Facebook Twitter After Month Off, USDA Reports Flood In Previous articleFormer ISDA Director Hazlett is Transitioning to Role in the White HouseNext articlePelosi: Not There Yet on USMCA Andy Eubank SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News After Month Off, USDA Reports Flood In Kokomo Grain’s Mike Silver on Why He Sees the Lack of Market Movement as a Good ThingFriday USDA reports came flooding in after delays from the recent partial government shutdown. The World Supply and Demand Estimates included lower 2018/19 U.S. corn imports, production, food, seed, and industrial use (FSI), feed and residual use, and stocks. The 2018/19 global soybean outlook includes lower production, exports, crush, and stocks. The full report is here.Cooler than average summer months but a warmer spring kept the 2018 corn harvest just 1 percent below last year’s record harvest. The nation’s soybean yield was up 5 percent from 2017, with planted area down 1 percent from record 2017 acreage, according to the Crop Production 2018 Summary released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).U.S. corn growers produced 14.4 billion bushels, down 1 percent from 2017. Corn yield in the U.S. is estimated at 176.4 bushels per acre, 0.2 bushel below the 2017 record yield of 176.6 bushels per acre. Area harvested, at 81.7 million acres, is down 1 percent from 2017. The 2018 corn objective yield data indicate the highest number of ears per acre on record for the combined 10 objective yield States (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).Soybean production for 2018 totaled a record 4.54 billion bushels, up 3 percent from 2017. With record high yields in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, and Ohio, the average soybean yield is estimated at 51.6 bushels per acre, 2.3 bushels above 2017, but 0.3 bushel below the record yield of 2016.For 2018, all cotton production is down 12 percent from 2017, at 18.4 million 480-pound bales. The U.S. yield is estimated at 838 pounds per acre, down 67 pounds from last year’s yield. Harvested area, at 10.5 million acres, is down 5 percent from last year.Sorghum grain production in 2018 is estimated at 365 million bushels, up 1 percent from 2017. Area planted for sorghum, at 5.69 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year. Harvested area, at 5.06 million acres, is up less than 1 percent from 2017. Grain yield is estimated at 72.1 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from last year. A record high yield was estimated in Illinois.Also released today were the Winter Wheat and Canola Seedings and Grain Stocks reports. The Winter Wheat Seedings report is the first indicator of this year’s winter wheat acreage. Planted area for harvest in 2019 is estimated at 31.3 million acres, down 4 percent from 2018.In the Grain Stocks report, corn stocks were estimated to be down 5 percent from December 1, 2017. Soybean stocks are up 18 percent from that time. Corn stored in all positions totaled 12.0 billion bushels, while soybeans totaled 3.74 billion bushels. All wheat stocks were up 7 percent from last year. All wheat stored in all positions totaled 2.00 billion bushels.The full Crop Production 2018 Summary is available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications. The report contains year-end acreage, yield and production estimates for grains and hay; oilseeds; cotton, tobacco and sugar; dry beans, peas and lentils; and potatoes and miscellaneous crops.Source: USDA SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 8, 2019 Facebook Twitter
The mood was celebratory on a remote, rock-strewn beach in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Stephanie Pierce and her paleontology team had uncovered a fossilized jaw measuring more than a foot and were snapping selfies when they were struck by a question.“Oh, my God, how are we going to get this out?” Pierce said, laughing.Gap in the fossil recordThe curator of vertebrate paleontology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and assistant professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology was in Nova Scotia after winning a Putnam Expedition Grant to walk in the footsteps of Alfred Romer, a Harvard paleontologist and biologist for much of the 20th century who specialized in vertebrate evolution.An entire era of the fossil record is named after Romer, who identified the unexplained scarcity in tetrapod fossils from the early Carboniferous Period, when animals first crawled out of the ocean and walked on four legs. “Romer’s gap” spans the period 360-345 million years ago, and to this day remains a mystery.,Clues in old field notesGuided by detailed field notes from Romer’s 1956 expedition combing Nova Scotia — the only site besides Scotland where terrestrial fossils from this period have been found — the group set out in June to retrace his steps and probe the area with fresh eyes. They hit three main areas: Parrsboro, Blue Beach, and Sydney.Erosion from decades of waves crashing ashore had altered the topography, but some things hadn’t changed since 1956. Romer’s notes contained a business card from an inn where his team had stayed, so in the spirit of tradition, Pierce’s crew slept there, too. All members of the 2017 team also kept detailed field notes from their expedition, which will be archived alongside Romer’s at Harvard for future reference.,‘Racing against the tide’The team moved quickly each day along the rugged coast Romer had studied.