Have you got the knowledge?

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first_imgHave you got the knowledge?On 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Trainingprofessionals need to take a firm grasp of the knowledge management reinsTrainingprofessionals could be forgiven for getting a feeling of déjà vu, when theyhear the phrase “knowledge management”. Is there really any difference between whatwe now call KM and what a few years ago we described with missionary zeal as“becoming a learning organisation”?No,suggests Christine Evans, an associate at the Roffey Park Institute, whosereport, Developing a Knowledge Creating Culture, was published last summer.“The learning organisation never really took off because it was perceived as ahuman resources need, not a business need. But KM is perceived as a businessneed,” Evans says.Butdon’t despair, and don’t dismiss knowledge management as an IT project orsomething for strategists. IT folk are slowly losing their grip on KM andlearning is now an integral part – which means training managers have to gettheir oar in.Furthermore,experts advise that such projects don’t work if they are left to technicalenthusiasts alone. “The project team should include people from a range ofbackgrounds. It should include marketing, IT, learning and HR people,” Evanssays.Knowledgemanagement is essentially the creating, capturing and sharing of information.On the one hand there is all the explicit information, such as how systemswork, technical and skills knowledge, which can be contained within manuals anddirectories. But beyond that there is the push to capture an organisation’s“tacit” knowledge – the mass of its experience.Muchof the push to set up a knowledge management system has come out of thedownsizing and delayering of the past 15 years. The speed of change, the needto react swiftly to market conditions and competition for scarce skills has putfurther pressure on the need to keep hold of the knowledge base. At the sametime, the development of the Internet and intranets has provided a powerfulsolution.HumancontactButas firms develop their KM systems it is clear that it is not just about databanksand document retrieval. IBM has a fairly well-developed knowledge managementsystem based on levels of knowledge sharing. Much of it does go on via e-mail,says senior consultant in knowledge management at IBM Mark Watkinson, but ithas not, contrary to original expectations eradicated the human contact. “Itdoesn’t all go on over the Internet and there will always be an element ofintervention,” he says.Sowhat can training offer the KM project? To start with there are the basicskills needed to operate the system. This does not just mean technical skillsthat go with a particular piece of software, says head of organisationallearning at BT Marc Auckland. There are other skills implicit in the knowledgeeconomy, such as presentation, managing relationships, networking and otherinterpersonal skills that make the system come alive.Inaddition there is a massive editing job needed on the information that gets onto the KM system – which would benefit from some of the skills of the trainingmanager. Stephen Carlin is business consultant, people and knowledge, at Meta4,a software supplier that is linking its KM systems in with personnel. Carlinhighlights two levels of editing.Thefirst level is basically translating some of the explicit, technical knowledgeinto a document that non-techies will read and understand. InformationoverloadOna more strategic level there is the issue of deciding what an organisationneeds to know and so what goes into the knowledge depository. “There is aserious danger of information overload if there is no editorial control in theKM system,” Carlin says. He argues that an organisation will have more successif it e-mails staff several well-edited documents with the essentialinformation.Linkedto this is the issue of how information or knowledge is delivered. This isabsolutely in the training arena. Training specialists have spent yearsanalysing how people learn and how they retain information in a way that theycan use it. Now is the time to make the most of that experience. As Evanspoints out, trainers “are the experts in enabling learning”.Thisprocess is also about harnessing KM to meet your ends as a trainer. At IBM, forexample, Mark Watkinson says e-learning is very much part of the knowledgemanagement system – an important mechanism for delivering information andskills to the workforce.Buttake care, warns Paul English, head of marketing at e-learning supplierFuturemedia. There are plenty of products on the market, but no one has reallycreated the interface between e-learning and knowledge management systems.  “People won’t genuinely be doing this until2002-3,” English estimates.SharingcultureFinally,training has a crucial role to play in terms of the cultural change that isimplicit in knowledge management. As Stephen Carlin points out, knowledge ispower and if you are asking people to share it, you need to create a sharingculture. This has huge implications for your management and communications aswell as reward systems. Training has to be in there with a strategy using alltheir own explicit and tacit knowledge about management and team development.Butbefore you go knocking on the chief knowledge officer’s door, make sure youknow that whatever you are offering is linked to a cultural change strategy.Whyyou need the know-how–Training professionals are driving the dialogue around capabilities,competencies and performance. KM represents an extended dimension to this. –As we shift from classroom-based training towards broader models of learning,the knowledge transfer aspects of KM must be integral to learning delivery, anddeveloped within the extended frameworks of eLearning and e-HR.–Technology approaches to support KM and those to support learning are closelyrelated. –In a market where companies are differentiated by their knowledge workers, HRand training must embrace a larger role. Competency-based assessments and staffdevelopment are part of a broader move towards performance-centric working. KMprovides a set of tools to accelerate this shift and manage its outcomes.Compiledwith the help of David Wilson, managing director of eLearnity Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Keeping T5 staff safe on the job

