Archive | March, 2012

Horticulture trip in China

4 Mar

Announcement.

Check out more about the first trip here http://msucares.com/crops/hightunnels/china.

I will be offering one summer trip (July 2-16) and one winter trip (TBA) this year. The cost will be $2,100 (you only need to ‘surrender’ $1,100 if you apply and receive a USDA ISE scholarship), which covers everything in China, including lodging, meals, transportation, and excursions. You just need to get yourself to Beijing airport on July 3, by purchasing your own air ticket (~$1,800) and getting visa (~$200) and stuff like that. Information is available by contacting me mgu@tamu.edu.

Program fee ($2,100) covers:

  • Accommodations
  • Local group transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • All meals
  • Laundry fees

Other out-of-pocket expenses:

    • The estimated cost for these additional expenses is $1,550. Please budget for these additional expenses.$1,200 international airfare
    • $110 US passport applicationhttp://travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_837.html
    • $140 Chinese visa application fee ($200 if use a visa service)
    • $30-$150 immunization cost
    • $50 international health insurancehttp://studyabroad.msstate.edu/students/health.html
    • 3-credit tuition and fees (only for students)
    • Personal expenses during the program
    • Anything not specifically mentioned above

Scholarship (contacting  mgu@tamu.edu):
Scholarships ($1,000 each) are available to participants from a USDA ISE grant. Priority is given to growers and students from Mississippi, Arkansas and Florida. However, everyone is encouraged to submit the scholarship application form.

Passport and Visa Application:
Each participants must have a valid U.S. passport and Chinese visa.

  • Apply for tourist travel visa (L visa) in China from the Chinese Consulate in Houston, TX if you reside in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico (http://houston.china-consulate.org/eng/vp/zgqz/t518255.htm). Otherwise, http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zmzlglj/t84229.htm should direct you the consulate where you need to apply visa from.
  • Use “Dr. Huitang Pan” as the contact person in China when filling out the form (Dr. Huitang Pan, cell: 13601231063, #10 Beijing Forestry University, Qinghu Donglu 35,Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China, htpan2000@yahoo.com.cn)
  • A simple Google search will find many passport and visa services. Previous participants have used http://www.vippassports.com/visasstep1.htm for Chinese visa, which cost $207.50 in 2010.

Vaccination: 
Some basic information is provided by Center for Disease Control (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.htm). Talk to your doctor at least 3 months before the trip since some vaccination may require a series of shots.

Packing Tips:
We will arrange for laundry every 4-5 days at the hotels. This Texas Tech website provided very good “Packing tips” and “Surviving China” informationhttp://www.depts.ttu.edu/agriculturalsciences/China-Hopper/index.php.

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Indaziflam Crop Safety Summary from IR-4

4 Mar

It’s an herbicide, by the way.

In 2011 IR-4 has completed 18 trials evaluating Indaziflam 0.03% for crop safety on 12 crops. The data contained in this report was generated to register the use of indaziflam on and around ornamental horticulture plants with over-the-top applications. The rates tested were 0.045, 0.089 and 0.178 pounds active ingredient per acre (lb ai per A) as the 1X, 2X and 4X rates. The indaziflam 0.03%G formulation was applied to 16 plant genera or species. Of these crops, 2 exhibited no or minimal transient injury after application at all three rates including Rhododendron sp. and Rosa sp. The remaining crops evaluated exhibited little to no injury in two or less trials. Further testing is required on these species before a conclusion can be made confirming crop safety.

As always read and follow all label directions

Read the full report here http://ir4.rutgers.edu/ir4_pdf/default.aspx?pdf=http://ir4.rutgers.edu/Ornamental/SummaryReports/IndaziflamCropSafety2012.pdf.

Water-Efficient Landscape Design from EPA

4 Mar

From http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/landscaping.html.

Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.

Outdoor water use stresses existing water supplies by contributing to peak demand during summer months. During

these hot, dry times, utilities must increase capacity to meet water needs, sometimes as much as three to four times the amount used during the winter.

 

Interested in developing a water-efficient landscape for your home or property? Follow these simple steps to create a water-saving landscape that you can be proud of. For ideas on appropriate plant choices, visit these listings of native or regionally-appropriate plants. And take a look at the WaterSense Landscape Photo Gallery to see examples of beautiful, water-saving landscapes from across the country.

Check out this booklet http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/water-efficient_landscaping_508.pdf.