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The United States (US) Embassy in Guyana is cautioning its citizens here about late-night robberies taking place in the parking lot of the Massy’s Grocery Store located in Providence, East Bank Demerara.An advisory issued by the embassy has said it has received multiple reports of such incidents, mostly occurring after 20:00h; and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the management of Massy’s have also confirmed the increase in criminal activity since July.“The embassy encourages US citizens to remain vigilant when travelling late at night, and to avoid dark secluded areas, as criminal activity is more prevalent in these situations”.Additionally, while acknowledging that the GPF has increased nightly patrols of the area, the embassy has recommended that “shoppers avoid displaying valuables when walking around the store or parking lot,” the advisory detailed.The embassy is urging US citizens that should any become victim of such an incident, they should comply with perpetrators’ instructions to avoid any serious threats.“The embassy security office suggests (that) if you become the victim of a crime, immediately comply with the assailant’s request; do not resist. And as soon as possible, find a place of safety and contact the Police by dialling 911,” it added.
Amid estimates that child-care fraud by welfare-to-work recipients costs California taxpayers up to $1.5 billion a year, the county Board of Supervisors directed its staff Tuesday to convene a task force to identify and investigate offenders. The public-assistance fraud task force will develop an interagency database to cross-check and find repeat offenders, and alert the District Attorney’s Office and other county departments, including Children and Family Services and Child Support Services. “This ties everything together so there is interface among county departments,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “If one department notices on the database that there is a perpetrator of fraud in one department, they can coordinate with another department to see if they fraudulently obtained other public assistance.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The Daily News reported in January that officials estimate as much as half of all welfare money paid to needy families for child care is being fraudulently obtained. The scam is increasingly popular in the county, where Department of Public Social Services investigators have opened more than 800 cases involving child-care fraud. The scam typically involves welfare-to-work recipients who fabricate employers or exaggerate work hours to qualify for taxpayer-financed child care. Then they split the money with friends and relatives who claim to be caring for the children. The supervisors also voted Tuesday to support legislation by state Sen. Bob Margett, R-Diamond Bar, that would require the California Department of Education to establish a two-year pilot project in the county to investigate potential incidents of child-care fraud in state-run programs. In the past year, more than $357 million dollars in child-care subsidies were provided to low-income and welfare families in the county, Supervisor Don Knabe said. About $235 million of that was paid out by the state. “There are no clear safeguards in place to detect, investigate and prosecute fraud in these programs,” Knabe said. “This is in stark contrast to the (county programs where) strong measures are in place for the Department of Public Social Services to detect and prevent fraud.” DPSS Director Bryze Yokomizo said his office has about 200 welfare fraud investigators. He noted that the county’s welfare fraud hotline has helped investigators detect more than $65 million in welfare fraud since 1988. Still, James L. Cosper, a prosecutor in the Welfare Fraud Division, estimates the state loses 40 percent to 50 percent of its $2 billion to $3 billion child-care allocation. “We are just at the tip of the welfare fraud iceberg,” Cosper said. “In just the handful of cases we’ve had in the last eight months, we’ve identified more than $8 million in losses. The budget for the county is in the billions for public assistance programs. “And with cutbacks at DPSS, they are only submitting about half of the cases to us they used to submit. I think the logical conclusion is that the losses are much greater than either of us realize.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Keith Spence, winner of Letterkenny Golf Club’s Captain’s Prize, receiving his prize from club Captain Ivan Fuery.Saturday 16th saw Barnhill host the foremost ‘Major’ of the year when almost two hundred members and guests took to the lush fairways of this ‘hidden gem’ to compete for Mr. Ivan Fuery’s Captain’s Prize.Whilst welcoming the large field and stable weather, it was Ulster Cup team vice-captain Keith Spence  who took top spot on the podium for the presentation on Saturday night. Level par through first six holes, disaster struck at The Isle [7th] where a double bogey followed by a ‘blank’ at Greenhill [8th] had him taking the turn with a mediocre 19pts but, with years of competitive golf experience behind him, Keith’s resolve brought him birdies at 10th [Cornagill] and 18th [Stockade] for an inward nine of 22pts, a total return of 40pts and a better back nine score to relegate Eddie Margey  to runner-up