By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaThe rear end of a white grub isn’t a pretty sight. But if you’regoing to identify the grubs that are damaging your lawn,somebody’s got to look.That somebody is going to have to use a magnifying glass, too,which makes the grub’s rear end look even bigger.Lately, I’ve had a lot of calls about crows and even wild turkeysdigging up turf grass looking for stuff to eat. In a lot of thesecases, the birds are digging for grubs in the soil.Moles, skunks, raccoons and armadillos, as well as birds, all canroot up the turf hunting for grubs. And even if animals aren’tdigging, the grubs themselves can damage turf grasses.Damage symptomsMost grubs feed on grass roots, cutting the plants off from waterand nutrients. Damage from grubs appears as yellowing or browningof the leaves, signs of drought stress even when there’smoisture, and loose turf that pulls easily from the soil.A typical phone caller will say something like, “Mike, I was outmowing my lawn and my mower just tore up the grass by the roots.”Sounds like grub damage to me.Grubs feed most actively and are easiest to control during latesummer and early fall. But they may be active in warm periodsthroughout the winter.Main culpritsMore than a dozen species may damage turf in the Southeast, butthe main ones we have are green June beetles, chafers, Japanesebeetles and May beetles or June beetles.While white grubs in general are among the hardest turf pests tocontrol, the green June beetle grub is one of the easiest.Because they come to the surface at night, green June beetlegrubs come in contact with insecticides more readily than theother grubs that remain deeper in the ground.To check for white grubs, cut three sides of a square foot ofturf with a shovel. Then fold the sod flap back and look forgrubs in the top 2 or 3 inches of soil and roots.Some species can damage turf with just four grubs per squarefoot. Others can have 10 to 20 per square foot and still notdamage turf.Which grubs?If you find white grubs in your soil, how do you know which oneit is? Well, if it crawls on its back, with its legs sticking upin the air, it’s a green June beetle. I’m not making this up –they do crawl on their backs.If they don’t crawl on their backs, that’s when you use yourmagnifying glass. But you have to be willing to get close, andyou have to know what you’re looking for. It’s not for thesqueamish.With an identification key available from the Extension Service,you can identify the grubs you find. If you can identify them,your county agent can tell you what to use to control them.You don’t have to be an entomologist to identify a grub. But aproctologist? Maybe.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)
By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (June 29) – Ethan Dotson became the first two-time feature winner when the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout rolled into town Thursday for the first of three events at Willamette Speedway.Dotson enjoyed a smooth drive to the $1,000 checkers as the Bakersfield, Calif., hotshoe took full advantage of his front row starting position to seize the lead from the start.Already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate, Dotson dominated the race in its entirety as the cautions came out just at the right time before lapped traffic would play a factor.Jesse Williamson, winner of the Sunset Speedway park event on Wednesday, was second with Brian Thompson, winner of his Thursday “B” qualifier, an impressive third.The rest of the top five consisted of defending series champion Kellen Chadwick and Cory Sample, who had to come from the back after getting caught up in a lap one incident.Feature results – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Brian Thompson; 4. Kellen Chadwick; 5. Cory Sample; 6. Dustin Cady; 7. John Campos; 8. Collen Winebarger; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. Grey Ferrando; 11. Wade Taylor; 12. Brett James; 13. Bricen James; 14. Lawrence O’Connor; 15. Brad Martin; 16. Craig Hanson; 17. Jeff Lovell; 18. Joey Price; 19. Danny Lauer; 20. Jeremy Shank.
