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Protests hit Northeastern contract with ICE

first_imgProtesters block Boylston Street near Northeastern President Aoun’s house, July 31.Boston — As night fell on July 31, protesters from Movimiento Cosecha, who had gathered outside the house of Northeastern University’s president, announced that they would be occupying the area until Northeastern canceled its $2.7 million contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Protestors blocked Boylston Street, singing and telling stories until 1 a.m., when cops moved in and arrested 11 occupiers.One week earlier, Cosecha and supporters had gathered in a park near the Northeastern University campus. They marched with signs decrying Northeastern’s connection to ICE through the Ruggles T subway station and into a student orientation taking place.Once there, they held a speakout explaining the university’s contract with ICE to the new students and dropped a banner reading, “Northeastern, we won’t be complicit” from a walkway between buildings. They called on the students to aid in telling the university to shut down its contract and informed them that this was just the first of Cosecha’s actions.Cosecha rallied supporters at the Ruggles T station again on July 31 and led them on another march, going through downtown Boston during rush hour and ending outside university President Joseph E. Aoun’s home.They proceeded to hold a speakout, demanding that Aoun cancel the contract. Speakers included undocumented organizers from Cosecha, a representative from FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere), and the fiance of a man who was taken by ICE just days before their wedding.Cosecha organizers then revealed that they intended to continue this protest as an occupation and that they would be camping outside Aoun’s house until their demands were met. As the occupiers prepared for the night and the following morning, the cops moved in and arrested them all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Still Not Sure if Xi, Trump Will Meet at G20 Summit

first_img There still aren’t any formalized plans for U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet at the upcoming G20 Summit in Japan. Politico says that’s the latest update from chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Trump has said there is no deadline for imposing even more tariffs on Chinese imports. However, he’s also threatened to make a move if Xi refuses to meet in Japan. So far, the president has imposed a 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods, which caused China to set up retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, especially agriculture products like soybeans and pork. Trump is taking action to potentially impose the same tariff on almost all remaining Chinese imports, worth about $300 billion.Some of those import targets include things like cell phones, clothing, footwear, televisions, and other electronics. Politico says Kudlow emphasized that the administration is still looking at strong-arming China. Kudlow recently took part in an on-stage discussion with Fred Bergsten, president emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He said there’s only one way to get to an agreement with China. “You kick some butt, in my best economic analytical quantitative regression analysis,” Kudlow says. SHARE By NAFB News Service – Jun 16, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Still Not Sure if Xi, Trump Will Meet at G20 Summit Previous articleEuropean Union Will Import More U.S. BeefNext articleStabenow Says This Dairy Program is a ‘Much Better Program’ NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Still Not Sure if Xi, Trump Will Meet at G20 Summitlast_img read more

Magistrate recommends dropping federal criminal charges in 2018 Missouri duck boat accident that killed 17

