Arsenal’s Emery pleased with present squad

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery is Arsenal’s first new manager in 22 yearsLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery says he’s satisfied with the signings he’s made so far at Arsenal and would be confident to begin the new Premiership season with the side he has assembled.Speaking after the Gunners’ International Champions Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea, the new manager revealed he was “happy with the players” he had. Alexandre Lacazette netted a very late equaliser in the pre-season friendly after a fifth minute goal from Antonio Rudiger.All of Arsenal’s penalty takers scored from the spot, with only Ruben Loftus-Cheek missing for the Blues.New club signings include Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.Emery said: “At the moment I am very happy with the players who are with here with us.“I am telling you now, we are ok.”The manager added that he was not uncertain if Aaron Ramsey would be remain at the club this season, saying: “I don’t know [if he will sign a new contract]. This is a question for the club and the player.“My focus is on the players and the training for the match against Lazio and then Man City.”The Welsh international picked up a minor injury in the warm up to this game and did not feature.Arsenal face Serie A side Lazio in their final pre-season match this Saturday before facing the Premier League champions on the opening day of the 2018/19 season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WIN A FREE WEEKEND BY VOTING FOR RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY!

first_imgThe Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny is in line to be named one of the top Radisson Hotels in the world.The hugely popular hotel is now in third place in a competition to be named the most popular Radisson – just behind Dubai and Berlin.But of course the advantage the Radisson Blu, Letterkenny has is that it is in Co Donegal! For everyone who votes they are entered into a draw to win a short break away for 2 people each weekThen for the grand prize you win a short break for you and 3 friends! So it’s a fantastic prize – and all you got to do is to vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.Follow the link below and vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.http://nexttophotel.com/shopping-and-design/radisson_blu_hotel_letterkenny  WIN A FREE WEEKEND BY VOTING FOR RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY! was last modified: July 6th, 2012 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:letterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more

ONE MORE DAY TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgDavid Craig visits First Steps Preschool, Inch Island, to sing his Donegal song – Come on Sam Maguire“If people in Donegal and Donegal people abroad can walk that wee bit taller and feel that wee bit prouder of their home and their home county, then it makes all of the hard work we put in all the more worthwhile.”That’s what Jim McGuinness has said about the long journey to Croke Park.One more day to go, and we can all be proud of the entire squad and backroom staff. Win or lose – we’ll be proud.Thanks for all your pictures. You can send them to info@donegaldaily.com. JIMMY’S DONEGAL ARMY IN KILCARBEAT THAT! WINNER OF THE BEST POSTER AWARD IN KILCAR?  JASON WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW ON JERSEY DAY AT ILLISTRIN NATIONAL SCHOOL THE McGRORY BOYS IN PHILADELPHIA WIN A FAMOUS FLAG WHICH WAS AT CROKER IN 1992A lovely set of wheels. Kevin O’Donnell from Stranorlar wins the award for BEST DRESSED CAR IN DONEGAL.BY A MILE! MARTIN BYRNE IN MALIN TOOK THIS PIC – COULD APPLY TO EVERY PARISH! The winner of the 2 All Ireland Supevalu tickets is Rachel McGee Bundoran. Her entry was fantastic and is on show at checkouts for everyone to check it out! Congratulations Rachel, Enjoy your day!! From all the team at Supervalu Bundoran! —   ONE MORE DAY TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