spot.Eddie Margey, runner-up in the Letterkenny Golf Club Captain’s Prize.Eddie’s outward nine consisted of birdie at Swilly [3rd] and double bogey at 7th but, despite his birdie at 18th, another double bogey at Hunters Home [13th] had him lose out on the ultimate prize. In third place on another B.O.T. was club stalwart Charlie Coughlan  whose 18pts on front nine was followed by a back nine of 21pts with the help of birdie at 18th which no doubt pushed Eugene Mc Keever  to fourth place. Charlie Coughlan, third placed in Mr. Ivan Fuery’s Captain’s Day competition at Letterkenny Golf Club.Gross prize was collected by the man in form of late, Kieran Sweeney  with 33pts gross, student prize won by Conor Friel  with 34pts, seniors prize was won by Pat Mc Grath  on 38pts and nines prizes were won by Johnny Moore  and Sam Hegarty  with 22pts and 24pts respectively.Club Captain Ivan Fuery presenting Kieran Sweeney with the gross prize for Captain’s Day.Pat Mc Grath, winner of the veterans prize on Captain’s Day.Past captains’ prizewinner was Tom Mc Donagh  with 37pts, committee prizewinner was Henry Mc Cahey  on 37pts and nearest-the-pin, on par three 16th [Barnhill] with 88.5cms, was Tony Logue.Tom Mc Donagh, winner of the Pat Captain’s prize at Mr. Ivan Fuery’s Captain’s Day.Sandra Mc Monagle, winner of the Captain’s Prize to lady members at Letterkenny Golf Club.Teeing off Captain’s week was the Captain’s Prize to Cat 4 on Monday 11th and taking the honour in that category was Adrian Daly with 31pts on B.O.T. with Mark Carrigay, also on 31pts whilst in third place was the ever ‘youthful’ Hugh Breslin on 29pts.Tuesday 12th then had the Juniors playing for the club President’s prize and it was Michael Shiel  who, with birdies recorded at 4th and 18th, returned 19pts and 21pts accordingly. In second place was Dylan Mc Groary  just one point behind on 39pts. Wednesday 13th Open was sponsored by Doherty’s Fresh Foods, Letterkenny and serving up a win was Fergal Callan  with 40pts. With an innocuous start of four over par thru first six holes, back-to-back birdies at par five 7th and par three 8th had him record an outward nine score of 22pts but double bogeys at par three 13th [Hunters Home] and 17th [Aughaninshin] gave him a net level par 18pts on inward nine. Runner-up was Kevin Kiely  with 19pts and 18pts respectively giving him 37pts, that ‘blank’ at 12th [Sheep Hill], having him lose out on a possible tie for first but enough to relegate Vincent Bianconi to third place on B.O.T. Collecting another prize, this time for gross, was Chris Duffy  with 30pts gross.The pre-Captain’s Day mixed [scotch] foursomes on Friday 15th saw a large entry and taking the plaudits afterwards was the pairing of P.J. Nee and Nuala Mc Garrigle with a score of 39.1, second were Dermot Rainey and Elaine Russell with 40.i whilst in third place were James Mc Fadden and Anne Condon on 42.1.The day following Captain’s Day would normally be a somewhat ‘subdued’ event but, despite possible hangovers and with the county team playing, Sunday 17th saw a lively crowd on the course for the confined competition and taking top rung with an impressive 44pts was Sean Hensey  who, having started with a birdie at par five 2nd [Glebe] but then succumbing to back-to-back bogeys at 3rd and 4th [Slieve Sneacht] followed by same again at 13th and 14th [Stackyard] before another birdie at 17th helped him to a two over par gross 74 and 44pts.In runner-up spot was Pauric Dunleavy  whose bogey at Sliabh Sneacht [4th] left him just one over par 37 for front nine [22pts] but, despite a finishing birdie at 18th, five dropped shots on back nine left him with 41pts total.Monday 18th saw the Cat 4 back in action and continuing from where he left off on Captain’s Day was Adrian Daly, returning a winning score of 29pts over 13 holes. Runner-up was Columba Crawford with 28pts played over 13 holes. Cat 4 members are reminded that the next ‘major’ will be the Lady Captain’s prize [Jacqueline Ireland] to cat 4 members on Monday 1st August.Monday 18th also hosted the Juniors competition and taking top spot was Brian Diver on 39pts with RonanDaly and James Sweeney taking second and third placings with37pts and 36pts respectively. Club competitions continue on Friday 22nd with the Silver Tassie sponsored North-West Breast Care Unit Ladies and Gents Open Singles while Saturday 23rd hosts the Colm Dillon Motors sponsored Open. Wednesday 27th Open is sponsored by Bonnar Engineering and Saturday 30th is once again sponsored by Michael Murphy Sports.A hearty CONGRATULATIONS from everyone to the club’s gran senior, the ‘youthful’ Hugh Breslin, who turned 90 years of age on Friday last.Wishing every success to the Eamonn O’ Carroll led Ulster Cup team who travel to Rosapenna GC on Sunday and commiserations to the Barton Shield team in their defeat on Sunday last in Murvagh at the hands of Killymoon GC.Letterkenny Golf Club: ‘Su-Spense’ for Keith on Captain’s Day was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkenny golf
MESA, Ariz. — Jesus Luzardo enters A’s spring training with a type of buzz rarely afforded such a young pitcher.It’s an excitement that began last year when Luzardo, 21, blazed a minor league path from single-A to triple-A a little more than a year after ligament reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. Luzardo already is being labeled as a savior of the A’s rotation, which has had solid No. 1 starters in recent years but has lacked a bona fide “ace” since the early 2000s.Back …
