White Mold Disease

first_imgMost Georgia peanut farmers do not spray fungicides on their crop at night. But University of Georgia plant pathologists say nighttime is the best time to spray for white mold disease.“The key to treating white mold is to get the fungicide through the dense leaf canopy onto the crown of the plant and along the limbs,” said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension plant pathologist based in Tifton.“Unfortunately, during the daytime, a lot of that fungicide is intercepted by the leaves.”To compensate, growers have to use water or irrigation to attempt to redistribute the fungicide to where it’s most effective. “If peanuts are sprayed at night, the leaves are folded up and you have much more of a direct path to the interior of the plant where you need protection from white mold,” said Kemerait.Many farmers are hesitant to spray at night due to the excessive hours they’re in the field and the inconvenience of later nights or earlier mornings.“A lot of growers, because of the idea of spraying at midnight or being up at 3 a.m. to spray peanuts, simply say, ‘I’m just not going to do it,’” Kemerait said. “Those who do spray at night are very satisfied with the results.”Nighttime spraying is an option thanks to Global Positioning Systems technology. GPS keeps the tractor on the row, in case the farmer’s visibility is hindered because of lack of light.Nighttime fungicide applications were developed by UGA Extension plant pathologist Tim Brenneman based on his observations of farming practices in Nicaragua. The new strategy is important because of the prevalence and potential severity of white mold (southern stem rot) disease. Slerotium rolfsii, the causal agent of white mold, is a fungus that survives in the soil between cropping systems. It waits there for the next susceptible crop to be planted. White mold fungus grows and attacks peanut plants along the soil line and near the soil surface. The limbs, crown and pegs of peanut plants, and the pods are often completely destroyed as a result.“I would say it’s the No. 1 diseases our growers need to be prepared to control,” Kemerait said. While white mold remains a threat to the peanut industry, the damage it causes have been hampered by improved management strategies implemented by Kemerait, Brenneman and other UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences peanut researchers.“We’ve got improved fungicides. We’ve also got some management strategies; spraying at night time and spraying early in the season,” Kemerait said. “We haven’t eliminated the problem by any means but we have a stronger arsenal in which to protect the peanut crop.”For more information about peanut research at UGA, see uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/peanuts/.last_img read more

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Dodgers rally for two runs in ninth inning to beat Phillies

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense There were a lot of pitches ridden out along the way.The Dodgers built a 4-1 lead through four innings thanks to solo home runs by Max Muncy and Yasmani Grandal (back-to-back in the first inning), Chris Taylor (leading off the second) and Joc Pederson (in the fourth).It seemed to be in good hands with Ross Stripling on the mound. Whether it’s fatigue from his longest run in the Dodgers’ rotation, the growing familiarity with him of opposing teams — or simply a regression to a more realistic performance level — the dominant Stripling of May and June has been replaced by a more modest version.Stripling gave up a single to Jorge Alfaro and a double to Jesmuel Valentin in the bottom of  the fifth. After striking out Carlos Santana and getting to a 2-and-2 count against Rhys Hoskins, Stripling was one strike away from escaping the inning undamaged.But Hoskins hammered a curveball from Stripling for a three-run home run and Odubel Herrera followed with a home run for the go-ahead run. “It stinks to be one pitch away and give up a three-run home run and then give up another home run,” Stripling said. “You’re one pitch away from getting out of there with a 4-1 lead and you wind up leaving with it 5-4.”The five runs are the most Stripling has given up in any of his 15 starts. Over his past six starts, Stripling has given up a .290 batting average and seven home runs while striking out 9.62 per nine innings. In his previous eight starts, he held opposing batters to a .207 average with four home runs while striking out 11.3 per nine innings.“I think it’s a little bit of both – probably the fatigue factor is ahead of the other one,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The sharpness, the crispness of his pitches just isn’t quite what it was the first couple months of the season.”Stripling will cross the 100-inning threshold for the first time in the big leagues with his next outing. But he was not ready to accept any explanations offered.“I don’t think I’m ever going to tell you I’m fatigued or struggling,” Stripling said. “It feels like it’s almost August.“I feel strong. The velo is still where it should be. Obviously the numbers will start to speak for themselves. … I’m giving up more hits and not striking out as many guys.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Yacksel Rios, right, reacts after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. 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(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)ExpandPHILADELPHIA – They fawned over Chase Utley at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, Philly showing its love for the man – forever “The Man” in this town – who might be the last of the old-school ballplayers.All the while, they were playing a thoroughly modern version of the game.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies combined to hit eight home runs (seven solo). But the Dodgers won the game with a two-run rally in the ninth inning that featured three walks, two singles and a bases-loaded wild pitch. It added up to a 7-6 Dodgers victory.“We rode it out and ended up with a win on this side,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp summarized.center_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Manny Machado single-handedly tied the game for the Dodgers in the seventh. He tripled into the right-field corner then challenged Herrera’s arm on a shallow fly ball to center field. Machado tagged up and beat the throw with a headfirst slide at home.“I try to be aggressive all the time,” he said. “Try to score that run. You’ve got a 50-50 chance, safe or out. I’m going to take that gamble.”Alex Verdugo sparked the winning rally in the ninth with a leadoff walk, the first of three walks in the inning by Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez. Dominguez also threw the wild pitch that brought Verdugo home with the go-ahead run.Kemp added an RBI single to give closer Kenley Jansen a two-run lead. Jansen needed the extra room. Franco hit his second home run of the game on Jansen’s first pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Jansen recovered to retire the side on a popout and two strikeouts after that to close it out. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more

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