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Provincial conservation officers investigating moose riding incident

first_imgConservation officers are trying to track down the individuals involved in a moose riding incident. Officials have determined that the video was shot at a lake in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area which is southwest of Fort Nelson.It’s believed the act occurred last July. The video was submitted to B.C. conservation by an organization called Wolftracker.Conservation officers have started to receive tips, and its intended that charges of harassment and annoying wildlife will eventually be laid.- Advertisement -Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-877-952-7277.last_img read more

TEACHER TURNED DOWN FOR NANNY JOB BECAUSE DONEGAL ACCENT TOO STRONG

first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: A young woman has been turned down for a nanny’s job in Russia after being told her Donegal accent was too strong.Former Rose of Tralee finalist Grainne Boyle, who holds a Masters in Education, applied for the job through the prestigious Bonne International Nanny Agency in London.The 25 year old completed a Skype interview last week and was told she had more than adequate qualifications for the position in Moscow. However Grainne, from Gartan, was turned down because her Irish accent was too strong.The Special Needs teacher, who was the Dubai Rose of Tralee in the 2011 Contest, admits she is maddened by the outcome considering she previously worked in Russia.“I am amused but I am also a little maddened by it all. I don’t think accent is an issue as it has been proven that children pick up their accents from their peers and not their teachers,” she told Donegal Daily.The Recruitment Manager at the Bonne International Nanny Agency on famous Harley Street said families are all after nannies with “BBC English.” “Unfortunately accent is probably the first criteria by which families choose candidates. Everyone is after BBC English.“We have employed a few people from Ireland this last year, but due to the strong Irish accent I have had to turn down more people than I would have liked to,” admitted agency boss Anna Gremitskikh.In a letter to Grainne, Ms Gremitskikh admitted that her CV and interview were great but that they could not move forward.“I’m sure you understand that as an agency we are tied to what requirements the families set us and so it is often quite frustrating for us to turn down candidates who are perfectly good except for this one aspect,” she added while admitting Grainne had a “fantastic CV.”The young Donegal woman was told that unfortunately she will not be considered for any nanny positions with the Bonne Agency around the world because of her strong accent. However, Grainne, the daughter of Grace and James Boyle, said she understood the company had been recruiting in Dublin earlier this year.A triathlete and former Donegal Sports Star winner, Grainne’s mum Grace is the former Donegal GAA County Treasurer and dad James was a former Donegal County Council engineer.She added “I don’t know anybody west of the Irish Sea with the so-called BBC accent“I’m proud of my Donegal accent and I don’t think I’ll be changing it. “I’m annoyed but more amused. I don’t think it will stop me getting a job but I do think it is a little short-sighted.“But the agency knows their clients best and they have to keep them happy,” she laughed.TEACHER TURNED DOWN FOR NANNY JOB BECAUSE DONEGAL ACCENT TOO STRONG was last modified: March 22nd, 2013 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:Bonne INternational Nanny Agencydonegal accentGrainne BoyleRose of TraleeRussialast_img read more