Things that bite and sting are not always 100% harmful. Maybe some of our categories of natural evil are due to ignorance.We shy away from pain, but few would claim that pain has no purpose. Victims of leprosy illustrated with stunted limbs what can happen when pain responses are deadened. Botulin toxin is one of the most potent poisons known, yet it is now used in medical procedures and even for beautification in plastic surgery. While this entry by no means exonerates animals and plants that damage and kill, it shows with recent findings that some of what we dub “natural evil” can have a beneficial side.“Why That Bee Sting Might Be Good for You” seems like a strange headline for a piece in Science Now; what person could not recall in horror the sight of a bee sting pumping its poison into the arm? Yet the article describes how the toxin sets the immune system in motion, protecting the stingee from the next reaction.Allergy sufferers, rejoice. Two new studies suggest that your sneezing and wheezing may actually protect you. Researchers report that mice that develop an allergic response to the venom in honey bee stings are more likely to survive potentially lethal doses of the same venom later on. The findings show that allergy can be beneficial and reveal some of the molecular machinery at work, but experts say the implications for humans are still unclear.The allergic reaction to natural substances (called Type 2 response, as opposed to Type 1 that destroys viruses and bacteria) needs practice to kick into gear. It’s possible that the body’s production of immunoglobulin-E antibodies by a bee sting is a response that provides future protection from similar or greater dangers (unless the allergic reaction is so strong it becomes life-threatening). The author of the article cites studies that implicate immunoglobulin-E with protection from worm infections. One commenter asked if a bee sting might have conferred resistance to black widow bite.The author speculates that allergic reactions “evolved to protect against parasites (as opposed to microbes) but that they have no modern-day protective purpose.” That’s why, presumably, moderns get seemingly useless allergies. Another possibility, though, is that some exposures to “nasty” beasties that bite or sting “boot up” our immune systems in a diverse world. Since the bee needs its defenses, too, the result is a dynamic interplay between the bee’s needs and ours. The pain response warns the person of invading the bee’s space; the bee toxin prepares the person’s immune system for future encounters with it and perhaps similar toxins. If children today got more exposure to plants and animals outdoors (see 11/28/13), perhaps their allergic reactions would be less severe or less frequent.The word “toxin” conjures up natural evil, but pain responses are a matter of degree. Live Science discussed a toxin that can actually reduce pain. In “Stings So Good: Centipede Venom Could Fight Pain,” writer Tia Ghose discussed research on the Chinese red centipede, whose bite is “excruciatingly painful.” A molecule extracted from the venom deactivates a specific sodium channel involved in pain. As effective as morphine but non-addictive, this molecule shows promise to defeat the very pain that creates fear for the bite victims. (Incidentally, some people with a mutation that deactivates that sodium channel are already not affected by the centipede’s bite.)A similar case was reported in Science Now. There’s a rodent that appears impervious to scorpion stings. Live Science says that humans bit by the Arizona bark scorpion feel like they’ve been hit by a hammer, but the grasshopper mouse munches the critters with no apparent reaction, because specific sodium channels involved in pain have become deactivated, rendering the toxin ineffective. The full paper was published by Science Magazine. Note: you are reading crev.info.Even inside our bodies, little living things we might recoil from could we see them actually help us. For those who can stomach an article with a high Yuk! factor, Medical Xpress described a new “wonder cure” for certain bacterial infections in the digestive tract that have been difficult or impossible to treat with drugs, like Clostridium and agents that cause colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease. Here it is – get ready: “fecal transplants.” That’s right; a donor, like a family member, can contribute poo to the sufferer through the rectum (preferably under doctor-controlled processes), and symptoms disappear as if by magic. Why? The sufferer usually lost beneficial bacteria because of antibiotics. Those beneficial microbes from another person quickly restore the protection, killing off the bad bugs, putting things back in balance. Hopefully this new wonder cure will come in pill form some day, but it’s a very hot topic in health care, illustrating the new respect health experts are gaining for the 100 trillion microbes in our digestive tracts.So what are we to think of substances often considered prime examples of natural evil? There don’t seem to be any redeeming virtues in some of them. Live Science described attempts to thwart the toxin of the brown recluse spider with a drug that is normally used for a rare heart disease. Live Science