Yield monitor considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton (FABE Associate Professor), Elizabeth Hawkins (OSUE Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems) and Richard Colley III (Digital Ag Program Manager)Harvest has started here in Ohio but it is good to remember to make sure your yield monitor is setup and calibrated properly. Geo-referenced yield data (i.e. yield maps) are being used more frequently to provide precision agriculture insights and recommendations at the field level. Yield maps not only help growers understand end-of-year performance within fields, but also can be used to characterize in-field variation. Information about this variation is often used by service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer. Because yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor is critical to generate accurate and reliable yield data. Grain moisture and test weight, along with grain flow through the combine, will vary within passes and across fields. Therefore, the flow and moisture sensors on combines must be calibrated to these expected conditions in order to log accurate data.Here are a few reasons for calibrating your yield monitor:Collect accurate yield estimates so yield variability across the field is accurately represented by the yield mapGenerate accurate prescriptions (Rx’s) and profit maps that require the use of yield maps. The generation of variable-rate fertility and seeding maps are often heavily based on yield maps. A few services are additionally providing profit maps to evaluate areas of profit and loss.Use yield maps as a data layer to assess management risks and the allocation of inputs. Precision agriculture practices have shown to provide feedback to improve profitability and helping confirm the best practices and input selections for a farm operation.The following outlines yield monitor best practices for one to use pre-harvest and during harvest:Be sure to update firmware and/or software for the yield monitoring systems. If necessary, contact your equipment or technology service provider about available firmware updates and where they can be downloaded.Most yield monitors use a mass flow sensor at the top of the clean grain elevator. Due to the grain impact, the plate will wear to the point of developing a hole if it isn’t replaced soon enough. The wear that occurs changes the reading from the mass flow sensor. Be sure to replace the plate if wear is evident. Don’t neglect to recalibrate after replacing yield monitor components. This recalibration is necessary to ensure accuracy of the yield monitor. A more simple explanation is that a worn impact plate can result in an incorrect yield reading on your display. It is important to not overlook the yield mapping system as a worn component will throw off yield readings.Update and/or configure DGPS. Software related to auto-steer, yield monitors and other GPS-based systems require separate attention. Licenses must be renewed. Calibrations and parameters must be updated or confirmed—especially if the display in the combine cab was used for planting or spraying earlier in the year. It’s necessary to meticulously switch every setting and value, from machine dimensions to type of crop and operation, so they are relevant to harvest operations.Check auto-steer operations and that previously used AB/guidance lines are available within the display. Remember, you may have to adjust sensitivity settings.It is also important to calibrate yield monitors for every crop, each season to ensure that all data being collected is as accurate as possible. The yield monitor needs to “be taught” how to convert the readings from the mass flow sensor into yield; therefore, it is necessary to show the yield monitor the range of yield conditions it will encounter throughout the season. It is wise to periodically check the calibration throughout the season to be sure the data being collected is still accurate. Grain moisture and density can vary between crop fields and, at times, vary significantly within a field. Accounting for changes in grain moisture and density improves the accuracy of yield estimates.Remember to recalibrate if harvest conditions change. Changes could include: yield monitor components are replaced or adjusted, grain moistures increase or decrease by over 6% to 8%, or after a rain shower but still dry enough to harvest. The use of grain carts to calibrate yield monitors can be acceptable as long as it weighs accurately compared to certified scales. One should make sure the weigh wagon is on level ground (<2% slope) and stationary for a few seconds before documenting the weight. Bring along your field notes so you can review them during harvest as crop conditions vary or issues are observed. While harvest is a busy time, taking notes and images during harvest (especially if conducting on-farm research) can be valuable data when finally sitting down for post-harvest analysis and summary. We all forget, so notes and images can help document important information!For more information on calibrating yield monitors, check out the Ohio State Precision Ag website at www.ohiostateprecisionag.com and the Extension Publication Tips for Calibrating Grain Yield Monitors—Maximizing Value of Your Yield Data: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-8.last_img read more

