Planting outside the box for more late summer grazing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our agricultural endeavors usually require that we give heed to convention and tradition while sprinkling in some improvisation and creativity to achieve our goals. Early this fall I walked a field that was a mixed planting of sorghum sudangrass, brown top millet, sunn hemp, crimson clover, and just a dash of soybean. Before this crop, this was a poorly performing grain field and the producer had a need for space to graze livestock, he required space to spread manure, and he was driven to seek innovative ways to boost soil quality. A biological system that integrated the producer’s needs and kept the soil covered and nutrients onsite was this producer’s approach to address his newly acquired underperforming acreage. This is an example of intercropping which seeks to capitalize on the benefits of increased plant diversity and increased complexity of a crop rotation. It is a work in progress but with a little homework and effort this producer is working on an approach that keeps his soil condition a top priority and meets multiple goals for his production. The sorghum sudangrass and sunn hemp dominated the view. Of the plants in the field sorghum is more common and well-known, but the plant that caught my attention was sunn hemp (Crotalaria sp.). This is an upright summer legume that is three to nine feet tall. As a legume, it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and produces large nodules. My encounter with it was in September at head high, or five to six feet. It is a rapid grower — this field was planted June 24 — with smooth leaves, yellow flowers, and an extensive tap root. Seeds are small at 15,000 per pound. The ability of the plant to grow tall allows it to reach sunlight and grow with the sorghum grasses, which, makes it an attractive candidate for this intercropping system.In our central Ohio climate, the expectation is that the plant will be frost-killed before full plant maturity and it is treated like an annual. The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide states it is a fine crop for goat and sheep but less suitable for cattle. However, in an intercropping system there are other plants available. Harmful alkaloids can be present in the seed so grazing should cease after flowering. Recent research from New York published in Crop Science (2016) compared monocultures and mixtures of pearl millet, sorghum sudan, sunn hemp and cowpea. Yields of intercrop mixtures were stable across multiple environments but one clear lesson was shorter stature plants like cowpea did not pair well with taller and faster growing plants like sorghum sudangrass.Interest in the US in sunn hemp is largely centered on cover cropping, green manures, intercropping and organic nitrogen sources. It has other utility in places such as India and Pakistan where it is used in fiber production. For those who are considering the use of warm season annuals to supplement forage needs, intercrop mixtures with sunn hemp may present an opportunity. To be clear, this is not an argument for converting out of your standard practices but, rather, a general encouragement to consider a wide array of options when trying to address unsatisfactory situations. This is new and has yet to go through the refining fire of time for our region. For most, staple forages such as orchard grass, fescue, and clovers are adequate to meet grazing needs.So, to conclude, is this something you should try? The driving factors at the field in Ohio that made this possible included marginal field conditions and very little risk at an economic loss combined with a little bit of youthful optimism and adventure. As you wrap up your fall harvests, consider your options for next year and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.last_img read more

Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I take full responsibility and will accept the consequences of my actions,” he said. “I also apologize to my teammates, the 76ers organization and the fans for the distraction this has caused.”Embiid scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds and was a late addition to starting lineup because of tendinitis in his left knee that cost him most of the final month of the season.The Nets beat the Sixers 111-102 in Game 1 in a game that was a disaster for the organization before the opening tip.Sixers owner Josh Harris was very noncommittal on Brown’s return for a seventh season on the bench if the team did not make a deep run in the playoffs. Harris said Brown was a “great coach” but fell well short of giving him a vote of confidence.“We think he’s the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs,” Harris said. “I’m focused on the Brooklyn Nets.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just looked down because he said his daughter was extremely sick and he was checking on her,” Embiid said.The Sixers made the easy call and fined Johnson an unspecified amount for conduct detrimental to the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s not something that we are about,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.Johnson, who averaged 3.9 points in 51 games, was inactive and apologized for his mistake. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, left, and Joel Embiid, right, of Cameroon, look up at the scoreboard during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Nets won 111-102. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — How’s this for a blown call: Amir Johnson was busted showing Philadelphia 76ers All-Star teammate Joel Embiid his cellphone on the bench late in a Game 1 playoff loss.Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phonelate in the fourth quarter and the Sixers losing by double digits. Johnson showed Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid the device into his warmup pants pocket.ADVERTISEMENT Two-time strawweight champ Joshua Pacio just scratching the surface Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But wait, there were more disasters.The Sixers trailed by 17, missed 22 of 25 3-pointers and played more like the castoffs of the early Process days under Brown than a team expected to contend for an Eastern Conference championship. Ben Simmons only took nine shots and scored nine points. JJ Redick and Tobias Harris continued the starters’ malaise with only a combined four baskets and nine points.Simmons also blasted the 20,437 Sixers fans for booing the team for most of the game.“If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side,” he said.Embiid said the voracious booing that was largely absent during the dark days of the Sixers 10-win season was tough to hear.“I love the fans. I’ve never said anything about them. They show us a lot of love,” Embiid said. “I understand why they’re booing. But the fact that it’s after every single miss when shots are not going to fall (every time). I’m fine. I’ll play through anything.”So to recap, the Sixers lost home-court advantage, got caught using a cellphone on the bench, admonished fans for booing and refused to give the head coach a vote of confidence.And that’s a winner in Philly playoff Bingo.last_img read more