also generated some good Halloween screams with electron micrographs of the mouthparts of a tick that seem engineered to not only bite but anchor themselves securely in animal or human skin, masking their presence with molecules that turn off pain receptors, so that they can engorge their bodies with blood, using other molecules to turn off coagulation. In the process ticks can also transmit disease bacteria. And what’s “good” about a malaria mosquito? Examples could be multiplied of animals and plants that kill or cause intense pain and suffering.These are questions science cannot answer. Science describes; science explains processes, but does not provide reasons. One thing that has changed with science, though, is the simplistic categorizing of animals or plants into black-and-white moral categories of good and evil. Some things that infect or cause pain, as these stories show, actually benefit their victims in direct or roundabout ways. There are complex interplays between needs of organisms. If the vast majority of interactions were not beneficial, we could never dare set foot in the woods (cf. 10/28/13, “Boost Your Health Outdoors”).The origin of natural evil is a complex problem. We need to avoid simplistic answers. Some agents of pain could be due to mutations away from an original good function. For instance, in a recent lecture at the Bible-Science Association, a scientist showed a beneficial purpose for the cholera microbe in its marine habitat. He explained how mutations to the microbe allowed it to jump to infect humans, causing the tragic cholera epidemics that have so plagued human populations. Even so, cholera is very rare with proper water sanitation. The same scientist has other examples in ecology of “pushes and pulls” between organisms that create homeostasis, seasonal responses, or protection against novel agents when an animal wanders into a new habitat. Still, this kind of answer falls short being able to explain more severe examples of suffering and death, and doesn’t explain why suffering seems unequally applied.Theists struggle to explain natural evil, but evolutionists have a far worse problem. They cannot call anything evil. Whatever is, is! Darwin sanctified Thomas Hobbes’ description of society as a “war of all against all,” or Tennyson’s description of “nature red in tooth and claw.” Each organism is self-interested – but even that description is incoherent in Darwin’s world, because the concept of self is meaningless. Stuff happens; that’s the only thing that can be said. Obviously such thinking can harden the heart against compassion for the victims of suffering. On what basis should an evolutionist interfere with the evolutionary process? Even Richard Dawkins would not want to live in a society that is consistently Darwinian.Only the Bible has a coherent response to natural evil: the original perfect world was cursed due to sin (Genesis 3), but awaits redemption through the triumph of Christ (Romans 8). Genesis 3 describes a few of the curses the Creator brought about: leaves modified to become thorns, serpents made to slither on the ground, woman’s reproductive system modified to be painful, and man’s work made to be filled with toil and sweat (implying a multitude of changes in the living world). We might call this God’s “plan B” – a world to handle rebels (You want a world where selfishness rules? Here, try this one). The Biblical answer also must include the realities of the spirit world; when man chose disobedience, Satan was given some measure of dominion over the earth, albeit under the permissive will of God.God could have destroyed the sinners right then and there. He did, after all, warn Adam and Eve that disobedience would result in death. Instead (though their spiritual death was immediate), He graciously extended the physical death process, giving humans opportunity to taste both the suffering of judgment and the beauty of the earth. Most of the creation was still beautiful; it showcases His wisdom and design, but now it presents a mixed message. The beauty gives us a view of God’s glory and grace; the curse, a reminder of coming judgment. Men and women (still with the image of God intact yet tarnished) were set to walk a world with traps and snares, dreading the certainty of death but not knowing when; “man knows not his time.” The common grace of God, though, allows many of us to live for decades, long enough to taste the blessings of light, food, seasons (Acts 14:8-18), and the beauty of “God’s green earth,” long enough to respond to the call of salvation.The Bible promises a new creation without pain and death for those who accept Christ’s free love gift. Purchased with His blood – a sacrifice only God Himself could make – the gift will remove the curse and bring a new creation in which righteousness dwells. This is the blessed hope of the Christian. Sharing that hope with others, a hope that rests on the promises of God, a hope bolstered by the evidence of design in the universe, a surety attested to by the resurrection of Christ, is the greatest purpose in life for a redeemed soul (read the map). Along the way, the redeemed have the opportunity to share God’s compassion by mitigating the proximal causes of physical suffering whenever they can.Suggested reading: Psalm 73, Ecclesiastes, Romans, I Thessalonians, I John. DVDs: Lee Strobel series, The Case for a Creator, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 October 2013Gibela Transport, a joint venture 61% owned by French company Alstom, on Tuesday signed a contract worth US$5.1-billion (R51-billion) to supply 600 passenger trains, comprising 3 600 coaches, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).The contract was signed in Johannesburg by Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, Alstom CEO Patrick Kron and Alstom Transport president Henri Poupart-Lafarge in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma and visiting French President Francois Hollande.