first_imgiStock/MotortionBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A federal magistrate judge has recommended that criminal charges be dismissed in a 2018 duck boat sinking during a storm on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people, including nine from the same family.U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush made the recommendation on Friday, writing that a 47-count indictment against the duck boat’s captain, operations supervisor and on-duty manager should be dropped because the tragedy occurred on a lake that is not considered a “navigable waterway” under federal admiralty law governing waterways and highways customarily used for commerce.After hearing arguments from both sides of the case, Rush concluded that the federal court has no jurisdiction over the case and that it should be handled in state court.A final decision on the case has not been made and a hearing on Rush’s recommendation has yet to be scheduled.The maritime calamity, one of the worst in American history, happened on July 19, 2018, on Table Rock Lake near Branson when the Ride the Ducks amphibious vessel owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment sank during a ferocious storm. Among those killed were nine members of the Coleman family of Indianapolis, including four children, the youngest a 1-year-old girl.Other victims were from Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the Stretch Duck 7 when it experienced turbulent waters during a thunderstorm that swept into the area, officials said. In what was scheduled to be a 70-minute tour of Table Rock Lake, the duck boat was buffeted by gusts of up to 73 miles per hour and capsized by waves that crested at 6 feet, officials said.While the pilot of the boat, Bob Williams, 73, were among those who died, the captain, Kenneth Scott McKee, survived.McKee was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2018. A superseding indictment unsealed in June 2019 also charged Curtis Lanham, the general manager of the boat’s operator, Ride the Ducks Branson, and Charles Baltzell, the manager on duty the day of the deadly trip.All three men were indicted on numerous charges of neglect under the seaman’s manslaughter statute. Each pleaded not guilty to the charges.The earlier indictment against McKee, who had been a duck boat captain for 18 years, alleged that he failed to properly assess incoming weather before launching the boat and did not order passengers to put on life vests as the weather conditions worsened.The National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of its investigation on April 28, 2020, concluding the vessel sank when it was flooded through an air intake hatch on the bow that was not weather tight.The NTSB investigation also found that the tragedy could have been avoided had the U.S. Coast Guard followed recommendations to improve the safety of such tourist attractions that were made following a similar duck boat sinking in Arkansas in 1999 that killed 13 people. The Coast Guard’s failure to require sufficient buoyancy in amphibious vehicles and its failure to address emergency exits on such vehicles with fixed canopies contributed to the sinking and loss of life, according to the NTSB report.In an emotional press conference just days after the deadly voyage, Tia Coleman, who survived the sinking but lost her husband and three children in the tragic lake excursion, said when she and her family boarded the boat, the captain pointed out life jackets but said they wouldn’t be needed.“The captain did say something about life jackets,” Coleman recalled. “He said, ‘Above you are your life jackets. There are three sizes. He said, ‘I’m gonna show you where they are, but you won’t need them. So, no need to worry.’ So we didn’t grab them.”Ripley Entertainment has settled numerous lawsuits stemming from the tragedy, including a $100 million federal lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, by lawyers representing the Coleman family.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Guru

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruPortillo checks out working at AsdaGuru was interested to hear that former Conservative leadership candidateand MP for Kensington and Chelsea Michael Portillo has swapped his Westminsteroffice for a supermarket checkout. He is serving customers, tidying up and putting security tags on clothing aspart of a BBC documentary in which the MP takes on the life of a single workingparent for a week. He has swapped his multi-million pound home and moved into a small terracedhouse in the working class suburb of Seacombe, Merseyside. Portillo was said to be “revelling” in his new role behind theclothes counter at Asda. However, Guru suspects that the right-wing MP haslittle commitment to his new job and is more likely to be grooming hisman-of-the-people image before making a fresh leadership challenge. Burning issue of sick excuses Guru has been impressed with the quality of workplace excuses he has beensent, following his article on the New York city trader caught insider dealingwho claimed he was a time traveller from 200 years in the future. HR manager Jane Boyd phoned her boss to say: “Hi Linda, sorry thecareer development report isn’t on your desk today as promised, but I gavebirth yesterday so I didn’t get time to do it.” Senior HR officer Richard reminded his boss that he had been following hisspecific instructions after being ‘roasted’ for ‘failings’ on a project.”So it is the old adage of doing as I’m told,” he said. Tony Day was on the receiving end of a particularly painful-sounding excuse.He was in charge of a smelting furnace in Zambia as an undergraduate, when hereceived a letter from one of the furnace operatives stating that he couldn’tcome to work because: “My testicles have been paining me and I cannotstand on them.” Guru’s favourite was from HR adviser Maria, who received a self-certificatewhich gave the reason for absence as “I got stuck in a sunbed”.According to Maria, the lady in question claimed to have fallen asleep on asunbed and became so dehydrated that, on awakening, she was unable to move,leading to severe sunstroke. Friend of the stars thrills with frills In last week’s issue, Guru thrilled his disciples with an account of hismeeting with England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s charismaticright-hand man Tord Grip. This week, Guru can’t resist boasting again about his new-found life sharingthe celebrity spotlight. His most recent ‘celebrity’ friend is none other thanpop diva Ms Dynamite. OK, maybe friend might be over-egging the pudding, but they did both attendthe Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards where PersonnelToday won the specialist magazine award for its Refugees in Employment Campaign(see page 3). Guru is sure that Ms Dynamite kept staring at him during the posh do at theSavoy, although that could have been because of his frilly cerise dress shirtthat always draws admiring glances. Boss takes all on a summer holiday This week, the TUC complained that the UK is the only country in the EUwhere employers can include bank holidays as part of the statutory minimum fourweeks holiday. However, furniture company Durham Pine has gone to the opposite extreme.Owner John Marshall, is so grateful to his staff for helping the company post a£2m profit, that he is paying a reported £200,000 to take at least 119 staff –as well as their partners, children and friends – on a week-long holiday toMajorca this summer. Staff will be on full pay during the holiday and the break won’t be deductedfrom their annual holiday entitlement. Guru pointed out the obvious benefits ofsuch a holiday scheme to his MD in terms of morale, commitment andteam-building – but he wasn’t buying. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. GuruOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Canadian Navy’s Ships on a Mission in the Arctic

