A new smartphone app for the Peanut Disease Risk Index, or “PEANUT Rx,” will help Georgia peanut growers predict their risk of disease for this year’s crop.The PEANUT Rx program, created by researchers from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Auburn University and Mississippi State University, allows producers to predict the advantages of using various crop management strategies. Growers can now access this information in the field, on the tractor or in their truck, thanks to the new app.“I’m not here to tell a grower what to do. Our role in University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is to give farmers options, give them opportunities,” said Bob Kemerait, plant pathologist on the UGA Tifton Campus. “The opportunity that this app provides is (for growers) to educate themselves on what their risk is, to manage that risk and then to understand the prescription fungicide programs that different companies offer, spraying fewer times or more times, depending on (whether they’re at a) low risk or high risk. Even if they don’t change their fungicide program, it’s an opportunity to learn how to reduce risk and how to properly manage risk.”The PEANUT Rx app can be accessed from smartphones with Apple or Android operating systems. Those with a Android operating system can go to Google Play and search “UGA PEANUT Rx.” Growers using iPhones should go to the Apple App Store and search “PEANUT Rx.” The app is free and only takes a few minutes to download. Risk factors are updated annually, providing growers with the most updated information relating to research and variety testing, Kemerait said.“There are countless hours and years of research in this PEANUT Rx project. The beauty of it is its simplicity. We are able to package many of the things we understand about disease risk in peanuts into a few simple steps,” Kemerait said. “It’s now even more available through a smartphone app. We’re hopeful growers will adopt it and be comfortable with it, in order to better manage their peanuts.”PEANUT Rx deals with the three major diseases in peanuts: tomato spotted wilt virus, leaf spot and white mold. Kemerait said the index examines production factors like crop rotation, planting dates, plant varieties and the insecticide growers use at the beginning of the growing season. The index provides producers with a risk assessment of crops that could be affected by one of these three diseases.“It helps our farmers tailor a program that’s most appropriate for their risks. We’re not waiting until we see disease; we’re looking at the preseason risk factors that are associated with outbreaks of the disease and then changing those factors – finding a different variety, adjusting planting date, plant population, tillage practices – that will affect risks. Once you have a final risk value, then you decided what fungicide program is most appropriate for your situation,” Kemerait said.To learn more about PEANUT Rx, go to ugapeanuts.com. If you have additional questions, contact your local UGA Extension agent.Georgia is the country’s top producer of peanuts, recording $507.4 million in farm gate value in 2013, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders may recall fondly shopping for the cherished novel To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s Harper Lee’s newly released second novel, Go Set a Watchman, that is rocking the bookstores these days. Whether it makes it into the classroom is another story.A random survey of local booksellers taken earlier this week on Long Island showed that the book was sold out and orders for new copies were pouring in.“There’s been quite a great deal of interest,” said a sales representative at the Book Revue in Huntington. “All of our books have been reserved for the most part.”Barnes and Nobles reports that it has already set a one-day sales record for adult fiction by number of units sold. The national chain bookstore expects Watchman to be the most bought-title of the year.“People have been excited to see what the controversy’s all about,” said worker Brenda Vasiento at the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington.Lee, now 89 and living in Alabama where she grew up, wrote Go Set a Watchman as a first draft long before she created To Kill a Mockingbird, which ultimately was published in 1960. When Lee turned in that initial draft to her editor, she was asked to rewrite it substantially and focus on the childhood of the lead character, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. She did, and the result became a Pulitizer Prize-winning classic taught in countless schools.The new novel takes place in the 1950s, 20 years after the setting of the original. The figures in this fiction are the polar opposite of the established characters known and loved amid the bigotry in Maycomb County, her imaginary district in southern Alabama.Take, for instance, heroic Atticus Finch, who believed in upholding fairness and justice. Originally depicted in Mockingbird as the noble attorney protecting a black man named Tom Robinson, unfairly accused of rape, Watchman starkly portrays Finch as a hateful racist.“We are all excited to read this sequel to Mockingbird, even though we have mixed feelings about taking old Atticus off of his pedestal,” said Beth Seigel, a librarian at the Bryant Library in Roslyn.“He is not a fairy tale hero but a man who is decent in some ways and not in many others,” mused Judith Bamel, an English professor at Hofstra University. “It seems to me that the portrait of Atticus Finch can only be deepened by the realism and complexity these new scenes add.”Similarly, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is no longer of the same ilk. Once known for her tom-boyish features, Scout—known here as Jean Louise—has transformed herself into a “reasonable facsimile of a human being.” Now all grown up, she lives in New York and harbors an ardent love for “lifelong friend” Henry Clinton, a World War II veteran and lawyer.Scout’s big brother from Mockingbird, Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch is gone from Watchman. The treasured character died from a cerebral hemorrhage before reaching adulthood.Mockingbird was written in Scout’s first person voice. Now in third person narrative, Watchman flows from Jean Louise’s much older perspective.While Watchman is no revered Mockingbird, having the chance to see Lee’s initial thought process certainly calls for attention. It is only her second novel ever to be published.Some aren’t as thrilled as others by its release.“I can’t imagine a prospect more dull than reading that new Harper Lee novel,” says a tweet from Donald McCarthy, an English teacher at SUNY Old Westbury.The question remains if Watchman will be mixed into schools’ curricula, as Mockingbird has graced countless reading lists for decades.“We expect this to be a very popular book group choice in the coming year,” said Roslyn librarian Michele Lipson, “and look forward to reading it and comparing, questioning, and discussing this book with readers in our community.”
The second meeting of the last round of the Second group of Euro Africa zone between Davis Cup teams of Lithuania and BiH played Laurynas Grigelis and Mirza Basic. Our tennis player won with the score 3: 1 in sets (7: 6.7: 5/7: 6/7: 0 /, 3: 6, 6: 3) and thus increased the lead of our team to 2: 0.After Damir Dzumhur defeated Lukas Mugevicius with the score 3: 0 (6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 3) in sets, Mirza Basic (157 ATP) played with Laurynas Grigelis (454 ATP).There was a great fight in the first set, and it was resolved in the tie-break, where Basic was more successful with the score 7: 5, who thus led 1: 0 in sets after 49 minutes.The second set ended in a tie-break as well first. Basic was more focused and better and won a tie-break 7: 0, as well as the second set to take the lead 2: 0 in the match.Grigelis must save in the third set to stay in the match, in which he succeeded. After 34 minutes of play he got the third set with 6: 3 in games.However, Mirza played in the fourth set much better and did not allow a surprise. He won the set with 6: 3 in games and enrolled victory against Grigelis and increased the lead of BiH against Lithuania on 2: 0. The match lasted for 2 hours and 48 minutes.To recall, with the victory over Lithuania, BiH would qualify in the first group of Euro Africa zone, which would be a historic achievement for BH Davis Cup team.Davis Cup:Lithuania – BiH 0: 2, Laurynas Grigelis – Mirza Basic 1: 3 (6: 7/5: 7/6: 7/0: 7 /, 6: 3, 3: 6)Other matches in the duel between Lithuania and BiH:Saturday, 2 pm:Tadas Babelis / Tomas Vaise – Mirza Basic / Tomislav BrkicSunday, 1 pm:Laurynas Grigelis – Damir DzumhurLukas Mugevicius – Mirza Basic(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)