“This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history,” Alstom said in a statement.In 2010, the South African government embarked on an ambitious fleet renewal programme aimed at revitalising the country’s rail industry. The programme will see the ageing fleet of suburban trains currently in service in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban being replaced with 1 200 electric trains over a period of 20 years.Gibela’s 10-year contract represents the first phase of a 20-year programme in which Prasa will procure approximately 7 224 new rolling stock with a projected investment of R123-billion.The contract includes the construction of a local manufacturing facility. Gibela will build a manufacturing site in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, to produce the trains in South Africa. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2014, with the factory due to come on-stream in 2015.The manufacturing facility will also house an engineering centre and a training facility, enabling Gibela to provide technical support and supply spare parts for the coaches over an 18-year period.According to Prasa, the project will create over 1 500 direct jobs in the local factory and 33 000 indirect jobs over the first 10 years, achieving a local-content level of over 65%.The first 20 trains will be manufactured in Lapa, Brazil. Alstom’s French sites Ornans, Tarbes, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen will be involved in the project over the long term.“While the urgent challenge to improve passenger services remains primary, the rolling stock programme has been designed to achieve government’s objectives of developing skills, creating jobs and delivering quality services to citizens,” Montana said.Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom was “fully committed to mobilising the best of our technology and expertise through our South African joint venture Gibela, and we believe our trains will set a high standard in serving the interests of commuters.”Prasa will be supplied with X’Trapolis Mega, the new X’Trapolis train developed by Alstom to fit the 1.067 metre gauge in South Africa. The train can travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h with the ability to be upgraded to 160 km/h. Each single-deck train comprises six cars and can carry more than 1 300 passengers.According to Alstom, the train is equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic seats, real-time on-board information and wi-fi internet access, and includes an enhanced door system to provide better accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility, along with full-length connecting gangways for improved fluidity.“The stainless steel car body-shell reduces the weight of the train, and its electrical braking capacity enables a significant reduction in energy consumption.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rains during June and July set new records in some areas of the Cornbelt this year, causing weak root development, nitrogen loss and even affected pollination in some fields with poor ear-tip fills. Leaf diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot were rampant in some areas causing additional stress on the corn crop. Some of the effects of this stressful environment on grain-fill are indicated below:• After pollination, we need 50-60 days depending on the relative maturity of the hybrid, for the grain-filled period. This is when the plants’ primary focus is to fully develop the kernels.• If there is severe heat or moisture stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to cannibalize their leaves and stalks to fulfill the growing needs of their progeny, the seeds or grain.• Plants, like animals, don’t want to produce runts. So, if there is stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to abort the youngest kernels causing tip die-backs so that the remaining kernels can fully develop.• Foliar fungicides are most effective if sprayed after the pollination and ovule fertilization has completed. Leaves above the ear contribute the most to grain yield; so it’s important to keep them healthy and disease-free during the grain-fill period.• The physiologic maturity or black layer occurs at about 32-35% grain moisture. Stress before this period can cause kernel abortion and light test weight.•If the plants have diverted the nutrients from the stalks to “feed” the grain, it can lead to pre-mature death and susceptibility to stalk rot organisms. We need to scout the fields, check them for stalk rots during September and plan on which fields to harvest first.