The 2018 Ohio Crop Tour – I-71 Leg – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Marion CountyCorn: We found ourselves in 20 inch corn and had to figure out how to calculate this field. Once we Googled it, we were good to go. Wind has goose-necked some of this crop and there was some water damage in low lying areas, but the color was good and overall health was A-O.K. Saw some bird damage as well and Grey on the lower leaves. Our yield guess here is 180.Soybeans: This clod of dirt that came up with one of the soybeans plants tells a story of a dry period here. This farmers upped the population. Some Frogeye and Brown Spot and very minimal beetle feeding. Nodes were 2 inches apart and canopy was 39 inches high. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – For how dry our fields were here, there have been some heavy rains in this county. Corn was farther along than we have seen and we will only see more developed corn tomorrow as we head south.Click on the pictures for a better lookMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyWyandot CountyCorn: Pretty impressive stand here with nice color and less disease pressure than we have seen in a few stops. Some Grey but no insect feeding. Ear fill was nice but emergence was a bit uneven with several skips. Our yield guess is 191.Soybeans: This no-till field, planted in 15 inch rows, was very clean. Phytothera Root Rot is starting to show up here and some Brown Stem Rot in a few plants. Canopy height was 42 inches and nodes were 2.5 inches apart. No insect pressure to speak of. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observation – Same story, different county. The only difference is a little more firing on the corn. We are finding ourselves trying to find things to look for because almost every stop is the same. Consistently good.For a closer look, click on the photosWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyCrawford CountyCorn: May 18th was the planting date here. This is 107 day corn and it is healthy at this point. Only disease was found on the lower leaf. During pollination it got hot in this area and some tip back is happening as a result. Spacing was good and it is in early dent now. Our yield number here is 203.Soybeans: They have had two 1-inch rain events in August so the soil is looking good, but one more rain will do the trick for these May 4th planted beans. Tallest we have seen so far with a canopy of 52 inches. Distance between nodes was 3 inches. Saw some Brown Leaf Spot and some insect feeding, but when it is all said and done these will yield nicely. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observations – More good crops that have had steady rain all growing season. Beans looks good all the way down Route 4.Click on the pictures for a closer lookCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountySeneca CountyCorn: We met the farmer of these fields and found out the planting date was May 8th. They got quite a bit of rain after that and then dried up and have gotten some whistle wetters after than, but nothing significant. Ear set was high here and disease and insect pressures were non existent. Our yield estimate here is 201.Soybeans: Beans were planted on May 9th and as you can see by the pictures, our 2 scouts found two very different spots of the field. We haven’t seen this kind of variability all day in the same field. Canopy height was 42 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. This field does need a shot of rain to help finish it off. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observation – This has been one of the drier counties of the day. Bean leaves were starting to flip in the heat of the day.Click on the pictures to get a closer lookSeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountyHuron CountyCorn: By far, the best looking field of corn we have seen today. The farmer told us he Y-dropped this field. Our sample doesn’t do the field justice, in our opinion, and it will be interesting to see after harvest just what this field was able to do. This plot is in early dent and the insect and disease pressure is very low. Ears filled out to the tip and there is still moisture in the soil. Our yield calc is 191.Soybeans: These tall beans were very well podded and clean, despite no application other than weed control. Canopy height was 38 inches and there were 2.5 inches between nodes. One of the healthiest beans we have seen on Day 1. We rate this field as excellent.Overall County Observation – Adequate moisture here will show the benefits at harvest. A lot of yards are being mowed today around here so lack of rain has not been an issue this growing season.Click on the pictures for a closer lookHuron County20180815_134215-660×440Huron CountyHuron CountyHuron County20180815_134215-660×440Huron CountyHuron County Ashland CountyCorn: This is the most significant tip-back we have seen so far today. Disease and insect pressures were low in this field. This field is in the dent stage and coming along. Our yield guess is 187.Soybeans: This field has overall good color and the ground has seen some moisture recently. Canopy is 34 inches high and the distance between nodes is 3 inches. Very low levels of Bacterial Leaf Blight and low amounts of insect feeding here. Pods are filling nicely and there are still some blooming happening. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observations – Rains here recently have helped and will help beans as they finish up. Timing of pollination may be a determent here with aborted kernels showing up.Click on the pictures for a closer lookWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyCorn: Grey Leaf Spot was heavy below the ear and moving above the ear. It was heavy enough to have some effect on yields. The coons also had their way with this spot in the field. Pollination issues were also noticed here and tip back was also taking place. Our yield estimate is 176.Soybeans: More evidence of rain here with some spots of phytothera in low lying areas. Pods are filling nicely here and the only insects we saw were a very small number of Bean Leaf Beetle. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. There was still some growth at the top of these stems so the potential is still there. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – More consistency in this part of the state but these farmers could use a shot of rain in the near term. SDS is starting to pop up in more and more fields in this area.Click on the pictures for a closer lookWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyHolmes CountyCorn: At one point (or multiple points) of the growing season the received some heavy rains here and high soil erosion and weak stalks can attest to that. Along with some Northern Corn Leaf Blight, we also ran into some rust and Eyespot. Insect pressure was low and there was some tip back. Our yield guess is 177.Soybeans: Didn’t take two steps into this field and we saw some Frogeye and Downey, along with Bean Leaf Beetle and Japanese Beetle feeding. SDS was also found. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes wa 2 1/2 inches. There was a good, even stand in these 15 inch rows. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – One thing we have noticed at our last two stops was how the soybean populations have been knocked back in this part of the state. That is allowing stalks to branch out very nicely. Fields are clean throughout the county. The quality of the crop has been very consistent.Click the pictures for a closer lookHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyRichland CountyCorn: This area could use some rain and they might get some this evening. This field was planted on Memorial Day and in the milk stage. Ran into some pollination issues here, but overall this corn is in great shape with no disease or pests. Our yield guess here is 200.Soybeans: Population here was 145K and that explains a lot for how things has developed here. Top canopy was 48 inches with 2 inches between nodes. Very light Downy Mildew in this field and some beetles feeding. We counted several 4-bean pods and we rate this field as Excellent.Overall County Observations – Many of these fields were planted in the later window of May. They need a rain here, but all in all, crops are holding their own.For a closer look, click the picturesRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyKnox CountyCorn: Our two samples here were vastly different and it was because one part of the field we stopped in were full of skips. Those are the types of things you can’t see from the road. With that said, the plant health was strong here and very little insect pressure. Some disease was noted on the lower leaves but the upper leaves were just fine. Tip back was definitely an issue. Our yield calc here is 157.Soybeans: Another tall field of beans here and they are healthy. The 15 inch row beans had a 43 inch canopy height and they were podded all the way to the top. No disease pressure, even on the lower leaves. No insects to see either. Easy to rate this field as Excellent.Overall County Observations: Many fields looked like they were planted late in this part of the state but giant rag has taken over many of the fields we drove by. As we have said many times already, beans are looking really nice.Click on the pictures for a closer lookKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyMorrow CountyCorn: It is easy to see they have had more moisture here that parts just south of here. This field, in the dent stage, had some skips and had fired from early nitrogen loss and/or that excess rain. The stalks were extremely tall and due to the skips about 15% of them had a second ear. Our yield guess here is 167.Soybeans: These are the tallest beans we have seen thus far and the roots system was impressive. Canopy height was 40 inches and the distance between nodes was 2 inches. Disease pressure was light and only saw a few beetles throughout. We rate this field as good.Overall County Observations – There were a lot of wet spots as we drive through this county and noticeable weed control issues. Disease was mostly noticed on the lower leaves, also a result of early, heavy rains.Click on images for a closer lookMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyLicking CountyCorn: Really nice corn here. No insect pressure to speak of and very little gray, charcoal and northern. Ear fill is excellent and stalk strength was great. A 20 around helped bump our calculation. Our yield estimate here is a solid 209.Soybeans: These soybeans have branched out very nicely and the field is very