Sugar Beets

first_imgGeorgia dairymen may soon have an alternative feed source for their cattle.Sugar beets could be a feed option for cattle, according to John Bernard, dairy cattle specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Cows like the beets, they are easily digestible and can be used as an energy source.“That’s what made it a target of interest here. Feeding whole sugar beets is something new that could be used on a large scale,” said Bernard, who is based on the UGA campus in Tifton.Bernard started researching alternative feed sources in 2012 in response to high corn prices of $7 to $8 a bushel. At those high costs, feeding corn to cattle is economically unsustainable over the long haul, Bernard says. Finding an alternative feed source for dairy cattle was imperative.“Having alternatives gives us additional risk management options for controlling costs, and frees up corn for other uses,” he said. Sugar beets are a viable option because they are digestable. Bernard said nearly 80 percent of the beet is moisture. The remaining material contains between 17 and 18 percent sugar and 8 percent protein.Further, growing sugar beets allows farmers to add diversity to their portfolio of commodities. Sugar beets require less fertilizer and loosen the soil as they grow.“Producers can do this locally and it works out well because beets grow in the wintertime, which works out well in the cropping scenario,” Bernard said. “It’s attracted quite a bit of interest.”While more research is needed, Bernard has high hopes for whole sugar beets becoming a new feed alternative for dairy cattle.“We hope to have more information so we can help producers know how to better store the beets once they process them, how to put them in rations to use them as an alternative feed and energy source, and how to help them control costs and give them more options,” he said.Bernard says Southern farmers are hesitant to make the feeding switch now, when corn prices are at an affordable price of $3.30.“It all depends on what will happens in the short term and long term with corn prices and corn availability,” Bernard said. “It is a good option for folks to look at and consider using.”Georgia’s dairy industry generates $338 million annually in farm gate value.(Jordan Hill is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Vermont Yankee fixes new leak, powers plant back up

first_imgAs of Tuesday afternoon, the plant is operating at 100 percent power ~615 megawatts after reconnecting to the New England power grid early Saturday morning. Plant power will vary slightly over the next several days while operators perform rod pattern adjustments to the reactor to achieve 100% steady state operation.Source: Vermont Yankee. 6.1.2010 Northstar Vermont Yankee,During plant start-up activities Friday night, plant operators at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon identified a condition described as vapor and water dripping in the Advanced Off Gas excavated area. The volume was estimated to be extremely small and occurred over a period of approximately four hours. According to Yankee, this was a new leak. The leak has been stopped and there is no leak at this time. Yankee said there is no threat to public health or safety.The vapor and water dripping was identified at approximately 7:30 pm during warm up of the AOG system. No leakage was visible after warm up and shortly after the AOG system was placed in service. The leak was located on a two-inch drain line and is approximately one-eighth of an inch in diameter.The vapor and water dripping was observed coming from the end of a concrete enclosure surrounding a two inch drain line in the AOG excavation just before the pipe enters the wall of the drain tank room. Soil testing of the area was performed and tested positive for several radioisotopes in a one-foot radius from the leak source.The surface areas where water had previously been observed were sampled for surface contamination.  Samples were positive for tritium.  A sample of wood that had been exposed to the leak and soil below the leak site showed measurable levels of radio-isotopes.  Isotopes detected were chromium-51, manganese-54, cobalt-58, cobalt-60, zinc-65, zinc-69, niobium-95, rhodium-105, xenon-131, cesium-137, barium-140 and lanthanum-140.  Some of these isotopes (rhodium-105, xenon-131, barium-140 and lanthanum-140) are short lived and are evidence that the contamination was recent.Yankee said its current plans are to remediate the soil at the area of the leak and evaluate the condition of the two inch drain line. Repair options under evaluation include removing the line from service, replacing the line, or performing an on-line leak repair. The identified leak should not reoccur during normal plant operation, with the AOG system in service.The NRC and State of Vermont were notified.Vermont Yankee was reconnected to the New England electrical grid shortly after midnight Saturday.On Sunday and Monday, Vermont Yankee engineers and maintenance personnel worked to develop a repair technique to isolate the 2 inch AOG drain line, which was the source of minor leakage during plant startup on Friday night.  During development of the procedure, a test mock-up was made that simulated actual condition in the in-service pipe.  The repair process involves drilling into the pipe at two locations and injecting compounds that harden as they cure.  A different compound is then injected between these two locations that expands to become a rubber like plug.The technique was validated about midday on Monday, and repairs were then begun on the 2 inch drain line.  The repairs were completed by about 6:30 pm on Monday.  This effort successfully isolated this line within the AOG Pipe Tunnel, by installing the sealing materials, and the AOG Drain Tank Room, by closing an existing valve.   This effectively removed the portion of the system within the excavated area from service. No steam or water is currently flowing through this drain pipe. Vermont Yankee said that it should be noted that there was no leakage from this pipe since the recent leak occurred and was terminated during the evening of May 28th. Conditions for the leak in the drain line to occur only exist for a short time during plant start up.  That is the reason leakage was not detected earlier during normal operation.Following isolation of the drain pipe, workers today are in the process of removing contaminated soil from the area.  Excavation is expected to be completed on Wednesday.  Groundwater samples taken at the nearby GZ-10 well on Sunday and Monday showed no detectable levels of tritium.The leak has been entered into Vermont Yankee s corrective action process which will determine the cause of the event and how it can be prevented in the future.last_img read more

