US Crop Conditions Continue to Improve, says USDA

first_img SHARE Previous articleFW: Midday UpdateNext articleHeavy Rains and Flooding Damage Indiana Crops Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Aug 25, 2014 Facebook Twitter US Crop Conditions Continue to Improve, says USDA Facebook Twitter SHARE The USDA corn conditions were estimated 73% in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 1% increase from last week, but a 14% increase from last year. 20% was considered “Fair”, unchanged from last week, while only 7% was considered “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Of the Corn Belt states, Illinois had the most corn rated “Excellent” at 30%, followed by Iowa and Indiana with 24% and 22% respectively. Corn doughing was reported at 83%, a 13% increase from last week and 5% ahead of the five-year average. Corn dented was reported at 35%, a 13% increase from the previous week, but 8% behind the five-year average. Of the five largest corn producing states, Illinois reported the most dented corn at 48%, followed by Nebraska and Indiana with 44% and 41% respectively.Soybean conditions were reported with 70% of the crop in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 1% decrease from last week, but a 12% increase from last year. 23% was reported in “Fair” condition, unchanged from the previous week, while only 7% was reported as “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Of the five largest soybean producing states, Illinois and Iowa had the most crop rated “Excellent,” at 23% and 22% respectively. Soybeans setting pods were reported at 90%, a 7% increase from last week and 1% ahead of the five-year average. Of the five largest soybean producing states, Nebraska had the most soybeans setting pods at 95%, Minnesota had the least at 92%.Spring wheat conditions were reported with 66% of the crop in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 2% decrease from last week, and a 1% increase from last year. 28% was reported in “Fair” condition, a 2% increase from the previous week, while only 6% was reported as “Poor” or “Very Poor.” The spring wheat harvest is under way, with 27% of the crop reported harvested. That is a 10% increase from the previous week, but 12% behind the five-year average. Home Indiana Agriculture News US Crop Conditions Continue to Improve, says USDAlast_img read more

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first_img“The biggest challenge in 2007 by far, was prices.” Not my words but those of Peter Williams, bakery director of that excellent business Simmons of Hatfield (pg 13). And they are words that continue to be echoed across this issue and the whole industry.Despite the challenges, Simmons aims to open its 30th shop in March. How come it is among those thriving, not merely surviving? It put its prices up twice last year! And if your company did not, please take stock.I was rather alarmed last week when Carrs Milling put out a statement saying “further price increases would be dictated by whether bakers were successful in getting further bread price increases”. Frankly, there is no choice. If flour and commodities go up, then those who pass on the rises survive, others get taken over or go under.If you are not your company’s best negotiator, please delegate to someone who is. We all have different talents. You might be a brilliant MD, bakery owner or financial wizard. But if you are not a trained negotiator who can talk to the multiples and bakers about price rises in one breath and new products in the other, backed up with plenty of market information, it will prove nigh impossible to get the increases through. The supermarkets in particular are tough negotiators and trained to drive down prices.Most high street bakers I have come across have achieved the price rises with no problems. I popped into De Gustibus bakery the other day by London Bridge and there was a notice in the window explaining why prices had risen again. But business is doing very well, just like Simmons.Our lead story this week on world bread prices, with data provided exclusively to British Baker by the Economist Intelligence Unit, shows that although UK prices are creeping up, helped enormously in my opinion by the popularity of ’artisan’ breads as well as price increases, London is still number 70 in the world and Manchester 93rd.Travel has introduced us to wraps and rye-based breads, which can only benefit the category. But if you want imaginative sandwich fillings, check out our feature on page 16. And do read the controversial comment on folic acid by the Soil Association (pg 8) and let us have your views.last_img read more

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Do you hear what I hear? Woodberry Poetry Room to preserve rare recordings

first_imgThe Woodberry Poetry Room’s rich collection contains rare and one-of-a-kind recordings of some of the 20th century’s most important poets. But because many of these rare recordings exist on fragile cassettes or on transcription discs made of lacquered metal or glass prone to separation and decay, these voices have essentially been silenced – until now.Thanks to an additional $1.1 million the Harvard College Library (HCL) has injected into collection development, ongoing efforts to preserve some of the Woodberry Poetry Room’s most fragile and important recordings are about to get a boost. The funds will also enhance a number of other projects and acquisitions across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ disciplines.“Continuing scrutiny of our budget allowed us to repurpose some restricted funds in support of the collections,” said Dan Hazen, associate librarian of Harvard College for collection development. “We then invited all HCL units and selectors to submit projects and purchases for review. The proposals were made available for community comment, with funding recommendations determined through a competitive evaluation process. The Woodberry Poetry Room’s successful proposal will ensure that even more of its unique and fragile recordings are widely available to scholars and enthusiasts around the world.”last_img read more

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Mobile home park residents: ‘Where is our recovery?’

