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Weekend Breakfast shout-outs – get in touch!

first_imgThe Premier League season finally kicks off this weekend and, if you’re heading to a match, we want to give you a shout out on talkSPORT.It doesn’t matter who you follow, if you want to show your support for your side, just tell us who you’re with, what game you’re on your way to and whether it’s a special occasion. Maybe you’re in fancy dress raising money for charity?Email us anytime at [email protected]’ll try our best to give you a shout out at 08:55 and 10.30am on the Weekend Sports Breakfast every Saturday. Weekend Breakfast shout-outs – get in touch! 1last_img


first_imgGARDAI are at the scene of a two vehicle collision in Letterkenny this afternoon.The smash happened at the junction outside Gormley’s Centra in the town.One car appears to have crashed into the back of another vehicle. Gardai are investigating the incident and the smash caused some traffic disruption for a time. TRAFFIC DISRUPTION AFTER LETTERKENNY CRASH was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Missed marketing opportunities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There continues to be reports of corn ear tip back.  In my opinion social media is exaggerating this problem. There are definitely isolated cases, but it doesn’t seem to be a widespread problem. I suspect the people spreading these “reports” are likely unsold or long and hoping for a market rally.Some in the market point to record demand, which would theoretically lead to a market rally over time.  While this may be true, it will take nearly a year before the market will be impacted. There is still a question surrounding what will be done with the massive wheat supply.  Also, China’s economy continues to be a question mark going forward. They have been auctioning off state reserves and they have slowed their import of DDG’s. The DDG issue could create excessive U.S. inventories, displacing corn and meal in domestic feed usage.Missed OpportunitiesNearly every farmer (me included) was caught off guard when corn spiked then dropped over six weeks this summer. There was so much hype around a potential drought, few kept their eye on what was really happening in the country and what the crop looked like. Basically, the market was placing bets on the weather before anyone knew the answer. If it would have turned dry we would have certainly rallied to $5 per bushel. The problem was that nobody stopped to think what would happen if it did rain.This is an example of why farmers need to be scale-up sellers (selling a small percent of one’s production in increments as prices go higher) going into rallies, even if they aren’t sure of their potential production. The market can push prices to the extreme, both up and down, and farmers need to be ready to take advantage. What happened in the bean market doesn’t necessarily have to happen in the corn market each year.Unfortunately, many frustrated farmers are struggling to pick prices, believing corn should be worth more. I strongly urge farmers to be cautious right now. There is no reason the market has to rally until new year or beyond.For a 1.8 billion carryout (last year’s carryout) national yields would need to be well below current USDA estimates, likely sub 168 national average. Last year the market traded $3.70 for six months until the summer weather scare.If national yields hit slightly below USDA estimates (171 to 173) it would mean a 2 billion to 2.2 billion carryout. Logically, a $3.70+ rally in the next several months is unrealistic at this carryout level based upon last year’s numbers.If national yields would exceed current USDA estimates of 175, 2.4+ carryout is a possibility and $3 futures may be a reality.Many end users have learned that farmers are not willing sellers when the market is $.50-$1 under farmer breakeven points. Therefore, risk management suggests they purchase some corn at these levels, just in case. However, farmers have not been making a lot of money these past few years.  Holding and waiting out the bad times is getting harder and harder.  Cash flow and debt to asset ratios are not as strong. Some producers may be in real trouble and forced to sell grain sooner than they would like.I’m also concerned about where all this crop will go. It will likely be the third year in a row of a bumper crop and there is already massive wheat supply still stored. Basis may get ugly until after harvest is over. This may put the most pressure on the market once harvest starts.Market ActionIn late April I had a May futures position (sold at $9.20) that I rolled to the July for a 10-cent premium ($9.30). In late June I moved my futures position to the August at a 3.5 cent inverse/loss (now $9.265 against the Aug). Earlier this month I moved this position yet again to the September futures at a 15.5 cent loss/inverse. This means that my sale is now worth $9.11.I will roll it again to the November as a new crop sale in the next couple weeks. Currently, I could lose another 15 cents. I’m hoping that the large carryout weighs on the markets, but that may not happen.  Exports have been strong and demand for cash beans have kept the inverse in the market (which is not typical with large carryout).This just goes to show that sometimes trades don’t work out the way we hope they will.  Clearly beans have surprised everyone this year. This trade represents a small portion of my larger overall position.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Uniformity – Setting the stage for high corn yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Hi-Bred Field AgronomistKyle Poling“Variability” is not a word any farmer wants to use to describe one of their corn fields. While uniformity during the periods of germination, emergence, and nodal root formation is the goal, there are many management practices and environmental conditions that can impact this objective.Corn germination is triggered by absorption of water. Corn kernels must absorb approximately 30% of their weight in water before the germination process begins. A seeding depth of 2 inches has often been found to provide the most consistent combination of moisture, temperature, and seed-to-soil contact for uniform germination and emergence. Inadequate seed-to-soil contact, a dry seedbed, or a rapidly drying seed zone may provide less than optimum absorption of water, causing the germination process to slow or stop completely. Additionally, corn kernels that absorb excessively cold water (less than 50 degrees F) during the first 24 to 48 hours of germination may experience serious injury or death, resulting in erratic emergence.Corn typically requires 120 Growing Degree Units (GDUs) to emerge. Plant growth rate speeds up as temperatures increase, leading to more rapid plant growth. Under ideal conditions, corn will emerge in five days, but with cooler soil temperatures the process may take 3 weeks or longer. Between germination and emergence, factors altering soil temperature around each seedling will have significant impact root and shoot growth. Inconsistent seeding depth, variation in soil moisture, changes in soil type/topography, or uneven distribution of crop residue are leading causes for plant growth variability. For example, emergence of seeds planted into heavy residue can take require an additional 30 to 60 GDUs simply because the soils are cooler and slower to warm. Though uniform emergence is important for optimum yield it does not guarantee successful or uniform stand establishment.Increased farm size, shorter planting windows, and higher yield potential are factors that have caused corn planting dates to trend earlier and earlier. Improved genetics and seed treatments are key components that allow growers to offset the environmental challenges that accompany an early planting date. Cool, moist soils provide an ideal environment for fungal diseases, early season insects, seed rots, and nematodes to infect slow growing plants. Seed treatments offer 10 to 14 days of protection against many of the most common early season pest and pathogens. Direct benefits to the corn crop include increased seedling vigor, healthier plants, improved uniformity, and reduced plant death.A corn seedling relies on the energy from the seed until the permanent (nodal) root system is established, around the V3 stage. There are enough seed reserves, with the help of the primary roots (referred to in the figure as the seminal roots and radicle), to support the plant for 4 to 5 weeks. Before the nodal root system is well established, a corn plant is susceptible to various early season stresses that cause injury to the seed, primary roots, and mesocotyl (“pipeline” connecting seed and primary roots to the plant). A healthy kernel, primary roots, and mesocotyl are vital until the nodal roots are fully functional.A slow developing nodal root system increases the window of time for seedling blights, insect feeding, excessively wet/dry soils, seeds rots, and other early season stresses to damage the seed and mesocotyl. Any severe stress that occurs during the time of transition to the permanent root system can cause a corn field that emerged perfectly uniform to go “backwards” in as little as a week’s time. This is also the time when the effects of sidewall compaction or compaction from equipment operations can become apparent.Uniformity is one of first ingredients necessary to maximize corn yield. Variability in the crop will lead to unfair competition of adjacent plants as they fight for sunlight, moisture, and nutrients. The goal should be for every seed to emerge and every plant to be a mirror image of its neighbor.last_img read more

