There is one ingredient that every single crop is absolutely dependent on — water. Producers have implemented irrigation and fine-tuned cultural practices to make the most of available moisture, but soil conditions and unpredictable rainfall can still make crops vulnerable to yield-reducing drought. Related: Bridging the irrigation gap with surface waterPlants also lose gallons of water daily through transpiration. Transpiration, or the loss of water through plant tissue, accounts for more than 98 percent of water taken up by plants. “Identifying plant physiological traits that minimize the impact of drought appears to be the best bet for increasing yields under water deficit conditions,” says Avat Shekoofa, assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences. “One trait that shows great potential for conserving water among row crops is limited transpiration under high atmospheric vapor pressure deficit.” Related: Capturing … [Read more...] about Tennessee scientist works to increase crops’ water saving potential
Melanie Balakit and Ron Maxey The Tennessean Published 12:46 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 Waiting for college acceptance letters can be an anxious time for high school seniors. But for incoming Tennessee State University freshmen Meaghen Jones and Jayla Woods, it was a time of extraordinary celebration. The students, both seniors at Whitehaven High School in Shelby County, were accepted into hundreds of colleges — Jones got 213 acceptances and Woods got 160. And, they received a bundle in financial offers, as well. Jones received $10.7 million in scholarship offers from those 213 schools. Woods got $8.9 million in offers. It was a feat made possible with tools including the Common Application and the Common Black College Application. The switch from paper to online applications has made it easier for students to apply to more schools, said Brett Evans, assistant professor of public policy and higher education at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt … [Read more...] about Accepted to hundreds of colleges, Memphis students to enroll at Tennessee State University
Blake Toppmeyer USA TODAY Network - Tennessee Published 11:00 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 This is the final installment of an eight-part series examining Tennessee’s roster after spring practice. Today, we look at specialists. Spring starting specialists Kicker: Brent Cimaglia; Punter: Paxton Brooks; Holder: Joe Doyle; Long snapper: Riley Lovingood; Short snapper: Elijah Medford Spring specialist backups Kicker: Laszlo Toser; Punter: Doyle; Holder: Will McBride; Long snapper: Medford; Short snapper; Lovingood Don’t forget about … Ryan Tice More: Part I: Quarterbacks More: Part II: Running backs Tice, a kicker, has said he’ll join the Vols as a walk-on graduate transfer. What we thought we knew entering Vols' spring practice Punter Trevor Daniel was Mr. Reliable for Tennessee last season, when he ranked second nationally in punting average. His departure as a senior was the bad news for Tennessee. The good news was that the Vols signed Paxton Brooks, an early … [Read more...] about Can Tennessee Vols count on special teams for big plays in 2018? Not sure
Jason Gonzales, and Nicole Young Nashville Published 3:23 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 The Robertson County School Board not only passed a resolution opposing the use of TNReady scores for student grading by unanimous vote earlier this month, they sent their paperwork to the governor’s office as a means to voice their displeasure at the testing process. During the board’s regular May meeting, Robertson County Director of Schools Chris Causey called the three-week testing “a fiasco from Day One.” Not only was the online testing bad, Causey said, the paper and pencil versions of the test were also mishandled. “The state legislature, of course, finally, at the eleventh hour, passed legislation to allow us to not count it at all, and that is what we are asking the board to make a statement and do,” Causey said just before the vote. Robertson County’s decision comes as other Tennessee school boards grapple with how they will use TNReady scores for … [Read more...] about Tennessee returns TNReady raw scores on time. Robertson County won’t use them.
Blake Toppmeyer USA TODAY Network - Tennessee Published 4:36 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 KINGSPORT – The college football attendance record Tennessee and Virginia Tech set in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway still stands. A crowd of 156,990 poured in to watch the Vols beat the Hokies 45-24. Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said he doesn’t see why the Vols wouldn't at least consider playing another game at Bristol in the future. “I’m certainly not against that,” Fulmer said Thursday during a Big Orange Caravan stop at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, located about 25 miles west of the speedway. “There’s been lots of conversation about that particular game, how much people enjoyed it and the uniqueness of it. It turned out to be a great game, so, yeah, I think that’s something that certainly could be in the future.” Fulmer has said on multiple occasions that, all things being equal, he … [Read more...] about Will Tennessee Vols play another game at Bristol? Phillip Fulmer says he’s ‘not against’ it