first_imgMobile home park residents will talk about the devastating impact of Irene on mobile home parks and speak out about what they describe as the lack of assistance for the specific needs of mobile home park residents after the storm. What: Press conference with mobile home park residents from across Vermont to set the record straight about the recovery efforts that are leaving them out and announce a petition for additional assistance for some of Vermont’s most vulnerable residents.  When: Saturday September 24th, 2011 at 11 am Where: Weston’s Mobile Home Park off Rt 12 in Berlin Who:  Weston’s Mobile Home Park residents have invited peers from across the state to join them along with their state representatives, Governer Peter Shumlin, and Vermont’s Federal Congressional Delegation.  Background: Mobile home park residents are some of the people most affected by tropical storm Irene but according to advocates, many are still not receiving the assistance they need to recover.Sandra Gaffney, a displaced resident of Weston’s Mobile Home Park in Berlin explains:  ‘We lived in these parks because they are affordable and we don’t have a lot of money, but now they are destroyed and we are ultimately responsible for either the disposal of the home or extensive repairs, costly guidelines that need to be met before even being able to return to the park, which we simply cannot afford on a fixed income. We are still in limo- where is our recovery?’Another resident, Donna French is concerned that ‘we’re talking about getting the state ready for tourist season, but we still have lots of Vermonters with no homes and mounting expenses. We need affordable, long-term housing for those that do not have the financial ability to return to their former living situation and help with the very high cost of removing the destroyed homes.’September, 21, 2011last_img read more

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Niche market

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Guardiola Confirms Iheanacho Exit

first_img“We’ll have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.”“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play, he needs to play at that age and that’s why the club will decide what’s best for him.” he added.The 20-year-old striker was left out of City’s Pre-season tour, joining midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, alongside Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.Related Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has hinted that Nigerian International, Kelechi Iheanacho, is close to the exit door at the Etihad.Iheanacho, who have been linked to Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur recently, broke into City’s first team two years ago under Manuel Pelegrini, and has since scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens.Speaking ahead of City’s pre-season friendly against neighbours Manchester United, Guardiola said: “Kelechi is a young player. It was easy, an honour to work with him because it’s not easy for him, I didn’t give him a lot of choices,”“But he’s close to making a transfer. Maybe in the next week, in the next 10 days, it’s going to finish.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid draw Barcelona in Copa del Rey semis

first_imgSantiago Solari’s side will hope victories in the Copa del Rey can have a knock-on effect in the league, however, where Barca have been unflappable over the past two months, winning eight matches on the spin.The opener at the Camp Nou will present Madrid with a chance to avenge their 5-1 hammering there in October too, a result that led to Julen Lopetegui being sacked as coach.They reached the Copa del Rey semis after completing a 7-3 aggregate victory over Girona on Thursday while Barcelona pulled off a brilliant comeback to beat Sevilla, overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 at the Camp Nou.Valencia continued their own resurgence by scoring two late goals to overcome Getafe on Tuesday and Real Betis needed extra time to knock out Espanyol.Each sitting on 29 points in La Liga, Valencia and Betis played out a goalless draw when they met at Mestalla in September and both will fancy their chances of making the final.Betis also have added motivation in this year’s competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.“For everyone, and above all the fans, it would be an extraordinary way to finish the season,” Betis coach Quique Setien said earlier this week.“To play the final in your home stadium, on your home pitch, and with your fans in your own stands — we know half the city would be there to support.” FILE PHOTO: El Classico Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid will face defending champions Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.The draw made on Friday means there will be back-to-back Clasicos, with the second leg due to take place in the last week of February, before Madrid host Barca in La Liga on March 2.The first leg will be played at the Camp Nou next week before a return at the Santiago Bernabeu. The provisional dates are February 6 and 27. Real Betis will go up against Valencia in the other semi-final.Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches.Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: “Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect — a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work.”“There’s nothing like it,” Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. “We are talking about two teams with a lot of resources, with extraordinary players and we always expect very tight games.“We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today.”Barca are chasing a record fifth Copa del Rey success in a row while Madrid are into the last four for the first time since they won the competition in 2014.– Two Clasicos in a week –Two Clasico games in a week will crank up the pressure on both teams at the end of the month but Real also have a testing schedule around the first leg, sandwiched between a city derby against Atletico Madrid in La Liga and a Champions League last-16 first leg away to Ajax.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Too little, too late