Small Businesses & The Impact Of Natural Disasters [Infographic]

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts You would think that after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and last month’s brutal East Coast snow storm, more and more people would start to take disaster preparation seriously. While that may be true for “preppers” taking shelter in the event of an impending apocalypse, it’s not so much the case for small businesses.A survey of 600 small business owners conducted by Alibaba, Vendio and Auctiva in December of 2012 illustrated their preparedness in the event of a natural disaster, and the results were not too promising. Among some of the more alarming statistics collected is the fact that 74 percent of American small businesses do not have any disaster plan, while 84 percent do not have disaster insurance. In the event of a power outage, 71 percent of the respondents admitted to lacking a back-up generator.Not all of the information revealed through the survey projected a negative outlook for future disaster scenarios. Two stats that were positive – as well as indicating how tech-savvy small business owners are today – were that 62 percent of respondents said that they could operate their business via mobile phone, while 30 percent said they store their information in the cloud.For all those out there worried that the next big super storm might descend on your business, heed these warnings.   center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#small business nick stattlast_img read more

E-Cigarettes: The Last Bastion Of My Analog Life Goes Digital

first_imgRelated Posts I grew up in an analog world. My books were made out of paper. My music was made out of tape and later discs. So were the movies I watched. This age is gone. Everything I do now has been digitized, packaged in gadgets that comes with me everywhere I go. Well, almost everything. The lone holdout? dan rowinski Tags:#Gadgets#Pause Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market My cigarettes.I have been smoking for nearly 17 years. Yes, I started when I was a teenager and have continued throughout my entire adult life. When I leave my apartment these days, I check my pockets to make sure I have my keys, my wallet, my smartphones, a lighter and a pack of smokes. This ritualistic pat down has become such a part of my existence that I hardly even think about it anymore. It may be time to change this, though. My cigarettes, the last bastion of my analog life, are about to be replaced by gadgets. After being a slave to cigarettes for nearly two decades, it is time to stop.In the stead of pure Virginia tobacco, my need for nicotine will henceforth be delivered in atomized vapor through e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette? Really? What is this thing anyway?Yes, Mom, I’ll QuitMy mother has been trying to get me to quit smoking for years. Over time, she has become not-so-subtle about it. One year I found a box of nicotine patches in my Christmas stocking. Next year it was nicotine gum. My mother doesn’t ask me when I am going to settle down and have a kid or two or when if I am eating enough. She asks me, “have you quit smoking yet?” Every. Damn. Conversation.The woman has a point. She was raised by smokers and has asthma because of it. Her father died of emphysema in his 90s after living with the disease for years. She is my mother, she loves me and she wants to spare me from a grim, painful, tobacco-driven fate.Yes, Mom, I get it. For my birthday this year, I vaguely asked my mother for e-cigarettes via text message. About an hour later I had an email that a starter kit from e-cigarette maker Green Smoke was in the mail. I have friends who have jumped on the e-cigarette bandwagon. So, might as well give it a shot.Lots Of ChoicesGreen Smoke makes e-cigarettes that use rechargeable batteries and replaceable nicotine-filled atomizers (more on this below). I had never heard of the brand, but it seems as good as any other, I suppose. These days, there are a lot of choices. The most popular brands are NJOY (which notorious Silicon Valley wag Sean Parker has invested in), Green Smoke, blu eCig, Logic and 21st Century. If you look online, you will find hundreds of different brands made by companies across the world.Honestly, it’s almost impossible to really tell the difference between them. Some come as a stand alone package you can buy in a convenience store (blu); others can only be ordered online. Some create a lot of smoke-like vapor when you exhale, while others emit very little. Most have tips that light up when you inhale in a variety of colors—orange, blue, green and so forth.How E-Cigarettes WorkTypically, e-cigarettes consist of two components: a battery and an atomizer. The battery is usually the long stem of the e-cig that mimics where the tobacco would be in a normal cigarette. The “filter” of the e-cig holds the actual nicotine and