BAYONNE — Did your baby drop a Beanie on Broadway in Bayonne? Can you say that three times fast? This pretty pink pup looked very loved, so we took it home (well, to our offices at 447 Broadway) and fed it a bowl of chow. If she belongs to you, please come in during business hours and claim her.She appears to be in good health and does not appear to be microchipped.We’ll be closed for Christmas and Dec. 26 and we’ll reopen during business hours on Wednesday, Dec. 27. So sleep tight knowing your pet is being well taken care of. Happy holidays!
This year, for the first time, the census is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sNational Agricultural Statistics Service. Before, the Census Bureau had conducted theagricultural census. U.S. farmers and ranchers have until Feb. 2 to report their 1997 operations to be counted inthe 25th Census of Agriculture. The census offers a complete accounting of U.S. farmproduction. To make it easier to report, this year’s census forms ask questions about basic subjects.Among them are land use and ownership, crop acreage and quantities harvested, livestock andpoultry inventories, value of crops and livestock sold and farm operation characteristics. The census also provides a national history of agriculture. It was taken every 10 years from1840 to 1920 and every five years from 1925 until 1974. The law was then changed to gatherdata on years ending in two and seven, beginning with the 1982 census. “The dynamic nature of agriculture makes the census important,” said University of Georgiaexpert Horace Hudson. He heads Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education andCommunication in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Federal law requires farmers to answer the census. The same law also protects the privacy oftheir reports. They may be seen only by sworn USDA employees and used only for statisticalpurposes. Copies submitted by farmers are immune from legal processes. Farmers and ranchers who need help completing the census form may call their countyExtension Service office. Or they can call the NASS office at (888) 424-7828. Furtherinformation is also on-line at www.usda.gov/nass/. * Farm organizations use census data to evaluate and propose programs and policies that canhelp farmers. * Rural electric companies use it to forecast future energy needs for farms and farmcommunities. The data provided by the census has many uses: “I don’t think people realize how much a part of their communities agriculture is,” said SueBoatright. The data collection coordinator for the CAES department of agricultural and appliedeconomics, she is also a coauthor of the annual Georgia County Guide. * Colleges and universities use it in research programs to develop new and improved ways toincrease production. * Elected representatives use the data to develop programs to protect and promote U.S.agriculture. “Constant, significant changes happen every four or five years in agriculture. And we need tohave a record of those changes,” Hudson said. “We also have several commodities in Georgia,like kenaf, that are in their infancy, and we need to chart their growth.” The census, the only source of uniform, comprehensive farm data for every U.S. county, is atool to help determine acres planted and harvested by crop. It gives valuable information tofarm organizations and business planners. Policy makers also use the information in proposingnational farm policy. “Most important for farmers, it’s not just a help. It’s the law,” Hudson said. * Agribusinesses use the data to develop market strategies and to learn the most effectiveplaces of service to farmers. About 25 percent of the farms will be asked other questions on production expenses,machinery inventories, market value of land and buildings and income from farm-relatedsources. “The census gives information about the counties that isn’t available anywhere else,” she said.”It tells just how much of the economy is dependent on agriculture and agribusiness.”
