FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago FOMC Interest rates Mortgage Rates 2017-06-13 Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 13, 2017 2,030 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Tagged with: FOMC Interest rates Mortgage Rates Previous: A Look at What Experts Are Saying About Regulation Next: U.S. v. Shapiro: When is a Lie OK?  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer On Wednesday the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is set to finish its June meeting, and it is widely expected that they will raise interest rates in order to stabilize the economy, despite inflation holding at around 2 percent. In May, when they last met, members of the board chose to keep interest rates at their current level. The Economist is predicting that the Fed will raise the benchmark interest rate a quarter of a percentage point, and is also reporting that FedWatch, a monetary policy forecast estimation tool, is putting the probability of an increase at 91 percent. While unemployment numbers are the lowest its been since early 2000s—4.3 percent—there are other factors that The Economist says point to a hike in rates. Wage growth has slowed, even though it should be rising with low unemployment numbers. In that regard, inflation should be going up as well, but it is not. If the Fed decides to raise interest rates, what does that mean for the housing market and mortgage rates? Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, at First American believes nothing will happen. “The truth is,” he writes, “changes to short-term interest rates, like the Federal Funds rate, tend to have very little influence on mortgage rates. That’s because mortgage rates, particularly the very popular 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, are benchmarked to the 10-year Treasury bond.” For something as small as a quarter of a percentage point, he estimates the yield curve will flatten rather than spike. There are some that see a possibility that FOMC will keep interest levels at their current level. Bryan Rich, CEO of Logic Fund Management and staff writer at Forbes, thinks oil prices, which are hovering above $50 a barrel, and show no sign of dropping below that, will be a contributing factor to the Fed’s decision. Combined with falling yields, Rich sees a recipe for a big surprise when Janet Yellen holds her press conference and reveals the FOMC’s decision. Subscribelast_img read more

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Putting $331M Toward Affordable Housing and Foreclosure

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Affordability HOUSING Sales 2019-08-19 Seth Welborn As California faces a housing crisis, California Governor Gavin Newsom is planning on spending $331 million from a settlement with mortgage lenders on legal aid for homeowners and renters, The Orange County Register reports. However, courts have stated that the money must be spent on housing assistance and consumer protection programs.“The middle class, and those that aspire to get in it, are being slammed because we have been unable to produce enough housing, to prevent evictions and foreclosures,” Newsom said.Newsom’s plan is to give the money to nonprofits that help Californians facing foreclosure or evictions, keeping in line with the court’s decision.Despite being less affordable than its long term norms, a report from Black Knight earlier this year revealed that California affordability has improved significantly. It now requires 34% of the median income to purchase the average home in California, down from 38% in November. Black Knight notes that California went from having one of the top five home price growth rates of any state (8.6%) one year ago to second-to-last as of June 2019, at 1.3%.To combat the ongoing affordability issues, some California cities are considering an “empty homes penalty,” also known as a vacancy tax. Voters in Oakland, California recently approved Measure W, a tax of as much as $6,000 per parcel and $3,000 per condo unit on properties occupied fewer than 50 days per year. The tax is expected to bring in around $10 million per year, which is intended to go toward homeless services and new affordable housing, Capital and Main reports. Proponents of these vacancy taxes say that they will improve access to affordable housing by keeping speculators from sitting on them until they can rent them for a higher rate, or sell them at a greater profit when prices inevitably increase. Opponents say that the key to affordable housing isn’t taxes, but the revising of zoning to build more housing.  Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 19, 2019 1,355 Views Subscribe Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Putting $331M Toward Affordable Housing and Foreclosure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Affordability HOUSING Salescenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Putting $331M Toward Affordable Housing and Foreclosure Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: When Will the Next Recession Hit? Next: Update on Built-for-Rent Housinglast_img read more

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Ukrainian Navy, Russian BSF Plan to Conduct Joint Humanitarian Exercise

first_img November 29, 2011 Ukrainian Navy, Russian BSF Plan to Conduct Joint Humanitarian Exercise Share this article Training & Education View post tag: BSF View post tag: Joint Ukrainian Navy and Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) plan to conduct the Fairway of Peace 2011 joint humanitarian exercise, reported Ukrainian defense ministry.Delegations of Ukrainian Navy and Black Sea Fleet have already started preparations for the exercise in Sevastopol. At the planning conference, participants will determine the exercise scenario, terms and required assets.The headquarter exercise is scheduled in the second half of May 2012. The objective is to hold humanitarian operation. Such training will be held for the first time within the Fairway of Peace bilateral exercise which started in 1997.Up to 16 warships, support vessels and boats as well as 4 aircrafts will be involved in the exercise.In accordance with rotational basis, in 2012 the exercise will be directed by a representative of Ukrainian Navy command; he will be assisted by a BSF officer.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 29, 2011; View post tag: Ukrainian Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukrainian Navy, Russian BSF Plan to Conduct Joint Humanitarian Exercise View post tag: Humanitarian View post tag: plan View post tag: conduct View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Russian View post tag: Exerciselast_img read more

