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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra bump in yield. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clays in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t regularly see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. So should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. Table 1 outlines some situations in which to watch for these deficiencies. Table 1 Crop and soil conditions under which micronutrient deficiencies may occur. This taken from Table 23 of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. MicronutrientSoilCropBoron (B)Sandy soils or highly weathered soils low in organic matterAlfalfa and cloverCopper (Cu)Acid peats or mucks with pH < 5.3 and black sandsWheat, oats, cornManganese (Mn)Peats and mucks with pH > 5.8, black sands and lakebed/depressional soils with pH > 6.2Soybeans, wheat, oats, sugar beets, cornZinc (Zn)Peats, mucks and mineral soils with pH > 6.5Corn and soybeansMolybdenum(Mo)Acid prairie soilsSoybeans Typically we will see deficiencies occurring in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample. You can also consult a previous yield monitor map for losses. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from the dry early conditions we had in 2012 and sulfur just this past year — neither of these are micronutrients however.Two sources for information on micronutrients are the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/AY/AY-9-32.pdf) and the Field Guide for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845) a for sale item. The Field Guide also has excellent pictures of deficiencies.last_img read more

Lake Erie Bill of Rights could be on February special election ballot

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment You could be sued by Lake Erie, or more precisely, by any resident of Toledo who wants to speak for the lake and finds fault with the way you’re farming or doing business.It sounds incredible, and likely won’t become a reality, but the threat is real enough that Farm Bureau is engaged in the legal maneuvering.Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis explains that a proposed amendment to the Toledo City Charter may be on the ballot during a special election Feb. 26. The measure would give Lake Erie and its watershed legal standing in court and allow any Toledo citizen to represent the lake and file lawsuits on its behalf.The rights this measure would grant the lake include, “an ability to exist, flourish, be free from pollution” and other broadly described entitlements.  Any farming practice that allegedly infringes on these rights presumably makes the farmer subject to a lawsuit. Farmers, individuals and businesses in the Lake Erie Watershed could be at risk of being sued.“The way it’s written, it could be a homeowner with a septic system that’s not operating properly. It could be someone who doesn’t clean up their pet’s waste.  It could be an industry or business. It really could be anyone or anything,” Curtis said.Second attemptLake activists attempted this last fall, she said, but the board of elections refused to put it on the ballot based on court instructions. Since then, new legal precedent led the board of elections to allow the measure to go to a vote Feb. 26.At press time, the Ohio Supreme Court was reviewing whether the proposal should be on the ballot. Ohio Farm Bureau has filed a friend of the court brief making a legal argument against it going to voters.Farm Bureau cites common law that says once the Supreme Court has ruled (as it did in the fall), the issue can not be reintroduced. Further, Farm Bureau makes the point that the city of Toledo can not simply grant itself new legal powers that don’t exist.“We’re making sure the court understands how unenforceable and problematic this is, (but) the fight can take time. It can takes years and multiple appeals and it takes probably thousands or millions of dollars,” she said.The issue potentially impacts all Ohioans as this case could establish law that applies statewide.Stay updated on court actions and other aspects of this developing story in upcoming editions of the Buckeye Farm e-Newsletter, available to Farm Bureau members.Regulation through litigationThe Lake Erie Bill of Rights is an example of a growing trend toward regulation through litigation. Aggrieved parties who have been unable to create public policy through the legislative process are turning to lawsuits as a means of getting their way. This tactic is also expensive, requiring additional time and legal fees for agricultural groups to counter in the courts.“They’re hoping to get a friendly judge or jury to override lawmakers and rule writers,” said OFBF Senior Director of National and State Policy Jack Irvin.“Bypassing the legislative process isn’t a thoughtful way to govern, but we’re seeing it more and more,” he said.Policy Counsel Leah Curtis also offered sound advice.“A good rule of thumb is when you’re presented with a petition from someone to sign, make sure you understand it, make sure you actually look at the language,” she said. “We hear from people all the time who say they didn’t know that’s what they were signing.”Online ExtraListen to more on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights on Legal with Leah  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Message Center now accepts additional file types

