Watch for harvest issues after a challenging growing season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We began this season with the best-laid plans for our corn crop. April weather provided us with the optimism we were all looking for, but since then, it’s been difficult to keep our head above water — literally. As you know, 2017 has proven to be one of the wettest growing seasons on record for Ohio, with some areas receiving over 20 inches of rain throughout the month of June and similar amounts in July as well. The saturated growing season has resulted in much of our corn experiencing shallow and weak root systems, nitrogen (N) loss, and even impacted pollination in some areas. While some well-drained fields may have had sufficient nitrogen available to the plant, excessive rainfall moved the nitrate nitrogen below the concentration of roots — making it inaccessible as well.Stalk strength will likely be a concern for some fields as we head into harvest. Not only has the wet weather led to significant N loss due to leaching in lighter soils and DE nitrification in heavier soils, but corn hybrids are also changing. In studies from both Purdue University and the University of Illinois, newer hybrids are seeing a higher rate of post-flowering N uptake than in the past. According to the Purdue University study, old germplasm (1940 to 1990) only took up 43 pounds of N per acre after tassel while more modern germplasm (1991 to 2011) will now take up 55 pounds of N per acre after tassel. Similarly, the University of Illinois study has shown that newer hybrids take up 52 pounds of N per acre while the old hybrids only took up around 37 pounds of N per acre. From this, we can conclude that corn hybrids are continually changing and increasing their N uptake later in the growing season.Physiologically, corn will attempt to produce grain at all costs. When corn encounters stress due to nutrient deficiencies during the grain-fill period, the plant will respond by cannibalizing the leaves and stalk to meet the needs of filling the grain. This gets compounded with the demand from newer hybrids for a higher percentage of their total N, which is needed later in the growing season. If the plant diverts N from the stalk to feed the grain, it can lead to premature death and susceptibility to stalk rots as well.While scouting corn fields throughout the month of July, I observed that almost all corn fields were experiencing some degree of gray leaf spot (GLS) infection. Most of those fields were planted in either late April or mid-May, with GLS infections primarily confined to the lower canopy of the plant, the ear-leaf, or below.Northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) has also been identified in some earlier planted corn. Both of these diseases require moisture and/or humidity for infection and spore reproduction to occur. However, they thrive in different temperature environments.GLS infections favor prolonged, warm temperatures between 75 degrees and 85 degrees F, while NCLB favors more mild temperatures ranging from 64 degrees to 81 degrees F. Due to the length of infection process, visual symptoms may not be noticeable for up to two weeks after infection, depending on weather conditions and hybrid susceptibility. Because the overall yield potential of many fields was already in question, some farmers chose not to invest further into their corn crop by applying a fungicide at tassel, which is another reason why stalk quality at harvest may be a potential issue.As the growing season comes to an end, I’d encourage you to consider these potential issues when prioritizing which fields to harvest first.Short on NitrogenVery wet or ponded fieldsSandy soilsHybrids known to take up a very high percent of total N lateHigh percentage of N applied pre-plant or early in the season.2. Stalk rotsField historyWetter fieldsFields with ponding for a period of time.3. Leaf diseasesHybrid susceptibilityLate disease infection.Have a safe harvest.last_img read more

