Andy Rodefer, Nov. 30

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Being a seed dealer, we get a lot of questions about conventional corn compared to triple stack corn. Guys were wanting to cut costs with conventional corn this year, but we have seen in the fields and heard from customers as much as 60-bushel differences between refuge corn and triple stack corn. The triple stack corn was better side-by-side.There was a wide range of yields by different hybrids. Most of the hybrids we have really leaned on in recent years still did fairly well. Our disappointment was with the newer hybrids that didn’t take the stress as well as some of our older hybrids. I don’t know how much you can rely on the data we saw this year. Some of the information on hybrids this year is not necessarily something you want to take to the bank.We had some Artesian drought tolerant hybrids from Syngenta. Personally I didn’t think it was dry enough at the end of summer that it would have hurt our corn, but after I shelled the Artesian hybrids it looks like the dry weather took more yield out of our corn and soybeans in this area than I had thought. We have seen good things with that Artesian technology. It doesn’t necessarily save 100% of your yield, but it does help with dry conditions.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months — nearly one year ahead of schedule — allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake.The first phase of the Buckeye Lake improvements are now complete and provide the community and the residents downstream with a structure that offers significant protections against potential dam failure, as well as allowing for interim water levels to be raised above winter pool. The new seepage barrier and stability berm have been planned and constructed just 15 months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deemed the lake to be at risk for catastrophic failure and had recommended draining the lake.“This project is an enormous undertaking, and I’m proud of the engineers and staff that have worked around the clock to build a safer structure for the residents of the Buckeye Lake community and all who enjoy this wonderful state park,” said James Zehringer, ODNR Director. “While the final project is not yet complete, we have cleared an enormous hurdle, allowing us to maintain a higher water level and provide more recreational opportunities for visitors and businesses around the lake.”Following completion of the stability berm and seepage barrier, engineers from Gannett Fleming and ASI, the contractors building the dam, assessed the structure. At that time, they recommended to ODNR that two feet above winter pool would be an acceptable level for the water to be maintained at this stage in the project. ODNR dam engineers have reviewed and accepted that recommendation, with the understanding that proactive lake management will be utilized to keep the water at a safe level.“The team that ODNR assembled, including Gannett Fleming, ASI and all of the subcontractors, worked day and night to get phase one done in less than a year, in anticipation of bringing the water level up, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Robert Kline, Gannett Fleming Vice President and Deputy Manager of the Dams and Hydraulics Section. “The Buckeye Lake Dam is in a much safer state than it was prior to completing phase one, and therefore public risk has been significantly reduced.”The water levels at Buckeye Lake will continue to be proactively monitored and maintained at this recommended depth during the recreational seasons, until the dam replacement project is completed, which is scheduled for 2019. When the new dam meets the required safety standards, the water will be returned to full summer pool.Initial estimates regarding cost and timeline have been significantly reduced thanks to exceptional planning and aggressive timelines. Initial estimates placed the cost of the new dam at $150 million, but current estimates indicate that the state could achieve nearly a 20% savings on total cost. In addition, the completion of the first phase of the project nearly a year ahead of schedule is allowing recreational boating to occur on the lake much earlier. Phase two of the Buckeye Lake Dam replacement project is currently being designed.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In her latest video, Beck’s Hybrids PFR Agronomist Alexandra Knight offers some helpful tips to keep in mind as you prepare for wheat harvest. From growth stages to moisture percentage and test weight, there are many factors to take into account before running your combine. Check out the video to learn more.last_img


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tony Nye is a man on a mission.A serious heart-related illness in late 2017 shook him to his core. It also convinced him that many farmers, both small-scale and large-scale, need to hear what he has to say.“I was as close to knocking on the Pearly Gates as possible before I turned the corner,” he recalled.After surgery, he lost both weight and strength and spent a month in the hospital.“I wasn’t able to return to the barns for almost six months,” he said.Those barns are on his 50-acre Fayette County farm, where Nye raises meat goats and purebred swine. The farm also includes some grain production, plus pasture ground for the goats.Luckily for the family, his then 17-year-old son was able to step in and care for the livestock during his Dad’s illness. That care included not only feeding and watering during the bitter winter weather, but also farrowing numerous pig litters and making important decisions related to animal health, finances and marketing. But Nye realizes that things could have ended up much differently.He plans to discuss the “what ifs” and the impacts it had on his family farm on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Farm Science Review, an agricultural trade show held yearly at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London and sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. His presentation on “Be Prepared if Tragedy Strikes on the Farm,” is set for 11 a.m. at the Small Farms Center tent.In addition to farming, Nye also works as the agricultural and natural resources Extension educator in Clinton County and is the statewide small farm coordinator for OSU Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Now eight months after his heart scare, he still has only returned to the office on a part-time basis.“Fortunately I am still among the living and our farm is still operating. Lots of decisions had to be made quickly and, honestly, we were not prepared,” he said.Nye wants farmers to realize that they aren’t invincible and to recognize the importance of family communication and contingency plans.“Tragedy can mean many things on a farm—everything from a barn fire and severe illness to a car accident, death or lost crop due to hail or a windstorm,” he said. “Any of these things can create financial and physical stress for the family.”When it comes to estate planning, farmers often only think about retirement and who to pass the farm to. Much more should be addressed, Nye noted.“Written directives are so very important,” he said. “They require communication and transparency among all family members.“If you don’t talk about it ahead of time, how can you plan for it?” Nye said. “I will discuss the whole thought process around ‘what if’ and preparing for the unthinkable.”Among the recommendations he will discuss are that families should:Recognize the critical importance of communication.Talk openly about the “what ifs.”Share with all family members the need for a plan in the event of a tragedy. Identify who will make the day-to-day decisions and other key people that should be involved. Is there someone who wants to keep the farm going?Understand each other’s role and performance expectations.Evaluate the situation from the standpoint of both financial and physical labor challenges. Have written goals and objectives to help guide necessary decisions.Draw up a will to help the family know what to do in the event of death.Consider a lawyer or tax preparer to discuss financial and legal decisions.Compile a list of the farm’s support network including individuals such as an attorney, veterinarian, insurance agent, seed and fertilizer dealer, neighbors, and even the local Extension educator.last_img read more


