With spring approaching, blueberry farmers focus on maximizing their 2018 yields, which means finding new ways to deal with pests like gall midge and spotted wing drosophila.To help these growers stay on top of potential pest problems, University of Georgia integrated pest management (IPM) researchers hosted a spring field day in Alma, Georgia, on Feb 21. Over 70 regional farmers from several southwestern Georgia counties, such as Bacon, Clinch, Appling and Pierce, attended the half-day event.Attendees ranged from experienced growers to new farmers.“We’ve only been in business for five years, and I feel like I have to take advantage of any opportunity to learn,” said Elizabeth McQuaig McIntyre, a farm manager in Abbeville, Georgia.The field day included presentations about pest risks and management strategies by UGA IPM coordinator Ash Sial and his blueberry research team. Following the presentations, attendees rotated through three stations: a sponsored lecture by AirScout, a pest identification station and a sprayer calibration demonstration.UGA entomology professor Glen Rains demonstrated sprayer calibration on various types of equipment.“Properly calibrated, maintained and adjusted sprayers are important to efficient pest management,” said Rains. “Calibration can be overwhelming if you are a novice or even a seasoned veteran. These field days equip farmers with the knowledge to better care for their crops.”The pest identification station included a microscopic viewing of pest specimens and damage, and management strategies by Sial and his team. Andy Wilkes, a novice blueberry farmer, found this station particularly beneficial.“All the information is extremely helpful, but there is something to be said about walking in the fields, learning what and how to identify, and seeing everything that is against us,” said Wilkes. “Every field day event we attend, we learn something new.”All attendees received Pesticide Applicator license credits.For more information on IPM, including upcoming field days, please visit the UGA Extension IPM website at www.ipm.uga.edu. For more information about the UGA Extension Blueberry Team, visit https://site.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/.
Once again, snowmakers defied Mother Nature’s thoughts of a warm winter and made enough snow this week so that skiers and riders could celebrate opening day Saturday at Bolton Valley, just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from Interstate 89.Bolton Valley opened at 10 am with two trails and two lifts. Photos are available here.To kick off the 2011-2012 season, Bolton Valley officials created a festive package of activities to complement skiing and riding on opening day. In addition to the inaugural turns on opening day, skiers and riders filled their tummies with yummy samples of some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors. Olivia’s Croutons and Two Guys in VT Soups, Vermont Natural Foods, Vermont Cookie Love, and Red Maple Granola were just a few of the companies offering samples of their wares from 11 a.m. ‘ 3 p.m. to guests at Bolton.Santa was closing act for the day at Bolton as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived around 4 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.Early season lift ticket prices are $29 for adults and $24 for youth/college/seniors. The ski area is open tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 11 and will then close for skiing and riding from Monday ‘ Thursday. The ski area plans to re-open on Friday, Dec. 16 with skiing and riding from the top of the Vista Quad, weather and snow conditions permitting. Snowmakers will continue to make more snow as weather permits. For the latest snow conditions, visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external).Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the US to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 88km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external) or call 877-9BOLTON. BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (Dec. 10, 2011) ‘
By Jackson Braun Ricky Thornton Jr. and John Hansen led the IMCA Modified field to the green and from that point on Thornton was arguably the smoothest racer on the speedway as he scampered away even after the lone caution of the event. Feature Results Colorado racer Brett Smith had a strong run as he jumped into second place early. Behind him, young guns Zachary Madrid and D.J. Shannon raced hard against veterans Jeff Taylor and hometown racer Jake O’Neil. Thornton claimed his fourth $1,500 victory of the week as Smith finished second with Shannon, Madrid, and O’Neil completing the top 5. Keith Brown Jr. and Ryan Moser completed the podium with respective strong runs. Modifieds –1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; 2. Brett Smith, Merino, Colo.; 3. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 4. Zachary Madrid, Tucson; 5. Jake O’Neil, Tucson; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 8. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 9. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; 10. Bubba Stafford, Wittmann; 11. Rick Akers, Tucson; 12. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 13. Kelsie Foley, Tucson; 14. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 15. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 16. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 17. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 18. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.; 19. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 20. Jason Noll, Peoria; 21. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 22. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; 23. Ryan Roath, Peoria; 24. J.P. Dowell, Killeen, Texas; 25. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek; 26. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa. TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 15) – The grand reopening of the fast USA Raceway was a successful one for many. The track had been shut down for a few years but hard work and dedication to bringing racing back to the facility led to the final two dates for the 2019 edition of the Arizona Mod Tour. Northern SportMods –1. Austin Paul, Monroe, Iowa; 2. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; 3. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo.; 4. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.; 5. Bo Partain, Casa Grande; 6. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; 7. Roy Poeling Jr., Globe; 8. Speedy Madrid, Laveen; 9. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; 10. Dwayne Melvin, Medford, Ore.; 11. Michael Egurola Jr., Tucson; 12. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 13. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wy.; 14. David Jones, Chandler; 15. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa; 16. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb.; 17. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 18. Cole Carver, Apache Junction; 19. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont.; 20. Jim Horejsi, Marshall, Minn.; 21. Bryan Moreland, Durango, Iowa; 22. Ty Weidner, Chandler; 23. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande; 24. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod field was infused with new blood for the rounds at USA as Iowa racer Austin Paul checked out on the field after grabbing the lead early in the 20-lap contest. Racing was phenomenal throughout the pack as the drivers adjusted to the track conditions and swapped positions back and forth.