“The tide goes out, and you have a window of about six hours before it comes back in,” Pierce said. “And it comes in fast! About 10 vertical feet every hour.”When they found fossils, there was little time to waste before they had to haul the heavy rocks back to their base, “bruised and battered, racing against the tide” — the Bay of Fundy has the world’s highest, with waves cresting up to 50 feet.The group prepares to move a heavy fossil across a rocky beach. Photo by Stephanie PierceThe discovery of a new fossil site spurs celebration. Blake Dickson (from left), Chris Capobianco, Katrina Jones, and Stephanie Pierce. Photo courtesy of Stephanie PierceWorth the weightPierce called the work both “exhilarating and frustrating.”All the highs and lows of fossil hunting were in effect the day they trekked north to an uncharted site and tried to access a remote beach flanked by private property. They sought help from a friendly passerby, who, in a stroke of luck, happened to be the harbormaster. Soon she was sweeping them down an unmarked road in her vehicle to a largely unexplored stretch of beach.Pierce remembers spotting “an unusual rock.”“It didn’t even look like it would be a fossil,” she said. But it was. Then they found another one, and another. The jewel was a jaw from a large tetrapod.“The rock didn’t seem to be the type to have fossils in it, but something on the surface made me reach for it and take a closer look,” Pierce said.It took four people four hours to lug the fossils a little less than half a mile. But the slog was worth it.“I think we found something new for Nova Scotia Carboniferous tetrapod evolution,” Pierce said.,Back at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Stephanie Pierce holds one of the early tetrapod fossils discovered during the summer’s expedition. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Australian Mixed Open player, Dylan Thompson tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Well, that’s it. The fat lady has sung and the curtain closed on our World Cup 2015 preparation. Our Aussie Open’s Mixed team left Parra on Sunday with a smile on their faces and a little spring in their step. There is a quiet buzz in the team, and the feeling that we have something a little special happening.It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing. Of the Open’s teams, we were the last to be able to finalise our side. We thought we had that box ticked some time ago, but the devastating ACL injury to Sarah Peattie at Elite Eight resulted in this camp being our first and only camp with our final 16 players in attendance. Well, almost all in attendance, as Bundy was not able to join us on Saturday. His boss, Alix, told him he had to work, so he was out catching some dinner.School was in first thing Saturday morning. Head Master Micheal Lovett held court, going through our player manual/encyclopedias, with specific focus on ensuring that each player knew their role, and that of each of their teammates. Mick, having his finger on the pulse, knows we have the full spectrum on the intelligence continuum within our side, and he made sure there were numerous diagrams, hand drawn in crayon, for Yassy and Patty. He also had the big stick ready to prod Trent when his eyelids were drooping.A highlight of the day was our sexy warm up. It looks as though Jaycee has recently read the Karma Sutra for inspiration in his warm-up routine. It certainly got the blood pumping.Having only just finalised our team, we have had little game exposure. We knew that going into the first game for the day against the Senior Mixed, we could expect a thorough examination of our game plan. As you would expect from such a game, no quarter was asked and none given, by either side. The match starting physically and just getting more physical, as both sides battled for dominance. We managed to get up on the score sheet by a few, but felt that the Senior Mixed side had frustrated our game plan a bit and that we never managed to get into our flow. Rushy and Frosty also put the acid test onto our open-side defence, and found us out a little in this area.Game two was much the same against the Men’s 30’s. A bit of smash and bash through the mid-field being the theme. It was a game that was largely dominated by very strong rucking from both teams, which shows promising signs for World Cup, as that will likely be where the matches are won. The referees in that game were very fortunate to have the benefit of Garry Sonda’s assistance. The highly affable and ever so helpful Garry, calmly gave the referees some useful tips and directions, which they looked like they enjoyed enormously. Once again however, we just did not find our mojo in that match and finished it feeling that we had still just not put the performance together that we would have liked.Our final session for the day however, was a knock out. A gentle rev up from Micky Moussa (who usually plays the ‘Good Cop’ role), appears to be what was needed to kick start the party. We finished by punching out what felt like a red hot Line Attack /Line D session. And there it was. Mojo. Found. Tick!Good feed at the Robin Hood Hotel that night. No Roosters to be seen at the Bondi Junction, but the Social Committee earned their stripes. Banter a-plenty as Parra lived up to their reputation and ‘did the unexpected’, knocking the remaining punters down to two in our NRL tipping comp.McLovin’s fanny pack went missing. No doubt Mick Moussafer had something to do with the shenanigans.Day two had a totally different feel from the start. No one could wait to tear into things; a re-match against the Senior Mixed. Not satisfied with the win the day before, we were looking to make more of ‘a statement’.Having 