Liberia President Weah plays football match 16 years after international retirement

first_imgLiberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah surprised everyone on Tuesday as he lined up for Liberia against Nigeria at the age of 51.Weah Sr, who is just a few weeks away from becoming 52, returned to international competition after a gap of 16 years in Liberia’s 1-2 loss to Nigeria in Monrovia.Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by Weah. However, the fans had no idea that they are going to see the the former striker lead the team onto the pitch wearing the his famous jersey.According to reports in the media, Weah led the attack and still showed glimpses of class that made him a household name around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s. He received a standing ovation from the fans, when he was substituted on the 79th minute.H.E. President @GeorgeWeah retired his Liberia Football National Team #14 jersey yesterday. @Orange_Liberia proud to sponsor this historical event. pic.twitter.com/7BJQEHCtn4Mamadou Coulibaly (@mamadouc7) September 12, 2018Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria take a 2-0 lead before the hosts got one goal back through a a Kpah Sherman penalty late in the game.Weah enjoyed a great career in Europe for nearly 13 years, where he played for the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, AC Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.He scored a total of 22 goals from 61 appearances for Liberia.He was named the World Footballer of the Year in 1995 and also won the Ballon d’Or in the same year and remains the only African to win either award.advertisementHe was named FIFA World Player of the Year back in 1995At the age of 51, Liberias George Weah returned to international action in a friendly against Nigeria yesterday pic.twitter.com/gEZEZzFJTTFIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 12, 2018Weah’s popularity helped him secure a landslide win last December in Liberia’s presidential elections.Weah’s son Tim is also making a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain and also represented United States of America in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India last year.Interestingly, Tim also played on the same day for USA in their 1-0 win over Mexico in an international friendly.last_img read more

10 months agoMolde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde management admit they were blindsided by Manchester United’s move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, who signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde earlier this month, was appointed interim boss until the end of the season on Wednesday.Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said they were called by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday and both he and Solskjaer “didn’t see it coming.””I think it is double sided,” Neerland told BBC Sport.”On one hand, Molde lose their manager for the next months who had just agreed a new three-year contract. On the other hand, Molde will not get in the way of such an opportunity.”When the biggest club in the world call and ask to borrow your manager from a club the size of Molde, you have to say yes.”Solskjaer has been dreaming about this. It is no longer a dream.” last_img read more

The Comedy Network Stacks Up The Satire as THE BEAVERTON and FULL

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Wednesdays just got an extra dose of wit. Beginning today, THE BEAVERTON and FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE now air on Wednesday nights. Canada’s hard-hitting satirical news series THE BEAVERTON moves to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT followed by all-new episodes of FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. All-new episodes of THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH continue Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/PT, now followed by all-new episodes of @MIDNIGHT as it returns exclusively to The Comedy Network, Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.“Stories” covered on THE BEAVERTON this week include: Marilla Wex visits the NRA marketing department,  Brian Baeumler reveals his latest home renovation series, and The Beavfeed takes a look at the difference between 30s kids and 90s kids. Here’s a sneak peek clip of tonight’s episode. Advertisement About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. The Comedy Network on Twitter The Comedy Network on Facebook The Beaverton on Twitter The Beaverton on Facebook Samantha Bee on Twitter Trevor Noah on Twitter Chris Hardwick on Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Canadian comedian Samantha Bee continues to be one of the most-buzzed about and revered late night hosts on the Emmy®-nominated, TCA award-winning FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE, featuring her bare-knuckled coverage of U.S. politics, infamous field reports, and more.Guests this week on THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH include New York Magazine columnist and author Jonathan Chait (Jan. 11), and President of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America, Cecile Richards (Jan. 12).Comics featured this week on @MIDNIGHT include Rhys Darby, Matt Kirshen, and Emily Fleming (Jan. 11), and Jamie Lee, Brian Moses, and Michelle Buteau (Jan. 12). Twitter Advertisement Social Media linkslast_img read more

