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Water Extremes Dictated 2015 Crops

first_img Facebook Twitter Water Extremes Dictated 2015 Crops By Andy Eubank – Nov 2, 2015 SHARE SHARE Previous articleNational FFA Officer Team ElectedNext articleHow Will Agriculture Fare With Political Change Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Water Extremes Dictated 2015 Crops Mullen 15 wrap upThis year will always be linked to water for Midwest farmers. There was too much in the spring and then a water shutoff for many in the summer of 2015. Both factors contributed to lower yields, but the start in Indiana was too much to overcome for many crops, according to agronomist Bill Mullen.“There’s nothing we can do when that much water comes at one time,” Mullen told HAT in his latest video. “Now we had some breaks in there when we were able to put our nitrogen down, especially sidedress. We had some issues even though with the UAN it was stabilized with that much water. You can never go ahead and protect that much nitrogen. We lost nitrogen. We didn’t seem to have an issue at pollination time. There wasn’t much tip back. The ears were filled out but they were smaller ears. And everyone knows we need nitrogen for grain filling.”Nitrogen loss was common in 2015.“Early on it affected our stand and besides affecting the stand, it affected the corn plant itself. We had a lot of crown rot this year. The saturated, water logged conditions really affected the base of the plant. We saw some disease come through and the roots were also hurt. And it affected the yield.”Now with harvest complete for most farmers, fall field work continues and some are tilling where they normally wouldn’t because of all the compacted soils from the heavy rains. Mullen says there is another method to improving the soil that’s becoming more common, and that’s the use of cover crops.“What we’re trying to do is improve the soil tilth,” he said. “At the same time while we’re trying to raise 250-300 bushel corn and 70-90 bushel soybeans, that’s our yield potential, we also need to take care of the soil. Cover crops is a means of doing it. Rye is very good. The big thing with cover crops is I tell people don’t do every farm. Try one field a year or two fields a year.”Bill Mullen is Director of Agronomic Services for Seed Consultants. Get more of his 2015 review in the HAT video. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Charity wants focus to be on increasing rent supplements

first_imgPutting the focus on 163 homeless children NewsLocal NewsCharity wants focus to be on increasing rent supplementsBy Alan Jacques – August 20, 2015 855 Advertisement Email TAGSAlan JacquesCapital Assistance Scheme (CAS)Department of the EnvironmentEnvironment Minister Alan Kelly TDFocus Irelandhomelesshomelessnesslimerick Linkedin Ardpatrick man TG rises to the challenge for charity WhatsApp Ger Spillane of Focus Irelandby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ger Spillane of Focus IrelandFOCUS Ireland has confirmed it is set to deliver 40 homes across Limerick City and County under the Government’s first significant housing development programme for the last number of years.Environment Minister Alan Kelly is providing over €13 million to fund the acquisition of existing buildings and the construction of new homes to deliver 110 homes in Limerick. The move is part of the national Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) programme under which Minister Kelly has earmarked €153 million to deliver over 1,000 homes nationwide.Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane welcomed the funding but explained it is a small step towards meeting the growing need for affordable housing in the city and county. The charity is now working with the Department of the Environment and the local authority to purchase 40 homes in Limerick.“We are keen to deliver them this year as they will provide a place to call home for people who are currently homeless or in housing need. However, I would highlight that this is 40 homes against a backdrop of over 4,600 households on the housing waiting list in Limerick. So, while welcome, it is no more than a small step towards meeting the growing need for affordable housing across the county,” said Mr Spillane.Focus Ireland already provides a place to call home for 650 households in homes they own or lease around the country. This latest CAS funding means the charity are set to provide 40 more homes here in Limerick and another 70 much-needed homes nationwide.However, the charity has warned that the Government decision earlier this year not to increase rent supplement levels has caused more families and single people to become homeless as they can’t simply afford to pay rising rents.“It is really positive news about the funding for the 40 homes in Limerick but it’s also Focus Ireland’s duty not to shy away from highlighting other Government policy decisions that are actually causing homelessness. The reality is that there are serious difficulties for single people and families securing suitable accommodation within the existing rent supplement limits in Limerick.“We will continue to call for rent supplement to be raised to help keep people in their existing homes to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place,” Ger vowed.Meanwhile, Focus Ireland called for people in difficulties to contact the charity’s advice and information services in Limerick on 061-405300. Twittercenter_img Previous articleSoccer – Super Blues remain in the huntNext articleBasketball – UL Eagle Neil Campbell named in Hibernia squad for FIBA Cup Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 262 adults homeless in Limerick Facebook Limerick Post Show | Focus Ireland launch Shine A Light Night Print More than 300 adults are still homeless in Limerick Limerick rents rise fastest in the countrylast_img read more