4-5 of the key players that have made Rebels Mixed team, the most successful Touch team in Australia over recent times, we knew that Mick McDonald and the Manu, Frost, and Rushy brain trust would have reviewed yesterday’s footage at length. We expected they would have a surprise or two in store for us today. However, our own coaching group isn’t short of a brain cell or two themselves, and we may just have had one or two surprises left in our bag of tricks ourselves.We were happy to put together the performance we were looking for and walked away satisfied at having fixed a couple of things up and tested out one or two new ideas.By this stage, being a highly tuned athlete, my body was fatiguing from all the time spent on the massage table. Getting five rub downs a day is far more tiring than people think. However, I single-handedly made sure that the physios put in an honest day’s work. I’m really not sure what we did in the last session, as I needed a caffeine fix and went to the café over the road. Just to keep in sweet with the coach, I made sure I got McLovin a café latte. Think he might promote me to Vice Captain.By the time I was back, we were done and dusted. Smiles, handshakes, plus Springy’s special ‘Mixed’ hugs and it’s a wrap. Preparation complete and we are on our way to the World Cup. Pretty excited!!!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksTWC Diary – Dylan Thompson
Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United loanee Demetri Mitchell has spoken about the recent managerial change at Old Trafford.The youngster, who was given his debut by Jose Mourinho, has has mentioned how happy the players seem under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have won all six games since Solskjaer took over the job.Mitchell, who is on loan at Hearts, said to the Daily Record: “It’s all change at Old Trafford now and the boys are telling me they are enjoying it. Everyone has smiles on their faces and you can see that with the way they’re playing.”You can see Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing fluidly and smiling. It’s all good when you are playing football with a smile on your face. Ole is doing a good job.”I’m at Hearts and I’m trying to make an impact and show what I can do here as much as possible.”There are people at United who look after the players who are out on loan. They give you constructive criticism on all games. They use Wyscout and I’m sure Hearts also send them the footage as well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs drawby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Chalobah is adamant Watford were unlucky not to beat Spurs on Saturday.The Hornets lead for most of the match before Dele Alli scored late on.Speaking to the club website, he said: “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you’d be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.”We showed great character, great resilience and it’s hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.”
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Some 1,000 vulnerable subsistence farmers, who were most severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy last year, will receive much-needed assistance, which will provide them with food security and a means of resuscitating their income.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Monday, May 27, signed an agreement to provide $30 million in grant funding to 50 farmers in the communities of Leith Hall, and 900 in Font Hill both in St. Thomas; as well as 50 farmers in Reach district, Portland.Under the initiative, which will be implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the farmers will receive vouchers to purchase critical agricultural inputs, and also benefit from training to boost their resilience to natural disasters.Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens location, portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that the progamme, which is being funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will benefit the most affected, who are yet to fully recover.Special priority will be given to female-headed households, and those with small children, and the youth.“Participant selection criteria also include: farmer registration with RADA to verify farmer status; holdings of less than five acres; willingness to register and participate in community work programme and training activities; and low level income,” Mr. Clarke outlined.Some 40,000 farmers islandwide were affected by the hurricane with losses amounting to more than $4 billion. The worst hit parishes were St. Thomas, Portland, and St. Mary, with crops such as banana, cocoa, and coffee being most affected.The Minister noted that hurricanes and other disasters threaten food and nutrition security, and that in order to mitigate some of the challenges, Cabinet had recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which is now before Parliament.Contact: Alphea Saunders