turns it into nicotine-filled water vapor when you suck on it.The atomizer—also called a “cartomizer” when the atomizer and liquid nicotine cartridge are housed in the same unit—consists of a heating coil that vaporizes the liquid nicotine and other flavored chemicals. When a person inhales, the atomizer turns the liquid to vapor that can strongly resemble smoke when exhaled.Plenty of variations exist. Some types of e-cigarettes use liquid containers that are fed into the atomizer. Some people use these liquid chambers to hold THC, the primary chemical in marijuana, instead of nicotine. Disposable e-cigarettes consist of a battery unit and cartomizer that are designed to be thrown out after use. Similarly, some e-cigarette batteries use electronic airflow sensors to activate the atomizer during inhalation. Others require the user to press a button, giving the, uh, “smoker” manual control over the production of vapor.Depending on the brand, a nicotine cartridge can hold the equivalent of 20 to 30 cigarettes. When “smoking” them, you get a tickle in the back of your throat and the taste of unfiltered nicotine (if you have ever used a nicotine patch, lozenge or gum, you know what this tastes like) and often some type of flavor. Green Smoke has several different kinds of flavored cartomizers meant to mimic the taste of tobacco. Starter kits likewise vary. Usually they include one or two batteries and cartomizers equivalent to five or 10 packs—between a half and a full carton—of cigarettes. Typically, starter kits range between $70 to $100. Individual disposable e-cigarettes, like the kind that blu sells in convenience stores, range between $7 and $10. Are E-Cigarettes Healthy?Plugging my cigarette into … the wall?The U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved e-cigarettes as safe alternatives to regular cigarettes, citing lack of research. The FDA doesn’t know if they’re safe for their intended use, how much nicotine or harmful chemicals are inhaled during use or if there are any benefits associated with the use of e-cigarettes. What we do know about e-cigarettes is that they sidestep some of the risks associated with burning and smoking actual tobacco. They don’t produce tar or other harmful combustion products, they’re free from pesticides that can contaminate tobacco leaves used in cigarettes and they don’t contain the fiberglass and ammonia found in normal cigarette filters. The makers of e-cigarettes claim there’s no danger of “second hand vapor” analogous to second hand smoke because their products emit only harmless water vapor. Concerns over e-cigarettes center over whether or not certain chemicals found within the atomizers are harmful, such as propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. These chemicals can often be found in food and items such as tooth paste, although people don’t usually inhale them. Experts remain concerned about the health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor and, more broadly, whether social acceptance of e-smoking might encourage more people to smoke actual tobacco.A 2010 study by the Boston University School of Public Health stated that e-cigarettes are “much safer” than traditional cigarettes. Phys.org notes the conclusions from the study:“Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns,” the authors said. “Although the existing research does not warrant a conclusion that electronic cigarettes are safe in absolute terms and further clinical studies are needed to comprehensively assess the safety of electronic cigarettes, a preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products.”Quitting And The End Of My Analog EraI have had the Green Smoke cigarettes for about a month. I have not quit smoking, nor have I really cut back yet. My plan, over time, is to increase the amount I smoke the e-cigarette while cutting back on actual tobacco cigarettes. A friend of mine is trying something similar. Last time we saw each other, we were both smoking real cigarettes. (Don’t tell our girlfriends.)I have no idea if this is going to work. Cigarettes have long been an escape and a social mechanism for me. If I need a break from work, I duck out for a smoke. If I want “fresh air,” I step outside for a smoke. If I feel like socializing or meeting other random people, I step outside for a smoke. If I feel like a smoke, I step outside for a smoke. Cigarettes are a habit and a lifestyle. Can an e-cigarette replace that?I have no idea. The only thing I really do know about e-cigarettes is that my last pastime, habit, hobby … addiction … that has not been tied into a gadget has now been usurped by the technological revolution. I shed a small tear for that, if only for nostalgia’s sake. But if e-cigarettes turn out to be a safe way for me to quick smoking, get healthy and cut down my reliance on nicotine, then maybe, just maybe, these gadgets end up saving me from the fate of my grandfather.last_img read more

