RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chamber calls for O’Connell Street revitalisation programme to commence as matter of urgency Previous articleCall to keep Limerick maternity hospital building in public ownershipNext articleWhy You Need an Access Control System Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Facebook BusinessNews#Watch – Limerick Chamber gets Brian Cody’s thoughts on businessBy Staff Reporter – May 28, 2018 1971 Twitter Brian Cody’s advice to business – ‘be a team player’Legendary Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody has said that, as in sport, being a team player is also very important in business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 11-times All-Ireland winning manager was speaking at Limerick Chamber’s ‘Regional Leaders Forum’, sponsored by Dell EMC and held in association with the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick.One of Irish sport’s most revered managers, of any code, the 11 times All-Ireland wining hurling manager also believes being a good leader first requires an understanding of the motivation to be one.“I think there’s no gospel really for what makes good leaders. I think it’s a personal thing; I think it’s very, very important that you bring your own self to it and that you understand your motivation for being a leader and what your values are and what you want to achieve with your group,” he said.“And I think obviously good communication and a good understanding of the people you are working with as well is hugely important,” he added.Speaking about what he looks for in team members he said; “Obviously you’re looking for a good attitude, first and foremost.”He continued: “From my point of view in the sporting world, I would have a good knowledge of the potential players you’d want and you’d see the way they perform. You see the kind of honesty and attitude that they have. I think, as well, what’s hugely important with any group, whether employees or whatever it is, that you be a team player; to always be watching out and helping and be there to help your teammates and your workmates.”While Brian Cody’s own success is measured in silverware he admits to being an admirer of one Ireland’s most successful businessmen, Limerick’s own JP McManus.“There are so many who are high achievers, whether they be in sport or whether they be in business,” he said.“I’m down in Limerick here, I always reflect on the likes of JP McManus, what he has done and not only what he has achieved, what he has done for his own area, for Limerick, in particular, and the generosity of a man. I think he’s just an inspiring person,” Brian added.Read more business news here. TAGSBrian CodybusinessDELL EMCJP McManusLIMERICK ChamberseminartaLKvideo Print JP McManus’ legendary Istabraq to be honoured on Laochra na Rásáiochta Planned housing and medical campus further indication of positivity for Limerick – Chamber CEO states Advertisement Limerick Chamber appoint new President Email Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement Linkedin OPINION: Limerick the leading revolutionaries in the changing dynamic of hurling
Georgia cotton farmers are successfully managing the state’s most problematic weed, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, by using many methods, including hand-pulling the weed out of their fields. But tackling the weed is drastically cutting into their already limited profits, according to University of Georgia weed scientist Stanley Culpepper.“When you ask most of our growers if they’re doing OK in regard to managing Palmer amaranth, the answer is, ‘Absolutely not.’ But it’s because of the cost of management, not the methods of management,” said Culpepper, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Overall, we’re doing well except for economics. When you’ve got cotton that’s selling around 60 cents per pound, and the herbicide program or weed management program is costing growers an average of between $60 to $80 per acre, it’s problematic.”Cotton prices have been slow to increase for almost two years. With the added expense of managing Palmer amaranth, it’s difficult for farmers to make a successful profit with their cotton crop.“Our management program is working, but it can be a costly expense for our farmers. The bottom line is that cotton prices need to improve soon so expenses don’t prove too much to overcome,” Culpepper said.Glyphosate resistance was first confirmed in Palmer amaranth in Georgia in 2004. The most destructive adversary to cotton production in Georgia, Palmer amaranth can reproduce at alarmingly high rates. A female plant can produce approximately 400,000 seeds in dryland production. In irrigated fields, seed production can exceed 750,000 per female plant.While herbicide systems continue to be Georgia growers’ most valuable short-term weapon, their best ally in achieving long-term sustainability is hand-weeding and moving toward sound conservation tillage systems, said Culpepper. In response to a recent survey issued by UGA Cooperative Extension, 88 percent of Georgia cotton growers reported pulling weeds by hand. While hand-weeding is an important management option for Palmer amaranth, it’s even more critical for long-term sustainability, Culpepper said. “Palmer amaranth is a big picture problem, but the bigger picture is herbicide resistance. The fact is that we have no new chemistries and we’re losing chemistries rapidly to both resistance and regulatory issues,” he said.Hand-weeding is one of the most effective ways to avoid management failure due to chemical resistance, Culpepper added. “If a weed escapes one of those effective chemistries, but we are out there hand-weeding and getting it out of the field so it doesn’t produce any seed, that serves as a win,” Culpepper said.Culpepper and fellow UGA scientists have spent more than a decade studying how an untreated weed can easily overtake a field. Culpepper believes Georgia farmers should be commended for the difference they have made over the past decade dealing with Palmer amaranth.“I see no other grower group in the cotton belt that is even close to the level of aggression and management of our growers,” he said. “Our growers are the most knowledgeable on the planet. They’re making progress where others continue to struggle. Grower knowledge is phenomenal. Grower management is phenomenal.” For more information about the cotton crop in Georgia, see ugacotton.com.
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