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Brandon Monebrake, May 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grandma was all worried about her flowers last night but when I got up it was 40 degrees. We didn’t get any frost but we got about six inches of rain in the last two weeks. The first rain was 2.6 inches. We got back in the fields and it started raining again and we got 3.4 inches spread out over two days.We got about 350 acres in the ground and only one field has come up. In that field there is not much that is up. It is pretty spotty emergence. The way it’s looking right now, we’ll probably have to replant a good bit of it.The rain and the cold weather aren’t helping anything. Some of the corn that is up is John Deere yellow. It looks terrible.I planted three acres of beans next to the house to test the planter. None of it is up. Luckily it is only three acres. We started after the first cold spell. A lot of people started planting before that cold spell.Everything was working great and the ground couldn’t have been in any better shape. That is why we started. Then it all turned around and fell on its face. We needed a little rain to get things started, but we didn’t need that much rain. I think there is a lot of rotten seed in the ground around here.The wind the last couple of days has been 20 miles per hour and yesterday was the first sunny day. The worked ground is starting to dry on top a little bit, but is still really soggy.The weeds are all dead in the bean ground. But last year we got all the burndown on the beans done and then we got a big rain and got pushed back on planting and we’ll probably have problems with weeds in beans like we had last year.If it doesn’t rain this week, it will probably be Friday or Saturday before we get in the fields. There are a lot of people getting nervous but you have to remember that it is still early. We like to have the corn done by May 20 and the beans done by the end of May. We can get all the corn planted with two planters in three days.last_img read more

June corn lookouts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsAs I am writing this, many corn and soybean acres have yet to be planted throughout the state. However, my hope is that by the time you read this, your crop will have emerged and will be growing vigorously.One thing that is certain for later planted corn is that the vegetative growth period will be expedited. By now, many of you have been made aware of the research conducted by The Ohio State University and Purdue University which has shown that, on average, a hybrid requires 6.8 GDU’s less per day to reach black layer or physiological maturity when planted after May 1. This is possible because of the accelerated accumulation of heat units or GDU’s. Instead of producing a new leaf every five to seven days prior to the V7 growth stage, later planted corn will more likely produce a new leaf every four to six days within this same period. Corn that is between the V7 and VT growth stage typically produces a new leaf every two to three days, and late-planted corn leaf production will likely occur even quicker.This is important for several reasons, but primarily for the timely completion of sidedress nitrogen (N) applications as well as post-application herbicide treatments. Sidedress nitrogenNitrogen is important to corn for several reasons; however, its role in photosynthesis and silk development is critical.In the process of photosynthesis, chlorophyll absorbs light energy to transform carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll is primarily comprised of N. While the process of photosynthesis is key to corn at any planting date, late-planted corn has an increased need to maximize light absorption due to its condensed growing season.Nitrogen is also a fundamental component to silk development and thus, pollination. Corn begins the rapid N uptake period around the V7 to V8 growth stage and initial silk development occurs at approximately the V10 growth stage. Nitrogen is a vegetative nutrient that helps to drive silk development. Corn plants absorb N from the soil as both ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-) ions, but because nitrate N moves freely towards the roots as they absorb water, most N is taken up as nitrate. Because the process of converting ammonium to nitrate can take several weeks, sidedress applications must be made with enough time prior to the rapid N uptake period to ensure adequate soil nitrate N is available for the plant. This is even more important when utilizing anhydrous ammonia, urea, or ammonium sulfate sources of N in sidedress treatments. POST herbicide treatmentsLate-planted corn can grow extremely fast, deceptively outgrowing post-application herbicide height restrictions. See example herbicide labels below:Roundup PowerMAX: Broadcast through V8 or 30 inches, 30- to 48-inch corn requires drop nozzlesLiberty: Up to 24-inch corn or in the V7 growth stageWhile a portion of the labeled height precaution speaks to the ability of getting adequate weed coverage as the corn plant grows taller and develops more leaves, it’s also important to recall what is taking place with the development of the stalk at various growth stages. The number of rows per ear is determined between the V5 and V8 growth stages while the potential number of kernels per row is determined approximately a week before silks emerge. Even hybrids containing herbicide-tolerant traits must still metabolize any post-applied herbicides. Because of this, post-application treatments applied off-label, or too late in the season, have the potential to negatively impact ear size.Be careful when it comes to deciding whether to utilize growth regulator herbicides (those containing dicamba, Stinger, or 2,4-D) in post-applications as these products have the potential to make corn brittle. As referenced above, late-planted corn will progress through the vegetative growth stages very quickly, making it already more vulnerable to wind or mechanical injury.last_img read more

Clicker Launches HTML5 Interface for Watching Online TV in the Living Room

first_imgThe service gives users access to Clicker’s database of over 650,000 complete episodes from over 10,000 different shows (paid and free). To use the service, users use the arrow keys on their keyboards or a pre-configured remote control. A full keyboard is helpful when you try to access Clicker.tv’s search features, but you can also use the arrow keys to enter your search queries. The service offers auto-complete suggestions to make these searches easier.The Future of Online TV is on the Open WebOverall, Clicker.tv is a good example of the kind of interface that developers can develop on top of HTML5. As Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone told us yesterday, it also shows that the future of online TV is on the open Web. Thanks to the advent of modern browsers, developers can now create native, app-like experiences that leverage the open Web without having to cater to specific hardware developers. Google’s Efforts to Get in the Living RoomGoogle will probably announce its own efforts to bring Android to set-top boxes at Google I/O as well. It will be interesting to compare Google’s interface (which will likely run on Intel-based Sony hardware) to Clicker’s latest efforts. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Clicker, the Web service that aims to be the TV Guide for Internet television, just launched Clicker.tv at Google I/O. Clicker.tv is a new HTML5-based interface for Clicker’s programming guide that is optimized for the “10-foot viewing experience” on a big screen in the living room. Google chose to highlight Clicker during today’s I/O keynote because of its innovative use of HTML5 to create an easy-to-use interface that gives its users access to a large catalog of online video.We got a chance to try Clicker.tv earlier this week and it is definitely a great example for what developers can achieve with HTML5. The new interface is meant to give users who hook up their computers to a big-screen TV a browser-based alternative to applications like Boxee. Clicker.tv currently works best on Google Chrome – though it is also accessible in recent versions of Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Tags:#news#NYT#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Private sleuth, wife held for ‘extortion’

first_imgThe Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane police has allegedly caught red-handed a private detective and his wife, while accepting ₹1 crore extortion money from an IAS officer, who was sent on leave earlier this year pending an inquiry for alleged corruption, police said on Friday. According to the police, the couple, arrested on Thursday from Dombivali in neighbouring Thane district, had threatened to defame the IAS officer, Radheshyam Mopalwar, using recordings of his purported phone conversations. Satish Mangle, who works as a private detective, and his wife Shraddha had allegedly demanded ₹7 crore from the IAS officer for not releasing those tapes and also to retract their allegations of corruption against him which were made earlier.last_img