Anglers urged to be vigilant of Pacific pink salmon in Lough Foyle

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 27, 2019 Anglers urged to be vigilant of Pacific pink salmon in Lough Foyle Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img The Loughs Agency has issued an appeal to anglers and the public to be vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon spotted in the area of Lough Foyle.In 2017, this non-native fish species unexpectedly appeared in several river systems.The agency says, as pink salmon predominantly have a two-year life cycle, there is potential for the species to reappear in Irish rivers again this year.The Loughs Agency say identifying features of the species include; large black oval spots on the tail, 11-19 rays on the anal fin, very small scales, no notable dark spots on gill cover and the upper jaw is said to typically extend beyond the eye.Anglers are asked to report catches of pink salmon to the Loughs Agency’s 24 hour hotline.It says these fish die after spawning and some dead specimens could also be encountered.Anyone who catches a pink salmon is asked to; keep the fish and do not release it back into the water, record the date & location of capture, as well as the length and weight of the fish, tag the fish and present it to Loughs Agency and take a photograph of the fish.Loughs Agency can arrange collection of the fish for further examination which it says will help establish the abundance and extent of distribution of the species.A similar appeal was issued by Inland Fisheries Ireland a couple of weeks ago. Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleGAA Programme – Ulster U20 ChampionshipNext articleChloe and Sam Magee into quarter finals at Minsk News Highland Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Irrigation In Peanuts

first_imgGeorgia peanut farmers can’t control rainfall or the recent deluge the state received over the last week. They can, however, control how much water they apply to their crops through irrigation. A University of Georgia researcher believes applying too much water to peanuts can invite diseases and reduce yields.Wes Porter, UGA Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist, says that, while water is essential to peanut production in Georgia, overirrigation can be just as detrimental. Porter, who just concluded his second research trial related to water and peanut production, believes that irrigating too much is a problem, especially in Georgia. “We saw in research from last year that overirrigating our crop reduced our yields by approximately 1,500 pounds per acre. When we followed the checkbook method and applied about 15 inches in last year’s dry year, we had a yield of about 5,000 pounds. When we followed the sensor-based method, which lets us know when the soil profile is about to dry out, we probably irrigated about 9 inches and ended up with a yield of about 6,600 pounds,” Porter said.The checkbook method refers to irrigation of a crop based on a predetermined schedule set by the farmer. Producers rely on the sensor-based method for more accurate readings of the soil moisture condition and how much irrigation the crop actually needs.“If we repeat those same results this year, what it tells me is that the crop is more dependent on the timing of the irrigation rather than just having the water out there all the time,” Porter said.For farmers who don’t have soil moisture sensors for irrigation, Porter recommends using a soil probe to detect the soil profile. The probe is inserted into the soil at a certain depth, removed and an accurate reading of the soil moisture is recorded, whether it is wet or dry. Farmers use the same probe for soil samples. Ideally producers can couple the probe with a Web-based irrigation-scheduling tool, such as the University of Florida’s PeanutFARM, Porter said. If farmers do not have a sensing device or scheduling tool in place, Porter stresses the need to check soils regularly. Not checking soil moisture for three or five days could cause farmers to fall behind and their peanut crop could suffer, he said. “You’re just getting a feel for what the soil looks like in that sample. If you’re at field capacity, water is going to run out of that soil. You see that happen and you know you’re saturated. If you don’t have water coming out, you can determine just by feeling the soil. Is it on the wet side or has it hit the crumbly, dry, dusty stage?” Porter said. “Either way, using a soil moisture sensor or probe allows for better accuracy when determining whether you should irrigate.”Soil moisture can remain for several days, Porter said, and he believes farmers can become too anxious if it hasn’t rained in several days. This anxiousness can lead farmers to irrigate prematurely.“If it’s not extremely hot or dry for two, three or four days, we can keep a good moisture profile there,” Porter said.last_img read more

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NPFL Champions to Earn N40m Prize Money

first_imgNPFL…NPFL…NPFL…Champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season stand to win N40m from the Merit Award of the League Management Company (LMC). Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money from a total of N200m pool set aside by the LMC as reward for final position on the league table at the end of the season on Sunday.Last season, the highest payout from the Merit Award which went to Enyimba International was N30m from a total pool of N150m and this year’s figure of N200m represents an increase of 25 per cent. The Merit Award pool has been witnessing an annual progression from N50m in 2012/13 to N75m in 2013/14 season and now N200m. The top three Clubs on the final table usually received the chunk of the Merit Award which supports the clubs financially in their preparation for the CAF Club competitions the next season.According to figures released by the LMC, the champions would have received a minimum of N90m in all direct payments for the 2016 season including the Basic Award which comprises of pool of funds shared equally amongst all the 20 participating clubs, the Merit Award paid to clubs based on their final position on the table, the Football Development and the Bonus Award which is paid to clubs based on performances including incentives for improving match attendance, away wins/draw, fielding players under the age of 18 years and hosting live broadcast matches.The lowest placed team in the NPFL this season would thus have received up to N55m in direct payments from the LMC from all payment centres.A statement from the LMC explained that “in addition to the direct payments clubs do also benefit from other indirect payments such as free registration of players and officials, free insurance, payment of match officials’ indemnities and hotel accommodation as well as sponsored seminars and other engagements funded by the LMC”.The Flying Antelopes are three points ahead of Rivers United with the Enugu team hosting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium now called The Cathedral by Enugu fans needing a point to guarantee the title while Rivers United goes hunting for three points in Uyo against Akwa United. The Port Harcourt side will seek to win big while hoping that Rangers will falter against their visitors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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