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US Navy, Raytheon Start JSOW C-1 Integrated Testing

first_img View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: Naval View post tag: testing View post tag: JSOW View post tag: C-1 August 22, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Raytheon Start JSOW C-1 Integrated Testing View post tag: Navy View post tag: Integratedcenter_img The U.S. Navy has begun integrated testing (IT) of Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1. During its first flight in IT, the JSOW C-1 was retargeted to strike a large moving ship target.“This flight test further demonstrates that JSOW C-1 can receive third party target updates in-flight, retarget after release, and strike a precise point on a moving ship using the weapon’s autonomous terminal seeker,” said Cmdr. Samuel Hanaki of the U.S. Navy’s Precision Strike Weapons Program Office. “The program remains on track for reaching initial operational capability in 2013.”The test presented two maneuvering ships (large and small) as potential targets. Before weapon release, a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet targeted the smaller ship, and then handed off weapon control to a second Super Hornet also targeting the smaller ship. After release from the first Super Hornet, the JSOW C-1 was guided by the second Super Hornet toward the smaller maneuvering ship target located 90 kilometers from launch point.While in flight, the JSOW was retargeted by the second Super Hornet to the larger maneuvering ship target. The JSOW provided weapon in-flight track and bomb hit indication status messages back to the controlling Super Hornet while successfully engaging the larger target ship. The test validated JSOW C-1’s unique ability to be controlled, updated and retargeted as needed to eliminate its intended target.“JSOW C-1 brings U.S. and allied warfighters the unique ability to engage moving ships as far as 100 kilometers away with an air-launched precision strike weapon,” said Celeste Mohr, Raytheon Missile Systems’ JSOW program director. “The 280 Raytheon employees in Tucson, Ariz., and the hundreds of partner-supplier employees across the U.S. worked hard to make this test a success and demonstrate JSOW C-1’s ability as the newest and pre-eminent moving maritime target weapon.”About the Joint Standoff WeaponJSOW is a family of affordable, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS- inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. JSOW C-1 adds the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink to the combat-proven weapon, enabling moving maritime target capability.JSOW C-1 is the world’s first networked weapon with a range of approximately 100 kilometers.The U.S. Navy’s first two free-flight tests of JSOW C-1, on July 26, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2011, resulted in direct hits on moving ship targets.Raytheon is using company funding to develop a powered version of JSOW with the potential to engage targets at distances greater than 250 nautical miles.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 22, 2012; Image: US Navy US Navy, Raytheon Start JSOW C-1 Integrated Testing Equipment & technology View post tag: start View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

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Financial blunder costs OUSU thousands

first_imgAn OUSU blunder has cost the Student Union thousands of pounds in lost affiliation fees over the past five years, a Cherwell investigation has revealed.It was only in September of last year that financial officers discovered that OUSU had been using the wrong inflation rate to calculate how much college common rooms should be paying.The lost revenue – calculated to exceed £16,000 – will have served to further worsen the financial situation of the Student Union, which still owes £250,000 to the University.Lewis Iwu, the OUSU President, admitted, “An administrative error has led to common rooms over the past 5 years being undercharged for their affiliation fee. This had been corrected at the start of this year and now the correct amount is being charged.”OUSU Representative of Trinity College commented that the problem might have been caused to the lack of long-term planning. She said, “The fact they have been using the wrong index is indicative of the management of OUSU. This however does not seem to be because of a lack of enthusiasm or competence of individual members of staff or executive, rather not having any planning and the relatively quick turnover of staff. Without any real long-term plan, financial mis-management is inevitable.”A graduate student commented, “I find it hilarious that OUSU bungled this simple calculation for so many years.”Alex Bulfin, JCR President of University College expressed his relief that the problem has been solved. He said, “It’s a shame that this will add further to the perception of some students in the University that OUSU is unprofessional and ineffective. OUSU provides many valuable and vital services to students and common rooms, but events like these only seek to undermine much of the good work the Students’ Union does.”He added, “That said, the problem has now been remedied and the work that the current Executive are conducting into funding at the moment should ensure that OUSU are far better placed financially than they have been hitherto. This is why it is important that OUSU continues to professionalise its operations in the future.”Iwu praised the enthusiasm of OUSU’s accounts staff, “I would like to reiterate that the staff of the Student Union have done the students of Oxford a service through their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm since this Student Union was created.”OUSU is meant to base its annual increase in common room affiliation fees on Retail Price Index from September each year. However, it was found that in the last 5 out of 6 years the figures on common room invoices do not match RPI indices published by the government.Cherwell’s examination of invoices revealed that the percentage increases correspond instead to an increase in the value of a basket of goods bought in 1987. The finance teams had then divided these indices by 100 in order to obtain a percentage used to increase the subscription fees.The figures obtained have been consistently lower than the Retail Price Index, resulting in OUSU undercharging common rooms by thousands of pounds over the past years.last_img read more

