Sex Secrets of Catfish

first_img“Fat content varies greatly with the cooking method, though,” said extension foodsspecialist Judy Harrison. “If you just can’t resist the crunchy skin of fried chicken,broiled or baked catfish removes the temptation.” Those young fish hook diners, too. Most catfish lovers prefer their catfish small,especially their fried catfish. Some claim the milder meat tastes sweeter. So the youngfish may reel in premium prices for the producer. “This technique allows the farmers to market their fish earlier, saving about $5 per fishin carrying costs,” Burtle said. They can keep the fish they need to breedfaster-growing hybrids and sell the others while they’re young. When the two fish species are about a year old, Burtle said, farmers can use ultrasoundequipment to separate the fish by gender into pens. Then they can sell the female bluecatfish and the male channel catfish. “We use ultrasound technology to determine the sex of channel and blue catfish,” saidDr. Gary Burtle, an aquaculturist at the University of Georgia Coastal PlainExperiment Station in Tifton, Ga. “That allows more efficient reproduction and morefish getting to the markets.” Burtle said new hybrids result in larger fish that can be more disease-resistant. When amale blue catfish is bred to a female channel catfish, a new hybrid results: a bluechannel. This hybrid can grow 15 percent to 30 percent faster than the parent species. So why do catfish farmers need to know if they have males or females in their ponds? In the past, catfish farmers had to wait five years for the blue catfish to mature sexuallyto know if they had males or females. And by that time, the farmer had paid to raisefish he might not need. It costs about $1.25 per year to raise a catfish to maturity. Until now, the only effective way to know if a fish was male or female was bydissection — cutting open the fish to see the reproductive organs. But that’s not veryefficient. In 1996, Georgia farmers sent about $20 million worth of catfish to processors.Nationwide, the farm catfish crop was worth more than $364 million. Extension experts say catfish is a fairly low-fat meat. It has about the same fat contentas skinless white chicken meat. U.S. doctors have used ultrasound for years to keep track of an unborn baby’s size anddevelopment. More recently they use it to identify organs and diagnose diseases. Nowfarmers use it on fish. last_img read more

Leaf-flower woes

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaWe all have our top weeds to deal with in the garden. One thatcontinues to move up my list is leaf-flower. These 6- to 18-inchannual weeds are a growing a problem in landscapes and thecontainer plant industry.Leaf-flower is a commonly used name for many Phyllanthus species.Some people in Georgia have misnamed them “mimosa weed” becausethe leaves of some resemble those of mimosa. Part of theEuphorbiaceae family, Phyllanthus is a big genus, with 700species worldwide. They’re mostly annuals, although some are weakperennials.Only a few are common in the continental United States. Mainly,they go by the names leaf-flower, Niruri, long-stalkedPhyllanthus, chamber bitter and Mascarene Island leaf-flower.Three boogersOnly three species are real problems in landscapes and nurseries:long-stalked Phyllanthus (P. tenellus), chamber bitter(P. urinaria) and Niruri (P. niruri).The name leaf-flower comes from the tiny flowers that arise fromthe axils (where the plants’ leaves emerge). Long-stalkedPhyllanthus is named for the long stems, or “stalks,” on whichits flowers arise from the undersides of the leaves.Chamber bitter and Niruri can be confused with long-stalkedPhyllanthus. In nursery containers and landscapes, chamber bitteris more of a problem. Niruri, much shorter at 6 to 8 inches tall,is better able to survive in the 2- to 4-inch environment of turfgrasses.A close cousin of spurge (Euphorbia species), the long-stalkedPhyllanthus can be extremely hard to control in the landscape.Like spurge, it germinates in hot, dry conditions of late springand early summer when the soil temperatures are warm.ToughOnce it’s established, Phyllanthus is extremely tolerant ofdrought. It can survive even the most inhospitable conditions.All Phyllanthus species can go from seed to flower in less thantwo weeks. And they can produce copious numbers of seeds. Eachplant can release thousands.Another characteristic that makes Phyllanthus such a problem weedis its high tolerance of dinitroaniline herbicides such as Preen,Surflan and Barricade. These pre-emergent herbicides are thebackbone of weed control in the container and landscape industry.Even when these herbicides are used, Phyllanthus has the abilityto germinate when other weeds can’t.One other dubious ability of Phyllanthus is its ability to spreadits seed by explosive force. When the fruits of the Phyllanthusspecies ripen, they explode to help disperse the seed.What to doOne of the most important cultural approaches you can use to helpcontrol Phyllanthus is to maintain a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch.Phyllanthus seeds are small. Not many plants will survive if theyhave to penetrate a thick layer of mulch.Herbicides help control this plant, too. Postemergent herbicideswith the active ingredient diquat (Reward), glufosinate (Finale)or glyphosate (Roundup) will do a good job of controllingPhyllanthus after it has germinated.If you have severe infestations, consider using pre-emergentproducts. When trying to control Phyllanthus with pre-emergentherbicides, consider making at least two applications, inFebruary or March and in May or June, to cover the worstPhyllanthus germination window.Obviously, you can hand-remove small infestations, too. But beaware that Phyllanthus is prone to breaking off at the soil level.However you do it, try to remove all Phyllanthus plants from yourgarden, since each plant can produce a lot of seed. Good luck.(Mark Czarnota is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Yes, You Can Find a Room in Vermont During Foliage Season!

