01 Broccoli, cauliflower

first_imgVolume XXXNumber 1Page 1 By William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaGet the cheese sauce ready. Broccoli and cauliflower could becoming out of the garden really soon if you get busy. Although these aren’t what you’d call traditional Southernvegetables, growing great broccoli and cauliflower in your gardenis a definite possibility in Georgia. Throughout the Southeast,both crops can be grown during certain times of the season.In much of the Southeast, temperatures are too cold in midwinterto grow them 0well, since both crops can suffer freeze damage. Andit’s too hot in midsummer, as the heat reduces quality. In thehigher elevations, however, midsummer is peak production time.When to plantIn the Georgia coastal plain and piedmont, plant broccoli andcauliflower from early February through early April, depending onwhere you live. This would bring in harvests during mid-Aprilthrough June.For fall crops, plant them from August through mid-September forharvest in October through early December. In the higherelevations, plant the crops in April to July for harvest in Junethrough September.Many varieties of both broccoli and cauliflower have been shownto perform well in Georgia. “Packman” and “Premium Crop” are twotried-and-true broccoli varieties for home garden use.Many cauliflower varieties are self-blanching and don’t have tobe banded to produce a white-curded head. “Candid Charm” and”Snowball Y” are widely adapted cauliflowers.There are varieties, however, that tolerate temperature extremesbetter than these.How to plantBoth crops can be direct-seeded or transplanted, buttransplanting is best in the Southeast to gain time in thegrowing window and produce more uniform stands.Broccoli and cauliflower can be grown on a wide array of soiltypes. Both crops require irrigation for peak production.Planting densities vary between the crops. Broccoli can beplanted in double rows on 38- to 42-inch centers, with plantsspaced 6 inches apart. Cauliflower, though, is usually planted insingle rows with an in-row spacing of about 12 inches.Fertilize broccoli and cauliflower much as you would cabbage, asboth require a fairly heavy rate of nitrogen. Use rates of 6.5 to7.5 ounces per 100 square feet with both crops. For soils testingmedium for phosphorus and potassium, 4 ounces of each per 100square feet should suffice.Split the totals into thirds and apply the first at planting andthe second and third about three weeks apart.How to harvestThe most rewarding part of any garden crop is the harvest. Handlethese crops with care, though. They’re quite perishable and mustbe cooled fairly quickly after harvest. If you don’t cool themquickly to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the quality will begin to breakdown. Cauliflower is even more tedious — handle it cautiously tokeep from bruising the curds.Grow broccoli to a central main head 3 to 4 inches across beforecutting it. The plant will regrow many smaller heads if you keepcaring for it. You can cut these smaller heads as they mature.They won’t reach the size of the central head, but still make fora good second crop. Cut broccoli with about 5 inches of stem onit.Cut cauliflower when the curd is 4 to 6 inches across, and trimthe leaves.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Garden show premiere

first_imgOn April 3, southern gardeners will have a new tool to help them in the garden. “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves, a new educational television show, will premiere to help gardeners of all levels learn new tips, get fresh ideas and visit interesting sites. The show will air weekly on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and repeat at 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations and select northern and central Florida public television stations.“Your Southern Garden” is a spin-off of the highly-rated “Gardening in Georgia,” which ended its decade-long run on GPB in October. Show host Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, brings the same down-home flavor to the new show. “We have seen more and more homeowners beginning to do their own landscaping and lawn maintenance,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Many are taking on this work for the first time and need to know where to start,” he said. “Others are looking for the latest low-maintenance plants or water-conservation landscaping ideas. We designed this program to offer something helpful for all gardeners in our region.”On this week’s showWatch April 3 to see how to grow potatoes without getting dirty. Reeves will demonstrate a new potato-growing technique using a tub of perlite. He will also teach viewers how to transplant easy-to-grow fig plants that pop up under a mature bush. Garden expert Hank Bruno will describe an Asian dogwood that grows in the upper South and blooms in May. And, UGA horticulturist Paul Thomas will share his discovery of the best way to get butterfly weed seed to germinate – with a gentle pat.“Your Southern Garden,” produced by University of Florida IFAS Extension and UGA CAES, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle Grow. “Our goal in creating this new show is to give gardeners in our growing region a program that will provide educational information they can use outside today,” Angle said.Working closely with UF and UGA Extension specialists, county agents and researchers, Reeves shows viewers how to put the universities’ expertise to work in their yards each week.“Land-grant universities are loaded with cutting-edge, yet practical, information that gardeners need,” Reeves said. “Whether you are a beginner, a piddler or a Master Gardener, there’s something here for you.”Check your local public broadcasting station’s programming listings for days and times “Your Southern Garden” airs in your area or contact your local station to request the show in your area.last_img read more