New Delhi: About 1,700 Jan Dhan bank accounts in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district have come under the scanner of the Election Commission-deployed surveillance teams for receiving suspicious deposits during the poll season, officials said.They said about Rs 10,000 each, totalling about Rs 1.7 crore, have been deposited in these accounts over the past few days and the instances have come under the scanner of investigative and intelligence agencies for possible abuse by political candidates as bribe to voters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Income Tax department has launched an investigation into the issue, along with other agencies deployed to check black money and illegal inducements to voters during the ongoing polls in the country. The EC has sought a report from the agencies and they have informed it that the bank concerned in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh has been asked for a report and preliminary inputs suggest the money was deposited by banking correspondents, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe next level of probe is on, the officials said, adding it could be a case of some government scheme money or funds being deposited in these accounts. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched on August 28, 2014, with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities for all households. The government had said that it aims for financial inclusion and to ensure access to financial services banking/savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance, pension. The Election Commission (EC) has deployed a large team of expenditure monitoring observers in all the constituencies to keep a check on illegal cash and other inducements to voters during the polls. The teams, tasked to ensure a level-playing field for all the candidates trying their luck at the hustings, are being supported by the intelligence and enforcement setups of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Customs department, the Intelligence Bureau, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Enforcement Directorate. The seven phase Lok Sabha polls will begin from April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Kolkata: Poila Baisakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, was celebrated with much fervor by the people across the state with youngsters taking out colourful rallies to soak into the spirit of New Year festivities.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended greetings through a video message on the social media and wished happiness and prosperity to the people. She also offered prayers at the Kalighat temple on Sunday night. Many people visited religious places such as Dakshineswar temple, Kalighat temple and Tarapith for an auspicious new beginning. With the day also marking the start of a new financial year, shopkeepers and businessmen observed the haal khata ceremony — closing their old account books and opening new ones. Businessmen thronged temples with their halkhata (account books) in the morning. Temples such as Dakshineswar, Kalighat and Tarapith witnessed a huge footfall on Monday. Adequate security arrangements were in place to handle the crowd. There was deployment of police personnel and civic volunteers in and around the temples to manage the extra rush. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA visitor, who came to Dakshineswar temple from Narayanpur, said he had to stand in the queue for more than an hour before offering puja. Another devotee Shibu Saha said he had been visiting the temple on the Bengali New Year for the past 20 years. “It feels great to welcome the New Year with a prayer to the Lord,” Saha said. North Bengal also celebrated the arrival of the New Year with gusto. Youths took out colourful rallies in Siliguri. State tourism minister Goutam Deb took part in a rally and local women clad in colourful dresses joined the event. There was great enthusiasm among the people. A cultural programme was organised at the Baghajatin Park in Siliguri. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe day was about dressing up in new clothes, exchanging pleasantries and greetings. Revellers, cutting across religious barriers, celebrated the day with family and friends. During this time of the year family members fly back to Bengal from across the world to be with their near and dear ones. All sorts of sweets starting from traditional sandesh (cottage cheese sweet), rosogolla (sugary spongy sweet) to sugar-free and fusion sweets kept flying off the shelves of confectioners. Traders welcomed customers with sweets and new Bengali calendars as people went on a shopping spree.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Police busted a cricket betting racket late on Tuesday night and arrested eight persons from a housing complex in Baguiati. The arrested persons have been produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court at Barasat and three of them have been remanded to two-day police custody.According to police, on Tuesday night sleuths got a tip-off that some people are involved in betting on the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Acting on the information Detective Department of Bidhannagar Police and Baguiati Police station conducted a joint raid at a flat of the AWHO Housing complex at Tegharia. Sleuths found eight persons were betting over the said match. They could not produce any valid license for running such business. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, all of them have been rounded up and taken to police station. Later, it was found that the prime accused in the racket identified as Raju Khandelwal had rented the flat to run the racket. During the search, sleuths seized huge numbers of mobile phones, laptops and other devices which were being used for the accused person’s gain. Following the seizure all of them have been arrested under sections of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act. Out of eight three persons identified as Raju Khandelwala of Bangur, Pankaj Maru of 136 Jessore Road and Pankaj Chhawcharia of Chawlpatti in Baguati have been taken in to police custody for further investigation.