You Are Defined by the Events of Your Life

first_imgYou are defined by the events of your life. The good news is that you are the one who defines what those events mean.You can choose to believe that negative events define your life in negative ways.You may decide that the circumstance of your birth defines you in some negative way.Maybe you were poor, you grew up in the wrong neighborhood, went to the wrong schools, and didn’t make the right connections. You might choose to believe that makes you a “have-not.”Maybe you made mistakes when you were younger, some of them serious. Those mistakes hurt other people, including people you loved and who loved you. You might decide that makes you “not a good person.”You had a relationship that was important to you fall apart. It wasn’t the first one. Some of it was surely your fault, and now you judge yourself. You might choose to believe that you are unworthy.These are all decisions you make. They are the frames you decide to put around events. They only define you if you invest that power in these events, events that you have in common with billions of other people, many of whom don’t believe they are negative.You can choose to believe that negative events define your life in positive ways.You can believe that you have (or that you will) escape the circumstances of your birth. You may believe that serious adversity provided you with the initiative and the intestinal fortitude to out-smart, out-work, and out-last those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and never met “the hustle.”You could view your misspent youth as the set of experiences that shaped your values, that taught you right from wrong. There are millions and millions of people who “grew up,” some of them later than others, who have gone on to make a tremendous contribution.Almost no one lives without the experience of losing an important relationship. Making mistakes is part of being human. Remaining vulnerable and open to the next relationship, even when you risk being hurt, is faith and confidence in the power of relationships.The meaning you give events can either empower you, or they can disempower you. You choose the frame. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan president Scaroni: Paqueta deal proof of Elliott commitment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan president Scaroni: Paqueta deal proof of Elliott commitmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni says their deal for Lucas Paqueta is proof of owner Elliott Management’s commitment.The Rossoneri paid €35m plus up to €10m in bonuses to Flamengo for the attacker.“This signing confirms the intentions of Elliott to bring Milan back to the top,” said Scaroni in the presentation Press conference.“This move does not mean Milan don’t have a clear strategy of following Financial Fair Play rules, as it fits well within it and we consider it a transfer that takes us towards where we want to go.”Director Leonardo was trusted with identifying the talent from Brazil and bringing him to San Siro.“Although these are early days, he played a very important part in the Flamengo side that finished second in their division. We have a project that we want to put in place and he has everything required, both as a player and a man, to help us achieve this. He can above all really improve a great deal.“I think he can bring more joy, creativity and a Brazilian approach to Milan. We’re not comparing him to Kaka, but clearly in the past Milan were in a different situation and had been winning for some years. We’ve just had a change of ownership, are a team under construction and Paquetá is part of a project going forward that must be given time to grow.“Above all, his arrival proves we want an attack-minded and creative Milan side that is truly positive when on the ball. He has the characteristics we want to see in this Milan team.” last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final Four

first_imgBracket of the most annoying people in sports media.…and then there were four. The past few weeks, we’ve given you the people the opportunity to voice your opinion on the most annoying people in sports media. We’re just a few days from learning who’s going to take home the crown. Stephen A. Smith, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless and Jim Rome are the four left standing heading into the final week. We’re just two results away from an all-First Take final. Woof.What did we learn this past week?Ohio State fans weren’t enough to push Mark May past Stephen A. Smith.Jemele Hill is on – her words – a “George Mason like run” heading into the Final Four.Skip Bayless appears unbeatable.Jim Rome is the most underseeded person in the history of dumb pop culture brackets.Voting is now closed on the Elite Eight. You can view the results from the first round here, the second round here, the Sweet 16 here and the Elite Eight here. Let’s vote on the Final Four.The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final FourMost Annoying Final FourVote On The Final Four Here1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 11. Jemele HillStephen A. Smith vs. Jemele HillA classic David vs. Goliath battle. Hill’s run has been surprising, but an upset here would be Syracuse-down-15-and-still-beats-Virginia level. Can she pull it off? More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Jemele Hill?1. Skip Bayless vs. 16. Jim RomeSkip vsProps to Jim Rome for proving us wrong – he really is still one of the most annoying out there. But we think his run ends here. It has to, right? More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Jim Rome?More: Who Will Be The Next Katherine Webb?last_img read more

STOMP Out Bullying Announces New Global Ambassadors

first_imgSTOMP Out Bullying is thrilled to announce its newest Global Ambassadors, Alyssa Miller and Jameel McClain.Both Alyssa and Jameel are determined to shed light on the important subject of Bullying and Cyberbullying and those affected by it.“We are delighted that both Alyssa and Jameel are lending their names to this very important issue,” commented Ross Ellis founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying. “As role models, their voices can make such a difference.”While bullying may seem like “a rite of passage” among adolescents, many parents and kids don’t take it seriously until someone they know is directly affected by bullying or tragically, commits suicide.Here are the real facts:· 1 out of 4 kids is bullied· Depending upon their ages up to 43% of young people say they have been the victim of digital aggression· 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school· Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high· Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them· Bullies are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink alcohol, get into fights and be arrested at some point in their life. 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24.· As many as 8% of students may stay home from school because they’re afraid of their bullies and/or they just can’t take the pain anymore.Alyssa Miller is a fashion and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and California native who has always been passionate about bullying prevention.“Growing up in a big family made me realize the importance of always looking out for those you love,” she says. “While I’ve always been protective of my brothers and sisters, I recognize the importance of ensuring that every child is treated with the same respect they deserve.” In teaming up with STOMP Out Bullying and supporting their efforts, Alyssa hopes to empower those victimized while helping to prevent future cases of bullying.Jameel McClain, #53 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion XLVI is a native of North Philly and has participated in a variety of philanthropic events and bullying prevention is something he feels strongly about.He says, “When people say things that hurt, that takes a piece of you. You have to be strong because when these people see you sweat or they see it’s getting to you, that’s when they try to take advantage of you. We define our own destiny. We have to teach kids not to let circumstances dictate who they are.”Alyssa and Jameel are the newest Global Ambassadors for STOMP Out Bullying. For the full list click here.last_img read more

