By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s been a decade since Georgia farmers figured to plant as many soybeans as this year. With much more now at stake, experts are watching to see if the state’s weather and a helpful predator can keep two new soybean saboteurs (a disease and an insect) at bay.Growers are expected to grow more than 300,000 acres of soybeans in Georgia this year, says Nathan Smith, a Cooperative Extension agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That’s double the acreage of last year.Soybean prices are around $8 a bushel now, he said, $2 higher than last year and the five-year average.The sharp price increase is largely due to corn prices’ being pushed up to $4 a bushel on the rabid demand of the U.S. ethanol boom. Buyers are offering more to make soybeans look as sweet as corn economically this year.A potential problem with the acreage upsurge is Asiatic soybean rust, which has already been confirmed in seven places in five southwest Georgia counties this year.Caused by a fungus, the disease has caused billions of dollars in damage in Brazil and other tropical countries for years. It was first found in the United States in 2004, most likely catching a ride from South America on a late-season storm.Freezing temperatures kill this disease, and even south Georgia freezes. But the rust can overwinter on protected kudzu that isn’t killed in winter, says UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait. That’s where it’s been found so far this year.The good news is that even though it can overwinter, the disease must be introduced anew to commercially grown Georgia soybeans each year. This has happened later in the summer when soybean plants have developed pods, Kemerait said. In Brazil, it’s always around and can destroy fragile blooms.Georgia’s notoriously hot and often dry summers also keep the disease from spreading as it does in Brazil. There, it can travel hundreds of miles in a day.Before the disease, Georgia farmers rarely sprayed fungicides to protect soybeans. It wasn’t economical. But over the past two years, they’ve sprayed at least half the crop, and the disease still has caused some damage.Due to the increase in acreage and expected higher value this year, Kemerait said, growers need to be ready to apply timely fungicides to protect the crop if the disease spreads early.Another soybean pest now lives in north Georgia. The Asian soybean aphid was first discovered in the U.S. in Wisconsin in 2000, says Bob McPherson, a UGA research entomologist. It has since spread to more than 20 states, hitting Georgia in 2002.Left untreated, the 10th-of-an-inch insect can multiply quickly and cut yields by 40 percent in some northern states, he said.These aphids like Georgia’s winter weather and overwinter easily, he said. But they don’t like the hot, dry summer, particularly in south Georgia, where most soybeans are grown.Lady beetles, however, do like Georgia’s weather year-round. And they’re found in high numbers statewide. They don’t hurt plants, McPherson said. But they love to eat aphids, particularly soybean aphids. They can be found munching on them in north Georgia.The Asian soybean aphid will likely never reach a population able to damage Georgia soybean yields, he said. But they will continue to be monitored.”They’re still rascals that are good at adapting like all insects,” he said. “I have seen some insects once under control adapt, and here we go again.”
Hannah Mouncey knocked back from playing AFLWNews.com.au 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Of course a ‘bloke’ shouldn’t be playing such a physical sport with the ‘sheilas’. Common sense. But the international Olympic Committee have confused things with decisions on weightlifters, for examples – so expect this problem to continue.THE AFL has blocked transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from participating in the AFLW’s 2018 season.‘IT COULD GET QUITE MESSY’A leading Australian media lawyer says the AFL is in danger of being accused of discrimination for the polarising decision to deny Mouncey a spot in the league.The 190cm, 100kg ruck played eight games for Ainslie in Canberra’s women’s competition this season and kicked 17 goals — but AFLW clubs are still unsure if they will be able to recruit her through the AFLW draft.Having previously played for Australia’s men’s handball team, Mouncey began taking gender transition hormones in 2015.Melbourne-based lawyer Justin Quill on Tuesday warned the AFL it will leave itself open to a “messy” legal challenge if it denies Mouncey accreditation as a sanctioned AFLW footballer.“If they don’t it could get quite messy and quite complicated if they go the other route,” Quill told SEN’s Breakfast on Tuesday.“I think they will allow her to play. I think her levels that she’s tested at, as I understand it, you guys just talked about the IOC guidelines, she’s well, well within the testosterone levels that the IOC will allow and I think they (The AFL) will rely on that.“They will use that. I also think they will develop a policy for future cases.”He said the IOC precedent means there is little scope for the AFL to try to block her inclusion if they decide Mouncey should not be allowed to compete.“That’s going to be very difficult for them to do and that’s why I think they will allow her to play,” Quill said.“They could say, ‘She’s too big. She’s too strong. Her strength and stamina et cetera is greater’. They could try and say that, but I don’t think there really is much of a basis because if they don’t allow her to play I think there is a reasonable chance that they could be facing a legal challenge and I’m sure there are bodies out there that would support her to make such a challenge.