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy’s Ships on a Mission in the Arctic August 28, 2015 Authorities The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) deployed four ships to Arctic waters this summer, continuing the RCN’s presence in the Canadian Arctic.Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Nanaimo and Saskatoon departed from Esquimalt, B.C., on August 4, 2015, to join Operation NANOOK.HMC Ships Nanaimo and Saskatoon deployed to the Western Arctic for seven weeks, participating in Op NANOOK, and conducted port visits in Tuktoyaktuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok. As well, when HMCS Nanaimo visits Ulukhaktok, it will be the farthest east any Canadian Fleet Pacific ships have ever deployed in the Arctic.On the east coast, HMC Ships Shawinigan and Moncton departed Halifax on August 10, 2015, to join Operation QIMMIQ for eight weeks and will operate in the Eastern Arctic.HMCS Shawinigan will support the Northern Watch project, strengthening Arctic surveillance and monitoring capabilities in conjunction with Defence Research and Development Canada in the Eastern Arctic.HMCS Moncton will work with other governmental departments in the search for the Franklin Expedition. This year’s operation will include a joint effort between the Department of National Defence and Parks Canada to conduct an underwater archaeological survey of HMS Erebus and continue the search for HMS Terror.Operations in the Arctic provide a unique opportunity to practise specialized skills and further develop the capacity to operate in austere locations and challenging environments.Operation NANOOK takes place annually in several locations across Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. It is the largest sovereignty operation in the Canadian Arctic.Operation QIMMIQ is the Joint Task Force (North) surveillance and presence operation conducted continuously throughout the year in Canada’s North.[mappress mapid=”16777″]Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: Mission View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: shipscenter_img Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Arctic Canadian Navy’s Ships on a Mission in the Arctic View post tag: Canadian Navy View post tag: Navylast_img read more

De La Soul’s First New Album In 12 Years Is Brilliant And Eclectic [Stream/Review]