DONEGAL HERO TO GET GLOBAL AWARD FOR DARING PACIFIC RESCUE

first_imgThe Cruising Club of America (CCA) has confirmed that its 2014 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship will be awarded to Sean McCarter, skipper of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race Northern Irish entry Derry-Londonderry-Doire.The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean last March.The Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship is an internationally renowned trophy awarded annually for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea. The Buncrana man learnt to sail on Lough Swilly in County Donegal, Ireland at just five years old.A former Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteer, Sean says: “The CCA is a club that has over 85 years of promoting the adventurous use of the sea and puts a premium on safety and seamanship.“I am honoured to have been selected to receive The Rod Stephens trophy for Outstanding Seamanship but must accept it on behalf of the entire crew of Derry-Londonderry-Doire on the Pacific leg. Finding and rescuing Andrew Taylor in the midst of a North Pacific gale was not down to one person but to the skill and determination of a well-trained team.”Crew member Andrew Taylor, 46, from London, went overboard in the middle of a Pacific Ocean storm, approximately half way through the 5,600 mile race from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA at the end of March this year whilst competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Race. He was recovered after 90 minutes in the water. The search was particularly difficult due to low visibility, high winds and mountainous seas which caused Andrew to drift quickly out of sight from the yacht. Andrew made a full recovery after initial shock, hypothermia and a badly bruised leg. He continued the remaining six races to complete the circumnavigation when the Clipper Race returned to London in July 2014.Clipper Race chairman and founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says: “The recognition of Sean McCarter’s leadership and motivation by the Cruising Club of America’s prestigious Outstanding Seamanship Award during the recovery of Andrew Taylor from the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht during the passage across the North Pacific Ocean will be welcomed by many.“Andrew fell overside in strong winds and heavy seas during the race from Qingdao to San Francisco. Sean’s determination to recover Andrew motivated the crew and it is fair to say that had Sean not shown outstanding leadership Andrew might not be with us today.”Derry has been represented in the Clipper Race since 2011 and finished in fourth position at the end of the last edition earlier this year.In the past, the Rod Stephens trophy has been awarded for diverse acts of seamanship such as the rescue of 51 Haitians by the captain and crew of Corwith Cramer, a Brigantine sail training ship. In 2007 it was awarded to Mike Golding for his rescue of Alex Thomson during the 2006 Velux Ocean race when Thomson’s boat Hugo Boss was sinking. The award will be presented during the Annual Awards Dinner of the Cruising Club of America at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on 6 March, 2015.Sean McCarter and his crew were also recently nominated for Yachts and Yachting Magazine Achievement of the Year Award. Winners will be announced in February.DONEGAL HERO TO GET GLOBAL AWARD FOR DARING PACIFIC RESCUE was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:awardrescuesean mccarterlast_img read more

LESS THAN 40% OF NURSING APPLICANTS REGISTERED HERE SINCE 2015

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed figures which reveal that of the total number of applications made by nurses and midwifes from overseas wishing to register to work in the state, less than 40% have been successfully added to the register since 2015.The data, which was released by the Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBI) following a request made by Deputy Doherty, also shows that of the 4,184 registration applications received by the board since last year, a shocking 1,738 applicants chose to withdraw their application prior to the registration process having been formally completed.Deputy Doherty says the figures highlight that there is an urgent need for the system of registration for nurses and midwifes to be reviewed. “In the past few weeks I have been approached by nurses and midwives whom have trained and qualified overseas and who wish to work here in the state however, a number of them have reported being deeply frustrated by the formal registration process which they must, by law, complete in order to work here.“I decided to raise the matter with the Minister in the Dáil and recently I asked him to provide data on the total number of applications which the Nursing and Midwifery Board have received both in 2015 and in 2016 to date from those overseas wishing to have their name added to the central register.“The figures which I have now received from the NMBI show just how big of a problem the wait faced by applicants is seeking registration.”Of the 4,184 applications received since 2015 to date, less than 40% of these, or 1,632 have actually been successfully added to the nursing and midwifery register. The Sinn Fein politician said that worse still is the fact that almost 42% of applicants, representing a total of 1,738, actually decided to withdraw their application before it was formally fully assessed by the board.“These shocking statistics illustrate the needless obstacles which are currently being placed in the way of qualified nurses who simply want to be given the opportunity to take up employment here and contribute to our health services.“And let’s not forget that among these applicants may be Irish citizens who have received their training overseas and who are now looking to return to our island to live and work, but yet they are being actively discouraged from doing so by present system.“What is clear from the data is that the current process of registration for both nurses and midwives needs to be thoroughly reviewed and changed if necessary, if we are ever to begin to once again attract highly skilled and trained nursing professionals into this state where they may work and provide care to patients.“This is why I intend to raise this issue again with the Minister because the contribution of those willing to enter our health services’ workforce must be facilitated and encouraged.” LESS THAN 40% OF NURSING APPLICANTS REGISTERED HERE SINCE 2015 was last modified: June 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more