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Keeping T5 staff safe on the jobOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Angie Young, OH manager for Dura Diamond Healthcare, gave an insight intothe challenges of providing occupational care to staff working at Heathrow’sTerminal 5 (T5). Due to open in spring 2008, T5 will cost £4bn to build and will be the samesize as all of Heathrow’s other four terminals put together. The site is divided into 16 projects and sub-divided into 147 sub projects,which makes it a logistical challenge when offering OH services. Services include, health risk elimination and reduction, developing positivepurchasing policies with procurement, and ensuring all workers are fit fortheir role. For more information about the OHS at T5 Go to www.hse.gov.uk/links/ohstrat.htmlast_img read more

Midtown office buildings stave off foreclosure with refi from Ladder Capital

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first_img Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Brian Harris of Ladder Capital, Aron Rosenberg or R&B, 28 West 36th Street and 32 West 39th Street. (Ladder, Aron Rosenberg via LinkedIn, Google Maps)The vultures will have to keep circling Manhattan’s office buildings.Ladder Capital saved a pair of Midtown office buildings from possible foreclosure last week, when it provided R&B Realty Group just under $51 million to pay off its loans, the landlord told The Real Deal.R&B’s buildings at 28 West 36th Street and 32 West 39th Street were the subject of a lawsuit in February, when the landlord filed a case to stop mortgage investor Maverick Real Estate Partners from foreclosing on them.R&B sought to refinance its debt with a new lender after telling a New York court that Maverick was “charging a default interest of 24 percent on each of the loans, and seems intent to…acquire the buildings on the cheap.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreLadder Capital moves to foreclose on Emerald Equity’s Harlem rentalsManhattan office availability hits record highMidtown landlord sues to stop foreclosure by Maverick Full Name* Tags “We have owned the buildings for nearly two decades, and built a healthy equity on the properties,” said R&B CEO Aron Rosenberg, who added that the firm secured the financing in two weeks.Maverick did not respond to a request for comment. The real estate investment firm has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase distressed real estate assets.Ladder Capital’s $50.88 million loan closed Friday, March 5, according to Rosenberg, who said his company was “very fortunate” to have found Ladder.Signature Bank had sold the debt on the two Midtown buildings to Maverick after declaring the loans to be in default.R&B claimed its line of credit with Signature remained open and not fully tapped, making the declaration of default invalid because, according to R&B, it could still service the loans.Those concerns are now passé, according to Rosenberg, who said the refinancing from Ladder brings the office buildings into full financial compliance.Contact Orion Jones Email Address* Share via Shortlink DistressforeclosuresLadder CapitalManhattan Office MarketMidtownReal Estate Financelast_img read more