first_img“Your music means everything to you. Are you concerned about the status of your playlist and precious collection? We feel you, and we’re here to help. Have no fear, De La Soul is here…”On August 26th, quintessential Long Island hip-hop trio De La Soul released and the Anonymous Nobody, their first full album in twelve long years. The album’s cover art depicts an angry mob closing in, with a man running away, screaming that “nobody can control them,” while one man stands bravely in their path, proclaiming “I am nobody.” The defiant hero in this clever cartoon is a powerful symbol of the group’s collaborative vision for this release, and the scores of “anonymous nobodies” that made it possible. The album was the culmination of a project first introduced to fans last year, when De La launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new release. The campaign quickly met its $110,000 goal and went on to pull in over $600,000 in total. With the overwhelming support of their fans–as well as over 200 hours of recorded original jam sessions with various artists to sample from–Dave, Maseo, and Posdnuos were free from the bonds of labels and other stakeholders, free to create whatever they wanted.De La Soul Discusses First Album In 11 Years, ‘and the Anonymous Nobody’The resulting project, and the Anonymous Nobody, is a sprawlingly diverse set of songs that takes full advantage of the creative freedom afforded to them by their DIY, collaborative approach with fans and artists alike. After the opening mission statement of “Genesis”–a poem delivered by Jill Scott–“Royalty Capes” kicks things off in earnest with a trumpet salute fit for a king, before dropping into De La’s signature spaced-out flow over sorrowful strings and bass drum rolls. “Pain” is classic De La Soul, its upbeat, funky flow lending itself perfectly to a featured verse from Snoop Dogg.The robotic overdubs and computerized ad-libs of “Property of Spitkicker.com” give the tune a metallic timbre, laid over a simple snare beat with ethereal tones floating across the mix. “Memory of…(US)” is a beautiful lament floated by Pete Rock‘s legendary production and Estelle‘s wistful vocals.“Lord Intended”, by far the longest song on the record, is a rap-punk hybrid the likes of Jay Z‘s “D.O.A.” or “99 Problems”. While the song’s “fuck everyone, burn everything” refrain may seem a little forced, it’s hard to hate anything that features Justin Hawkins, singer and guitarist for well-loved but long-defunct English rockers The Darkness.Even in the 8 seconds of “Snoopies” before he starts to sing, you can tell that this track has Talking Heads visionary David Byrne’s hands all over it. As the drums and bass hit, the De La portion of the collab becomes clear, building to a peak before stripping down and moving on to a chugging old school groove for the verse. The track alternates between these two musical themes throughout—the verses: card-carrying De La Soul, the choruses: weird, peppy Byrne. It plays more like a mash-up of two songs than a single cohesive collab, but somehow it works—better than it seemingly should.Perhaps the most radio-friendly track on the album, “Greyhounds” is a soft-spoken story of escaping the doldrums on a bus to the greener pastures of NYC’s grey concrete. While Usher‘s hook doesn’t add much substance, the bus-station sound effects at the end evoke a surprisingly sincere emotional response.Our heroine from “Greyhounds” steps off the bus with her pumps clicking on the sidewalk for “Sexy Bitch”, a quick number whose bouncing bassline reminds of classics like “Itsoweezee (Hot)”.  The quick skit features some sagely advice from an old-timer to a desperate youngin’ – “Don’t’ even look, don’t waste your time, baby.” “Trainwreck”, which follows, expounds on the advice to steer clear of trouble with fast women (“Don’t turn your back, when she’s on that track”).“Drawn” (which features Little Dragon) heavily features the whooshing synth swells that are common in much of today’s dance floor fare, but the vocals on the intro inevitably entrance you (“Wont you stay, babe”). The song gets tripped-out quickly, reaching toward different textured frequencies while remaining anchored by the always-on-point backing drums. The only real verse on the song doesn’t start until nearly 5 minutes in, but Posdnuos uses the short stretch impressively, with one of the albums most elegant turns of phrase about the artist-fan relationship and its effect on the music’s longevity: “Two words, ‘I’m mortal. But the fans lift ’em both together and remove the apostrophe.”“Whoodeeni” is the album’s token banger–complete with a Daft Punk-style robotic hook, but features a surprisingly substantive verse from 2 Chainz.“Nosed Up”, one of the album’s standout tracks, boasts the funkiest bass line on a release rich in dope bass lines, and includes a swinging doo-wop style outro.On “Here In After”, the stylistic influence of collaborator Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) is clearly apparent. Indie-pop De La Soul may not be what you’re used to, but by this point in the album, after listening to them traverse countless genres, it doesn’t seem all that shocking. Instead, it offers a positive message, a triumphant victory lap on the journey that was and the Anonymous Nobody– (“Cus we’re still here now.”)One of things that makes this album work so well is how sincere each collaboration is. Every pairing—and they are, undeniably, a varied bunch—effortlessly showcases the mutual artistic respect between De La Soul and the featured artist in question. Each one is a gourmet, well-seasoned combination of De La’s tried-and-true laid back groove and the collaborating artist’s individual style, making for a diverse and attention-grabbing album. Even in 2016, nearly 30 years after the release of their acclaimed debut 3 Feet High And Rising, the trio has succeeded in making a unique, modern-feeling record that, with their faithfully infectious flow, has the feel of classic De La Soul.“Exodus” rounds out a stellar album with an appropriately emotional send-off, that kind of track that gives you tingles, makes you think happy, makes you wax poetic about life, makes you appreciate the role you play in this world, however small.  (“Saviors, heroes? Nah. Just common contributors hopin’ that what we created inspires you to selflessly challenge and contribute. Sincerely, anonymously, nobody.”). It makes you feel grateful. And with a stellar new De La Soul album that feels both happily nostalgic and effortlessly current, we have a lot to be grateful for.last_img read more

