Why test weights were down in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the 2017 corn harvest wrapped up, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling was hearing about how much better corn yields were than expected this year. He was also hearing about test weights that weren’t as impressive. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, he tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins why test weights came in lower this year.last_img

Local residents honored for support of fairs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Forty-four individuals and one group were recently recognized at the 94th Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, eight received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Ohio Department of Agriculture Interim Director Tim Derickson presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor (denoted by an asterisk below) received plaques.The award recipients were:Adams County: Mark WickerhamAllen County: Max McCluerAshland County: Susan VanBuskirk Denbow*Attica Independent: Bill RuffingBelmont County: Roger PerkinsClark County: Dr. John AgleClermont County: Janice SchoellmanColumbiana County: Michael A. ConnyCoshocton County: Joe WellsCrawford County: Travis KoschnickDelaware County: Andrew BrennerFayette County: Dr. Robert SchwartzFranklin County: Cornell RobertsonFranklin County: Ken Jewell*Franklin County: Neil DistelhorstGallia County: Mike McCalla*Geauga County: Artie PrittGreene County: Gary Zehring*Hamilton County: Kristy CookHardin County: Jim BidwellHarrison County: Nelson BirneyHenry County: Phil ParsonsHenry County: Marian ParsonsHuron County: Community Minded Fair Supporters Committee*Lake County: Joe Slansky*Marion County: Pat BaldingerMedina County: Jeff OtterbacherMiami County: John F. Rowley IIIMonroe County: David Landefeld Sr. +Morgan County: Carlos DillePerry County: Michelle AntoniniPreble County: Darrell BuckleyPutnam County: Eleanor Risser +Richland County: Jason SnyderRoss County: Dan RiddleSeneca County: Robert RaineyShelby County: Dr. Lisa AlvertoShelby County: Francis Gerald SchaffnerShelby County: Patricia SchaffnerStark County: Donna HuddlestonSummit County: Roger BourgeoisTrumbull County: David LynnWarren County: Mel HagemeyerWayne County: Vivian Wolf+posthumous recognitionOhio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.For more information on Ohio’s fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2019 season, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.last_img read more

Wild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme Geocaching

first_img SharePrint RelatedJoin in the Geocaching Adventure at the Wild Canyon Games!March 29, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMay 11, 2012In “Community” Geocachers from Foundation Fitness competing in the Wild Canyon Games Geocaching Event. The circle highlights a helicopterFour geocachers finally stood atop the rock covered peak of a desert vista. The geocachers could see the horizon stretch out before them for miles. Geocaching.com Lackeys Colin Williams (Colin) and Jenn Seva (MissJenn), accompanied by two other geocachers, climbed high enough to look down on the flight path of an observation helicopter.Logging a geocache near the Wild Canyon Games venueLackey Troy Kaser running in the TriathlonThere were no homes to be seen. They squinted to even find a road. But hidden on the largest geocaching course in the world – 55 square miles – 450 geocaches waited in crevasses and cracks, bushes and trees, to be discovered. Colin and Jenn were part of one of two Geocaching.com teams competing in the Wild Canyon Games. The Wild Canyon Games is a team-based adventure race competition.Colin and Jenn’s GPS coordinates told them a geocache was somewhere on that peak. They teamed up with other geocachers to find it. Geocaching is just one event in two days worth of adventure games.In the geocaching event hundreds of competitors had four hours to accumulate the most points – by logging geocaches and recording the unique codes inside. Each geocache carried a point value based on its difficulty, terrain, and distance from the start.Lackeys Annie Love and Nicole Bliss ready to download waypoints for the Geocaching EventThe course crawled with more than 600 geocachers. Teams plotted strategy to unlock the geocaching route they believe would deliver them the most points. They raced the clock.Nearly 130 teams from the Pacific Northwest of the United States competed in the games.Lackey Ernesto Ricks after riding the bike courseColin says they had to take the long detour to try to find just one cache – to help even the playing field, “Sure, we climbed the highest mountain in the area. If we spent the whole time geocaching it would have been unfair to the rest of the field.”Lackeys helped the rest of the field prepare for the event. The Lackey teams assisted competitors by downloading the waypoints on GPS devices and offering GPS device training before the geocaching event began. Groundspeak’s two teams of seven also competed in an Olympic length relay triathlon and a seven stage relay which included, among other obstacles, a 50 foot canyon swing, an elevated ropes course, and a zip-line.Lackeys MissJenn and Colin pointing the mountain they climbedLackey Annie Love (Love) completed the zip line safely. But she says, her fate seemed a little unsure at the top of the tower, “As I was about to step off the Zip Line platform, I had a quick thought of ‘OMG, I am going to die!!’ and then I thought to myself ‘My team needs me.’ and I leaped off.”The weekend wrapped up with a team relay race called Creek to Peak that features Cyclo-Cross, an obstacle course, a lake sprint swim, two mountain sprints, and much more.But for Lackeys like Constance Baldwin, it was the geocaching that defined the weekend. She says, “Geocaching brought us together in sometimes adverse terrain and we cared for each other. It was extremely profound for me personally and made me love the game and Groundspeak and what we do even more.”Wild Canyon Games 2013 is already being planned for next year. When asked by the emcee of the event, “Are you coming back next year?” Lackey Bethany Buer simply said, “Duh!” And we hope to see you there.A special thanks to the Wild Canyon Games organizers and Paul Tannahill (Pablo Mac) and his team for preparing the geocaching course.Geocaching.com Teams at the Wild Canyon Games (not pictured Lackey Volunteers Cathy Hornback and Tom Phillips ) Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Milk scheme a ‘new burden’

first_imgThe Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.last_img read more