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    Extension Answers: 2020 resolutions for the farm and garden – Southwest Virginia Today - January 12, 2020 by admin

    A new year means new opportunities and, while resolutions made in January rarely survive until February, there are some actions we need to put on our calendars so help make 2020 the best it can be for us on the farm and in our lawns and gardens.

    So lets begin with January.

    January is meeting month; a time when people gather and learn new techniques or reinforce old methods. There will be several opportunities in January and February to attend meetings and conferences that will help us be more efficient. These range from the annual Shepherds Symposium next Saturday to the Virginia Tech Beef Health Conference at the end of the month. In between, Wytheville will once again host the Southwest Virginia Grassland and Forage Conference on Jan. 21.

    In February, we need to be out in our fields and pastures looking for opportunities to improve the health of our soils. February is a great month (most times not in 2019) to collect soil samples and determine our fertilizer needs for the coming spring and summer. It is also a great time to renovate pastures and hayfields by frost seeding clover. Using this method, you simply scatter clover seed into existing grassland. The sod needs to be well clipped or slightly overgrazed to facilitate the seed getting to the soil, but it is great way to improve grazing animal performance without too much input costs.

    February can also be a great time to get the sprayer back out. Warm days (above 50 degrees) can offer the opportunity to blister several weeds such as thistles, buttercups, henbit and bedstraw. If your fields were yellow, white or purple last spring, use this opportunity. One added benefit to treating fields this time of year is your chances of killing the neighbors garden is all but none existent; however, this only works if you use the correct chemical in the correct amount on the correct target. Know your enemy.

    March is a good time to sow some more hardy crops such as spring oats, but is probably too early (cool) for grass seeding. Apply your fertilizers now (although you can give cover crops a shot of nitrogen in February again in warmer weather). One strategy that can work well is to split your fertilizer applications especially in hay crops. Put on half your fertilizer needs now and put on the remainder after the first cutting. March is also a good time to move cattle and livestock to cleaner pastures. Animals that have been shorted on nutritional needs during the winter (and our hay this year is short on both supply and nutrients generally) can find themselves in distress in the cold days of March. Add in mud from cold March rains and cows getting ready to have calves and you have the recipe for a disaster.

    April is really two months. The first part of April is a good time to reseed grasses in both our fields and lawns. It is also when we need to make sure our mowers and planters are ready to go. Early April is also when many people begin the process of wasting money. The return of warm weather gets everyone stirred up to make garden. There are some vegetables that can be growing during this time, but, for the most part, both the plants and your pocketbook will be rewarded by planting later in the season. A complete list of garden crops and their planting dates is available at the extension office.

    Late April is a time of readiness. If the weather is good, corn can be put in the ground and hay crops need to be coming down. Keeping a careful eye on both the weather and your grasses will help you determine the time to go. Being too early can be bad, but you never really catch up from getting behind.

    In our area, with the exception of a pure stand of timothy (which is rare), every hay field needs to be put down in May. Weather and work schedules may interfere, but the loss of nutrients by letting crops get too mature amounts to millions of dollars of losses every year. Mowing in May also means you can get that second shot of fertilizer out and working before the dry weather of summer sets in. Nitrogen is water soluble but it is also volatile in warm weather. We want our soil nutrients moving to the roots, not boiling skyward.

    The final month we will look at in this column is June.

    June is a good time to get the sprayer back out, but be careful. Gardens and bees are out so be very deliberate in your efforts. That said, early June is a great time to treat our hay feeding areas for spiny amaranth or spiny pigweed while it is small. You can also go after some of the bedstraw areas (the white clouds of weeds you see in hayfields). For homeowners, June is also the month you need to treat your hemlocks and conifers for pests such as bagworms.

    Later this spring, we will make our plans for the summer and fall of 2020, but, in the meantime, prepare yourself for a great 2020. It is going to be the best year we will get for the next 12 months.

    Jan. 11--Shepherds Symposium, Virginia Tech. Call 540-231-9159; you must preregister.

    Jan. 15--VQA Steer and Heifer Sale, Tri State Livestock Market.

    Jan. 15-17--VA Farm Show, Fishersville.

    Jan. 17--Our Great Gator Giveaway Drawing, noon, at the Virginia Farm Show, Fishersville.

    Jan. 20--VQA Steer Take Up, Tri State Market.

    Jan. 20--Farm Management Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Farm Bureau Building, Marion. Topic is BQA Recertification.

    Jan. 21--VFGC Winter Conference, The Meeting Place, Wytheville.

    Jan. 22--VQA Heifer Take Up, Tri State Market.

    Jan. 27-30--VCE Annual Meeting, Hotel Roanoke.

    Dr. Andy Overbay is Smyth Countys agriculture and natural resources extension agent.

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    Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bring back quarterback Jameis Winston? – Hernando Sun - January 12, 2020 by admin

    By Andy Villamarzo

    Hernando Sun sports reporter

    TAMPA- Its a debate that has been ongoing since the day Jameis Winston was drafted back in April of 2015 among Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans all over social media and football chat rooms. The time is now for making a crucial decision on whether Tampa Bay retains their No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Should Tampa Bay retain quarterback Jameis Winston?