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first_imgA new study commissioned by the European Union has finally proven what many have suspected all along: internet users don’t want to pay for content. Period. And nothing is going to change their minds. The report finds, in a surprising contradiction to what industry executives have been spouting for ages, consumers’ behavior has nothing to do with the peer-to-peer technology (P2P) that has given rise to all-you-can-eat systems for free downloads of copyrighted content. In fact, many people claim that they wouldn’t pay for online content even if all other free options were taken away. This finding has dramatic implications for the future of business, and not just in the entertainment industry, either. If people won’t pay for content, how will companies survive?The answer to this question is simple, but the actual solutions are hard. It’s clear that new business models are needed when it comes to online content, but what should these new models look like? How should they work? No one really seems to know yet. Who Pays, Who Doesn’t The European Commission’s Digital Competitiveness Report (PDF) is a comprehensive annual resource which looks at everything from broadband penetration to use of social networks and more. One of the chapters in the latest report, published earlier this month, deals specifically with online entertainment. In this chapter, the EU study reports on the state of the online entertainment industry, revealing factoids like “less than 5% of Europeans have paid for online content in the last three months.” The most interesting results from the report, though, are not the details about who pays, but about who doesn’t. Among the non-payers, factors like lower prices would convince about 30% to pay while things like better quality, wider choice, better availability, and others would convince between 15-20%. Yet one figure stands out: only around 20% of online users would pay for online content if all the other free options suddenly disappeared.Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Not to Blame, Says EU The impact of this finding didn’t escape the notice of the EU researchers, who go on to point out that this seems to mean, contrary to what industry execs say, illegal copying is not to blame:“…the low percentage of individuals that consider the possible lack of freely available online content as a reason for paying, calls into question the argument put forward by representatives of the content industry that European consumers will in the long term suffer from a lack of commercial availability of high quality content if the current model of audiovisual content distribution, based on illegal copying, is not curved.”Instead, what seems to be happening is that people pay for their internet connection and then gorge themselves on the abundant free content that’s available online. Because there’s so much out there which costs nothing at all – from web news to streaming video to software applications – internet users tend to balk at the idea of actually having to pull out their wallets to make a purchase. It’s the internet itself that has led us down this path to a place where old monetization models simply no longer apply.What’s the Answer?The report goes on to look at the business models of all sorts of content sites in detail including online news/newspapers, video, movies, music, and online games. While the ways consumers access these different types of content may vary (RSS for reading news, streaming videos, downloading music), the findings are relatively consistent across the board. With only a few exceptions (Apple’s iTunes Store, music-based games like Guitar Hero, etc.), many of the current business models are not sustainable.So what’s the answer? There isn’t really a good one just yet. Many businesses try “freemium” models which convert power users to paying users. Other sites try sustaining themselves on online ads (which is difficult to do in a down economy). But the best ideas for new business models may very well be the ones that haven’t even been thought up yet. The only question is whether or not they’ll be discovered in time before more content-producing industries fail.Image credits – used freely thanks to the Internet and Creative Commons: downloading, flickr user Arenamontanus; I love P2P, flickr user Brocco Lee; p2p logo, flickr user jatop Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#New Media#NYT#p2p#Trends#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more


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first_imgFive alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed during an encounter with security forces in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.Two security personnel also suffered injuries during the exchange of fire. Some reports suggest that seven Maoists were killed, but the security forces could recover only five bodies.“One of the dead Maoists was identified as area secretary of the Maoists’ Malangir area committee,” Chhattisgarh’s Anti Naxal Operations unit said in a statement.The injured sub-inspectors, Dogendra Patro and Sangram Singh, are said to be out of danger.last_img