Giants pass on high-profile free agent, move forward with in-house options

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a type.He showed it with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to show it with each subsequent addition to the Giants roster.“They were one of the first teams to reach out,” Venditte said of the Giants. “They were in the first wave, the first couple days of free agency.”As dozens of journeymen free agents wait for the phone to ring this February, a reliever with limited big league experience who happens to be the most …last_img

How late is too late for corn?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension CCAAs I write this it is obvious that the majority of the corn crop this year will be planted after May 20. I sat last Thursday with a grower from Miami County. We figured the days it takes him to dry out, then to plant first corn and then soybeans and determined that at least some of his crop will be planted into June no matter what. Yields are likely to be reduced. We do know that with good growing conditions and timely late-season rains, we can still produce a decent crop. Consider the economics of your decisions during this season, make those applications that can make you money and skip those that only make you feel good.Frost worries? Or just wet corn? The corn plant has the ability to adapt to later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages. Work done at Purdue and Ohio State by graduate students of Bob Nielsen and Peter Thomison, show that the number of growing degree days (GDD) needed from planting to maturity decreases by about 7 GDD per day of delayed planting. So a hybrid planted on May 30 needs about 200 less GDDs to achieve maturity than a hybrid planted on May 1. I think this ability of the corn plant to adapt is why we can still have decent yield expectations.We don’t have much nitrogen on yet for corn, and some are even struggling to get it on their wheat. In corn, our recommendation is to evaluate the crop and look for any visual symptoms of nitrogen deficiency (general chlorosis or yellowing). If you somehow applied early N, but not sure how much is left you can use the worksheet from our Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide (page 81, and here below) to evaluate the risk of nitrogen loss.1) What N source was utilized?1 point – Anhydrous ammonia with nitrification inhibitor2 points – Anhydrous ammonia3 points – Other fertilizer banded4 points – Other fertilizer broadcast 2) When was the N applied?2 points – After April 205 points – Before April 20 3) How much N has been applied?1 point – >200 lbs/A2 points – 150-200 lbs/A3 points – 100-150 lbs/A6 points – <100 lbs/A 4) What has been the predominant soil moisture status in the field this spring?1 point – Normal2 points – Wet4 points – Excessively wet (saturated – standing water) 5) What is the crop’s condition?1 point – Green plants> 12” tall2 points – Green plants < 12” tall3 points – Chlorotic plants < 12” tall5 points – Chlorotic plants > 12” tall Total the score and use the following guidelines:Less than 13 – Additional fertilizer not recommended13-16 – Evaluate again in 4-7 days17 or greater – Add an additional 40-70 lbs N/A Some producers may consider the use of the pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT) to determine if additional N fertilizer is warranted. This can work well if manure is in your mix, or you did apply pre-plant anhydrous. To attain a representative soil sample, collect 15, 1-foot deep random cores from a field and mix them thoroughly. Submit a grab sample from the composite to a reputable lab. You may want to contact the lab to learn their turn-around time — you want it back quickly.If the nitrate level in the soil is between 25 to 30 ppm then no additional N is warranted.If nitrate levels are lower than 15 ppm then normal N rates should be applied.If between 15 and 30 ppm then a reduced rate is likely all that is needed. Some suggest 50 to 70 pounds of nitrogen per acre additional would make sense.Got manure still in the lagoon? It can provide an excellent source of nitrogen. Consider top-dressing or side dressing that nutrient source. See this Ag BMP here: read more

Education Ministry in Discussion with Partners to Build Schools

first_imgStory Highlights These partnerships will ultimately lead to the elimination of the shift system in schools Ministry of Education identifying investment opportunities within the education sector Financial houses anxious to invest in education The Ministry of Education is currently in discussion with several local and international partners regarding investment opportunities, which can be created within the education sector.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, at a meeting of the Rotary Club of downtown Kingston, held  at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, on August 7.“We have a number of unsolicited proposals from financial houses here and abroad, which are anxious to invest in education and we are prepared, under the aegis of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and in consultation with the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance, to engage in such processes, so that we can use private capital prudently…to build out the many thousands of places that are required to improve our quality,” he said.The Minister further noted that with these partnerships, new schools can be constructed, while existing ones will be expanded which will ultimately lead to the elimination of the shift system in schools across the island.He  pointed out that these partners are looking to invest millions within the sector, adding that partnerships with the Government will only redound to the benefit of the country.“There is one proposing to build seven schools… and there are others with different size and different emphasis. We are meeting with the Ministry of Finance, the DBJ and (other) representatives to discuss how it can be done,” he said, adding that the proposals have been put forward for several months now.In the meantime, the Education Minister used the opportunity to encourage members of the service club to continue investing in the sector as part of efforts to upgrade the education system.The Minister said that the Club has played an important role in garnering support for education, through charitable donations in terms of awarding scholarships and providing schools with needed equipment.last_img read more