Cotton Irrigation App

first_img“Early testing showed that this new app outperformed most other irrigation scheduling tools,” Vellidis said. “It was tested in many fields during 2013 and it tested well under a variety of conditions.”The cotton app is one of four apps developed by a team of UGA and University of Florida researchers. UF researchers have also released apps for citrus, strawberry and urban lawn irrigation. The cotton app is different from the other three in that it relies on measured precipitation and irrigation. The app is programmed to use data from UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN) and the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) to assess weather conditions that factor into irrigation needs. So, currently, it obviously works best in Georgia and Florida, Vellidis said.Growers register a field on which they want to use the app by using their smartphone’s built-in GPS. The app then automatically locates the closest weather station. The new UGA app also notifies farmers when to take action so they do not have to check the app every day. In its first year, the app can now be used with center pivot irrigation systems. Later, the app will be updated to allow users to select between center pivots and drip systems. A new smartphone app developed by University of Georgia and University of Florida researchers will help cotton farmers in their states save one of nature’s most precious resources — water. George Vellidis, a scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an expert in precision agriculture and water resources management, developed the app to help cotton growers irrigate their crops based on local conditions.The app, which was released on April 16, is free and can be downloaded at smartirrigationapps.org. “It’s best to begin using the app after the cotton has been planted. The app keeps a balance of how much water is in the soil by estimating how much water the crop uses daily and by adding rain and irrigation to that balance,” he said.The app doesn’t tell farmers how much water to apply. It only recommends when the grower should irrigate. Cotton farmers use the most water when their crop is flowering and when the bolls are filling. For more information on the apps or to download them for free, see the website smartirrigationapps.org. The website also includes app tutorials.last_img read more

Tax Refund

first_imgTaxes — just the word brings a little shudder to most of us, including me. Whether gathering the appropriate documents or actually filing by April 18, we’ve all heard that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Yikes!Most of us seem to dread tax time, but we’re also hoping to make the most of our tax refunds. It’s almost like a bonus when you get back something unexpected. The question at tax time is always, “Did I do enough to ensure I get something back or at least to ensure I don’t owe an arm and a leg?”According to the latest IRS data, nearly eight out of every 10 Americans will receive a tax refund. If you get a return, be sure to use your return wisely so that your money continues to work for you. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts suggest using these smart strategies to help you maximize your refund.Use your tax return to catch up on bills. If you have outstanding bills or bills past due that are accruing interest and late fees, put your return toward these first.Assess your overall debt and credit situation. Who are your creditors? If you have multiple accounts to choose from, begin paying the one with the highest interest rate to save the most money in the end.Maybe you are OK from a debt or credit standpoint, but your rainy day savings is not where you would like it to be. You can use your refund to create or increase your emergency savings. When the tire goes flat, the car battery needs replacing or the washing machine breaks, money in an emergency account will let you pay for these expenses without adding to your debt load.  Invest in your retirement. I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring your golden years are great years. Opening an individual retirement account (IRA) or making extra contributions to an existing retirement fund is an excellent use of tax returns.Invest in your home. Tax returns can be used as a down payment for a potential home or to pay an extra mortgage payment for your current home. Making an extra mortgage payment or two per year on the principal provides huge savings on interest and decreases the principal amount of your loan.It’s also a great time for home improvements or, as I like to call it, tackling the “honey-do list.” For example, adding a new roof, an energy-efficient window or door, hot water heater or even a new room are all considered improvements, as is landscaping. All of them add to the overall value of your home.Don’t forget to share. Donate a portion of your tax refund to the charitable organization of your choice. You’ll improve the lives of others, and your charitable gift may reduce next year’s tax burden.Finally, splurge a little to reward yourself. If you’re like me, rewarding yourself is no problem. After completing a major task or achieving a goal — making your return work for you in this instance — make a pleasure purchase, like a new television, a family vacation or a new spring dress.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont decrease after spike

first_imgThere were 1,427 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont last week, as claims subsided somewhat after a spike over the holidays. New claims decreased 638 from the week before and are 87 below last year’s total.Altogether 10,597 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 731 from a week ago but 3,473 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,563 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 7 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 647 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 13 more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell three-tenths to 5.3 percent in November. See story HERE. Change to         November 2011 from    Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted Total Labor Force363,200362,800360,8004002,400  Employment344,100342,400339,8001,7004,300  Unemployment19,10020,30021,000-1,200-1,900  Rate5.3%5.6%5.8%-0.3-0.5 November  2011 October  2011 November  2010 October  2011 November  2010 last_img read more