2013 NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner

first_imgNSWTA Administrator of the Year – Tracey Yiangou (Wests Touch Association) Referee of the Year (Ian Matthew Medal) – David BaggioSelector of the Year – Bob MonkleyRegion of the Year – Sydney MetsAdministrator of the YearSouthern Suns – Gary Brickell Sydney Rebels – Marina PappasSydney Mets – Tracey YiangouSydney Scorpions – Kim SolmanHunter Western Hornets – Tony LewisNorthern Eagles – Darrin Lewis Junior Coach of the Year – Keith RozairoCoach of the Year – Christian FrostTeam of the Year – Eastern Suburbs Women’s Premier LeagueSenior Male Player of the Year – Tim KitchinghamSenior Female Player of the Year – Kristie MosleyJunior Male Player of the Year – Adam CluneJunior Female Player of the Year – Ashleigh QuinlanMale Player of the Year – Dylan Hennessey and Scott BuckleyFemale Player of the Year – Ashleigh Quinlan Congratulations to the winners at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Dinner. Affiliate of the YearSouthern Suns – Goulburn Touch AssociationSydney Rebels – Eastern Suburbs Touch AssociationSydney Mets – Western Suburbs Touch AssociationSydney Scorpions – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationHunter Western Hornets – Central Coast Touch AssociationNorthern Eagles – Ballina Touch Association and Murwillumbah Touch Associationcenter_img NSWTA Affiliate of the Year – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Hall of Fame induction – Amanda JuddRod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year) – Greg EgginsStay tuned to www.nswtouch.com.au for all of the latest news and stories from the 2013 NSWTA Blues Awards and State Conference weekend. Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awardslast_img read more

Frank Ross Elementary to get new school playground

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Premier John Horgan announced today that 51 schools across the province, including Frank Ross Elementary in Dawson Creek – will get new playgrounds in September as part of a new playground fund that will take fundraising pressure off of parents.Horgan said that the funding is part of a new, ongoing Playground Equipment Program that will provide up to $5 million each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 26 schools are receiving $90,000 for a standard playground, and 25 schools are receiving $105,000 for a universally accessible playground. School Disitrct 59 will be getting $90,000 for the construction of the new playground.“All students deserve quality, safe and accessible playgrounds at school, regardless of how much their parents can fundraise,” said Horgan. “That’s why we’re lifting the burden off of parents by investing $5 million today, and every year moving forward, to build playgrounds where they are needed most.”The government said that generally, school parent advisory councils have to fundraise large sums of money for new and replacement playground equipment. The Ministry said that districts applied for the funding in April, with the new playgrounds being funded based on areas with the greatest need. Priority is given to schools where there is currently no playground, and then to schools where the existing playground is aging. Districts that did not receive funding this year will receive funding next year, if they apply for it.“I’ve heard from parents that they need relief from fundraising tens of thousands of dollars for playground equipment – that’s a lot of bake sales and bottle drives for today’s busy parents,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “Today, we’re delivering this fund to help parents, and provide access to communities that don’t have the fundraising capacity to buy the play equipment students need.”last_img read more