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, recently unveiled the new White Planters 9800VE Series planter.The 9800VE Series planters are the result of AGCO’s latest investment in planting technology available from Precision Planting. The planters feature a new seed meter, electronic drive, automated downforce plus monitoring and data management technologies which take industry-leading White Planters to an unprecedented level of seed placement performance.“Researchers continue to learn and quantify the yield benefits of accurate seed placement. With that understanding, our customers are demanding technology that will allow them to capture the full yield potential of every seed planted,” says Conor Bergin, tactical marketing manager, Application, Seeding and Tillage. “The 9800VE Series planters are equipped to do just that, in addition to providing the long-lasting durability and simple maintenance and operation White Planters has provided for more than 40 years.”The 9800VE Series row-crop planters are available with a full range of options and attachments and may be configured to fit any production system. The Series offers three models with 30-inch row spacing in 12-row, 16-row and 24-row configurations: the 9812VE-30, the 9816VE-30 and 9824VE-30. The planters are built upon three-section frames that flex 21 degrees up or down at each wing for consistent planting depth across irregular terrain and that fold for convenient movement from field to field.vSet meterThe new planters are equipped with the proven and reliable vSet meter, which offers the industry’s most consistent seed singulation plus outstanding reliability for minimal downtime. This meter features a flat disk with a single vac setting and a floating, 5-lobed singulator that makes sure no two seeds of any kind can occupy the same hole. It handles virtually any seed size or shape with a minimal amount of tweaks to vac pressure, disk or singulator settings and delivers nearly 100 percent accuracy.DeltaForce hydraulic downforceDeltaForce hydraulic downforce control matches field conditions on-the-go to provide consistent seed depth placement for each individual row. The downforce of each row unit is adjusted automatically to minimize soil compaction or prevent shallow placement, for a seed environment that delivers uniform emergence leading to maximum yield. It compensates for soil variation caused by wheel tracks, changes in soil type, soil moisture and varying amounts of crop residue across the field.vDrive electronic driveThe vDrive electronic drive system on 9800VE Series planters allows row-by-row control of the vSet seed meters so they adjust independently around headland curves. This precise control ensures the desired population is planted, saving seed and ensuring equidistant plant spacing for optimum yields. In addition, the vDrive allows prescription planting that matches plant population to the soil’s yield potential as well as row shut off to prevent over planting of point rows and end rows. The vDrive is self-contained and virtually maintenance free compared to traditional mechanical systems with sprockets, drive chains and bearings.20/20 SeedSense monitorWhite Planter’s 9800 are equipped with the fully integrated SeedSense monitor which tracks population, speed, skips, doubles, row unit ride, down force and ground contact on the go. The information is immediately displayed on a color screen, allowing the operator to make adjustments needed to seed precisely, maintain depth, avoid compaction and troubleshoot mechanical problems.Optional FieldView data collection and mappingFieldView data collection and mapping is an iPad-based solution to real-time, high definition mapping and data collection. It integrates seamlessly with SeedSense and is available as a factory-installed option. With data captured through SeedSense, producers can see exactly what the planter is doing in real time and save the data to use for future decision making.Options and attachments fit individual needsAs with other planters in the Series, the White Planters 9800VE series planters may be equipped to fit the needs of nearly any production system. For full details about the new White Planters 9800VE Series, visit your nearest AGCO dealer or visit www.agcocorp.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — With much of the 2019 soybean crop still in the field, the state of Illinois pushed the 2020 soybean season into the limelight last week.Late on Friday afternoon, October 11, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced that it has submitted additional label restrictions for dicamba herbicides used with the Xtend cropping system in 2020. Under this Section 24(c) Special Local Need (SLN) label, Illinois growers will only have until June 20 to spray dicamba herbicides in Xtend crops, and cannot spray them when temperatures exceed 85 degrees.The state’s move here forces the EPA to solidify its position on Section 24(c) labels that further restrict federal labels, which the agency announced it was re-evaluating earlier this year. It also forces the registrants of dicamba herbicides, Bayer and BASF, to decide how they will deal with state regulators who continue to insist that their chemicals cannot be applied safely using only the federal labels.ILLINOIS AND DICAMBAFor three years, Illinois regulators have faced a dramatic increase in pesticide injury complaints from dicamba moving off-target. As of October 11, the state’s pesticide investigators were juggling an unprecedented 724 cases of alleged dicamba injury.Last year, IDOA created a dicamba