The world as sacred

first_img“Divine Space and Sacred Territories” sounds like something you find in church. But this felicitous phrase was the name of the inaugural conference of Harvard’s African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association, the only such group in North America.About 20 scholarly presenters and 150 listeners gathered Friday at Boylston Hall to discuss this modern scattering of ancient religious traditions. The teachings are “always blending and cosmopolitan,” said association director and Harvard doctoral student Funlayo E. Wood, and are “formidable forces in world region. They heal what is broken, balance what is askew.”What has this religious diaspora done to influence modern spiritual practice? A lot, the scholars said, including providing a sense of the Earth as sacred and healing. And what can such religious influences — most of them from a preliterate era — offer current spiritual practice? Again, much, say the experts, including a sense that the divine may reside in everyday objects, in movement, and in the body itself.Funlayo E. Wood, association director and Harvard doctoral student, introduced the inaugural conference.Through the day, the conference scholars from New England, New York, Georgia, Florida, and Nigeria touched on Yorùbá, its Caribbean cousin Vodou, and other practices from humankind’s genetic ancestral home. (“We are all Africans,” said keynote speaker Baba John Mason.)“It’s not tired old things that have been repeated,” said Francis X. Clooney S.J. of the conference’s fresh perspective on modern spirituality. “You’re bringing new things.” (Clooney, who offered a few words to the audience early on, is director of the Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions, a major conference sponsor.)Such practices offer timely lessons. For one, they bring to bear those natural entities deserving honor and protection, including the Earth itself. “Destroying the land equates to human genocide,” said presenter Yoknyam Dabale, a Nigerian-born blogger who is a master’s degree student at Boston College.The conference began with a libation based on the sacredness of Earth itself by Ifa and Orisa practitioner Awo Oluwole Ifakunle Adetutu Alagbede, chief priest of the Ile Omo Ope shrine in Harlem. “Christians look toward the sky,” he said of his water blessing. “We look toward the ground.”Dabale added that female spirits are custodians of the land. It was a reminder of another lesson from Africa’s religious diaspora: the spiritual power of the feminine. Within Christianity, at least, that note remains muted. Dabale said that both modern Africa and the Americas are in need of the balancing, life-giving spiritual power of the feminine.Also deserving of honor and protection, according to these diasporic traditions, are ancestors, who represent the wisdom of the past; elders, who represent the wisdom of the present; and communities, which represent the wisdom of cooperation. That well-ordered life is embodied in the termite mound, said Mason. The shape of these towering cylindrical mounds is echoed in sacred mud structures seen throughout the Yorùbá homeland of northwest Africa.Historian Suzanne Preston Blier, whose reflections on African sacred beliefs opened the conference, remarked on the same ubiquity of these architectural features, these “hollow residences of spirits,” she said, that attract protection and good will. Blier, who is the Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and professor of African and African American Studies, also talked about mapping sacred space using modern geographic information systems (GIS) and computer technologies. An interactive project is already under way, she said, in the Africa section of Harvard’s WorldMap.Also deserving of care are our own bodies. “Your body is a temple — ritual space that you