Crop Insurance Considerations as Deadline Nears

first_img Crop Insurance Considerations as Deadline Nears Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Insurance Considerations as Deadline Nears SHARE Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s less than a week now that farmers have to make crop insurance decisions. Decision day is Monday March 15, and it has been a while since the spring crop insurance price has been this high. The average price for December corn futures last month was $4.58 a bushel and it was $11.87 for November soybeans.Ed Usset at the University of Minnesota says those starting prices for crop insurance are very high.“That’s a great thing to start with and you’ve got to have crop insurance. You’ve got to have that. Then I’m telling producers that the market can go lower if we can assume a normal year. If we can assume some sort of non-drought year, just a normal year in the corn belt, we are going to go lower by harvest.”Over in Illinois Gary Schnitkey from U of I agrees, and he suggests taking the highest RP policies you’re comfortable with. He also says use ECO if you are willing to pay the premium. So, for highly productive soils he recommends 80 or 85 percent RP plus ECO to 90 percent.Gary Schnitkey-U of Illinois“First off, I would say it is probably worth it because you are going to be protecting a higher revenue level. So, if at all possible think about that. But many farmers have a budget in mind. If you want to keep in that twelve to eighteen dollar area they’ll have to drop down from 85 percent to 80 percent or roughly five percent and that’s likely the case if you did 80 percent last year you are going to have to drop down to 75 percent to keep your premium about the same. Again, the good thing about dropping from 85 to 80 is you are probably still going to have a higher guarantee this year than last year because of the higher prices.”Farmers on less productive soils will have tougher decisions to make on ECO. University of Illinois has a downloadable crop insurance decision tool to help you see how different coverage levels and options might work on you farms.Here’s the link.Source: NAFB News Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA to Investigate Government’s Role in Spread of COVID-19 in Meat Processing FacilitiesNext articleDon’t Cut Corners on Your Weed Control Program Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Mar 8, 2021 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Messi looms for Liverpool, but Cardiff on Klopp’s mind for now

first_imgKlopp Porto, Portugal | AFP | Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management.Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie.So it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane’s 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.Having won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last round, here was another statement away victory for the Anfield club after they lost all three matches on the road in the group stage.Klopp remains unbeaten after 10 two-legged European ties as Liverpool manager, with two coming against Porto.He has only been stopped in finals, against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2016 and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.“I know people like to be disrespectful to a team like Porto, but we knew how difficult it is and we won 2-0 at home, it was deserved, and here anything could have happened,” Klopp said.“We dealt really well with it. In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams.”The former Borussia Dortmund boss knows the same applies in the semi-finals, where last year’s runners-up face the daunting prospect of Messi and Barcelona.Having been at home first against Bayern and Porto, the Reds will head to the Camp Nou for the first leg on May 1.It is six years since Barca lost at home in the Champions League, but Liverpool need to ensure they remain in the tie before the return at Anfield on May 7.“It is our dream. Every single player wants to play this kind of game in their lives,” admitted Mane, yet Klopp will have to come up with a plan to deal with the brilliant Messi.“Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,” Klopp joked on Wednesday.“I have a few more nights to think about that. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it. “We still will try it. We are looking forward to it but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. Let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare Barcelona.”– ‘Another intense game’ –The focus now reverts back to the Premier League, with Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City at the summit having played a game more.Klopp’s squad stayed in Portugal on Wednesday night before returning home to start preparations for Sunday’s visit to relegation battlers Cardiff City.By then they could be behind Pep Guardiola’s City side, who will look to avenge their incredible Champions League defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when they play the London club again on Saturday.Despite the games coming thick and fast, Liverpool emerged from their trip to the Estadio do Dragao in great shape.Klopp rotated his squad, with Divock Origi making a rare start while Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were only used as substitutes.In addition, Joe Gomez came off the bench for his first top-team appearance since suffering a leg fracture in December.“In the last third of the season you see the finish line already but you need a little bit of luck with injuries,” admitted Klopp.“We play again in three days, so we fly tomorrow and make ourselves ready for another intense football game.”Cardiff boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.“Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it.”However, after this latest victory — their eighth in a row — Liverpool have the momentum as they dream of winning the league and the European Cup in the same season, something they last achieved back in 1984.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers, Giants should be classic; Another must game for Pittsburgh