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Local man recovering after heart transplant surgery

first_imgTom Sawyer at a past Rotary Club event.BOSTON, Mass. – A longtime banker and Chesterville resident is currently recovering from a successful heart transplant procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital.Tom Sawyer is a well-known member of the community, having spent 42 years as an employee of Franklin Savings Bank and participated in a number of different fundraising events. Those activities came to a halt on Aug. 11, after Sawyer suffered a heart attack at his residence.According to Camillia Yeaton, a family friend, Sawyer has been hospitalized since that incident, his first heart attack. He was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital, then Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Then, on Aug. 16, Sawyer suffered a second heart attack. He was transferred to Mass General for heart surgery, at which point two mechanical pumps were placed in his chest. Sawyer began working to regain his strength and prepare for the possibility of a heart transplant.Sawyer was placed on the heart transport list on Nov. 11. On Nov. 16, according to Yeaton, he went through the 9.5 hour-long surgery that concluded with Sawyer getting a new heart.“Tom has made a miraculous recovery but he has a long road ahead,” Yeaton said.It’s anticipated that Sawyer will remain at Mass General for a while, before going to a rehabilitation center. Following his release from that facility, Yeaton said, Sawyer and his wife, Roni, will remain in the Boston area for three to five months in an apartment.“He has been there for many in need,” Yeaton said, “and can’t wait until he is back on his feet once again doing what he loves.”Cards and well wishes for Sawyer can be directed to Mass General Hospital at 55 Fruit Street, Ellison Way, 8th floor, Boston MA 02114.An account has been established at Franklin Savings Bank for anyone seeking to make a donation to Tom Sawyer and his family. Checks can be dropped off at FSB locations or mailed to PO Box 825; Farmington ME 04938.last_img read more

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Elise Testone, Members of Snarky Puppy, TAB, And More Pay Tribute To Amy Winehouse And Prince [Watch]

first_imgLast night brought together a tribute to Amy Winehouse, Jazz Is Phish, and Turkuaz playing the music of The Band at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. The “Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute To Amy Winehouse” set featured Elise Testone (American Idol), Jennifer Hartswick ( Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Raymond Weber, Chris Severin (Allen Toussaint), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and Nicole Zuraitas.Amy Winehouse is known for her deep soulful vocals and expressive lyrics, blending rhythm and blues, neo-soul, and jazz. She made a huge impact in the music industry, only releasing two records in her twenty-seven years of life, and won five Grammy Awards for her sophomore album Back to Black in 2008. She is the first British female to win five Grammys, which included “Best New Artist, “Record of the Year,” and “Song of the Year,” and walked away as the most wins for a female artist in one single night.Elise Testone did an incredible job performing Winehouse’s soulful music, with an impressive band to back her up. The female presence was strong with Trey Anastasio’s incredible horn and vocal section, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman, lending their undeniable umph to the collective sound of the band. With members of Snarky Puppy, The Bridge, and Allen Toussaint’s band, the band really put the “super” in the “group.”The set featured radio classics like “Rehab” and “Valerie,” and had Amy Winehouse fans melting in the beauty of her powerful discography with songs like “Tears Dry On Their Own,” “Wake Up Alone,” “Some Unholy War,” and “Stronger Than Me.” The night ended on another honorable note with a cover of Prince’s “Musicology.” Watch some of the night’s highlights below:“Stronger Than Me”“Musicology”Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute To Amy Winehouse @ The Howlin’ Wolf 4/26/16:Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Me and Mr. Jones, Just Friends, Back to Black, Love Is a Losing Game, Tears Dry On Their Own, Wake Up Alone, Some Unholy War, He Can Only Hold Her, Time (original), Stronger Than Me, Flying High (original), Valerie, Musicologylast_img read more