One of four teen fugitives caught

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A 17-year-old who broke out of juvenile hall was taken into custody Friday but three other teenagers who escaped with him, including one jailed for attempted murder, remained at large, police said. Kenny Mack was taken into custody by probation officers and was being held at a South Los Angeles police station, said Officer Sandra Escalante. She did not immediately know whether Mack turned himself in or was arrested. Mack and three other 17-year-olds used bed sheets to climb out of a unit of the Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center before dawn Thursday, police said, . They later carjacked a motorist by pretending they had a handgun and forced him to take them to South Los Angeles, where they fled, according to authorities. The driver was not hurt. Mack’s arrest came after the family of one of the teens, Isaiah Walker, urged him to surrender. “Isaiah, come home. Call us, let us know where you are. We love you,” his mother, Monique Shears, told a news conference. Authorities say Walker was recently convicted of attempted murder and was awaiting sentencing. He faced up to 75 years in state prison. Mack, Darral Duncan and Nicholas Pipkins were being held on burglary, robbery, possession and concealed weapons charges, authorities said. Walker’s mother said her son was on suicide watch. His aunt, Moeshea Walker, said he called her shortly after his escape. “He was afraid, he was afraid, don’t know what to do,” Walker said, adding she urged him to surrender. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgFRIDAY Advertising Professionals of North Los Angeles County, will meet, noon at Salt Creek Grille, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-1227. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 1 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Guitar music, 8 p.m. in the cafe at Borders Books & Music, 24445 town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 286-1131. Meet Your Neighbor Day, 2-4 p.m. at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 260-3101 or visit www.scvhomesweethome.com. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. “Christ’s Code” service will explore the differences between “The Da Vinci Code” and the Bible, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Adopt-a-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Open auditions for adults only for “Fiddler on the Roof,” noon-4 p.m. at Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Classics Book Group will discuss “The Age of Innocence,” 1:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Saugus Train Staion at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY “Zorro” discussion, noon in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-2489. SCV Macintosh User’s Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Health lecture on “Colo-rectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsKaraoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Diabetes program, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1642. Berenstain Bears story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof,” 10 a.m.-noon for children under 18 and 1-5 p.m. for adults at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. last_img read more

ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC NEWS

first_imgIt’s full steam ahead for Sunday’s five mile road race in Letterkenny which has an 11 am start. The race, which starts outside the O’Donnell Park and finishes at the back of the Aura Centre, was first held a year ago. Given that this will be the first race of the year locally, a large turnout is expected for this out and back race over a flat course. Registrations will be taken from 10 am at the Aura Centre, with refreshments and the presentation of prizes also in the Aura afterwards.The club was well represented at the Finn Valley 5K on Stephen’s Day which attracted huge numbers. Letterkenny runners filled the top three places – Christopher Johnston won the race in 15:26, with Danny Mooney second in 15:36 and Peter Gibbons third in 15:51.Well done to Maria McCambridge who won the Greencastle 5-miler in Tyrone, also on St Stephen’s Day. This was Maria’s first race since winning the national marathon championship in Dublin in October. Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers was the overall winner. Club captain, Aidan McKenna,Padraig Friel, Enda and Brian McBride opted for the cross country race at Cranford Park on St Stephen’s Day. Both ran well and placed in the top ten, with Aidan the first over-40.Best wishes to Garvan McCloskey who is relocating to America next week. Garvan is an extremely popular member of the club who has tackled all distances from the mile to the marathon and who also served his time on the club executive as assistant treasurer. Hopefully, Garvan, who was given a big send off on Saturday night by his club mates, will continue the wear the black and amber vest with the same distinction on the other side of the Atlantic.Sympathy is extended to club coach, Marie Gibson on the recent death of her father, Barney Murray, from Raphoe.Happy new year wishes are extended to all Letterkenny AC members. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm, with runners meeting up at the front door of the Aura Centre. New members are always welcome. ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC NEWS was last modified: January 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC NEWSlast_img read more

McHUGH URGES GOVERNMENT CASH FOR UPGRADE COCKHILL BRIDGE

first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has made a strong pitch for Government investment in an upgraded Cockhill Bridge.Speaking in the Dáil today during debate on public expenditure with Brendan Howlin TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy McHugh said: “Reviving the Irish economy requires significant investment in Capital projects.“The Government expects that the country’s EU/IMF/European Central Bank bailout programme will end next year. At this point, Minister Howlin and the Government need to be making strong arguments to the Troika for heavy spending on Capital projects, because infrastructure investments are necessary for driving economic recovery throughout the country. “The construction of a new Cockhill Bridge outside Buncrana is a priority capital project. The Cockhill Bridge is a key transport link for Buncrana and for north Inishowen.“t needs to be upgraded. Donegal County Council is preparing design and tender documents for the construction of a new Bridge, together with land procurement and approach road upgrades. Planning Part 8 is currently underway. It is a €4.5m project and I am calling on the Government to ensure that Cockhill Bridge is prioritised as a key Capital project worthy of funding.”Responding, Minister Howlin said: “I acknowledge Deputy McHugh’s case for capital investment in the project. I would like to see maximum capital investment. I will look into his proposal.”The need for a new Cockhill Bridge was discussed in detail at a meeting of the Inishowen Fine Gael District Executive attended by Deputy McHugh, which took place last Monday evening at the Strand Hotel in Ballyliffin.  McHUGH URGES GOVERNMENT CASH FOR UPGRADE COCKHILL BRIDGE was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:buncranaCockhill BridgeJoe McHughlast_img read more