first_imgThe Giants improved to 6-2 as they pulled out a 29-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys which went down to the last second.The Giants have been playing just well enough to win, regardless of the competition, which has put them into a solid lead in the NFC East ahead of the struggling Redskins, Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles.Because Eli Manning has established himself as one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL with one of the most balanced attacks in the league, the defense has been overlooked. But the Giants started winning after a slow start once the defense started clicking. Their biggest strength is their ability to force turnovers, which they have done in the past four games. Against Dallas they picked off three of Tony Romo’s passes to take a substantial halftime lead but allowed the Cowboys back into the game in the second half. Much like the Steelers they don’t put away teams.The Giants are led by Manning, 294 passes, 184 completions, 2301 yards, 62.6 completion rate, for a less than impressive 89.1 QB rating. He has a variety of receivers led by Victor Cruz, 52 catches for 650 yard. Others are: Hakeem Nicks, 26, 380, Martellus Bennett 29 for 334 and Domenik Hixon 25 for 372, and late bloomer Rueben Randle 9 for 154.The Giants also have a very balanced ground game in Ahmad Bradshaw, 590 yards on 126 carries for an impressive 4.5 yards per carry average. And Andre Brown has emerged as a solid backup with 236 yards on 46 carries for a 5.2 average per carry.The Steelers defense completely shut down the Redskins ground game holding Robert Griffin III to his lowest total of the season. He rushed 6 times for just 8 yards. Alfred Morris who came into the game with one of the highest rushing averages in the NFL, was held to 59 yards on just 13 carries.RGIII was also contained through the air where he was 16 of 34 for just 177 yards. He came into the game with a 71 percent completion percentage.The Steelers offense continues to look impressive as they rack up numbers with Ben Roethlisberger staying off the ground. So far this season he has been one of the least sacked QBs in the league after leading it the past few years. He wasn’t sacked at all Sunday.He has completed 179 passes of 268 attempts, for a 66.8 percentage, for 1987 yards. He has distributed the ball very well with Antonio Brown leading the way with 40 catches for 480 yards, followed by Mike Wallace 36 catches for 459 yards, Heath Miller 35 catches for 336 yards and Emmanuel Sanders 22 catches for 282 yards. Miller leads all receivers in touchdowns with 6, Wallace has 4.The ground game has moved from the worst in the NFL to one of the best with the performance of Jonathan Dwyer in the past two games. He has two consecutive 100 plus yard games moving him up to 299 for the season on 58 carries for an impressive 5.2 average, putting him among the league leaders in that category.The Steelers are still chasing the Baltimore Ravens 6-2 who are coming off a bye week. They will face the Cleveland Browns 2-6, who is coming off a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Browns have played just about everyone tough this season keeping the score low and close, which means they could very easily upset the Ravens which would pull the Steelers to within one game if they are able to defeat the Giants. A loss by the Steelers and a win by the Ravens would drop Pittsburgh three games behind the Ravens.This is another must win for the Steelers. It will also say a lot about if the Steelers are a championship caliber team or not. The Steelers, wearing their 1934 throwback uniforms for the first time, played perhaps their best all around game of the season against RGIII and the Washington Redskins. The 27-12 win pulled their record above .500 but they will have to duplicate that against the NFL champs New York Giants this Sunday in New York. END ZONE CELEBRATION—Steelers tight end Leonard Pope (45) celebrates a touchdown catch in the first quarter on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) last_img read more

Smith joins Aussie injury list

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s injury woes for the upcoming Tri-Nation series in the Caribbean continued yesterday when captain Steve Smith’s participation was put in doubt due to a wrist injury.Though not considered a serious injury, Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith would return from the Indian Premier League (IPL) for treatment and monitoring ahead of the squad’s departure for the June 6-26 tournament involving West Indies and South Africa.”Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” said CA’s sports medicine manager, Alex Kountouris.”We have been working with his IPL franchise, Pune, to monitor this, and unfortunately, it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.”From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May.”Smith’s injury follows those to fast bowler John Hastings, who has been ruled out of the tour, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who was also forced to return prematurely from the IPL with a side strain.The right-handed Smith has been in great form in the IPL for Rising Pune Supergiants, stroking his maiden T20 hundred last Friday against Gujarat Lions.His prolific form has been key to Australia’s success in recent times, and he currently averages 40 from 72 ODIs.The Tri-Nation series will be played in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.last_img read more

Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell hits important medical milestone

