17 Dec

Deal or no deal: Finding the right nitrogen rate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the largest investments in a corn crop is the nitrogen (N) application, and many farmers will be sidedressing their corn soon. Especially with this year’s profit outlook, it is important to carefully consider how much N to apply. Deciding on the correct N rate can be a lot like playing the game “Deal or no deal.”“Deal or no deal” was a TV game show that aired a few years ago. The game consisted of a series of 26 cases, each containing a different amount of money ranging from $0.01 to $1,000,000. A contestant would select a case at random, and then play the game to reveal how much money was in their case, or try to sell their case for more than it was worth.Each corn field will require a certain amount of N to reach its maximum yield potential. However, that ideal rate is a lot like the dollar value in the contestant’s case — it isn’t known until the end of the game (harvest). So we have to use the tools that we have available to make our best guess as to what that ideal rate will be when we make the application.The average is usually a good place to start. It’s easy to take the value of all the cases in the game and determine that, on average, a contestant will take home $131,477.54. Iowa State University, in association with The Ohio State University, developed an online calculator that estimates the maximum return to N rate (the rate at which you achieve maximum yield per dollar of N invested). To use the tool, go to http://cnrc.agron.iastate.edu/, select Ohio, and enter your cost of N along with your value of corn. The tool uses multiple years of university studies to provide the N rate which, on average, will be most profitable for your farm. However, this average could still be quite different than the actual ideal rate that a crop needs, just like a contestant wouldn’t want to give up the $1,000,000 case for the average case value.In the game of “Deal or no deal,” the potential value of the contestant’s case is narrowed down as the game progresses and they open other cases, eliminating the possibilities of what might be in their own case. In farming, each passing day is like opening another case. Each day’s weather will tell a little bit more about how much N is available to the crop. If May and June bring a lot of sunny days and just enough rainfall in small increments, then any early-applied N is most likely still available to the crop. Or, if a field experiences several heavy rainfall events, there is a good chance that some of the N has been lost. Split-applying N or delaying an application can put more weather behind you when making the application, therefore narrowing the range that that final ideal rate will fall in.Periodically throughout the game show, the banker will offer to buy the contestant’s case by analyzing the current situation in the game. While neither the contestant nor the banker knows exactly what is in the case, the banker’s offer gives the contestant an idea of what the case is worth. Farmers can use tools in a similar way to estimate how much N their crop will need based on the current conditions. Using a Pre-sidedress Soil Nitrate Test (PSNT) or other similar test can help you know how much N is currently in the soil and how much you might need to add to get close to that final ideal rate. This can be especially helpful if you applied some N early, applied manure, or expect to get some N credit from a cover crop.At some point, the contestant must end the game, either by opening all of the cases or selling to the banker. As a farmer, using the tools available to you such as online calculators, delayed/split applications, and/or soil testing can help you make a better deal when it comes to deciding how much N to apply.last_img read more

17 Dec

Would You Pay More Than $99 For an eReader?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts EBooks and eReaders are a hot topic right now, especially with the new line-up of Kindle competitors scheduled to arrive before the holiday season. However, according to a new report by Forrester Research’s Sarah Rotman Epps, most people aren’t willing to pay a lot for these devices. Forrester asked consumers at what price they would consider an eReader expensive but still buy it. The answer was generally somewhere between $50 and $99.This holiday season, the cheapest eReader on the market will be the Sony Reader Pocket Edition, which sells for $199, though this is a no-frills product without a wireless connection and a relatively small screen. All the other eReaders will be substantially more expensive, with the cheapest Kindle clocking in at $299. The COOL-ER reader is also relatively affordable at $249. According to Rotman Epps, however, only about 14% of the 181 million US consumers who are online would be willing to buy an eReader at $199 or higher. Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… $99 Is the New $199In an earlier report, Rotman Epps argued that breaking the $199-barrier would be a major breakthrough for the eReader market and would allow these devices to become mainstream. Now it looks like $99 might actually be the point where eReader would become an impulse buy for the majority of consumers. The good news for eReader manufacturers, however, is that those who intend to buy an eReader within the next six months are willing to pay up to $159 and those who actually already own one are even willing to pay over $250. A bargain price for eReaders for both of these groups would around $100, though.Price Inevitably Comes Down When it comes to consumer electronics, prices always come down in the long run, and we will surely see a similar trend for eReaders. For now, manufacturing costs for eReaders are still relatively high, but publishers could subsidize eReaders through a subscription model, for example. It is clear, though, as Rotman Epps points out, that most consumers don’t put a lot of value on these devices yet and that prices will have to come down substantially. Even then, Rotman Epps argues, eReaders will never be as popular as MP3 players because the majority of consumers “don’t care enough about reading or technology to invest in this type of single-purpose device at anything close to realistic prices.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