clean here. Canopy height was 33 inches and these was a average of 1.75 inches between nodes. We noticed some Frog Eye and Bacteria Leaf Blight, but very low impacts. Same goes for insect pressure. We rate this field as Excellent.General County Observations – We didn’t see as much firing here as we did in Delaware. Maybe a little more moisture here. Beans looked really nice throughout the county.Click on the photos for a closer lookLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyDelaware CountyCorn: We have a feeling we will see a lot of firing in corn over the next two days, but we won’t really know if that is because of deficiency or because of dry conditions early in the growing season. We have two Delaware County farmers on this route and they think the latter may be the case in this field. We saw some grey but very low amounts. Overall, this corn looks to be in good shape. Our yield guess here is 206.Soybeans: These beans were not as far along as we were expecting, so we talked with the farmer here and this field was planted after a hay crop. With that said, these beans have excellent potential. Canopy height was 29 inches and the distance between nodes was 3 inches. Minimal Frog Eye and Japanese Beetle feeding. We rate this field as Good.General County Observations – Premature firing due to dry conditions was noticed on multiple fields, but corn looks like it has recovered for the most part with more favorable conditions later in the season.Click on the photos for a closer lookDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware Countylast_img read more

Questions and Answers About Air Barriers

first_imgUPDATED on December 12, 2014Builders of a certain age — say, those older than about 55 or 60 — started their careers at a time when no one talked about air leakage or air barriers. Back in the early 1970s, even engineers were ignorant about air leakage in buildings, because the basic research hadn’t been done yet.Times have changed, and most residential building codes now require builders to include details designed to reduce air leakage. Today’s young carpenters are working on job sites where air barriers matter.A. A wide variety of materials make good air barriers, including poured concrete, glass, drywall, rigid foam insulation, plywood, and peel-and-stick rubber membrane. (Note that evidence is increasing that OSB is not an air barrier; for more information on this issue, see Is OSB Airtight?)Although air can’t leak through these materials, it can definitely leak at the edges or seams of these materials. When these materials are used to form an air barrier for your home, additional materials such as tape, gaskets, or caulk may be required to be sure seams and edges don’t leak.To make a good air barrier, a material not only needs to stop air flow; it also needs to be relatively rigid and durable. If you want to determine whether a material is an air barrier, hold a piece of the material up to your mouth and blow. If you can blow air through it, it’s not an air barrier.Engineers distinguish between air barrier materials (drywall, for example), air barrier assemblies (for example, plywood with taped seams attached to wall framing), and air barrier systems (all of the materials and assemblies that make up a building’s air barrier).A. Not necessarily. Although Tyvek and other brands of plastic housewrap are sometimes marketed as air… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

first_imgOdisha had registered a sudden jump in forest fires across the State resulting in massive damage to flora and fauna.As many as 5,332 fire spots had been noticed since November 1 last, the beginning of forest fire season, in the State. The month of March had alone registered 4,495 fire spots. As per statistics generated by SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite, only 385 fire spots were recorded February while in January, only 55 fire incidences were detected.Southern Odisha looked red in the map provided by Forest Fire Geo Portal of Forest Survey. In Koraput, the southernmost forest circle in Odisha, 2,809 fire spots had been detected since November. It was followed by Bhawanipatna with 622 fire incidences and Berhampur (601). Rourkela and Sambalpur division had relatively lower incidences with 416 and 355 fire spots detected during the same period. The month of April started with 11 fires on Monday as detected by Moderate resolution Imaging spectro-radiometer (MODIS) with a resolution of 1 km.Forest divisions mappedThough forest department claimed to have mapped the forest divisions prone to fire and maintained more than 6,000-km long fire line in different forests ahead of the fire season, forests continue to be gutted. Given the vastness of forest areas and gigantic task, number of fire watchers engaged in fire-fighting appears to be too little.“Apart from causing a huge loss to the timber and other fruit and leaf bearing trees and creepers of the forest, fires also destroy wildlife and their habitat. Nests and eggs of ground dwelling birds are lost. Reptiles also lose their young ones due to forest fires,” said Biswajit Mohanty, former member of the National Board for Wildlife.Fire could only be tamed at the initial stage before it became a conflagration preventing anybody from even approaching it due to the intense heat generated, Mr. Mohanty said demanding it should be monitored from the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.last_img read more