USS Vella Deploys to Mediterranean Sea

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Vella Deploys to Mediterranean Sea Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Vella USS VELLAGuided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), departed Naval Station Norfolk March 14 on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding waters. View post tag: Mediterranean “It is an honor to command USS Vella Gulf as we set sail to the 6th Fleet area of operations to enhance maritime security,” said Capt. Robert D. Katz, the ship’s commanding officer. “I have 361 of our Nation’s finest sons and daughters trained and ready to ensure freedom of the seas and serve as outstanding ambassadors of the United States.”Initially, Vella Gulf will participate in Exercise Joint Warrior, a multi-national NATO-led exercise which will allow the crew to gain additional training opportunities during the deployment. “This is an awesome opportunity to serve our great country and see the world at the same time,” said Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Petty Officer Zackery Schrock. “My shipmates and I have trained really hard and I know we will be successful in our mission.”Vella Gulf returned from her last deployment in August 2012. In 2013 the crew completed an assessment of materiel condition by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), a congressionally mandated inspection of a ship’s service life. Assessments were done while in port and underway on maintenance and equipment. Every system was tested for operational readiness, which included demonstrations of the ship’s major warfighting systems. “I am very proud of these Sailors; we have been looking forward to this deployment for a long time,” said Katz.The ship was commissioned Sept. 18, 1993 and was named after a famous World War II battle – one of the last and most decisive in the Solomon Islands Campaign. This battle was to be the first time that destroyers were used as an independent striking force, free from responsibilities for screening battleships and cruisers and helped turned the tide in favor of the Allied Forces in the Pacific.[mappress]Press Release, March 17, 2014, 2014; Image: US Navy Training & Education March 17, 2014 View post tag: Deploys USS Vella Deploys to Mediterranean Sealast_img read more

Royal Navy embarking on two-month Baltic Sea deployment

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first_img View post tag: Baltic Sea Photo: Photo: Royal Navy The Royal Navy is set to deploy a large task group to the Baltic Sea for two months of international operations.Amphibious transport dock HMS Albion will spearhead the “Baltic Protector” mission, involving nearly 2,000 British personnel from all three services.The deployment is the first large-scale run out of the new UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, set up four years ago in cooperation with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.The aim is to demonstrate the ability of participants to mobilize forces at short notice, deploy them and fight side-by-side to protect Europe at a time of increased threat.The task group will be tested in a range of drills and exercises, from the ability to safely sail in company and communicate, through basic amphibious drills and raids to larger-scale landings and manoeuvres with three major exercises punctuating the two-month deployment.“With our close friends and partners from the other eight Joint Expeditionary Force nations, this UK-led maritime task group will conduct a series of demanding amphibious exercises and maritime security patrols across the Baltic Sea which will serve to improve the way we operate together and our readiness to respond to crisis,” said Commodore James Parkin, in charge of the force.From HMS Albion, he will take charge of frigate HMS Kent, Royal Fleet Auxiliaries to provide amphibious, aviation, logistics and fuel support, more than half a dozen P2000 patrol boats, six helicopters, a dive team to search for mines, and Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade – including fast assault craft, field guns and combat engineers.In addition, ships from the other participating nations will join the force at various times – committing everything from patrol craft up to assault and command ships, some 30 different vessels in all. View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: HMS Albion Share this articlelast_img read more

Detailed guide: Overseas visitor charging: no-deal Brexit guidance for NHS service providers

