Test Garden Soil

first_imgYour county Extension agent has soil test bags and information on how to take a representativesoil sample. The Extension agent will submit your soil to the UGA Soil, Plant and WaterAnalysis Lab and help you interpret the test results. “The main purpose of applying lime is to correct the pH,” Granberry said. “But it also suppliesneeded calcium and magnesium, if you use dolomitic lime. Garden vegetables need both of thesenutrients.” Maintaining a proper pH is so important, Granberry said, because many nutrients get tied up andunavailable when the pH is too low. Without nutrients, plants can’t grow properly. “You may have neglected a very important task,” Granberry said. “You have to soil test todetermine soil pH and fertilizer needs.” Your favorite garden spot just isn’t producing as it used to, in spite of more fertilizer, carefulwatering and better varieties. Is your memory fading, or were those tomatoes really redder ingardens past? Old-timers sometimes say soil sours and needs a “sweetening” with lime. “Actual symptoms can vary considerably, depending on which nutrient or nutrients are deficientor toxic,” Granberry said. “Vegetable yields are reduced progressively as the soil becomes moreacid. Little or no yields are obtained with a pH around 4.5 to 5.0.” Most vegetables grow best at a pH of 6.0 to 6.5, which is only slightly acid. If it dips below 6.0,the gardener should be adding lime in the fall so it can be worked in several months before springplanting. It’s your soil’s nutrient balance, said Darbie Granberry, a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. It’s not your memory. “Adding extra fertilizer in a low-pH situation doesn’t compensate for the low pH because manyof the added elements quickly become tied up, too,” he said. Although soil testing is the only accurate way to learn the pH level, you can let your vegetablestell you when there’s a problem. Plants remain small or stunted and usually show poor leaf color.Leaves’ edges may also turn brown. The only accurate way to know your garden’s pH level is by soil testing. That’s not far from truth, Granberry said. As heavy rates of nitrogen fertilizer are applied overtime, the soil becomes more acid. Take advantage of the fall season and your county agent’s services, Granberry said.last_img read more

Confidence in the potential of Queensland’s property market is on the rise

first_imgConfidence has lifted in the Queensland property market this quarter.CONFIDENCE in Australia’s property market lifted in only one state this quarter – Queensland.New analysis released through the ANZ/Property Council industry sentiment survey found that confidence levels had lifted in Queensland for the third consecutive quarter.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoWhile it was the only state to experience a lift in the most recent quarter it was still behind other states on a whole.Property Council Queensland executive director, Chris Mountford, said while it was a good sign the sector was improving more needed to be done to achieve the high levels of confidence some of the southern states were experiencing.“The difference between the local property industry being pleasantly optimistic and firing on all cylinders is potentially thousands of Queensland jobs,” Mr Mountford said.He said the most recent rise in confidence could be attributed to commitments to infrastructure and things such as the extension of the boost to the First Home Owners Grant.Mr Mountford said the industry was waiting for the impending release of the SEQ Regional Plan, to see what sort of impact that would have on the industry.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: June00:47last_img read more

UK Government moves to implement reformed UK Racing levy

first_img The UK government has moved forward with plans to reform UK racing’s levy, which will see the introduction of mandatory contributions from all betting operators that take bets on the sport, regardless of channel.This weekend, UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch confirmed the government’s plans, which will see licensed betting operators charged a 10% fee on gross profits from wagers on UK racing from British consumers.The 10% charge has been set for profits ‘above the first £500,000′ generated by operators from UK racing markets.Declaring its industry reforms to the ‘Horserace Betting Levy’, the UK government stated that its all-round tax charges were necessary in order to ‘help secure the future of horseracing and ensure a fair return for the sport’.At present, the current levy format generates UK racing circa £70 million from a 10.75% charge on retail wagers. However, stakeholders have been acrimoniously split on the issue as racing directors have argued that levy funds are insufficient, but betting companies point out the amount of funding they provide to the sport via media rights is far greater.The current Levy scheme compels betting shops to pay into Levy by law, and although online sportsbooks are not required to provide money to racing, several do on a voluntary basis. The sport also put the squeeze on online bookmakers last year by introducing the ‘Authorised Betting Partner’ status, whereby only the bookmakers that the BHA considers to be paying a ‘fair amount’ to racing can sponsor races.Issuing an industry update, Tracey Crouch MP commented: “This move will help secure the future of horseracing in Britain by making sure that gambling firms pay a fair return to support the sport. Horseracing has a strong heritage in this country, employing thousands of people and is enjoyed by many almost every day of the year. This new approach to the Horserace Betting Levy will help sustain and develop the sport.”Closing her statement Crouch detailed that the reformed levy would be reviewed ‘within seven years of the legislation coming into force’. From 2018 the UK Gambling Commission will be in-charge of collecting levy charges from licensed bookmakers.The levy funding will be passed on by the Gambling Commission to a nominated Racing Authority, that will act on behalf of British racing and be responsible for making decisions on spend.This isn’t the first time that a ruling government has attempted to reform the Levy, however any changes to the Levy Scheme threatens to contravene European State Aid laws. It remains to be seen if this attempt is more successful. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more