first_imgAubrey BruceThis is my take on the Steelers 2012 season, enjoy or hate, you digggg…Week one: Denver 31, Pittsburgh 19. Even though the Steelers had the ball ten more minutes than the Broncos, “new” QB Peyton Manning passed for more yards (253) than Ben Roethlisberger (245). Manning also threw his 400th TD pass. At the time Manning said, “It’s just one game. I try to keep it in perspective.” Well now it is really in perspective because the Manning-led Broncos are the No.1 seed in the AFC. Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter, returned a Roethlisberger pass 43 yards with less than 3 minutes to go leaving the Broncos with a six-point lead that capped the victory for the Broncos. Roethlisberger said, “I should’ve called timeout. I hate to burn timeouts. I should’ve. I already told my teammates and coaches that it’s my fault. It’s on me. It’s disappointing. I hate to let my team down, my coaches, the fans. That loss is squarely on my shoulders. I’ll take that and get better and learn from it.” Pay attention, you will hear this again. Week two: The Steelers returned to the “friendly” confines of Heinz Field to meet, greet and beat the confused, confounded and grounded NY Jets 27-10. “Big” Ben and the Black and Gold were starting to feel their oats. After that game, wide receiver Mike “need-a-bit of stickum” Wallace had this to say about his “elite” quarterback: “Ben is one of the top in the game; I’ll ride with him against anybody.” Okay Mike, by the way, will you be singing the same Roethlisberger “psalms” next year when you are wearing a different colored jersey? Week three: Took the men of steel to the “Black Hole” to play the Oakland Raiders and contrary to popular belief the “Silver and Black” found an old Al Davis talisman and sent the Steelers back to Pittsburgh licking the wounds of a 34-31 loss. Safety Ryan Clark had this to say after the loss: “They outplayed us defensively. Their defense made the stops when they needed to, and we didn’t. It wasn’t from a lack of trying. Maybe it was trying too hard.” La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la means I love you….  Week four: It was a bye week for Pittsburgh but they were not really off. They spent their leisure time online searching for an adequate supply of “kick a-s.” However it appears that all the wholesalers may have been fresh out.Week five: Pittsburgh offered up a weak performance returning home to barely escape the Philadelphia Eagles and their turnover plagued one hundred million dollar quarterback Michael Vick, 16-14. After the game, Mike Tomlin had this glowing assessment of his defense: “We had the ball last such is life.” Roethlisberger added, “I always have confidence in myself and the guys that we can do it.” I can dig it; can you dig it, boys and girls?  Week six: Was a short week because on the following Thursday Pittsburgh traveled to Tennessee to meet the much ridiculed and snickered at Tennessee Titans and their on again, off again All Pro running back Chris Johnson. Pittsburgh left Tennessee just as they left the “Black Hole” in Oakland, “Cali” nursing the wounds of a 26-23 defeat. This was their third straight road loss leading Tomlin to offer this assessment: “We’re not doing enough things to finish games in hostile environments.  That’s just the reality right now. Hopefully, it’s just right now. We didn’t do the job tonight. We defeated ourselves in some areas.”  Week seven: The Steelers rolled into Paul Brown Stadium to face the now ever dangerous Cincy Bengals. Pittsburgh prevailed by the score of 24-17. This was their first road victory of the season prompting Ryan Clark to say, “It puts us right there in the hunt.” The hunt for what Ryan? “Red October.”  Week eight: The Steelers visited the nearest beekeeper to borrow uniforms as they humbled rookie phenom Robert Griffin III and the Redskins 27-12. Hope springs eternal.Week nine:  The Steelers traveled to the Hurricane “Sandy” ravaged shore of New Jersey to face the listless New York Giants and won 24-20, gee were any of you surprised, boys and girls? Steelers running back Issac Redman said this: “This shows we have a lot of heart. When you play for the Steelers, it’s all about heart.” Yep, uh-huh.Week 10: Monday night football at Heinz Field. Hurricane Charles and Cassell swept through Pittsburgh disguised as the KC Chiefs as Romeo Crennell’s boys lost by the paltry score of 16-13 in overtime. This game was a serious omen. The handwriting was on the wall and the worst was yet to come.Week 11: The B-more Ravens flew into Heinz and beat the “scrambling” sub QB Byron Leftwich 13-10, nuff said.Week 12: X-mas came early in Cleveland. The Steelers handed the Browns eight “gifts” and a 20-14 win.Week 13: The Steelers went dawn to M&T Bank in Baltimore and returned the favor beating the Ravens and crying tears of joy. Tears of sorrow were on the way.Week 14: The much maligned San Diego Chargers rolled into Pittsburgh and beat the Black and Gold 34-24 leaving behind “Rivers” of tears.Week 15: The Steelers traveled to the Lone Star state and lost to the Cowboys by the score of 27-24. There was a pick involved.Week 16: The Bengals came to Heinz Field and won the AFC “wild card” championship. There was also a pick involved. “We should be (in the playoffs) if it wasn’t for me,” Roethlisberger said after throwing his second game-deciding interception in eight days. More tears followed.Week 17: The Steelers barely beat the Browns 24-10 in a meaningless contest as Cleveland’s third string practice squad quarterback Thaddeus Lewis passed for more yards than Pittsburgh’s “elite” QB. Wait until next year…you just wait.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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TECHNO HEALTH 2011