but track and train need common management’CONSIDER a new heavy haul railway with 40 tonne axleloads and high adhesion locos hauling frequent trains at 120 km/h, and suppose it damages your business. What are you going to say to your business manager?’ This warning from Harry Tournay of Spoornet was issued to nearly 400 engineers and specialists in the heavy haul freight business at the Sixth International Heavy Haul Conference held in Cape Town on April 6-10. Delegates had spent three days deliberating on engineering advances that would allow them to haul more tonnes at lower cost. While the iron ore market has recovered from the slump of the mid-1980s, thanks in part to rising steel demand in China and other booming Asian economies, Ben Alberts of South Africa’s Iron & Steel group ISCOR said that ’the price in real terms is in constant decline’.It was against this background that Spoornet Chief Executive Braam le Roux reminded delegates that the IHHA ’was not a very natural partnership because the customers are international competitors’. How refreshing then, that IHHA members are still willing to share their expertise in the unending search for the ideal wheel-rail interface where wear is controlled to the practical minimum. Much progress has already been made – in the last 10 years, according to the IHHA’s first chairman Dr Bill Harris, rail life has been extended from 600 million to 2 billion gross tonnes. All heavy haul railways stand to benefit from the unique fund of knowledge and research that exists within the IHHA, as do other railways with lower tonnages who experience the same wear problems over longer timescales.Le Roux urged delegates ’to push the limits beyond those which enable sound sleep’. This will require the courage to exploit advanced technologies, which could include automated train health checking, ’smart’ trains with on-board rolling stock monitoring and perhaps crewless operation, optic fibre rail integrity checking, and ground penetrating radar to ensure the subgrade is in good fettle. Perhaps the biggest challenge is to go beyond the 38 tonne axleload limit already being contemplated by BHP in Australia’s Pilbara, with 40 tonnes and beyond forming the quantum leap that Tournay saw as missing in topics up for debate at the conference.In contemplating the advance beyond current axleload limits, Harris warned that it was ’imperative to treat the railway as a system’ and cited the cost in terms of track wear in North America in the 1970s after many railroads introduced so-called 100 ton cars (loaded weight 119·3 tonnes) – ’it wasn’t long before the subgrade let us know that it wasn’t very happy’. Outgoing IHHA Chairman John Reoch considered separation of operations from infrastructure to be ’fundamentally flawed’, a view supported by Roy Allen, Vice President, Research & Test, at the AAR who pointed to rail grinding that had contributed to a spate of derailments affecting double-stack trains.It will be instructive to see how aspiring IHHA members in Sweden (operator MTAB and infrastructure authority Banverket) handle the planned upgrade to 30 tonne axleloads on the Luleå – Kiruna – Narvik line; the price of getting it wrong could be high. To find out what transpires, rendez-vous in Russia in 1999 for the IHHA’s next specialist technical session on the wheel-rail interface. o
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that Ara Zobayan’s last transmission said he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get above clouds. But he actually was in a rapid descent into a hillside northwest of Los Angeles. The report confirms initial findings that the helicopter was functioning.The report said he may have “misperceived” the pitch of the aircraft, which can happen when a pilot becomes disoriented in low visibility. Experts have said the path of the flight indicated he was disoriented.The 1,700 pages of the report do not offer a conclusion of what caused the crash but compile factual reports. A final report on the cause is due later.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six of their friends were killed, along with the pilot.MLB-SCHEDULE — Brazilian soccer will make its return on Thursday after a three-month suspension. The governing body of soccer in Rio de Janeiro says Flamengo and Bangu will play in an empty Stadium in the local league. More than 45,000 people have died with the virus in the South American country and health specialists say the peak of the crisis is yet to come.— The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August. Tour play has been suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3. The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14 where Women will also compete.TENNIS-US OPEN23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US OpenUNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Richmond, Virginia’s, Monument Avenue has been vandalized with the words “White Lives Matter.” Photos show the monument base tagged with white spray paint and the words “white lives matter” as well as the initials “WLM.”Those initials were then later painted over with “BLM.” Police said they have information on possible suspects.The Arthur Ashe monument was dedicated in 1996 to memorialize the Richmond native and counterbalance the string of statues on Memorial Avenue dedicated to Confederate leaders.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-DRAWTiz the Law draws No. 8 post as early 6-5 Belmont favorite In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL players won’t be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Negotiations between league and NHL Players’ Association have focused on testing and other off-ice safety precautions. Because players are expected to be tested daily, there isn’t expected to be additional on-ice equipment required for practices and games.— The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 game scheduled between Tennessee State and Jackson State in the first known Division I cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The 2018 game was called due to weather.