first_img SharePrint RelatedYou’ve Got Mail: The Latest Geocaching Message Center UpdatesOctober 23, 2015In “Geocaching tools”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 3February 20, 2015In “GIFF”Be the First to Find DNF’s in the Geocaching® appJune 13, 2017In “News” There are many good reasons to make use of the Message Center, because there is so much to talk about when it comes to geocaching:It’s a great way to plan geocaching outings with your friends.A good way to ask a friend for suggestions about the best geocaches in your area.You can get a hint from the cache owner for an especially tricky hide.And, because the Message Center is available in the Geocaching® app, you can submit your answers for Virtuals and EarthCaches right in the field.We know that geocaching is better when players communicate with each other so we wanted to make that easier. The challenge, after all, should be in the adventure and not in the tools you use. That’s why we took some time to update and improve the Message Center.With the latest update, you can now send file types such as pdf, doc, or docx* in addition to images to other geocachers. We also cleaned up the look to make it all about your content. If you like even less clutter, you can clean up your inbox by hiding any message.*This functionality is currently not available in the Geocaching® app.We added the ability to forward all messages to email. By toggling this setting “on,” messages you create in the Message Center on Geocaching.com and in the Geocaching® app will automatically be forwarded to your email. Forwarding messages to your email makes searching for previous messages much easier. To enable email forwarding, select the settings button in Message Center and check the Forward messages to email box.Additionally, we made the Message Center a lot more reliable by fixing several bugs. There had been some irregularities with message being displayed as unread, that were read, and conversations out of order. These have all been addressed with this release.Now you can concentrate on the content of your message – rather than the bugs. Let your friends know about the updated Message Center by writing them a message right now.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Kindle Comes to the Mac App Store

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#E-Books#web Related Posts E-Reading on Your MacIn July of last year, usability expert Jakob Nielsen studied reading speeds and user satisfaction, comparing the iPad, the Kindle, the PC, and the good old-fashioned paperback. Electronic versions of books were all found to be slower reads, but participants in the study said found the iPad, the Kindle, and the printed book to be pleasurable – far more pleasurable than reading on a computer.The Kindle app addresses some of this, perhaps, as it delivers the text in a similar way to other e-readers. But those in Nielsen’s study said they were less prone to read on their PCs as it reminded them too much of “work.” Furthermore reading on the computer really didn’t mimic the same sort of book-reading experience that e-readers had managed to capture.Have you downloaded the new Kindle app yet? And whether you have or not, do you think you’d find yourself reading books on your Mac as you would via other – dedicated or not – e-readers? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “Buy once. Read everywhere,” the Amazon Kindle advertises. And “everywhere” now includes your Mac, with the addition of a Kindle app for the new Mac App Store. The free app has quickly shot up the Mac App Store bestseller list. It’s number 3 for free apps at the time of publishing – not surprising since there are no other e-reader app competitors currently available. Even Apple has not put its e-reader app, iBooks, in the Mac store yet.Like the other Kindle apps – for iPhone, Android, iPad, for example – as well as the Kindle itself, the new app offers “Whispersync” so that your Kindle e-books are synced to the page you’re reading, no matter the device you’re using.The app also features most of the same features: you can bookmark, annotate, and of course, launch the Amazon store. Highlighting a word doesn’t bring up the integrated dictionary, however. And while the Kindle app doesn’t have that page-turning animation that iBooks boasts, there’s something about reading on the Mac that seems even less like flipping through a book. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Will quit AAP fight polls as an Independent Lamba

first_imgNew Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday announced that she will resign from the party and contest the next Assembly election as an Independent candidate. Lamba, who has not been on the same page as the party on various issues since past several months, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her Chandni Chowk constituency. In a tweet in Hindi, she said that people from her constituency have agreed that instead of compromising with her self-respect, she should resign from the party’s primary membership and secondly, that she should contest the next election as an Independent candidate.last_img read more

Quebec First Nation and feds reach claims agreement for more than 116

first_imgOTTAWA — A Quebec First Nation has reached an agreement to settle 29 claims with the federal government and receive $116 million.The federal government also says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation to guide how the two sides will partner to work on issues including the recognition of rights, socio-economic development and self-determination.Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation is located near the Quebec municipality of Maniwaki, about 130 kilometres north of Ottawa, with more than 3,400 members.The members of the First Nation accepted a settlement for 29 claims within the town of Maniwaki and can request that 363 acres of land could be added to the reserve as part of the settlement, or approximately the size of 180 soccer fields.Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says in a statement the announcement marks an important step to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and the community.In the same release, Frankie Cote, a band councillor with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, said the settlement and agreement closes a chapter in the community’s history.“Together, we are moving away from the past where extinguishing rights was a requirement and moving on a path where we take our rightful place as an equal partner with Canada,” Cote said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more