Warriors’ Kevon Looney scheduled to play Monday against Hawks

first_imgORLANDO — Warriors center Kevon Looney (Neuropathy) is scheduled to play in Atlanta on Monday, coach Steve Kerr said, and will be on a minutes restriction upon his return.Looney, who has missed most of the season with a neuropathic condition, went through warmups before Sunday’s game in Orlando. He will receive treatment Monday morning, at which point the Warriors will make a final decision on his availability.After missing the preseason with a right hamstring injury, Looney, 23, played …last_img read more

Inoculants at silage harvest can help an already effective regimen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For dairy and other livestock producers wanting to optimize their silage, the addition of inoculant just prior to storage may help to improve their return by minimizing losses and getting the most out of their product.Silage inoculants help the fermentation process, an essential part of any feed of its type. They contain anaerobic bacteria that result in a high fermentation rate, higher levels of lactic acid and lower amounts of acetic acid.Normand St-Pierre, professor and dairy extension specialist at The Ohio State University, said there has been a substantial increase in inoculant use in the last few years. This is party due to economics.“As a guide, if the silage goes above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have a problem. The intake of the cows will drop and you’ll have some upset stomachs,” St-Pierre said. “Good grief, I remember working in New York 20 years ago. At the time, you could buy corn silage standing in the field. There were corn rows standing there and you got it for $15 a cut. So okay, you pack it and you might lose 10%. You lose 10% of $15; well that’s only $1.50. Today, we’re close to about $4 corn on the Chicago Board. That translates our corn silage coming out of the silos around $40 a ton. That’s including growing the corn, going in, and the packing and the equipment and the chopping and everything. Now suddenly 10% of $40, that’s $4 that you’re losing per ton. So that’s something making more sense about the inoculants.”Not all silage needs an inoculant and St-Pierre said it should be used as a tool. It has little place, for example, in an operation that’s already lacking overall feed management practices.“The thing that I’m always reminding people of is silage inoculant will not fix management problems. So the process of ensiling, whether it’s haylage or corn silage, is the same. The inoculants are part of the tool kits. They should be used, I think, with corn silage, but it’s debatable. It depends on the price of corn. Essentially, when corn grain goes over $3 a bushel, then it’s a no-brainer. For haylage they don’t have a whole lot of residual sugar, so it depends on when they are cut. Certainly on the first cut, I think, to me, it’s a no brainer,” he said. “They reduce the extent of the fermentation. The amount of material lost from aerobic fermentation justifies an effective inoculant. That’s why we’ve seen a whole lot more use.”As far as the choices of inoculants go, he said it should be noted that several options are out there in terms of price, value, and other such factors. His advice to farmers is to focus on the research behind a certain product and its validity.“Now there’s a lot of people confused where you have a whole range of prices and all sort of companies,” St-Pierre said. “Ask the company if they have control research. Not necessarily of their own. University research is what we like to find. That is more unbiased than if you have a company representative going and doing their own trials. Also, look at the reputation of the company. If they make better products and are known to have good effective products, they are more likely to have a good effective lactobacilli.”He also points out that inoculants are made up of living organisms and have to be handled as such.“To be effective, the inoculants themselves have to be alive. So when you get those on your farm, make sure you read very carefully the instructions on how you’re supposed to store them and then apply them,” he said. “There are instances I have seen some producers mix them way too early. By the time they apply it the microbials are mostly dead. That doesn’t help much.”Application of the inoculant is primarily at the time of harvest without delay.“Well, the applicator can be either put in the chopper itself, or it can be put up on loading, like in a tower silo. Both are equally effective,” St-Pierre said. “As soon as you have chopped the plant, it’s a race against oxygen. You need to have the material packed as quickly as possible. In a tower silo, it’s gravity that takes care of that. In a horizontal bunker type silo, it’s the heavy machinery that you run over it. The main cause of poor silage is people just don’t have enough machinery to pile in proportion to the equipment they have in the field. So the material arrives too quickly.“Every year it surprises me that some people will think about going and sharpening the knife on the chopper the day they plan to chop. You can do that ahead of time. Have your equipment ready and functional. Have sufficient equipment. The other major determinant of the quality of silage, whether it’s corn or haylage, is the percent moisture, or percent dry matter, which is one in the same. You want to avoid going over 36% to 38% in a bunker silo with corn silage, on a dry matter basis. You want to make sure you have 62, 64, 66% moisture. If you have less moisture than that, you will have problems to pack it up. You will have some oxygen. Plus the kernels at that point start being quite hard, and you will have some unreasonable amount of corn grain that will go undigested in the animals when it’s fed.”The same thing goes for haylage.“Generally with haylage you can increase the percent of dry matter by 2% or 3% over the recommendation for corn silage. It depends also of course on the silo structure. With a tower silo, you need to have the material a little bit drier than in a bunker silo. Again, a good advisor would provide the optimal percent dry matter recommendations for a given structure. That will have more influence than anything else,” he said. “If you’re outside the correct range, I don’t care how much inoculant you’re going to put on, you’re going to have crappy corn silage. If you put the correct amount of moisture, the correct amount of packing as quickly as possible, then an effective inoculant will be really paying off for you. If you haven’t done the first two things correctly, you’re wasting your money on the inoculant.”Success requires a well-managed, efficient operation from the field through storage.“The essence is, as soon as the crop is chopped, bring it in the silo. Whether you have a vertical silo, a horizontal bunker type silo, you have to pack it up as quickly as possible. Many farms just don’t have enough packing equipment for the rate at which the silage is coming from the field. You need to exclude the oxygen out of there as quickly as possible,” St-Pierre said. “When you’re stuck in late afternoon or early evening, you have to cover it and uncover it the next day. It’s a pain in the neck. I understand that, but if you don’t do that, you end up having the silage where you see those bands of dark horizontal lines. That’s where it was stuck for one evening, and maybe it rained and didn’t start for two days after that. You have bad fermentation. It can make the animal sick, plus you have a loss of material that can exceed 10%.”last_img read more

