Photo:Brad Haire Works in the fieldWorth County farmer Johnny Cochran is using the EASY scheduler in his fields this year. He’s comparing it to a more expensive, computer-based system he also uses.”You can tell somebody put a lot of thought into making it, but usually something this simple-looking doesn’t work.,” Cochran said.Though the computer-based system can give more specific information, Cochran said, the EASY scheduler works just as well at telling when crops need or don’t need water.And that’s important to him.This time of year, most crops need about two inches of available water each week. It costs a farmer about $4 per inch of water per acre. One 100-acre field would cost the farmer $800 to irrigate per week.”Farmers don’t want to irrigate,” Cochran said. “It costs money and time. But sometimes you’ve got to have it. With water use looking like it’s going to be regulated more and more in the future, if you can get by without applying water, it’s cheaper for the farmer and saves the water.”For information about the UGA EASY Pan Irrigation Scheduler, contact your county UGA Extension Service office. Worth County farmer Johnny Cochran checksthe EASY scheduler in his peanut field. Photo:Brad Haire What do you get when you combine a washtub, chicken wire, a toilet bowl float and a few things from your local hardware store? You get a precise monitoring device that can help farmers save time, money and conserve water, say experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The device is the UGA EASY (Evaporation-based Accumulator for Sprinkler-enhanced Yield) Pan Irrigation Scheduler. It’s designed to provide a simple, cost-efficient, low-maintenance way for farmers to know when or if their crops need water, says Kerry Harrison, a UGA CAES engineer.”This irrigation scheduler is another alternative farmers can use to schedule irrigation that doesn’t require a lot of investment or effort,” says Harrison, who helped design the scheduler. Low investmentFor many years, farmers have asked for a low-cost tool that could tell them precisely when to irrigate crops. So, Harrison, along with Dan Thomas, a CAES engineering professor, set out to develop such a tool.Several higher-tech monitoring systems are available on the market. These systems can be expensive, require a computer to calculate readings and can be time consuming.For about a $50 investment in common, but specific, components and another $50 of labor, almost anybody can make and use the EASY scheduler, Harrison said.Meets the needsThe EASY scheduler addresses four basic needs for a irrigation monitoring device:*It eliminates complicated math equations.*It’s easy to calibrate.*It takes into consideration plant rooting depth.*And it’s easy to operate.The EASY scheduler operates on a basic principle important to irrigation management known as potential evapotranspiration (PET). This is how much water can be removed from the plants (transpiration) and soil (evaporation) without compromising the water needs of the plants.By placing screen materials over the washtub, this device automatically reflects the PET of several crop situations. Chicken wire is used for peanuts. Screen door wire is used for cotton.The device responds to water removal and water addition, like rainfall or irrigation.The specific (#3 17-gallon Galvanized) size of the washtub eliminates the need for calibration.The length of the rod attached to the toilet bowl float can be adjusted to consider the rooting depth of plants.”With the indicator attached, you can read it just like a gas gauge to determine when or how close you want to get to empty before watering,” Harrison said.It’s easy to use “as long as you put it in the field,” Harrison said. “You don’t even have to get out of the truck to check it.”Harrison recommends putting the device at the same height as the plant canopy for a true reading. The UGA EASY Pan Irrigation Scheduler is a low-cost, simplified way for farmers to monitor irrigation use.