Rabid Coyote Attacks Car in NC

first_imgA North Carolina father was returning home with his daughters on Saturday night when they came face-to-snout with a possibly rabid coyote, which charged at their car.John Schroter, who owns a post-production company, had his 18-year-old daughter Hannah capture on camera their chilling encounter with the deranged animal outside their home near Huntsville and later shared the footage on his Facebook page.The resulting 59-second video showing the sickly-looking coyote snarling at the family’s car and attacking the bumper has been viewed more than 35,000 times as of Tuesday morning. last_img read more

Top 10 marketing & tech trends that tickled our fancy in 2014! (part one)

first_imgOver the next two weeks, RewardStream will be bringing you our definitive list of the most interesting marketing and technology trends in 2014.Unfortunately, we couldn’t think of anything witty or seasonal to title the series so we present you with:The Top 10 Marketing & Tech Trends That Tickled Our Fancy In 2014!We are going to start our series by taking a look at some of the visual marketing trends we saw in 2014. Visual marketing boomed in 2014 which is not surprising as humans are visual creatures that respond well to visual stimuli especially now that so many of us are time-poor but overloaded with content in the digital age.10. The Growth of InfographicsThe use of infographics in marketing grew by 51% in 2014. That’s huge! The doubling up is not really surprising considering that infographics are powerful marketing tools that tap into two things our brains really like: something which is visually pleasing and easy to comprehend.A highly effective infographic will allow a marketer to tell a story without burdening the mind and eye with detail. Instead, lots of information can be conveyed in a more casual style. The trick to creating a great infographic is to use a minimalistic color scheme; subtle fonts and typography and limited but simplistic imagery. If you need an example you can check out RewardStream’s recent referral marketing infographic here. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Snap misses user growth estimates, shares fall

first_imgRevenue from ad sales jumped about 17 percent to US$454.2 million during the quarter, above estimates of $440.8 million.Snap’s revenue gains set the bar for Twitter, which reports earnings on Thursday, and Facebook’s results next week, said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at research firm eMarketer.Average revenue per user was $1.91, barely changed from the year-ago quarter. Outside North America and Europe, that measure dropped 25 percent to 89 cents as coronavirus-related factors inflicted more harm, Snap said.Snap’s net loss widened to about $326 million, or 23 cents per share, from $255.2 million, or 19 cents per share, a year earlier.Chief Financial Officer Derek Andersen said third-quarter revenue growth was 32 percent through July 19.But since the pandemic could weaken the economy further, Snap’s internal model is based on revenue growth of 20 percent for the third quarter, Andersen said.Topics : Snap has focused on helping advertisers increase sales directly from its ads, which boosted revenue growth even as many brands have been cutting marketing budgets due to the pandemic.Snap has positioned itself as a safe ad platform focused on friendly interactions, as more than 1,000 companies have paused ads on larger rival Facebook Inc due to concerns about hate speech.“The growing focus on brand safety and privacy across the entire industry places us in a unique position of strength as we have invested in these areas from the beginning of our business,” Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said during an earnings call with analysts.Snap forecast 242 million to 244 million daily active users in the current quarter, below analysts’ target of 244.82 million according to Refinitiv data. Snap Inc said on Tuesday a bump in user growth at the start of coronavirus-led lockdowns petered out sooner than expected, and it forecast fewer current-quarter users than the Wall Street consensus.Shares of Snap fell 11 percent in after-hours trading before paring losses to around 6 percent.The Snapchat owner said daily active users (DAUs), a widely watched metric by investors and advertisers, rose 17 percent to 238 million in the second quarter ended June 30. Analysts had expected 238.44 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.last_img read more