Conservation class

first_imgA classroom and field workshop focusing on how to develop a conservation reserve program plan is set for Oct. 23, 2012 on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga.The class is part of the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.The workshop, “CRP Plan: Start to Finish,” is part of the national CRP Readiness Initiative’s nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants. The goal is to prepare these professional to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the Conservation Reserve Program. Participants will learn the CRP conservation planning process step by step, including how to develop NRCS-required maps, use online tools to evaluate soils, choose the best conservation practices, assess installation and maintenance specifications and develop a timeline so landowners can meet all CRP program requirements.The conservation trainings offered through the CRPRI will also be useful to conservation professionals working in other NRCS conservation programs outside of CRP. Professionals from nonprofits, conservation districts and state agencies with ties to NRCS would also benefit from the course. Additional online courses will be available in October through the CRPRI website, FacesOfCRP.info. To register for the Georgia workshop or online courses, or to learn more, visit facesofcrp.info/training. Directions to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center can be found at ugatiftonconference.org. For more information on the workshop or the online classes, contact David Ferrell, CRP Readiness Initiative southern media contact, at (912) 337-5548 or ferrell2302@gmail.com.last_img read more

Medallion of Honor

first_imgFrank McGill, 92, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” received the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Medallion of Honor during a private event on Thursday, May 2, on the UGA Tifton campus.The Medallion of Honor is presented to an outstanding individual or couple in recognition of dedication to the college’s mission and to express gratitude for the time, advice, support and influence they have provided. “Once in a generation, someone comes along who forever changes a segment of agriculture. When it comes to peanuts, Frank McGill is that person. Scientists, farmers and even former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will tell you, without hesitation, that Frank McGill was extremely instrumental in developing the peanut industry in Georgia,” said CAES Dean Sam Pardue, who presented McGill with the award. “His wise counsel, steady advice and dedication to teaching the latest principles and production practices helped triple Georgia peanut yields, changing the economic future of southwest Georgia, which now produces nearly half of the nation’s total peanut crop.”A native of Chula, Georgia, McGill earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1951 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1962 from CAES.He began his career with UGA as a county agent in southwest Georgia and later became the state’s UGA Cooperative Extension peanut specialist. McGill, who worked at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia, was a member of the UGA Cooperative Extension peanut team that developed a “package approach” for peanut production in Georgia. From 1954 to 1982, McGill’s expertise helped Georgia’s peanut yields increase from 955 pounds per acre in 1955 to 2,040 pounds in 1967 and 3,220 pounds in 1974.Over his career, McGill traveled to 21 countries as a peanut consultant. He traveled to Australia and India to review research and extension programs and to Honduras, Suriname and Barbados to “jump start” local peanut production and to help eliminate pellagra, a protein deficiency that was affecting children there.McGill served as a technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut Commission, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, National Peanut Council and the National Peanut Growers Group.His honors include being named president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society and chairman of a special task force requested by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee to determine the 40-year impact of peanut policy on the family farm. UGA named him a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and Progressive Farmer magazine named him Man of the Year.He was inducted into the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame in 1982 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Peanut Council in 1999. The Council also officially named McGill “Mr. Peanut” that year. In 1996, he was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame and received the American/World Agriculture Award from the National County Agents Association in 2000. Last year, he received the Valor Award from the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.Of his numerous accolades, a humble McGill said, “I just did what I was hired to do.”At his retirement in 1982, McGill discouraged gifts and the numerous monetary donations he received were used to create the J. Frank McGill “Up with Peanuts” Scholarship. As a result, a $2,000 scholarship has since been awarded each year to a rising junior or senior UGA crop and soil sciences major.After retirement, McGill remained an active voice in the peanut industry. He served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society, chairman of the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He also worked as a peanut consultant with M&M Mars for 16 years, followed by four years as a part-time consultant with the National Peanut Laboratory.McGill was selected as one of 12 UGA scientists whose work has impacted the world in the last 100 years as part of UGA’s centennial celebrations. And, in October 2018, he was honored by the UGA Graduate School as an Alumnus of Distinction.“Frank is a phenomenal individual. I believe he is part of the reason the industry is as strong as it is, and production is as great as it is,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton campus. West and UGA-Tifton honored McGill as one of 12 scientists whose work has impacted the world during a special ceremony in Tifton, Georgia in 2015.“I think he is an excellent example of what a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences can aspire to for a career of service,” West said.last_img read more