Morneau vows oilpatch support through Trans Mountain as protesters chant outside

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Hundreds of protesters chanting “Build that pipe now” jammed a downtown Calgary street for the second time in five days on Tuesday, this time to mark a speech by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Organizer James Robson with the Canada Action Coalition says his group, which picketed a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last Thursday, plans to show up every time a federal cabinet minister does because it’s important Canadians see the “pain” caused by low oil prices blamed on insufficient pipeline access to markets.Inside, during a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Morneau said Ottawa has shown its support of western Canadian energy workers by buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and continuing to try to get its expansion project built after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August. He conceded that the “industry is under threat” and said he is sympathetic to the “extreme anxiety” Albertans are feeling but added policies unveiled in his fiscal update last week will help encourage investment in the country.He dodged questions about whether the federal government will contribute to an Alberta plan to buy railcars to transport oil to market, noting he is willing to listen to short-term solutions but repeating that the Trans Mountain expansion is the best long-term answer.Robson said his organization wants the government to rethink its Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48 to ban oil tankers on the northern coast of British Columbia, noting both make building pipelines more difficult.last_img read more

FA Cup Citys Aguero in frame to face Brighton

first_imgManchester: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will travel with the rest of their squad for their FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion having nearly recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Argentina international, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with 19 goals, missed City’s 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Wednesday and was a doubt for Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Almost everybody is fit,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Sergio Aguero is almost fit. He is travelling.” City are challenging on all fronts this season and could potentially win three more trophies before the campaign ends, having already lifted the League Cup. The team are top of the league going into the weekend’s games and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as the FA Cup semis and Guardiola believes they are poised to build a lasting legacy. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We are still young in terms of a lot of titles but every season when you are able to win you become a better club, a better organisation, so that’s the target,” the Spaniard added. “We can’t deny the last decade in terms of English titles and being there in the Champions League, qualifying always, so it’s really good. We came from nothing with that, now we have that, we’ll see how far we’re going to get.” Stand-in left back Oleksandr Zinchenko has a hamstring injury and Guardiola is ready to draft Benjamin Mendy, who has been recovering from a knee injury, into the side for the first time Jan. 23 as a result. “Everybody has to help us, not just Mendy,” the manager added.last_img read more

Staterun UAE firm inks longterm agreement for base oil sales in India

first_imgDubai: The UAE’s state-run oil company ADNOC has signed a long-term sales agreement with the Indian Oil Corporation for its high-quality base oil ADbase. Indian Oil will use the ADbase oils to manufacture high end engine oils for India’s growing automotive sector, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made the announced on Tuesday. “The signing of this important sales agreement with another major base oil consumer in a large and growing market is testament to the quality and reliability of ADNOC’s Group III base oil ADbase,” said Ahmad Bin Thalith, Acting Senior Vice President of Refined Products Sales, in ADNOC’s Marketing, Supply and Trading directorate. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We look forward to working with IndianOil and to increasing the supply of ADbase to the Indian market, which continues to see strong demand for high quality base oil and finished lubricants,” Thalith said. Indian Oil is the largest seller of finished lubricants in the Indian market with approximate volume of 450,000 tonnes per annum. The total Indian market for finished lubricants is two million tonnes and is growing at the rate of 2.4 per cent per annum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSubimal Mondal, Executive Director (Lubes) at Indian Oil said: “Indian Oil is a long-standing partner of ADNOC and we look forward to building on and strengthening the links between our two companies. The high quality of ADNOC’s ADbase product, combined with strong logistics support and the proximity of the UAE to India, was key in our decision to sign this agreement”. The signing of this agreement follows a recent signing with Xiamen Sinolook Oil Company to supply ADbase into China, and the 2017 and 2018 exclusive agreements with Penthol C V, and Chemlube for the supply of ADbase into the US and Europe. ADNOC Refining, an ADNOC subsidiary, produces up to 500,000 metric tonnes per year of Group III base oil and around 100,000 metric tonnes per year of Group II base oil, at its Ruwais refinery. Murban, Abu Dhabi’s light, high paraffinic crude is used as feedstock for ADNOC’s Base Oil plant, which ensures a consistent, high quality product. ADbase has a high Viscosity Index (VI) making it an ideal lubricant component, ensuring efficiency and fuel economy for high performance engines, while meeting ever stringent environmental regulations.last_img read more

