Previous articleCorn, Bean Harvest Fall Behind 5-Year AverageNext articleNew Indiana Corn and Soybean Leader Takes the Helm Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Corn Yields Dropping as Harvest Begins SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Yields Dropping as Harvest Begins SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 30, 2019 Stalk-quality-a-concernAs harvest begins, field reports indicate that corn yields have been declining and stalk quality is a serious concern. Several weeks of sunny, warm weather has pushed the late planted corn rapidly toward black layer, but stalk integrity has suffered. Lance Shepherd, Pioneer agronomist in NE Indiana, says, “We are seeing a lot of stalk quality issues out there. The ear has had to rob a lot of carbohydrates and sugars from the stalks to finish grain fill. Thus, we are seeing a lot of weak stalks.” Poor root development caused by planting in less than ideal conditions is also a contributing factor.Shepard says another issue impacting corn standability is disease, “Southern Rust has come up in to northern counties in Indiana, even as far north as Dekalb County. That, combined with Tar Spot and Northern and Gray Leaf Spot, has really taken some of the yield out of these crops.”As a result, Shepard recommends growers check fields and prioritize where to start harvest, “We are recommending growers get out in their fields and do a pinch test or push test to assess stalk quality.” Those fields with stalk issues should be harvested first, despite moisture levels.
United Biscuits has launched a £2million marketing campaign for its snack brand Phileas Fogg, which includes new pack designs and new television advertising to start mid-February.The firm has said the new TV advert will build on the brand’s 2009 theme of highlighting “the authenticity of Phileas Fogg ingredients and how they are sourced”, and will be set in Modena, Italy.The new pack designs for its snack range, which includes crisps, tortillas and poppadoms were rolled-out last month, with the use of more colour to help consumers distinguish between the different flavours.“Since it’s re-launch last year, Phileas Fogg has grown to become worth almost £12m at RSV and has had a significant impact on growing the premium bagged snacks segment, which is up 7% YOY and worth £517m,” commented Helen Warren-Piper, marketing director of bagged snacks at United Biscuits.
Facebook chief operating officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, has been selected by her Harvard and Radcliffe College classmates as the chief marshal at Harvard’s 365th Commencement ceremony on May 26.“I feel fortunate to be joining my classmates in welcoming the Class of 2016 to the Harvard alumni community,” said Sandberg.The 25th reunion class has selected the chief marshal from among its ranks since 1899. In addition to leading the alumni procession to Tercentenary Theatre, the honoree also hosts a lunch for alumni, dignitaries, and special guests of the University.“One of the great traditions of Commencement at Harvard is that the students who graduate in the morning are immediately welcomed to the ranks of alumni at the afternoon’s annual meeting,” said Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) President Paul Choi ’86, J.D. ’89. “Having someone as accomplished and admired as Sheryl Sandberg lead us into the Yard will make the occasion all the more special.”Prominent alumni who have received this honor include U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1929), U.S. Sens. Leverett Saltonstall (1939) and Henry Cabot Lodge (1949), and actor John Lithgow (1992). More recently, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson (2013), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2011), and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse (2007) have served in this role.Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, chief of staff to then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and an economist with the World Bank.Sandberg is the author of the bestsellers “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” which has sold more than 2.25 million copies worldwide, and “Lean In for Graduates.” She is also the founder of LeanIn.org, a global community committed to empowering women to achieve their ambitions.Sandberg has been an active alumna. In 2013, she was the keynote speaker at Harvard Business School’s W50 Summit, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the admission of women. The following year, she was selected as Class Day speaker by the graduating class of Harvard College.The annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association will be held Thursday, May 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard. All Harvard alumni and members of the Harvard community are invited to attend and can obtain free tickets from the Harvard Alumni Association. For those unable to attend, the proceedings will be streamed live online.