Lovejoy introduces their NEW 215 End & Face Mills

first_imgApplications: The 215 Series Face & End Mills use the APKX style inserts utilizing a longer edge of the APKX inserts providing a longer cutting surface! The 215 Series End Mills have coolant through capability to allow increased feed rates!Special Information: The 215 Series tooling with its 15mm length of cut is a great addition to having the 207 & 217 Series tooling which have a 10mm length of cut. As always the finish that is produced by the 215 Series tooling is very good and you can get it all from LOVEJOY Tool Company.Products: LOVEJOY offers multiple style tools for these APKX inserts.” 215 Series Face Mills – longer cutting edges with APKX inserts” 215 Series End Mills – longer cutting edges with coolant holes & extended lengthsLOVEJOY Tool Company, Inc specializes in custom designing and a manufacturer of milling tools, inserts and some accessories for manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, mold and die, farm and industrial and many more industries. LOVEJOY is known for being a problem solver in the milling industry and we are here to solve your machining needs.For more information, call (800) 843-8376 or visit www.lovejoytool.com(link is external).last_img read more

Chittenden Bank Donates $10,000 to the Vermont Fuel Dealer Association’s Patch/Chit Neighbor-in-Need Program

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Founded in 1963, the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) represents more than 100 independent heating fuel dealers in the state, that have first hand experience with the growing need for fuel and heating assistance in our communities.  The Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program has responded to emergency home fuel situations statewide for over 20 years, and serves as a “safety net” for Vermonters who do not qualify for state sponsored heating assistance programs, but find themselves in dire need.  The Patch Chit Program was created in honor of the late David Patch, the owner of Patch’s Petroleum, who was a dedicated and generous community servant.   Currently underway is the “Split the Ticket” campaign, which shares the cost of the fuel delivery ticket 50/50 with the participating Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program fuel dealer.  VFDA members who take part in this program agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons of heating oil, kerosene or propane to one of their own customers.  If the fuel dealer is unable to indentify a needy customer for “Split the Ticket”, the VFDA will work with other local non-profit organizations to find a recipient.  “Thanks to the generosity of Vermont Fuel Dealers, along with local businesses such as Chittenden Bank, the VFDA’s Patch Chit “Split the Ticket” campaign will provide more than 4,000 gallons of heating fuel for Vermonters in need,” said Matt Cota, Executive Director of VFDA.”Chittenden Bank is proud to continue our commitment to the wellbeing of fellow Vermonters by donating $10,000 to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association’s “Split the Ticket” campaign.  Nothing is more fundamental than food and fuel, and this year, more than ever, people will need help keeping warm,” said Kathy Schirling, Chittenden Bank Senior Vice President.About the VFDAVFDA represents companies in the business of keeping Vermonters warm.  VFDA members sell heating oil, Bio-Heat®, diesel, biodiesel, gasoline, kerosene, wood pellets and propane. Members also sell, install and service a variety of heating systems.  VFDA is Vermont’s leading provider of training for energy conservation analysts and heating technicians.  For more information visit www.vermontfuel.com(link is external) or call 802-223-7750.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank, which has proudly served individuals and businesses statewide since 1906 is a division of People’s United Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank with $20 billion in assets. People’s United Bank provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of more than 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Bank provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.  For more information please call 800-545-2236 or visit www.chittenden.com(link is external).last_img read more

Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that Mark Bonfigli, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the technology category in New England. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Bonfigli was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Newton Hotel on June 16th.”I am excited to receive this great honor. I accept it on behalf of the Dealer.com team members who help our clients succeed every day,” commented Bonfigli. “Their hard work, dedication and creativity are the driving force behind our industry leadership. From the beginning, we have always had a strong research and development focus to keep our clients two to four years ahead of the competition and this strategy is a significant reason for our success and our clients’ success.”The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. We are proud to recognize the achievements of Bonfigli, said Kristin Keating, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Chair for New England. Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.As a New England award winner, Bonfigli is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.In New England, local sponsors include Bowne, Curran & Connors, Boston Magazine, J.Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody and AMS.About Dealer.comFounded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers NADA award-winning SmartSites ¢ website design incorporating dynamic video; user-friendly lead management tools; the best in search engine advertising and unparalleled metrics and web analytics. Excellent customer service, innovative training and proven results are just a few of the reasons why more of the top 125 dealer groups use Dealer.com than any other vendor. Dealer.com was also the 2008 top rated web provider on Drivingsales.com, the industry s largest online dealer community.Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions is the only set of tools that effectively creates a 360° view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers are easily able to track spending and determine which activities are leading to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts into targeted activities that increase sales and improve the bottom line.About Ernst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards ProgramErnst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.Burlington, VT, June 17, 2009last_img read more

