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4-Hers tackle Tractor Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese Years ago, we were just finishing the last windrow of rich alfalfa hay. The remainder of the field only amounted to about half a wagonload. Despite the small amount of hay, we were scrambling to get done because, even though the weather forecast for the day said there was no chance of rain, black storm clouds were racing towards us from the western horizon.As I pulled the last couple small square bales from the chute, the first fat, wet raindrops pelted me in the face. We were done with the hay, but we still had to get the half load in the barn or hay-baling timeliness would be in vain.Most of the crew left to move the equipment to another field and I was left with an old tractor, a half load of hay, two young workers, and the task of backing that four-wheeled hay wagon in the barn before the skies really opened up. The rain was starting to pick up by the time I backed that hay wagon up a small incline to the doors of the barn that combined to open up just a fuzz wider than the hay wagon. I tried once, twice to back it in, stopping just short of crunching the barn door both times. The rains continued to pick up with the blackest of the storm clouds almost on top of us. I looked up at the grim sky and yelled, “Unhook it boys, I think we can just push it in.”It started pouring seconds after we had pushed the half full hay wagon safely into the barn. It was a great success story for the hay, but a miserable failure of my four-wheeled wagon tractor backing skills.It seems I should have spent more of my youth pursuing the chance to compete at the Ohio State Fair Tractor Day. 4-H members have to qualify for the competition at the county level. This year the Ohio State Fair Tractor Day was held on Aug. 3 and Ty Higgins caught up with Dewey Mann, assistant superintendent of the competition.“We’ve got 106 participants that have qualified at the county level to participate here at the State Fair event,” said Mann, who is with the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering The Ohio State University. “There are 60,000 4-H youth in Ohio, and with 100 students here you are already in the top two tenths of a percent of those 4-Hers. Out of this elite group of 106, we give out one clock trophy in each of the three classes and we also recognize the top 20% with Outstanding of the Day. I remind the participants that if they don’t quite make it into that top 20%, 80% at State Fair is still a pretty good honor to be here.”Unlike most State Fair 4-H events, the competition is not held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Because of the space required and the challenging logistics of transporting equipment to Columbus, the event is held at JD Equipment in London.“A lot of this is about space and convenience. We’re very thankful to JD Equipment for hosting us,” Mann said. “We have access to tractors, and nice shiny tractors at that. They are all green and these young people get a chance to drive everything. The 8-year-olds to 11-year-olds drive an X350 lawnmower all the way up to the older students driving a 5000 E with a clutch and standard transmission. It starts out pretty basic with our younger age division. There is no trailer or deck on the mower. They are going to drive through an alley forward and backwards. I tell the parents that it is driver’s ed. for 8-year-olds. It is a great opportunity for young people to get some driving experience out here.”The older competitors in the J2 Division use a 4000 Series John Deere Hydrostat (with no clutch). They drive a two-wheeled wagon through an obstacle course of PVC barrels filled with concrete and 1-inch PVC stakes. The oldest competitors have to drive a tractor with a clutch and do an obstacle course with a four-wheeled wagon (I know first hand this is no easy task).“A lot of it has to do with getting infractions for hitting a marker and how close you are when you are backing in and out of sheds and alleys,” Mann said. “It is about getting experience and getting them connected to things that we are passionate about in production agriculture.”The top finishers at the event were 11-year-old Eric Macklin from Allen County, 13-year-old Austin Otte from Mercer County, and 16-year-old Thomas Gress from Wayne County. Congratulations to these outstanding young people who can undoubtedly back a four-wheeled wagon better than certain, unnamed editors.It is a real privilege and great honor to get to work with the incredible young people who work so hard with their 4-H and FFA livestock projects. But, those young people are certainly not the only ones worthy of highlighting at the Ohio State Fair. Ohio 4-H currently offers 140 non-livestock projects that allow participants to compete at the county level and the top tier of those competitors can compete at the Ohio State Fair. Highlighting some of those deserving students is important too.Thanks to so many volunteers for taking your time to work with and highlight these very talented young people and for helping 4-H to shine bright even outside of the livestock show ring.last_img read more