United ‘not a team’ says Mourinho after another pre-season disappointment

first_imgIt was the second straight disappointing result for United on tour, following Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Mexico’s Club America in Arizona.The stands at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara were empty, as they were against Club America, with the majority of United’s big names still on holiday following World Cup duty.Key players such as Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are all doubts for the Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10 after they reached the final weekend of the tournament in Russia, thus requiring extra time off.After the drab 0-0 against San Jose, Mourinho was quick to give his thoughts on why the team’s performances had been so poor in the States. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 4 A sparse crowd turned out to watch the game, with some tickets costing as much as £170 While the player claimed he would be fit in time to face AC Milan at Los Angeles’ StubHub Center on Thursday, Mourinho was less certain.The Portuguese told reporters: “He’s injured. We need to get used to it. Last season he was already in this kind of situation and probably this season we’re going to have more than that.”New signing Diogo Dalot will likely fill Valencia’s shoes should the Ecuadorean be sidelined for any of United’s remaining three matches in the States.Matteo Darmian, who came on for the captain against San Jose, looks set for return to Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus both interested. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Mourinho watched on as United were uninspiring once again 4 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener predicted highlights He said: “We are not a team. We’re a group of players from different teams.“Some are first-team, some under-23s, some coming from loan and going on loan, some are younger, under-18s. We don’t have a team to play much better than we did but it (the game) is one more training session.”Alexis Sanchez provided a boost with his return to action after missing the first week of the tour as he was denied entry to the US due to visa issues, but United were rocked by an injury scare for new captain Antonio Valencia.The right-back, who took over the armband after Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of last season, hobbled off after just seven minutes of the friendly. The return of Alexis Sanchez to the starting lineup was not enough to galvanise United against San Jose How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? impact 4 possible xi How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 4 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Jose Mourinho has claimed his Manchester United side are ‘not a team’ after another disappointing draw on their pre-season US tour.A disjointed team, missing several World Cup stars, stuttered to a 0-0 stalemate against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday and Mourinho did not hold back in his assessment of the performance. smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade who plays? New captain Antonio Valencia led his side out against San Jose but quickly returned down the tunnel after picking up an injury just seven minutes in ALTERED possible standings gameday last_img read more

Speculation over Fulham and Saints’ apparent interest in Barnsley star

first_imgBarnsley right-back John Stones, 18, is set to cost Fulham £1.5m, according to The Sun.The Sun also say Hull are planning a £3m bid for Whites keeper David Stockdale.The Daily Mail, meanwhile, say Fulham have had a £1.5m bid for Stones rejected and that Southampton also want him.Arsenal are looking to steal West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, The Sun say.QPR have made a bid for Diame and hope to hold talks with the 25-year-old, who is expected to return from a hamstring injury in the Hammers’ FA Cup replay against Manchester United.It is claimed Arsenal will watch him in that game and plan to make their own offer.QPR boss Harry Redknapp has clinched the £8m capture of striker Loic Remy from Marseille and the £7m signing of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, again according to The Sun.Related West London Sport story: QPR set to table formal bid for French starThe Sun also say Redknapp faces a hostile reception at West Brom tonight after trying to sign Baggies duo Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie, and that R’s star Adel Taarabt is in hot water for sending abusive texts after being left out of Morocco’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.The Daily Mirror say QPR are willing to hand Odemwingie a bonus and an automatic 12-month contract extension if they avoid relegation and have offered Remy a salary of £70,000 a week.And The Sun report that Chelsea are closing on Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas.Reading are apparently keen on the striker, who is said to be available for £5.5m.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Glenn Robinson III is thankful for the gift of fatherhood, his ability to help guide others

first_imgFrom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, a group of ducks visit the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. While the Peabody Duck March has been a tourist attraction at the famous hotel for 90 years, most of the Warriors were uninterested by the mallards swimming in the lobby fountain in mid-November.Not Glenn Robinson III. Always on the hunt for souvenirs he can send his 2-year-old daughter Ariana from the road, Robinson stopped by the gift shop. He gathered as many duck toys and dolls as he could …last_img read more