“She would say, ‘I’ve been discriminated against because of my gender’. In the eyes of the law, she would say, ‘I’m a female and I should be allowed to play and you’re not allowing me to play and therefore I’m being discriminated against’.“That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision.”The AFL follows International Olympic Committee rules which state an athlete must prove their testosterone count is below a certain level.It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.Inspired by the success of the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Mouncey has previously spoken of her desire to test herself at the highest level. But she took to Twitter on Monday to decline further comment. “At the moment I am not in a position to make any comment surrounding my availability for the draft,” Mouncey wrote.“(I) will not be doing any interviews or making comment on the situation.”READ MORE: http://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/afl-playing-with-fire-over-transgender-player-hannah-mouncey/news-story/a21ec2bd491a38a5fd378e388e501c0f
Following a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State, the No. 22 USC women’s tennis team prepares for a matchup with its crosstown rival, No. 20 UCLA. The Bruins will come to Marks Stadium on Saturday for a noon tilt with the Trojans. The match, however, will not count toward Pac-12 play.But despite the fact that it doesn’t have direct conference implications, pride will be at stake, as is the case with any matchup between the Trojans and Bruins. The match has significant weight towards the annual Crosstown Cup, with the winner of Saturday’s match taking home 5 points (out of 10 allotted for the sport) for their school. USC has won the Crosstown Cup 10 out of the past 15 years, but the Trojans are currently trailing 45-35 to the Bruins. A win this weekend against their historic rival would help the Trojans’ cause significantly.The Bruins are led by freshman Ena Shibahara, currently ranked No. 3 in the ITA rankings, and No. 91 redshirt freshman Jada Hart. Both women have been selected as Pac-12 Player of the Week recently, with Hart getting the honor on Jan. 30 and Shibahara a week later on Feb. 6. The doubles team of Hart and Shibahara is currently ranked No. 12 in the country. The doubles team of Hart and junior Terry Fleming is also ranked at No. 38. Before their match with USC, UCLA will host Pepperdine on Friday in Westwood.The Trojans have time to wait and prepare for the Bruins. With a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State nearly two weeks ago, the Trojans improved their record to 3-1 on the season. Despite its win over the Aztecs, USC slipped from No. 18 to No. 22 in the ITA rankings. Junior Gabby Smith, went from unranked to the No. 25 singles player in the country. Smith, currently riding a nine-match win streak will look to keep the train rolling. Smith’s impressive run has included beating five ranked opponents. Other Trojans in the ITA top 100 include sophomore Jessica Failla (No. 61), senior Zoë Katz (No. 62) and junior Madison Westby (No. 82). In the ITA doubles rankings, the pair of Katz and Westby rose from the No. 27 to the No. 14 ranking. USC has two other ranked doubles teams including Katz and Smith (No. 47) and Failla and sophomore Rianna Valdes (No. 55).In a historically close matchup, USC has a slight lead over their rival Bruins with a 50-44 all-time record. In their last matchup with UCLA in April 2016, the Trojans defended their home court with a 4-1 win that sent USC to the Pac-12 Championship.Weather conditions on Friday led to a cancellation of USC’s matchup against No. 1 Florida, and the match will not be rescheduled. With 17 days between their win against San Diego State and their match against their rival from Westwood, the Trojans will be well rested, while the Bruins will have to recover quickly from their match on Friday.
Rooney produced a moment of magic to put DC up 1-0 at Audi Field with his ninth MLS goal of the season. The former Manchester United and England star spotted Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe off his line to score from well inside his own half.The wonderful goal put DC on track to end a five-match winless run in MLS.Take a bow, @WayneRooney! You are ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/On1oDnp8dX— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 27, 2019 Wayne Rooney scored from inside his own half with an incredible strike for DC United against Orlando City on Wednesday.
MARION — A member of the Iowa Utilities Board is resigning to take a job with an energy company that operates in Iowa and seven other states.Nick Wagner has been a state utility regulator since 2013. He’s leaving in July to work in Denver for Black Hills Energy and will be the company’s VP for Colorado Regulatory Affairs and Policy. Wagner just completed a one-year term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.Wagner lives in Marion and previously worked as director of quality management for the ESCO Group in Marion, an electrical contractor for residential and commercial projects. He served one term on the Marion City Council and two terms in the Iowa House of Representatives.Wagner, who is 46 years old, is a native of Wyoming. He holds a degree in biomedical engineering and a masters in electrical engineering – both from the University of Iowa.