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Sragen to reopen 63 schools despite rising COVID-19 cases

first_imgTopics : Previously, the Federation of Teachers Associations (FSGI) expressed concern that the reopening of schools would increase the risk of COVID-19 infections, especially after the group received reports that at least 180 teachers and students across the nations had tested positive for COVID-19.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has fended off criticism, saying that the policy was a necessary trade-off to maintain students’ spirit in a time of crisis. (trn) Read also: Education and Culture Minister denies school clusters linked to reopeningThe school reopenings in Sragen, according to Suwardi, was based on an agreement with parents, who are allowing their children to go back to school.Sragen regency has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections in the last two weeks, with 89 new confirmed cases, bringing the total tally in the regency to 208 cases out of the nationwide tally of 172,053 as of Sunday.Despite the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing, a poll by Cyrus Network in July suggested that the majority of respondents (80.2 percent of 1,230 respondents) were in favor of schools reopening.center_img Sragen regency administration in Central Java will reopen 63 elementary and junior high schools in 20 districts on Monday despite increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the country.“What we can take away from the last simulation is that health protocols have been implemented very well in schools. However, because of the situation, face-to-face learning can only be applied in some schools,” Sragen administration secretary Tatag Prabawanto said on Monday.The head of Sragen’s education agency, Suwardi, said the agency had chosen three schools – state and private schools – in each district that would start conventional instruction in classrooms. For Sragen city district, however, only six schools would be permitted to reopen.last_img read more

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Class in session: Clippers teaching Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to clamp down on defense

first_img“With a rookie, I always go back to us,” Rivers said. “We have to teach better, teach him harder. Because he’s going to be a hell of a player, and that’s part of our responsibility. He may not get it right away, we just have to show patience. He wants to get it, and he wants to learn, and we’re gonna just keep teaching him.“We’ll get him better, he’ll be better.”To his credit, Gilgeous-Alexander, the “super-nice” guy, is good with that.Said Bradley: “He asks a lot of questions, and I admire that about him.”“You’re always learning,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th overall pick this past summer. “Especially your rookie season, you learn something every day: How to guard things, every team does the same actions but they do it in different ways, there are different ways to get into it, and stuff like that. You always figure, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could guard this way.’ ”EMBIID V. TREZZWith 28 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, Joel Embiid was a significant presence in Tuesday’s victory against the Clippers.The Clippers’ Harrell “fought the hardest” of the Clippers’ big men, according to Rivers, as he led a furious fourth-quarter comeback before finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes. Afterward, Embiid told reporters at Staples Center that he wasn’t especially impressed with Harrell: “I turned the ball over once or twice, I think he scored once, and he was all over my face. I guess he didn’t see what I was doing all game. … I didn’t pay him no mind. That’s nobody I should worry about, not even close. We got the win, I’m happy about it.” In his locker room, Harrell was talking Embiid, too.“He’s definitely one of the guys who’s figured out his game,” Harrell said. “He definitely does a lot of things on the offensive end of the court for the 76ers … but it’s tough when you’ve got every call going his way.“But give them credit,” Harrell added, “they came out and executed their game plan the way they wanted to, and they came out with a win.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s a man’s game,” forward Montrezl Harrell said. “He’s got to learn it very quickly. It’s not like we’re asking him to do anything crazy, we’re not just telling him to hold his guy to not scoring the ball completely, but we’ve gotta give a little resistance on the defensive end.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That means doing a better job keeping the ball in front of him, Rivers said, adding that, lately, the lanky, 6-foot-6 Gilgeous-Alexander has lost ground fighting through pick-and-rolls, and that his weak-side defense hasn’t been sharp.His playing time has slipped, too.Averaging 28 minutes per game through the first 21 games of the season, Gilgeous-Alexander’s time on the floor dropped to 25 minutes per game in December, and 22.4 minutes in the past five games, including a season-low 17 minutes in the victory over the Lakers on Dec. 28.And here comes the advice, of course. Besides having guys such as Jimmy Butler, C.J. McCollum and Klay Thompson coming fast at him every game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also is constantly digging out from beneath the avalanche of advice that comes with being a promising NBA rookie.“I do remember getting a lot of advice,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said recently of his own experience as a first-year NBA point guard. “And there were nights where it’s like, ‘Geez, would everybody just shut up?’ That’s how you felt sometimes, (but) everyone means well.”Currently, most of those well-meaning recommendations revolve around Gilgeous-Alexander’s defense, and the desire to see the 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario, do more to bear down.“He has the physical attributes, (but) it takes the right mindset,” said Avery Bradley, who starts alongside Gilgeous-Alexander in the Clippers’ backcourt. “We’re trying to get that out of him; he kind of has that Canadian way. Super-nice, you know?” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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