Brave New Farm World

first_imgWith a visit to Ag Showcase ’96 June 29 in Tifton, Ga., anyone can learn about farming.Even farmers.Scientists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences planned and planted crops to show how farming is moving into the 21st century.Consumers, students and farmers can see just how far agriculture has come and howresearch and technology keep changing Georgia-grown crops.Today’s farmers use satellites, computers and bioengineering to get better crops andbigger yields than ever before.In 1994, each U.S. farmer grew enough crops to feed and clothe 129 people here andabroad. That’s up by more than 100 people since the 1960s. Farmers are learning to worksmarter.”Technology and precision farming help farmers produce food and fiber moreefficiently,” said Rich Baird, a UGA plant pathologist.Baird and John Woodruff, an Extension Service agronomist, worked together with morethan 30 colleagues. They prepared fields for Showcase guests to explore near the RuralDevelopment Center in Tifton.CAES scientists often team up to find better ways to grow crops. What they learn getsout to farmers through the Extension Service and to students in agricultural colleges. Inthe end, they help improve farming and the food and fiber farmers get to consumers.”We’re learning more about each other and how to help each other, as well asteaching Georgians about the new developments and ideas in crop production,” Bairdsaid.These teams work to bring new varieties into Georgia, breed insect- anddisease-resistant plants or devise control plans that improve crops without harming theenvironment.One example growing at the Showcase farm is crimson clover. “It helps in severalways,” Baird said. “It covers the ground and keeps soil in place. It’s a legume,so it fixes nitrogen into the soil, so farmers may not need to apply as much in otherforms. And it attracts beneficial insects that control harmful insects.”Showcase crops include peanuts, corn, cotton, peppers, eggplant, watermelons,cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes, strawberries, kenaf, millet and soybeans.Woodruff said visitors will see new crops as well as better old crops and better waysto grow them. The Showcase fields will show how varieties differ and how lime alters thesoil pH. They’ll have everything from weed control to genetically engineered diseaseprevention to biological insect control. New farm equipment will be there, too. Baird said computers are showing farmers wherethey can cut crop costs to improve their profits.Computer records of yields, pest damage or moisture levels can provide maps of farmers’fields. This saves the farmer from applying costly chemicals where they’re not needed.Instead of spraying an entire 50-acre field, he may need to spray only 10 acres.”When some chemicals cost $30 an acre and up, that’s a big savings,” Bairdsaid. It helps the environment, too, he said.Part of looking ahead requires seeing where you’ve been. Woodruff said some soybean andcotton plots show a living history. They reveal what these crops were once like and howmuch growing them has changed.”We’re growing plants that have been cultivated since the turn of thecentury,” he said. “And we’re growing them right beside varieties released inthe last year or two.”We’re all making progress together,” he said. ANew crops and productionmethods improve profit opportunities for farmers. And they improve the quality consumerswant.”last_img read more


Water sports dominate Irish Olympic interest

first_imgIn Sailing, Annalise Murphy is in second place overall ahead of Races 5 and 6 in the Women’s Laser Radial, which will get underway at five fifteen.Carlows Finn Lynch is back in 24th place in the Men’s Laser class ahead of his two races this evening. Two Irish crews are in semi final action in rowing today.Limerick’s Sinead Jennings and Dublin’s Claire Lambe perform in their Lightweight Double Sculls semi-final at around 1 while after that Cork brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan are back on the water.In Swimming this evening, Fiona Doyle goes in the heats of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke at around ten to sixlast_img


Video: Sign him up, Arsene! Midfield target on form again

first_imgWith another below-par performance and Arsene Wenger receiving a pasting from some sections of the Emirates faithful, it was a tough weekend for Arsenal.Their 2-2 draw with Hull City, thanks to Danny Welbeck’s late equaliser, has increased pressure on the Gunners to strengthen their squad and, as it happens, one of their long-term targets put on a show for Schalke in the Bundesliga.Julian Draxler has been a bright spot for the Miners, who have seen Roberto Di Matteo replace Jens Keller, following a tough start to the campaign and he picked up a goal and an assist as they beat Hertha Berlin 2-0.Check out the German international’s performance above…last_img