The study was conducted in South Georgia on one farmer’s 180-acre peanut operation — 12 acres were tested in 2010 and 25 acres the following year. The test farmer saw substantial yield increases when using auto-steer to plant and invert peanuts compared to conventional methods. Vellidis said the farmer would have achieved an economic gain of $27,851 in 2010 and $37,540 in 2011 if auto-steer had been used on his entire peanut acreage either of those years. The difference in economic gain was mostly a result of differences in peanut prices for those two years. Auto-steer outperformed conventional methods by 516 pounds per acre in 2010 and 439 pounds per acre in 2011. An inverter flips a plant upside down so it is on top of the soil with the peanuts facing upwards. The plants are harvested mechanically a few days later. Auto-steer surprised the UGA research team when it greatly outperformed the human driver on straight and curved rows. “GPS guidance of farm machinery has been adopted by increasingly larger segments of the farming community over the past decade because of the inherent gains in efficiency that it provides,” Vellidis said. Auto-steer systems use GPS technology to help farmers guide their tractors through fields. For peanut farmers, this means more precise harvesting and fewer peanuts left in the ground. So how does it work? As the tractor is driven in a field, auto-steer gathers signals from a GPS and steers the tractor. Auto-steer creates parallel paths, which is ideal for farmers when planting and inverting peanuts. Auto-steer also enables the tractor to follow the exact same centerline created during planting when inverting the peanuts. This new technology has been available for more than 10 years but has only recently been adopted by farmers in large numbers. “Peanut industry observers report that auto-steer is quickly becoming an essential tool for farmers in the southeastern USA who include peanuts in their crop rotation,” Vellidis said. He estimates 50 percent of farmers now use auto-steer, and some use it on multiple farm vehicles. “The user-interface may be a little bit intimidating to someone not used to computer technology. But the manufacturers have made auto-steer very user-friendly so anybody can learn how to use it very quickly,” he added. Vellidis says overall, auto-steer systems are very reliable, but like all technical equipment glitches can happen. Auto-steer technology is driving peanut farmers to higher crop yields and bigger profit margins. “Now, if it starts developing problems, you’re pretty much stuck and will need to rely on tech support to resolve your problem unless you’re a techy-kind of person. “It is very important that the tractor pulling the inverter passes as close as possible over the centerline on which the peanuts were planted. Otherwise, the inverter will cut off sections of the vines and those peanuts will remain in the soil and be lost to the farmer,” Vellidis said. “It was originally assumed that under low curvature conditions, a human operator would be able to follow the centerline well,” Vellidis said. “In fact, the solid green peanut canopy encountered when inverting peanuts makes it difficult for the human operator to align the tractor with the planting centerline, whereas the auto-steer system can place the tractor within 2.5 cm of the centerline.” Auto-steer systems cost between $22,000 and $25,000. Based on his research, Vellidis says producers who farm at least 200 acres of peanuts using auto-steer can pay for the system in one year with just the extra yield they gain on peanuts.“Auto-steer systems also provide additional economic gains whenever they are used for other farm operations and those gains also add up,” Vellidis said. Auto-steer also allows farmers to watch their crops beplanted and harvested without worrying about veering off course. The farmer still needs to turn the tractor into a row and make a turn at the end of the row. George Vellidis, a researcher on the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, reached this conclusion following a two-year study in 2010-11. Vellidis and his research team tested the on-board computer system for tractors on a private farm.
BM Soat Auto Sales has come to the rescue of young rifleman Roberto Tewari who is preparing for the 2019 edition of the West Indies FullBore Shooting championships (WIFBSC).Roberto, an active member of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) is one of several individual members who will head to Trinidad for the 2019 edition later this year. And the company, which has supported him in the past believes that the support is necessary if athletes are to develop and hone their skills.Managing Director Rameez Mohamed who is also the president of Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) where Roberto volunteers his time during events was more than happy to give the support.“Roberto has been a close associate of our company for many years, always volunteering his help around motor racing and now that he has taken up a career in rifle shooting, we are basically returning the favour in the form of whatever assistance he requires and his journey continues.”Mohamed added, “He came to us and informed us about his new barrel that he had recently acquired and asked if we would be willing to mount some new sights on this barrel for him and we were happy to oblige.”Last year the company played a crucial part in ensuring his participation in the 150th anniversary championships of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association held in Ottawa, Canada.Tewari, who was thankful for the response stated, “It’s great to know that there are still corporate entities that are willing to lend their support to sportsmen and women locally.”Tewari’s plan is to be a part of the Team Guyana who will participate in the team segment of the competition.
Sanjin Pehlivanovic won the title of the Champion at the European Championship in Billiards, which was held in the Netherlands.Pehlivanovic won in the finals in Veldhoven against Christian Frohlich from Germany with a score 8: 2 in the discipline “9 ball”.Sixteen-year-old Sanjin was very convincing on his way to the finals. He won against Filip Lebduska 8: 0, Fausto Colombini 8: 0, Ragnar Gronsten 8: 1, Mickey Krause 8: 4, Wiktor Zielinski 8: 7, and Jan van Lierop 8: 4.Pehlivanovic’s next performances will take place in China and America.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)