The root of all production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary Wicks and Peter LingIn many ways, the intricate network of plant roots serve as its control center. Thus, optimizing the root environment, including irrigation water and nutrient levels, can improve plant health and production. The controlled growing conditions of a greenhouse allows for precision management of the root zone.In traditional crop production, where plants grown outdoors in fields, irrigation and fertilizer application are options, but there is little or no control over rainfall and soil composition and chemistry. Greenhouse producers can choose a growing media, from hydroponics to soilless substrates, that best fits the plant’s needs. Similarly, the amount and chemistry of irrigation water and nutrients can be carefully controlled. By providing conditions that optimize the function of roots, greenhouses production can improve plant health, increase yields, and reduce potential runoff of soil and nutrients. Find out more from the expertsOn Jan. 17 and 18, 2019 greenhouse growers will have the opportunity to learn how to optimize the root zone environment for improved plant production. The OSU Greenhouse Management Workshop, which is held annually, brings together experts in industry and academia to provide practical application based on the latest research. Below is an overview of topics that will be addressed.In the fundamental session, the basics of root zone dynamics will be discussed by Chieri Kubota with Ohio State University (OSU). James Altland, USDA-ARS, will provide information on substrate options and Peter Ling, OSU, will cover how to get the most out of your fertigation systems.Sessions on food crops and ornamentals will address root zone management for specific crops, such as leafy greens, vine crops and annuals, as well as the importance of substrate chemistry and the pH and electrical conductivity of irrigation water. Speakers in these sessions included Mark Kroggel and Uttara Samaroakoon, both with OSU.A session on biostimulants will focus on the use of alternative beneficial materials. Brian McSpadden Gardner with Sustane Natural Fertilizer, Inc. will discuss how greenhouse professionals can get the most benefit from composts. The types and use of beneficial microbes as well as how to evaluate their effect on your operation will be discussed by Matt Krause, BioWorks, IncThe workshop will also feature a tour of the OARDC research greenhouses on day 1 and a tour of a commercial greenhouse on day 2. New this year is the option of attending online. Presentations will be viewed via a webinar format, but virtual attendees will miss the tours, exhibitors, and networking opportunities.For program and registration details, visit our website: Mary H. Wicks and Dr. Peter Ling, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.263.3857; 330.202.3533. E-mail:; This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Scienceslast_img read more

All About Doors

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Almost every house has at least two exterior doors. A bad exterior door is ugly, leaky, made from materials that injure the planet, and has a low R-value. A good door is attractive, doesn’t leak air, is manufactured with materials that are harvested or produced in a sustainable way, and has a decent R-value.Some architects design the main entry door to impress visitors who walk up to the house and ring the doorbell. But very few visitors arrive on foot, so most homeowners no longer need to impress doorbell-ringers. These days, most visitors park in the driveway and enter a house by the side door, just like family members.There are two basic categories of exterior doors: solid doors (usually made of wood) and insulated doors (usually make of polyurethane foam protected by skins of steel or fiberglass).Solid wood doors are expensive. If you can afford a solid wood door made out of a durable species of wood, and you like the look, that’s probably the way to go. Note, however, that the R-value of a solid-wood door is lower than the R-value of an insulated steel door or fiberglass door.If your exterior door is exposed to splashback, especially splashback mixed with rock salt (a problem in regions of the country where salt is spread to help melt ice), a steel door will eventually rust. That’s why fiberglass doors are preferable to steel doors.A solid wood door will have an R-value of R-2 or R-3. An insulated steel or fiberglass will have an R-value that is twice as good — generally R-5 to R-6, but in some cases as high as R-7. European manufacturers of Passivhaus-certified doors advertise R-values as high as R-11.Energy Star doors without a glass lite must have a minimum… last_img read more

Olympian has high hopes for PH volleyball

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t think you have to be the tallest, the highest jumpers, the most powerful to be a great volleyball team,” he said at a press conference at Brotzeit Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.“I believe that lots of different areas in the world can produce great players and great coaches,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThree-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly sees a brighter future for volleyball in the Philippines, which is enjoying a renaissance with improved performances in the international stage.Kiraly, the current United States women’s national team coach, who will grace the opening Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre, believes the country has the potential to be among the world’s top volleyball countries, noting the support that the sport enjoys from fans.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Whoops! Wardrobe malfunction mars Olympic debut for ice dancers