Cattlemen urge action to reduce trade barriers in Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement, Kester noted that reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers would benefit Japanese consumers and U.S. cattle producers. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017. However, U.S. beef exports face tariffs as high as 50% under some circumstances.“NCBA strongly supports prioritizing and expediting negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement,” Kester said in his comments. “The U.S. beef industry is at risk of losing significant market share in Japan unless immediate action is taken to level the playing field.”A number of key U.S. competitors have negotiated agreements that provide their producers with preferential access to the Japanese market. For example, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australian beef exporters will enjoy a tariff reduction of 27.5% in the first year of the agreement for fresh and frozen products. In most cases, the countries who are part of CPTPP will see their tariff rates for beef exports decline to 9% over the next 15 years. In addition to CPTPP, Japan is moving ahead with a trade agreement that will give European Union beef producers similar terms to those negotiated in CPTPP.“NCBA supported the negotiated compromise under Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it reduced the massive tariff applied to U.S. beef, diminished the likelihood of triggering snap back tariffs, and established strong, objective, and predictable sanitary and phytosanitary standards and other rules-based trade standards,” Kester said. “We expect nothing less under a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.”last_img read more

Facebook Stops Harshing On Hashtags

first_imgTags:#Facebook#now#social media#twitter Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This has been reported since March, but the official rollout is apparently happening soon. Twitter’s use of hashtags has made the social media channel a popular medium for real-time conversation surrounding events both positive and negative, like the Oscars or the Boston Marathon bombings. Facebook’s inclusion of hashtags is one more way to tap into that real-time chatter and hopefully drive in more eyeballs for ads. It was a long time in coming, but today Facebook made it official: hashtags, the popular tagging tool from Twitter, are coming to Facebook. From ABC News:Over the next few weeks all Facebook users will be able to include a hashtagged phrase, like #royalbaby or #puppies, in their posts and then watch it become clickable. When a hashtag is included in a post, clicking on it will pop out a feed that aggregates others posts that have been tagged with the same phrase. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

U.S. feds hope cyberattacks will wither under new “strategic principles”