first_imgThroughout the busy foliage season those who servetourists are faced with last minute travelers looking for a place to stay.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a new tool in mid-September that will assist the tourism industry in connecting travelers and lodging properties. This simple, online system allows any lodging establishment in the state to post and update their current room availability throughout the day.As of September 26, as many as 150 Vermont lodging properties were logging on daily to enter the current room availability. “We think it’svery exciting to have this service, which lets travelers and innkeepers find each other immediately. It really works; it’s a wonderful idea,” said Jennifer Karpin, manager at The Grafton Homestead.The listings are immediately available to staff at Vermont Information and Welcome Centers, Regional Marketing Organizations, chambers ofcommerce, and operators at the 1-800-Vermont teleservicing center. Availability can be sorted by region of the state, town, number of rooms available, or by the time the listing was last updated.Even a lodging property that has filled its own rooms can use the system to help additional travelers who show up at their front desk.Listings from the previous day are cleared automatically from the system at 5 a.m. each morning. Properties that register will receive anautomatic email reminder to update the current day’s information. This ensures only current information is displayed.Vermont tourism officials expect an excellent 2002 foliage season, which means about 4.5 million people will be booking lodging accommodations during the season. For foliage conditions and scenic tours see:www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)last_img read more

Elkins, W.Va.

first_imgIllustration by Scott DuBarCompared to its wild surroundings, Elkins feels like a metropolis. The town of 8,000 is the gateway to Monongahela National Forest, an incomparable bounty of outdoor action.“It’s a small town, but it feels huge for this area,” says Joey Riddle, owner of Joey’s Bike Shop in downtown, who’s lived in Elkins for a decade.While Elkins is still relatively small, it’s quite culturally rich for its size. The town has one of the most well-known mountain music scenes in the country, anchored by the annual Augusta Heritage Festival, which brings in talented acts from around the world. Every fall the Mountain State Forest Festival also draws 100,000 people to the dense green Appalachian escape.“If you’re into the outdoors or music, this is the perfect place to live,” adds Riddle. “I know many people that have come for one or the other and ended up moving here. It makes for a diverse group of folks.”Outdoor PicksRide the Spruce Knob EpicTry the IMBA designated Epic Ride in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. From the Spruce Knob Lake Campground, you’ll connect the Huckleberry, Judy Springs, Bear Hunter, and Allegheny Mountain Trails, as well as Forest Service Road 112 for an amazing spin down into dense spruce groves and up to huge scenic views. For an additional stash of technical singletrack, Riddle recommends Cheat Mountain’s 30-mile network of trails, 30 minutes south of town.Road RideFor a great road ride, Riddle sends cyclists off on a 50-mile mountain rollercoaster that includes the Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail and a handful of scenic one-lane country roads that tackles 4,000 feet of climbing with three ascents over Pheasant Mountain.Explore Otter CreekDay hikers and backpackers should explore the dense woods of the 21,000-acre Otter Creek Wilderness. The pristine valley cut by Otter Creek sits in a heavily vegetated bowl between McGowan Mountain and Shavers Mountain with 40 miles of trails.Climb SenecaLocal climbers take advantage of nearly 400 routes on the open faces and sharp ridges of nearby geological wonder Seneca Rocks, a collective rock formation that rises almost 900 feet straight above the North Fork River.Ski White GrassIn the winter, you can ski 50 kilometers of groomed trails at White Grass cross-country ski lodge in the nearby Canaan Valley. whitegrass.comPaddle Shavers ForkPaddlers should check out a 14-mile stretch of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River from Bemis to Bowden, which is mostly flatwater through stunning scenic woods with a little class III-IV stretch thrown in for excitement.last_img read more