Winter weather impacts cattle markets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University ExtensionA major winter storm this past week extended in a belt across the middle of the country from Denver east to the mid-Atlantic coast. Heavy snow hit parts of feedlot country across eastern Colorado, Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, southern Iowa and the eastern Corn Belt. Much of Nebraska and the northern Plains along with the Texas panhandle were spared the worst of the snow but rain has created wet, sloppy conditions in many places that will impact cattle performance in feedlots and in the country. Recent weather may delay fed cattle marketing enough to help support fed cattle prices or push prices higher. Whether or not weather impacts are widespread enough to noticeably impact overall market conditions, cattle producers in many areas face significant management headaches due to the weather.Winter weather often impacts feedlot performance and efficiency. Feedlots typically post the lowest seasonal average daily gains (ADG) for cattle marketed in March to May, which reflects cattle fed over the previous four to six months. This likely includes the negative impacts of winter weather on feedlot performance but also partly reflects the fact that feedlots place the highest proportion of lightweight cattle (which have lower ADG) in the fall and feed them through the winter. Feedlots also experience poorer feeding efficiency in the winter with the highest feed to gain ratios of the year posted for cattle marketed in February and March. This occurs despite the fact that lightweight cattle placed in the fall have lower feed to gain ratios relative to heavier feedlot placements. This again indicates the impact of winter weather on cattle feeding. Not surprisingly, feedlots post the highest animal morbidity and mortality rates for cattle fed through the winter.In Oklahoma, wet, sloppy conditions are a major challenge, especially across the southern half of the state. Oklahoma cattle producers are reluctant to complain about moisture in a place that so often suffers from drought but exceptionally wet conditions this fall and winter have created significant headaches for cow-calf and stocker producers. The past six months is the wettest for the period on record for the statewide average and regionally is the wettest period for the south central region of the state and the second wettest for the southeast and west central regions. The southwest, central and north central regions have seen the fifth, sixth and seventh wettest periods, respectively, in the past six months.Cold weather increases animal maintenance requirements and boosts feed needs. The Oklahoma Mesonet provides a cattle comfort advisor to help producers adjust cattle management in adverse weather conditions. The cattle comfort index is based on temperature, wind, relative humidity and solar radiation. As has often been the case recently, rain or wet conditions that produce a wet hair coat on cattle mean that the calculated cattle comfort advisor index must be adjusted even lower. In these conditions, cattle producers need to increase the quantity and often the quality of feed for cattle to avoid production losses or impacts on pregnant or lactating cows or for stockers.last_img read more