design,” said Mason, a Yorùbá priest and founder of the Brooklyn-based Yorùbá Theological Archministry.The body is in special need of protection these days, said therapist, interfaith minister, and Yorùbá priestess DeShannon Bowens, especially for “cultural groups with a history of violent oppression, (where) traumas on the body go back to the time of their enslavement.” A sexual assault takes place every 2.5 minutes in the United States alone, she said, adding that one in every three or four girls (and one in six boys) will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.“It violates our bodies as sacred space,” said Bowens of sexual trauma, which she tries to heal with both psychotherapy and traditional spiritualism. “These wounds go back thousands of years.”Bowens, founder of the Ilera counseling service (the word means triumph and health in Yorùbá), was among the many practitioners, artists, and scholars who said that African diasporic beliefs bring another lesson to the West and to Christian nations at large: The body and the spirit are not in opposition. They are not in a dueling, dual state, as Augustine held (and as Plato had argued much earlier). They complement one another, and interweave — as Vodou holds — like Earth and sky. Thinking that the body and spirit are opposed, like good and evil, said Bowens “is one of the hardest things to get over. You don’t even have to be a Christian.”In the conference’s four panels, and among its 14 presenters (12 of them women), the lesson of the body’s spiritual power was most evident. Scholars stood behind the podium, but they moved, shouted, sang, and danced, too. Maya James was among the last trio of presenters, all performers from the collective Lukumi Arts in New York. Her paper was a riff, sermon, shout, and a scholar’s interweaving of Aristotle and Shakespeare with the Pentecostal. Her work compared women sitting placidly in church to peaches in a jar. But before long, the peaches “shook loose,” said James, the preacher was leaping from the pulpit, and “it is holy bedlam in this space.”Holy bedlam provides a lesson for churches everywhere, she said. “Divinity can exist anywhere, even when it’s not invited.”The conference seemed to say: Bring the body back to spirituality. It also seemed to say: Bring back the portability of the sacred. In a gathering whose main theme was divine space, a lesson emerged from Africa’s spiritual diaspora: In a world of churches, temples, and mosques, the sacred does not require a building; it is present in everyday life.Blier talked about sacred groves, pathways littered with glittering mica, roots, stones, and trees with meaning. Clooney talked about sacred spaces in the world created by tragedy, like ground zero in New York, and about Harvard’s own “quasi-sacred spaces,” including Memorial Church, Memorial Hall, and the glittering toe on one foot of the John Harvard statute, a lucky touchstone for thousands of tourists ever year.Mason talked about the little shrines in the home of every Yorùbá believer, which provide living space for orisha, the traditional deities of wisdom, sexuality, healing, and other powers. “This is maybe the one strength that keeps us from being Catholic or being Protestant,” said Mason. “We did not put orishas in a separate place that we may visit. Rather, they are in my house. … My relations to God are always close at hand.”last_img read more

Baker’s Half Dozen — Episode 9

first_imgIf you’ve got questions about this episode, or a question you’d like Matt to answer in the next episode, comment below or tweet Matt using #BakersHalfDozen.Episode 9 Show Notes:Item 1: On Premise vs. On PremisesItem 2: Taking a picture of a black holeItem 3: Using CRISPR for molecular data storageItem 4: Satellite monitoring of lakesItem 5: Lawless dataItem 6: A.I. ApocalypseItem 6.5: Yoctosecondlast_img