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IT Superheroes Can Boldly Conquer Software-Defined Data Centers with PowerEdge Servers and VMware

first_imgIncreasing pressure to shift IT to a competitive advantage is driving many companies to modernize their data centers with software-defined solutions, including hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). IT must support new and dynamic workloads, often with limited resources. Do more with less. It’s the mantra of our world, it seems. And, IT administrators must play many roles for a multitude of constituents within their company. For the C-suite, IT is required to do much more than simply support the company’s day-to-day business operations; it’s imperative they enable faster, more efficient business outcomes with a goal of enabling competitive advantages in today’s digital economy. For the office workers, IT must provide troubleshooting and support. For R&D, IT is required to play yet another role by enabling dev ops or even advanced modeling. We expect IT administrators to be our everyday superheroes, our avengers in action. To accomplish this feat, they need the best tools, the right skills, and a trusted team, Dell EMC and VMware. Oh, an epic costume doesn’t hurt, either!My recommended superhero toolsetDell EMC and VMware can help IT administrators suit up, simplifying IT with Dell EMC PowerEdge, the world’s #1 server[1], and industry-leading server and storage virtualization.[2,3] Design your software-defined data center (SDDC) based on your needs, with flexibility to build from the ground-up with PowerEdge servers, or leverage HCI building blocks such as Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, which are PowerEdge servers that have been pre-configured, tested and jointly certified to run VMware vSAN™, a radically simple software-defined storage (SDS) solution for HCI. vSAN is a core building block for SDDC, and it powers leading HCI solutions with a VMware vSphere®-native, high-performance architecture.Dell EMC offers one of the broadest vSAN Ready Node portfolios in the market, with over 100 certified ready node configurations available, spanning options such as all-flash, rugged, hybrid rack and kinetic infrastructure models.[4] One unique, super feature in select Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is the Identity Module, which enables the node to self-identify upon boot-up as a Dell EMC vSAN Ready Node, streamlining deployment, updates, inventory management, and support.Superhero skillsThere are a lot of superheroes in IT, ranging from server admins to storage admins to IT generalists and more. Dell EMC understands the requirement to manage hardware and software in a more seamless manner, which is why we aim to help IT staff bridge the physical and virtual gap by automating and consolidating key PowerEdge server management tasks within the VMware vCenter® console with OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) 4.3. OMIVV is a proprietary Dell EMC plug-in for vCenter that dramatically reduces complexity, speeds deployment and minimizes risk in IT operations. Manage up to 10 vCenters and 1,000 servers using a single OMIVV plug-in. The following video shows how you can create and save ESXi deployment profiles with just a few clicks in OMIVV and apply it effortlessly to achieve 130% faster deployment with 97% less administrator time required.[5]Superhero sidekicksTeam up with Dell EMC and VMware as your superhero sidekicks, and get up to 66% faster deployment with Dell EMC ProDeploy Services[6] which includes software installation and configuration of the operating system, firmware and VMware hypervisors. Dell EMC has over 1,800 VMware-certified support professionals, offering IT a single point of contact for hardware and software support. And, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes with Identity Modules further streamline support as the Dell EMC ProSupport team will know the server is a vSAN Ready Node once they are provided the service tag. Everyone will marvel at how quickly IT resolved the issue!Being in IT at large and small organizations alike is challenging, but thousands of people around the world do it every day. Trust Dell EMC and VMware to help you conquer your biggest IT modernization and SDDC obstacles with the right hardware and software to maximize your superhero skills and obtain legendary status!Learn more at dell.com/vsanreadynodes.[1] IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q4, March 6, 2019 – Units and Vendor Revenue.[2] Based on internal VMware data regarding hypervisor market share.[3] Most deployed HCI software solution by cloud providers, per VMware vSAN 6.7 datasheet.[4] Based on Dell EMC review of complete vSAN Ready Node offering across all OEMs listed on VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide on February 1, 2019.[5] Based on Dell EMC internal competitive testing of PowerEdge and OMIVV versus Cisco UCS manual OS deployment.[6] Principled Technologies report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Bring new systems to production readiness faster and with less effort from in-house administrators,” November 2017.last_img read more