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first_imgIrish citizens will only need to meet the ordinarily resident test to be eligible for free NHS care.Visiting or studying in the UKVisitors from these countries will be chargeable, as they are now, unless either of the following applies: This guidance is no longer valid. See How the NHS charges overseas visitors for NHS hospital care for current information.,Visitors from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who visit the UK will not be covered for healthcare in the same way they are now if there is a no-deal Brexit.There will be no change to rules relating to visitors or migrants from outside these countries.Services that are not currently charged for will remain exempt from charges. This includes accident and emergency services and GP services.The changes outlined will only happen in a no-deal Brexit and will only apply in England. For more detailed information see the detailed summary of the changes at the end of this guidance.Citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or SwitzerlandLiving in the UKCitizens from these countries living lawfully in the UK on or before exit day will still be eligible for free NHS care after the UK leaves the EU.Their families will also be eligible for free NHS care, even if they arrive after the UK leaves the EU.Moving to the UK after exit dayTo be eligible for free NHS care, citizens who move to the UK after exit day must: Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Visitors from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland whose visit to the UK starts before exit day will not be charged for treatment in England for as long as their temporary stay continues.For tourists, this will be until the end of their holiday.For students, this will be for the duration of the course, as long as they stay on it.Visitors with authorisation for planned treatmentVisitors from these countries who have requested authorisation before exit day from their country of residence will be able to have that treatment in England without being charged, even if that treatment takes place after exit day.Working as frontier workers in the UKCitizens from these countries working as frontier workers in the UK before exit day will not be charged for treatment.People living in the EU whose healthcare is funded by the UKPeople living in the EU whose healthcare is funded by the UK under the current EU reciprocal arrangements will be eligible for free NHS care in England when returning temporarily, for example to visit friends and family.When the changes will happenThe changes to the charging regulations will come into force immediately after exit day if there is a no-deal Brexit. You should make sure that any changes to your operational practices are implemented from that point forward.Preparing for leaving the EUYou should work closely with your organisation’s senior responsible officer for Brexit preparation and their teams, to make sure that you are operationally ready to implement the new charging regulations after exit day.Make sure that your overseas visitor management team and other staff understand the new regulations and have been trained to put them into practice.Check the NHS visitor and migrant cost recovery page regularly to see the latest guidance, or set up an email alert subscription to receive all the latest updates from the Department of Health and Social Care.NHS Improvement will continue to support NHS providers through their overseas visitors cost improvement programme.Detailed summary of the changesUK–Swiss citizens’ rights agreementThe UK has reached an agreement on citizens’ rights with Switzerland. The terms of this agreement protect the rights of both Swiss citizens in the UK and UK nationals in Switzerland on exit day.Those entitled to free NHS care under the agreement will not be charged.Citizens’ rights agreement with Norway, Iceland and LiechtensteinThe UK has reached an agreement on citizens’ rights with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The terms of this agreement protect the rights of citizens from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the UK and UK nationals in Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein on exit day. Those entitled to free NHS care under the agreement will not be charged.Visitors to the UK from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or SwitzerlandWhere the UK government has agreed a reciprocal healthcare agreement with an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, visitors from that country will have access to NHS care under the terms of that agreement – potentially using an EHIC/S2 issued by that country to avoid being charged directly.Similarly, people residing in the UK with an S1 issued by that country can continue to rely on this document, subject to the terms of the agreement.Citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland working in the UK as frontier workers on or before exit day will remain exempt from charging for NHS care.Visitors from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who arrive before exit day in the UK will be able to use their non-UK EHIC in England for treatment provided on or after exit day until the end of their stay, where the need for treatment arose during their visit.For tourists, this would be until the point their holiday ends. If they leave and subsequently return to the UK, they will be chargeable at the NHS national tariff or will have to rely on personal health or travel insurance.Students who began their education or training in the UK before exit day will be able to use their non-UK EHIC until the end of their education or training (regardless of whether they leave the UK temporarily, for example during term holidays) as long as they stay on it, and provided the need for such treatment arose during their stay in the UK.The NHS should continue to record the non-UK EHIC on the portal as usual.Visitors from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who have requested prior authorisation before exit day for planned treatment under the S2 route will be able to complete that course of treatment in England, even if that happens after exit day. The S2 treatment should be recorded in accordance with the current arrangements, as some of these costs may be recoverable from the relevant country.Visitors to the UK from the Republic of IrelandIrish citizens and British citizens who are resident in the Republic of Ireland will be exempt from charging for needs-arising treatment when visiting England.Visitors from SpainIf there’s no deal, the UK and Spain have each taken steps to ensure that people living in each country can continue to access healthcare as they do now until at least 31 December 2020.This means that that UK and Spanish citizens who are resident in Spain and visiting the UK will be able to use their Spanish-issued EHIC, S1 or S2 form after exit day until at least 31 December 2020.Visitors from the EU whose healthcare costs are funded by the UK under the current EU arrangementsPeople living in the EU whose healthcare costs are funded by the UK under the current EU arrangements (such as those with a UK-issued S1 that has been registered in another member state) will be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England, should they return temporarily to the UK.After exit dayIn the absence of a reciprocal healthcare agreement with an EU country or a broader agreement with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, after exit day new visitors from that country to the UK will no longer automatically be entitled to free NHS-funded healthcare in England. They will be chargeable at the standard NHS tariff unless they fall within one of the existing exemptions. They may, however, choose to use private healthcare, or travel insurance to recover costs paid to the NHS for treatment received. Providers should continue to follow existing guidance on upfront charging.Should a visitor from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland (other than an Irish visitor) who arrives after exit day want to stay in the UK for longer than 3 months, to be exempt from charging for relevant NHS services, they will need to meet the ordinarily residence test. They may also be required to comply with any immigration requirements set by the Home Office.Citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who are lawfully resident in the UK by exit day will be protected by citizens’ rights arrangements. They will likely meet the ordinarily resident test and will continue to receive access to NHS-funded healthcare as they do now. They will need to provide evidence that they were residing in the UK on exit day.Getting healthcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandThis guidance is about NHS entitlements in England. For information about accessing healthcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, visit the websites for health services in each country:center_img meet the ordinarily resident test comply with relevant immigration requirements, once freedom of movement ends a healthcare agreement is in place with the country of residence any exceptions within the charging regulations apply to them (for example if they are accessing an exempt service)last_img read more