cutoff date of June 30, but then extended it to July 15 for late, June-planted soybean fields. Although some of the dicamba applications leading to injury reports did occur because of that July 15 cutoff date, the state also saw some of its hottest temperatures in late June, before the original cutoff date, IDOA director John Sullivan noted. Based on that experience, the department landed on June 20 as the cutoff date for 2020.Unlike 2019, the state’s newly proposed June 20 cutoff date will not be open to adjustments in 2020, Sullivan told DTN. “We’re trying to get dicamba applications done before the weather gets hot and hits that temperature trigger of 85 degrees,” he said.Illinois isn’t the only state wrestling with dicamba management this year. Indiana is also facing a record number of complaints, 178, this year. Other states, such as Arkansas, are seeing dicamba injury levels similar to last year’s, despite increased Xtend crop acreage and revised federal labels.SECTION 24(c) AND THE STATESTo date, Section 24(c) labels have been the preferred method of trying to limit off-target dicamba movement for many of these state’s pesticide regulators. Only one state, Arkansas, has consistently made changes to state dicamba use without using Section 24(c). Instead, the Arkansas State Plant Board has enacted new state rules each year governing dicamba use. Other states such as Minnesota and North Dakota have produced annual Section 24(c) labels for dicamba with additional restrictions, such as cutoff dates.So what’s the problem?At issue is the actual language of Section 24(c), which only permits states to grant additional uses of a federal pesticide — not restrict it further. However, for many years, EPA has permitted the use of more restrictive Section 24(c) labels and has stated so explicitly in its official guidance online.“Yes, under certain circumstances states may impose more restrictive measures than are on [federal] labels, or limit use to a subset of uses on [federal] labels,” the agency states in its Guidance on FIFRA 24(c) Registrations, found here: https://www.epa.gov/….However, the growing number of restrictive 24(c) labels for dicamba sparked some concerns in the past year at EPA, which culminated in the agency making this announcement in March 2019:“Because section 24(a) allows states to regulate the use of any federally registered pesticide, and some states have instead used 24(c) to implement cut-off dates (and/or impose other restrictions), EPA is now re-evaluating its approach to reviewing 24(c) registrations and the circumstances under which it will exercise its authority to disapprove those registrations.”The announcement alarmed state regulators, who fear that without the fast-moving process of 24(c) labels, they will not have the flexibility to adjust pesticide labels as needed on an annual basis. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….EPA has promised to issue a public comment period for any proposed changes and stated that all 2019 24(c) labels would be unaffected. Now, with 2020 Section 24(c) labels coming into the picture, the agency still has not made any official moves on the issue. When queried by DTN about EPA’s stance on restrictive state labels for dicamba in 2020, an agency representative replied via email:“Regarding the reevaluation of the 24(c) process, EPA intends to take public comment on potential approaches before adopting any changes. As such, EPA is not making any immediate changes in this area.”Sullivan said EPA should keep in mind the reason for this proliferation of restrictive 24(c) labels for dicamba as they reevaluate the system.“If you look at big picture, there are many state agencies that believe that U.S. EPA ought to be taking a more solid stand on this product — recognize that it is an issue and take a more active role in managing this product,” he said. “And they haven’t done that, and that’s what driven so many states, Illinois included, to look at additional 24(c) label restrictions.”For their part, dicamba registrants BASF and Bayer appear ready to accept such restrictions in 2020 from Illinois. BASF spokesperson Odessa Hines told DTN via email that “BASF will continue to support states with Special Local Need labeling where they believe additional restrictions are warranted,” although the company “believes the Engenia herbicide container label addresses the necessary application practices for minimizing off-target applications.”Bayer spokesperson Kyel Richard said while the company doesn’t believe the Illinois restrictions are necessary, it will not be challenging them at this time, because “continued access to the Xtend technology for farmers is the most important thing at this point.”“As Illinois growers work to implement effective weed management strategies in a shortened timeframe, we’ll collaborate with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, grower groups and others to ensure Illinois growers and certified applicators are equipped with the necessary resources and recommendations to make it a successful season,” Richard said.See more on the Illinois announcement of new dicamba restrictions in 2020 here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.email@example.com.Follow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee.(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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