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Patti LuPone Will Return to the New York Stage in Shows for Days

first_img Shows For Days, inspired by Beane’s own life in theater, follows 14-year-old Car, who becomes involved in community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania at the Prometheus Theatre. The theater is led by a woman who dedicates her life to directing, designing and starring in the group’s shows. Additional casting and the design team will be announced later. Tony winner Patti LuPone will return to the New York stage in the previously announced premiere of Shows for Days, an autobiographical play by Douglas Carter Beane. The Lincoln Center production will begin performances off-Broadway on June 4 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Opening night is set for June 29. Jerry Zaks will direct. Related Shows View Comments Shows For Days LuPone, who is currently appearing in the L.A. Opera production of The Ghosts of Versailles, took home Tony Awards for her performances in Gypsy and Evita. Her additional stage credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sweeney Todd and Anything Goes. Her screen appearances include American Horror Story: Coven, Girls (on which she played a fictional version of herself), Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, Parker, City by the Sea, Life Goes On, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015last_img read more

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Tips and tricks to beating the squash vine borer

first_imgYou can have tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers galore; but no backyard garden is complete without summer squash.Cherokee County Master Gardener Sandi White even thinks there’s no vegetable more fun to grow.With broad leaves and multiple sunny blooms, the plant is a lovely sight, especially as the first glossy fruits begin to form on the pollinated flowers.But many home gardeners find their plants literally collapse overnight — doomed by the dreaded squash vine borer — the scourge of squash-lovers everywhere.“In the past when I’ve tried to grow squash, they get big, and you have beautiful plants,” Krissy Slagle said. “And then you come out and they’re wilted.” Slagle is the assistant program coordinator of the Georgia Master Gardener program and an avid gardener.The bug’s life cycleSquash vine borers overwinter in cocoons in the soil, usually in areas where squash or zucchini plants were grown the previous season, said Amanda Tedrow, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County. Once the adult moths emerge from the soil, they lay eggs on the stems of susceptible plants during the day.After about a week, the pale grubs hatch and eat their way into the stems near soil-level, leaving a crumbly mess of frass behind. Eventually, as water flow is cut off, the plant wilts and dies.There’s a conventional wisdom among vegetable gardeners that vine borers can’t be defeated. You just don’t know they’re present until it’s too late. Once they’re inside the stem of the squash plant, there is not much that can be done.But that kind of thinking sticks in Slagle’s craw.“Everybody says, ‘Oh, you can’t do anything about it,’” Slagle said. “And I thought, you know, that doesn’t sound like the right answer to me.”SolutionsIn previous years she’s tried to get around the bugs by mounding dirt over the stem at a spot on the vine ahead of the larvae. With the right water and temperature, theoretically, the squash will reroot, and the infested part of the plant can be severed and removed. But Slagle said sometimes the larvae “eat faster than what she can cover.” And the plant is already too compromised or too stressed by heat to survive.Although she hasn’t used it yet, Slagle’s got another trick up her sleeve: row covers. Using row coversWith good contact with the ground, row covers can give a squash crop a significant head start over the vine borers. Row covers are lightweight commercial garden fabrics that drape over frames or the plants themselves. They can offer protection from frost, intense heat and pests.After the first female flowers appear, the row covers should be removed to allow for pollination. The vine borers may still affect the crop, but by that time production — and squash casserole — is right around the corner.More optionsThere are other methods to control vine borers, with varying results. Gardeners can make a vertical slit in the stem with a sharp knife and manually remove the larvae. One plant can house several. Afterward, soil should be mounded over the stem to encourage rerooting. Yellow sticky traps and yellow-colored bowls of soapy water can be used to trap or drown the adult orange moths, which are attracted by the yellow squash blossom. Some gardeners even inject the insecticide Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, into the squash stems. But contact insecticides are generally not effective, as the larvae are protected inside the plant.Getting ahead of the gameThe most successful ways to control squash vine borers might be the simplest ones.Gardeners should start their squash as early as possible so that they’re already harvesting from strong, healthy plants before the six to eight summer weeks when vine borers are active.“I sometimes plant so early that I may at times have to cover seedlings with a bucket if there is a frost warning,” said Lisa Ames, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.All or nothingIn persistent infestations gardeners should also consider removing the food source by not growing susceptible squash varieties.Ames, who no longer grows zucchini due in part to vine borers, has turned to an alternative squash variety called snake gourd or Cucuzza. It is readily available and resistant to vine borers.Last but not least, the industrious gardener, who refuses to go a year without fresh homegrown squash, can simply plant more than vine borers can stomach.There’s bound to be something left over. After all, Slagle said, “You can only eat so much squash.”last_img read more

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