Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andrew Armstrong, Clark CountyThe weather has been pretty nice. Our earliest planted corn field that was planted on the one good day we had in April is getting pretty close. We are trying to decide when we are going to run it. We have some beans that are starting to change. I can already see where there are some yellow and green patches and we may have to blend in some wetter beans or decide if we are going to wait for the whole field to get ready or go in and go around those green patches.The later corn has surprisingly been able to close that gap after being planted a month later than our earliest corn. It is not going to be that far behind. Once we can start going we will keep going. We are not afraid to run it through the dryer. We are shooting to get started around that 25% moisture level. The goal is to get started and pretty much finish the corn before we get into the beans.We are not afraid to dry our beans either. Our plan of attack depends on if we can get all of the corn first. We have an old batch dryer we can use for beans. It doesn’t dry faster than we can run beans. We are not planning on drying beans but we will if we have to.The corn out here changed rapidly the last week or so. Ears are dropping and the warm weather this week should speed up the process.We had a very heavy dew Saturday. I had hay down that I mowed Wednesday or Thursday and it dried off by afternoon on Saturday, so we were able to get it baled. There are still cracks in the ground but we have gotten enough rains to keep things limping along.Nathan Brown, Highland CountyIt has been cooler, but we have gotten some heat and the beans are starting to show some yellow leaves. We still need some heat units to get this corn to blacklayer, but I feel better about this crop than I did a month ago. We are probably looking at the last week of September for these April-planted beans, but I think it will be the second week of October before we are going really hard. The corn is going to be wet so we are hoping to get the majority of the beans done and then switch over. The gas man is going to like us this fall.Down here in the southern part of the state, the forecast does not appear to have many very cool days. I don’t know that there is much of a concern about frost for the immediate future and we are not as concerned about it as we were a couple of weeks ago.We’ve got some replants, but if we keep getting this weather the beans will be pretty good about drying down. I don’t think drying beans this fall will be as big of a concern as it was last year.I think the moisture and heat this week could still help, especially for the soybeans and some for the corn. We are still setting bean pods and there are still a few blooms here and there and some good September rains could really help plump up those beans. There is still a chance to add some yield to this crop.Most guys around here finished their second- and are finishing up their third-cutting hay now. We have had enough heat and moisture to keep the pastures going fairly strong yet too. We weaned all of our feeder calves and the cover crops are coming on for grazing this fall. That has let us manage pastures and things are looking pretty good heading into fall.Guys thinking about cover crops need to figure out how to get them placed. We are looking at an airplane Monday the 16th to get some covers on the corn ground and in some soybeans. It is important to get the cover crops up and established as soon as possible and not worry about harvest effects. You don’t get a lot of growth in later September and early October because the growing degree units are not there.Dylan Baer, Wood CountyWe are still nervous about how far we have to go with it closing in on the middle of September here. The words “early frost” are fighting words right now. Everyone is nervous. We have had some pretty fall-like days and we need some heat and sunshine to finish these crops. None of our beans even have a yellowish tint to them yet. The middle of the week they are expecting some high 80s, which is what we need. It will feel hot, but we will enjoy it because we need it.We’re pretty wet still. We just started our wheat stubble tillage in the last day or so. We have had heavy rains the last couple of weeks and the rain has been a battle. We’re looking for more hours in the tractor this week.Most of our corn — we only have 170 acres — hasn’t started firing at the bottom. The ears look good and the crop has the moisture, but I still think we have a long ways to go. We need heat and dry weather. We are not expecting to get our combine out until the middle of October.Hay has been a battle too with the wet weather. I have had hay down for five days now. The weather has been cool and cloudy and I couldn’t get it dry enough to bale. I’m hoping to get that wrapped up today. As frustrating as this third cutting has been, I’m done after this. I have only gotten two cuttings off of some acres because I couldn’t get a dry stretch to get it made, so I am definitely short on tons this year. The first-cutting quality wasn’t great and the third-cutting is going to be a little more faded than people like to see, but I still don’t think people will be to picky about it because hay is so hard to find. The hay has been moving quickly. Hay has been up 50 or 75 cents for me across the board. I know there is hay out there selling for higher than what I’m selling it for, but it is better than letting it sit in the barn for me.We are battling weeds. We thought we’d have nice cover crop stands heading into the fall