9 Great Geeky Tech Gifts For Kids

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 2.  Larson Scanner Electronic Soldering KitAll children should be given the opportunity to build something that requires a cycling red eye.  With all parts included, save the soldering iron, even beginning geeks can use this kit to solder the eye with ease. $14.99 9. Chewbacca Pocket PlushHan Solo rarely traveled without Chewbacca – and neither should your kid. Bonus points awarded for Chewbacca’s lavender scent, because I can only guess that the full-sized version probably smelled much worse. $12For even more great ideas, see this list of holiday gift suggestions from Nerdy With Children. 5.  Portal Sentry TurretA favorite gift on this list, the polite and adorable Portal turret is a must buy. Say “I don’t hate you” in style this year. $39.996. Sensu Artist Brush StylusYoung artists now have a choice. They can create on canvas with paint, like an animal, or use the Sensu Brush Stylus like a gentleman.  Give your artsy kids the gift of painting sans turpentine and sans mess. $39.997. Moleskine Pen HolderKids who want to be pen-prepared can do it in crafty, hipster-style with this Journal Bandolier, Moleskine not included of course. $18.958. Pop Up Paper HouseA dollhouse can an awesome gift but – they’re expensive, cumbersome and once they’re done, they’re far less fun. This printable PDF version costs very little cash and still gives the gift of building something cool. $12 3.  Ultimate Geek PenYour kid is the ultimate geek, so give her the ultimate geek pen.  This James Bond-like pen offers up a ballpoint pen, a PDA stylus, a laser pointer, an LED light and an ultraviolet lamp. They had ReadWrite at ‘batteries included.’ $11.95 Tags:#geek#gifts#kids#portal#star wars#toys 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 1.  Minecraft Foam SwordThis sword will help your kids avoid Creepers.  It should not be used for mining. $19.99 Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout robyn tippins Unless you’re more organized than most, you’re probably still looking for a few last minute gifts. ReadWrite is here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.  Below you’ll find 9 great geeky gifts for the kids on your list. If we’ve missed some good ones, please let us know in the comments. 4.  Han Solo Ice Cube TrayHan Solo in carbanite was bad. Fake Han Solo in ice, chocolate or some other yummy solid food is awesome.  $11.74last_img read more


Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View comments Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


NCAA volleyball: San Beda books semis ticket, fends off San Sebastian

first_imgThe Lady Stags (5-3), on the other hand, were with a major blow to their semis bid.Joyce Sta. Rita had 16 points while Daurene Santos tallied 15 for San Sebastian, which committed four errors that contributed to San Beda’s 7-0 run to end the match. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Irving scores 27 points as Celtics edge Nuggets Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a semifinals berth after beating a gutsy San Sebastian side, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cesca Raqraquin unleashed a game-high 20 points, including a kill off a bad reception by Nikka Dalisay to seal the win.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Red Spikers booked a ticket to the Final Four for the second straight year.But unlike last year, when it finished fourth, San Beda is on track to earn a twice-to-beat advantage as one of the top two teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It will be a big benefit for us and we really worked hard for that,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino in Filipino.The Lady Red Spikers are currently in second place with a 7-1 record behind defending champion Arellano University (7-1), which has superior quotient. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more


Cool Ashish has feet on ‘floor’

first_imgIf you thought Ashish Kumar was good only on the floor or the vault, you are mistaken. You should know that the 19-year-old also carries a cool head on his shoulders.Yet, what separates him from other boys of his age is the confidence he oozes of a man with his feet firmly planted on the ground. This may have something to do with the sport that Ashish pursues.After all, India has never seen a gymnast like him as he made it to the Asian Games final on Saturday. Talk about his achievements – he is in the final of the floor exercise and is fourth behind two Chinese and a Korean – or the Commonwealth Games (CWG) medals at home, and he does not hesitate in crediting foreign expert Vladimir Chertkov for the success.Ashish is not unduly bothered about the final outcome – he insists on giving his best and leaving the rest to the judges and God. Above all, he is also not worrying about Chertkov flying out of this city.Undoubtedly, Ashish owes his success to him but on Saturday the American of Russian origin had packed his bags. During the course of an exclusive interview to Mail Today, Ashish never sounded over-confident. The boy from Allahabad says after having done his routines, he goes back to his room and quietly analysis what he did. He pays attention to mistakes and looks at ways of improvement. And that is what has made Ashish a successful gymnast.advertisementHe touches upon his routine sets which he feels he is good at but says what can fetch him good points are the triple somersault dismount. He does realise that this one element – the most difficult as even an experienced gymnast can be erratic when landing – has its problems but he is going to give it a try in the final on Tuesday.Talking on the field at the Asian Games here, Ashish insists it is no less than an Olympics or the world championships. “You have the best of gymnasts in the Chinese and the Koreans. They are second to none in the world. Competing against them is not only a huge experience but also to my advantage. I always pick up some intrinsic elements they do,” he says.Indeed, having watched them from close quarters, Ashish realises the need for dusting up some of his crucial flaws. “I know what I want to do but when it comes to execution, I make mistakes and lose vital points. I need some polishing here. And that’s where a coach can be of great help,” he reveals.So, does he miss Chertkov at a time when he would have been of great help during the finals? “I came to know about his leaving China the night before my event. I felt very bad and went to talk to him.”He wished me well and advised me on certain things. I did feel his absence on the competition day. But then I remembered that ultimately I have to perform,” said Ashish, not wanting emotions to overpower him.He also realises how important it is for him to do well at the Games to motivate his teammates here. “They are always praying for me to win a medal. I know this because the profile of the sport in the country can go several notches up if I manage to win a medal. But personally I feel we need to develop a lot if we want to see more gymnasts making real progress at the international stage,” he says.Giving credit to all concerned, Ashish says gymnastics in the country has improved on many counts after the CWG, with government and the Sports Authority of India help coming in.”Today we have new equipment and good coaches. But you must have a foreign coach like Chertkov who can shape us well besides helping our coaches do well,” he concludes.His Indian coach Ashok Mishra and team manager Satpal Kaur are, for the moment, pinning their hopes on Ashish not because he has entered the floor final, but because of the boy’s burning desire to do well on the big stage.last_img read more


