Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the past few weeks on the DuPont Pioneer Field Report there has been a lot of talk about a lot of rain affecting planting, but for Account Manager Doug House’s area in North Central Ohio it is a lack of rain that is causing concern in June. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showI know first-hand that the odds of getting bit by a tick and contracting a disease are getting higher each year in Ohio. Last month my wife had what she thought was a bruise on her stomach which, at the sight of the classic bullseye-shaped rash, I identified as the bite of a tick. I had interviewed Dr. Timothy McDermott, a veterinarian and Ohio State University extension educator in Franklin County, on my radio show and learned the signs.“The incidence of Lyme disease locally has increased every year and is projected to continue to increase every year,” he explained, adding that in the past four years, the number of cases of Lyme disease nearly doubled, with 293 cases reported in 2018, according to Ohio Department of Public Health data. As of press time, there already were 27 cases statewide this year.McDermott travels all over the state to teach Ohioans about ticks, and has met people who have contracted Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and mammalian meat allergy from bites. Health records show there were 38 Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases last year across the state.Tick-borne diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites and can be “tremendously impactful, depending on your lifestyle,” he said. “There can be extremely serious health risks with profound and lasting consequences.”In the past decade, there have been no deaths reported in Ohio as a result of Lyme disease, but there’s still reason for concern, according to experts.As she awaits the results of her testing, which points to her tick bite as coming from a Lone Star, Maria’s most pressing fear is the possibility of developing a mammalian meat allergy.“I don’t want to imagine what life would be like,” admitted the avid carnivore, “if I couldn’t eat red meat…” Tick encounters on the riseThe most common ticks in Ohio include the American dog tick that likes open grass habitats; the deer tick that prefers wooded areas; and the Gulf Coast tick. Deer ticks have been documented in 66 out of 88 of Ohio’s counties, according to Richard Gary, an entomologist with the Ohio Department of Public Health.If you notice a tick, experts say to remove it immediately using tweezers, by grasping the tick as close as possible to the skin’s surface and pulling it away from your skin with steady pressure. If you’re worried about illness, you can place the tick in alcohol and send it off to get tested through the University of Massachusetts.The incubation period for Rocky Mountain spotted fever takes five to 10 days from infection. Lyme disease can take between three and 30 days to show symptoms, Gary said.Ticks, which are not insects but eight-legged arachnids, use two pairs of their legs to hold on to grass or bushes, and then another pair of legs to latch on to their prey as it goes by.They have piercing sucking mouths called hypostomes. Diseases, if they carry them, are stored in their gut.The increase in ticks has been linked to the destruction of natural habitats and a warming climate, according to McDermott. With more encroaching development, less hunting and fewer natural predators, tick-carrying deer are living closer to humans, leading to more interaction.What’s more, climate change is expected to help more ticks flourish. As long as it’s above freezing, ticks can feed year-round. While Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are more common, a bite from an infected Lone Star tick, as appear to be the case with my wife, can mean you’ll become allergic to red meat. The state does not keep data on how many Ohioans have developed the allergy.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday adopted the proposal to rename the historical city of Allahabad as Prayagraj, a move opposed by the Opposition parties in the State.The State government said it was only restoring an old name to the city. Today, the BJP government had rectified the mistake made by Akbar,” a BJP spokesperson said.Keeping in view the feelings and emotions of the people, Allahabad had been renamed Prayagraj by our government. Five hundred years ago, the name of the place was Prayagraj as it was at the Triveni Sangam [a confluence of three rivers],” Mr. Adityanath said later in Gorakhpur.“Those who are opposing this are not aware of their history, culture and traditions and we can’t have hopes from them,” he told presspersons during at visit to the Budhiya Mata temple in Gorakhpur. There are many Prayags on the bank of the sacred rivers coming from the Himalayas, but this place is Prayagraj (the leading one among them), the Chief Minister said.Before the CentreThe proposal would now go to the Centre before the city is officially renamed, though an Uttar Pradesh Minister seemed to suggest the change had already come into effect.“I am happy to say Allahabad will now be known as Prayagraj,” senior Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh told presspersons after the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister. “The government has announced this decision. It has come into effect from today, Mr. Singh said. “There is a process to carry out changes and the departments concerned will undertake it.” The State government would write to the Centre, he said.Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had earlier criticised the move.The Congress had also opposed it, saying the name change ignored the history of Allahabad, which played a significant role during the Independence struggle.Congress spokesperson Onkar Singh said the region where Kumbh Mela was held was already called Prayagraj. The State government could make that a separate city but Allahabad’s name should not be changed.However, Mr. Siddhartha Nath Singh said the move would help highlight Indian culture internationally.
The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has put in place an action plan to tackle the air pollution in the city, an official said.The Air Quality Index in several automated air monitoring stations in the city had hovered between 200 and 350 (PM 2.5) in the first week of November, which was categorised as ‘moderate’ and ‘poor’ but then improved substantially as Cyclone Bulbul lashed the city and washed away the particulate matters in air for next few days. A WBPCB statement said on Friday, although the levels of PM 2.5 during summer and monsoon remain within the prescribed standards, it exceeds during the winter months due to various factors and an air quality action plan has been put in place to address the situation. An Air Quality Index from 0-100 (PM 2.5) is considered satisfactory and within prescribed limits. The WBPCB statement attributed road dust as “having contributed substantially to air pollution” in recent times and said the WBPCB has provided ₹6 crore to Kolkata Municipal Corporation for procurement of 10 water sprinkling vehicles. Ten ‘mechanical sweeping vehicles’ which will sweep dust from road in a mechanised manner will also be procured by KMC for containing dust, the statement said. Three water sprinkling vehicles, apart from the 10 to be procured later, are already being put in service by the WBPCB in the eastern parts of the city from Friday, a WBPCB official said. All these water sprinkling vehicles and mechanical sweeping vehicles, when together put in service, will cover the airport to Garia stretch via EM Bypass, Garia to Tollygunje Phari, Tollygunje to Rashbehari via Mominpur, Thakurpukur to Taratala via Behala, Esplanade to Shyambazar, Dunlop to Chiria More, the official said. The water sprinklers will help in a great way to contain particulate matters gathering in air and bring down air pollution to a great extent, he added.