    The argument can always slide both ways like Winstons inconsistencies to play well throughout the measure of a regular season. Whether you want to look at Winstons 4-touchdown days against the New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams And Detroit Lions or ponder how he could throw five picks versus the Carolina Panthers and four against both the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans. Nonetheless, Winston has yet to produce the kind of consistency that fans and even his own coaches would like to see on a game to game basis. Theres a lot to intake here when diagnosing the career of Winston to this point.

    Whether its been Winston under the guidance of Lovie Smith, Dirk Koetter and now Bruce Arians, all have or are well regarded amongst those in NFL coaching circles. To be fair with the former, Smith, the now Illinois Illini head coach only got two seasons in Tampa Bay, in which he improved the Buccaneers from 2-14 to 6-10. A couple weeks after the season, however, saw the Glazers family dismiss Smith after just two seasons which could be tied to his desire to add more coaches to his staff, a demand met for Arians (largest staff in the NFL).

    Enter Koetter, who was Smiths offensive coordinator and had previous coordinating experience in Atlanta and Jacksonville. Albeit it was Koetters first head coaching gig in the NFL, the 2016 season was a hit. Despite Winston throwing 18 interceptions, Tampa Bays defense ranked in the top 15 en route to a 9-7 campaign. The success of 2016 brought upon major expectations for 2017, including the signing of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

    Those expectations werent met, as Tampa Bay floundered to a 5-11 record behind significant issues on the defensive side of the ball. The same issues parlayed into the 2018 campaign and a 3-game suspension of Winston after an embarrassing Uber incident in the off-season led to a surprisingly good start behind journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. After a 2-2 record, Winston was reinserted as the incumbent starter, but was benched after an awful showing versus the Cincinnati Bengals (four interceptions). The 2018 season ended with Winston getting another shot under Koetter and after a brief resurgence, Tampa Bay sputtered to another 5-11 record and the firing of Koetter.

    Enter Arians, the self-proclaimed quarterback whisperer, who stated prior to the 2019 season that Tampa Bay already had a quarterback it could win with. After a 5,000-yard, 33-touchdown, 30-interception season, Arians sounded conflicted in comments after the season about Winston. The former Arizona Cardinals head coach mentioned things like we will not beat ourselves next year and we can win with this quarterback, we can definitely win with another one werent exactly badges of honor when it came to giving Winston any praise.

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    29 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the St. Louis Area – STLtoday.com - January 12, 2020 by admin

    NEW CONSTRUCTION in the exciting Alexander Woods neighborhood by Payne Family Homes. This 3,178 s/f, 1.5 story has 4 BD, 2.5 BA, a main flr Master suite & a 4 CAR GARAGE (4th car is tandem). Features inc 9 clngs w/vlts, gas FP w/stone surround, Deluxe Kitchen, staggered height cabinets w/hardware, Quartz c-tops, island w/seating bar, st steel appl, butlers pantry, W/I pantry, frml DR, engineered wood in the main living areas, large Mstr W/I closet, Luxury Mstr Bath w/dual shower, raised height Mstr vanities w/wave bowls, a Loft, W/I closets in every bdr, Jeld Wen low E windows, tall bsmt pour, R/I bath & more. The ext is elegant w/brick, low maint siding, arch shingles, full yard sod & prof landscape. This premier Chesterfield location is near some of the regions top employers, popular shopping areas, restaurants, commuter byways & in the sought after Parkway Central school dist. Enjoy easy access to Hwy 40/61, medical facilities, outstanding parks, recreation & Lambert Int Airport.

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    The past and future of Gothenburgs Sod House Museum and the world’s largest plow – MDJOnline.com - January 4, 2020 by admin

    Baked by the sun and buffeted by wind, the southeast corner of a sod house is typically the first piece to fail and fall.

    Merle Block would learn this lesson the hard way, some years after hed taught himself to build a home from the very ground around it.

    He and his wife, Linda, were farming and ranching near Gothenburg at the time. But they felt called to tell the story of their ancestors, immigrants who landed in Nebraska and had relied on the earth to provide the shelter they needed.

    They feared the areas connection to its past was slipping away.

    Both of our families lived in sod houses in the 1880s and thereafter, he said recently from Arizona, where they were escaping winter. I grew up on a farm, but I never saw the sod houses.

    In 1988, they bought 3 acres near Gothenburgs interstate exit, built a bright red barn and opened a museum, showcasing the areas rich Swedish history with old photos and pioneer-era items.

    Merle Block put up the sod house next, cutting and stacking and shaping the bricks of soil into four walls and a roof. It took him three weeks and three good reference books, he said.

    The couple now had the makings of a tourist attraction, but they needed more tourists. So he built what he called the worlds biggest sod-raking plow out of new steel and old bridge planks, four times larger than normal and a magnet for travelers.

    It was just a showpiece, right up next to the interstate at the front of the lot. People would see it and pull off.

    The sod-raking plow at the Sod House Museum is four times bigger than normal and made with new steel and old bridge planks.

    But he wasnt done. He collected all of the scrap barbed wire his neighbors, and their neighbors, could offer, and taught himself to be a sculptor.