first_imgMOST READ View comments AP PhotoGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) _ Five seconds into your Olympic debut, you suffer a wardrobe malfunction. What do you do? Keep your shoulders back and keep smiling.That’s exactly what happened to South Korean ice dancers Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin during their performance in Sunday’s team event. A hook on the back of Min’s red dress slid loose, threatening to reveal rather more than it already did.ADVERTISEMENT Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I know that if this comes undone, then the whole thing is going to come undone. So I had that panic,” she said. “That wouldn’t be the most ideal Olympic experience, obviously. The whole time in the back of my head I was just thinking: ‘Keep your back straight because it might come down.”Things got worse during the twizzles _ a synchronized side-by-side spin _ when Min felt the dress slipping off her shoulder and down her arm. She had to react fast to stop her Olympic debut being remembered alongside Janet Jackson’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It started to come down so I had to stop my twizzle and pull it back up,” she said. Gamelin added: “We were skating well _ you just had to keep everything, well, intact.”Gamelin is from Boston, while Min was born in California to Korean parents. They might not have grown up in the Olympic host nation, but it didn’t stop the crowd from taking them to heart. Min’s dress issues hurt their points total as they finished ninth, but they’re optimistic for the ice dance competition starting Feb. 19. AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next “The second we stepped onto the ice, the fans started to scream and I think we really fed off that energy,” Min said. “Even with my costume coming undone, the fans helped us, picked us up.”Gamelin talks with Min in Korean and is “at least proficient” _ which was handy during his citizenship interview last year.To march as an American-born athlete alongside North Koreans in the opening ceremony was unforgettable, he said.“That was crazy. The unified team was a really historic event,” he said. “I’m loving this whole theme of peace.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

LeBron James’ new Lakers jersey supplants Curry’s as NBA’s top seller

first_imgMOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kings, NBA begin sex-assault inquiry into coach Luke Walton Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – In this Saturday, March 2, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Though LeBron James didn’t make the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, his move to the Lakers paid off in jersey sales. The NBA announced Thursday, April 25, 2019 that James had the most popular individual jersey during the regular season and that the Lakers sold the most team merchandise. They knocked off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who had been the most popular player and team for three consecutive seasons. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Though LeBron James didn’t make the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, his move to the Lakers paid off in jersey sales.The NBA announced Thursday that James had the most popular individual jersey during the regular season and that the Lakers sold the most team merchandise. They knocked off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who had been the most popular player and team for three consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES The top five players for jersey sales were James and Curry followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 3, Kyrie Irving at No. 4 and Joel Embiid at No. 5. Antetokounmpo and Embiid both reached their highest rankings. Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of the season, concluded his career at No. 11.The top five teams for merchandise sales were the Lakers, Golden State, Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Captain’s Diary – Louise Winchester

first_imgIn this edition, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup  and her troublesome pinky finger. Hey Touch heads, Well I’m so sorry that this next diary entry has taken me so long to write, I’m sure you’ve all been so disappointed and waiting anxiously. The plan was to write this entry after our last camp but a few things have happened since then. It is now the night before our second and final camp before we go away to Scotland and yes I’m counting down the days…only 14 more sleeps!My apologies for not writing sooner but I had a little mishap last camp which has basically taken up all my time in the last two weeks. At the training camp on Sunday I broke my little finger. I was playing a game with the girls and simply dove for a touchdown. My finger landed on the ball awkwardly but there wasn’t much in it at all! Lucky I had some great physios looking after me in Georgia and Steve ‘The Goose King’ Cunningham as they got right onto it.Kristy was a very good friend and came with me to emergency and sat with me most of Sunday night. Wednesday then came and off I went to the specialist thinking nothing of it really, only to be shocked by the news that I needed surgery. So on Friday of last week I went and got three screws put in my little finger. I never would have thought a little finger could be such a punish!I must admit, I was gutted at first. Not because I ever thought I wouldn’t play, even with the bad timing of it all, that never once came into my mind. But I guess I was just so disappointed that it had to happen at all. In the end, it most definitely could have been worse and it is only a pinky! So basically now it’s rehab time and I’m very lucky to have a number of physios in our team who are all helping me out!Earlier tonight I picked up Quirky, Chez, Quincy and Jess from the airport. It was just so nice to see the girls and they all made me feel much better. We have had a lovely night at the Winchester household with Mum whipping up a beautiful pasta dish for us all and then we all just relaxed and watched the footy. Quirk Dog is being a good girl and has been hitting the books for her next exam which is Monday morning, exactly what she’ll feel like after a weekend of tippy tap. And the other youngsters have all gone off to bed in preparation for a big day tomorrow!Even though I am so disappointed that I won’t be able to run with the girls this camp, I am really looking forward to it. Last camp I felt was awesome. As a team we just got better and better and things are really starting to come together nicely for us.We’ve had Kez on the job, keeping us in line. Deano has us on the ball with all his little drills and skills and Micko Banks has us recovering in fashion with the up and go’s!Just a few little things to fix up but we are on track and after this weekend, most definitely ready to go!Hope everyone is well. Write soon. Sweet tippy tap dreams.Weezo xolast_img read more

