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Corn Maze

first_imgIn a southeast Georgia corn field, University of Georgia students helped to design a corn maze in honor of Mark Richt, UGA Bulldogs head football coach, using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. As part of a precision agriculture class taught on the UGA Tifton Campus, students are learning the benefits of this technology while preparing for future agricultural careers. George Vellidis, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences crop and soil sciences professor, gave his precision agriculture students the opportunity to experience GPS technology firsthand by having them develop a corn maze at Rutland Farms in Tifton, Georgia.“I’ve been teaching precision agriculture at the UGA Tifton Campus since 2003. We’ve been teaching GPS from day one because GPS is a critical part of precision agriculture. Everything we do with precision agriculture has coordinates, so we can collect our data through GPS,” Vellidis said. “It’s a great experience for the students to go out and help with the corn maze. They get to do a fun activity while learning how to use GPS.”Ryan Rutland, a UGA CAES alumnus, and his wife, Meredith, designed the corn maze. In its fifth year, this year’s maze was created in Richt’s likeness. Covering 6.1 acres, the maze is the biggest ever constructed at Rutland Farms and is the most publicized. In September, ESPN ran a story about the maze on espn.go.com. Ryan says this was probably the most difficult maze ever built at Rutland Farms and gives all credit to Vellidis and his students.“Dr. Vellidis has partnered with us since we started in 2011. His class helps us by taking a perimeter of the field where we’ve planted the corn, putting an image on paper, then they transfer that image into the GPS,” he said. “They help us trace the lines and mow everything. They pretty much help us with the maze from start to finish.”Students have been impressed by how easy the technology is to use and how beneficial it can be to farmers. “I’ve used it to go back after we’ve already installed moisture sensors earlier in the season and I’ve used it to find the sensors much later in the season,” said Sydni Barwick, Vellidis’ student and student worker in irrigation for UGA Cooperative Extension. “When, for example, a corn crop is 8 feet high, you can’t see across that field, so there’s no way to find the sensors without GPS. Using the (GPS) system is great for things like that because it has an accuracy of about 3 feet,” she said.As far as precision agriculture, GPS allows farmers and researchers to make maps of data collected from fields. “The maps are then used to make decisions about how to vary the amount of crop inputs applied to different areas of the field,” Vellidis said. Like most other technology, there is a chance that students can experience trouble with GPS. Vellidis prepares his students to face possible technical difficulties.“The main thing is for them to understand all the problems they’ll run into, to understand how the technology works, to understand how to solve the problems associated with GPS. For example, cables might be disconnected or the electronics might not be speaking to each other,” he said. “So, I just want to get them familiar with how everything works.”UGA student Randall Stratton used the GPS technology for the first time in Vellidis’ precision agriculture class.“I found the GPS lab very interesting because it showed us how to work the GPS equipment, first off, and then it was important to know the uses of this in case future jobs involved GPS like what we had in class,” Stratton said.For now, Vellidis’ class is basking in the recognition that comes from creating a one-of-a-kind maze. “It was interesting; you have pride there for sure,” said Evan Hill, a junior agriscience student in Vellidis’ class.(Tatyana Phelps is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

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UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date

first_imgUEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 23, 2020last_img

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Alpena DDA to host second virtual shopping event

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a Downtown Virtual Night on Thursday, June 4 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Seven downtown merchants have signed up to participate, including: Great Lakes Divers , Olivet Book & Gift , Family Enterprise, Soaps And Such , The Local Basket Case LLC – Alpena , Traveling Ladders and Yarns to Go & Fabrics.The participating downtown merchants will be going LIVE on their own Facebook Pages at the start of every half hour. Some merchants will be selling their products, some may be giving virtual tours of their stores. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to like and follow each participating business’ page so they’ll be notified when they go live. When attendees join the Facebook Lives, they’ll be able to engage with each merchant in the comments. If the business is selling products or items, they can comment on what they’d like and each merchant will follow up after they’ve ended their Facebook Live to organize payment and pick-up, shipping, or delivery.The official schedule of Facebook Lives for this Thursday is as follows:4 PM – 4:30 PM Olivet Book & Gift4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Family Enterprise Inc.5 PM – 5:30 PM Traveling Ladders5:30 PM – 6 PM Soaps and Such6 PM – 6:30 PM Yarns to Go & Fabrics6:30 PM – 7 PM Great Lakes Divers7 PM – 7:30 PM The Local Basket Case“There are a few reasons to continue hosting virtual events like this. The first is that even as things are reopening, a lot of people don’t feel safe shopping for non-essential products still. The second is that social media can be a powerful tool to show potential customers and people who have never been in a store what they can expect. These events help develop relationships between customers both locally and state-wide who don’t shop downtown,” said Kingsli Kraft, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Alpena DDA.For more information about the Downtown Virtual Shopping night, the Alpena DDA Facebook page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Dental offices resume normal operationsNext Pets of the Weeklast_img read more