    He wrapped more than 3 miles of fence wire into a Native hunting on horseback, 4.5 miles into a buffalo grazing nearby.

    I put the buffalo out in the grass beyond the sod house and the barn, and theyd spot that right away. People kept coming back and bringing friends and showing them. And thats what we wanted.

    The buffalo grazing near the Sod House Museum is made out of 4 miles of old barbed wire.

    Those early years, they were averaging 50,000 visitors a summer, he said. They didnt charge admission, but they accepted donations and sold souvenirs in the sod house.

    That still didnt do it, he said. It wasnt a money-making project.

    They welcomed visitors for nearly three decades, even as the Pizza Hut and Howard Johnson and Comfort Suites and espresso shop moved into the area, and the sod house weathered and he had to build it back up, and the sculptures rusted and the demands of running a museum started taking a toll.

    They shut it down two years ago.

    We hated it that we had to close, but the time comes when it doesnt work. The wife said: Were old. You get up into your 80s; you just dont want to work.

    They put their attraction on the market last year: barn, sod house, barbed-wire buffalo and Native, worlds largest plow -- 3 acres of interstate-area property -- for $119,000.

    Merle Block collected scrap barbed wire to create a Native on horseback.

    Gothenburg is proud of its pioneer history, promoting its Pony Express station, the historical museum and, for years, the Sod House Museum.

    And its boosters have been monitoring the future of the property. It needs updating, but its still a draw, said Deb Egenberger, executive director of the Community Development Office.

    Wed love to see it remain there, she said. We have a lot of folks who come right off the interstate and want to see it.

    The offers started trickling in, said Stephanie Walker, an agent with Gothenburgs Remax Farm, Home and Ranch whod never sold a sod house before.

    It was a unique listing, just because it wasnt a typical commercial listing.

    Most potential buyers had plans for the property that didnt include telling the tale of the areas history.

    Merle Block spent three weeks building the sod house in 1988.

    But then the right offer appeared. A fair price, and a letter pledging to continue the museums legacy, while making some changes and updates.

    That meant something to the sellers, Walker said. The property is under contract, the deal should close soon and the hand-built tribute to the past should have a future.

    The Blocks are very much tied to that, she said. And theyre glad to see it continue.

    The porch swing isn't the only attraction in Nebraska that claims a "world's largest" title. The Leon Myers Stamp Center at Boys Town is home to the world's largest stamp ball. The colorful ball has a 32-inch diameter, weighs 600 pounds and contains 4,655,000 postage stamps.

    In downtown Omaha you'll find a 13-foot fork gathering up a bite of metal pasta. Jake Balcom designed the stainless steal sculpture called "Stile di Famiglia" (Family Style) for the The Homeowners Association of the Towns of Little Italy. You can see the sculpture at 1115 S. 7th St.

    More about the artist: Jake Balcom

    The Klown Doll Museum in Plainview is home to more than 7,000 dolls. Don't miss Stumpy the Klown, the museum's 8-foot-tall wooden mascot.

    Beneath this concrete pyramid in Seward is a time capsule filled with an assortment of artifacts including a Chevy Vega. The items were placed in the capsule by Harold Davisson in 1975 with instructions to open the capsule on July 4, 2025. The pyramid is billed as the world's largest time capsule.

    Hebron claims to be the home of the world's largest porch swing.

    You can't have a list of odd attractions without including Carhenge. The monument near Alliance is one man's automotive tribute to England's ancient Stonehenge.

    The tiny northeast Nebraska town of Maskell is home to the smallest city hall in the United States.

    The Archway museum straddles Interstate 80 near Kearney. The 310-foot-long elevated building features exhibits and stories about America's western expansion.

    The lower level of the Hastings Museum is dedicated to Kool-Aid, which was invented by Hastings native Edwin Perkins.

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    Birders document rare finds during the Annual Christmas Bird Count – Hernando Sun - January 4, 2020 by admin

    Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

    Every year during the winter break, thousands of people take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count. December 14 this year marked Audubons 120th year.

    The Christmas Bird Count was known as the Christmas Side Hunt, a holiday tradition back in the early 1800s, where riflemen would shoot and kill as many feathered fliers they could find in a particular area and at that time included small game. The group that had the most birds collected would win, what they won is unknown.

    After years of conducting this Side Hunt, conservationists, including famed ornithologist Frank M. Chapman began to take notice of the decline in the birding population.

    Frank M. Chapman came up with the idea of exchanging their rifles for a pair of binoculars and by that hopes to restore that areas birding population. From that day on, this became the most popular tradition among hundreds of thousands of avid birders.

    According to The First Christmas Bird Count document on Audubon.org, the count held on December 25, 1900, twenty-seven participants observed over eighteen thousand individual birds and over eighty species. Ducks, sparrows, woodpeckers, and owls were among those species counted in over ten states, including Ontario.

    The Christmas bird count has been the longest-running citizen science program in the U.S. if not in the world. Dr. Marianne Korosy, Director of Bird Conservation, said. Its important not only for Audubon members but people that are interested in birds.

    Dr. Marianne Korosy explained another vital factor for this bird count: tracking changes in species diversity. For example, if species X had been observed at the same location for over eighty years and for the next twenty years, not one sighting was recorded, that could be one of the indicators of climate change.