7 Nov

Women’s Health says Touch Football is the best team sport

first_imgThe April 2018 issue of Women’s Health magazine gives these four reasons for why NRL Touch Football is the very best team sport there is:1. Anyone can play. The evidence: there are five-year-olds, mums, dads and grannies all in the one team. It doesn’t matter what your age, experience, ability or fitness level is, it’s an accessible, inclusive game. And it comes without the pain factor of tackle sports.2. NRL Touch Football is played year-round. It’s largely considered the summer sport played in rugby league’s off-season, but it’s also a winter game. To find a club near you and see if they’re about to tap off, head to: touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play. You can register a whole team or enquire about joining an existing team as an individual player.3. You can play in mixed gender teams, which means lifelong friendships and even romances can strike on the field (without having to swipe right). One example? Dylan Hennessey, regarded as the best Touch player in the world, and his wife Emily Hennessey both play for Australia. Love.4. It fits with your life. A game of NRL Touch Footy is over in just 45 minutes – that’s two 20-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. And there are no training expectations. Arrive, play, head home… or to the pub with your new mates.To find your nearest touch footy club, go to touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-playlast_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

18 Oct

Thandie Newton says declining sexual advances of filmmakers narrowed her options

first_imgLos Angeles: Thandie Newton says even though saying ‘no’ to sexual advances of Hollywood producers took a toll on her career, she does not regret her decision. The British actor, who became a household name after starring in films such as “Mission: Impossible 2”, “Crash” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” in the 2000s, has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which started in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against former producer Harvey Weinstein. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I didn’t realise until recently that it had affected my career. I know this from a number of people, because they wouldn’t give it up, they weren’t hired. As an actor, not only are you available to working on the movie, you’re also potentially available to what? Have an affair with? Experience groping? “I had already spoken about how that’s not going to fly with me, so it narrowed my options,” Newton told SiriusXM. Newton, 46, most recently featured in “Westworld” season two. The actor received overwhelming reviews and an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress for her performance in the show’s first season. She is currently looking forward to the premiere of “Westworld” season three.last_img read more

29 Sep

Russell Wilson Is Mr Fourth Quarter

Russell Wilson has carried the Seattle Seahawks this year, and his play in the fourth quarter has been particularly brilliant. Watch the video above to find out just how good he’s been — and how crucial the Seahawks’ matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is on Sunday.

28 Sep

Twitter ban instituted for Ohio State football players

Following Ohio State football’s 24-17 loss to Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl, members of the team are turning the page on this past season and turning off their Twitter accounts. Several players confirmed after the Monday loss to the Gators in Jacksonville, Fla., that new OSU head coach Urban Meyer had scheduled a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with non-senior members of the program. At the meeting, the team was informed that Twitter use would be banned, according to several players’ Twitter accounts. The OSU athletic department did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding the team’s new social media guidelines. Players took their Twitter accounts to alert the public to the new policy. From his Twitter account, @STONEYeleven, junior tight end Jake Stoneburner said at approximately 1 p.m.: “Twitter=Done. Me=back for senior year, leading this team, and shocking the world!! #gobucks #12-0″ Junior tight end Reid Fragel commented on the newly implemented Twitter ban from his account, @FRAGEL88, at around noon Tuesday, saying: “New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012” Not every player praised the social media ban. From his account, @phillybrown10, sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said: “I’m not leaving my followers lol.” Meyer, along with his new coaching staff, assumed control of the football team following OSU’s Monday loss in the bowl game. read more

28 Sep

Commentary US national soccer team at risk of losing popularity

Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7. read more

28 Sep

Football Brendon White stepped up when Ohio State needed him most

The Buckeyes have been susceptible to big plays through the deep ball, and, coming in against Nebraska, they were without sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah with a groin injury and sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor to an impingement of the shoulder.Then, in the second quarter, junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected for a targeting penalty, leaving a depleted secondary with major question marks on who would step up.This gave sophomore safety Brendon White the opportunity to be the guy. White proved he could be that and more in Ohio State’s 36-31 victory over the Cornhuskers.“Dream come true actually. After the game, I started tearing up,” White said. “I just couldn’t believe, you know, growing up from Ohio … went to Olentangy Liberty 15 minutes from here and, always went to the games as a high school kid and then, being able to play at your dream school, it’s pretty cool.”White finished the game with 13 tackles and two for a loss in the game, both of which were team highs. The sophomore had six tackles in his collegiate career before Saturday’s game.“Brendon White came in and did a hell of a job,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s been working very hard in practice to earn the trust of the coaches to get on the field.”White made big plays all night for Ohio State, including on the biggest stop of the night. With Nebraska down 30-21 in the fourth quarter, the ball was at the Buckeyes’ four-yard line. Senior running back Devine Ozigbo carried the ball up the middle on third down, and was stopped by White at the one, forcing Nebraska to kick a field goal, missing an opportunity that ended up costing the Cornhuskers in the long run.“My time is ready, you know, we all prepare for this. You never know what’s gonna happen in any game,” White said. “You gotta face adversity and we faced it in the right way, in a positive manner and no one got worried and we just did our job and the rest took care of itself.”White said the success has come from hard work at practice, where he gained confidence and stayed ready for his opportunity to make a difference.Meyer echoed that belief, and that started away from the defensive end.“He’s been working very hard in practice to earn the trust of the coaches to get on the field,” Meyer said. “First thing, you gotta earn the trust to get on the special teams. And to see that he started and I kept hearing about it, earning the trust — he’s getting better, he’s getting better, he’s getting better, and then he obviously proved it today.”White was a big factor in helping Ohio State survive a potential upset against Nebraska, and he may have earned himself a right to start alongside Fuller in the future.But to go along with a career game from the sophomore, White’s dad, William, who played safety at Ohio State for four years, had a tribute video on the screen at Ohio Stadium for his battle with ALS.White said that only added to a game he most certainly won’t forget.“I definitely saw that, definitely didn’t want to tear up but I got emotional about it, and it was pretty cool to see that,” White said. “My dad is one of my idols, so, you know hopefully I made him proud today, and hopefully it can go up from here.” read more