You Need More Focus on Opportunity Creation – Episode 130

first_imgSalespeople and sales leaders spend more time on opportunity capture than opportunity creation. In doing so, they are opportunity starved.last_img

Beermen even semis series, escape Hotshots

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Surf Syria’: A refugee in Lebanon finds a dream at sea The scores:SAN MIGUEL 77 – Rhodes 21, Cabagnot 13, Fajardo 12, Lassiter 11, Ross 10, Tubid 5, Santos 3, Espinas 2, Heruela 0.STAR 76 – Ratliffe 25, Jalalon 18, Sangalang 12, Maliksi 5, Ramos 5, Barroca 4, Melton 4, Lee 3, Reavis 0, Simon 0.Quarters: 25-16, 44-30, 58-60, 77-76.  MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer escaped Star, 77-76, to even their semifinals series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Charles Rhodes finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who bounced back from a 109-105 defeat in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Alex Cabagnot added 13 markers, seven boards, and three assists, while June Mar Fajardo chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for San Miguel. Arwind Santos drilled the go-ahead trey that put San Miguel up, 77-74, with 3:42 left.Mark Barroca had a chance to tie the game with an and-one play with 43.1 seconds remaining, but he muffed his bonus freebie. He would atone for that miscue with a steal on a Fajardo cross-court pass to give the Hotshots one final chance with 23.0 ticks left, but Lee missed the game-winner late against the defense of Santos and Chris Ross.“This is the kind of games we’re expecting. I know what Star is thinking right now before the game. They want to win and to bring us down to 2-0. But I have to commend all the players, because they know that they have a role to do. Star knows our weakness and our strength and it’s a chess match. I hope next game, we’ll get the momentum because of this win,” said Austria.Jio Jalalon added a career-best 18 markers and two boards in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Hotshots’ Paul Lee back-ironed his potential game-winning floater as time expired.Game 3 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were just lucky that Paul Lee’s last shot missed. But even though it’s just a one-point win, I’ll take it wholeheartedly,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.San Miguel survived Ricardo Ratliffe’s 25-point, 35-rebound game, the fourth most rebounds in a PBA game and the second most in the playoffs behind Michael Hackett’s 45. What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more