Port of Los Angeles employs zero-emission top handlers

first_img “We are doing everything possible to advance commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030.”  The two battery-electric top handlers were designed and built in the U.S. by Taylor Machine Works. “We are pleased with performance results that we are receiving from drivers, mechanics and Everport management as the equipment is tested daily in real-world conditions,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.  The Port of Los Angeles has started using first zero-emissions top handlers in daily operations at the Everport Container Terminal as part of a pre-commercial demonstration project. Also known as top picks, top handlers are off-road vehicles with an overhead boom for loading containers weighing up to 100,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unloading them, and stacking them on terminals between pickups and deliveries. The top handlers run on a one-megawatt battery designed to operate for up to 18 hours between charges. Each top handler has a data logger for tracking hours of operation, charging frequency, energy usage and other performance indicators. Additionally, drivers and mechanics are providing input on the maneuverability, noise level and safety of the equipment. The battery-electric top handlers are a key component of the Port’s $7.7 million Everport Advanced Cargo-Handling Demonstration Project. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is supporting the large-scale zero-emissions technology project with a $4.5 million sustainability grant. The Everport demonstration is one of 16 projects in which the port takes part to test near-zero emissions and zero-emissions engines, emissions control technology, and alternative fueling and charging stations. In addition to the battery-electric top handlers, the projects include testing ultra-low NOx renewable natural gas equipment and fully battery-electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks; battery-electric forklifts, yard tractors, and rubber-tired gantry cranes; and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor craft. Eliminating tailpipe emissions from cargo-handling equipment is part of the port’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from all port-related sources. Port targets call for reducing GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.last_img read more

Saka compared to Giggs, Bergkamp and Scholes after Arsenal display

first_imgRobin van Persie has said that Bukayo Saka reminds him of the likes of Ryan Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp and Paul Scholes after the youngster impressed during Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Olympiakos. Bukayo Saka gave another impressive display out of position at left-back Saka has produced a number of strong displays for the Gunners this season and starred once again as they won the first leg of their round-of-32 tie. The 18-year-old set up Alexandre Lacazette’s 81st-minute winner with an inch-perfect cross to give Mikel Arteta’s side a 1-0 win and a crucial away goal in Greece. It was his ninth assist in all competitions this season and prompted Van Persie to draw comparisons to some Premier League greats. “Ryan Giggs used to give those passes, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes,” said the former Dutch international while appearing as a pundit on BT Sport. “This is like ordering your striker to move into the danger zone. It’s actually world-class. Really, really good. “This is not simple. This is very good, world-class. He makes it look easy but this pass – like I said, only the great players can give those passes. “Most crosses there would be kicked away by the defender and would be shot too high or too low with no idea. “But this is a pass with an idea. This is a pass with a message, and that is what you want from your players.” “That type of pass is like Ryan Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp, ordering your striker to move!”@martinkeown5 and @Persie_Official were hugely impressed by Bukayo Saka tonight Although Saka is primarily considered as an attacking player, injuries to the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney have seen the England Under-19 international increasingly used at left-back. However, he has continued to excel in that role and put in another strong performance to draw further praise from his manager. Read Also:Remain a Gunner!,Leno sends message to Saka Van Persie has also been impressed with how the teenager has stepped up, adding: “He’s really taking his chance, and that’s nice to see from a young kid to really grab his chance and play for his future. “And he’s doing it so well. It’s so nice to see.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Inventions That Make Us Question HumanityIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Amazing world of Ronaldo’s women