— Major league players have committed $1 million to support minor leaguers whose leagues appear unlikely to start this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB and the union are trying to reach an agreement to start the big-league season in empty ballparks, but minor leagues don’t have large broadcast contracts and have not announced any plans to take the field.— Manchester City has beaten Arsenal 3-0 as the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ended. The 55,000 seats that would usually be filled for the visit of Arsenal were instead empty. The only supporters seen celebrating goals were streamed onto big screens. There was a minute’s silence before the game to remember coronavirus victims. And a display of solidarity remembered George Floyd, with both sets of players taking a knee around the center circle. A recent study found that 49% of respondents considered the name Redskins offensive. The team had no comment about a possible name change.Owner Dan Snyder over the years has shown no indication that he’d change the name.Advocates call the name a dictionary-defined racial slur and hope this is the movement that finally invokes change.NBA-CAVALIERS-LOVE AWARDCavs’ Love honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award Manfred, Clark meet, develop basis for possible agreementUNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark reached a framework that could lead to an agreement that would start the pandemic-delayed season on July 19 or July 20. Manfred flew to meet with Clark and worked out the framework at a Scottsdale hotel.Each team would play 60 games, and players would get full prorated pay, about 37% of their salary. The wild-card round would expand from two games to eight best-of-three series this year. The designated hitter would be used in all games for the first time.WILLIAMSON-LAWSUITZion Williamson gets favorable ruling in lawsuit by ex-agent DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests.Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year’s world championships and had been the early favorite for the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, was temporarily banned from competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday.The suspension will last until a final decision is reached at a hearing conducted under World Athletics Anti-Doping rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.Coleman had a previous whereabouts charge dropped last year ahead of the world championships. But his current charge could lead to a two-year ban, ruling him out of next year’s postponed Olympics.Coleman wrote on Twitter that drug testers were unable to find him Dec. 9 when he was at a mall shopping for Christmas presents. That was his third infraction in a 12-month period. NCAA approves plan for basketball players to access coachesUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council approved a plan to allow college basketball players to start working with their coaches for the first time since the pandemic wiped out March Madness.The summer access period for men’s and women’s players will begin July 20.The NCAA also announced the expected approval by the council of an extended preseason model for football teams. And the council introduced a legislative proposal to create a path for schools to transition straight from Division III to Division I, paving the way for St. Thomas (Minn.) to make that jump as soon as next year.In other NCAA news: — The University of St. Thomas has NCAA support for the Minnesota school’s bid to move its athletic programs directly from Division III to Division I. The NCAA’s Division I council announced St. Thomas can make a formal request to waive reclassification rules. Currently, a 12-year process with a stop in Division II is required. The NCAA will vote by April on a proposal to alter those rules to allow any Division III school to move directly to Division I. St. Thomas will be ejected from its Division III league after the 2020-21 school year for competitive reasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GACHUtah guard Gach transfers to home state team, MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS — Utah guard Both Gach has decided to transfer to Minnesota to play his last two seasons of college in his home state. The 6-foot-6 native of Austin, Minnesota, was second on the Utes in scoring as a sophomore last season with an average of 10.7 points per game.He became the third player in Utah program history to post a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 8. MIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court has granted Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson’s motion to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.Wednesday’s order shifts the focus to a separate but related case in federal court in North Carolina. The Florida lawsuit was filed last summer by Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford.They accuse Williamson of breach of contract and want $100 million in damages.That came after Williamson sued in North Carolina to void his Prime Sports contract.NCAA-PRE-SEASON Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: Gach is one of three transfers who’ve chosen the Gophers this offseason, joining center Liam Robbins (Drake) and forward Brandon Johnson (Western Michigan).VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA hoping positive trend in Orlando won’t affect their plansUNDATED (AP) — The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days.The NBA hopes that doesn’t matter. After spending weeks putting together an elaborate series of health and safety protocols, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association believe they have done what is necessary to keep the 22 teams and others who will be part of the season restart at the Disney campus near Orlando next month safe and