CBI to question TDP MP in bank fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned former Union Minister Y S Chowdary of the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) to appear for questioning at its Bangalore office in connection with a bank fraud case amounting to more than Rs 300 crore, sources here said on Thursday.The Rajya Sabha MP is to be questioned by investigators on Friday to determine his role in the case where Best and Crompton Engineering Projects Limited (BCEPL) defaulted on loans taken from a consortium of banks led by the Central Bank of India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI has named several directors of BCEPL in its FIRs as accused persons in the case for hatching a criminal conspiracy to cheat several banks by forging documents and falsifying account statements and balance sheets. Sources said the decision to call Chowdary in for questioning was arrived at after detailed investigation of all the allegations in the case, and more about his role in the fraud will be known only after his questioning is completed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, Chowdary issued a letter on Thursday night denying having held “any executive or non-executive positions in any corporate entity since October 2014”. He added that he has no knowledge or acquaintance with BCEPL or its affairs at any point of time. The CBI had registered three FIRs in the case following complaints from the banks sometime in 2017, but none of them named Chowdary as an accused in the case. Chowdary’s party TDP quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in March 2018. In November of the same year, officials of the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax raided his homes and offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, in what ED had claimed was a multi-thousand crores bank fraud case. Following this, ED attached Viceroy Hotels, a Rs 315 crore worth property in Hyderabad promoted by Chowdary and with links to BCEPL. According to the complaints filed by the lending banks, BCEPL had used entities such as Viceroy Hotels and Sujana Group of Companies (founded by Chowdary) among others to divert loan amounts for use other than the original purpose. Chowdary said that he held only non-executive positions in three companies of the Sujana Group till 2014. CBI’s case against BCEPL looks at offences committed between 2010 and 2013.last_img read more

Fight in Delhi is between two national parties says Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNew Delhi: After a defeat by debutant AAP in 2013, most presumed it was the end of the archetypal superwomen Sheila Dikshit era. The Dikshit era was started after defeat in Lok Sabha Poll in 1998, after which she took charge of Delhi Pradesh Congress as president.Fortunately, in November 1998, Sheila Dikshit returned to power for three terms, and now she is the head of Delhi unit of Congress and a Lok Sabha contestant from North-East Delhi. The longest serving Chief Minister in the Capital, the governor of Kerala between March 2014 and August 2014, the President of Delhi Congress, 81-year-old Sheila Dikshit, who is now back to electoral politics as the Candidate from North-east, when Delhi Congress has no MP or MlAs in Assembly, is ready to take on the new challenge that the Party high Command has given her. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt is pertinent to mention that in 1998, the last time Dikshit fought Lok Sabha election from North-East, which was part of East Delhi before delimitation of the parliamentary Constituencies. She was defeated by BJP’s Lal Bihari Tiwari. Presently, Sheila Dikshit is facing two more Pandits, sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Panday, both are Purvanchalis, while Dikshit is by birth Delhiite. In such situation, triangular fights are here. North-East Lok Sabha seat is Muslim and Purvanchali dominated that could pose a challenge for all three pundits. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSheila says that election fight is between two national party candidates and both candidates are Delhi unit president of their respective parties. In the last Lok Sabha poll 2014, in Modi wave, of the total of 13,13,514 votes cast in North East Delhi, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari got 596,125 (45.38 per cent), AAP’s Anand Kumar got 452,041 (34 per cent) and Congress’ Jai Prakash Agarwal got 214,792 (16.35 per cent) votes. Collectively, the vote share of the Congress and the AAP was the highest – about 70,000 – more than the that of BJP. Sheila Dikshit is banking on the achievements rather than any catchy slogans such as nationalism and corruption. “I was right here , yes, may be not as a candidate but I was always in touch with the party leaders, our workers and more importantly, the people. It feels nice to watch how much love the people of Delhi still have for the Congress Party,” said Dikshit. “The North-east Parliamentary constituency has been totally neglected by the people’s representatives from the area despite getting crores of rupees as MP and MLA funds for the areas development,” said Dikshit. Dikshit claimed our government brought the Metro services to North-east Delhi and we began the plan for the Signature Bridge, hospitals in this area. 81-year-old lady, is much active, before disclosing that her day starts at 7:30 am with a cup of coffee and returns at home after 10:30 pm.last_img read more

Money Talks Floyd Mayweather Jokes On The Colbert Report

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather made his media rounds in the Big Apple on Wednesday, stopping by “The Colbert Report” to discuss the chess problem in San Francisco.Stephen Colbert, started out talking about a famous street corner in San Francisco, where a large number of people hang out and play chess on a daily basis. Police are reportedly trying to shut down the popular hangout due to alleged illegal gambling, drug use, and violence.Colbert introduced Mayweather who commented on the issue:“Stephen, there are always going to be some bad apples on the chess board,” a rehearsed Mayweather said. “But you’ve got to understand, for kids in a tough neighborhood, chess is the only way out.”It’s a funny skit that is worth watching. Check it out in the video player above.