DOHERTY CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF TENANTS

first_imgDoherty Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has called on the government ‘to protect tenants’ in the event of any increase of repossessions of buy-to-let properties.The call comes as fears grow that the Land and Conveyancing Bill will lead to a significant number of repossessions of buy-to-let properties that could lead to an increase in homelessness.Deputy Doherty said: “During the boom, banks issued over 150,000 buy-to-let mortgages. Today more than 30,000 of these are in serious difficulty. “Government policy is focused on making it easier for banks to see repossession of these properties. The Land and Conveyancing Bill, currently before the Dáil, is designed to make such repossessions easier.“Clearly many landlords can no longer sustain these properties. However the rights of the tenants living in these houses must not be forgotten.“The Government has a responsibility to protect the rights of tenants irrespective of who owns the property.“Already we are seeing receivers being appointed by banks and demanding rent from tenants without automatically accepting the responsibilities of a landlord, such as property maintenance and returning deposits. There is clearly a need for a statutory code of conduct for receivers appointed in such circumstances in order to ensure that tenancy agreements and tenants rights are upheld. “In the case of repossession orders there is also a need to protect tenants and tenancy agreements. Sinn Féin will be tabling amendments to the Land and Conveyancing Bill to ensure that when a buy-to-let property is repossessed the existing tenancy agreement is honoured.” DOHERTY CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF TENANTS was last modified: May 5th, 2013 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)last_img read more