healthy. CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in raising awareness about mental health.Love, whose openness about his life-long battles with anxiety triggered a nationwide discussion and helped spur the NBA to do more to help players deal with emotional issues, will receive the award at Sunday’s ESPYs in Los Angeles.Love said it was an absolute honor to receive the award and that he was humbled by it. Love added that if telling his story can help just one child then he’ll know his efforts were worth it and that he hopes on day that are able to erase the stigma around mental illness.ARTHUR ASHE STATUEStatue vandalized Coach Anthony Lynn says Kaepernick is on the team’s workout list because he fits the style the Chargers are looking for. Lynn added that he hasn’t spoken to Kaepernick.Los Angeles was 5-11 last season and has moved on at quarterback after 14 seasons with Philip Rivers under center.REDSKINS-NAMEDebate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change nameUNDATED (AP) — The recent national debate over racism has renewed calls for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. Mayor Muriel Bowser believes a change is overdue and called the name an “obstacle” to the team building its next stadium and headquarters inside the District of Columbia. ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn’t quite the post position trainer Barclay Tagg wanted for Tiz the Law. Still, it wasn’t far off for the colt who on Wednesday was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.Tagg was hoping the Florida Derby winner would land anywhere between spots 5 to 7 in the starting gate for Saturday’s beginning of the reconfigured Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law drew the No. 8 post in the 10-horse field and will be ridden by Manny Franco.Instead of concluding the Triple Crown, the Belmont is kicking off the series. It will be run at 1 1/8 miles — shorter than its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles — without spectators or owners at Belmont Park in New York.TRACK-COLEMAN SUSPENDEDWorld’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests June 17, 2020 The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament presentation Wednesday that she “cannot wait to return” to New York for the major championship she has won six times.The 38-year-old American was the runner-up in Flushing Meadows each of the past two years.Meanwhile, two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open. Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.” The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.The U.S. Open will be held without spectators from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s normally the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of each season, but it will be the second major of 2020, following the Australian Open, which concluded in early February.The French Open was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic and currently is scheduled to start a week after the U.S. Open ends. Wimbledon was canceled altogether for the first time since World War II in 1945. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE-BRYANT-CRASHReport: Kobe Bryant pilot may have been disoriented in fogLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he was actually descending. In other Open news:— Electronic line-calling will be used instead of line judges for U.S. Open tennis matches at all courts except the two largest arenas. Singles qualifying, mixed doubles, junior and wheelchair competition are being eliminated entirely. There also will be three ball people instead of six at courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium. Those are among the changes announced by the U.S. Tennis Association as it outlined plans for running its Grand Slam tournament in New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament received the go-ahead from the New York state government to be held in its usual Flushing Meadows location from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 but without spectators.NFL-CHARGERS-KAEPERNICKLynn: Kaepernick fits Chargers style but no workouts plannedCOSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers could explore bringing in Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) for a workout depending on what happens during the preseason, but right now nothing is scheduled.
Mrs. Richards (R) embraces Old Lady Comfort Juah for keeping herself in businessEighty year-old African-American missionary Shirley Richards has rededicated her life to charity in Liberia and mainly in communities where vulnerable women and children are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs.Mrs. Richards is a U.S. citizen residing in Texas, but who often visits Liberia as well as other African countries where she contributes to the well-being of people whose life circumstances have placed them far below the poverty index, as recorded recently by a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) survey.The octogenarian (a person in their eighties) informed beneficiaries of the Rock Hole neighborhood of ELWA, Paynesville, that she and her husband Robert Richards first visited Liberia as missionaries of the Church of Christ Holiness in 1975, at which time the country had reached its present level of development.Mrs. Richards’ exercise on Monday benefited over 100 community inhabitants, many of whom were the less fortunate.“My late husband and I have visited Liberia several times before and after the country’s 14-year war. This trip, I believe, is my 27th to Liberia with other friends, who also did some good jobs on our behalf,” she said.She noted that her desire to be a kind giver is an “act of defining Christian life from being a church member to a caregiver, lover of humanity and one who empathizes with those in need.”Some of the items Mrs. Richards presented and which targeted about 100 persons, included solar lights, used clothes, and a 25kg bag of rice to a family of five, so that God takes charge and elevates their living standards.