but now we have some weeds and we are trying to figure out what to do to get the weeds out of our cover crops. Grass is tough to get out of a rye field.We are doing a little ditching this week if the weather holds. We found out in some of our wheat fields that we needed to split up some tile to get it ready for 2020.Lamar Liming, Trumbull/Mahoning CountyThe weather has been cool with some rain in spots. It has been pretty good weather, generally. It is supposed to warm back up here in the next couple of days. It is supposed to be 87 tomorrow.The cool weather slowed things down some. A few people are chopping corn. Mine is still a little ways off. It is still a couple of weeks for me. I see some beans trying to turn. We chop corn, then go to beans and then harvest the corn. After I chop, I am going to try to get some wheat in too. I am planning on the same wheat acres as I had last year, but if I can get some beans off early enough I’ll put some more wheat in. For the silage tonnage in this area, I’ve heard both above average and I’ve heard below average, but more below average.Our moisture levels are fine. We have been getting rain. I got hay made the end of last week and this weekend. I got some third-cutting dry bales and I think I’m done with hay now, unless we get a really late fall. The quality of third-cutting was good and the yield was probably over 40% more than second cutting, so I’m happy with that.I think the corn will be about average but beans will be below average because they went in so late. They are calling for rain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the warmer temperatures. read more
It’s not Groundhog Day, but it sure feels like it: the Trump administration rolled out its detailed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and once again, it contains enormous cuts for the federal energy efficiency and clean energy programs that affect the lives of and energy bills of all Americans — and at a time when we need these initiatives more than ever to clean our air, create jobs, and urgently fight climate change. Slashing funding, like the 85% (!) hit to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) that administers the efficiency standards program saving U.S. households, on average, $500 a year, leaves no room to continue investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Trump administration is even proposing to fully eliminate the Weatherization Assistance Program that helps low-income families lower their bills and make their homes more comfortable. Trump’s budget proposal, which favors dirty energy, represents a more than $2 billion cut from the $2.3 billion lawmakers allocated for EERE for the current fiscal year.RELATED ARTICLESEnergy and Building Programs Brace for Trump BudgetGreen Building in the Trump EraDepartment of Energy Proposes Changes in Efficiency RulemakingFederal Agencies Begin Efficiency Policy Rollbacks Last year, Congress ignored the president’s proposed DOE budget and instead increased funding. And while Congress has once again already signaled its intent to ignore most of the latest irresponsible request, sadly this proposal represents this administration’s priorities. The work EERE does is crucially important. From the efficiency standards program, which saves consumers over $500 each year on their utility bills, to research on advanced energy technology, to programs like weatherization that help low-income consumers save money on energy bills, this work has a long track record of success. DOE investments in energy efficiency have had a powerful impact on the American people. The research and development programs funded by DOE improve lighting, appliances, building systems, grid efficiency, and much more. For example, thanks in part to DOE programs, LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs — which consume up to 85% less energy than their incandescent counterparts — have dropped in price by 94% since 2009, and over 400 million LED bulbs have brightened American homes and businesses as a result. Handicapping standards The proposed budget would mean that DOE would not have the funding to adequately do its job to update and enforce standards, which have saved $2 trillion since their inception in the late 1980s. DOE has already missed statutorily mandated deadlines for 16 standards and is poised to miss many more if the department doesn’t step up its work. There’s no excuse not to follow the law, and an inadequate budget should not be used as a ploy to halt work on this important, successful program. Furthermore, DOE has already been spending its time working on rollbacks to standards and making the process of setting standards more cumbersome. Congress should be clear with DOE that this is unacceptable, especially in the face of missed mandatory deadlines. The $57 million proposed in Trump’s for the Building Technologies Office, which administers the standards program and other important building-related efficiency programs, is a 75% cut from 2019 funding levels. Instead, we want to see an increase in funding to $268 million for fiscal year 2020, which will enable the department to make even more progress on efficiency of standards, building codes, and other innovative programs. Hurting the most vulnerable The president’s plan to zero out the Weatherization Assistance Program is highly problematic. Weatherizing improves the efficiency of the homes of low-income families, by adding insulation, sealing leaks and cracks, and ensuring homes are safe and comfortable. These improvements lower utility bills and help make home ownership more affordable for the most vulnerable members of our society. The president’s budget claims that this funding cut is because the department should “shift in focus away from deployment activities.” However, that dramatically understates the impact of this program, which provides enormous benefits to low-income consumers. Over the last 40 years, weatherizing homes has reduced energy costs for more than 7 million low-income households across all 50 states by improving energy efficiency. The program supports 8,500 jobs and provides weatherization services to approximately 35,000 homes every year, and those households save an average of at least $283 annually on their utility bills. This is just one of the common-sense programs that will be drastically impacted by the latest irresponsible Trump budget. Energy Star: Messing with success Furthermore, the Trump budget also makes detrimental changes to the wildly popular Energy Star program, which is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star provides a highly recognizable label for appliances and equipment, which differentiates high-efficiency products in the marketplace. This program, with an annual budget of approximately $50 million, paved the way for $34 billion in annual consumer and business savings in 2015, alone. However, the Trump administration has proposed zeroing out federal funding for the 25-year-old program that helps consumers and businesses choose the more efficient appliances and equipment. Although the program has long enjoyed bipartisan support, the Trump administration instead wants to finance it with fees charged to the companies using it. The Energy Star program has enjoyed such success largely due to the trust consumers have in the Energy Star brand (and its blue and white label) — they know it’s a trustworthy, government-run labeling system that isn’t unduly influenced by manufacturers. Requiring a “pay to play” system puts this program at great risk. There were no details included in the proposed budget of how this would work, and it is unclear how important aspects like how specification levels are set, verification testing, and ongoing program management would be handled. Cutting these successful programs makes no sense. At a time when we need to dramatically scale up our actions to reduce the worst impacts of climate change, Trump’s budget moves in completely the wrong direction. We know that scaling energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy is the best way to fight climate change while also reducing consumer energy bills, strengthening the electricity grid, and reducing other forms of air and water pollution. Lauren Urbanek is a senior energy policy advocate in the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Energy program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC’s expert blog and is republished here with permission. read more
The Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accused the ruling Congress government in Punjab of working against the interest of sugarcane farmers in the State.Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal asked the Amarinder Singh government to immediately announce an enhanced State Advised Price of ₹350 per quintal for sugarcane procurement in Punjab, besides releasing ₹400 crore dues of sugarcane growers.Mr. Badal alleged that farmers were being driven to suicide due to wrong policies of the Congress government.
India’s World Cup winning hero Harbhajan Singh has put the process in place for a proposed state-of-art sports academy in his native state of Punjab.”Yes, we have moved in this respect and submitted a detailed project report to the state government,” said Harbhajan ahead of his IPL team Mumbai Indians’ match against Kochi Tuskers here today.The Punjab government is presently in an overdrive to improve a lot of sports in the state and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had held a meeting with Harbhajan in this regard before the World Cup.”Punjab has a slew of world-beaters in sports, including Abhinav Bindra, the first individual Olympics gold medallist of the country. Talent from interiors must have the right set-up and the ambit of its scope should go beyond cricket,” Harbhajan said.Apparently Punjab government shares the same vision. It has earmarked no less than Rs 100 crores for sports this year.It recently honoured 50 players with over Rs 7 crores as prize money for winning medals in Asian, Commonwealth Games and international sports events.Government jobs, scholarships and pensions are on the rise. Thirteen world class stadiums, including one in Jalandhar, is expected to be ready by year-end. Four sports schools and one sports college is in the pipeline.”Sports now is a serious career option. World Cup has added to the thrust. I meet youth everyday who want to excel in sports. They idolise you; want to emulate you. They approach you with hope. It’s our duty that their ambitions get the right platform. It’s good for society, good for the country,” concluded Harbhajan.advertisementNot that this project of Sports Academy has veered Harbhajan off the cricket pitch. Indeed going into today’s IPL match, his economy rate is shade better than even irrepressible Lasith Malinga. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, January 6, 2019.Sunday, January 6No MeetingsMonday, January 7No MeetingsTuesday, January 8The Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, January 9The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, January 10No MeetingsFriday, January 11No MeetingsSaturday, January 12No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government” read more
Maruti Suzuki BalenoReuters fileSuzuki Motor Gujarat, the wholly owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation started production of cars exclusively for Maruti Suzuki India from February. It was believed that the plant in Mehsana district of Gujarat will cut short the waiting period of the popular cars of Indo-Japanese automaker. However, it looks like the long waiting period for Maruti Suzuki cars are here to stay in 2017.The Gujarat plant is expected to produce between 150,000 and 175,000 cars in 2017, which is roughly around the same number the company produces in its Haryana plants. “But our backlog orders are already about 130,000 to 140,000 cars and if you add the normal growth of market demand and demand for new models launching this year, I feel we will still unfortunately continue with backlogs in some of the models,” ET Auto quoted RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki as saying.Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Ignis and Baleno RS are the new models from Maruti Suzuki’s stable. The Vitara Brezza compact SUV was launched in March 2016 and it has already clocked over 2 lakh bookings. Maruti Suzuki managed to sell a little over 1 lakh units so far. The Baleno launched in October 2015 is still in demand. Maruti Suzuki currently sells nearly 7,000 units of Baleno monthly in the domestic market. Both Vitara Brezza and Baleno have over five months of waiting period at present depending on the city. Maruti Suzuki’s popular carsMaruti SuzukiThe Ignis and Baleno RS were launched in 2017. The Ignis has a waiting period of up to three months. The go faster version of the Baleno, the Baleno RS will take nearly a month for delivery. Though Maruti Suzuki has sets its sight on reducing the waiting period for its popular cars in 2017, the likelihood of that happening is on the slim side. read more
SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference, in front of a screen showing a picture of Rajeev Misra, former Senior Managing Director and Partner, Fortress Investment Group, and currently the head of Strategic Finance for SoftBank Group, in Tokyo November 4, 2014.Reuters fileTwo days after closing its billion-dollar funding initiative, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank announced that Rajeev Misra, currently CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, will be joining its board of directors along with four others.The 54-year-old, India-born executive and four others will be formally elected on June 21, SoftBank said in a statement on Wednesday (May 24). An alumni of University of Pennsylvania and MIT Sloan School of Management, Misra joined SoftBank in November 2014 and in October 2016, he was giving the mandate to lead the SoftBank Vision Fund. Misra heads SoftBank Investment Advisers that advises the SoftBank Vision Fund that completed fund-raising from Saudi Arabia, Mubadala Investment Company of the United Arab Emirates, Apple Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Qualcomm Inc. and Sharp Corporation (“Sharp”) or their respective affiliates, according to an update released on Monday (May 22).He had earlier worked for Merrill Lynch for seven years working in derivative marketing and trading, followed by a short stint at Deutsche Bank AG as the Head of Credit Derivatives and Chief of Global Credit Trading. He also worked at UBS as the Global Head of Credit and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities in Europe, Middle East and Africa Global Head of Credit and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities in Europe, Middle East and Africa for five years, according to a profile update by news agency Bloomberg.Misra also served as an independent director at Eros International Plc. from December 1, 2014 to November 17, 2016.The $100-billion SoftBank Vision Fund has a mandate of investing in technology companies globally and has raised $93 billion till date.”The Fund will target meaningful, long-term investments in companies and foundational platform businesses that seek to enable the next age of innovation. The Fund will seek to acquire minority and majority interests in both private and public companies, from emerging technology businesses to established, multi-billion dollar companies requiring substantial growth funding,” according to SoftBank.Marcelo Claure, Sprint Corporation; Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings Plc; Mark Schwartz, Senior Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, Managing Director and Board Member, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are the other four executives who will be joining the SoftBank board.SoftBank’s investments in India include $1.4 billion in mobile wallet Paytm owned by fintech company One97 Communications. Paytm became Paytm Payments Bank with effect from May 23. Besides, SoftBank has also invested in cab-hailing company Ola and e-commerce firm Snapdeal. Snapdeal is rumoured to be acquired by bigger rival Flipkart. read more
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will hold a “Dance With Me” event at Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.E. on July 17 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The event will include performances by 1960’s Doo-Wop group The Jewels and Brencore Allstars with a tribute to Motown and an Interactive Hand Dance workshop with the National Hand Dance Association. The cost is free. There will be an open dance floor and lawn chairs welcomed. For more information, contact Ebony Brown at email@example.com or by phone 202-724-5613.