiga Nigeria, has organised a close-up event for some selected media outfits in Nigeria.According to the management, the event is to educate sports journalists on the passion and culture of each derby games in the Spanish topflight. Speaking at the event in Lagos, Wednesday, Managing Director, LaLiga Nigeria, Javier Del Rio, said LaLiga derbies are more than just football, noting that they are about tradition, history, and culture.He said that they are some of the most exciting matches in the world and are also some of the fiercely contested rivalries in world football.Javier Del Rio further reinstated that purpose of gathering the Nigerian sports media is to intimate them of the different derby matches in Spanish football.According to him: “The aim of the event was to raise awareness for each of the derbies being played in LaLiga during the 2nd half of the season; namely Madrid derbi between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid; El Gran derbi between Sevilla FC and Real Betis; Valencian derbi between Valencia CF and Levante UD; Basque Derbi between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao and finally Catalan Derbi between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol.“We saw this as an opportunity to present the various major derbies coming up in LaLiga to the Nigerian sports media, in a bid to educate them on the passion and culture of each derby.“We found that many people only know about the El Clasico as a big game in LaLiga and El Clasico is not even a Derby,” he explained.On the commitment in Nigeria, the MD, said aside building the brand’s presence in the country, “we are committed to supporting the growth of grassroots football in Nigeria and inspiring new fans of the beautiful game”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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GFA Presidential Election

first_imgThe GFA has set April 28 as the date for the Football Association’s Extra-Ordinary Session of Congress to elect its President.“Please, take notice that pursuant to Article 23.5.1 of the GFA Statutes there will be a meeting of the Extra-Ordinary Session of Congress of the Ghana Football Association on Thursday, 28th April, 2011 at the GFA Conference room at 9.00 am,” a statement from the FA read.Congress will consider the Proposal for Amendments of Statutes of the GFA.Also, following the statutory deadline for the nomination of candidates for the GFA Presidency, Congress will hold the election of the President at its Extra-Ordinary Session on April 28.AGENDA1. 8.00 am – Accreditation 2. 9.00 am – Roll Call3. 9.10 am – Verification that the notification and composition of the Congress comply with the provisions for the Statutes.4. – Address by President of GFA Congress.5. – Proposal for Amendments of Statutes of the Ghana Football Association.6. – Election of President of the Ghana Football Association. Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

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What channel is Yankees vs. Red Sox on today? Time, TV schedule, series breakdown

first_imgThe Yankees and Red Sox meet Saturday as one of sports’ greatest rivalries is renewed.New York has a vice grip on the AL East while Boston is looking to keep pace in the AL wild-card hunt. This won’t be the last time the two teams meet in the near future, as they’ll play a four-game set next weekend at Yankee Stadium.Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune in.What TV channel is Yankees vs. Red Sox on today?Date: Saturday, July 27Start time: 4:05 p.m. ET TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVIn addition to Fox’s live broadcast, the game will be streamed on Fox Sports Go. You can also watch it online by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Yankees and Red Sox upcoming scheduleYankeesRed Sox7/28 at Red Sox7/28 vs. Yankees7/30 vs. D-backs7/30 vs. Rays7/31 vs. D-backs7/31 vs. Rays8/2 vs. Red Sox8/1 vs. Rays8/3 vs. Red Sox8/2 at Yankees MORE: Watch Yankees-Red Sox live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)CC Sabathia (5-5, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees while the Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 4.10 ERA) to try and quell the New York lineup.last_img read more

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Van Persie remembers how Van Gaal fired him: “I am the coach and you are the player, your time has passed”

first_imgThe former Dutch footballer explains how hard the journey back home was: “It was painful. How do you react to that? So relentless, so hard, so direct … When the preseason started I was not allowed to participate in games eleven against eleven. They gave me a ball and told me to do something by myself. You try to stay calm, but it happens a lot. You play macho, you pretend that it doesn’t hurt you, but of course it does. It affected me, my family and my career.Van Persie felt lonely when he could not discuss his situation with anyone from an environment less close to his family and in 2015 he decided to go to Fenerbahçe, while the coach was fired a year later, at which time Manchester United would sign José Mourinho: “Maybe it would have been nice if I could have talked to someone outside my own circle, but I was too stubborn for that. Looking back, there have been more moments in my career that would have benefited me.” The former player also tells how he reacted to the news that his compatriot gave him: “After such a message many things come to mind. I still had a contract, my family was happy in England and we had been there for 11 years at the time. Now what? My children went to school here, they even had a partner. We would see what happened. It was his opinion, but I had a contract and I was happy in England and in the United States. Then I got up, I shook his hand and left. “ After the 2014 World Cup, in which Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie worked together in the Netherlands, the coach signed for Manchester United, where he coincided with the striker who, until a year ago, when he retired, was active in the Feyenoord. But what seemed to be a prolific partnership for both of them ended in disaster. The footballer’s season was not too good and the coach decided to find him a substitute. Voetball tells from the mouth of Van Persie the conversation he had with the coach when he told him that he had to leave: “I had a conversation with Van Gaal and he said ‘Robin, our paths are going to separate. I am the coach, you are the player and you must go. Your time has passed.’ I replied that I still had a contract, but Van Gaal said that He didn’t care. It was relentless. He had seen something like this come, but he didn’t expect it to be so brutal. “last_img read more