– Advertisement – Feeling grateful! Blake Shelton took a moment to gush about his new fiancée, Gwen Stefani, at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, November 15.While accepting the award for best country star, Shelton made sure to thank his fans for their support. The “God’s Country” crooner, 44, then gave a special acknowledgment to his longtime love.- Advertisement – The Voice coaches announced their engagement last month via Instagram. At the time, the twosome shared the same snap of themselves smooching while the “Hollaback Girl” singer flashed her new diamond sparkler.Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Matt Baron/Shutterstock“@blakeshelton yes please! 💍🙏🏻 ,” she captioned her post, while her longtime beau wrote, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020 … And the rest of my life. I love you. I heard a YES!”A source told Us that Shelton is eager to wed Stefani. “Blake is just ready to be married and wants it to happen very soon,” the insider exclusively revealed. “Don’t be surprised if it happens by the end of the year.”- Advertisement – “Thank you to my new fiancée, Gwen Stefani,” he said. “That’s S-t-e-f-a-n-i, if you need to Google it to figure out who she is. Thanks for the inspiration and I love you guys, thank you.”Blake Shelton, The Country Artist of 2020, accepts the award onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Christopher Polk/E! EntertainmentShelton previously raved about Stefani, 51, at the 2019 ceremony while receiving the same honor. “Gwen Stefani, I love the s–t out of you,” he said at the time.Us Weekly broke the news in November 2015 that Shelton and Stefani were officially dating. Their relationship came after the duo announced their respective splits from Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale earlier that year.- Advertisement – Leading up to the proposal, the “Happy Anywhere” collaborators had been negotiating their prenup. “They have been in prenup talks for a few months. The process has been extremely effortless,” a source said, adding that there have been “no hiccups, or outrageous demands” from either side.The No Doubt frontwoman shares sons, Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, with Rossdale, 55. In the past, Stefani raved about what a “good dad” Shelton is to her three boys.“He’s been helping me out a lot,” she said on Today in 2019. “I literally get to the point where I’m like, ‘You’ve got to get home. Come help!’ It’s hard.”Stefani’s sons with the Bush rocker “look up to Blake in a big way,” a source told Us in August. “He’s earned their respect as a father figure. He’s gone from being their friend to being a serious parental influence.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!
However, chairman Steve Parish would not countenance selling the club’s most valuable asset for anything less than £80 million, although some reports suggested he wanted as much as £100 million.Arsenal lost interest after they had a £40 million bid declined earlier in the summer. They then broke their transfer record to buy his international team-mate Nicolas Pepe for £72 million.Zaha’s frustration boiled over, however, as Thursday’s deadline for the summer transfer window approached and Palace batted away two bids from big-spending Everton, according to The Daily Telegraph.They first offered £55 million plus striker Cenk Tosun and then when that was declined they improved it to £60 million — still way off Parish’s valuation.Admitting defeat Everton filled the void by buying Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi for a fee that could rise to £35 million.In theory an opportunity still exists for Zaha as transfer windows are open across Europe, and the Telegraph reports that German side Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested.However, The Times says that Parish has also put a block on him leaving for a foreign club, risking an even smaller fee next summer should Palace fail to hold off relegation.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Wilfried ZahaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha had hoped to be lining up on the opening weekend of the Premier League season for Everton against the London club.Instead Zaha is still at Palace amid reports of growing tension with his boyhood club after they blocked his big move to Merseyside over money.Coach Roy Hodgson admits that he had to send a sulky Zaha home early from training on Thursday and hopes a player who has led the battle against relegation the past two seasons snaps out of his funk in time for the new season.The 72-year-old said he was counting on Zaha delivering for Palace despite some reports saying Zaha — who last season signed a new five-year contract worth a reported £130,000 (140,056 euros) a week — has told the club he will not be available at Selhurst Park on Saturday.“We are looking forward to him doing this season, what he’s done for the last two seasons,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.“His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he’s wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.“He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long-term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.”Zaha had submitted a transfer request earlier this week hoping to move to a bigger club.