Film Africa takes African stories to the world

first_img28 October 2016The Film Africa film festival, hosted by the Royal African Society, is considered the premier global film event for showcasing African filmmaking. Held this year in London from 28 October to 6 November, Film Africa will feature 52 features, short films and documentaries from 22 African countries.The selection of African-produced and African-themed films will be supplemented with a series of discussions by actors and filmmakers as well as with exhibitions by African production companies. Professional workshops, live music events and industry seminars will also all highlight film, art and culture from the continent and its diaspora.The best new Nigerian cinema @FilmAfrica this year! https://t.co/EYJQx6kWSL #FilmAfrica16 @kunleafolayan @niyiakinmolayan @femiodugbemi pic.twitter.com/fMUZ1Eblb0— Film Africa (@FilmAfrica) October 11, 2016The festival culminates in an awards ceremony recognising the best of the festival’s acting and filmmaking talents. It includes the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.One of the topical themes at the festival this year is: Why I’m Here: Stories of Migration. It comprises a collection of personal film narratives that reflect the intricacies of migration, political asylum and other challenges faced by Africans living outside Africa.@FilmAfrica explores the Somalian refugee experience in A Stray by @Musasyeed https://t.co/l9NrxOPDIk @SomaliWeekFest pic.twitter.com/Nvgt1rQqlt— Film Africa (@FilmAfrica) October 19, 2016Another predominant theme, one specifically focused on South Africa, is the cost of attaining and retaining freedom.The film biography of struggle icon Solomon Mahlangu, titled Kalushi will open the festival. The film looks at Mahlangu’s life during the 1976 Soweto student uprising, as a soldier in Umkhonto we Sizwe and the influence he had on the fight against apartheid. A post-screening discussion with director Mandla Dube and star Thabo Rametsi will also unpack his influence on contemporary protests such as Fees Must Fall.Catch our very own @ThaboRametsi with Minister of @ArtsCultureSA @NathiMthethwaSA on @MorningLiveSABC today #Kalushi pic.twitter.com/33BzXx7bT3— #GoSeeKalushi (@KalushiMovie) September 22, 2016There will also be a screening of the 1994 film about the Soweto student uprising, Sarafina, starring Leleti Khumalo and Whoopi Goldberg. It will be shown along with a companion piece, a new documentary called Soweto: Times of Wrath, which looks at the influence of the 1976 generation on young Sowetans today.The screenings will be followed by a discussion, led by the six young filmmakers involved in the documentary, on the state of human rights in post- apartheid South Africa and how communities are taking action to have their voices heard.Also on at the festival is British director Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, a film about the love affair between Botswana’s first democratic leader, Seretse Khama, and British office worker Ruth Williams. The film is courting a lot of 2017 Oscar buzz, thanks to powerful performances by stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, as well as meticulous cinematography that convincingly captures Africa and its people.David Oyelowo e Rosamund Pike em posters internacionais de A United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/OCatJasoZd— Cinemito (@cinemito) October 26, 2016The festival ends with the world premiere of Wùlu, a Mali-France co-production. A political thriller set amidst the 2012 Mali political rebellion, the film blends elements of traditional African storytelling with fast-paced action.Wùlu , a Film by Daouda Coulibaly. Starring Ibrahim Koma & Inna Modja . pic.twitter.com/mKwLbMTEoZ— Inna Modja Official (@Innamodja) September 15, 2016International critics have hailed the film and its director, Daouda Coulibaly, as Africa’s answer to atmospheric action auteur Michael Mann. It is being touted for selection for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2017.Source: Film Africa festival 2016SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 6, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day today across all of Ohio, but it likely will be the last one, at least for the entire state for a little bit. Temps today should be about 5-7 degrees warmer than yesterday and this will be our second straight day of near maximum evaporation rates…which is truly needed at this time. Sunshine should dominate. Scattered showers move into far northern Ohio by mid to late morning tomorrow morning (perhaps sooner in far NW Ohio), and then slowly spread south across a large part of the rest of the state. Moisture totals are not all that large, but we do see enough moisture to blatantly stop any drying. Scattered showers continue off an on Wednesday, and then we see a well organized batch of rain and even the potential for a few thunderstorms on Thursday into early  Friday. Rains today will bring a few hundredths to .25” with 60% coverage, and tomorrow’s action triggers similar totals with 50% coverage. Rain Thursday can produce .1”-.5” with 75% coverage, and the 3 day totals likely ends up giving us .2”-.75” over 70% of the state. This is a little better than our concerns late last week…and most of the lower totals is tied to lesser thunderstorm threats. If thunderstorms ramp back up before arriving on Thursday, our combined totals will have to ramp up too. The map at right shows combined moisture potential of this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). Friday afternoon will start to dry, as rains exit the state  morning and midday. Clouds will give way to sunshine. Sunny and dry weather continues for the weekend and then Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you are keeping track at home…that is a 5 day stretch of back to back dry weather! The threat of thunderstorms this coming Saturday night and Sunday has dissipated. We have a little bit of scattered shower action that tries to return next Wednesday afternoon or evening, but it looks light, at a few hundredths to .3” and 60% coverage. For the extended period, we get another chance of showers about 24 to 30 hours later, overnight Thursday night into Friday, with similar amounts and coverages. The best chance of rain in the extended period rolls in for the 20th into the 21st with .25”-1” rain totals and coverage at 80%. Then behind that we may see a little more lingering shower potential the 22nd, before drying back down to finish the period. Temps over this coming forecast window look to be near normal. We are a little above today into tomorrow and Wednesday, but cool off significantly behind our frontal boundary late int eh week. Next week features a similar up and down move in temps.last_img read more