Democracy’s XI launch: Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar share riveting cricket tales

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajit Wadekar were among a galaxy of cricket stars at the launch of Rajdeep Sardesai’s book on cricket, Democracy’s XI.Sardesai’s book was launched at Mumbai’s Opera House and it was followed by a riveting discussion on the “Great Indian Story”, which involved Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Sardesai and renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.WATCH VIDEOON KAPIL DEVSunil Gavaskar:There were also some odd players who came in from smaller states but they could never really have an impact. Kapil changed it all. Bhishan (Singh Bedi) played for Delhi for a long time even though he started with Punjab but Kapil played for Haryana throughout. Therefore, he was the first sought of non-metro player to have an impact. That is the reason why I say that if today Indian cricket can go and scout and find cricketers from all nooks and corners and not just the metros, it’s only thanks to Kapil.Kapil made everyone believe that they can go on to play for India and captain India. Till then the players from metros used to dominate the playing XI and a couple from non-metro states would be included in the squad for namesake but Kapil changed all that. Today if India talk of fast bowling as so high, I think the credit goes only to Kapil Dev because he should that you can take wickets even in India, bowling quick. He was a flambouyant cricketer who got crowd in.Sachin Tendulkar:”I remember when Kapil Dev was my roommate when I was a young upcoming player in the Indian team. So I had to be at my best behaviour and do whatever Kapil told me to. He would switch off the lights at 10.30pm and told me, ‘Tendlya ab sona hai’ (Tendlya it’s time to sleep), so I would go off to sleep.advertisementAnd then in the morning we had a 9am departure and that’s when Kapil Dev woke me up at around 8.15am and asked me, ‘Tendlya tere liye chai banaun?’ (Tendlya should I make tea for you). So I would jump up from my bed and I was like no paaji let me make the tea for you. That was his nature. Talking about Kapil paaji taking care fo youngsters, he was very much there for us.”SUNIL GAVASKAR ON MANSOOR ALI KHAN PATAUDIHe had an aura about him, he had that presence. He was very quiet. The first time I played with him he was captain of the Wazir Sultan XI. We had met him before the game, he came to the Fateh Maidan dressing room.All of us had met him early on and nobody knew what do we call him – Tiger, Sir or Skipper. So it was decided amongst players that whoever would do the first good thing on the field we would gather around and ask him then.And as luck would have it, I affected the run out. So all the players gathered around in a huddle and Tiger was the only player who was sitting on the ground in the middle of our huddle. So I asked him what do we call you – sir, tiger, skipper etc. He looked up at me and went away.SACHIN TENDULKAR ON DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE INDIAN DRESSING ROOM”We were playing in South Africa in 1996. Allan Donald was bowling and he picked up a wicket. Dodda Ganesh walked in and he could not understand what I was saying. I said to him in Hindi, “Ganesh don’t worry and go on the front-foot.”I told Ganesh how Donald was bowling and he responded with “okay sir.” He would keep calling me sir and I said don’t call me sir and he responded with “okay sir.””And it so happened Donald was trying to sledge Ganesh and I went and told Allan: “Tell me what you are trying to tell him and I would communicate that to him. I can’t promise I will be able to do it for sure, but I would try.”SACHIN TENDULKAR ON PLAYING THE STRAIGHT DRIVEIn Sahitya Sahaswas (where Tendulkar grew up in Mumbai), there were buildings on both sides so you had to hit straight and if you hit above the first floor, you were out and so, I had to hit straight and make sure not to touch the buildings. Someone asked me how do I play straight drives, the first reason was Sunil Gavaskar and second Sahitya Sahaswas.advertisementSACHIN TENDULKAR ON WINNING OVERSEASWe came close to winning overseas in 1996 in Johannesburg but we weren’t able to cross that final hurdle. In West Indies in Trinidad we won in 2001-02 and that kind of changed things. By that time Rahul (Dravid) was there, Sourav (Ganguly) had played for good 5-6 years and Laxman was there, our batting was sort of settled but all in all, for winning abroad you need good bowling attack and we were able to pick 20 wickets. On a number of occasions, the problem was to pick 20 wickets and not give too many runs but that slowly started changing. Today, we have got a great balance in our team because all spinners can bat, seamers can bat. You saw yesterday (1st ODI against New Zealand), Bhuvneshwar played and Hardik Pandya, these guys are going to change the balance when we start travelling. I feel we were missing a guy who could come in and give some rest to our regular bowlers because when we were travelling, Anil (Kumble) would end up bowling 25-30 overs and that’s too much load.last_img read more