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DONEGAL SHOPPERS DOING ‘BERRY’ WELL ACCORDING TO SHOPPING SURVEY

first_imgDonegal shoppers are doing ‘berry’ well when it comes to looking after their diets.Strawberries are popular in Donegal according to Tesco.That’s according to Tesco which has analysed the most popular products frequently added to customer shopping baskets across Ireland and has found interesting regional preferences in the nations’ shopping habits.The research has revealed that some products are making shopping lists more regularly in particular counties. It shows that Donegal shoppers are displaying a preference for a healthy start to the day buying proportionally more berries and probiotic drinks than the rest of the country.Breakfast cereals and porridge are the morning fuel of choice for Monaghan and Cavan shoppers prefer cooked breakfasts buying more breakfast meats; sausage, pudding and bacon than the rest of the country.Shoppers from Carlow and Offaly would pair well together for household laundry with Carlow purchasing more detergent and Offaly more fabric conditioner proportionally than the rest of the country.Dubliners purchase proportionally more bagged salad, eggs, cheese and salad ingredients including avocados, beetroot, radish and spring onions. Bread is most popular in Leitrim and Cork with Leitrim stocking up on sliced pan and more shoppers in Cork opting for in-store bakery bread such as baguettes. Laois shopper’s purchase more baby food while Tipperary shoppers are clearly pet lovers, stocking up on more dog and cat food. Saucy Wexford shoppers came out tops for condiments including mayonnaise, tomato sauce and brown sauce while Roscommon shoppers are the cream of the crop buying more milk & cream and Clare shoppers stocking up on butters and spreads.Christine Heffernan, Tesco Ireland Corporate Affairs Director added “It’s interesting to see such diversity across the country when it comes to product preferences. We’re committed to giving our customers the best overall value, range and experience every time they shop in Tesco.“We continue to offer lower prices through our Staying Down campaign with hundreds of products now reduced including well-known brand and own label products that research has shown us matter most to customers. 100% of the fresh lamb, beef, pork, eggs and milk we sell is Irish and sourced from over 13,000 Irish farming families.”DONEGAL SHOPPERS DOING ‘BERRY’ WELL ACCORDING TO SHOPPING SURVEY was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:berriesdonegalshoppingtescolast_img read more