Jack Gaunt and David Hague, who are both making their debut at this level, continued their 100 per cent foursomes record with a 3/1 win in a tight game. For most of the match they held just a one-hole lead, but they finished strongly winning both 16 and 17. Defending champions Ireland hold a 4-1 lead over Scotland after this morning’s second day foursomes at the Men’s Home Internationals – while England battled hard to stay in touch with Wales. Battling England stay in touch The hosts won the last two games at Moortown, Yorkshire, to trail by just one point going into this afternoon’s singles. The hosts won the last two games at Moortown, Yorkshire, to trail by just one point going into this afternoon’s singles. Today, four of their five pairings were quickly ahead and they went on to secure those points, with Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden and Euan Walker claiming their team’s only foursomes win. Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Today, four of their five pairings were quickly ahead and they went on to secure those points, with Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden and Euan Walker claiming their team’s only foursomes win. Jack Gaunt and David Hague (pictured), who are both making their debut at this level, continued their 100 per cent foursomes record with a 3/1 win in a tight game. For most of the match they held just a one-hole lead, but they finished strongly winning both 16 and 17. The experienced Bradley Moore teamed up again with new cap Jake Burnage and they maintained their unbeaten foursomes record with a fighting finish. They were one down after 15, but won 16 and 17 before halving the last in par to claim their point and provide a big morale boost for the team. Click here for full scores Click here for full scores Ireland, meanwhile, were clearly determined to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s foursomes, when they too trailed after the morning session against Wales. Defending champions Ireland hold a 4-1 lead over Scotland after this morning’s second day foursomes at the Men’s Home Internationals – while England battled hard to stay in touch with Wales. Ireland, meanwhile, were clearly determined to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s foursomes, when they too trailed after the morning session against Wales. The experienced Bradley Moore teamed up again with new cap Jake Burnage and they maintained their unbeaten foursomes record with a fighting finish. They were one down after 15, but won 16 and 17 before halving the last in par to claim their point and provide a big morale boost for the team. 17 Aug 2017 Battling England stay in touch Three new caps were involved in the games which turned around England’s fortunes and brought about the 3-2 score. Three new caps were involved in the games which turned around England’s fortunes and brought about the 3-2 score. Tags: Men’s Home Internationals
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton broke his drought at Formula One’s Malaysian Grand Prix and led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team on Sunday.Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull third.It was the first one-two by the Mercedes factory team since 1955, when it was a dominant force in the embryonic days of F1.Hamilton got away well from pole position and led throughout, making up for his retirement in the season-opening race in Australia and belatedly winning in Malaysia for the first time, at his eighth attempt.“Incredibly happy, my first win here in my eighth year, so finally got that,” Hamilton said. “To get a one-two is quite special, I haven’t had many in my career.”The Briton was also quick to mention the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which took off from the Kuala Lumpur airport adjacent to the Sepang track earlier this month and is thought to have crashed, killing all 239 people aboard.“After such a tragedy three weeks ago, I would like to dedicate this win to those people and their families,” Hamilton said.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Jenson Button, while Felipe Massa held on for seventh ahead of Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas despite being told by his team to let Bottas through.After the race, Massa insisted he had done the right thing in ignoring team orders, though there were likely to be internal repercussions as Bottas was adamant he could have passed Button.Two rookies took the final two points positions, with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen ninth and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat tenth.On a day when the threatened tropical rain held off, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen were the leading cars that suffered the worst luck.Ricciardo was in fourth place with 15 laps to go when the team failed to properly attach a wheel during a pitstop, forcing him to stop halfway down the pitlane and be pushed back to have it replaced. Soon after, the Australian lost his front wing, got a stop-go penalty for an unsafe release from the pitstop and then retired.To make matters worse, the unsafe release means he will also get a 10-place grid penalty at next weekend’s race in Bahrain.It was another tough day for Ricciardo, who finished second in his home race in Melbourne, only to be disqualified after the team was deemed to have exceeded the fuel-flow limit on his car.Raikkonen was hit from behind by Magnussen on the opening lap, causing a puncture, dropping him to the back of the field. He finished 12th, behind Lotus’ Romain Grosjean who did well to make it to the finish in his Lotus, which has been beset by engine failures in the early part of the season.Rosberg’s second place extended his early lead in the drivers’ championship to 18 points ahead of Hamilton, and Mercedes already has a sizeable lead atop the constructors’ championship, but the German was wary about how quickly Red Bull appears to be catching up.