Push to end bullet train in 2020 could signal GOP strategy

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative and congressional candidates.A potential similar strategy for 2020 emerged Tuesday, when a conservative radio host who is the public face behind this year’s gas tax initiative announced he will pursue another measure — this one eliminating the state’s beleaguered high-speed rail project.Though it’s a presidential election year, California is overwhelmingly Democratic and a Republican hasn’t won the state since 2006.Early phases of construction have begun on the train meant to take passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. But the $77 billion project championed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters has seen costs spike and the completion date pushed back.“This is a colossal failure of these politicians, and you don’t want to throw good money after bad,” said Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman who now hosts a radio show.The 2020 initiative also would change the state Constitution to require all fees related to transportation — from the gas tax to taxes on vehicle sales and car insurance — be spent only on transportation-related projects. Those dollars could not go to the general fund.It’s backed by DeMaio and others behind Proposition 6, which will ask voters this November if they want to repeal a 12-cent gas tax hike and increases in vehicle registration fees approved by lawmakers last year.Proposition 6 was funded in part by California’s Republican congressional delegation, including Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House who is seeking to replace Paul Ryan as speaker. It was an unusual intervention by elected U.S. officials in a state political campaign.They gave their support when it looked possible that no Republican would be in the races for governor and U.S. Senate this November. Republicans feared that would depress turnout among conservatives and allow Democrats to win close contests down the ballot, potentially giving them control of the U.S. House.They dodged that scenario, however, when Republican businessman John Cox snagged the second position in California’s gubernatorial primary, in which the top two finishers advance to the general election regardless of party. The U.S. Senate race has two Democrats and no Republicans.In 2020, California will have neither a Senate nor governor’s race on the ballot.“I have to believe that it’s an issue that’s being used because Trump doesn’t generate turnout, doesn’t generate excitement in California,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California, said of the latest initiative.Thad Kousser, chairman of the political science department at University of California, San Diego, said he’s skeptical ballot measures can tip an election.“I don’t think there’s any state initiative — and certainly not these — that’s going to make people more motivated to turn out than their view of whether they are loving or hating President Trump,” he said.California’s high-speed rail project has become politically fraught. A poll conducted in March by the Public Policy Institute of California found tepid support for rail and overwhelming opposition among Republicans.Forty-six per cent of likely voters said they support the project, with 52 per cent opposed. Among Republicans, just 28 per cent supported it, with 69 per cent opposed. Independents were evenly split, while two-thirds of Democrats supported it.DeMaio said his proposals have nothing to do with driving Republican turnout and predicted conservative voters will be motivated regardless.“I think turnout’s going to be healthy in 2020,” DeMaio said. “I don’t think there’s a turnout problem.”Voters approved roughly $10 billion in bonds in 2008 to construct the high-speed train. It was supposed to cost about $40 billion.Now, the cost has ballooned to an expected $77 billion, with the completion date pushed to 2033.Construction is underway in the state’s Central Valley agricultural heartland, but officials don’t have enough money to complete the first phase from Bakersfield to San Francisco. The project has between $20 billion and $28 billion in hand.Its funding comes from the bonds, federal dollars and revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program that requires businesses to buy credits to emit greenhouse gases.The proposed ballot measure would halt funding for high-speed rail, force the state to cease activities on it and use any unspent bond money to retire the debt. The federal money has already been spent.Some Democratic lawmakers have grown frustrated by the problems with California’s largest single infrastructure project.Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said he supports it but is concerned about its financing. Cox, the GOP candidate, says he would kill the project.___Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronayne contributed.last_img read more

