Day 4 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1See results from Day 2See results from Day 3There are a chosen few that have been on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour for a number of years that have been deemed “Master Scouts”. On my very first year on this tour I rode with retired farmer Dick Overby, now with Rain and Hail, LLC. This is his 10th year on the tour and I am privileged to be with him again today as we travel from Iowa City, Iowa to Dick’s stomping grounds of southern Minnesota. He is so knowledgeable about agriculture and passionate about it too. That will make this last day an enjoyable one. The tour wraps up in Rochester, Minnesota tonight.7:30 a.m.We head to Iowa County, Iowa for our first stop and this corn was planted much later. Ears were very high, but tip back will bite the yield potential here. No one is talking about the dirty F-word this week, but if an early frost comes, this field will be susceptible. Our yield check is 150.1. The soybean were also a bit younger, in stage 4, but things here look good. Our pod count was 1310.4.Iowa Co, IowaIowa Co, Iowa8:07 a.m.These fields are in Keokuk County, Iowa and again this corn is not very far along compared to other fields in Iowa yesterday. The ears were a little more developed by no sign of dent yet. Our number for this field is 173.7. The soybeans looked great and one of the stalks had 112 pods on them. Luckily someone else on the crew has pod counting duties this morning. The pod count in a 3 x3 square here is 2632.. The highest I have seen this week by a mile.Keokuk Co, IowaKeokuk Co, Iowa8:55 a.m.Mahaska County, Iowa has some SDS showing up and the field we scouted was no exception. The corn population was high and the ears were a decent length but some tip back was noted. Leaf diseases have thinned out this field as plenty of sun was getting to the dirt in the spot I was in. Our corn yield guess is 238.7 and we counted 1632 soybean pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Mahaska Co, IowaMahaska Co, Iowa 9:32 a.m.Our 4th stop of Day 4 is in Marion County, Iowa. There are a group of investors following us today and they are commenting how the fields are looking better as we go west and they are right. This corn field would have had a higher number if it weren’t for a 14 round on one ear, but that is they way it goes out here. The soybeans were being munched on by a pest but to a very minimal degree and mostly on the end rows. Our yield check here is 183.6 and the pod count was a 1512.Marion Co, IowaMarion Co, Iowa10:15 a.m.In Warren County, Iowa, we had the rare occasion to meet the farmer of the fields we were sampling. He saw our Pro Farmer hats and said “I know what you’re doing here.” One of the best parts of a chance meeting like this one is to get some background on these fields. They were recently hit with a fungicide that will get them to harvest in the best possible health and the moisture has been just about right all season. He said he pulled a sample yesterday and got 185 and with our sample we hit the yield at 185.7. The soybeans were unbelievable with a solid pop and pod count. Our bean number here is 2611.Warren Co, IowaWarren Co, IowaWarren Co, Iowa11:20 a.m.The field we found in Polk County, Iowa looked like most of the fields from Day 2. Variability was prevalent here and the ears were poorly developed. The only thing that saved this sample was a high population. The soybeans were very tall, but not very productive, compared to our morning samples. Our corn yield estimate is 173.2 and the soybean pod count was 1200.Polk Co, IowaPolk Co, IowaPolk Co, Iowa 11:47 a.m.One more stop before lunch in Story County, Iowa. I have been in some good dirt, but this dirt was among the best I have set foot on. Anyone’s back yard garden would lose to this piece. This corn field is in the early milk stage but the ears are filled out to the tip and our yield estimate is 204. The soybeans,although they were tall, left a lot to be desired and came in with a count of 1008.8.Story Co, IowaStory Co, Iowa 1:25 p.m.Our first stop after lunch was in Boone County, Iowa. These fields are really saturated and I feel like my boots weigh 20 pounds a piece after making my way 35 paces in and 35 paces out. The spot I landed in was very short and thin. Stalks were only about 6 feet tall. Populations were high and ears were medium in size. Our calculations peg this field at at 169.1. The 30 inch soybeans were below our daily average at 1272.Boone Co, IowaBoone Co, Iowa 2:10 p.m.Hamilton County, Iowa just received quite a bit of rain recently. The corn looked really nice and uniform and the health of the plants were very good. Ear development was excellent and this field will bring in 220 bushels on average according to our math. The soybeans were highly populated but the pods per plant were lacking. Our number here is 1159 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Hamilton Co, Iowa3:00 p.m.As we head north things aren’t getting much better, but they aren’t getting much worse either. The consistency of these corn fields are much different than what we saw on Days 1 and 2 in Ohio and Indiana. Our corn here will measure 191 bushels to the acre and the soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows will be a very average 1452.Wright Co, IowaWright Co, IowaWright Co, Iowa 3:35 p.m.Despite some hail damage early in the season, this field will do okay. The yield calc is right around average at 188.5. We have only been below 170 twice today and have been close to 190 most of the day. The soybeans here were one of the worst of the day clocking in with 1132 pods in a 3 foot square.Hancock Co, IowaHancock Co, IowaHancock Co, Iowa 3:55 p.m.Our final stop for the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. This corn was just like what we saw for the  majority of the day. Our number here is 187.2. The soybeans were healthy looking and even looked alright once we got them to the truck, but these heavily podded plants were in 30 inch rows, so the number is a modest 1195.Cerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaThe Iowa averages for our route on Day 4 was 188.7 bushels for the corn and 1509.5 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square for the soybeans. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Iowa.Corn –180.25 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 162.65 b/a.Soybeans – 1219 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1033.6. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Minnesota.Corn –190.87 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 169.35 b/a.Soybeans – 1119.22 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 945.1. Pro Farmer will release their final crop tour numbers on Friday afternoon.last_img read more