Subway set to take VAT fight to Europe

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first_imgSubway plans to take its case to abolish VAT on its toasted sandwiches to Europe, British Baker can confirm.It comes as a tribunal this month ruled against the move to exempt the food-to-go sandwich firm’s sub-style sandwiches and similar products sold by bakery retailers from the 20% tax.Dipak Jotangia, partner at Dass Solicitors, who has been representing Subway for the case, told British Baker: “Subway is extremely disappointed. We are currently considering advice with a view to appealing the judgment. We believe the judge has failed to understand, among other things, the application of a fundamental principle of European law. Any appeal would be to the Court of Appeal and it may well be that the question(s) of fundamental European law may need to be referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.”Subway is determined to fight the unfairness that it and many other businesses are facing. One of the key issues at the heart of the case is the purpose test, which has led to the unequal treatment of such products. Subway is aware of the repercussions of this case, not only for itself but for many other firms in the food retail and bakery industry.”Subway launched its own Toast the Tax campaign against the move to add VAT on toasted sandwiches, which came into force on 1 October. The campaign included paper and e-petitions.last_img read more

Working to reframe gender violence as a preventable disease

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first_imgSometimes when obstetrician and gynecologist Alice Han talks with people about the subject of violence against women and girls, she sees them shift about nervously.“Any time you talk about things like sexual violence, it can make people uncomfortable,” she said. “It used to make me uncomfortable too.”Her discomfort didn’t last. The more Han learned about the issue — in particular, how prevalent it is, with one in three women around the world experiencing certain types of it during their lives — the more she felt compelled to do something about it.Last November, she did. She gave a well-received TEDx Beacon Street talk on violence against women and girls, or VAWG. And in March she wrote an op-ed about VAWG for CNN.Han, who graduated in May with a master’s in public health in clinical effectiveness from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, plans to continue speaking up about VAWG. She said that experts have made great progress in recent years in addressing VAWG through research that quantifies and qualifies the problem and by developing strategies for prevention. But she thinks that the general population tends to see it as a “messy” problem that’s difficult to address — so it often gets ignored.Han thinks more can be done. She wants to bring VAWG front and center, reframing it as a pandemic so that the world begins to address it through a global commitment, in the same way it addressed scourges such as smallpox, polio, and Guinea worm disease. Viewing VAWG as a pandemic makes sense because the ideas underlying its root causes, such as gender inequality, can spread like a disease, said Han—for example, boys who see their fathers abusing their mothers are more likely to grow up to be abusive in their own relationships.“Just like we vaccinate for other diseases, we can vaccinate for VAWG — through education and training,” she said in her TEDx talk. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Best Buddies club to host Flame concert for Disability Awareness Month

