A look at input decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt 2015 offered ample challenges for crop production. In many cases, the difficult year has left more questions than answers about increasingly tough decisions with inputs as margins tighten for 2016. The Between the Rows farmers from this year each faced specific challenges unique to their area and learned some different things to implement on their farms with regard to crop inputs.Matt Saal from Wayne County saw increased importance of inoculant use in the wet conditions he faced when chopping his hay crop early in the season.“Normally we just wait longer to get the forage drier when the moisture is high, but this year we have mowed and chopped in the same day a couple of times on the haylage because that is all the window we’ve had,” Saal said. “We have definitely put up wetter forage than we ever have this year and a good inoculant will help that more than forage chopped at optimal moisture.”With the extremely wet conditions in many areas, there was the potential for significant nitrogen loss this year, making it an interesting time to look at nitrogen inhibitors.“We did some experiments with nitrogen inhibitors and I think we need to look at that a little further. My gut is telling me that, based on the yield maps, there was not a great benefit to those. I am not sure nitrogen loss was the limiting factor for our corn,” said Ryan Lee from Union County. “The ears were filled out within a half-inch of the tip, which says that we were hitting maximum yield potential even though it wasn’t what we wanted. We got beat up early and the ear size was set. It was a year where you try to survive with corn and move on.”Conditions were even tougher to the northwest where Jeff Duling saw some of the most challenging conditions of his lifetime in the fields of Putnam, Hancock and Van Wert counties where he farms. Though yields on his farm were not great in some fields devastated by too much water, he knows things could have been worse. He gives at least some of the credit for the positive things that happened in his fields to his system of no-till and cover crops.“I didn’t see any reason to do much tillage this fall. I had to do some because we had some tile lines that settled out,” he said. “When we are probing these fields for tiling, you can push a probe down four feet in the fields that have had cover crops in them. In the fields with conventional tillage, I can’t probe in them. We actually have to take a backhoe in and start digging.”Whether farmers are experienced with planting cover crops or not, Duling thinks it is now a good time to give them a try.“There is quite a bit of money out there to do some experimenting with cover crops,” he said. “I am scared of all of the tillage being done around here. If we get a big goose-drowner where is all of this soil going to go? There is a lot of fertilizer out there and its not good when dirt starts moving.”Andy Rodefer is using some strategic tillage to add diversity to his Preble County fields next spring in response to the unique challenges of 2015 in his area.“After going through the wet spring, we were looking at doing more no-till to cut expenses, but we decided to go back and do some deep tillage so we have a little bit of each,” Rodefer said. “The no-till guys really did get hurt in this area this year because they lost a couple of days planting and deep tillage really paid this year. It isn’t always that way. I have never been through a season where five or six days difference in planting date made such a big difference in yield.”He also saw a real benefit to the use of fungicides.“We did some fungicide trials and found the corn was at least 10 bushels better with fungicide. In our fields that were going 220, it was more like 180 where we didn’t spray. We had fields where we put fungicide on corn with just Roundup and no other traits,” Rodefer said. “Where the traited corn in some situations was 40 or 50 bushels more than the Roundup corn, I also saw Roundup corn was only five to 10 bushels less with fungicide on it.”There were many examples of very significant yield benefits in hybrids with stacked traits this year for Rodefer and some of his seed customers.“We are not 100% sure why. We think there could have been some rootworm pressure, but the roots were so shallow and hurt this year from the rain, it is hard to tell. There are a few guys going to conventional corn to cut input costs but I am worried on the backside if they will truly save anything at the end of the day,” he said. “We had some customers that split fields with triple stack corn and conventional to make decisions for next year. Three out of those guys I talked to who did that said they would never plant conventional corn again because it yielded 20 to 30 bushels less. I am not saying that is everybody or every seed company, but that is what we are seeing. It just seems like the stacked traits take the stress better. It is a consistent thing we’ve seen. Occasionally we hear about the refuge doing the same as the triple stack, but 80% of the time I don’t see that. I think it depends on the hybrid a lot. The traited corn usually has better stalk strength too.”A careful look at these and other inputs will be increasingly important moving forward as margins continue to tighten after a tough 2015 on many farms.“I know some loyal seed customers who are really worried about where they are going to come up with the money to put out a crop next year,” Rodefer said. “I think guys are trying to decide what to do to save their input costs, but you need to be really careful about cutting corners.”last_img read more