Cave Chimps Suggest Cave Men

first_imgSome chimpanzees have been found in Senegal using caves for shelter from the heat.  Jill Pruetz (Iowa State) took note of this and is publishing a paper about it in Primates.  National Geographic speculated that this sheds light on human origins:The adaptations of savanna chimpanzees are particularly interesting to researchers because early humans are thought to have occupied similar environments.    “The finding would be notable in itself, but the implications for reconstructing the evolutionary origins of shelter in our ancestors make it even more so,” said Cambridge’s McGrew.    Some monkeys use caves to stay warm at night, he noted.  What is intriguing about the new study is that it shows “not the nocturnal use of caves for overnight sleeping but rather [daytime use] for siestas, socializing, and picnicking.  No one expected this”….    “By building up our understanding of how such environments shape [modern human relatives], we can better model our early ancestors,” Moore added.Live Science also focused on the human connection.  Charles Q. Choi announced his article, “Chimps Spotted Using Caves, Like Early Humans” and said, “Savannah chimpanzees, which can make weapons to hunt other primates for meat, can also seek refuge in caves, much like our earliest human ancestors…. These dwell in environs much like those from which humanity’s ancestors are believed to have emerged.”    He quoted Adrienne Zihlman (UC Santa Cruz) who added, “They are giving a little window to some of the problems that have to be solved if you want to survive in the savannah, and are confronting the kinds of problems that our early human ancestors had to face.”  The Live Science article was echoed elsewhere, such as Fox News.To make a valid scientific inference from this observation, the evolutionists need to consider all the other creatures that inhabit caves.  A scientist must not discriminate and show species bias.  Chimp chauvinism is not politically correct.  Looking at the data without preconceptions, it could be that humans are evolved from cave crickets.  It might be that observing cave biota in toto can shed light on how humans emerged from bats, or fish, or birds or snakes.  They could even test various ideas.  They could place a house cat near the cave, for instance, to see if it shows human-like behavior.  After all, cats are curious, like chimpanzees, and presumably would want to keep their cool, too.  That would demonstrate the possibility we have cat in our ancestry.  It would explain why the Broadway show Cats strikes a chord in humans.  Caves are also the home for salamanders and beetles.  Since Beetle Bailey was human, the connection is obvious.  Need we even mention Batman?    So let’s reword this story-fest in a bias-free manner, and substitute crickets for chimpanzees.  “Crickets spotted using caves, like early humans: Savannah crickets, which can hunt other insects for meat, can also seek refuge in caves, much like our earliest human ancestors.  These dwell in environs much like those from which humanity’s ancestors are believed to have emerged.  The adaptations of savanna crickets are particularly interesting to researchers because early humans are thought to have occupied similar environments.  This finding is notable in itself, but the implications for reconstructing the evolutionary origins of shelter in our ancestors make it even more so.  By building our understanding of how such environments shape modern human relatives, we can better model our early cricket ancestors.”    By Jiminy, they’re right.  Evolutionary theory is useful.  It helps us build up our blunderstanding of how the world works.  It sheds dark in a light place, and helps us see things we couldn’t possibly have imagined any other way (01/17/2006 commentary).  Someday this age may be called The Endarkenment.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Proven practices for profitable corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the quest for high corn yields, considerable attention has been given to increasing various inputs, including seeding rates and fertilizers, narrowing row spacing, and making preventative applications of foliar fungicides, growth regulators and biological stimulants.  However, the significant drop in crop net returns that’s occurred in recent years warrants developing strategies to lower input costs. An input that might have paid for itself with $5.50 per bushel corn may not at $3.75 per bushel corn. A practical and economic approach to achieving high yields is to follow proven cultural practices that enhance corn performance.Eleven proven practices for increasing corn yields and profitsKnow the yield potential of your fields, their yield history, and the soil type and its productivity.Choose high yielding, adapted hybrids. Pick hybrids that have produced consistently high yields across a number of locations or years. Select hybrids with high ratings for foliar and stalk rot diseases when planting no-till or with reduced tillage, especially after corn. Select high yielding Bt rootworm resistant hybrids where is potential for the western corn rootworm damage.Follow pest management practices that will provide effective, timely pest control – especially weed control.Aim to complete planting by May 10. If soil conditions are dry, begin planting before the optimum date but avoid early planting on poorly drained soils. If planting late (after May 25 in central Ohio) plant corn borer resistant Bt hybrids.Follow practices that will enhance stand establishment. Adjust seeding depth according to soil conditions and monitor planting depth periodically during the planting operation and adjust for varying soil conditions. Make sure the planter is in good working order. Inspect and adjust the planter to improve stand establishment. Operate planters at speeds that will optimize seed placement. Uneven emergence affects crop performance because late emerging plants cannot compete with larger, early emerging plants.Follow appropriate seeding rate recommendations. Final plant populations of 31 -33,000 plants/A are adequate for most production environments. Final populations of 23-24,000 plants/A are usually adequate for low yield, droughty soils.Supply the most economical rate of nitrogen. Consider side-dressing and using an application method that will minimize the potential loss of N (incorporation/injection, stabilizers under high risk applications, etc.).Utilize soil testing to adjust pH and guide P and K fertilization. Avoid unnecessary P and K application.  High soil tests do not require additional inputs.Perform tillage operations only when necessary and under proper soil conditions. Deep tillage should only be performed when a compacted zone is detected and soil conditions are dry (usually late summer).Take advantage of crop rotation – corn grown after soybeans will typically yield 10-15% more than corn grown after corn.Monitor fields and troubleshoot yield limiting factors throughout the seasonThese are by no means the only management practices with which growers need to be concerned but they are keys to achieving high corn yields.last_img read more