    The Christmas bird count not only documents the number of birds of each species but they document the diversity of the species that are present in the same time increment every year, Dr. Marianne Korosy said. The count always runs from December 14 to January 5. We are sampling, in essence, the birds in the same time frame every year in the same 15-mile diameter circle. That gives us a long-running database that we can evaluate trends, the population as well as species diversity.

    Linda Vanderveen and Bev Hansen organized two separate bird counts in Hernando County.

    On the Brooksville Christmas Bird Count, we got 110 species. The unusual birds were a Clay-colored Sparrow, a Peregrine Falcon, a Broad-winged Hawk, a Baltimore Oriole, and a Says Phoebe. The Brooksville Circles center is Bystre Lake, and the circle is 15 miles across. We have seven teams covering the areas.

    The most numerous bird species were Robins, Crows, Ring-necked Ducks, Cowbirds, Coots, and Cattle Egrets. Birds that we dont find anymore are the Burrowing Owls, Great Horned Owls, and several species of ducks. Loss of habitat has taken a toll over the years.

    ~Linda Vanderveen via email

    The most outstanding bird for the Aripeka-Bayport CBC is an adult male Hooded Oriole, a very rare bird that has only been documented in Florida twice before. It was found in Weekiwachee Preserve and is still being seen by countless birders who are traveling from various parts of the state to see it. Thirty-two birders participated in this count. We saw 17 species of ducks and 14 species of shorebirds.

    Parenthetically, in the days after the CBC, while some birders were on their way to see the Hooded Oriole, they found another bird rarely seen in Hernando County called an Ash-throated Flycatcher. This is also in Weekiwachee Preserve.

    ~Bev Hansen via email

    Hernando Audubons participation in the Christmas Bird Count can document changes in bird species happening here in Hernando county. Those feathered friends we see out and about during our hikes or walks, biking, driving, or even watching them visit bird feeders in our backyards is just one way of understanding the effects of habitat loss and changes in the climate.

    Those interested in learning more about the Christmas Bird Count, please visit: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

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    First peek: OPSB starting new year with new offices – The News Star - January 4, 2020 by admin

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    The new Ouachita parish school board building in West Monroe, La. is set to be fully functional by the end of January as staff settles in to the new space. (Photo: Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star)

    Just before the winter break, the lobby of 1600 N. Seventh St., West Monroe, was stacked high with boxes the kind for moving, not gifts.

    The Ouachita Parish Schools administrative offices are moving under a single roof, and the transition is set to be complete by mid-January.The first meeting in the updated building will be a special meeting at noon Jan. 6.

    Superintendent Don Coker is proud of the new space. He can point to the purpose almost every closet, nook and cranny will serve.

    "The space is great, and I like to see this as not just a central office but a training facility for all of our people," he said.

    The formerOuachita Parish Alternative Center and West Monroe Junior High School campus has been renovated into state-of-the-art office space with classrooms and computer labs for staff training dotted through the complex.

    Everything was designed to work together and make things easier.

    "A lot of thought was put into how this was when you take a school and you gut the entire thing and then you build it back one step at a time trying to figure out how you coordinate all of this stuff. It's huge," Coker said.

    The new board room at the remodeled Ouachita Parish School Board building in West Monroe, La.(Photo: Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star)

    Once people are buzzed in the front door, a hallway to the left leads to Coker's office and personal conference rooms and the cafeteria.

    Going straight, visitors will find the elevators, then the board room. Behind the board room, members have a smaller conference room specifically for executive sessions.

    Taking a right from the lobby will lead straight to the most visited offices: retirement, leave, insurance and payroll.

    Then the business offices are laid out in ways that keep departments together while sharing work rooms and printers. Every department has its own break room.

    The DARE and truancy officers with the Ouachita Parish Sheriffs Office will have their own space with an external exit at the end of a wing. (The facility is secure and requires digital fobs to swipe in each door.)

    Upstairs, there are other departments andtraining space, computer labs and additional storage. They've included a media room with a green wall for photos and digital video training for students too.

    Media center workers and IT will be in another building in the same complex.

    The new Ouachita Parish School Board building in West Monroe, La. will feature tables designed and made by the district's high schools. This table was built at West Ouachita High School.(Photo: Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star)

    All the furniture from the old offices has been brought to the new building, and students at parish high schoolsare building tables for conference rooms around the complex.

    Coker said they also plan to hang students' art around the buildings.

    The best bargain in the whole development, he joked was the sod out front. Landscaping wasn't in the budget, but West Monroe High School had borrowed money from the board to put down a new turf practice field. They moved the grass to the new office.

    The only place everything was not accounted for was the mail room. Each school has a letter box, as does each department in the new building.

    "We haven't figured out what we're doing with thoseyet," Coker said, grinning andpointing to a bank of cubbies against one wall.

    It's a new look, but history hasn't been abandoned. The West Monroe Junior High School wall plaque is hanging near the secondary entrance on the front of thebuilding.

    Parts of the building keep vintage elements of the building in sight, like painting original brickwork to blend with new drywall. The look merges both elements.

