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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MLAX : Balanced scoring carries SU in exhibition game wins

first_imgHakeem Lecky cut through the offensive zone, running past the goal before quickly coming to a halt. He fought off two Hofstra defenders and took a hard shot into the top right corner of the net from about seven yards out to give Syracuse its fourth goal of the day.Though Lecky’s arrival to the Orange’s offense is coming one year later than expected, the redshirt freshman showed how much of an asset his speed and athleticism will be to SU’s midfield.‘I was very excited, very excited,’ Lecky said. ‘It was the only real lacrosse I’ve played so far since the summer. … It was just great to play other competition. We’ve been playing each other, and it was great to get back out there and get my feet wet.’The Orange got a balanced offensive effort in its first two scrimmages of the season, beating Hofstra 7-5 in the first game before taking down neighbor Le Moyne 11-5 in the second in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Fourteen different players scored for Syracuse, with junior midfielder Christian Pagli being the only scorer to notch two goals in one game. Of the 18 total goals on the day for Syracuse, 12 came from the midfield, arguably the team’s biggest enigma heading into the season. After the games, SU head coach John Desko said the team is actually ahead of where it was last season in terms of knowing who the midfielders will be and what lines they will play on.Syracuse’s offensive starters played most of the Orange’s first game against the Pride, continuing the strong communication and chemistry they’ve been building through three weeks of practice. Still, attack Derek Maltz, who likely will be joining Tim Desko and Tommy Palasek as starters, said the offense’s chemistry is a work in progress.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Continuity on offense is definitely going to come over time,’ Maltz said. ‘…We got a lot to work on this week in practice. On the offensive side, meshing together is going to come over time.’In a season in which four offensive positions on the field are being filled by new starters, Syracuse got solid contributions from two scorers who never saw playing time last year in Lecky and fellow midfielder Henry Schoonmaker. Both are expected to become major factors in SU’s offense, with Lecky playing on the first midfield line and Schoonamker on the second.On the first day of spring practices, Desko said he wanted to essentially build the second midfield line around Lecky last season, and perhaps even move him up to the first line every so often to further his experience. A wrist injury before the start of the season, though, put those plans to rest and delayed the start to his Syracuse career.When Lecky first took the field against Hofstra, Desko said he could tell he was a bit hyped up and ‘pulled the trigger’ a couple of times, taking some ill-advised shots from the outside. But once he started to settle in, Lecky started to show what the Orange has been anticipating.‘The more he plays, the more comfortable he’s going to get in the offense in game situations and the better decisions he’ll make,’ Desko said. ‘I thought he showed at times that he’s hard to cover.’Schoonmaker also redshirted last season, but like Lecky, he is taking on a larger role for 2012. The midfielder impressed his coaches in the alumni scrimmage back in October, scoring two goals in the exhibition.With so many midfielders seeing playing time Sunday, including starters and newcomers who will be relegated to reserve roles, Schoonmaker said he was glad he made the most of his opportunity.‘We have a lot of depth at middie,’ Schoonmaker said. ‘There were a lot of guys getting a lot of reps. I think they were trying out a lot of guys. I think we were, but it took a little time because we’ve been going against each other for so long.’In the first exhibitions of the season, the Orange put together an offensive performance that it would gladly take at any point during the regular season, especially from its budding midfielders.And for Lecky, it was only the beginning of a season he hopes will pan out as well as he and his coaches expect.‘It was a good feeling to get one put in the back of the net,’ Lecky said. ‘But hopefully, there’ll be a lot more to come.’[email protected] Published on February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Russian Grand Prix: Felipe Massa fastest in wet practice

first_imgWilliams driver Felipe Massa topped an unrepresentative wet second practice at the Russian Grand Prix in which only eight drivers set lap times.He pipped Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.201 seconds ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas on their final laps.Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was fourth ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso with times set earlier in the 90 minutes.Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were among the 12 drivers not to set a timed lap. Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Jenson Button were the others who did set a time.Hamilton leads his team-mate by 48 points in the world championship heading into Sunday’s race on the street track around the Sochi Olympic stadium, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further nine adrift.Including this weekend’s race, there are five grands prix and a maximum of 125 points still available for drivers this year. “It’s the type of surface where the water just stands,” said Hamilton. “It doesn’t drain away anywhere so it looks like when it does rain it takes a long time to dry. It’s really slippery out there; it’s not a lot of fun.”Vettel said: “It was quite tricky because one half was wet and the other was only a bit damp. But it was good fun. I wanted to go out and do a little bit in the end.”Six other drivers also went out without setting a lap time, while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was one of six drivers not to run at all as teams preferred not to risk their cars with dry weather predicted for qualifying and race at the weekend.Alonso knows he will start the event from the back of the grid as a result of a total of 35 places of grid penalties for using more than the permitted number of engine parts.The Spaniard earned a 25 grid-place penalty on Thursday when Honda fitted a new-specification internal combustion engine as well as a new turbo, energy store and MGU-H – the electric motor that recovers energy from the turbo. But Honda then replaced the new engine after the first session and fitted instead an engine of the previous specification. Because that also had a new turbo and MGU-H, another 10 grid places was added to the penalty.Putin’s raceAnother new grand prix, another vanity project for a nation and its leader. In this case, one of the most powerful of all, Russian President Vladimir Putin.This is Putin’s race. He was instrumental in making it happen, in ensuring it was funded, all with the aim of making host city Sochi a kind of Monaco of the Black Sea.Putin’s commitment to the place was clear at the inaugural event last year, when he turned up on race day, sat conspicuously in the stands between F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt and greeted the drivers before they went on to the podium. The track’s not up to much, and the town is some way short of the ambitions held for it. But when one of the most powerful men in the world is offering $250m for a five-year deal, F1 tends to follow the money.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has been impressed with Garoppolo since his college days