South African children’s voices heard in London play

first_img21 October 2015The experiences of children from Rammulotsi township in Free State province is getting global attention on stage in London.Directed by Danny Boyle, The Children’s Monologues Anniversary Gala Performance will take place on 25 October at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In South Africa it will be performed by the children themselves on the same night.The monologues relate the stories from over 200 children who were asked by the Dramatic Need charity to describe a day they will never forget. They shared their stories in Sesotho and playwrights adapted them for the stage for the first time in 2010.Watch more about the 2010 version here:The anniversary performance has an all-star line-up, including acclaimed actors and actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James McAvoy. They will be performing the monologues.#BenedictCumberbatch discussing the #childrensmonologues + why they matter, watch for a special announcement today!pic.twitter.com/5yV5dW2wmJ— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed)October 18, 2015We are so excited that @NazaninBoniadi is joining the #childrensmonologues. Cast/Tickets: http://t.co/DPnby1M4RIpic.twitter.com/ngFbMDniXW— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed) October 8, 2015The storiesBoyle told British newspaper The Guardian that the stories were raw, and described them as gut-punching. “They have that directness that you find with children anywhere,” he said. “Kids can’t compartmentalise or filter traumatic stuff so they just say it. With that directness comes this terrible heart-wrenching intimacy.”The testimonies from the children were adapted by playwrights including David Hare, Laura Wade, Neil LaBute, James Graham and Jack Thorne. Topics range from small moments of childish discovery, to more serious issues such as sexual abuse and the effects of Aids.The Children’s Monologues were first performed in 2010. (Image: Wikipedia)“You don’t always want to know these things are going on in the world, especially to children, but when those actors get up on stage in London it will mean that another thousand people hear those stories, and that those kids really have a hell of a voice,” Boyle said.“Part of the brief is translating the piece into something which has slightly more metaphor to it, and something that theatre does really well is find the meaning and humanity underlying the facts [and turn it] into something which can become universal and meaningful and therefore relatable,” said playwright Wade of converting the stories for the stage.About Dramatic NeedDramatic Need is a non-profit organisation that helps children use creative art as a form of expression and self-discovery.“We work in rural areas of Rwanda and South Africa to provide creative arts education, resources, support and inspiration for children and youth,” the organisation explains. “We promote creative expression as a tool for conflict resolution, social development, gender empowerment and for the communication of positive health messages.”Source: The Guardian and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Considering corn versus beans for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pro Farmer estimates are showing a 164.3 corn national average, while the USDA was 168.8.  This wasn’t a big surprise to the trade. Many feel that the final number will be somewhere in-between. We will know in almost 30 days as harvest should be nearly to I-80.  This week harvest was as far north as Wichita, KS. Reports of dryland corn yields of 130-150 in fields that normally produce 100 are certainly going to get the attention of the markets.However, there was a significant 15 bushel yield difference between the USDA and Pro Farmer in Indiana and Ohio.  With 8.75 million acres estimated to be harvested in these two states, this could mean a 130 million bushel (or 1% of total crop) decrease.  If this happens, carryout could be under 1.6 billion overall, which could be good for prices.However, this assumes:No additional yield increases in the western statesNo changes to export demand (which has been called into question recently)No changes to feed demand despite significant amounts of feed wheat from the rainy weather this summer, a reduction in feed demand for corn is a strong possibility.I look for a narrow trading range for corn until the October 12 USDA report. Farmers continuing to not sell at these reduced priced levels has been very supportive to prices.Another concern recently is the possibility of the Fed increasing interest rates.  Everyone expects that it will eventually happen, but no one knows when.  If interest rates increase it would be a “double whammy” for farmers.  Increased interest rates increase production costs and the value of the dollar globally, making exports more difficult and hurtingprices levels. 2016 Corn vs Bean rotationLooking forward to 2016, the corn to bean price ratio is 2.25 : 1, which means corn is more advantageous than beans.  Last year at this time the ratio was 2.56 : 1, which favored beans.  Conventional wisdom says 2.4 : 1 is the “ideal” spread that neither encourages or discourages either crop.  What does this mean? This could hurt the chances of a spring rally to“buy corn acres” many producers usually hope for.  On the flip side, if corn is below $4, South America will plant fewer acres.  However, with the current large world carryout the market might be telling world producers it doesn’t need that much corn.We plan to adjust our 2016 planting rotation on my farm to plant more corn than beans.  This adjustment changes my2016 sales percentages from 40% corn sold to 28% and 20% beans sold to 55%.Grain Marketing Recap for the 2014 Soybean CropThe 2014/2015 marketing year is essentially over with harvest a month away.  I continue to tell farmers that looking at cash prices isn’t enough.  Savvy farmers examine every aspect of the marketing process to optimize their grain marketing strategy.Futures  – have the biggest movement potential for farmers.  In the last year beans have had a $3.77/bu range ($12.71-$8.94).  My farm average futures sales was $11.48, which puts me in the top 33% of the market move.  Hindsight tellsme I’m happy with this.  This price was established using a combination of futures, options and spreads, all of which helped reduce my risk and give me a good price.Carry – Many farmers over-look the potential in market carry.  Carry represents how farmers get paid to store grain until early summer guaranteed.  This year the high was hit in early Oct, paying farmers 33 cents to hold their grain until the following July 1st.  (Usually it hits the top of the market before Nov 1st.) I set my carry price at 32 cents or 1 cent off the top.Soybean carry works a little differently than corn carry. South America can produce as many beans as the US by July 1, which causes an inverse (where the nearby futures market is higher than futures further in the future). This inverse in the carry market indicates that the market doesn’t need producers storing the crop once another new harvest takes place. This inverse will then cost elevators and producers to hold the grain instead of paying a premium (like corn usually has).To avoid this, I had to set my soybean basis by July 1st or risk taking a loss in the carry market.  As noted by this chartbelow the cost to hold grain increased substantially after July 1.Basis – (The CBOT price minus the local price available), usually runs independent of the CBOT.  The range for basis was nearly 70 cents from top to bottom (-.80 to -.10) for the season picked up on my farm.  I set the basis for my farm in early May at the very top of the basis market for summer delivery.  Obviously, I’m extremely happy with that.Interestingly, basis did rally in August, but with the negative carry (explained above) it would have been a loss waiting for those basis levels.  Basis and Carry must always work together to guarantee profits.Evaluating PerformanceI can only truly evaluate the performance of my marketing plan after I’ve broken down each component individually.  When farmers tell me their cash sales, it usually isn’t the whole story.  Maybe they picked their futures price well, but missed substantial opportunity in the carry market and who knows where the basis was when they made their trade.How to Make an Additional 5% on Your SoybeansIf a farmer works basis and carry into their marketing strategy they can increase their profits by 5% or more.  While it is a little more difficult with soybeans than corn, the premium available is still worth the time.  Savvy farmers are learning how this kind of marketing is beneficial to their bottom line. This is not a reinvention of the wheel, but merely adopting a plan that already exists and is used by all the major grain companies.My Current Positions in SoybeansPOSITION – BEANS201420152016Beans Sold100%87%54%CBOT Price$11.47$10.97 est$10.00 estMarket Carry$0.32$.30 est$.30 estBasis on Farm($0.10)($.30) est($.30) estCash Price$11.69$10.97 est$10.00 est Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more