17 Sep

TCI Premier says not a crisis in leadership but a crisis in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “The people of this country must know that all who share a function in addressing national security is well alert, engaged and on the job. I have not left matters unattended as it relates to the role of Government neither have I been disconnected nor reckless in the carriage of my duties or trust. I am asking each of us to be careful of what we share by whatsapp and on social media as this is contributing to how we market our tourist destination. We must not want our postings to be the one advertisement that a tourist or potential tourist reads. These latest experiences reveal not a crisis in leadership but one of a crisis in morality. We have a few misguided youth who for whatever reason has chosen this destructive path that threatens life and also put their lives at risk. What sets us apart from all of our neighbors is the fact that a few reckless acts as well as a few reckless statements in such a small country can have a devastating impact. What I wish to say to my people is that we must take stock of our actions and resist the temptation to turn this into a fight with each other and to turn this on a fight for our misguided youth, our troubled homes and communities and if we must turn it on persons, turn it on those who seek to exploit this troubled time for political and personal gain at the loss of our country. We are all in this together and if we are going to win which I am sure that we will, we must not delay the win by wasting time on issues that pale in comparison to the challenges we face as a people. Oh how I would wish to be the super woman with a magical wand that can turn everything perfect instantly but what I am is a leader that will not neglect her people nor stand down in the face of a fight for us as a people; what I am is a leader that is hurt for my people who are in too many ways being exploited by selfish persons.  This is not at all a crisis in leadership: it is a crisis in morality and we must address the real issues while law enforcement does its part. My Government remains committed to addressing causal factors as well as funding policing initiatives.”#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease The purchasing of a building to house the highly anticipated CCTV Program and other new crime fighting initiatives;The approval of funding for additional Police Officers including managers of the CCTV Project in the recently passed Budget;The approval of $1.2m in the purchase of new cars in the recently passed budget;The agreement in the National Security Council to devise a national security strategy;The inclusion of modern crime fighting initiatives and other legislative support for the Police in our legislative calendar;The beginning works jointly between the Police and Immigration to seek out and  to repatriate undocumented persons;The presentation, as Premier, to Cabinet of a Paper on the rehabilitation of offenders in an effort to reduce the rate of repeat offenders;The initial dialogue with the TCHTA and the wider business community to employ those at risk under the Government’s Change for Change Program to be led by the Ministry of Home Affairs; andHolding meetings with Pastors and other civic leaders to assist in identifying and creating Programs that will address our youth.“I want to encourage us as a people not to be led blindly by those who choose the way of personal attacks and gutter politics to score political points and to exploit those who are genuinely fearful and concerned for their country. This has and always will be bigger than politics. This time calls for calm, responsible and strong leadership and while finger pointing is all that some know or have come to accept as leadership, much is happening in the area of national security,” says Premier Robinson. Related Items: Turks and Caicos, Thursday 3rd August 2017 – Providenciales – “A Leader of a country is never on vacation and no one must feel that there is a crisis in leadership on the matter of crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Acting Premier is fully engaged and I am fully aware of what is transpiring. We continue to engage law enforcement on their needs and will continue to support them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “We will continue our efforts as a Government on the initiatives we have committed to for the short term as well as the long term future. There are those who would seek to reduce the efforts by this Government over the past few months to Press Releases and it would be irresponsible if we do not remind persons and counter the falsehoods. On coming to Office we promised the people that we would make representation to the United Kingdom (UK) for assistance and this we did on two separate occasions with the UK Ministers responsible for Overseas Territories in the past 7 months. This request was made initially to Baroness Anelay during a bi-lateral meeting in February and again with Lord Ahmad last month.  We were grateful when in February when the UK agreed to have a security needs assessment carried out. The TCI was one of the earliest countries to receive a Team who assessed our needs. We are now in possession of that Report with recommendations. We will continue our efforts in this regard and are pleased with the reception by both Ministers. Nonetheless, we will continue to fund policing initiatives and would wish to remind our people again of our other efforts thus far in 7 months:last_img read more