first_imgZac Taylor lost his Cincinnati Bengals coaching debut in narrow fashion at Seattle, and heading into the Bengals’ home opener this Sunday, here is what he said about the 49ers on a Thursday conference call with Bay Area media:On how his offensive scheme aligns with the 49ers because he and Kyle Shanahan come from similar coaching trees:“The foundation of the systems all stem from the same places. … You see the same concepts, hear the same terminology. If you were to swap receivers from both …last_img

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Malunga follows the music

first_imgA classically trained pianist and cellist who has put in years as an entertainment lawyer, Unathi Malunga is adding new notes to her score. She is studying orchestral conducting, and plans to be the first black African woman to conduct a professional orchestra. Unathi Malunga found success as an entertainment lawyer, now she is working to be one of a handful of women orchestral conductors. (Image: Gavin van Haght) • Art helps children paint a better future• Bringing music to the youth• The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins • Luthando Jackson is a mini music maestro• A Pretty amazing talent Sulaiman PhilipThere is a photograph of Unathi Malunga, taken on a plane, the score of the Magic Flute open in the cramped space between rows of seats. She is conducting an orchestra only she can hear. It captures so much of who she is: committed, enthusiastic, passionate and engaged, but most of all, a dreamer.Her laugh is musical, charming and self-effacing. “It’s a skill a conductor needs,” she says, “to be able to read the music notes, musical line and know what it will sound like. I can hear the music when I read a score. I can auralise it, hear the whole orchestra in my head.”Malunga will become the first black African woman to complete the orchestral conducting course at Stellenbosch University. She is on track to become one of the few female conductors and, as far as we know, the first black woman to join the ranks of professional orchestral conductors.Conducting an orchestra is about leading a team. It is the art of combining the interpretation and experience of many musicians, guiding that diversity to create a single harmonised experience. “What turns a score into a performance is not the notes. It’s the shaping of the notes. Do you want to highlight the call and answer between the flute and the clarinet? The musicians can play the notes; it’s the conductor who has a vision of how a particular performance should be interpreted, how to make it beautiful. It’s about that team making the music.”Her personal story is a compelling one. In front of our bedroom mirrors is where most people’s musical dreams begin. It is also where they usually fade. Not for Malunga, whose mother chose the schools she attended based on their ability to nurture her musical ambitions. She is a classically trained cellist and pianist, but she found success as an entertainment lawyer before answering the call to return to music.Malunga began playing classical piano at six, the cello a little later, and knew early on that classical orchestral music was always going to be an important part of her life. “I love the way instruments blend together. I love the way composers blend instruments. I just love the sound those instruments make.”It was always in her, this love of classical music. And she says it has everything to do with being exposed to it from an early age, and the way that the music is able to touch on eternal themes such as love, friendship and tragedy.She – and she laughs as she says it – bought into the myth of the starving artist. After finishing matric (with two music subjects, subject music and cello performance) she chose to study law at Rhodes. “I’m ashamed to say I bought into the starving artist myth. I chose law and entertainment law was the perfect way of blending the two.”Despite success as a lawyer – she worked on the opening and closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup, on the African Union 50th celebrations and the movie Blood Diamond– she was beginning to find music more compelling than the law, a score more interesting than a statute. Music, she says, is visceral. You can touch the emotion.Something was missing from her life. “My friends were saying it was babies and I would say ‘No, it’s not that.’ It was music that was missing in my life. That was the call that was growing stronger every day.”Malunga went back to Rhodes to study music education and to retrain what she calls her ear, although she points out that she did not retrain her ear at Rhodes. “I’m retraining my ear now at Stellenbosch.” It is a most important tool for any musician. One of her electives was conducting, which is when her path became clear.She wants to be the first black African woman to conduct a professional orchestra, but would be just as pleased if another stole a march on her. She speaks passionately about widening the audience for classical music, about diversifying the voices and widening the conversation about its place in society. She wants to prove it’s not an exclusive, restricted club.She mentions a recent, well-supported performance by renowned soprano Pretty Yende sponsored by Wiphold (Women’s Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited), the many orchestral programmes run in townships and the classical music heritage of some black families such as the Nkuna and Masote families. There have always been black people who have loved classical music.“I mentor young black women as an entertainment lawyer – not past tense! I still am one – women who now have someone to show them the way. I have seen the hunger. I have seen what it means to have someone show you it’s possible. So if I am the first black African woman conductor, great; if not, at least my journey, and it has been a painful personal journey, shows other women it is possible.”One day, Malunga hopes she will get to conduct all the Beethoven symphonies – there are nine of them and just over six hours of music. Along the way she will discover new composers and be reminded old favourites. She will still continue to jive to kwaito or Motown, but it’s not the kind of music that really moves her. Asked whether she “sees the music” when listening to other genres, she answers: “I don’t see the music; I just feel the beat. It doesn’t get into my soul. It has purely entertainment value for me.”Not like orchestral music. When they fly, when they take off together, an orchestra is truly moving. “I had to make choices when I was growing up. While my friends played, I practised. As a child it’s difficult to see the end result of that sacrifice, but I see it now. And I wouldn’t change anything.”last_img read more