10 months agoSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and players

first_imgSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan’s victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“Racism is ignorance by definition,” he told ANSA.“It’s difficult to talk to the ignorant, but we must always fight against them and be united together.“Having said that, where is the government, both the real one and the one in football? Where is the union? Where are the unity and solidarity between all the players and clubs?“This is a problem for all club owners and players. If Italy fails to defeat this cancer then it has no future in football.“Football is the mirror of society. It takes a unique objective, bravery, good ideas and b***s.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Doesnt Seem Very Sorry or Very Forgiven

first_imgMark Zuckerberg March 22, 2018 Zuckerberg, but notably not Sheryl Sandberg, has at last addressed the Cambridge Analytica scandal but failed to quell the furor. Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur –shares Peter Page Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Seem Very Sorry or Very Forgiven Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Staff 4 min read Register Now » After days of deafening silence over the Cambridge Analytica scandal that compromised the personal data of 50 million people, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a lengthy post notable for containing no version of the words “sorry” or “apologize.”You won’t find those words in his lengthy New York Times Q&A, either, but in an interview with Recode Zuckerberg finally let slip the S-word.“I think we let the community down, and I feel really bad and I’m sorry about that,” he said.Related: The Co-Founder of Whatsapp, Which Is Owned by Facebook, Tweets ‘#deleteFacebook’Zuckerberg, but notably not yet Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is finally addressing that latest and loudest development in the long-unfolding story of Facebook’s role in spreading inflammatory misinformation during the 2016 election. Much of what Zuckerberg has to say is about deflecting blame — in this specific incident back on to Cambridge Analytica for misappropriating data and allegedly lying about having destroyed it — and fending off demands that he testify before Congress, telling Recode he is “open to doing it” if he is the “right [person]” to do so.Congress seems confident he is.“This isn’t going to cut it,” David Cicilline, a Democratic U.S. representative from Rhode Island, said in a Facebook post responding to the CEO’s statement. “Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Congress.”Related: Read Mark Zuckerberg’s Full Statement on Facebook’s Data ScandalSimilar exasperation was voiced by lawmakers in both the U.K. and the EU which, unlike the U.S., both have strong data protections written into law, and neither Zuckerberg nor Facebook could be much comforted by media reaction to him finally speaking up. A searing Bloomberg article accused Facebook of “playing the victim’’ while Politico pointedly headlined “Zuckerberg and Sandberg lean out,’’ speculating the Cambridge Analytica scandal could put an end to the notion of either Zuckerberg or Sandberg running for president.Facebook, like the tech industry as a whole, has been lightly regulated for years in the U.S., but Zuckerberg, in perhaps his most newsworthy comment on the Cambridge Analytica fallout, said he is not uniformly opposed to regulation. “I’m actually not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” he told CNN. “I think the question more is what is the right regulation rather than should we be regulated.”Related: Facebook’s Brand Is Becoming the Uber of Social Media, and That’s Not a Good ThingLargely overshadowed by Zuckerberg’s whirlwind semi-apology tour was the overwhelming passage in the Senate of a bill to hold websites, such as the notorious, liable for promoting sex trafficking. The legislation had been fought by the internet trade groups on the grounds of it peeling back the “safe harbor’’ provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which Backpages used successfully to avoid prosecution.Paul Gallant, an analyst at Cowen, told The New York Times the legislation is “cracking the door open to broader platform liability for other types of content. Today it’s sex trafficking and down the road, it’s content from foreign governments.”Whatever comes next, it seems the fallout from the 2016 election includes a fall from grace for Facebook, the behemoth of social media. In a searing article on Vox bluntly titled “The Case Against Facebook,” writer Matthew Yglesias compares Facebook to alcohol and cigarettes for the harm its product does, adding that Facebook’s “core function makes people lonely and sad.’’“The good news,” he wrote, “is that the executives have already made a lot of money and the workers have valuable, in-demand job skills. You could shut the whole thing down tomorrow and everyone would be fine.” Next Article last_img read more