Dicamba Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — In a late, delayed spring like this one, growers may have to rely on postemergence herbicide applications more than usual to control weeds.If dicamba-tolerant soybeans or cotton are in your acreage mix, in-season dicamba applications can help — but take care. The new dicamba herbicides (XtendiMax, FeXapan, Engenia and Tavium) are restricted-use pesticides that come with a host of label restrictions, and a growing amount of research on how they move off-target.Here are five important things to keep in mind when spraying these chemicals in 2019.1. CHECK FOR INVERSIONSAll four dicamba labels ban spraying when a temperature inversion is underway. Inversions occur when a cool, stable air mass is trapped near the ground and can suspend particles within it — such as herbicides — until the air eventually warms and disperses.Thanks to four years of research by University of Missouri scientists, we have a much better understanding of when inversions occur and how they affect pesticide applications. Here are the main takeaways from their research:— Inversions are occurring frequently — as often as 60% of all evenings in June and July of 2018. They develop most often in the evening hours, even before sunset, the point at which new dicamba labels limit spraying.— Inversions can trap dicamba in the air and increase off-target movement. Missouri scientists detected three times more dicamba following an application made during an inversion compared to an on-label application.— Your field’s geography matters — tree lines and buildings can block wind and cause inversions to form earlier than the surrounding area.— Use mobile spray apps with caution. Weather-based spraying apps can help show potential application windows, but they cannot predict inversions or confirm boom-level conditions for a particular field. Keep in mind that some apps use weather data taken at heights higher than an inversion can be detected. Examine your actual environment for inversion warning signs at the time of application for a final spray decision. Look for calm air, clear skies, smoke or dust hanging near the ground and sound distortions. See more details here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….See the full summary of the University of Missouri’s temperature inversion research here: https://ipm.missouri.edu/….(Editor’s Note: DTN is one of several companies offering weather-based tools to help schedule spray applications. MyDTN subscription customers have access to the DTN Spray Outlook tool and app. Details on those tools are here: https://www.dtn.com/….)2. CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGSMany plants and trees are extremely sensitive to tiny doses of dicamba. For two consecutive years, farmers, homeowners and specialty crop growers in the Midwest and South have filed complaints about dicamba injury to a wide variety of row crops, trees, horticultural crops, ornamental plants and even bees.Ultimately, the applicator bears final responsibility and liability for any off-target movement of dicamba, so knowing what crops and plants surround a field before you make an application is critical, University of Tennessee Extension weed scientist Larry Steckel said.Some fields may simply not be a good fit for dicamba-tolerant crops and dicamba applications, he said. “There are some fields, especially in more urbanized regions, where you just shouldn’t be relying on spraying dicamba because the probability that you can do it safely isn’t there.”Applicators can use sensitive crop registries such as FieldWatch to help check surrounding areas, but they can’t rely exclusively on it, as some sensitive crops and plants may