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Brand South Africa to collaborate with stakeholders to position South Africa as a globally competitive destination

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 26 May 2016 – Brand South Africa will on Tuesday 31 May 2016 host stakeholders from a range of disciplines to reflect on how to consolidate efforts to strengthen the South African nation brand.Such an exchange of ideas will enable South Africa to better co-ordinate stakeholders and programmes to ensure a cohesive picture of the nation brand is communicated to domestic and international audiences.A key highlight of the programme will be a presentation by the Managing Director of KayaFM, Mr Greg Maloka who will talk about why reputation matters, particularly when building a brand.Other presentations will include the Nation Brand Masterclass and a state of the South African nation brand.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016Time: 09h30-16h00Venue: Brand South Africa103 Central StreetHoughtonRSVPS/Enquiries: Manusha PillaiEmail [email protected] number 082 389 3587Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st win

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ANTIPOLO — Import Terrence Jones took matters into his own hands, scoring 19 points all in the second quarter to help TNT roll past NLEX, 102-87, for their first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Center here.The KaTropa held the Road Warriors to 16 points as the American big man scored in bunches in that period, finishing with 41 points and 14 rebounds, both team-bests.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena, though, hopes that his reinforcement improves on the defensive end.“We couldn’t ask for more as far as offense goes,” he said. “But we’re always going to turn to our defense—especially against bigger teams like San Miguel and Ginebra. Also the rest of the teams. You can’t just write them off.”TNT shoots for a second straight win when it goes against the 1-1 Alaska this Saturday.NLEX, on the other hand, hopes to chalk up its first victory also on Saturday when it locks horns with 1-0 NorthPort, which is set to unveil a fully-recovered Stanley Pringle.ADVERTISEMENT PH bets Babylove Baron, Gen Eslapor begin FIVB Boracay Open campaign Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 “We just hoped for our import to adjust immediately. I’m glad that he delivered,” coach Bong Ravena said. “Hopefully in the next games, he gets adjusted even more.”“On both ends of the floor, he’s there. We hope he sustains he as the series goes on as winning games early is important,” he added. “Anthony Semerad and Kelly Williams tossed in 11 and 10 points respectively to keep TNT squarely on the driver seat as the game plodded along.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNLEX turned to the front court tandem of import Curtis Washington and Poy Erram in a bid to narrow the gap in the second half, but all of their efforts went for naught as Jones played with sustained brilliance in the final two frames.Washington scored 18 to lead the Road Warriors, as Erram and Kenneth Ighalo added 14 more. Juami Tiongson rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 points. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Rep Webber House approves plan to help preserve jobs in Oakland County

first_img With strong bipartisan support, the state House today approved a plan sponsored by Rep. Michael Webber helping preserve jobs in Oakland County and elsewhere in Michigan.The bipartisan plan would allow Tenneco to keep Michigan Economic Growth Authority credits originally awarded to Federal-Mogul to keep jobs within the state. Tenneco finalized a deal to acquire Federal-Mogul in 2018, and transferring the credits will help the company preserve employment without any additional costs to taxpayers.“This is the smart thing to do for Michigan, its economy and its taxpayers – and it’s particularly important for Oakland County, since the company has a large presence here in Southfield,” Webber said.“Companies change hands,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “It’s just a reality in this day and age. This plan reflects that reality while protecting taxpayers and making sure the Legislature has proper oversight moving forward.”Tenneco has retained Federal-Mogul’s Michigan-based jobs, so the company should be able to claim the existing MEGA credit connected to those jobs, according to Webber.“Oakland County is grateful to the Michigan House of Representatives, especially Reps. Michael Webber and Jason Sheppard, for approving legislation to restore Federal-Mogul’s tax credits following the iconic auto supplier’s purchase by Tenneco,” said Mike McCready, deputy director of Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. “They are saving hundreds of jobs across the state of Michigan today.”The MEGA credit involved in this legislation is capped at $12 million. Webber’s bill specifically ensures the tax credit can’t be amended to last longer or cost more – an important protection for taxpayers.The legislation applies only to the Tenneco case. The Legislature will maintain oversight on a case-by-case basis moving forward, because each company acquisition is unique.Webber sponsors House Bill 4190 in the package. His bill – along with House Bills 4189 and 4191– now advance to the Senate for further consideration. ### 22May Rep. Webber: House approves plan to help preserve jobs in Oakland Countylast_img read more

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