    "I'm thinking that down the road, this is going to be a cost saving measure for the entire district," Coker said.

    They'll be maintaining fewer buildings, as a star, and there are built-in energy efficiencies in the redesigned offices, such as overhead lights that adjust based on the amount of daylight in the room.

    The rooms are spacious and most of have lots of natural light. (In 30 years of administration, this is the first time Coker has had a window in his office.)

    Ouachita Parish School Board Superintendent Don Coker sits at his desk in the new school board building in West Monroe, La. on Dec. 19.(Photo: Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star)

    The new facility gives the district multiple spaces for events they'd previously held at churches. Coker said they can accommodate 700 teachers at one time in the entire central office.Being able to speak to 100 employees in one room like this is something they've never been able to do.

    There are plans to start serving meals out of the cafeteria to employees who aren't based ata school. The goal is to make it self-sustaining without adding extra cost to the district.

    Coker assumed his role in 2015. He said he'd been thinking of this project for several years and timing was everything. OPAS, now call Ouachita Parish Academy for Learning, students had to be moved, and some employees had to be relocated around the district to make room while the buildings were being renovated.

    Now they're all coming home.

    "What I'm having to do is to take four families and blend them into one, and that's going to be my Iwouldn't say challenge but that's going to be something that we're going to be working toward," Coker said.

    He feels humble and proud that he pulled it together.

    "I'm tired, but I'm happy."

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    Commitment and Dedication – Hernando Sun - December 31, 2019 by admin

    Central Navy JROTC excels in the Air Rifle Competitions

    Article and Photography by Alice Mary Herden

    Brooksville, Fla. -- Since the beginning of the 2019 school year at Central High, students from the Navy JROTC program have been competing in air rifle competitions.

    Our main job is to instill skills and citizenship values to our young cadets through a tough curriculum and extra-curricular activities, Navy Veteran Commander Christian Cruz said. Its about discipline and giving them the skills that they need so they can be ready for what happens after high school.

    On Dec. 14, 2019 Central Navy JROTC won the Civilian Marksmanship Program State of Florida Championship in Jacksonville at the Gateway Rifle Pistol Club, and this is their third year in a row to take home the first-place trophy.

    At these competitions, all the students have to be prepared and mentally focused without any outside personal distractions.

    When I first joined JROTC I saw they had a rifle team, I really wanted to do that, said Team Commander Lieutenant LeeAnn Wallace. I like that we do this as a team. Its really helped me with my self-discipline because practicing it takes a lot of work and a lot of time to improve.

    All of the Navy JROTC students at Central High School have been solid in their performance at each competition. They continue to showcase higher standards of sportsmanship, as well as their commitment to the sport.

    That feeling of accomplishment when you break a goal that you didnt think youd be able to break but also all your team members are able to do it too, Brent Howard said. Its a great feeling.

    They are absolutely doing amazing, said air rifle coach Master Gunnery Sergeant Arnett. I am so very proud of them foremost. As teachers, we always talk about how to be successful and be resilient in the face of situations that come against you. These kids are all that.

    These kids, they challenge me as a coach, and I have to come up with ways to help them be better than they are. When you give your time and effort into the kids, and they grow and learn from what you are trying to teach them and excel at it, as a coach you cant ask for anything better than that, Master Gunnery Sergeant Arnett added.

    Previous Shoulder to Shoulder Competitions (A shoulder to shoulder is when the competitors stand side by side during competitions.)

    October 12, 2019

    Shoulder to Shoulder Competition at Oviedo High School

    -Central High School JROTC Navy team placed first out of 23 schools

    -Individual First Place, Bailey Birchler out of 93 competitors

    November 23, 2019

    U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championship Sectionals at Sarasota Military Academy

    -Central High School Navy JROTC placed first in the State of Florida out of 17 schools

    -Individual First Place, Brent Howard out of 77 competitors

    -Central High School Navy JROTC came in fourth in the Nation for Army out of 180 schools

    -Individual 6th Place, Brent Howard out of 811 competitors

    Top forty, Leann Wallace, Bailey Birchler, and Kyle Chilson

    December 7, 2019

    Area 7 Championship at Oviedo High School

    -Central High School Navy JROTC Navy team placed first out of 30 schools

    -Individual First Place, Brent Howard out of 112 competitors

    December 14, 2019

    Civilian Marksmanship Program State Championship at Gateway Pistol Club in Jacksonville, FL

    -Central High School Navy JROTC placed first out of 20 schools for the past three years.

    -Individual First Place, Bailey Birchler out of 67 competitors. Leann Wallace took first place in 2017.

    Up ahead for the team:

    The Navy JROTC Nationals in Chandler, Arizona, in February. If in the top twelve Central High School Navy JROTC will move on to the All Services at Camp Perry, Ohio in March to represent the Navy.

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    CAGR of 12.6%, Automated Turf Harvester Market forecast by 2026 made possible by top research firm – WhaTech – WhaTech - December 31, 2019 by admin

    Key Players | Schneider Electric, General Electric, Siemens, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Engie

    The research study provides market introduction, AUTOMATED TURF HARVESTER market definition, regional market scope, sales and revenue by region, manufacturing cost analysis, Industrial Chain, market effect factors analysis, AUTOMATED TURF HARVESTER market size forecast, 100+ market data, Tables, Pie Chart, Graphs and Figures, and many more for business intelligence.

