Eggplant Production

first_imgEggplant producers should consider decreasing their current irrigation usage, according to University of Georgia research horticulturist Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez. Doing so saves water and money. On the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia, Díaz-Pérez is researching how farmers can use water more efficiently. “We have relatively plenty of water in Georgia, but we still need to be careful that we use those water resources appropriately. We don’t want to waste them,” he said. Díaz-Pérez has conducted irrigation-based studies with other vegetables, like watermelon and bell pepper. He found similar results in those crops: Water usage can be decreased without hurting the crop’s potential yields.“Certainly, applying more than what’s perceived to be optimal is not necessary. The studies show that we can apply less, up to 30 percent less than crop evapotranspiration, and plants are still able to satisfactorily produce,” he said.Reducing water usage can also improve the plant’s use of essential nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen. If too much water is applied, farmers risk leeching out the nitrogen already in the soil.“Nitrogen (nitrate) is very soluble in water. You want your irrigation moisture to stay in the root zone. If you apply too much water, the moisture will not be held by the soil. Moisture is going to move downward, and as it moves downward, it’s going to bring the nitrates down deeper into the soil level, which could also present an environmental issue,” Díaz-Pérez said.While cautioning growers against applying too much water, he still insists eggplants require an adequate amount of moisture to produce substantial yields. UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong estimates that eggplants require between 1 and 1.5 inches of moisture per week on average.“Eggplants and other vegetable plants can survive with little irrigation water. In our conditions, however, rainfall distribution during the year is irregular; thus, if you don’t provide sufficient moisture to satisfy the crop water requirements, the quality and the yield will go down,” Díaz-Pérez said. The amount of water needed by some crops is very high, sometimes as high as 95 percent, as in watermelon, he said. High water concentrations in the produce mean that farmers need to supply the crop with a lot of water. “If you don’t have sufficient water, plants immediately show a response with reduced yields and quality,” he said.Though smaller in scale compared to other vegetable crops like tomato and bell pepper, eggplants still generate a lot of interest among Georgia producers every year. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the 2014 Georgia eggplant crop was worth $30.2 million.last_img read more

Dutch manager PGGM sets out to improve fiduciary services

first_imgHe said a particular challenge would be to reduce the “current lengthy” decision-making process for new investments.Limbach said PGGM’s fiduciary service would not be available as a standalone product, but would be part of the asset manager’s overall package, in alignment with its goal of playing a “prominent role in the consolidation occurring within the Dutch pensions sector”.He added that PGGM would increase its seven-strong fiduciary team to 10 next year.To make the service more visible, it was given the name Fiduciary Advice at the start of this year.Limbach said PGGM had no plans to offer its fiduciary services abroad.The asset manager has been providing fiduciary services since it became independent from its largest client, the €149bn healthcare scheme PFZW, in 2008.Since then, the service has been developed gradually within its overall service package for all clients.These also include the pension funds for general practitioners (SPH), painters and decorators (Schilders), architects and security, as well as the company scheme of Smurfit Kappa, the packaging material manufacturer. PGGM, the €167bn asset manager and pensions provider, has ramped up its fiduciary services for existing and new clients, according to Chris Limbach, head of the fiduciary advice team.Limbach said the company had shifted its fiduciary offering from a “one-step solution to a process comprising several stages”, with the view to giving clients more control over the implementation of their investment policies.He said PGGM aimed to improve the quality of its decision-making processes in light of the growing regulatory burden on its existing six clients. PGGM’s fiduciary approach now addresses the elements of an asset-liability management study (ALM) separately, matching asset classes with a scheme’s specific requirements and mandates, in addition to monitoring and evaluating asset managers, Limbach said.last_img read more

Ex-Barcelona president reveals what he will pay for Martinez

first_img The Argentine striker is the name on everyone’s lips in Spain as Barca consider activating his €111m release clause. That would not be a wise move according to Rosell, who says that he “would not sign Lautaro for €11m.” “I would sign Neymar [instead], he’s the best after Messi,” he continued. He did concede that the price for the forward could be lowered by including players in exchange, as has clearly been Barca’s strategy since the start, but at the full fee he doesn’t think Martinez is a wise move.Advertisement Loading… Ex-president of Barcelona Sandro Rosell loves to get his name in the papers by talking about the club’s transfer plans, and given the businessman has a new book out, it’s no surprise to see him in Mundo Deportivo talking about the attempts to sign Lautaro Martinez this summer. Barcelona want Lautaro Martinez but may be forced to explore other transfer targets Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponement It’s certainly an expensive one, and a risky one in this summer which could see very limited liquidity in the transfer market. On the subject of Neymar – who he signed for the club the first time in 2013 – he insisted that while he would make him sign two contracts – one for football and one of “commitment”, after the Brazilian walked away from the club in 2017 when PSG triggered his own release clause. — FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Football News Italian football side loses 20-0 with only seven players, gets kicked out of Serie C

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Italian third-tier side Pro Piacenza were on Monday excluded from Serie C after fielding a team of just seven players in a 20-0 defeat by league rivals Cuneo, governing body Lega Pro announced. Financially troubled Pro Piacenza, a side from northern Italy, have been unable to pay their players and staff, who have been on strike for several weeks. Before Sunday’s game at Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, bottom club Pro Piacenza had already forfeited three matches and a fourth would have seen them kicked out of Serie C. So they took to the pitch with seven players, all teenagers born between 2000 and 2002. An eighth player could not initially start having forgotten his identity papers, and came on after an hour.       One of the two players born in 2000 was named on the match sheet as the coach, with a team physiotherapist even taking to the pitch at one point to substitute a player who was suffering from cramps. Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina had slammed the match as “an insult to sport” and vowed it would be “the last farce”. Lega Pro sports judge Pasquale Marino on Monday ruled that Pro Piacenza would be excluded from Serie C, with the “farcial match” assigned as a 3-0 defeat. Pro Piacenza have been unable to pay their players and staff.Pro Piacenza staff have been on strike as many clubs in Serie C face financial difficulties.One player born in 2000 was named as the coach, with a team physiotherapist taking the pitch.  highlights In a statement Lega Pro slammed “Pro Piacenza’s unacceptable behaviour” which it said was also dangerous for players who had not been adequately prepared from the competitive point of view.Team physio Alessio Picciarelli, who came onto the pitch to replace a player, was disqualified until December 31, 2019. Pro Piacenza will also have to pay a fine of 20,000 euros (USD 22,615).        The Italian third division, which is made up of three groups of 20 teams, is professional in Italy, but many of the clubs have financial problems. Last week Matera were kicked out of the league after forfeiting a fourth match with their players on strike since December, having not been paid since September.last_img read more