By Ryan Martin – Sep 27, 2019 Other than a little bit of moisture still holding over the northern part of the state Saturday and a weak front Thursday, a good chunk of this week will be suitable to get in the field, if you have crops ready.We continue to see some moisture tracking over the northern third of Indiana to start the weekend, a follow through on moisture that began tracking across the WCB and into the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes over late this past week. The moisture will stay mostly north of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, and should be a little less in terms of frequency than what we have seen to this point. Central and southern Indiana will stay dry through Saturday, although clouds will be around.We are fully dry Sunday through Wednesday. Skies turn out partly sunny on Sunday, but will be fully sunny Monday through Wednesday. Temps remain above normal through that period, thanks to good south flow.A minor front arrives Thursday, sagging through the state from NW to SE. Moisture is not impressive at all, and in fact we may only see a few hundredths to .25” of rain with 50% coverage. Still, we can’t call it a fully dry day. The best chances of rain within that 50% coverage estimate will be central and northern Indiana.Dry again for Friday and Saturday, with full sunshine and near normal temps. Much cooler air is coming in, but following the warm start to the week, it will feel cooler than it truly is, compared to normal.Our best chance at a well-organized rain event for the entire state will come next Saturday night through Sunday. A strong cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to 80% of Indiana with rain totals from .25”-.75”. All moisture should be done by midnight Sunday night. Map below shows 10-day rain potential.Extended Period:For the extended 11-16 day period, we are back to a fully dry outlook. We have plenty of sun with no threat of rain for Monday the 7th through Saturday the 12th. Temps do pull back some for that period, and will be normal to slightly below.Weeks 3 & 4:Both week 3 and week for seem to have only minor frontal boundary activity moving through. This should lead to good harvest windows, and on average only one threat of rain each week.Week 3Precipitation, week ending September 20 (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperature, Week ending September 27 (orange: above normal, blue: below)Week 4Precipitation, Week ending September 27 (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperature, Week ending September 27 (orange: above normal, blue: below) Facebook Twitter Harvest Weather Forecast: Harvest Window Opens Wide Next Week Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Weather Forecast: Harvest Window Opens Wide Next Week SHARE Previous articleStress During Grain Fill: A Harbinger of Stalk Health ProblemsNext articleRFA Sets EPA Straight on U.S. Ethanol Demand Ryan Martin
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(Image: Facebook)VERSAILLES — Hassmer Fest will celebrate 10 years of mountain biking at Versailles State Park with day and night bike riding, live music, a bonfire and camping from Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28.The event costs $25 for those who register in advance and $30 for day-of registration.Register here and enter “Hassmer Fest” into the search bar. The event also includes a tour of Hassmer Hill.Versailles State Park is at 1004 U.S. 50 in Versailles.
With Blackboard reaching its 11th year at USC, a team of evaluators has been assembled to assess the benefits and flaws of the program for students and faculty.As of spring 2010, 78 percent of USC faculty and 86 percent of students had at least one class listed on Blackboard. Fifty-two percent of all USC classes use Blackboard for grading, content or class-wide communication, according to Susan Metros, deputy chief information officer for Technology Enhanced Learning and chair of the Blackboard committee.Nine different focus groups, made up of students, professors and administrators, plan to evaluate Blackboard using individualized rubrics that suit the needs of each group’s members.The rubric, Metros said, allows students and faculty to discuss their particular needs in order to improve USC’s learning management system for the better.Metros said she hopes to work with the library to coordinate the Blackboard system. E-reserves would possibly give students an even greater access to online articles and sources.Another idea, Metros said, is allowing professors to post content into a general folder that any student in any of their classes can easily access.“The rubric system is a very unique way to do this,” Metros said.On the administrative side, Blackboard aims to expand its product so that it would have some features of a social networking group.In the future it could include ways of tracking activities throughout a student’s time at a university, letting students put together a portfolio to save course work online or allowing advisers and other people within the university to keep online files.“Even though Blackboard aims to enhance [its] product, we don’t know if USC would go in that direction with them,” said Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs. “In five years we could also have a completely different learning management system.”Although the Blackboard system was revamped a few years ago, the program is still due for an evaluation since it has been at USC for 11 years, Metros said.“What’s convenient for faculty is not always the best choice for students and the other way around,” Bickers said.Although the university will probably not change the Blackboard system any time soon, Bickers said, the university does need to go through these timely evaluations to adjust its software.Blackboard originally came into use in 1999 when USC administrators hoped to shift from using different systems for grading, content and communication to one succinct program.Although there were many options, faculty decided on Blackboard as USC’s core learning management system.“For the last two years, previous Provost [and now President C.L.] Max Nikias asked faculty to have Blackboard sites in case of emergency,” Metros said. “This provides some semblance of teaching just in case students can not get to campus.”“Blackboard makes it convenient to have everything for your classes gathered online — you don’t have to keep track of so many papers and it’s great for organizational purposes,” Bickers said. “It’s also an easy way to keep track of grades throughout the semester.”Students, such as Danya Nourafshan, a junior majoring in psychology, said they appreciated the perks of Blackboard and use it regularly for various purposes.“It’s great to be able to send class e-mails for questions or concerns and have extra copies of important class documents online,” Nourafshan said.
The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is holding a two week historic training programme in Accra, in association with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Olympic Solidarity Fund (OSF) to improve the quality of rugby coaching in the country.The training programme, GRFU Vice President, Mr. Ernest Hanson, explained will be the first time that rugby coaches will be trained, qualified and certified as Level 2 Rugby Coaches in Ghana.The IRB is sponsoring the cost of a Certified IRB Trainer from South Africa, Mr. David Dobela for the historic event, but the training cost would be sponsored by OSF under auspices of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).Mr. David Dobela is currently the Caretaker Head Coach of Border Academy in South Africa and qualified as Level 2 Coaching Trainer in 2010. He has also been involved in coaching for the South African National Team, the Springboks.The training will take place at the Media Centre at the Accra Sports Stadium from 13 July to 25 July 2014.During the first week 23 people will be trained and having passed the IRB evaluation, will be certified as Level 1 Rugby Coaches. The trainees include coaches from the 11 clubs that will take part in the 2014 /15 national league tournament, as well as Sportsmasters of 12 schools from the Greater Accra, Western and Central Regions. The Level 1 Rugby Coaching Training will include modules on understanding the game and the principles of play, applying the principles of play to the development of skills, planning and demonstrating a practice, and management. It will cover both 15s as 7s coaching skills.This course is designed to enable coaches to acquire basic skills so that players who are new to the game learn to play in safe, enjoyable competition.During the second week, a Level 2 Coaching course will be held that will include modules on coaching styles and coaching process, values of the Game and principles of attack and defence, planning and delivery, key factor analysis and player welfare and functional role analysis, selection and laws.The Level 2 Coaching course is designed to provide coaches with the skills needed to coach teenage and adult players in the club or school environment (in major Unions) and to higher levels in less developed Unions such as the GRFU.The President of Ghana Rugby, Mr. Herbert Mensah, emphasised that the newly elected Board of the GRFU is assessing the state of rugby in Ghana with the view to present a blueprint or roadmap for rugby in Ghana to all stakeholders towards the end of July 2014. Mr. Mensah said, “It was quite shocking to realise that Ghana does not have one Level 2 certified coach after 11 years of being registered as minority sport in Ghana. Without properly trained coaching resources Rugby in Ghana can never progress. This will always continue to be a high priority on the agenda of the new Board and we are delighted that we had the opportunity to postpone the initial dates for the training in order to structure it in such a way that there is forward movement.”