Junior World Cup to be held every 2 years, says FIH

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday announced that henceforth the Junior World Cup will be held every two years but the world body seemed clueless about the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. The Junior World Cup was last held in 2016 at Lucknow, where India went on to lift the title and as per the new decision the event should have been hosted this year itself. But the FIH said as the decision was taken in its Executive Board meeting only on Friday, they are yet to figure out the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. “The Junior World Cup will be held every second year from now on. We need to support youth in sport and give every generation a chance to participate in Junior World Cup. If we don’t, we lose a generation of players,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said at a press conference here on Saturday. The FIH CEO, however, was clueless when asked about when and where the next edition of the Junior World Cup and Senior World Cup will be held. “I think it is in 2021, but please let us confirm that to you before putting out a wrong message,” Weil said. Weil said they already invited bids for the next editions of Junior and Senior World Cup and a decision on the matter will be taken next year. “We had already presented the plan for selection (of venues) for the 2022 World Cup. We have launched the (invitation of) bids. We have set two windows in July 2022 and in January 2023. The bidding process will finish in February. Then we will collect all the documents,” he said.advertisement “We will start bids for potential candidates for the Junior World Cup soon. This decision will also have to be taken in 2019.” Besides, the FIH also took a few important decisions on the launch of Hockey 5s, a new upgraded ranking system and international calendar during its meeting on Friday. “By the end of February 2019, we will take a decision how we want to conduct Hockey 5s. It’s nothing new. It’s just that FIH has decided to bring it to a new level, in areas where people are, to showcase the beauty of hockey. “There are a lot of people out there who have never seen the game. The short format will allow us to go in areas where 11-a-side cannot be played,” he said. “We will also work on a new ranking system that is simple and allows every country to collect points. That’s quite important.” Talking about the revival of the game in Pakistan, Weil said: “Hockey is not dead in Pakistan, they participate in every big event. It is a sport that is played around the globe but not in their home country (Pakistan). “It is extremely difficult (situation) to get support, especially fan support if they can’t see their team playing in their own country. We all know there are some reasons for that. “But we will work on a plan to bring the game back to Pakistan.” The FIH CEO also made it clear that from now on the World Cup will be a 16-team affair but said they will work on curtailing the duration of the tournament. “There is no intention to increase but maintain the number of teams in the World Cup. We will definitely stick to it (16 teams). It’s long for some people. “We will listen to the national associations who are participating. I cannot tell you now, how will it exactly work. Potentially more games in one day,” Weil said. He also said that there will be no title sponsor and broadcaster for the upcoming Pro League and it will be known as FIH Pro League. Meanwhile, FIH President Narinder Batra on Saturday courted an unwarranted controversy after he spoke rudely to a senior journalist for inquiring about the unsavoury episode involving Hockey India CEO Elena Norman and a few India players. Norman had yelled at some players including Manpreet Singh for entering the VIP Lounge a day before India’s quarterfinal match against Netherlands. PTI SSC ATKATKlast_img read more