Are your loan officers asking these 5 questions?

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most credit union lending software and loan originations systems are set to gather the standard loan app questions about income, job security, and past credit history; but a credit union loan officer should be ready to dig deeper to understand an applicant’s current needs, as well as long-term goals. Here are five questions to guide a credit union loan officer to determining the best loan option per applicant and become a true financial advisor.1)  Do you expect any financial changes soon, such as a college tuition, remodeling parts of your home or a spouse to stop working?2)  What are your present housing expenses and are you comfortable with that amount?3)  What is your budget for monthly loan payments, and what are your savings goals in tandem with that budget? continue reading »last_img read more

How many leads does your website get? Here’s the simplest way to track conversions

first_imgTo set up a goal with GoalMode, all you have to do is point, click, and save. (The technical gymnastics are handled by the software behind the scenes.) Then, your goal metrics are automatically displayed in a simple dashboard.Goal tracking gives you insights into your credit union website design: the products, content, and functionality your audience prefers; what’s working and what’s not; and where to spend money or hold back. And those insights translate into more loans, deposits, and growth for your credit union (oh, and a raise for you).GoalMode makes conversion tracking a snap, but you can set up goals without it by following these guides from Google: “Create, edit, and share goals” and “Google Analytics events”. Your website is the front door of your entire credit union. Look at your analytics and you’ll see that it gets far more visits than any of your branches, which makes it one of the most powerful tools you have to grow loans and deposits. But I’ve talked with hundreds of CU marketers about credit union website design and have learned something crazy:Some marketers have no idea how many leads they get from their websites.Analytics are too complicatedEvery credit union marketer knows the importance of analytics. So, why don’t they track goals, like these?Loan applications startedMembership applications receivedCredit union memes viewed (just kidding, but here’s one of my favorites)Here’s the problem I’ve discovered from my conversations with CU marketers: analytics are too complicated and credit union marketers simply don’t know how to set up goal tracking on their websites.A website without goal tracking is like a soccer game without a score. Scores helps athletes measure their performance and improve.In this article, I’m going to share a solution that makes goal tracking extremely easy. But before we go on, let me distinguish “goal tracking” from other website metrics.Goal tracking is the hard partYou can install Google Analytics (GA) on your website in a matter of minutes and it will automatically give you more data than you’ve ever wanted (e.g., number of users and sessions, bounce rate, session duration, etc., etc., etc.).But GA doesn’t automatically set up goals. Goals are the most important things you can track (like “number of applications started”), but you have to set them up manually because they require human intelligence (at least until The Singularity when robots take over the world, ha).The trouble is that setting up goals often requires specialized knowledge about the anatomy of analytics “events” and Google Tag Manager—things most CU marketers aren’t familiar with.The anatomy of event tracking in Google AnalyticsThe simplest way to set up goalsMy company, BloomCU, specializes in credit union web design and we wanted to find a way for our clients to easily set up goals for their websites.We spent hours talking with our clients and investigating solutions—we even collaborated with three other agencies to learn how they set up goals—but all paths led to the same answer: “You need to pair Google Analytics with Google Tag Manager to create a data layer and then perform a few feats of technical gymnastics to view the results you’re interested in.”That’s not the mega-simple solution we were hoping for. There had to be an easier way.Finally, we asked ourselves, “What’s the ideal solution?” and my coworker said, “It would be awesome if our clients could just look at their websites and click on the stuff they want to track.” And that’s how GoalMode was born: 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Detailslast_img read more