22 days agoCardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.” last_img


Cheniere Presses Ahead with Third Train at Corpus Christi

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Cheniere/Youtube Screenshot Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy is moving forward with its plans to add a third train at its Corpus Christi liquefaction project.Now that the company’s board of directors made a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) with respect to Train 3, Cheniere will give the green light to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals to continue construction which began in late 2017 under limited notice to proceed.This represents the first FID on new liquefaction capacity in the United States since 2015, Cheniere said.“Moving forward with the construction of Train 3 at Corpus Christi reinforces our position as the leader in U.S. LNG,” said Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and Chief Executive Officer.“We continue to see significant tailwinds in the global LNG market and look forward to delivering additional growth and value to shareholders.”In order to finance the development of the three trains and associated infrastructure, Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings, Cheniere’s wholly owned subsidiary, secured amendments to the company’s loans bringing the credit facilities to USD 6.1 billion.The company added that the remaining costs of the CCL Project would be funded from its amended equity contribution agreement with Corpus Christi Holdings, and from cash flows generated by Trains 1 and 2 of the CCL Project after they are placed into service.Each train is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa of LNG.last_img read more


Review Serbia – Brazil

first_imgBrazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Paul Pogba, Manchester UnitedReport: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.last_img read more


Monchi defends Alisson sale

first_imgAS Roma sporting director Monchi has defended the sale of Alisson to Liverpool.After selling Mohammed Salah to Liverpool last summer, the Italian side are currently in the process of selling Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker to the same club though for a record fee.Monchi has come to the club’s defence after they came under much scrutiny for their transfer policy after seeing two key players leave the club to Anfield in just under two years.The sporting director insists the decision to sell Alisson is not a lack of ambition on the part of the Giallorossi as the keeper closes in on a record £67million move to the Premier League club.Alisson enjoyed a very good 2017-18 season as Roma finished third in the Serie-A while also getting to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. The Brazilian was also part of Brazil’s 23 man squad to the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The goalkeeper had one of the best records of the tournament conceding only three goals in five games for the Selecao as they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual second-runners up Belgium.“Nothing is finalised yet but we’re in advanced negotiations with Liverpool and Alisson is also over there in England,” Monchi said about the Brazilian during a press conference to unveil new signing Justin Kluivert, according to Goal.“When a substantial bid of that magnitude comes in, we’ve to consider the pros and cons before making a decision.”“Selling Alisson isn’t a lack of ambition for me, the ambition is to build a very good team not just for one season but for many years,” Monchi responded to the criticism of the Rome based club.“Nobody would have thought we could sign players like Pastore or Kluivert but we’ve both with us.”last_img read more

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