Nehru Cup football: India scrape through 2-1 against Syria

first_imgA header from skipper Sunil Chhetri and a sublime strike by Anthony Pereira gave India a 2-1 win over Syria in the Nehru Cup opener here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday.Chettri gave India the lead in added time of the first half. In-form Clifford Miranda proved instrumental when his precise cross from the left found the Lisbon ‘B’ striker completely free.Perriera, who substituted Sanju Pradhan in the second half, curled the ball from outside the box in the 84th minute, giving the Syrian custodian no chance.Syria scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute which proved a little too late. Ouday Abduljaffal’s free-kick saw Alaa Alshbbli head the ball home from six yards out, which left India’s custodian Subrata Paul with no chance to save.India coach Wim Koeverman’s idea of ‘total football’ failed to appear as intermittent rain and poor conditions didn’t allow the passing game to flourish. The rain made the game much slower with both teams failing to hold on to the ball and relying heavily on long ball tactics.Despite the win, the Dutch coach will have his hands full. India looked far from convincing with a shaky defence.The hosts also had a few pluses. Francisco Fernandes had a solid match, linking up well with the lanky Lenny Singh.India started the game on a positive note, with Chhetri getting the first shot off in the 10th minute. The Portugal-return forward took the ball with his back to the goal, and unleashed a snap shot which went just wide.advertisementSoon after, Syria’s Mehdazahir Almedani shot from 30 yards out but it was well wide of the goal.India had a decent spell in the middle of the first half but failed to capitalise with poor delivery in the final third of the pitch.Miranda with his trickery was a constant thorn down the left side.Mardik Mardikian received the first caution of the game, booked for simulation. He, though, had Syria’s best chance but wasted his shot from six yards out after he got in between India’s two centre-backs, Rajju Gaikwad and Gouramangi Moirangthem.Skies opened up in the 26th minute and in the 33rd minute, torrential downpour stopped play for 15 minutes.Play resumed with Syrian forwards belting down the pitch but Subrata was up to his task. He made a smart save from Ali Ghalioum’s shot from 20 yards out.The Indian defence looked very shaky, regularly being caught out by long balls.The first half ended with a goalmouth scramble, however India managed to avert the danger. The second half was lacklustre, with both teams failing to produce any clear-cut chances.However, with time running out Syria had to score their much needed goal but reckless play opened India’s chances of counter-attacks.last_img read more

300000 Students To Benefit From School Feeding Project

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS): Over 300,000 students are expected to benefit from an integrated school feeding project, to be implemented by the Government. Titled: ‘Strengthening of School Feeding Programmes in the Framework of Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 Initiative’, the project involves collaboration among the Ministries of Health; Agriculture and Fisheries; and Education.It aims to strengthen the Government’s existing school feeding programme by, among other things: ensuring adequate nutrition for students through increased access to affordable nutritious, safe, and quality foods in schools; and establishing and maintaining a comprehensive school feeding national policy, plan, and legislation.This integrated school feeding project model has recorded significant success in Brazil, where it has been undertaken over the past 50 years. Brazil’s government, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are partnering with Jamaica to implement the initiative, for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the arrangement, is to be signed by the major stakeholders.At the launch on Tuesday (September 9), at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) New Kingston offices, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said its implementation will ensure that children, particularly at the early childhood level, have access to adequate nutritious meals each day, thereby fortifying their development.“We know that in that first 1,000 days (of a child’s life), and beyond, to perhaps grade eight, is the time of brain formation, or personality development, when nutrition plays a tremendously important role,” he said. He stated that the “knowledge… of the Brazil model of school feeding will be of inestimable opportunity for us in Jamaica. This is exactly the kind of cooperation we need for Jamaica, and I trust that the information that will be purveyed, will not only be a fillip to the local economy, but, also, be a tremendous strength to the process of education.” In his remarks, Acting Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the initiative is integral to “our holistic drive for the National Food Security and Nutrition Programme.”“If we wish to have a nation that is healthy, then we must ensure that our young children are properly fed and, from the earliest stages, be involved in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, our educational, health, and agricultural policies and programmes must be crafted and implemented in such a way as to enhance convergence and collaboration to ensure the best outcomes,” he stated.“It is for this reason that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is fully committed to ensuring the supply of more nutritious and locally grown foods throughout the nation, specifically in the school feeding programme,” Mr. Kellier assured.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, gave the Ministry’s commitment to playing its part to achieve the goals that have been outlined in the (project) MoU.”In his remarks, FAO’s representatives to Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas,Dr. Jerome Thomas, said that school feeding programmes are important in promoting food and nutrition security in countries where they exist.“They also impact on the implementation of public policies for the achievement of the right to food. For these reasons, school feeding programmes are, therefore, recommended as one of the major strategies for addressing long-term sustainable development,” he added.PIOJ Director General, Colin Bullock, said the project represents an important partnership between regional governments and the Government of Brazil, supported by the FAO, while Charge d’Affaires at the Brazilian Embassy in Jamaica, Alfonso Nery, said his Government welcomes the opportunity to share the key components of its school feeding programme with Jamaica.Key among the project’s initial engagements is a two-day workshop, being conducted by visiting Brazilian school feeding experts, for 45 participants from several government ministries, departments, and agencies, at the PIOJ, which commenced on September 8.The workshop’s participants also include representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Lucia, where similar programmes are slated for implementation. Following the workshop, the participants will receive additional training, which will run until December 16.Brazil boasts one of the world’s most successful school feeding programmes in the world. Managed by the National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE), Brazil’s programme currently provides nutritious food to more than 45 million children across the South American nation, through integrated public policy development and implementation with other government sectors. Brazil’s involvement in Jamaica’s project forms part of the Government’s commitment to South-South cooperation, particularly with Caribbean countries. Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, jamaica, school feeding program Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp and plans to make that obvious