Container Gardens

first_imgContainer gardening is great for beginning gardeners. But remember, all plants need good soil and nutrients, whether they grow in a container or in the ground. Buying a commercial potting soil ensures the soil is clean and free of any plant disease-causing pathogens. Also, most potting soil sold at garden centers is designed to have good drainage and aeration. Store-bought soil isn’t just soilStore-bought potting soils are sometimes called “soilless mixtures” because they don’t contain soil. They are a combination of peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and finely ground pine bark. Perlite and pine bark help with drainage and aeration. Peat moss and vermiculite help retain water and nutrients. Combined properly, this mixture results is an environment that is moist and well-drained – ideal conditions for plant root growth. Many popular potting soils contain fertilizers, but these nutrients only last a short time. Do not fertilize container plants the first two to three weeks after planting if the potting soil label indicates it was amended with fertilizer. Nutrient levels usually drop after a few weeks because plants use them quickly and nutrients leach from the soil each time plants are watered. Container grown plants dry out faster than plants grown in gardens and require more frequent watering.The big threeMost commercial fertilizers contain the “big three” nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are required for plant growth in larger amounts than other nutrients. Most backyard gardens just need these three nutrients, since native soils usually have sufficient amounts of other minor nutrients. Potting mixtures don’t contain real soil so they often lack minor nutrients like calcium, magnesium, sulfur and iron. This can cause container-grown plants to turn yellow from lack of iron, magnesium or sulfur. Many container plants also get blossom end rot on the bottom of the fruit. This is a classic symptom of a calcium deficiency. Plants may appear stunted because their growth will be limited by the lack of nutrients.The solution is simple—fertilize container-grown vegetables. Select a premium grade fertilizer that contains both major and minor nutrients. You can also add dolomitic lime to the potting mixture at planting as it contains both calcium and magnesium. Some gardeners use Epsom salt to add magnesium to their soil. Don’t use both. Apply one-half tablespoon of lime per gallon of mixture. Follow fertilizer directionsIf you use dry fertilizer, apply it every three to four weeks. One-half teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of soil mixture spread evenly on the soil surface is usually adequate for each application. If you use liquid-soluble fertilizer solution, follow the labeled application rates. Do not apply too much or too frequently as this can lead to excess nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can cause vigorous leaf and shoot growth, but few blooms or fruit. For more information, see the UGA Extension factsheet “Gardening in Containers” at http://t.uga.edu/hY.last_img read more

Planter Adjustments

first_imgAdjusting planting equipment from one field to the next can make the difference between a healthy crop stand and a poor stand, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist Wes Porter.Porter believes Georgia growers who take the time to make necessary changes to their planter from field to field will benefit this planting season. Planter depth; planter downforce, the pressure applied to the row unit by a mechanism in front of the row unit; soil texture; and soil moisture are all components that factor in the planting operation and successful stand establishment.Porter’s goal for some of his research on the UGA Tifton campus is to show which of these factors has the highest influence on stand establishment.“The planter is the most important piece of equipment we have on the farm when we’re trying to establish the crop. We need it to perform at its best,” Porter said.Most producers set a depth and downforce for a crop and plant at those settings for the rest of the season, and farmers may not look at the other components on the planter. Porter says that farmers should adjust the planter to cater to different soil types, especially if fields have different soil moisture levels. “Right now, I think there’s little to no adjustment that happens from field to field and environment to environment among most planters. With our research, we’re trying to show that it pays to spend a little time tweaking your planter setup when you move from field to field,” Porter said. “We’ve seen that the difference in one-half-inch depth change in cotton is the difference between having a really good stand and having little to no crop emerge.”Porter is studying the effect of the relationship between downforce and stand establishment in different soil types. This information will help to develop a prescription map for downforce.“Consider the relationship between soil type and downforce: If the soil is very dry and hard, it’s harder to create a furrow in the soil. You have to apply more downforce to the planter row units to keep it in the ground at the appropriate depth. If you’re in a wet, softer soil, the planter does not need as much downforce to maintain the appropriate depth,” he said.If farmers make adjustments beforehand, they won’t spend extra time and money replanting the crop.“That’s why we are researching planter settings. If we can maximize our emergence the first time by having our planter set up to match the current field conditions, we shouldn’t have to replant as often,” Porter said.last_img read more