    The global automated turf harvesters market size is expected to reach $155,947.8 thousand in 2026, from $62,151.5 thousand in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 12.6% from 2019 to 2026.

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    In the AUTOMATED TURF HARVESTER Market, some of the major companies are:

    - FireFly Automatix, Inc.- Kesmac Inc.- KWMI Equipment- MAGNUM ENP- Trebro Manufacturing, Inc.- Turf Tick Products B.V.

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    AUTOMATED TURF HARVESTER Market: Insights

    Automated turf harvesters are used to harvest turf in the form of rolls and slabs from turf cultivation farms. It is an upgrade to the manually operated turf harvesters and provide one-man operation for cutting, rolling, and stacking of turf.

    The automated turf harvesters have features such as product quality monitoring, which rejects the defective roll or slab by sensing its weight and thickness.

    Moreover, the automated turf harvesters are provided with remote monitoring and diagnostics features, cellular or wireless communication systems, bilingual interface and many other features. This propels the automated turf harvesters market growth significantly.

    Furthermore, the implementation of automated turf harvesters on turf cultivation farms increase harvesting speed by 20% and reduce fuel consumption as well. The customers, majorly sod farmers, are switching towards automated equipment in order to increase the overall quality of the harvested turf.

    In addition, the labor costs are mainly reduced by the implementation of automated turf harvesters on sod farms. Furthermore, the major consumers of automated turf harvesters are from the developed nations like European and North American regions, mainly owing to the better living standards, resulting in improved housing with bigger lawns, participation in luxury sports like golf.

    The shift of consumer preferences toward automated agricultural equipment is a major driver for the automated turf harvesters market. The introduction of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in farming has helped the cultivators to obtain better quality and more yield in less time.

    Thus, the farmers are inclining toward autonomy for various agricultural processes. Moreover, the lack of labor and high cost associated with labor intensive farming promotes the use of automated equipment for turf farming applications.

    The stacking of turf pallets is the most tedious task as each pallet weighs around 1,500 to 3,000 pounds, which requires maximum effort which can be eased with the use of automated turf harvesters, which provide automatic stacking. Automation enables high quality turf harvesting and reduces the time required for turf harvesting process.

    Furthermore, various sports federations are choosing natural turf over artificial turf to conduct various sports such as football, soccer, cricket, and others. The artificial turf use has led to many negative results such as increased field temperature and is expected to contribute to on field injuries including fatigue, shortened career of the players, and negative effect on life after retirement of the players, hence the sports organizations are choosing natural turf over the artificial turf which increase the requirement of turf cultivation and in turn, bolsters the automated turf harvesters market growth.

    On the contrary, high costs of automated turf harvesters is a major restrain for the growth of automated turf harvesters market. Also, the versatility of artificial grass is increasing its popularity over natural grass in the residential sector.

    However, the growth in construction of golf courses in countries such as China, creates a demand for turf cultivation and thereby, creates lucrative opportunities for the growth of automated turf harvesters market during the forecast period.

    The global automated turf harvesters market is segmented on the basis of product type, application, and region. By product type, it is divided into roll turf harvesters and slab turf harvesters.

    The slab turf harvesters segment is anticipated to dominate the global automated turf harvesters market in the future, owing to the growth of residential construction activities mainly in the U.S. and the UK. By application, it is classified into residential, commercial, golf courses, and sports/ athletics.

    The commercial segment is projected to dominate the global automated turf harvesters market during the forecast period. Also, the residential segment holds the highest share in the automated turf harvesters market.

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    By Product Type- Roll Turf Harvesters- Slab Turf Harvesters

    By Application- Residential- Commercial- Golf Courses- Sports/Athletics

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    Golfdom’s 2019 State of the Industry report – Golfdom magazine - December 23, 2019 by admin

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    An inaccurately forecast hurricane saved a lot of superintendents some trouble (but not the unnecessary prep work), while floods and drought were common themes in this years report. The labor challenge? We had to laugh when Daniel Francis, president of the Cincinnati GCSA, said, Im not going to talk about labor. Everyone knows labor is a problem.

    For our 2019 State of the Industry report, sponsored by Nufarm, we once again embarked on a journey to learn what the golf season was like across the country. We talked to GCSAA chapter presidents and representatives to learn about regional weather, disease pressures, challenges and successes. This report, surveying 13 different states, covers a lot of ground.

    Were happy to see that many of these reports are positive. It seems that despite some challenging weather conditions and the omnipresent labor issue superintendents had a lot to be proud of in 2019. But that doesnt mean they are celebrating just yet. Like TPC Louisiana Superintendent Brandon L. Reese reminds us, Our business never stops. Its a little bit of a slowdown, but not much. The grass has slowed down, but things dont slow down a ton.

    We talk with 19 superintendents around the country in this report. To jump to a specific interview, click on their name below.