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Before the Giants took the field for a pregame workout at Scottsdale Stadium Thursday, a thunderous cheer erupted inside the clubhouse.It came after hitting coach Alonzo Powell told the club he finished his 40th and final radiation treatment for prostate cancer.The successful treatment was a milestone for Powell, 54, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer Jan. 2, 2018. The diagnosis came shortly after Powell agreed to return to his hometown team following a World Series …last_img read more

Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel

first_imgChildren’s rights activist Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped as a five-year-old and used as a child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo. Now he has turned his story into a graphic novel. It is aimed at children from 10 years old and up. He wants to educate that age group about the issue. At the age of five, Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped and forced to become a child soldier. He has turned his story into a graphic novel. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Priya PitamberWhen Michel Chikwanine was just five years old his life changed irrevocably during a soccer game near his school in Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebel militiamen kidnapped him and the other children and forced them to become child soldiers.In a drug-infused daze, he was blindfolded and told to shoot. His victim was his best friend. “I was forced literally to kill my best friend as an initiation process into the army,” Chikwanine told US news website The World Post. “That’s something I will never forget, and I still fight with every single day.”He was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape after a few weeks and find his family again. They eventually fled to Uganda, and in 2004 made it to Canada as refugees. His father, a human rights activist, was killed in the conflict at home.But his experiences have led him to raise awareness about the issue of child soldiers, and he has become a children’s rights activist.Chikwanine wrote a graphic novel, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, with co-author Jessica Dee Humphreys and illustrator Claudia Davila. It’s aimed at children aged 10 to 14.“It chronicles my experience in escaping this deal and ending up in a refugee camp with my family and escaping a war that affected so many people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.More than just a graphic novelChikwanine said illustrator Davila did a great job of depicting the story “in a very real way but also not making it too violent for young people”. Michel Chikwanine commended the illustrations by Claudia Davila in his book, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)There was an educational resource at the end of the book to help young people figure out how they could get back to their communities, should they find themselves being used as child soldiers, Chikwanine said. “It’s one of the most important parts of the book because as much as my story is so important, taking action and ending the problem is just as important.”Another educational aspect of the book is that it provides a wider view of the conditions that led to the conflict in his country.“When we talk about Africa, or any other part of the world, it’s always talked about in headlines,” he told The World Post. “Africa has a very stereotypical mention of being very violent and poor, but we forget to mention the context of the conflict and the poverty. It leads people to conclude the very stereotypical idea of what Africa is, and that’s not what it is.”Worldwide problemUsing children as soldiers in conflict is not isolated to Africa. According to Canada’s Toronto Public Library, “an estimated 250 000 children in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 40% of which include girls, have been kidnapped, stolen, forced and brainwashed to do the dirty deeds of violent captors in countries where political, economic, and humanitarian disputes have turned into lengthy and bloody wars”. Children are used as soldiers across the world, according to the United Nations. (Image: Human Rights)“Young people have to understand the complexities of what’s happening in the world,” Chikwanine told Toronto’s CBC Radio. “We can’t hide it from them — because whether we like it or not, it’s happening to five-year-olds in the Congo, in South America, in the Middle East and there are gangs here [in Canada] as well.”last_img read more