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0From: Dr. Murray SmithToday across my desk comes an article from the American Chiropractic Association(ACA) titled, “Get Techno Healthy!” Basically modern technology is taking a toll on our bodies and health in ways we’ve not experienced in our history.  When I first read the article’s title I thought, “What?  Have we come to the point that technology is having such a deleterious effect on our health that it coins a new term?”  Then I thought about the first 25 years of my practice.  Early on in practice 60% of the conditions that brought people through the doors were related to the low back and 40% was everything else.  Now its 60% related to the neck, arms and shoulders and 40% is everything else.  25 years ago computers were the size of a bus and no one had a PC on their desk. Now computers will fit in the palm of your hand with more computing power than the bus sized one and virtually everyone has at least one.25 years ago there were 10 guys on a construction site with shovels to dig the small holes.  Today that job site has one guy with a shovel and one with a miniature trac hoe.That got me wondering about the term Techno Healthand what other new terms of the computer age relate to 2011 that were never used on an episode of Star Trek.  That made for an interesting Google search let me tell you.  Here’s a partial list of the conditions I found related to computer and handheld devices:Cell phone elbow, Nintendonitis, Rock Band Hand, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Joystick wrist, Nintendo thumb, Texting Teen Tendonitis, Wii knee, Wii shoulder, Wii neck, Gamer Rage, Texting Thumb, Screen Diplopia, PS2 Wrist and headache just to name some.  And this doesn’t include injuries from the runaway flying Wii controller.I also found that the current Guinness world record for texting is 40.72 seconds for a 160 word message.  And I found an article titled, “When the Wii Goes Bad!” I haven’t read it yet but can hardly wait.  And if you want to pass some time, You Tube has several videos listed under that title that should be most entertaining.“Doc, I’m most amused by the above but what should I do to prevent that stuff?”  To begin with most of the conditions I’ve listed are in the category of RSI’s or Repetitive Strain Injury.That means you’ve used the darn things for too long at one time and the body part is inflamed.  Solution?Take breaks on a regular basis from the offending activity.  Stretch!  Use ice to minimize the inflammation.  Sometimes a brace or support can be helpful.  When the offending tech device is your office computer have an ergonomic evaluation performed.  If need be stop the damaging activity.  For long-term control change your posture during the activity to a more favorable ergonomic one and condition the body part for that activity.  Football players and other athletes condition their bodies for their activity, why not the rest of us mortals?  The ACA has some great references and links on ergonomics and Techno Health at: (http://www.acatoday.org/ ).  You will find them under the patient section in Health and Wellness Tips.  Thera-Band makes products for exercise and rehabilitation and has a resource area on its website called Thera-Band Academy.  There you can find hundreds of exercises for the arms, hands, shoulders, neck and back.  That link is:   http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/“Doc, I think I already have Wii Knee.  What now?”  Come on in and let me check you out first.  If Chiropractic is part of your recovery I’ll tell you and if not, I’ll tell you that too.  And because I’ve been at this so long I have a nice referral network of other docs, physical therapists, massage therapists and acupuncturist that I can refer you to if that is what is needed.last_img read more

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Unique Locations for Small Weddings

first_imgVia 4545 Broad St.Red Bank 732.450.9945www.via45.com Sometimes, the smallest weddings are the hardest to arrange.Much of the preparation work must be done by the future bride and groom themselves, often without the assistance of a wedding planner or catering hall. And so much can go wrong (the food, the photographer, the band) or be overlooked (did anyone remember the ring?).But while there may be some extra work, a small wedding event also offers the wedding couple a big advantage: The ability to produce a cozy, custom-made experience, tailored to the precise tastes and preferences of the bride, groom and guests. Some of that experience can include a favorite restaurant where you might not think a wedding was a possibility.Couples planning small weddings should consider approaching the operators of restaurants where they enjoy the food or the wine list or the ambiance. They might be surprised to learn that, yes, the restaurant will provide space for a small wedding and, yes, they will serve that wonderful tortellini or swordfish dish that you adore.One of the local restaurants that will host a small wedding (with 20 to 40 guests) is Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood, Sea Bright. Ama offers a private dining room with an ocean view and a stunning mural of a Tuscan landscape.For a larger wedding, Ama will consider dedicating the main dining room as well if the event is scheduled on days other than Friday and Saturday from October through April.Another restaurant that will considerer dedicating the entire dining room to one party is Via 45, Red Bank, which does not offer a private dining room. Again, Via 45 asks couples to consider weeknights for such events.Ama Ristorante at Driftwood1485 Ocean Ave.Sea Bright 732.530.9760www.amaristorante.comlast_img read more

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