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Related Posts David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img The Obama Administration is looking to make sure the type of cyberattack that took major websites — like Spotify, Netflix, and Twitter — offline last week does not happen again.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will develop a set of “strategic principles” for connected devices, to ensure they meet security standards and don’t fall into the hands of adversaries.See Also: Xiongmai to recall 10,000 compromised webcams after U.S. attackMore than one million connected devices have fell into the hands of bad actors, most of them don’t have any security or hard encryption.The DHS is calling for manufacturers to integrate more security into the device, like better encryption and other authentication methods. It is also working with the police to teach officers about defect units.Chinese firms issued recallsTwo Chinese companies issued recalls earlier this week for compromised connected devices, but there’s little evidence an attack on this scale will not happen again. The U.S. government hasn’t even mentioned who it thought was behind this attack, though some have pointed to state sponsored hackers from China, Iran, or Russia.It doesn’t look like the DHS will block connected devices that don’t adhere to their safety guidelines, similar to how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) blocks smartphones and tablets, but that might be a possibility if the U.S. sees an increase in attacks on connected devices.Security experts are worried that without firm action that forces device manufacturers to step up their security, millions of devices in U.S. homes will remain unsafe and hackable.The attacks come at a time where connected devices are starting to take over certain roles in the household, like heating and locking doors. If hackers are able to compromise these devices so easily, integrating them into botnets or crashing them, it could cause serious damage to homeowners. Tags:#connected device#Connected Devices#cyberattack#DHS#Government#hack#issued recalls#smart home What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Little Hinges Don’t Swing Big Doors

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.Little hinges don’t swing big doors. Strong hinges firmly attached to a strong foundation are what swing big doors.Weak hinges won’t handle the size and the weight of big door. Hinges that aren’t securely attached to a strong foundation won’t swing a big door either; they’ll get pulled right out of theirThe more you ask of a hinge, the more you need it to be strong and firmly attached to an even stronger foundation.You: HingeIt takes a lot to make a salesperson a strong hinge.It requires dozens of attributes and skills (my list includes self-discipline, optimism, competitiveness, determination, initiative, resourcefulness, caring, empathy, and communication).It also takes a grounding in a firm foundation. That foundation is the fundamentals effective selling, not some new-fangled esoteric fad (my list includes closing, prospecting, storytelling, diagnosing, differentiating, negotiating, business acumen, change and consensus building, leadership, and accountability).If you are a salesperson, you know that much is required of you. Selling has never been easy, but it’s more challenging now than ever. Your company expects more of you. Your clients expect much more of you. The door you are asked to swing is a big, heavy door indeed. You need to work hard to grow and improve. You need chops. You need to become a serious value creator.If you are a sales leader, you know you are asking much of your salespeople, maybe more than they are prepared to handle. If you really want strong hinges, you have to help make them strong. You have to help them become who they must become. You have to help connect them to the firmest of foundations.Little hinges swing little doors. You don’t want to be a little hinge. You want to be a strong hinge.QuestionsWho do you have to be to handle what is asked of you? Can you afford to be little?How do you increase your strength, your ability handle a heavier load, produce better results?What foundation is helping to give you the leverage you need? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Wangs trips Marinerong Pilipino five

first_imgMOST READ The troika of Gelo Vito, Darius Estrella, and Radge Tongco helped Wangs halt Marinerong Pilipino’s two-game win run with a stupendous defensive job in the fourth quarter.The Couriers forced the Skippers to miss their first eight shots as they staged a 13-0 tear to swing the game from a 58-57 lead to a commanding 71-57 edge with 6:31 left on the clock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNot even the heroics of Felix Apreku and Jed Mendoza could stop Wangs as Tolentino punctuated the win with a tough and-one over Art Aquino to made it a 10-point affair anew, 80-70, with 2:32 left.Vito wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Estrella chipped in 10 points and five boards, and Tongco had 11 points and three assists for the Couriers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wangs Basketball caught a big fish in Marinerong Pilipino, 88-78, in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Arvin Tolentino poured 32 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from long distance, alongside 12 rebounds and four blocks to help the Couriers rise to 2-1 in the Foundation Group.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 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 Son of boxing’s ‘bad boy’ wants to prove his worthlast_img read more