    President, Long Island GCSASuperintendent, Seawane Golf & Country Club, Hewlett Harbor, N.Y.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    It was pretty normal. Rounds were slow in the beginning because it was a little wet, but then it picked up. April, May were a little light, and then the weather turned for the better. I would say we were down in the beginning of the year and then picked up to normal.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    It was kind of a wet early spring, and then it basically stopped raining.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    Not bad, maybe two weeks all summer were kind of sketchy. We dealt with Pythium and brown patch during those hot spells. During the heat and humidity, those are typical.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    Labor, by far. Finding either qualified assistants or even qualified crew members, which is getting to be more and more difficult every year. I started using a lot more part-time summer help. We began employing more women this year. Right now, I have a couple women this fall who will get their kids off to school, then work 8:30 to 1:30 every day. That seems to be the possibility moving forward, is having more females whore looking for part-time work during the day.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    We had a great turnout for membership and our local chapter at the PGA Championship at Bethpage since the PGA was on Long Island.

    What are your expectations for 2020?

    Its supposed to be a cold winter, so superintendents in our area, the No. 1 thing on their minds is, Are we going to make it through without any winterkill or damage? We certainly dont want to go into spring with any turf loss, but like the old saying goes, If Mother Nature wants it, shes going to take it. Hopefully, member participation and member rounds will go up. Hopefully, well be able to grow the game a little more than we are right now, trying to come up with ways to get people more involved in the game.

    As interviewed by Sarah Webb

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    Rick Lewis, president of the Maine GCSA, is superintendent at Willowdale Golf Club. His chapter experienced a wet spring and cooler-than-normal temperatures. (Photo: Willowdale Golf Club)

    President, Rio Grande GCSADirector of golf course maintenance, Towa Golf Club, Santa Fe, N.M.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    It was much improved overall. The courses in the state generally all received good moisture in the winter, meaning we had more snow than we had seen in the previous three to four years. Course conditions were a lot better going into the spring.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    Moisture was a little more than what we (normally) see. For us, moisture is very precious, unlike in some parts of the country. I think the weather pressure played a good and bad factor. Because of the moisture, we did lose some rounds because it rained. Were very much like Colorado, where we can boast 300 days of sunshine, but when the rain comes, sometimes it comes all at once when the monsoons hit. The moisture overall for the year was continuously good. We didnt have big stretches where there was no moisture at all, like wed had in previous years.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    Disease pressure is fairly low for us in the state in general due to the dryness. Most of the diseases are fungal diseases. Not that guys dont spray, we do, but were not battling things like the East Coast often has to do.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    Generating consistent rounds overall is always an issue. Were in a situation where rounds arent increasing really anywhere in the country, and in our area, when you have a downturn, its hard to fight back.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    In the area, Black Mesa had some issues with enough water and better-quality water. In the last two years, they got their water issues worked out, and their conditions greatly improved. It was a course that was in the Top 100 courses in Golf Digest. During those years when they were going through those issues, it affected a lot of us in this area. Were very grateful that theyre doing better and helping everyone at the same time with their reputation as a Golf Digest Top 100 club. As for the chapter, we are very close to having our Best Management Practices (BMP) project done. Im guessing well have that published within the next six months.

    What are your expectations for 2020?

    Going into this winter now, it doesnt look like its going to be as good of a moisture winter for the entire state. I think some pockets of the state will get normal moisture, but others will get less than normal. The winter is the big trigger on how next year will start out for us.

    As Interviewed by Sarah Webb

    Immediate past president, Colorado GCSASuperintendent, Pole Creek Golf Club, Tabernash, Colo.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    From what I heard, numbers were up, definitely here in my specific region in the mountains. We pretty much lost all of June to weather; we also had snow, but we rebounded in July, August and September. We had a really strong last three months.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    We had rain in most of May and then a little snow in June, so it was pretty cold. We werent turning on much irrigation in that time. And then it really dried out for us in July, August and September. It was too dry. October was unusually snowy, and now in November, we are back in a dry spell. In Colorado statewide, it was the coldest October in quite some time.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    Our biggest one was coming out of the winter. We had a lot of snow mold because a lot of our courses were under snow for over 200 days. The only one we really deal with otherwise is anthracnose. We dont get much pressure up here (in the mountains). I think we all kind of spray similar fungicides for anthracnose, and I think its pretty common around here.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    I would say the labor. Our biggest challenge up here where Im located is housing for all of our laborers. Being in a resort town, the housing market is terrible. Its tough on those who arent making as much money.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    Our biggest one is our BMPs just came out. That and we just had our third annual conference, and the numbers every year are growing, so that has been a real success.

    What are your expectations for 2020?

    Hopefully, to have another successful season on all the golf courses, and hopefully, weather cooperates. Thats the big one, getting weather to cooperate and continuing to have strong numbers.

    As interviewed by Clara McHugh

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    Immediate past president, Idaho GCSASuperintendent, Oquirrh Hills Golf Club, Tooele, Utah

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    I think the season was generally pretty good. Most years, the weather plays a significant part in the success of the season, and that was true for this year. We had a wet spring but pretty good weather the rest of the way. We had a couple weeks of significant cold in October, but it has warmed back up, and we are getting some extra play now in November, which is a bonus.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    Overall, we had a pretty good weather year. The spring was wet. We had quite a bit of rain March, April and into May. At my course, we had a years worth of precipitation in that three-month period. After that, it dried out for most of the rest of the summer. Many areas went 60-plus days with no rain, but we didnt get very hot. There is quite a wide variety of climate/temperature/precipitation in our area, from desert to mountain/desert to high-elevation mountain courses.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    This is one area in which we usually do not have too much trouble. Other than snow mold in the winter, not too many problems, other than maybe some localized microclimate issues. Low humidity levels and pretty good air movement seem to keep most diseases at bay.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    I am not aware of anything specific, challengewise. Usually water and water availability are significant concerns, but with our winter snowpack and wet spring, that wasnt any issue this year. My best guess would be related to revenue, growth of the game and having the funding available for equipment and capital improvement projects.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    We have been spending time working on our BMPs and are looking forward to completing that next year. There were some courses that I know had some success with junior golf programs and introducing young players to the game.

    What are your expectations for 2020?

    The general feeling that I get from other superintendents and course managers is a quiet optimism. Most courses saw a slight improvement by years end with revenue/play, and hopefully, that trend will continue. Several courses are looking at updating some equipment and capital improvements on the golf course.

    As interviewed by Clara McHugh

    President, Carolinas GCSASuperintendent, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, N.C.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    Overall, it was another good year for golf in the Carolinas. There were four USGA Championships contested in our region in 2019 (U.S. Womens Open, U.S. Senior Womens Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur), and I think they definitely raised the level of excitement for golf in North and South Carolina this year.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    The weather was definitely a major talking point again. The year started off wet, on the heels of a record-breaking fall the year prior. Summer was excessively hot and dry for some but still wet for others, me included. September saw a flash drought that lasted nearly 50 days, and we still had record-high temperatures in early October. We set an all-time record high of 99 degrees F on Oct. 2 in Charlotte.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    We had some spring dead spot (SDS) like always on our bermudagrass fairways. Were assisting NC State University with some fungicide trials for SDS this year. I still manage bentgrass putting greens, and the hot and wet combination this summer kept me on my toes treating for Pythium root rot.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    Labor! Finding folks who want to work is a major hurdle.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    There were four USGA Championships conducted in our area this year. Also, our chapter raised a new record amount ($61,000) in the Rounds 4 Research auction.

    Im hopeful after a challenging year like 2019 that there is only one direction golf can go up! Heres to a prosperous and weather-friendly 2020, fingers crossed.

    As interviewed by Christina Herrick

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    President, Virginia GCSA Superintendent, Blacksburg Country Club, Blacksburg, Va.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?

    The season for playing golf in our region was pretty good. There were very few rainy days and not too many periods of extended heat. Our rounds are up 18 percent over last year, we sold out our large-member tournaments and league play participation was up. I hope this is a trend that others around the state observed as well.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    The weather this year was interesting. We started off the year like we ended last year, wet. Then in June, someone turned off the spigot. We received 4 inches of rain for the entire summer, half of which fell in a one-week period. Thats about 8 inches below average for that time period. During this time, much of the state was in some level of drought. Fortunately, some timely rains have fallen over the past couple of weeks, but there are still some areas that would benefit from a good rain.

    What was the disease pressure like in your area in 2019?

    Disease pressure was low. With a lack of rainfall, extended leaf moisture was not an issue.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area this year?

    Labor! Finding, hiring and retaining all levels of our team was/is a challenge. As the labor pool shrinks, it has become increasingly difficult. And we are not alone. I have several members who are business owners that specialize in a trade, and they are experiencing the same issues.

    Were there any notable success stories from your area/chapter this year?

    Our chapter has been very active with state government recently. There have been several pieces of legislation introduced during the last couple of sessions that were detrimental to our industry. We have been able to meet with the delegates and present our point of view. Now we are recognized by members of both the House and Senate in the Statehouse.

    What are your expectations for 2020?

    In 2020, I expect more of the unexpected. Weather is always a crapshoot, and Mother Nature is undefeated. We are going to have to be even more creative to attract and retain labor. Policymakers are going to continue to introduce legislation that is related to our industry. It will be important to stay vigilant and keep an eye on bills coming out of the Capitol.

    As interviewed by Christina Herrick

    Georgia GCSA board member Superintendent, Big Canoe Golf Club, Jasper, Ga.

    Generally speaking, how was the golf season in your region?The peak golf season of April through October was terrific. We beat rounds numbers from last year in every peak month.

    How was the weather for your area this year?

    After a wetter-than-normal start, the weather was incredible. Average or below-average rainfall in every month after April meant golfers had no excuses to not be out playing. The drought of late August to early October tested our irrigation system, but rains returned in mid-October, and everything is looking good again.

    What was the disease pressure like for your area in 2019?

    Average. No severe outbreaks that were unexpected. Prolonged heat into September meant we extended our preventive treatments for a month longer than normal.

    What was the biggest challenge faced by your area in 2019?

    Staff recruitment and retention continue to be a major challenge. Unemployment rates continue to be historically low, which is a good thing overall, but has meant fewer job seekers at the entry level. Also, the H-2B visas were tough to get, and that labor group was late to arrive and came in fewer numbers.

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