University of Georgia Extension agent Mark Frye helps save Georgia cattlemen money while providing cattle a better diet.In 2010, the Wayne County agricultural and natural resources agent set out to discover whether double crop baleage was a viable option for all farmers. He worked with Wayne County farmer Jonny Harris to see if the process was feasible.Double crop baleage involves growing two different crops consecutively. The combined crop, such as rye, rye grass and wheat, is then baled and harvested to maintain moisture and be a viable feed source throughout the year.Harris and Frye, along with UGA specialists Dennis Hancock, Lawton Stewart and Curt Lacy, worked with funds from a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. The project’s objective was to determine if growing winter annuals for baleage on row cropland was environmentally and economically feasible.“We were looking for something that would be very repeatable and very sustainable,” Harris said. A diversified crop farmer and beef producer, Harris sees double crop baleage as a major benefit to his farm and his 1,000 head of cattle. The research project also tested for forage production in yield and quality and environmental enhancements.Frye said the process is beneficial for the cattle and the farmers. He and his team deduced that using baleage equipment to harvest winter annuals for later use is a feasible idea for many farmers.“It can save farmers time and money,” said Lacy, a UGA economist on the Tifton Campus. “This process makes a pretty substantial difference. It can amount to several thousands of dollars, depending on the number of cows.”According to Lacy, farmers who cannot afford the equipment have other options that can allow them to use the double crop baleage process.“With a small number of cows, it’s hard to justify doing this,” Lacy said. “If they have fewer cattle, they can look at buying baleage wrapped or having someone do it for them if they can’t buy the equipment.”Using double crop baleage can increase farmers’ profits, too. It provides a complete diet for cattle and improves the organic matter in the soil, allowing the moisture and nutrients in the soil to remain longer.The three-year UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences study found the cover crop produced $263 per acre, making it an economical gem for cattle farmers.“Farmers don’t lose any nutrient quality and it saves the farmers money because the feed produced is much better,” Frye said.Back in Wayne County, the research on double crop baleage has tremendously affected Harris and his cattle. “I really appreciate and support the Extension service in what they’re doing by helping guide [farmers] through challenges that we face,” Harris said.Wayne County’s beef cattle industry produced a farm gate value of near $2.9 million, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. The farm gate value for beef cattle finished outside the county in 2013 is near $400,000.(Jordan Hill is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)
Microsoft on Tuesday announced it would invest one billion dollars in Poland to expand its operations, including the creation of a new regional cloud-computing data hub.The US tech giant said it had signed an agreement with Poland’s state-backed National Cloud Operator to provide “cloud solutions for all industries and companies in Poland”, according to a statement on its website.”Another great global player chose Poland to locate its investment, worth as much as $ 1 billion, the largest in our region of Europe,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday on his official Facebook page. “This is another important step on the road to digitization and accelerating the development of the entire Polish economy.”The investment project is expected to last seven years, Microsoft said.Microsoft is among the global leaders in providing cloud services — an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars.As well as charging for the service, cloud operators are able to harvest huge caches data and open up many other revenue streams. Topics : The National Cloud Operator was set up two years ago by the state-controlled PKO Bank and the Polish National Development fund to speed development of the digital economy.Once among the EU’s most rapidly expanding economies, growth in Poland is set to shrink by 3.4 percent this year, according to a revised government projection, down from an expansion of 3.7 percent of GDP forecast prior to the pandemic.