Press Association Coleman said: “It’s been a long build-up – I think the manager has said the same thing since he came in. It’s his first competitive game now, but we are all looking forward to it and we are well prepared. “It’s going to be a difficult game. We have seen a couple of clips and a couple of teams who went there, France and Spain haven’t found it too easy, so it’s going to be difficult. “We will be set up well. As I said, we are all looking forward to it and hopefully we can come out of there with three points.” Given the recent history between the two nations, the reception at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena is likely to be hostile, although Coleman insists that will not affect him or his team-mates. He said: “On a personal level, I am not scared to go out there – I am looking forward to it. “We know it is going to be difficult, but we have got a lot of good players, a lot of experienced players in our squad and it’s time for us to kick on now.” Coleman is in line to collect his 24th senior cap in Georgia at a time when his stock is rising all the time having prospered under club boss Roberto Martinez. However, as he has done throughout his career to date, he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. He said: “I did quite well last season – I’d like to think it was my breakthrough season even though I had had a couple of seasons before that. “But I did quite well last year and have kicked it off this year again. Hopefully I can have a good strong season.” The 25-year-old Everton full-back is likely to start the Republic of Ireland’s opening qualifier in Georgia on Sunday, new manager Martin O’Neill’s first competitive game after 10 months at the helm. Coleman has established himself as a regular in the team in the wake of a sobering Euro 2012 finals campaign which prompted then boss Giovanni Trapattoni to turn to youth, at least in part, in the search for a way forward. The former Sligo Rovers defender did not travel to Poland and Ukraine after being named only on standby when Trapattoni selected his 23-man squad, and that, coupled with a summer sitting at home watching the World Cup on television, has made him hungrier than ever to earn his chance. Coleman said: “I was watching the games and I really enjoyed it, but you just want to be part of it. “Obviously I didn’t play in the last European Championship, so I am definitely hungry to be part of that. That’s what you want as an international player, to be on the biggest stage.” Coleman and midfielder James McCarthy in particular are at the vanguard of a new generation of players looking to plug the sizeable gaps left by the retirements of the likes of Richard Dunne and Damien Duff in recent years, although Shay Given’s return to the international scene at 38 has provided an intriguing sub-plot to this week’s preparations in Malahide. Ireland warmed up for their potentially testing trip to Tbilisi with a low-key 2-0 victory over a limited Oman side at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening in which O’Neill rested most of his big guns, Coleman included. But the stakes will be very much higher on Sunday evening when the Republic attempt to launch their bid for qualification with victory over the Georgians just as they did six years ago, although in controversial circumstances. That game, also Trapattoni’s first competitive encounter, was played in Mainz, Germany rather than Tbilisi after the Football Association of Ireland expressed its misgivings over the prevailing political situation in Georgia at the time, a stance which still rankles with the former Soviet state. Goals from Kevin Doyle and Glenn Whelan secured a 2-1 victory – indeed, the Irish have won all five of their encounters with Georgia to date, and an extension of that record would be most welcome this time around. Seamus Coleman will embark upon the quest for a trip to the Euro 2016 finals desperate to make up for missing out on his country’s last big adventure.
The historic city of Sagamu will be agog this weekend as top athletes from across the world converge to participate in the maiden edition of the ValueJet Ultra Modern race .Speaking ahead of the race, ValueJet Head of Operations Mrs Yewande Cole, said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.“The Ultra-Marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents. I’m confident that we all are in for a good time on Saturday.“Our Chairman, Honorable Kunle Soname is a sports inclined personality who is very passionate about the race, so participants and fans alike would witness a world class event,” she stressed. On whether the race would be sustained, she assured stakeholders that adequate plans are in place to stage the marathon yearly.The winners of the 50km ultra-race in both foreign and local categories will pocket $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners will get $1,500 and $1,000respectively.For the Nigerian local 5km run, the winner will receive N500,000, runner-up N300,00,00, while the second runner-up will take home N150,000.Meanwhile, rave of the moment and hip hop artiste Afeez Fashola, a.k.a. “Naira Marley” along with other top music artistes will perform live at the 50km race in Sagamu.According to the Project Director, Seyi Johnson, Naira Marley would perform alongside the winner of “City People Music Award” Slimcase.About 4,000 athletes from 35 countries are expected to participate in the 50km road race which is reputably the largest in the series.Johnson said Naira Marley, Slimcase, CDQ and others would spice up the event as part of the side attraction at the Sagamu International Stadium.“The marathon will be spiced up with lots of entertainments because we don’t want it to be boring.“Artistes such as Naira Marley, Slimcase, CDQ and others will be performing and everybody will be greatly entertained because we are expecting a full house.“The race will be plug and play starting from the stadium with the marathoners rounding the route five times.“We are look forward to seeing athletes conquer the 50km race because the route is different from what we are used to,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram