Temik times out

first_imgU.S. farmers and farm experts knew they’d soon lose a popular chemical used to control major crop pests. But the end has come sooner than they expected.Bayer CropScience announced last week that it would end production of methyl isocyanate, or MIC, at its factory in West Virginia. It will close this factory and one in Georgia. MIC is used to make Temik, which Georgia farmers have used for four decades to control insects and nematodes on major row-crops like peanuts, cotton and soybeans.Last summer, the company agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to phase-out Temik production by 2014 and its use by 2018. The agreement followed a new dietary risk assessment conducted by the agency.But an on-going lawsuit surrounding the Bayer CropScience plant in West Virginia has delayed production at that plant, enough to prevent the company from producing MIC for this year’s growing season, according to a prepared statement by the company.Farmers now will only be able to use the Temik that is stockpiled. And there is likely only 40 percent available of what would be needed in a typical year, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, located in Tifton, Ga.“Though I understand what has happened, it’s a very difficult situation for our growers, who are now scrambling and pressed to find alternatives (to Temik) as we quickly approach planting time and decisions,” he said.Nematodes, which are tiny worms that feed on and clog plant roots, cost Georgia farmers $100 million annually in damage and control measures, Kemerait said. Planting for cotton, peanuts and soybeans will begin in a month. Farmers knew they’d have to switch from using Temik, Kemerait said. And they, the agriculture industry and land-grant institutions like UGA were working to find economical alternatives. “We certainly would have liked to have the time we thought we would,” Kemerait said. “My fear is many growers will make decisions out of desperation instead of careful research-based studies.”There are alternative treatments that can be applied directly to seeds prior to planting. But the availability of such treatments in time for planting is not certain. A fumigant called Telone II can be effective, too, but it is already in short supply, he said.Kemerait is telling farmers to target what Temik they have on nematode control, especially if they can find an alternative means to fight insects like thrips, which feed on plants. “But it is unfortunate to lose a product like Temik. It is a unique, broad-spectrum product with a high level of nematode control and longer window of protection for thrips control.”last_img read more

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Mesa announces vested partner

first_imgTim Williams, president of Mesa Contract Inc. announced Chris Echo has achieved ownership status and is now a vested partner in the company. Echo will continue to focus on existing client relations for Exterus Business Furniture, a Mesa Contract Inc. subsidary.Echo has over 14 years of direct commercial experience in the office and furnishings industry. He holds a BA in Business Management from Champlain College.Mesa Contract is a manufacturer of premium ergonomic office accessories and wood desk solutions. Exterus is a supplier of over 100 quality office furniture manufacturers.last_img

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How to harness the potential of Weibo, the most used travel platform for Chinese millennials

first_imgSimon Properties is a global operator of real estate and shopping centers with over 200 of them throughout the United States. The company has an official Weibo account that serves as an inspiration to potential visitors by highlighting shopping malls, outlets, brands and experiences. Imagine two 26-year-old Chinese women planning a trip to California. In addition to sightseeing, they are also hoping for shopping. The reservation is made 60 days in advance which gives them enough time to prepare and make a travel plan. Both women have been active on Weibo for the past six years and use the social platform to consume news, fashion trends, and interact with friends. Consumer steps This announcement from Simon Properties ’official Weibo account highlights the Desert Hills Premium Outlets located an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. The listed shopping center includes 180 designer stores like the ones listed in the announcement. Conclusion Unlike Instagram, where users follow hashtags, Weibo allows users to search for hashtags that are in trend as well as content created by the users themselves. For example, a search of the hashtag “#LosAngeles” will show what other Weibo users are doing in Los Angeles. This feature allows users to filter out irrelevant or uninteresting content. Weib’s ease of multimedia sharing, live streams and user communities make it a major travel planning tool. Although destination marketing organizations have long recognized Weibo’s power, many have struggled to understand its value and how it fits into China’s social media strategy. Destination profile In a recent survey, Chinese marketing agency Mailman X surveyed 100 Chinese millennials about online travel planning platform preferences. The answers were mostly based on the most famous online travel agencies in China, but still Weibo was mentioned the most times, reports Skift. Consumer understanding is paramount. How young Chinese travelers use Weibo to plan their trips and how destinations can take advantage of the platform’s capabilities, you can read below. The two women will explore the best places to buy famous brands in California. Through their online acquaintances, they will notice Simon Shopping Destinations, a place that is popular among Chinese tourists, and will follow the company’s official profile. Millennial traveler profilecenter_img Destination steps Simon Properties has eight malls and outlets located within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles. In terms of Weibo strategy, it is crucial to ensure that each post contains hashtags such as “#LosAngeles” or “#LA”. This means that the posts will appear on the Weibo user pages of Chinese travelers as they explore California. Source / photo: Shift; Weibo CHINESE TOURIST MARKET – LATEST INDICATORS AND TRENDS Simon Properties ’Weibo account is a powerful source where Chinese travelers can find out information about one of California’s most popular shopping mall chains. They will review content that has already been posted, see which brands are on offer, and check available locations. They want to ensure the best shopping experience, and that includes checking for upcoming discounts, as well as other shopping experiences and benefits. Any good social media strategy should deal with highlighting new activities, restaurants, hotels, parks. It is important to focus on what is new and provide passengers with valid reasons to spend as much time as possible at the destination. As Weibo evolved, so did the behavior of its users. Those seeking to advertise to Chinese tourists need to be visible in China’s digital space and understand how potential consumers use the platform to create relevant content. RELATED NEWS: The hashtag “#LosAngeles” has more than 90 million views and over 128 thousand discussions on the topic. Simon Properties’ goal is to touch this sphere of Weibo and become part of conversations.last_img read more