Authorities start drive to remove poll related posters in Noida, Gr Noida

first_imgGB Nagar: Soon after the election commission of India announced election schedule for 17th Lok sabha elections, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, on Sunday, ordered all the concerned authorities to immediately remove all the hoardings, banners and other campaign materials within next 24 hours from their respective work circles.As per a senior official of Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, the directions have been issued to all the three authorities across the district-Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna authority and all the police stations. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The directions have been issued soon after the model code of conduct came into effect following the announcement of polls on Sunday. We have asked the officials to ensure compliance with the orders and remove all the election campaign related materials within next 24 hours. Also the official are directed to share a videography and photography, while removing the banners or hoardings, with the administration,” the official said. Following the directions, a massive drive of defacing the political posters/banners/hoardings was carried out across the district by respective authority and police station. In Noida, the drive was carried out in all the 10 work circles falling under the Noida authority from Sunday evening. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The authority is undertaking a massive drive to remove all the election campaign related material such as banners, hoardings, pamphlets and others from all the work circle areas. In order to intensify the drive and abide by the guidelines issued by District administration, over 200 employees with the authority have been appointed to perform the task and ensure that all such materials are removed within next 24 hours. We will also issue numbers of the officials with related work circles so that complaints can be made directly to them if any poster or hoarding is left unremoved,” said Rajiv Tyagi, General Manager, Noida Authority.last_img read more

RSP councillor Nibedita Sharma joins Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: Nibedita Sharma, RSP councillor of ward 65 in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, joined Trinamool Congress on Saturday. The TMC party flag was handed over to her by party secretary general Partha Chatterjee, in presence of senior Trinamool Congress leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Subrata Bakshi, Firhad Hakim and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay at the party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch.”I am inspired by the social development schemes of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her strong protest against divisive politics,” Sharma said. Her husband Sushil Sharma, who had earlier been the Member, Mayor-in-Council (Lighting) of KMC during the Left Front board, also joined TMC. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior TMC leader and state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said: “Bengal has produced a Speaker of the Lok Sabha and also a President of India. Now we want a Prime Minister from Bengal (in the form of Mamata Banerjee) so we should take the Lok sabha elections as a challenge and ensure that there is a lead in all wards of KMC.” State Panchayat & Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee called for competition among the MLAs and councillors so that TMC leads in all the wards. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTaking the cue from Mukherjee, Mayor Firhad Hakim said all TMC councillors in KMC should have a healthy competition of how much lead they can provide to the candidates of Kolkata South and Kolkata North, from their respective wards. “After the Lok Sabha, there will be the municipal elections, so it will be giving us a better idea of how far we have been successful in reaching our voters,” he added. TMC councillor Jui Biswas proposed that since there is a good number of Hindi speaking voters in the Kolkata South constituency, there should be someone who is well versed in the language at the campaign team of the party.last_img read more

Podcast US Women March On NBA Draft Preview And Is ARod A

Embed Code Video Excerpt: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk? Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 23, 2015), we discuss the knockout stages of the women’s World Cup, preview the NBA draft and discuss Alex Rodriguez’s monster season. What do the stats say about his place in history, and how big is the asterisk? Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Ronda Rousey’s speedy victories.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the winners and losers of the WWC group stage.This World Cup may be proving that there’s more parity in women’s soccer than we thought.Kate Fagan’s dispatch from Edmonton, Alberta, after the U.S. women defeated Colombia.FiveThirtyEight ranks the top 50 players in the NBA draft.Nylon Calculus wonders if there’s a simpler way to evaluate rising basketball talent.FanGraphs evaluates A-Rod’s career and what to make of his recent resurgence.Significant Digit: The 1:42 differential between Ronda Rousey’s fastest win and her next opponent’s. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 17