PSA Makes First Foray into the US with Penn Terminals

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay Singapore-based port operator PSA International has completed the acquisition of Penn Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, following formal approval by the relevant regulatory authorities.Located on the Delaware River, United States, Penn is one of the best equipped, privately owned multipurpose marine terminals on the Eastern Coast of the U.S., according to PSA.“This acquisition represents PSA’s very first foray into the U.S. We are delighted to embrace Penn as the newest member of the global PSA family and to be able to participate in its continued growth and expansion,” Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, said.Penn has recently undergone a significant capacity upgrade with the addition of two new post-panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes in late 2018; bringing its total STS count to four.The terminal is also a key component of the perishable cargo handling infrastructure of the Delaware River with approximately 2,850,000 cubic feet (80,400 cubic meters) of on-dock reefer warehouse space.In North America, PSA also operates Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility and Halterm Container Terminal, the only facility in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels.last_img read more

HURRICANE CENTER SAYS BAHAMAS TCI and OTHERS should watch this…

first_img Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Sizzling weekend for Provo Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHURRICANE CENTER, bahamas, 12 Oct 20141. Cloudiness and thunderstorms associated with a small low pressurearea located a few hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands continue to show signs of organization. Although dry air may hamper development, the overall environment is expected to be generallyconducive, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or so. The low is forecast to move westward at around 10 mph, and interests from the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico to Hispaniola andthe southeastern Bahamas should monitor its progress. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this disturbance this afternoon, if necessary. Regardless of development,areas of heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to move across the Leeward Islands starting later today.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.last_img read more

Forrest urges the Scots to go for the jugular

first_imgHat-trick hero James Forrest has urged Scotland to go and make the most of their European Championship campaign after topping their Nations League group.Scotland will know their opponents when the draw is made in Dublin on Sunday but are guaranteed a play-off semi-final.“Now we know we have the playoffs we can have a real crack at the qualifier,” the 27-year-old told the Herald.“The manager and the staff will tell us to put this stage of it to bed and now get ready for the games ahead. A lot of people have been indifferent about the Nations League but it has been competitive games and a great chance to qualify.“From the outset, we aimed to top the group and we have done that, so the momentum will be there heading into the qualifiers.“What we have done over the last ten days will give us plenty of confidence and everyone is looking forward to the draw now. We will find out who we’ll be playing but with the way we have performed, so attacking, creating chances and scoring goals we will fancy our chances against anyone.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The group has been working hard – we have to keep it going now.”Forrest secured Scotland’s top spot in the Nations League table in historic fashion; the winger became the first Celtic player to score a hat-trick for Scotland for 110 years, with Jimmy Quinn was the last Celt to achieve the same feat.It took his tally to five goals in two games for Scotland and to 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for both Celtic and Scotland. He would be forgiven for feeling this morning that he could spin gold from straw given the fortune he has enjoyed of late.“It was incredible, I’m absolutely buzzing,” he smiled. “It was great scoring my first goals for Scotland the other night so to come to Hampden and get a hat-trick is the stuff of dreams really. It’s up there with everything else I’ve done with Celtic.“I only got my first goals the other day [for Scotland] and now I have five, it’s pretty crazy really. I just want to kick on again from here, get as many caps as I can and hopefully get as many goals as I can.“I just have to keep working hard, play well for Celtic and when we meet up with Scotland again I hope I’m still playing with as much confidence.”last_img read more