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Chelsea: It’s business as usual

first_imgChelsea insisted Thursday was just another normal day at Stamford Bridge after Rafael Benitez’s rant at the Blues support and his title of interim manager. Press Association Sport understands Benitez was set to take training at the club’s Cobham base on Thursday morning and, at this stage, expected to be in charge for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom. Benitez’s comments seemed unlikely to go down well with owner Roman Abramovich, although the Spaniard seemed unconcerned as he stated he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Benitez said on Wednesday night: “I have a title. Someone decided the title would be ‘interim’. Why? Just in case? If they want to blame me for everything that is wrong and then they say, ‘We will put interim just in case’, fine, that is your decision. “I don’t agree, but it’s your decision and now everybody has to take responsibility. If we are in the Champions League, I will be the happiest man in the world. “But next year, I will leave anyway because I have finished my contract, so they (his critics) don’t need to be worried about me. What they have to do is concentrate on supporting the team. I have a contract until the end of the season, that’s it, so they don’t need to be worried about me.” Benitez insisted the Chelsea fans who once again chanted against him at the Riverside Stadium were in the minority, but urged them to look at the bigger picture. He said: “It’s a team in transition – they don’t realise. In the past, we had (Didier) Drogba, (Michael) Essien, (Salomon) Kalou. These players, it was a very strong squad, players with experience in the Premier League. It’s a time of transition. But they don’t realise it was a time of transition when I came here.” Press Associationcenter_img Benitez launched an impassioned monologue following the holders’ 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, which set up a quarter-final tie with Manchester United. His criticism sparked suggestions his tenure in caretaker charge could come to an end as soon as Thursday, rather than as scheduled at the end of season. A Chelsea spokesperson said: “It’s business as usual.” last_img read more

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Second-year Lakers forward Brandon Ingram vows he has ‘more to show’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SACRAMENTO — With his own family across the country in North Carolina, second-year Lakers forward Brandon Ingram had a plan to secure a home-cooked meal in Los Angeles.Maybe more than one.“I’ll be traveling to a couple of my teammates’ houses, trying to pick up plates,” he said following the Lakers’ 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.Hey, he’s 20. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s a fact that can’t be repeated enough as the Lakers eagerly await the breakout they expect from the former Duke star and 2016 No. 2 overall pick who has taken a backseat in the pressure department since the arrival of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.And as much as the lanky Ingram plans to spend the four days before the Lakers’ next game on Monday enjoying a brief break, he also will be “trying to reflect on these first 19 games, seeing where I can get better.”It’s an ongoing question for Ingram. Everyone keeps waiting for him to take a big step forward, perhaps missing the fact it’s already happening.In his second season, Ingram’s scoring has climbed from 9.4 points per game as a rookie to 14.7. His supporting numbers – rebounds, assists, steals – are all up, as well, and he’s shooting 45.1 percent from the field. His 33.8 minutes per game have spiked from the 27.7 minutes he averaged through the first 53 games last season, before he replaced veteran Luol Deng as the full-time starter.Ingram showed up for training camp with more muscle packed onto his frame, a challenge from Magic Johnson to score 20 points per game and a seemingly enhanced self-confidence.center_img “I think I have some more to show,” Ingram said. “This summer I was super confident in what I wanted to do this season, and I don’t think it’s all came yet.”While Ball has commanded most of the attention from media, Ingram is the one causing problems for opposing coaches. Over his last four games, he has emerged as an improved distributor, averaging 5.25 assists.The Lakers took Thanksgiving off and will use Friday as a rest day as well before practicing Saturday and Sunday. They face the Clippers in a designated road game on Monday.“We’ve got a lot of young guys who have never done this before,” Coach Luke Walton said, “and even guys who did it last year, second-year, B.I.’s playing huge minutes … So it will be good for them to physically and mentally shut it down for a few days.”AWKWARD TRANSITIONWalton knew that the decision to emphasize getting out in transition to a young team would come with some growing pains.But he’s ready for them to transition into being better in transition.“We know there’s going to be turnovers,” Walton said. “I think our guys are good enough that those numbers should start coming down now, it’s been a long enough time that we should be a little more clean in the way we do our transition game.”The Lakers are committing 17.3 turnovers per game, second-worst in the NBA, ahead of only Philadelphia.“It will be something we will keep focusing on and addressing in film sessions, “ Walton said.Against the Kings, the Lakers committed 17 turnovers that led to 23 points for Sacramento and scored just 10 fast-break points despite forcing 17 turnovers of their own, including eight steals.“We have a lot of turnovers,” Ball said. “Especially in transition. Those are even double negatives because you’re supposed to get buckets with those and it kind of, puts the defense, demoralizes them.”He added: “We’re getting opportunities, we’re not converting.”One particularly glaring moment came with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. Kyle Kuzma had just hit a 3-pointer to cut the Kings’ lead to 14 and the Lakers, who recovered from a 19-point deficit to win a night earlier, looked poised to make another late comeback.Kuzma intercepted a pass from Frank Mason III and pushed the ball the other way, but overthrew a wild, cross-court pass intended for Julius Randle. The ball sailed out of bounds and the Kings scored the next five points, putting an end to the rally.“I think we’re going for home runs every time when we can just make a pass and make a layup,” said Ball, who was responsible for four turnovers. “We’ve just got to execute better.”last_img read more

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