Jesse Dennis held off all challengers and maneuvered through lapped traffic in winning the IMCA Modified feature at Stuart Speedway’s Ron Little Memorial. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Sept. 22) – Lapped traffic was almost a factor in the final laps, but Jesse Dennis picked up the IMCA Modified win and $1,500 payday at Stuart Speedway’s Ron Little Memorial.Dennis had taken the lead early in Saturday’s 30-lap race with Red Monson and then Cody Laney in the second spot. Laney made a charge and got up alongside Dennis a few times but couldn’t quite get the pass completed.A couple cautions slowed the field, but each time it was Dennis, Laney and Monson at the front.At the checkered flag it was Dennis picking up the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying win. Laney finished second with Monson third, Richie Gustin fourth and Kelly Shryock fifth.One hundred and eighteen cars overflowed the pits for the 20th annual event.Sixth-starting Mike Nichols charged into the lead on lap two and drove to a convincing IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win ahead of Bryan Snell and Brandon Pruitt.Eric Stanton led start to finish in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. John Watson and Nick Foster completed the top three.Post-race disqualification of the apparent winner promoted Dusty Masolini to the top spot in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.Devin Jones prevailed over a big field of Mach-1 Sport Compacts after working his way up front from outside row four. Second was Curtis Miller and Denny Berghahn was third.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jesse Dennis; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Red Monson; 4. Richie Gustin; 5. Kelly Shryock; 6. Josh Gilman; 7. Jimmy Gustin; 8. Jeff James; 9. Jason Murray; 10. Chad Andersen; 11. Matthew Meinecke; 12. Josh Foster; 13. Russ Dickerson; 14. Taylor Musselman; 15. Randy Foote; 16. Alison Davidson; 17. Scott Bash; 18. Josh Cooper; 19. Tony Hilgenberg; 20. Ethan Dotson; 21. Todd Van Eaton; 22. Jacob Murray; 23. Nick Roberts; 24. Dylan Book.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Bryan Snell; 3. Brandon Pruitt; 4. Jay Schmidt; 5. Brian Blessington; 6. Todd Van Eaton; 7. Chris Pruitt; 8. Donavon Smith; 9. Jeremy Gettler; 10. Brock badger; 11. Adam Klocke; 12. Michael Murphy; 13. Justin Coon; 14. Steve Roberts; 15. Johnathan Kinser; 16. Chad LeGere; 17. James Carroll; 18. Larry Robinson Jr.; 19. Tony Hardisty; 20. Larry Robinson Jr.; 21. Michael Bilyeu; 22. Mark Menard; 23. Ty Hill; 24. Josh Daniels; 25. Dillon Carlisle.Hobby Stocks – 1. Eric Stanton; 2. John Watson; 3. Nick Foster; 4. Aaron Rudolph; 5. Adam Ayers; 6. Korbin Nourse; 7. Jeremy Purdy; 8. Jamie Songer; 9. Matt Tiernan; 10. Bob Daniels; 11. Chris Bates; 12. Rick Reiter; 13. Jerry Richards; 14. Tommy Beekman; 15. Gregg Anderson; 16. Jack Phillips; 17. Cody Cleghorn; 18. Tommy Killen Jr.; 19. Matthew Wahl.Northern SportMods – 1. Dusty Masolini; 2. Chase Rudolf; 3. Austin Luellen; 4. Garrett Nelson; 5. Cody Olsen; 6. Jerod Weston; 7. Ethan Braaksma; 8. Matt Webb; 9. Jake Sachau; 10. Johnathon Logue; 11. Aaron Mitchell; 12. Ryan King; 13. Hunter Longnecker; 14. Robert Moore; 15. Mitchell Morris; 16. Chance Titus; 17. Jason Beckman; 18. Tommy Hensley; 19. Dustin Lynch.Sport Compacts – 1. Devin Jones; 2. Curtis Miller; 3. Denny Berghahn; 4. John Gill; 5. Luke Benischek; 6. Cody Vandusen; 7. Dustin Grout; 8. Ashley Reuman; 9. Hunter Patrick; 10. Zak Sickles; 11. B.J. Charlson; 12. Zander Steiner; 13. Curtis Masterson; 14. Riley Paysen; 15. Austin Reuman; 16. David Kimmel; 17. Kolby Sabin; 18. Joseph Mastin; 19. Dean Richards; 20. Bruce Hower; 21. Cody Pierce; 22. Terry Hurley; 23. Cody Cleghorn; 24. Mitchell Bunch; 25. Spencer Roggentien; 26. Jake Benischek.
“He is not a talking leader, he is a fighting leader, and I think he is a typical centre-back for the Premier League.” Wenger has challenged his team to better what was a “perfect week” after the Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. He said: “I think the attitude at the top level is how can we improve,” he said. “We learn from defeat and we learn from wins – but to learn from wins sometimes is more difficult because it is less natural.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his side now have the required battling qualities to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Wenger feels the way players like Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil followed in line with midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin and centre-half Gabriel show this group have the stomach for the challenges ahead. “They are all on board, and they have the belief. They came off the pitch really tired,” said Wenger. “Cazorla won many balls and blocked many tackles, even Ozil…. once you have that in the team, it is not easy to get it, but is shows the belief is there and then you need enough humility to keep it in there.” The Arsenal boss added: “You need to convince the players that you have to work hard to win football games in the Premier and that you need all 11 to do that.” Gabriel produced a composed display at the heart of the Gunners’ rearguard, standing in for vice-captain Per Mertesacker, who was ill. The Brazilian – sent off at Chelsea last month for clashing with Diego Costa – produced a superb late block to thwart a dangerous Everton counter-attack, before letting out a loud roar cheered on by the home supporters. “Gabriel has shown that he is a fighter,” said Wenger. “At half-time he was so upset at the deflection he got, but in the second half he came out again with the same spirit, it is a fantastic combative aspect. The Gunners had to dig deep to hold off the challenge of Everton and close out a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. With Manchester City drawing against derby rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsenal are second on the back of what was a fourth straight Premier League victory.