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Georgia farmers need to be wary of peanut rust disease after it was discovered in a field in Tift County last week, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Albert Culbreath.He said that rust doesn’t occur in Georgia every year and information about which chemical options are best for controlling this disease is limited. Several fungicides that are already being used for leaf spot and white mold diseases, especially some of the mixtures, may treat rust effectively. However, growers may need to spray more frequently for rust than for leaf spot.Culbreath cautioned that growers who are using the new leaf spot fungicide Miravis will need to make sure it is combined with a fungicide that has rust activity if rust is present in the field.The presence of peanut rust is a huge concern for farmers because it can easily spread from one plant to another and the inoculum can move very quickly in rainy or windy conditions. The frequent thunderstorms that have been occurring lately in some areas can help spread inoculum and help the disease to develop rapidly.“It pretty much shuts down the leaf in terms of photosynthesis and eventually damages it so badly that the leaf will turn black and die,” Culbreath said. “One difference between peanut rust and leaf spot is that leaf spot will cause the plant to defoliate. With rust, the leaf will die and hang on to the plant. You’ll lose the leaf either way but if that leaf is still hanging on the plant, the inoculum can still move from one plant to another more easily than if it’s just on the ground.”Since the inoculum does not overwinter in south Georgia, Culbreath believes it may have been blown into the region by a storm in June. The disease is visible by its reddish brown pustules on the bottom side of the leaf. Its rusty color is how it got its name.“The main thing is that growers need to be on the lookout for it,” Culbreath said. “Leaf spot is explosive, but rust is super explosive. It can increase rapidly once it gets started and it’s early in the season for us to be seeing it.”He said that UGA Cooperative Extension agents can help growers determine which fungicides will be best for specific situations.For more information about peanut production in Georgia, see the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website on peanuts.
RHA should inspire votes of conscienceThere were many reasons for me to vote for Donald Trump: He made conservative sounding noises; he was (uniquely among politicians) willing to oppose the lopsided trade policies that are funding an existential threat from China; and I certainly didn’t want more of the Clintons’ shenanigans, not the least of which was facilitating the trade policy mentioned above.But among the many warts on Donald Trump was one that I could not tolerate — his support of increased coal burning and his gross denial of related environmental data. My conscience on this issue overcame my preferences in the other issues, and I could not vote for Trump. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchenectady Italian food a taste of home In the movie “Goodfellas,” Henry Hill, who was from East New York, Brooklyn, was put under the witness protection program and sent to a secret location.The only hint we have as to where he went is this sentence: “Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup.” We know for sure that he was not sent to Schenectady. Frank ColemanScotia In memory of Mary E. Cappiello: In 1990 I moved from Queens to Glens Falls and worked at Fleet bank in Albany.On the first day on the job, I met Lou, an Italian from Brooklyn, who asked, “What are you going to miss from New York City?”I responded Yankee stadium baseball games, tickets on Broadway, the noisy subways and of course New York Italian food, to which Lou followed up with, “Have you ever been to Schenectady?” I responded “No.”Lou from Brooklyn went on to tell me that the Italian food in Schenectady was as good as anything in the boroughs, including the Arthur Avenue stores in the Bronx.A year later, I moved to Schenectady and walked into Cappiello’s. The smells of good food told me that I wasn’t going be homesick for New York’s Italian food anymore.I often tell my friends and family in the city that Schenectady has the best Italian food in the state. I brag about Cappiello’s, Villa Italia, Ferrari’s Perreca’s and Canali’s. Among the many warts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one that I hope my Democrat and liberal friends will find intolerable. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is an obscenity, and the joyous celebrations by Cuomo and his supporters in the Legislature after passing it made me sick. I respect arguments that the moment of conception should not initiate the legal status of “person.” Accordingly I would not ask the state to ban first-trimester abortion. Sparing the reader the details, second=trimester abortion is harder to tolerate. But the Reproductive Health Act denies full protection under the law to third-trimester fetuses. Terminating a 25-week-or-older fetus is inarguably killing a baby that has not passed through the birth canal. I beseech the Democrat and liberal citizens of this state to have enough conscience to protest this disgusting law with their votes in the future.Norman PerazzoGlenville New super party will be the end of AmericaI agree wholeheartedly with Bonnie Decker’s Feb. 28 letter saying that undocumented Americans in this country illegally don’t deserve better treatment than native Americans.I believe we’re seeing a shift in the control of the nation’s future. The Demo-cRAT party and the RepubliCan’t parties are morphing into a single super party. The first party would rather see the nation fail; it hates the president. They hate hard-working Americans. Immigrants here illegally are more deserving. They will throw us under the bus because they are RATS.The second party can’t bring itself to support an outsider. They frequently can’t agree what to do about the opposition. They can’t bring themselves support America.The coming super party will negatively affect the lives of all Americans as the new, group pushes changes that will allow them to stay in power. As the undocumented immigrants are allowed in, they will feel a party loyalty for likely several generations. The Demo-cRAT-RepubliCan’t super party will control every aspect of our lives.The parties are being joined together by a fundamental distaste for Americans. They are joined in their hatred of President Trump. They are joined in their desire to stay in office.Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to vote, first in state elections. Then the states will eventually allow them to vote in national elections. Then it will only be a matter of time until we’re overrun, totally disenfranchised and left for dead as a viable country.The new party expects it will control the one-world government. The super party won’t see the blade coming for our collective throats.Frank Van StaverenScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle A Caribbean-born artist has made history in Denmark by collaborating to create the country’s first public monument to a black woman. Tobago-born, St. Croix-based artist, La Vaughn Belle, collaborated with Copenhagen-based Jeannette Ehlers, to create “I Am Queen Mary,” a statue unveiled in Copenhagen on March 31st.Tribute to freedom fighterThe memorial is a tribute to Mary Thomas, a 19th-century freedom fighter, who led a major uprising on St. Croix, one of the Virgin Islands that was then part of the Danish West Indies. The unveiling marked 101 years since Transfer Day, when Denmark sold St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John to the United States for $25 million. The statue is painted entirely black and rises nearly 23 feet on a hefty pedestal. Thomas is shown seated in a position of power and government. Fireburn labor revoltThomas was an important leader of the ‘Fireburn’ labor revolt on St. Croix. The Fireburn began on October 1, 1878 as an uprising against the contractual servitude that continued to bind workers to the plantation system after the 1848 abolition of slavery in the former Danish West Indies.The insurrection was for better working and living conditions and involved burning down most of Frederiksted town as well as sugar cane fields on a great number of St. Croix’s plantations. Along with Mary Thomas, the three women – Axeline ‘Agnes’ Elizabeth Salomon, Matilde McBean and Susanna ‘Bottom Belly’ Abrahamsson – led the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history. They were arrested and sent to Denmark in 1882 to serve prison sentences in Christianshavn’s Women’s Prison. Their sentences were later commuted, and they were returned to St. Croix and venerated in U.S. Virgin Islands cultural mythology as the Queens of the Fireburn. There are folksongs dedicated to ‘Queen Mary’ and a highway named in her honor. The European country never fully acknowledged its colonialist past in the Caribbean; although the Danish government recognizes Denmark’s wrongful role in the slave trade, it has never formally apologized for it.Also has Bajan rootsThe statue’s creator, Belle, whose roots also extend to Barbados, also teaches at the University of the Virgin Islands. She own a few businesses – a Latin dance studio, House of Clave, and a guesthouse, Trumpetbush Manor – with her husband, Rivert Diaz. She moved to St. Croix at age 7. Her work borrows from elements of architecture, literature, history, archeology and social protest to create narratives that challenge the colonial process. She is best known for her work reinterpreting the material artifacts of colonialism and uses her work to create a form of alternative archive that challenges the colonial narrative. For more on her work see www.lavaughnbelle.com