Northwestern Medical Center names new CEO

first_imgSource: NMC. St. Albans, VT: (October 9, 2009) The Board of Northwestern Medical Center has appointed Jill Berry Bowen as the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A native of Maine, Berry Bowen most recently served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer for more than 10 years at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME.  Berry Bowen is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been an active leader in state and local health initiatives and community organizations. She has a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and a master’s degree in business (MBA).  Her official start date at NMC is still to be determined.    “We are very pleased that Jill has accepted the position,” Judy Ashley-McLaughlin, NMC Board of Directors Vice President and Chairperson of the Search Committee.  “The NMC Board conducted a national search through our management services firm, QHR.  We are confident that we have selected the right person to lead our hospital and community into the future.”Wesley Oswald has been serving as interim CEO for the hospital since June.  Oswald was put in place by QHR when prior NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter accepted the hospital CEO position in Taos, New Mexico.  “Wes has worked closely and diligently with our employees, medical staff and board to provide a smooth transition.  His guidance and experience are greatly appreciated,” added Ms. Ashley-McLaughlin.NMC is a vibrant not-for-profit community hospital in northwestern Vermont whose staff has been recognized two years in a row by Avatar International for excellence in overall patient satisfaction.  For more information on NMC, please visit www.northwesternmedicalcenter.org(link is external)last_img read more

Route 14 in East Montpelier closed into November due to bank slide

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) at 10 am on Thursday, October 6, 2011, will close a small section of Route 14 in East Montpelier that was damaged by spring flooding and exacerbated by Tropical Storm Irene. The road is expected to remain closed into November. Route 14 between its intersection with Route 2 and Northstar Fireworks was restricted to one lane on September 26 due to the roadway beginning to slide into the Winooski River. Engineers originally believed the road could be repaired while maintaining one lane of traffic, but the roadway continues to undermine. Electronic message boards beginning Wednesday will warn motorists of the coming closure. ‘All the rain we had over the past week exacerbated the situation, and earth is now disappearing from underneath the road at an accelerated rate,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We have already lost about three feet of asphalt, and there is no longer room to safely have both traffic and construction vehicles in the same area.’ All commercial vehicles will be rerouted to Route 302 regardless of their destination, while pleasure vehicles can use Route 302 to reach Montpelier or Country Club Road to reach Plainfield. VTrans plans to keep Route 14 passable for emergency vehicles. While the agency hopes to keep one-way traffic flowing until 10 a.m. Thursday, roadway workers will continually monitor the situation and reevaluate plans. The agency will close the road without warning anytime if it believes public safety could be compromised. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Institutional Investors Continue to Notch Heavy Losses on Coal Holdings

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall and Junaid Daher for SNL:Across the board, the investment market value of the coal holdings of major institutional investors was rocked by poor performance in the fourth quarter of 2015. The 25 top institutional holders of coal held positions worth about $2.30 billion as of the end of the fourth quarter 2015, down from $2.84 billion in the prior quarter and down from $7.42 billion a year-ago.Of the top 25 investors in coal that held positions in the fourth quarter of 2014, only two have seen the value of their positions grow. Citadel LLC has seen the market value of its coal positions increase 43.8% to $27.0 million spread across eight investment positions and UBS Group AG has seen its coal holdings grow 3.2% to $99.9 million across its 12 coal industry investment positions.Several of the top investors saw their coal positions shrink by more than 80%. On average, the top 25 investors in the coal sector have seen the value of those positions shrink 60.6%.At the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, the top investors held 127 positions in coal. By the end of 2015, those companies shed 26 of those positions.Since the third quarter, the value of SNL Energy’s coal index has decreased 32.8% while the S&P 500 index has climbed 3.1% in the same period.Full article ($): Equity investors shed coal exposure in 2015 while a few boost holdings Institutional Investors Continue to Notch Heavy Losses on Coal Holdings 

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