first_img Facebook Tags Originally published Aug. 2, 3:31 p.m. PT.Update, 3:47 p.m.: Adds information about where the rebranding will appear. Share your voice Mobile Tech Industrycenter_img Facebook said Friday that it plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp so users know they’re from the social network, a move that highlights how the company is exerting more control over its acquisitions. The apps will say “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.””We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday. She said the change is currently rolling out slowly and more and more users will start to see the rebranding. The rebranding will appear on Instagram’s and WhatsApp’s login screens and in app store descriptions for the two apps, Thomson said. The Information, which earlier reported the rebranding, cited three people familiar with the matter and said some employees are surprised and confused about the upcoming change.Facebook, which has been dealing with a series of privacy and security scandals, allows Instagram and WhatsApp to operate independently and the apps don’t bear the Facebook name. But the apps are also going to become more intertwined with one another in the future. The social network is trying to make it possible for users who use Facebook Messenger, Instagram direct message and WhatsApp to send messages to each other without having to switch apps.Though Facebook purchased both apps years ago, many consumers don’t know the social network owns both Instagram and WhatsApp. The change comes as the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook over antitrust concerns. The FTC is looking into whether Facebook’s purchases of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp were part of a strategy on the part of the social media giant to stifle competition, according to a report this week from The Wall Street Journal. Post a comment 0last_img read more

Mayor Young Releases Statement of Catherine Pughs Resignation

first_imgI was informed today at 3:35 p.m. by City Solicitor Andre Davis of Catherine Pugh’s resignation as Mayor of Baltimore.The resignation is effective immediately. I believe this action is in the best interest of the City of Baltimore.In accordance with the city’s Charter, I will serve as Baltimore’s 51st Mayor.Baltimore Ex-Officio Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young. (Courtesy Photo)For the past month, I have traveled the city and worked hard to keep government’s focus on providing essential services to our citizens. I have spent time in classrooms working with some of the brightest minds our public school system has to offer. I have unveiled a number of development projects that stand as symbols to the commitment that many people have to our city. I have convened several meetings of the Mayor’s cabinet, where I have stressed the importance of teamwork in delivering for the citizens that we’re privileged to serve.I pledge that my focus will not change. I have listened to the concerns of our citizens and I will continue to work diligently to address those concerns.Although I understand that this ordeal has caused real pain for many Baltimoreans, I promise that we will emerge from it more committed than ever to building a stronger Baltimore. Charm City is wonderful and is full of resilient people who are working hard every day to move our City forward. You all deserve recognition, and I will spend my time as mayor working alongside you.I’d like to also give special recognition and thanks to the thousands of public servants who’ve come to work each day under challenging and uncertain circumstances and put forth their best collective effort.To the people of Baltimore, thank you for your faith in me and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing to work on your behalf.Copyright © 2019 Baltimore City Council, All rights reserved.Website SignupsOur mailing address is:Baltimore City Council100 N. Holliday Street, Suite 400Baltimore, MD 21202last_img read more