not be registered there. See here: https://fieldwatch.com/….Remember that the labels require a 57-foot omnidirectional buffer in counties with certain endangered species. Check yours here: https://www.epa.gov/…. They also require a 110-foot or 220-foot downwind buffer, depending on application rate, and ban dicamba applications altogether when the wind is blowing toward a sensitive crop.3. CONSIDER LEAVING GLYPHOSATE OUT OF THE TANK MIXWeed scientists have discovered that when the pH of a dicamba tank mix is lowered below 5.0, dicamba volatility and off-target movement increases significantly.The dicamba labels instruct applicators to check with experts such as Extension agents to make sure their chosen tank mix ingredients don’t lower the pH too far. But, in reality, the data is not yet there for scientists to make these recommendations on the wide range of tank mix options available, Steckel said.Even ingredients as basic as water can affect a tank mix pH. “When we started looking at this research, we tested wells across Tennessee and the starting pH of the water was all over the place, from 8.0 down to 4.0, so that makes a difference in your tank mix from the get-go,” Steckel noted.However, university weed scientists have confirmed that one popular tank mix ingredient — glyphosate — consistently lowers the pH in a dicamba tank mix. In one of the most recent studies, University of Tennessee scientists found that adding Roundup to both Engenia and XtendiMax lowered the pH below 5.0, thus increasing the risk of volatility. “The research we’ve got from a number of states is clearly showing we are picking up more dicamba leaving treated surfaces with glyphosate in the tank mix than without it,” Steckel said. “If you’re in sight of sensitive crops, I’d advise not putting it in.”Other known culprits are ammonium sulfate (AMS) and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), which are banned from use with dicamba by the federal labels. The University of Missouri has also done research showing that low soil pH can also increase dicamba volatility. See a summary here: https://ipm.missouri.edu/….See the Tennessee research here: http://news.utcrops.com/….4. WATCH THAT WIND SPEEDThe dicamba labels limit applications to wind speeds between 3 and 10 miles per hour. At zero to 3 mph, the air is still enough that an inversion is possible. At 10 mph and above, off-target physical particle movement is possible.Threading that 7-mph needle is difficult. Even university and company scientists have found themselves unable to apply dicamba on-label to their research fields, due to wind speed constrictions. (See here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….)Purdue University weed scientists have found that applicators had only 47 hours in June 2018 to apply dicamba legally in northwestern Indiana, largely because of the wind speed restrictions: https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/….Applicators should consider using hand-held anemometers to take wind speeds at boom-height before an application. They are also required to record and document those wind speeds by the federal labels.5. KNOW YOUR STATE’S RULESA number of states have opted to use 24(c) special local needs labels to add additional restrictions to the federal dicamba labels. Those restrictions range from additional state training requirements to firm cutoff dates for dicamba use.These more restrictive state regulations take precedence over the federal label, so applicators need to know and follow them. Check with your state department of agriculture and see more details on the most significant state restrictions on dicamba here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more