“I do not see myself as benefactor whenever I share whatever items with people, but as God’s privileged individual among many others who could do better than I. I am happy and pray that the socioeconomic condition of these people, including children, are improved,” she said.Mrs. Richards (with dark glasses) poses with some of the children who benefited from her gestureShe recalled that when former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf received her Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, the president appealed to Liberians in the Diaspora to come to Liberia and invest or share their gains with the many struggling families.Mrs. Richards recalled how during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak she had 106 students on a scholarship program, a farm in Caldwell, and a parcel of land in Paynesville earmarked for a school.“The scholarship program and the farm could not continue, owing to my age now. No one has been there to come and take over from me,” she said, adding that maintaining a scholarship program goes beyond payment of fees.According to her, she invested a little over US$7000.As done before for two other ladies, Mrs. Richards made a commitment to improve the petty trading businesses of fish seller Comfort Juah and Mary Browne, a fufu seller, by providing money to buy their goods.She called on beneficiaries to improve their little businesses but not to sell the gift items.Deborah Garto, 65; Janet Bondo, 42; and Patrick Sumo, 38 — all recipients — expressed gratitude to Mrs. Richards for being kindhearted to residents of poverty-stricken communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A man who abused ambulance staff and then nurses and doctors at Letterkenny University Hospital after taking part in a ‘shots promotion’ with friends has been jailed for three months.Richard Rice appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of incidents. The court was told that Rice, of Fairgreen, Letterkenny, had been struck outside Voodoo Nightclub.He had been put into an ambulance for treatment but became abusive to ambulance personnel.He was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital but began to abuse staff there also.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court how Rice kept jumping off the bed in the treatment room.At one stage he called a doctor a “bald Aborigine f*****er” and then called a nurse an “ugly bi***.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said Rice and his friends had been out with friends and had drunk “copious amounts” of shots in a two for one promotion.“He was totally palatic,” said the solicitor.The court heard that Rice, a 25-year-old father-of-one, had 27 previous convictions including nine for public order and eight for burglary as well as another for drink-driving.Mr Gallagher added “He apologises profusely and has no recollection. His comments were totally inappropriate and he is disgusted by his behaviour.”He asked Judge Paul Kelly if he would consider getting a probation report on Rice and allow his client to make recompense to medical staff for his behaviour.But Judge Kelly refused saying “He has been treated relatively leniently in the past. It is unacceptable to treat hospital staff and Gardai like that.”He sentenced Rice to a total of three months in prison and also fined him €250.Man who went berserk after ‘shots promotion’ jailed for three months was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegaldrunkletterkennyRichard Riceshots
More than a dozen local teams are set to engage in first-round playoff action tonight as the North Coast Section prep basketball postseason kicks off for divisions four through six.Division IV boysNo. 15 Fort Bragg at No. 2 FortunaThe Huskies will look to add on to what has been one of the most successful seasons in program history tonight when they host Fort Bragg (15-12) tonight at 7 p.m. After running the table on their way to an outright Big 5 Conference championship and claiming their …
28 August 2012Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has created 800 jobs in response to strong demand for increased production of its Ford Ranger pickup truck, which begins on 3 September.Training of employees to fill the extra positions at the company’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and its Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth began in June.This follows last year’s R3.4-billion transformation and upgrade of Ford’s South African manufacturing and assembly plants to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.The Struandale plant expanded its annual production capacity to 75 000 engines and 220 000 engine component kits, and is the only Ford facility to share both component machining and engine assembly for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine programme which supports the Ford Ranger.“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” FMCSA chief executive officer Jeff Nemeth said in a statement.“We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.”Nemeth said it enabled the empowerment of local communities which Ford operated in.“The main objective of training the potential new employees is to give trainees a better understanding of our industry and equip them with the necessary skills to take up positions in the plant and start building world-class Rangers,” he said.“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle, to our customers and their safety.“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training.”Successful candidates were then given both classroom and on-the-job training to equip them to build the Ford Rangers.“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce,” Nemeth said.“We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”SAinfo reporter