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first_imgAs part of its series of Disability Awareness Month events, the Best Buddies Club at Notre Dame is hosting a free concert featuring the band Flame.“[Best Buddies] is a club where we pair up with people in the community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities,” junior and disability awareness coordinator Maggie O’Connell said. “We meet a couple times a month and we are all assigned a buddy, and we basically hang out, dance and have parties. It’s all about gathering together the community and being inclusive — no matter your disability or ability, you come together and have a good time.”Senior and Best Buddies club president Gregory Corning said although the club is simple, it has an important purpose.“The real goal of the club is just to be their friend,” Corning said. “It is a really simple goal, but it is a goal that is often overlooked by people in society.”The Best Buddies club hosted numerous events for Disability Awareness Month, including hanging Spread the Word to End the Word banners in both North and South Dining Halls. However, their biggest event for the month is bringing Flame to Notre Dame. “Flame is a group of 10 individuals who play amazing music and also happen to have disabilities,” Corning said. “ … Their whole tagline is that they don’t let anything stop them from making the music that they want to make.”Flame performed at Notre Dame before, about 10 years ago, and O’Connell said Best Buddies wanted to bring them back to campus. “We thought they were good because, one, they have great music, but also because they showcase that disabilities mean a lot of things for a lot of people,” O’Connell said. “It was inclusive — they all came together despite the wide range of disabilities to go for the same goal.”When asked what she wanted attendees to get out of their concert experience, O’Connell expressed a desire to expand others’ views about people with disabilities. “I hope that they see that being inclusive through Best Buddies and Flame can be inspiring for a lot of people,” she said. “I know for the buddies to see people with disabilities up on stage being superstars gives them something to look up to. I also hope we can show the Notre Dame community that they have disabilities, sure, but that’s not what you need to focus on. They are much more than their disability.”Corning expressed a similar sentiment when adressing what misconceptions about people with disabilities he would want to dispel. “I think people think disabilities mean ‘disabled,’ but I think people with disabilities are a lot more able than people give them credit for,” Corning said. “This is sad, but I think this entire month is moving towards more of a realization that people with disabilities are really able. They might have something that slows them down, they might have something that impedes their success, but it doesn’t impede them from being a capable human being.”Essentially, Flame and Best Buddies are working to show that people with disabilities can still live happy, meaningful lives with purpose and responsibility, O’Connell said. “We want to break any stereotypes people may have about disabilities,” she said. “We want to focus on the fact that anyone can reach their full potential as a person and having a disability does not mean that you can’t do that.” Flame will perform in the Dahnke Ballroom in the Duncan Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free. Tags: best buddies, disabilities, disability awareness month, flame, notre dame best buddieslast_img read more

Kernel Killers

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first_imgFor Georgia corn producers, chances of an insect infestation in grain storage are much higher in late summer or early fall. A University of Georgia entomologist says keeping corn cool and dry is the key to keeping weevil away.“The temperatures are usually warm during harvest, so we bring in corn that’s hot and that really supports a lot of insect growth. It gives us a lot of challenges,” Toews said Michael Toews, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton.What to doWhat measures can Georgia corn growers take to thwart off potential insect pests? Toews recommends harvesting dry grain, or running it through the dryer to get the moisture content under 14 percent. “As grain moisture decreases toward 11 percent, that makes the grain much less likely to support insect growth,” he said.Grain that is warm and high in moisture is perfect for weevils to reproduce and cause damage. Weevils are cold-blooded beetles so their metabolic rates are dependent on air temperature. If the temperature is 80 or 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the generation time of one adult to the next adult could be as short as four weeks, according to Toews. If farmers can decrease grain temperature using aeration, it can extend the generation period out to two or three months. And, producers can suppress populations long term by keeping their grain cool. How to do itTo do so, Toews recommends installing an aeration fan attached to a thermostat located outside the grain bin. Anytime there is a differential of 10-15 F between the cooler outside air and the grain temperature, the fans should be used. Avoiding infestation is key for corn growers to maintain grain quality, especially when dealing with the threat of the maize weevil, the most dangerous pest a corn grower faces every year. The maize weevil is an economically devastating insect pest that develops inside a corn kernel. Because it’s out of sight, it can be difficult for a farmer to know there is an infestation until the adults emerge. By then, the damage is already done. The problem begins when a female chews a small hole in the kernel, deposits an egg and then seals the hole with a plug. The egg hatches inside the kernel where the insect develops through all the immature stages. The adult eventually chews its way out, leaving an exit hole and an empty kernel. The resulting damage downgrades the grain’s quality and causes farmers to receive a lower price for their crop.“Grain storage is a critical part of crop production. Most of our growers are very aware and concerned with insects in the field, but they also need to realize they can lose just as much of their production income during the storage phase,” Toews said.Corn producers vary on when to sell their products, which is largely determined by the price of corn at that time, he said. “Some will sell right out of the field, but others will store their grain for periods of up to nine months,” Toews said.last_img read more