Growing pains

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Didier Deschamps explains Alexandre Lacazette snub from France’s latest squad

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link53Shares Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette has missed out on a place in France’s latest squad (EPA)Didier Deschamps has revealed that Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette missed out on a place in France’s latest squad because of Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder.Lacazette has not played for France since he scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Germany in November 2017 and was named on the standby list for Deschamps’ World Cup squad last summer.Ben Yedder, meanwhile, only made his senior debut for France last year but the 28-year-old has had a superb season with Sevilla, scoring 30 goals in all competitions.However, after selecting Ben Yedder for France’s squad ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra next month, Deschamps insists the door remains open for Lacazette.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There’s no reason for us not to see him again, I had a difficult choice to make, with Ben Yedder coming out of a big season too,’ said Deschamps. FRANCE’S LATEST SQUAD GOALKEEPERS: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Benjamin Lecomte (Montpellier), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Lille)DEFENDERS: Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Lyon), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Everton)MIDFIELDERS: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham)STRIKERS: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla FC), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Advertisement Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 30 goals for Sevilla this season (Getty Images) Comment ‘You have the right to have a preference for Alexandre, like others have for Wissam.‘I have a choice to make and I chose Wissam‘He has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season. He scored in big games, he knows how to play in alone in attack. He’s named in this group of attackers as another option at one time or another.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Didier Deschamps explains Alexandre Lacazette snub from France’s latest squadlast_img read more

Beautiful and breezy property in Bridgeman Downs

first_imgThe home at 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs.This area also flows through to the paved patio overlooking the backyard.The downstairs floor plan includes the parents’ bedroom and ensuite, so there’s privacy away from the kid’s bedrooms on the second level. There’s an extra informal upstairs lounge room too, which allowed the family to spread out even further. The home at 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs.Mario Napoli and wife Mary decided 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs was the perfect spot to raise kids and eventually welcome grandchildren.The couple chose a site perched on top of a hill so the breezes were constant throughout the year making it an ideal position to enjoy Brisbane summers.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mr Napoli then built a home to fulfil the tick-list elements the family desired in their next nest. The home at 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs.The two-level house has been beautifully finished. Not only does it feature high quality fixtures and fittings throughout, the home includes design elements to help set it apart, such as stepped cornices, elevated ceilings and ornate stair banisters.On the lower level, formal living rooms lead through to the open plan kitchen and family space which the couple say became the hub of the home. The home at 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs.IF spacious contemporary living tops your checklist, there’s little doubt you’ll be drawn to Bridgeman Downs and its impressive range of properties.Throw in a chance to buy a home constructed by a builder for his own family, and you’ll soon realise you’re onto a winner. The home at 174 Bangalow St, Bridgeman Downs.The owners were green thumbs, with a lovingly maintained yard that includes a very cool circular paved path to the rear framing a featured palm. There’s also a vegetable patch for any budding suburban farmers.The home has already garnered a lot of interest among those keen to acquire a big, bold, beautiful dwelling on its sizeable plot.last_img read more

Forum Names New Chief Executive Officer

first_imgForum Energy Technologies has named C.Christopher Gaut as a chief executive officer, to replace Prady Iyyanki. Gaut will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors, the company noted.Cris Gaut said, “Forum is a strong company with tremendous talent and significant upside potential. It is a privilege to be asked to lead the company once again. We will be working very hard to drive superior execution, improve margins and generate free cash flow. There is a wealth of untapped value within Forum and I am excited to get to work.“We sincerely thank Prady for his dedication, loyalty and contributions to Forum, and wish him well in the future.”Gaut is a seasoned oil and gas industry executive. He has served as a member of Forum’s board of directors since 2006 and as chairman since 2010.In addition, Gaut previously served as Forum’s chief executive officer from 2010 to May 2017.He served at Halliburton as president of the Drilling and Evaluation Division and prior to that as CFO, from March 2003 through April 2009. Prior to joining Halliburton in 2003, Gaut was CFO and co-chief operating officer of Ensco International.last_img read more