Plush is to replace Purple Turtle at the Oxford Union’s venue at Frewin Court from January 2019.A spokesperson for the club said in a statement: “The final night at The Jam Factory site will be Monday, 31st December 2018.“Plush is delighted that the new venue will offer long-term stability in providing an ongoing safe space for the LGBTQ+ community within central Oxford.”The club is currently based at Park End Street.It was disclosed in October that the club faced imminent closure after the venue’s owner, Nuffield College, said it was considering redeveloping the site.Last Saturday was Purple Turtle’s final night at Frewin Court. Over 100 people were seen queuing outside to gain access to the club by 10.45pm. The owner of Purple Turtle, Danny Fraifeld, has stressed to Cherwell that Purple Turtle will continue and that they are looking at new venues to house the club in the future.He said in a statement: “After all it’s never been the building that makes the Turtle, it’s the Turtle that makes the building.”
To protect against scab disease resistance, Georgia pecan farmers now have a new fungicide in their arsenal, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman.Miravis, which is already being used successfully on other crops such as peanuts, contains a new active ingredient, pydiflumetofen, that should strengthen current pecan disease management programs, said Brenneman, a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“We’re excited to have a new class of fungicides. We’ve needed some other chemistries because of resistance issues to several of the fungicides we’re using already,” he said. Miravis has a completely different mode of action and should control these resistant isolates. “The product labeled on pecans is actually Miravis Top, which contains pydiflumetofen plus difenoconazole, one of our most active triazole fungicides. We had trials in orchards across south Georgia in 2019 and achieved excellent scab control.”Scab disease does not usually kill trees, but it can greatly reduce yields. The fungal pathogen that causes scab overwinters in the tree as lesions on stems and old nut shucks that remain in the tree after harvest. When temperatures begin to warm in the spring, the fungus becomes active and starts to produce new spores that are spread by rain and wind.Farmers repeatedly use fungicide treatments to combat scab disease during rainy growing seasons. However, this repeated exposure causes scab to develop resistance to certain chemicals. As a result, an already difficult disease to control becomes much more challenging to manage. The key is to use a combination of products that each control the fungus in a different way. Brenneman says that the best time to apply this new fungicide is during the nut-sizing period from June to August. He recommends growers apply a fungicide application every two weeks or even every 10 days during a rainy season on susceptible cultivars. Most growers will spray between eight and 10 times in a normal year and as much as 15 to 20 times during a wet year.Phosphite fungicides were already labeled for pecans but are being used by more and more growers. Recent research has shown them to be very active on leaf scab. The mode of action of the phosphites is completely different than that of Miravis Top, so using them prepollination sets the stage for resistance management, especially if growers still rotate standard protectant products like Elast or Tin postpollination.This new label for Miravis Top use on pecans was finalized in early September.“Pecans are subject to some major disease issues, especially pecan scab. We really rely on fungicides because the trees live many years, and cultivars tend to become more susceptible to scab as they age. You can’t rotate a pecan tree like you can rotate a peanut plant. When you have resistance issues on a perennial crop like pecans, it’s a serious problem,” Brenneman said. “Having a totally different active ingredient to work into those fungicide rotations is very important.”Controlling for scab is a costly expense for producers, and this year has been no exception.“If we dodged the early season scab with the dry weather, we made up for it in midseason. It caught up with some people because they slacked off with their fungicides,” Brenneman said. “The problem with pecans is that it takes growers so long to spray. You have big orchards, and these huge air blast sprayers are very expensive. They have to drive slowly through the orchard. For some folks, it may take them 10 days to spray their trees.“They can’t just respond quickly. When the wet weather comes in and they’re behind schedule, it can be a problem.”For more information about Georgia pecan production, see site.extension.uga.edu/pecan.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. >> With Chase Utley possibly gone via free agency, the Dodgers’ search for a new second baseman could bring them back to their old second baseman.Howie Kendrick, who transitioned last year to more of an outfielder/utility player, is a candidate to once again be the Dodgers second baseman, according to General Manager Farhan Zaidi.Zaidi said he thinks Kendrick could re-acclimate himself to playing second if that’s what the Dodgers wanted.“Once he started getting comfortable in left, it was tougher to move back and forth (to the infield),” Zaidi said at the GM Meetings on Tuesday. “But if he came into camp as the second baseman, I don’t think he’d have any issues.” Of course, Zaidi made those comments just hours before a report from Fox Sports that they were exploring the idea of trading Kendrick. Kendrick’s market might be limited because of the direction his career has gone.Kendrick, 33, was an everyday second baseman with the Angels from 2007-14 and in 2015 with the Dodgers.The Dodgers re-signed him last winter after they had Utley, and they began moving him around the field. Beyond the question of whether Kendrick could be an everyday second baseman defensively is what he could do offensively.Last season he hit .188 in his first 27 games on his way to a career-worst .255, although his .326 on-base percentage was in line with his typical numbers. Kendrick will earn $10 million next season in the second year of a two-year contract.“He got off to a slow start and there were some concerns, but by the end, the way he ended the season, that’s more what you would expect from the ebb and flow of a season,” Zaidi said. “He had some great at-bats in the playoffs. That’s not a concern for us moving forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Free agent updateZaidi would commit to little about the Dodgers negotiations with their current free agents – he said they are talking to all of them – but he did concede that Justin Turner may be a higher priority because he’d be harder to replace.The Dodgers have plenty of starting pitching depth to replace Rich Hill and there are other marquee closers available to replace Kenley Jansen.The third base market is thin, though. After Turner, the next best free agent third baseman is Luis Valbuena.“That’s a spot where there aren’t a ton of free agent options,” Zaidi said. “We’d look internally or the trade route if it gets to that point (of replacing Turner).”AlsoZaidi said one of the Dodgers’ priorities this winter is getting some right-handed hitting to help improve their performance against left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers’ .622 OPS against lefties was the worst in the league … The Dodgers were among the teams that was represented at Greg Holland’s workout in Arizona on Monday. Holland, formerly one of baseball’s best closers, is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.