Sunday’s matches weren’t supposed to happen. None of the four teams playing was given even a 50 percent chance of reaching the knockout stage by ESPN’s Soccer Power Index-backed model at the start of the tournament. Now two will reach the quarterfinal and one will play a semifinal.Netherlands vs. Mexico: 12 p.m. EDTCosta Rica vs. Greece: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe big favorite of the four is the Netherlands, which has a 56 percent chance of reaching the semis by beating Mexico and then the winner of Costa Rica-Greece. (This is the probability of the Netherlands beating both Mexico and the winner of the second match, weighted by the probability of either Costa Rica or Greece teams coming through.) The Dutch looked like just the third-best team in their group at the start of the tournament. Then they shocked defending champion Spain, 5-1, in their opener, and beat another top team, Chile, 2-0. That’s seven goals against two of the best defenses in the tournament. The Netherlands also beat Australia, 3-2, for a clean sweep of Group B.The Dutch have improved from a long shot to one of the favorites. Before the tournament, our model gave them a less than 1 percent chance of winning their country’s first World Cup. Now they have a 10 percent chance. That’s by far the biggest bump any country got from the knockout stage — it’s nearly twice as large as Argentina’s increase. And none of the other three teams playing Sunday has even a 1 percent chance of winning the Cup.The Netherlands has seen its chances rise partly because SPI has been updated to take into account its dominance in the group stage. Before it looked like the 10th-best team in the world; now it looks like the sixth-best. It also benefits from the weakness of the rest of its draw in the knockout stage; the Netherlands has the third-best chance of reaching the semifinals, ahead of three teams that are better. Notably, Colombia ranks third in SPI but before its game Saturday it had less than half the chance of the Dutch to reach the semis.Mexico is no gimme for the Netherlands, though. El Tri showed its mettle in drawing tournament favorite Brazil and has the world’s fourth-best defense — stronger than any the Netherlands has faced. The matchup of Mexico’s defense, led by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, against the formidable Dutch offense of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben et al. should be Sunday’s most exciting.The late match won’t be the best played in the Round of 16 — featuring two of the four worst teams to make it out of their groups — but it might be the most competitive. Costa Rica has just a 57 percent chance of winning, the lowest for a favorite in the round, and has a statistical edge of just two-tenths of a goal. Because soccer stubbornly refuses to introduce fractional goals, this could be the second match of the tournament to go to added extra time.YESTERDAYBrazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals behind two penalty kick saves from goalkeeper Júlio César. Although Brazil continued its competitive home unbeaten streak to 61 games (including 20-0-7 against Chile), the hosts were forced to play on their heels for long stretches Saturday.Chile finished the match with more touches than Brazil (716-703), the first time Brazil has failed to lead in touches at the end of a World Cup game since the 2010 Round of 16. The opponent? Chile. In 2010, though, Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory. Chile’s advantage in possession was built away from goal, with nearly 100 more touches in its defending half than Brazil (444-358).  When Chile threatened to get forward, Brazil was quick to commit a foul. The Brazilians committed 28 fouls, the most in this World Cup and the most by Brazil at a World Cup since 1978 against Argentina.Chile, which has been eliminated by Brazil in all four of its World Cup knockout-round appearances, could not convert when it put the ball in the box. The Chileans failed to complete a cross Saturday (0-for-18). Chile’s 18 cross attempts are the most by a team without a completion at this World Cup.Brazil sat back and turned forward quickly when gaining possession. It had more than twice as many touches in the attacking penalty area (31-14), led by Neymar’s eight. Brazil, which has eliminated its opponent in five of its last six competitive matches that have gone to penalty kicks, completed 71 percent of its passes against Chile, its third-lowest mark in at least the last 50 years at the World Cup.Fortunately for Brazil, its defense performed. Brazil held Chile to one completed pass in the attacking penalty area after halftime (none in extra time), compared with three for Brazil.— Zach Rodgers, Statistics Analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHWhen you think of Greece, you probably think of beaches, the Parthenon, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. But what office products and circuit breakers? According to 2012 data from the BACI International Trade Database, 41 percent of Greek exports to Costa Rica were “paper office containers,” followed by circuit breakers and panels at 22 percent. Other big exports included cutlery, candles and matches, and of course, vegetables, olive oil and wine. But trade flowing in the opposite direction probably adheres more to expectations. More than 84 percent of Costa Rican exports to Greece were bananas. The next-largest exports were miscellaneous fruit at 9 percent and coffee at 4 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It?Extra Time Isn’t a Crapshoot in the Knockout Round, But Penalties AreCORRECTION (9:56 a.m., June 29): This post originally stated that if the Costa Rica match went to extra time it would be the World Cup’s first match to do so. After Brazil’s match yesterday, that is incorrect. It would be the second. read more