“They were absolutely nowhere (after preseason testing) and now (Vettel) is right in the back of me, pushing me,” Rosberg said. “They have ramped up their pace, very very impressive, so we need to keep on it to keep our advantage.”Vettel, who put a squeeze move on Rosberg in the run to the first corner that almost forced the Mercedes into the pit wall, was compromised in his attempt to catch the silver cars by high fuel consumption, and in the end settled for third place.“We need to make quick steps because they are quite far ahead but I am happy with the steps we are making,” Vettel said. “It’s still a bloody good result to be finishing right behind them on the podium, and that is what we need to keep doing.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Nisqually Land TrustExperience the Nisqually River up close, right on the water. The Nisqually Land Trust is offering rafting trips on July 23 and 24 that will float the seldom-seen upper stretch of the Nisqually River. Reservations are $115 per person.This family-friendly trip is rated for adults and children 60 pounds and up and is professionally outfitted and guided by Alpine Adventures. It will last from four to five hours, depending on river conditions, and includes a catered riverbank lunch.Capitol Land Trust’s Nisqually River Floats offer families the chance to see little known stretches of the scenic river. Photo courtesy: Nisqually Land Trust“You may not realize how wild and scenic the Nisqually is,” says Land Trust Executive Director Joe Kane. “This river is close to home, yet 75 percent of its lower 42 miles—from Alder Dam to the delta—is permanently protected, undeveloped, and relatively inaccessible. Rafting is really the best way to see the Nisqually and its eagles, hawks, deer, and other wildlife.”The Saturday and Sunday trips will depart from the Nisqually’s confluence with the Mashel River, near Eatonville, and finish at Wilcox Farms, near Roy. This 13-mile trip passes along several Land Trust properties, including the three-mile length of one of the Land Trust’s largest holdings, Powell Creek, which includes majestic stands of mature forest. “Nearly every mile along this stretch of river is permanently protected by the Land Trust or our partners,” said Kane. “This is a beautiful illustration of what cooperative conservation can achieve.”Nisqually float trips are professionally guided and suitable for families with children over 60 pounds.For reservations and further information, call the Nisqually Land Trust at (360) 489-3400 or visit the Land Trust’s website.The Nisqually Land Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently benefit the water, wildlife, and people of the Nisqually River Watershed.
By Mary Ann BourbeauThe United Methodist Church building in Highlands has a new lease on life.After the church was closed several years ago, the building’s fate was up in the air. It was leased out for a while but then the 65-year-old structure was flooded by Super Storm Sandy. [private]Now the brick church on Bay Avenue has been converted into a space to house volunteers from around the country who come to help rebuild homes damaged by the horrific October storm.It is not the only church in the area to be used to house volunteers helping those in the area recover from Sandy. The First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank also was renovated to host up to 20 people.In Highlands, the leaders of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church realized after the storm that area residents were going to need both short-term and long-term help. Under the leadership of Bishop John Schol, they started an independent, nonprofit organization called A Future with Hope, with the goal of rebuilding 500 homes over five years. The focus would be to help those who are elderly, disabled and low income. The organization is now based out of the Highlands church.“Even in the midst of the most challenging times, there is a hopeful future for us, and by working together we can realize those hopes,” Schol said. “A Future with Hope will be around for the long haul, a long-term effort by the United Methodist Church in New Jersey to focus on relief, recovery and mission work.”A Future with Hope, a partner with United Methodist Committee on Relief, has received significant funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross and members of the United Methodist Church.Since it began rebuilding homes in March, the organization has had the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers from 16 states. Most come for a week and stay in one of 10 hosting sites, the largest of which is the Highlands church that opened its doors July 15 and can host up to 100 people at a time.Recently, volunteers from Houston, Texas, stayed in the repurposed church, which now has a kitchen and showers. While men sleep on cots in the sanctuary, women’s cots are in the basement. They worked at a site in Keyport, while another group from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio, helped rebuild a home in Highlands. Those volunteers, who were staying in a Lacey Township church, worked with a group from Bridgewater at the one-story home that had to be gutted after taking on more than 3 feet of water. Some were skilled in areas such as carpentry; others, including high school students, learned how to Sheetrock, spackle and paint.