India’s road to No. 1 spot in Tests

first_imgThere’s a world of difference between the first Test match India played 79 years ago and the 452nd game they will play at the same venue and against the same opponent from Thursday.The biggest difference is the attitude of the team that lost the first ever Test to England by 158 runs at Lord’s, London, and the one that will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in India’s 100th Test against England.Former India Cricketers Dilip Vengsarkar (left) and Madhav Mantri virtually revere Lord’sThe team that CK Nayudu captained in 1932 lacked cohesiveness, by all accounts, as players depended on princely patronage and it meant they were aligned on a regional basis. There’s no such apparent bias now, chiefly as almost all players select themselves, needing no favours; selection is done strictly on the basis of their runs and wickets.Events before the one-off Test in the early 1930s meant that the eventual honour of leading the nation went to Nayudu after the original captain (Maharajah of Porbandar) as well as the vicecaptain (KS Ganshyamsinhji of Limbdi) pulled out.Today, there’s no such tentativeness, whether it is captaincy or the other places in the team. Dhoni is the unanimous and undisputed choice to lead the side in all three formats of the game.India, with 11 debutants, lost the game inside three days in 1932, with Amar Singh scoring the lone half-century in the match and pacer Mohammad Nissar capturing the lone five- wicket haul for the visitors.This time around, India -also world ODI champions -have little to worry about. Rather, Dhoni’s world No. 1 Test team, fresh from a 1-0 Test series win in the West Indies, has the wherewithal to crush the Englishmen, not just in the first match but in the four-Test series as well.advertisementAnother distinct difference between the two Indian teams 79 years apart is that the previous one comprised a bunch of rich but amateur cricketers who played largely for recreation, while today they all are professionals, for whom performance is directly related to their earnings -match fees, endorsements etc.One common factor between the two Tests is the venue, Lord’s, though it too has undergone a sea change since the first- ever game it hosted exactly 127 years ago; by a strange co- incidence that Test against Australia in 1884 also began on July 21, the date on which the first India- England Test begins.Several Indian players, like Madhav Mantri, Dilip Vengsarkar and Rahul Dravid, virtually revere the venue while others insist it’s like any other ground. Vengsarkar scored three successive centuries to enter the Lord’s hall of fame and Dravid finds himself at ‘ home’ there, despite missing a century on Test debut in 1996.Former India Test wicket-keeper Mantri, even at 89 years of age and despite a hearing problem, talks enthusiastically about Lord’s.Although he failed in the only Test he played at Lord’s, in 1952, the Mumbai- based player confesses to have been mesmerised by it.”Visiting Lord’s is like visiting a temple; that sort of thing is playing there. It was a thrilling experience playing at Lord’s,” Mantri, who played four Tests in his career, told M AIL T ODAY on Wednesday. “The one thing stands out is that the crowd at Lord’s is very knowledgeable.They appreciate good cricket,” pointed out the uncle of Sunil Gavaskar.Remarkably, Mantri is aware that it will be the 100th Test between India and England and the 2,000th match overall, and that Sachin Tendulkar is just one century short of 100. He also lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a ” very good captain”.Despite old age, Mantri follows the game through newspapers, saying watching the game on the tube had its disadvantages. ” On television, you can’t get a full view and can’t make out field arrangements,” he outlined.last_img read more

Parasoft launches MISRA Compliance Pack and ISO-26262 Qualification Kit

first_imgParasoft presents their automotive software test automation solution. At the core of the solution is Parasoft C/C++test, a unified C and C++ development testing solution that helps organizations address software development best practices by providing automated testing tools that simplify unit testing, code coverage, traceability, static code analysis with built-in support for MISRA, and more.Parasoft’s latest release focuses on tool qualification and compliance with MISRA 2016, and addresses the challenges of increased connectivity due to today’s IoT and connected car initiatives:Parasoft has streamlined the tool qualification process with a new qualification kit that automatically provides the documentation, templates, tests, and reports needed to qualify Parasoft C/C++test for use in ISO 26262 software development. The new Compliance Pack for MISRA automatically creates reports and provides real-time views of overall project status, reducing the burden of generating supporting documentation to satisfy MISRA guidelines. The Compliance Pack also brings efficient workflows to investigate violations and prioritize remediation actions, to ensure that compliance is baked into the development process.Parasoft C/C++test’s seamless integration with Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize combines API testing with runtime application coverage and simulated virtual test beds, to deliver a complete set of technologies that enable customers to take control of the testing challenges of today’s connected platforms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous A fresh look at embedding a web serverNext Eurotech and e-Lios partner up for a coffee 4.0last_img read more

Pension fund executive returns to politics to run for Coalition Avenir Quebec

first_imgDRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A high profile Quebec businessman is leaving his post with Quebec’s pension fund manager to run for the Coalition Avenir Quebec.The party has confirmed Christian Dube will run in the Montreal-area riding of La Prairie.Dube, 61, will be replacing former party president Stephane Le Bouyonnec, who unexpectedly quit both the race and his position with the party last week.Dube previously represented the Levis riding in the legislature between 2012 and 2014, before resigning to become executive vice-president of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.He is known as a strong advocate for reducing the size of government and its place in the economy.last_img read more

Bumrah Shami Jadeja and Poonam recommended for Arjuna

first_imgNew Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday recommended the names of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in the Capital to discuss the matter in the presence of GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim. Karim had proposed the names of the cricketers. Bumrah has been an integral part of the Indian side in recent times and will be leading the bowling attack for India at the World Cup. Shami has also been in great form in recent times and made a remarkable comeback into the Indian limited-overs side after being considered only for the longer format in the last couple of seasons. Jadeja, who till recently was only part of the Indian Test side, has also made a return to the limited overs team and has been picked as the third spinner in the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales. Poonam has been deservedly nominated from the women’s team.last_img read more