7 November 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States of America. “We value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the years to come,” Zuma said in a statement shortly after Obama addressed the US early on Wednesday morning following confirmation of his victory at the polls. Zuma said that the US had an important role to play in Africa’s development. “South Africa is confident that the United States will continue to play a positive role in this regard,” he said. Obama beat a strong challenge from Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term at the White House. In a tweet to supporters, Obama said: “This happened because of you. Thank you,” as crowds cheered outside the Democrats’ Chicago headquarters ahead of his victory address. Obama was projected to have won several key swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, with Romney winning only North Carolina. Florida and Virginia remained too close to call. The relentless battle for the swing states gave Obama at least 290 electoral votes, while Romney had just 201 shortly after midnight. Obama easily grabbed a host of “deep blue” states, including California, Illinois and New Jersey, while Romney prevailed in the “deep red” states of Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. While Obama supporters had already started celebrations of his re-election, Romney conceded defeat. In addition to the massive task of tackling US$1-trillion annual deficits and reducing a US$16-trillion national debt, Obama will have to deal with a divided US Congress that is likely to maintain the same partisan makeup in his second term in the White House. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhua
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.Timely field workWet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative. While it is important to wait for soil conditions to be warm and dry enough for field work, it is equally important to avoid planting right before a cold snap that accompanies excessively wet weather. When planting is delayed growers should also minimize preparatory trips across the field (tillage, etc.) that will further delay planting.Varietal selection and placementThe 2018 growing season demonstrated the importance of varietal selection and spreading out risk across multiple varieties and maturities for both corn and soybeans. One important key to achieving high yields is choosing varieties adapted to each farmer’s unique growing conditions and management programs. The environment put crops through many different stresses this year including: a cool wet spring, excessive rainfall throughout the season, drought during pollination, heavy disease pressures, etc. Although growers have no control over the environmental conditions, they can make varietal selections to maximize yields and minimize risk. Because timing of stress and rainfall is unpredictable but critical to yield during reproductive and grain fill periods, planting a range of maturities in both corn and soybeans will minimize risk associated with major stresses throughout the season. Selecting varieties with strong defensive traits where there is a history of disease or disease infected residue present will offer protection from diseases that can significantly reduce yields. Selecting varieties and placing them in the field or soil type they are adapted to will ensure their best performance. Along with correct placement comes proper management of each variety from timing of nitrogen applications to fungicide applications when disease is present. Working with the sales or agronomic staff to place varieties where they have the chance for best performance will contribute to maximum yields.Field scouting and timely management decisionsThe challenges our customers faced during the 2018 growing season also reinforced the importance of scouting crops. Anyone who walked corn and soybean fields throughout the season saw indications early that several issues could create problems before harvest. Around the time of pollination nitrogen deficiencies were showing up in some corn fields where soils had been saturated and N was lost due to leaching or denitrification. Plants in these fields most likely cannibalized their stalks to fill out ears, resulting in weakened stalk tissue as plants matured and an increased risk of stalk lodging. The presence of diseases early in the season with weather conditions conducive to continued development justified fungicide applications in many areas. Disease pressure was so heavy in these areas that even corn and/or soybean varieties with above average disease tolerance exhibited moderate symptoms of disease. Timely scouting of these fields allowed growers to apply fungicides where warranted and protect their yield potential. Scouting of corn fields where nitrogen deficiencies and stalk rots were discovered allowed growers to make plans on which fields to harvest first to minimize harvest losses. Time taken to walk fields and observe what is going on can allow for timely action and better management of challenges throughout the season. Scouting may take a great deal of time but it is time well spent.Timely harvestAlthough some growers prefer to allow corn to dry as much as possible in the field, 2018 was not the year to delay harvest. With the many disease and agronomic problems 2018’s crop faced, delaying harvest increased the possibility of harvest losses and damage to grain. When stress, disease, and insects have caused damage to corn stalks, ear shanks, soybean pods, etc. harvest should be started as soon as crops mature to avoid losses and further damage. Scouting plays an important role in determining which fields need to be harvested first.Although most of the challenges growers face throughout the year are out of their control, it is important to focus on what can be controlled and prepare for these challenges to the best of their ability. It is impossible to predict when and where we will see a repeat of 2018’s agronomic challenges, but growers who learn from this growing season and use that knowledge in future years will continue to be successful.