first_img The pair crossed paths in a number of nightclubs, were snapped getting close to one another over two nights. However, a report claimed that Paris dumped Ronaldo because she thought he was a “sissy.” KIM KARDASHIANIn 2010, before Kanye West and Kim became THE showbiz couple, the reality TV star enjoyed an evening with Ronaldo. The two were reportedly seen kissing in Madrid where she was enjoying a three-day vacation. Imagine if they did get together? They’d certainly of trumped Posh and Becks. Before Kanye West came on the scene, Kim Kardashian enjoyed a brief romance with RonaldoCredit: InstagramIRINA SHAYKIt’s easy to forget that Ronaldo dated Russian supermodel Irina for five years. The pair were together from 2010 to 2015 before they went their separate ways. Irina then dated Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper and had a daughter with him called Lea but the pair called it quits in 2019. IMOGEN THOMASThe Big Brother babe was said to have had a dalliance with the winger in 2006. They reportedly enjoyed a night of passion, rekindling their romance years later in 2011. But a spokesperson for Imogen denied the claims, saying that Ronaldo had bombarded her with phone calls. DESIREE CORDEROIn 2016, Desiree and Cristiano made brief headlines when they romanced one another. However, Ronaldo was said to believe that Cordero was “fame hungry” and they quickly split. MERCHE ROMERORonaldo dated the Portuguese model/TV presenter for over a year between 2005 and 2006. read also:Ronaldo shares cute family pic to wish fans Happy Easter She was his longest lasting missus while he was at Old Trafford playing for Man United. However, they parted ways when they couldn’t sustain their long-distance relationship. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Before Cristiano Ronaldo settled down with Georgina Rodriguez, he had a reputation as a ladies’ man. GEMMA ATKINSONFor four months in 2007, Gemma and Cristiano were an item and the talk of Manchester. And in an interview in 2016, the soap actress revealed how Cristinao tried to woo her with tea and episodes of Only Fools And Horses. As Del Boy might say, “He who dares..” The pair didn’t last long and Gemma is now happy with Strictly star Gorka Marquez – the couple had baby daughter Mia in July. They enjoyed a couple of dates on consecutive nights PARIS HILTONAfter splitting with boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, the LA socialite set her eyes on Cristino, who spent the summer of 2009 partying in California. The 35-year-old Juventus star was linked to a slew of glamorous women as he enjoyed a meteoric rise in the beautiful game, including dates with A-listers from Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, and model Irina Shayk. But long-gone are Ronaldo’s days of playing the field as he’s now happy with 26-year-old model Georgina, who he has daughter Alana with. So enamoured by the Spanish former shop assistant, it was reported by an Italian gossip magazine that the pair had secretly eloped in Morocco. However, Ronaldo’s rep soon revealed that the report was untrue. And she later told Hola! magazine that Cristiano had yet to propose, although she was looking forward to the day she could be Mrs Ronaldo. “Every couple wants to get married and I would love to personally,” she said. “Right how we have priorities and a lot of responsibilities, although in the future it would be marvellous to become Cristiano’s wife.” Although that day seems to edging closer, it’s worth remembering that the dad-of-four certainly enjoyed the single life. Here’s the women who were charmed by the Portuguese superstar.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Monk pleased to see Allen blossom

first_imgWales international Joe Allen returns to his former club Swansea on Monday night with Garry Monk believing his old team-mate has matured into the “fantastic player” Liverpool fans expected following his 2012 transfer. Allen has had to be patient to win over the Liverpool faithful since making a £15million move to Merseyside and being branded the “Welsh Xavi” by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who made the same journey from south Wales. But the 25-year-old has thrived in skipper Steven Gerrard’s absence in the last few weeks, being one of Liverpool’s stand-out players as Rodgers’ side have recorded three successive Barclays Premier League victories to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United and boost their Champions League qualification chances. Press Association Allen returns to Swansea just a few days after it was revealed that the Welsh club have had the second most profitable academy in the Premier League since 2012. Numbers released by the International Centre for Sports Studies’ Football Observatory showed that only Southampton have produced the most expensive group of players who have been sold on to other clubs. Swansea eclipsed the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain to rank 11th on the European table and Allen’s transfer fee was responsible for almost half of the club’s £31.8million raised from academy sales. “Joe and Ben (Davies, who joined Tottenham last summer) were two Welsh boys who came through the system here and as a club we are looking to improve that system further in terms of recruitment to get more players like them,” Monk said. “That is important for a club like Swansea and those players can be an inspiration for the next generation coming through. “It is a great credit to Swansea that they were developed here and they have gone on in their careers to play for big clubs.” Gerrard is back in contention for the trip to the Liberty Stadium after missing the last seven games in league and cup with a hamstring injury but Swansea manager Monk says he is delighted to see Allen develop into the sort of player he believed he would be. “He is starting to be recognised and he deserves it,” Monk said. “It is tough going from Swansea to Liverpool, it is not an easy transition. He can be defensive and offensive, he is a two-way player. “Maybe he struggled to do that early on there but it has clicked and he has been fantastic and bossed games for them recently. “I have seen his progression here through to the first team. He always looked like he would be a top player and he is proving it. “He is maturing, he is a man not a boy, has filled out and he is coming into his peak. “He has been at Liverpool for a while and he understands the expectation and is taking that on to the field. “You come to a point in your career where you grow up and mature, your knowledge of the game and being at a big club clicks into place and in this run he has been key for them.” last_img read more