“Jesus told us to help people,” said the Rev. Erwin Urschitz of Ohio. “We’ve been to help those affected by Katrina five times. We go where the need is, one home at a time, one family at a time, if that’s all you can do. We’re really glad to be helping our brothers and sisters, wherever they might be. We have to do something. We can’t just pray for them.We have to put our boots physically on the ground.”Case managers for A Future with Hope take applications from those in need. Currently, there are 11 homes under construction.Morgan Lalevee, 18, of Bridgewater, volunteered her time at the home in Highlands, learning to spackle and sand walls. She was happy to donate her time, especially after meeting the homeowner.“This house has been in her family for 80 years and she didn’t want to give it up,” Lalevee said. “Her face lit up when she saw how much we got done.”Her clothes and face covered with specks of spackle, Lalevee said she was having fun working on the home.“I enjoy helping people,” she said. “I don’t look at it like I’m giving up my summer. I’m using my time in a better way.”The volunteers, who arrive on Sundays and bring their own bedding to the host church, have an orientation and safety lesson on Mondays. They then receive their assignments based on need and skill level. A Future with Hope provides them with one meal during the week. Often members of the groups go out and spend money in the community where they are helping, offering another plus for the hard-hit town.“We’re very pleased that (the church building) was transformed to serve the community,” said Beverly Schol, regional manager for A Future with Hope.In Red Bank, the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill has also been renovated to accommodate volunteers.“Many of our congregation’s members were affected by Sandy and as a church we needed to respond,” said Sue Elam of Oceanport, chairwoman of the church’s storm recovery team.The volunteers receive their assignments from Gateway Church in Union Beach. During a recent week, 300 people from around the country went there to help. A group from Missouri stayed at Tower Hill while they worked on a home in Keansburg.“We’ve discovered some people have been living in their damaged homes because they have no place else to go,” Elam said. “For people to help them find a path forward has been emotionally uplifting to the homeowners – and it’s personally rewarding for the people who come in to help.”The Red Bank church will only be available to groups in the summer because the space is used as a nursery school during the school year. But Elam expects the church to host volunteers again next year.“So many people have been affected,” she said. “It’s going to be a long road getting people back in their homes.”Additional information about A Future with Hope is available by visiting www.gnjumc.org or calling 732-359-1012.[/private]View the photo gallery here
JAZZY TIMES: Also trained by Baffert, this up and coming three year old will try stakes company for the first time on Saturday. A runaway 6 ½ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs at Del Mar on July 31, Jazzy Times, who was a handy first-out maiden winner on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs May 7, has two wins from four starts. Owned by Zayat Stables, the Kentucky-bred colt by Discreetly Mine has been favored in all four of his races and will hope to hit the board under Rafael Bejarano. THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 4 of 10 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PST LORD NELSON: A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, Lord Nelson was purchased privately by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm following a third place finish here in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 and is undefeated in three starts for his new connections. With Baffert mapping strategy, Lord Nelson made his 2016 debut in a six furlong classified allowance here on June 3 and he responded with an emphatic 3 ½ length win. He followed that with a half-length score in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes on June 25 and exits the best race of his career, a four length triumph in the Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 31. Undefeated in three starts at six furlongs, he’s 4-7 at Santa Anita and has six wins from 12 career starts, with earnings of $778,271. All Run–Martin Garcia–121Anytime Anyplace–Victor Espinoza–121Cautious Giant–Tyler Baze–121Lord Nelson–Flavien Prat–125Jazzy Times–Rafael Bejarano–118First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/. Undefeated in three starts this year and positioned as perhaps America’s top sprinter, Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson looms a complete standout among a field of five three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, the winner will earn an automatic fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5. SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE