SAN JOSE — Heading into the Christmas break, the Sharks are starting to look like the Stanley Cup contenders that everyone predicted they’d be back in training camp.They’ve won seven of nine games, putting together a season best five-game winning streak before the Winnipeg Jets beat them at SAP Center Thursday night. Despite the loss, the Sharks outplayed the Western Conference’s top-ranked team for 40 minutes, thrusting themselves back into the Stanley Cup conversation after a miserable month …
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As they say in the North, “winter is coming.” Last weekend I mowed the yard at 60 degrees. Today it is 32 degrees and snow is on the ground.Harvest is mostly done. At this point the market will have to rally to get farmers selling, because bins are closed and locked tight. Seasonally the market tends to rally from Mid-November through Christmas.Many now wonder how high markets can go considering how much grain was produced. The dollar strengthened last week, which long-term may slow export demand. Corn is now trading in a tight range between $3.40 to $3.60. Beans are holding at $9.80, but may retest $10 soon. It’s hard to tell if beans will push above $10.20 on the Jan. It may take a weather issue in South America to get the prices to rally above that level. Bean MarketingBeans have had a wild and unpredictable ride this past year.Dec ’15 – With harvest over, many expected the largest carryout in recent history. Prices began to decrease.Jan ’16 – South America was pacing to produce a record bean crop, which caused prices to fall further.Mar ’16 – As South America’s harvest approached, there was so much rain, farmers couldn’t get beans out of the fields. This reduced yields and caused the market to rally.Apr ’16 – Frightened world buyers were worried about supply issues and began buying all the beans they could from the U.S. Prices increased further.May ’16 – El Niño caused a widespread drought in Indonesia, where most of the world’s palm crop/oil is grown. This increased demand for soybean oil and increased prices further.Jun ’16 – Drought concerns and rumors began to run rampant throughout the U.S. Fear pushed prices up even further.Jul ’16 – U.S. weather forecasts abruptly changed as drought was no longer a concern. Prices fell quickly.Aug ’16 – Yield estimates continued to increase more and more, and prices continued to fall.Oct ’16 – Yield estimates were confirmed, it was a record crop. Prices surprised many and ralliedNov ’16 – Drought worries in South America and increased demand for soy oil to replace palm oil is still present and keeping prices strong.Today – reports indicate 4 to 5 million corn acres may switch to beans in 2017 Why the history lesson?The above list of global factors affecting bean prices last year illustrates how easily and quickly bean prices can change based upon unforeseen circumstances and irrational behavior. Some of these factors, like drought concerns often cause price volatility. These events can range from the droughts in Indonesia impacting the palm oil market or the lack of weather problems from La Niña, which are completely unpredictable. In fact, most “experts” and analysts were completely wrong last year. No one predicted the “perfect storm” the 2016 bean market encountered. The point is, predicting future prices with any accuracy is impossible. The importance of understanding breakeven pointsOn average I estimate farmers need about $4 corn futures and $9.75 bean futures to breakeven.Today bean prices are at a level where nearly all farmers can lock in profits for both the 2016 bean crop just harvested AND the 2017 crop next year. Beans are the only major crop right now where that is the case.Many farmers think there is more potential in the market and are going to wait to sell. I hear so many farmers saying, “But it rallied $3 per bushel last spring, it will probably do that again. I mean why are prices increasing after a record harvest? I’m going to wait to sell.” History shows us that no two marketing years are the same. The reasons for last year’s rally do not have to repeat.I certainly want the market to rally even though I have sold much of my 2016 and 2017 crop. However, there are two scenarios that concern me. One, if bean prices are the only profitable crop, it’s reasonable to assume more bean acres will be planted next year. Every farmer I have spoken to tells me they will not plant more corn in 2017 than they did in 2016. Two, there may not be a weather scare in South America and yields could be normal. I always ask farmers to think about what would happen if they are wrong about prices going up. So, what is your plan?It’s hard for me to not sell beans right now knowing that prices are at profitable levels (while corn is not). If I wait and prices end up going lower, I may put myself in a position where I’m unsold in both corn and beans while prices sit at unprofitable levels. This increases my farm operation’s risk, which I am always trying to avoid and minimize.After an acreage shift on our farm, I have 75% of my 2017 beans hedged with only 5% of my 2017 corn. With what I know today, I want to minimize risk and protect my profits by selling some beans now while I wait for corn to return to profitable levels. Like in baseball, right now I’m just looking to get on base to start scoring some runs. A home run would be great, but I can’t afford a strike out. So, I’m playing it a little safe and going with the sure thing.I have been suggesting to producers to have orders in place for Nov ’17 futures. If $10, $10.50 or even $11 is the price you want have the orders in because as history has shown us the market can lose value very quickly.Keep in mind, while I have sold quite a few of my beans already, I always try to structure my marketing plans to consider all potential scenarios. Therefore, if prices continue to increase above $10, which I think could happen, I still have more soybeans I can sell in the future. Remember, as a farmer I will always have more grain to sell eventually.
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CJ Perez was also one of the seven players who notched double figures in scoring with 15 markers, 14 boards, and five dimes.Wilson Baltazar pumped three treys to wound up with 13 points, Jaycee Marcelino, MJ Ayaay, and Ralph Tansingco all logged 12 points, and Jayvee Marcelino got 11 in the comfortable victory for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter gaining back-to-back wins after losing their conference-opener, Jawbreakers coach Topex Robinson praised his wards for sustaining their frenetic pace.“Again, we want to keep on sustaining the energy. We want to change the way the D-League will be played,” he said. “They have to keep up to us rather than us keeping up with the rest of the D-League.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Quarters: 31-19, 61-39, 81-64, 109-85. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESShowing no signs of slowing down, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylaid AMA Online Education, 109-85, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu led the balanced attack for the Jawbreakers with 17 points, including a rim-rattling dunk over Andre Paras with 2:44 remaining to punctuate the victory, along with 10 rebounds, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Marcial brings experience, demeanor to PBA Commissioner’s Office The win also allowed Zark’s to surpass its paltry showing in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where it finished 1-9.The Jawbreakers ran to a 15-6 opening salvo and kept their foot on the pedal en route to a 27-point advantage, 109-82, late in the game.Genmar Bragais held the fort for the winless Titans (0-2) with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Cañete got 22 markers and seven boards.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 109 — Nzeusseu 17, Perez 15, Baltazar 13, Ayaay 12, Jc. Marcelino 12, Tansingco 12, Jv. Marcelino 11, Serrano 5, Cinco 4, Ibañez 4, Marata 4, Liwag 0, Santos 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 85 — Bragais 29, Cañete 22, Manalang 10, Escalambre 8, Casiño 5, Porter 5, Paras 4, Parcero 2, Antonares 0, Garcia 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
I was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange,I was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange reason, I went through the story again and again. I peered at the photographs closely too and noticed that in the picture on page 29, one of the soldiers sported a name tag “Vijayant” on his chest. Two days later, I was stunned to hear that Thapar and some brave jawans had made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland.Datta S. Bagade, on e-mail from Aurangabad
Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who recently lifted his 19th Grand Slam champion at the age of 35 at Wimbledon, has insisted that it would be a joke if he wins third slam this year at the US Open.Federer has had a sparkling 2017, having emerged victorious in five tournaments including his fifth Australian Open title in January and a record eighth-Wimbledon title this month.The current world number three, who has returned to his menacing best, also holds a great chance to grab final slam of the year-US Open-which he won five times between 2004 and 2008.However, Federer refuses the possibility of accomplishing the same, saying, “That would be a joke, if I won three slams this year out of nowhere. I know if I stay in shape, there are chances for me to do well at the US Open, but to win it? Yeah, at some stage I almost feel like I have to be realistic.””I am not 25 anymore. I’m not sure I can win three slams in one year. Winning two is already pretty crazy and plenty good enough for me,” Federer told in an interview with CNN.The Swiss legend, however, said that he would try and give his best shot in the final major of the season.”I’ll definitely try and get myself organised, prepared and ready so that I’ll have the best chance to do well at the US Open,” he added.Earlier this month, Federer outclassed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in his 11th final at the All England Club.advertisementThe victory made Federer the oldest man to win at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.With Federer’s fifth crown of the year, the Swiss also surged to No. 3 – his highest rankings position since August 2016.
Newcastle striker Carroll suffers new setbackby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Andy Carroll has suffered a groin strain and will miss this weekend’s visit of Wolves.Newcastle are also sweating on the severity of a knee injury to star defender Fabian Schar, says the Daily Mail.Both players picked up the problems during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, a result that leaves the Magpies in the bottom three.Carroll is yet to start a game since rejoining his hometown club in August having undergone ankle surgery in March.Although the groin injury is not thought to be serious, it is nonetheless a setback in his bid for full fitness. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes that the level of spending that Manchester City have made has been a factor in their success this seasonEverton are set to host the Premier League leaders on Saturday with City looking to take another step closer to the title by adding another three points.While Pep Guardiola has been receiving much praise for the results he has accomplished, while installing his style of play into the squad, Allardyce believes that the amount of spending that the club did can not be ignored.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“And £350million – that will have a bit to do with it! In all fairness, the money’s been really well spent, hasn’t it?” said the former England coach, according to talkSPORT.“It’s a lot of money but it’s been spent on quality players over his short period there and I think those players have brought so much more to the team overall.“The average age of the player has been reduced. Certainly the confidence has grown where they believe every game they walk out on they are not going to get beat. That grows and becomes another force before that even start. We can’t be intimidated by that.”