Liverpool hammer Swansea

first_img Press Association Midfielder Adam Lallana scored twice as Liverpool finally rediscovered their goalscoring form as they beat Swansea 4-1 at Anfield. The last side to concede two in the same match to the England international were Barnsley in the Championship in March 2012 but his second strike was pivotal as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal had threatened to make a game of it. An own goal from former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who escaped punishment after appearing to throw an elbow into Emre Can’s face, put the gloss on the victory. On several occasions this season there has been talk of corners being turned but you wonder whether this may well be a significant win for Liverpool as they head into a new year. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ slight tweak to his system saw two full-backs replace midfielders in the wide positions, with Can showing enough in 45 minutes at Burnley on Boxing Day to convince his manager to start him as the third centre-back. Moreno adapted better to the role on the left than Javier Manquillo did on the right but while he got forward plenty his tendency to drill crosses into the penalty area meant his team-mates had to be perfectly positioned to take advantage. Raheem Sterling almost did when he directed a first-time effort straight at Fabianski but Lallana blazed the rebound over. Moreno’s energy created the opening goal – becoming Liverpool’s 10th different scorer in the league at Anfield this season – as having started the move on the left he charged into the box to turn a cross from Jordan Henderson, fed by Lallana, into the goal despite Fabianski getting a hand to it. Swansea could have been reduced to 10 men six minutes before the interval, when Shelvey seemed to elbow Can in the area, but despite referee Andre Marriner seemingly having a decent view of the incident, the midfielder went unpunished. By comparison to Fabianksi, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, starting for the first time in five matches after a Boxing Day injury to Brad Jones, was relatively untroubled. The Belgium international’s reprieve came quicker than expected but he was given an easy ride in the first half with his only save a comfortable one from Nathan Dyer, although the cheer from the home crowd appeared to be more relief than overwhelming support. After his erratic substitute performance at Turf Moor, Mignolet would have been favourite to make a mistake but it was his opposite number who gifted Liverpool their second when his clearance cannoned into Lallana and back into the empty goal. But Rodgers’ side have been masters of their own downfall many times already this season and within a minute Swansea were level when weak headers by Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho allowed Sigurdsson to pull one back. Sakho almost compounded that error by giving the ball away to Wilfried Bony straight from the kick-off but Mignolet came to his rescue with a low save. A manic three-minute period ended with Sterling, who became more of a threat as the match wore on, hitting the post at the other end from an immediate counter-attack. Despite that the momentum briefly seemed to be with the visitors but when Philippe Coutinho’s backheel allowed Lallana to dance his way through the defence to fire past Fabianski Anfield could relax. Shelvey’s header past his own goalkeeper from Henderson’s corner had an element of karma about it after his earlier indiscretion. Sterling’s flap at the head of Federico Fernandez down in front of the Kop was not as potentially serious as Shelvey’s elbow but could equally have been punished with a red card, although his withdrawal soon after was more to protect his legs more than anything else. Swans substitute Bafetimbi Gomis hit the angle of post and crossbar late on but it was a deserved win for the hosts. After just nine goals in as many home Premier League matches this season the Reds scored four – the first time they had done so since March 30 – in the space of 36 minutes either side of half-time. Recalled defender Alberto Moreno opened the scoring before Lallana got his two, one with a little help from goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski, early in the second half. last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Pocono 400

first_imgIncluding Ryan Blaney, each of the Penske trio has a Pocono victory in his career.It is also worth noting that this will be the first Pocono race under the rules package that is new for NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2019, meaning there will be some unknowns going into the race in terms of the style of racing, how much drivers will need to lift in the corners and how easy (or difficult) it will be to pass.According to the numbers, passing under the new rules package this season has been easier. Per NASCAR, green flag passes for the lead (513) are up 56 percent compared to last season’s first 13 races (330). Further, total green flag passes (45,590) through the first 13 races of the season are up 30 percent compared to 2018 (35,069). MORE: Watch the Pocono 400 live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 2 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Pocono 400 signals the first day race in almost a month for the NASCAR Cup Series. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FS1 after last week’s race on FOX. As part of FOX’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, FOX was slated to show nine Cup races this year, and FS1 was scheduled to show eight, including the All-Star Race a couple weeks ago.Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono raceway, which will consist of three stages (50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps), is the 15th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (14th when not counting the All-Star Race). Pocono Raceway, also known as the “Tricky Triangle,” is a unique, three-turn track that is 2.5 miles in length.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s Pocono 400.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Pocono 400Race: Pocono 400 at Pocono RacewayDate: Sunday, June 2Start time: 2 p.m. ETTV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday will be the sixth race of the season to be shown on FS1, which also will be the TV channel for the last two FOX races of the Cup Series season. NBC and NBCSN will take over as the broadcast networks for the second half of the season, starting at Chicagoland.In addition to the TV coverage on FS1, Sunday’s Pocono 400 is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.The driver many will consider the favorite to win Sunday’s Pocono 400 is the driver who won this race last year … and the driver who won last week. Martin Truex Jr. has been money at Pocono of late. Including his win last season, Truex has three top-10 finishes in the last four Pocono races. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has three wins this season and sits sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings.Two of Truex’s teammates, though, could give him the biggest challenges at Pocono. Kyle Busch, the leader in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings, has led 239 laps in the last four Pocono races and has won two of the last three races at the Tricky Triangle. Denny Hamlin, another JGR driver, has won more Cup races at Pocono (four) than anybody else in Sunday’s field.MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleBut we can’t mention JGR drivers without bringing up the other team that has dominated the first half of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Team Penske. Brad Keselowski is one of three drivers (Truex and Busch) who have three wins this season, and Joey Logano has been going back and fourth with Busch as the points leader. What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, the channel that will broadcast the race is FS1. The start time for the Pocono 400 is 2 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on FS1 is 12:30 p.m. ET. The green flag time, which originally was scheduled for 2:12 p.m. ET, was moved up to 2 p.m. ET due to the threat of rain.last_img read more