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Eric Myers Challenges Cooper Gotteh, for LAFASA Presidency; Harrison, Bleglay for Asst. SG Job;…

first_imgAt least two aspiring candidates for the Vice President for Administration, (VPA) and Assistant Secretary General, are out of this afternoon’s Elections of the leadership of the Liberia Amputee Sports Association Football and Sports Association, LAFASA.The two candidates are Mr. Cooper Gbatan, for the VPA and Richard Duo, Assistant Secretary General.The elections are scheduled at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Another contested area is the presidency, where incumbent Cooper M. Gotteh is being challenged by vice president Eric B. Myers.The two men have worked together to build the association and Myers feels it is time he assumes the leadership. However, President Gotteh believes he has worked for the association and he must continue. He believes in continuity, LFA, CAF and FIFA style.During Gotteh’s administration, the Lone Star Amputee team made significant progress, and even President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been won over as the association’s major sponsor.Today, Lone Star is respected throughout Africa, for winning their brand of Cup of Nations, three times.In the vice president for operations position, incumbent Dennis F. Parker is going unopposed, as well as Samuel Eastman, the guy who insists he is the most dynamic secretary general of the association.However, with Richard Duo out in the assistant secretary general position, there are two more candidates: incumbent and star player Festus Harrison and Oliver M. Bleglay are gunning for the post.Remember, Festus Harrison is the Most Valuable Player, voted twice in Ghana and in Kenya when Lone Star pitched its tent that eventually won them victories in the African Nations Cup.Even Liberia’s proverbial Most Celebrated Player, James Salinsa Debbah was recently moved to express appreciation when Harrison led Lone Star to defeat the visiting Kenyan national team 2-0 in an impressive match that moved Debbah to show his appreciation.Another position that is also going unopposed is the treasure position where incumbent Anthony S. Doe is simply smiling to the end of the elections today. I don’t blame him!Liberia Football Association’s technical director, Henry Browne will supervise the elections.A recent press release said the voting will be done by secret ballot and in the event there is a tie, a second round of voting will be held until a simple majority is obtained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Red Cross Teams up with Immunization Campaign

first_imgThe Liberia National Red Cross (LNRC)has for the past two weeks joined forces with the Ministry of Health and its partners in administering measles, polio and de-worming vacinations to over  600,000 children from zero to 5  years old across the country.Speaking Tuesday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on Capitol Hill, Red Cross secretary general Fayiah Tamba said LNRC has been involved in transporting the vaccination teams to remote villages to adminster the measles vaccine to ensure that the targeted number of children are fully vaccinated.“In some counties, including River Cess, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Cape Mount  and Bomi, we supported the county health teams in reaching remote towns and villages due to the importance of the measles vaccine for the children and the country at large,” he stressed.More than 3,130 Red Cross volunteers were active in various communities, providing information on the immunization campaign and addresing concerns and misinformation about the vaccinations in those communities.“Our volunteers were also involved in active case search of unimmunized children and encouraging mothers to take their children under five to the nearest vaccination points. During the process, a total of 2000 children whose parents or guardains could not take them to be vaccinated were identified by the active case searchers and transported for vaccination,” he explained.Mr. Tamba further stated  that some mothers had planned to stay away from the vaccination campaign due to their farming activities and also the fear that their children would be used for testing of the Ebola trial vaccine.  But  the volunteers were able to  explain the importance of the measles vaccine and convince mothers to have their children vaccinated.The SG further discosed that the 3,130 volunteers deployed for this campaign were able to reach more than 500,000 community dwellers through one to one visits, excluding mass awareness sessions in market and worship places.The Liberia National Red Cross Society has a unique ability to provide social mobilization across Liberia’s fifteen counties and has trained volunteers in each county to mobilize quickly to provide critical information to communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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