Bad review Owners should address online reviewers concerns

first_imgNEW YORK — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for potential customers to see. Schweig, co-owner of Sunnyland Furniture in Dallas, did what marketing experts recommend and tried to make amends in an online response.“We apologized, and said, ‘we’d be glad to work with you on a replacement at discount,’” Schweig says. “We explained, ‘this can happen with nature.’”Negative reviews are likely inevitable for many companies, especially those that cater to the public. Even a company whose customers are almost universally happy will be panned by someone who wound up with a defective product or had a bad experience or misunderstood a situation. Marketing consultants and owners themselves say the best way to handle these reviews is to acknowledge that the customer is unhappy and offer to discuss the problem offline, either on the phone or via email.The malcontents who are easily angered and impossible to placate tend to be rare, says Ryan Goff, chief marketing officer at MGH, a marketing firm in Owings Mills, Maryland. Most negative reviewers respond well if a company is sincere in trying to right a situation, he says.“I would say, ‘we understand completely you had a negative experience,’” Goff says. The next step: “We are going to do everything in our power to address this, and we want a full understanding of what happened.”If the customer is eventually satisfied, owners should ask for an amended review or to have the angry one deleted.Schweig never heard back from the customer, whose review said the outdoor furniture “should withstand a squirrel.” But he believes his was the right response, not only for that customer, but also for potential buyers.“It might not make the reviewer change their mind but we know others are reading it and can see that we either care about resolving the issues, or it can make them realize the skewed ones aren’t as they seem,” he says.Companies that post on social media need to be vigilant about checking for replies, and not just from unhappy customers, says Hank Yuloff, owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions in Sedona, Arizona.“You have to scroll down and look at the comments being made and answer all. Even if they’re positive, say ‘thank you’ and build relationships,” Yuloff says.Some owners may encounter reviews they believe are libelous or false.“If it’s outright slanderous and untrue then you can reach out to the platform where the review was published and see if they’ll investigate it and potentially take it down. It could also be the basis for legal action,” says Rex Kimball, owner of marketing firm Mirex Marketing, based in Gilbert, Arizona.Many of the negative reviews Todd Fetterly’s three mobile phone stores have received had nothing to do with the phones he sells. Instead, customers often are unhappy with phone service providers but vent at Fetterly and his staff. Still, Fetterly, whose Cell Phone Centre stores are in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, responds immediately.“Because we are in such a commoditized market, customers have choices of where to go to purchase their devices,” he says.Most reviewers don’t get back to Fetterly, so there’s no opportunity for their reviews to be amended or retracted. So, he works to counter the negative postings by encouraging happier customers to post reviews — staffers routinely ask them to give positive feedback online. The strategy also includes using a company that solicits reviews. If a review is negative, it’s not automatically posted; Fetterly can contact the customer and try to get it changed.A negative review posted 10 years ago is still reverberating at Mary Nisi’s company, Toast & Jam, which supplies disc jockeys for weddings and other events. While the company has hundreds of five-star reviews on several websites, Nisi still is asked about the customer who said Toast & Jam cancelled less than a month before the wedding; Nisi says the couple never signed a contract or responded to her emails.“The worst thing you can say about a wedding vendor is they cancelled two weeks before,” says Nisi, who’s located in Chicago.When couples ask about the review, she notes her ratings at or near five stars, and says, “if we cancelled all the time, that would be coming out all the time in our reviews.”Franchise companies must be proactive about bad reviews because a complaint about one location can have a negative impact on others. At Children’s Lighthouse, an early education company with 49 locations, the home office in Fort Worth, Texas, monitors and responds online to reviews for the entire chain.“We apologize and say, ‘please call the office. We’d like to talk to you directly,” Marketing Director Monica Brown says.If customers are satisfied after discussing the problem with staffers, the company asks if they’re willing to delete the review.“Most of the time they do take it off,” Brown says. “It’s mostly that they want to be heard.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

World Fair coming back to Fort St John this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John League of United Youths and Settlement Workers in Schools is bringing the World Fair back to the Energetic City this weekend.The World Fair is an event that gives an opportunity for local cultural groups to showcase the unique qualities and heritage in the community. Organizers say that the event has helped in the development of youth leadership and organization in our community, and to promote the multiculturalism of Fort St. John.This year, organizers say the event will be even bigger and better than in years past. Among the countries that will be represented at this year’s event are: Canada, Philippines, Ethiopia, Jamaica, China, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, India, and Pakistan. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 9th at the greenspace at the corner of 100th & 100th across from the Cultural Centre from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

ATF should be brought under GST to provide level playing field to

first_imgNew Delhi: Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) should be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as it will ensure a level playing field for the domestic airline industry, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. He said input costs should be competitive for any sector and the ministry has been of the strong view that the fuel should be brought under the GST regime. Different rates of taxes in states pushes the price of ATF, he said. “Each state has a different tax. Due to this, the refuelling (for airlines) cost completely changes. We feel that it should be done. I hope the GST Council takes a call on that and we are pursuing this with the council continuously. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We will work on it that aviation fuel should also be brought under GST for predictability and for ensuring level playing field,” the minister said in an interview. Airlines have been demanding inclusion of ATF in the new indirect tax regime. Airlines could expect an annual relief of up to Rs 5,000 crore by way of input tax credit if ATF is brought under GST. The move could cushion them from the burden of increased jet fuel prices, besides providing relief to customers.last_img read more

Trevor Botting Gives Statement on Robbery of American Tourist

first_img Related Items:#americantouristshot, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continues to investigate the shooting of Mr. Kevin Newman in Grace Bay in the early hours of Friday 23rd June 2017. Mr. Newman was a visitor to the Islands and has returned to the US where he continues to receive medical treatment. Detectives from the RT&CIPF Serious Crime Team are actively following lines of enquiry to identify those responsible for what was a callous act in shooting Mr Newman. In addition, Detectives are also investigating other offences of robbery that have occurred in Providenciales although there is nothing to connect them to the assault of Mr Newman at this stage.Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said this morning:“The shooting of Mr. Newman was a callous and cowardly attack and my thoughts are with Mr. Newman and his family as he recovers in hospital. My detectives are doing all they can to bring those responsible to justice. However, they need the help of the community. Someone knows or suspects who may have committed this act and I urge you to speak to one of my officers or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers on 1-800-8477 or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901.I know the community and those visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands are concerned about the attack on Mr. Newman. To reassure the community, visitors and those who work within the tourism industry, addition visible policing has been deployed to key locations. My officers would welcome a chat with you if you are concerned. I myself worked with my team Saturday evening and I spoke to a number of tourists and partners providing security at the hotels and resorts in order to provide support to my teams and so that I can see for myself how we are seeking to reassure and engage with the community and visitors.I would again ask that people remain alert and vigilant but not alarmed. Sensible precautions should be taken when walking around the Island late in the evening. These include taking licenced taxis where possible and walking together in groups. I would also advise not carrying more valuables than you need and to make use of safes and where they are available.I am grateful for the public’s support and patience during what is a worrying time for the Islands. If you are concerned, speak to my officers, they are here to serve, support and assist you. My officers are working hard to keep you safe and we will use all available tools and tactics to prevent offences and bring those who seek to commit crime to justice. ”#magneticmedianews#americantouristshot Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Salmonfest Turning The Tide On Music Scene

first_imgAnother of many Alaska great bands, Hope Social Club takes the stage twice throughout the weekend. Salmonfest is supported by and benefits several non-profit organizations on the Kenai Peninsula and in the State of Alaska. Two prominent supportors are the Kachemak Bay Conservation Soceity and Cook Inletkeeper. Both are longstanding Homer-based non profit organizations that seek to educate the public, and both protect and promote Alaska’s fish-filled waters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Salmonfest kicks off it’s three day event this weekend to emphasize and celebrate the connection of all Alaskans to the fish and the waters that “provide this magnificent resource”. On Saturday music begins at 11:15am and later Alaska’s Blackwater Railroad Co. takes the stage at 7:10PM followed by The California Honeydrops before headliner and Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz begins at 10:15pm. In addition, ARCHES Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula Fair Association have teamed up to help make Salmonfest a successful event. View the entire lineup of entertainment at Salmonfestalaska.org. Friday’s headliner and Grammy winner Ani DiFranco hits the Ocean Stage at 9:15pm followed by WookieFoot. Music opens at 12:30pm with Food For The Soul along with the Rainbow Girls first appearance in Alaska playing twice over the weekend, just to name a few of the many great bands.last_img read more