Photos by Ralf Cheung. For more photos, check out our photo gallery from the game. The Trojans ushered in the Steve Sarkisian era on Saturday afternoon following a chaotic week in Troy. USC’s 15th-ranked football team silenced all the whispers about senior cornerback Josh Shaw’s suspension and senior running back Anthony Brown’s departure by charging to a 52-13 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.The events of the past week proved to be no distraction at all, as the Trojans put up their highest yard total (701) since 2005 in Sarkisian’s first game as USC’s head coach. The Trojans achieved those 701 yards on 105 total plays, which broke the previous Pac-12 record.The Trojans looked a bit shaky out of the gates, as true freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith committed a holding penalty on the opening kickoff and redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler nearly threw a pick-six to Fresno State safety Derron Smith on the first play from scrimmage. But from then on, Kessler and Smith were two of USC’s most dynamic players.Kessler proved to have mastered Sarkisian’s new uptempo offense, putting up a career-high 394 yards and tying career-highs with 37 attempts, 25 completions and four touchdown passes. The Bakersfield, California native got the Trojans’ scoring storm started with a one-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game.Though Kessler’s aerial abilities might have surprised some Trojan fans, Sarkisian insisted that Kessler has always had it in him.“The way [Kessler] throws and his athleticism in short areas is better than a lot of people,” Sarkisian said. “He has the ability to buy time and make plays down the field and throw an excellent ball.”Kessler looked in sync with all of his targets, old and new. He spread the ball out between nine different receivers, including true freshman tight end Bryce Dixon and true freshmen wide receivers Smith and Adoree’ Jackson.Sarkisian lauded the abilities of the group of freshmen.“I’m not surprised, quite honestly, that they were able to go in and play,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve challenged them every single day and thrown them in with the ones, whether it’s JuJu or Adoree’ or Bryce Dixon or the young O-linemen that were in there, all those guys stepped in and played well.”Freshman Ajene Harris was slated to start at wide receiver, but Smith started in his place, and it made a huge difference for the Trojans. Smith, who also wreaked havoc on the defensive side of the ball, eclipsed 100 receiving yards early in the second quarter. Smith achieved that mark on just his fourth reception of the game, a 43-yard catch-and-run, and finished the game with 123 yards.Junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor looked capable of filling former All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee’s shoes at the Trojans’ No. 1 wideout at times, but dropped a few easy catches as well. In addition to hauling in two touchdowns, Agholor had a circus catch that bounced off his helmet and into his hands in the second quarter.After a hign-scoring first quarter for USC, the trains came off the tracks a bit in the second. Sophomore running back Justin Davis lost a fumble on Fresno State’s 42 yard line, but Fresno State quarterback Brandon Connette returned the favor by throwing an interception to senior safety Gerald Bowman. The Trojans handed the ball right back over, though, when redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen fumbled again.Like Bowman, junior defensive end Leonard Williams also hauled in the second interception of his career on Saturday.“It felt pretty wild to be honest,” Williams said. “I got one freshman year and even that one felt like it was good luck or something. I never thought I’d get another one. It felt crazy, it just happened so fast.”While Kessler and the Trojan defense flexed their muscle Saturday evening, the Fresno State signal callers struggled all game.Fresno State entered the game with no clear frontrunner at quarterback. Head coach Tim DeRuyter started Brian Burrell, but after he went 3-for-6 with only 14 yards in a little over a quarter of action, DeRuyter replaced Burrell with Connette, who transferred this spring from Duke. The two alternated throughout the game and finished with a combined 150 yards.Though the Bulldogs struggled on offense in the first half, they came out strong to start off the second. The Trojan defense looked sluggish, perhaps letting up a bit after the offense had built up a 31-7 lead at the half.The Bulldogs marched down the field and running back Marteze Waller punched in his second of two rushing touchdowns on the day. After a failed extra point by Fresno State kicker Colin McGuire, the score sat at 31-13.The Trojan offense responded, though, reeling off two straight touchdowns after that to increase their lead to 45-13. Allen, the 2013 team MVP, busted through Fresno State’s defense for a 9-yard touchdown before Kessler connected with Dixon for the Oxnard, California native’s first receiving touchdown as a Trojan.Kessler and the crop of freshmen stole the show, but there’s much to be said about USC’s defense as well — the Trojans held the Bulldogs to 317 total yards of offense, most of which came in the second half.With such a big lead in the second half Sarkisian allowed redshirt freshman quarterback Max Browne to get his first reps as a Trojan. Browne looked like a capable future leader, going 4-for-5 for 30 yards.Despite the record-setting performance and the impressive debuts of so many freshmen, Sarkisian seemed most proud of the fact that his team had fun. But it’s not all fun and games, as the Trojans must now prepare to head north to Palo Alto, California to begin Pac-12 play against Stanford, who has been a thorn in USC’s side for years.“We’ll enjoy it for a moment,” Sarkisian said. “We gotta get back to work.”