Beware Those Who Say New Media Model Has Fully Emerged

first_imgThe new media model has not fullyemerged. It might be right in front of us, but no one recognizes it yet. Whowould have thought, five or six years ago, that when presented with the optionof downloading a song for free on a file-sharing service versus paying $1 forit on iTunes, over time, people would see iTunes as the preferred method?A side note: I tried to post a comment toDumenco’s column on the Ad Age Web site, but, quite frankly, it’s an annoyingprocess. You need to register to post a comment-and registering means providingall kinds of information, like your street address, your company name, yourindustry, your job title (twice), etc.—what an incredible disincentive toengage with Ad Age.com. Whoever dreamed up that idiotic policyon comments ought to be lampooned in one of Simon’s columns. I read Simon Dumenco’scolumn yesterday (via Bob Sacks’ newsletter). Simon writes for Ad Age andused to write for FOLIO:. He’s a valuable observer of the media scene. The column is the best he’s written.He hit the nail on the head in so many ways:The fact that this feels much worsethan 1991 and 2001.The fact that, as Nick Denton says,it’s extinction time.The notion that this really might bethe end of MSM as we know it.The arrogance of the Huffington Postsof the world that think they can create meaningful journalism for free—bytreating their writers with contempt.The staleness of the 12-year-olddebate on micropayments.And, really, the sense of no one havingthe answers.It’s something I tried to touch on here.The shape of the media landscape afterthis period ends—and it will, eventually—is really not apparent now. Instead,we have all kinds of prognosticators thrashing around like a panickedstampeding herd. It’s those who don’t panic, who adjust costs early, whoattempt to innovate, that have the best chance of survival. last_img read more

Spice up your sex life get raw get real

first_imgWhen I was in 6th standard, I had flunked in class. I am appearing for my boards next year and my parents are extremely worried. They are constantly poking me and making me more nervous each day. What can I do?Vickey, South DelhiProbably the past is the reason why they are getting extra hyper. They are concerned too. But, you need to focus on your studies and forget everything about the surrounding. Do you have earplugs/ earphones? Just use them. Don’t let any external pressure pull your spirit down. We all have our lows and highs and it is just a matter of a few more months for situations to fall into place. Be patient, confident and concentrate on your exams. Don’t argue with your parents, ignore peacefully. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’During my pregnancy my cousin sister lived with us. My baby is five-month old and of late I have discovered that my husband is having an affair with her! I’m shattered, what should I do? Should I divorce him?Dolly, NasikIs this your suspicion or are you sure? Did you confront with either of them already? I am really sorry reading about this. But it is found that physical relationship during partner’s pregnancy is a very common thing. Unfortunate but true, men surely have this tendency. Firstly, please don’t hurt yourself. You have the biggest responsibility of the new born, take due care of the baby and of yourself. For the time being you can shift address and live with your parents/ relatives. Let your husband understand his mistake. If things go good, it’s fine. If not, seek legal help and sort life out. Nothing is permanent and this phase will go. Best wishes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m  a 38-year-old executive. My wife is a 34-year-old homemaker. We never fight, and in many ways we are compatible, but not when it comes to sex. How can we improve our sex life?Name unknownCouples end up in sexually unfulfilling marriages for a variety of reasons. Men may become more sexually assertive if they feel more in control, and women may feel more desire for a mate with newfound machismo.   I suggest, start a date where the man chooses everything – your clothes, the restaurant, the food – as a starting point. Talk about it: Couples also benefit from simply communicating with their partners about what they want in bed. Sometimes sexy lingerie and dinners out are no substitute for an honest conversation about sex. Get raw. Get real. Of late we are fighting too much. My husband runs his own business and hardly spends time with the family. I feel the relationship is suffering a lot because of his negligence. How can we fight less, is there any remedy?Trishna, AgraSome couples like to handle problems directly, and if each of the two people are this way, then they may resolve their problems more quickly and with less bitterness if they approach them head on. So it is always better to have a fight and sort out rather than bottling things up! Love more and I’m sure, you will fight less. Good Luck! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to?  Send your questions to –  roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Allow Tamil in Madras HC Panneerselvam

first_imgTamil Nadu on Sunday reiterated its demand to authorise the use of Tamil language in the Madras High Court and urged the Centre to reconsider its stand on the issue.Speaking at the joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the independence and the image of the judiciary should always be upheld by providing necessary infrastructure and ensuring a conducive environment.“If we are to take the administration of justice genuinely closer to the people, it is absolutely imperative that the local language is used in the High Court, as is already being done in the state government and in the state Legislature. Our government urges the Government of India and the Supreme Court to reconsider their stand in this matter and fulfil the long-standing aspiration and demand of the state to authorise the use of Tamil in the High Court of Madras,” he said.last_img read more