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Fishing the North Coast: Late-season coastal king season starts with a bang

first_imgLast weekend’s rain provided a glimpse into what could be one heck of a late-fall coastal salmon season on the Smith and Chetco rivers. Following last Thursday’s rain, the Smith opened to fishing above Rowdy Creek for the first time this fall. And per usual, that first big rise brought in plenty of big, chrome-bright kings. Sunday was the day to be there, with just about all of the boats landing fish. Monday was the day to be on the Chetco as the river dropped to 3,000 cfs in the morning and …last_img read more

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Considering Crop Options

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With spring rains that won’t cease, farmers will be increasingly pushed over the next few weeks to weigh their prevented-planting options.The angst over planting is also higher for farmers who hedged a percentage of their 2019-20 corn ahead of planting season. Angie Setzer, vice president of grain at Citizens Elevator in Charlotte, Michigan, said farmers should be talking with their buyers about options.“You have got to have communication with your buyer sooner or later,” Setzer said. “So a lot of guys will hesitate and see if it will get better. You always, as a farmer, have an optimistic thought, ‘I’ll just wait it out.’ That’s the worst thing to do because knowing early, and me having a conversation with a grower early, allows me to present a lot of different opportunities.”Setzer added, “If it is keeping you up at night that you are overhedged versus what you have got planted and the reality is you aren’t going to do too much more, then it’s best to have that conversation and rip the Band-Aid off.”Setzer also noted there are a lot of questions about how the new round of Market Facilitation Program payments will influence late-season soybean planting. USDA dealt a wild card into the mix with its announcement last week of a new $14.5 billion Market Facilitation Program for 2019-20 crops that will pay farmers on a county formula based on planted acres.The county payment rate was not released last week when USDA announced the program. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson last week said the MFP payments would be based on planted acres. The county formula being created for the program will be based on reported planted acres.However, Scott Irwin, an Extension economist at the University of Illinois, noted on Twitter that there are no official details on how the second year of MFP will deal with prevented-planting acres.“I want to see the program in writing before reaching a final conclusion on MFP2 payment for PP (prevented planting),” Irwin tweeted.The disaster aid package tied up in the U.S. House of Representatives provides USDA with $3 billion for crop losses, included on-farm commodities such as those lost in flooding earlier this spring. But the provision also states that money could be used for “crops prevented from planting in 2019.” No more details are mentioned about what that would mean.The disaster bill passed the Senate late last week, but House leaders allowed lawmakers to leave early, thinking they could pass the bill during a pro forma session. Lone Republican congressmen have objected twice now, blocking final passage of the bill each time.“It doesn’t seem right that people impacted by disasters have to wait another week to get help because politicians wanted to leave early for their congressional recess,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Tuesday as he criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for allowing the House to leave early last week.Grassley said he has not had any discussions about trade aid with USDA officials, but he said he understands why the department is limiting aid to those who plant a crop.“I would assume the aid is based on not being able to export the crop that you grew, so if you didn’t grow the crop, you wouldn’t be hurt by not being able to export,” Grassley told reporters Tuesday. “But I’m willing to listen to anybody that has a different point of view.”Grassley also agreed with comments by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., that the new payment plan would drive farmers to plant late soybeans and encourage overproduction.“I agree with that, and since the money isn’t going to go out for a few weeks anyway, I’m not sure I understand why it was important to announce it before maybe two or three weeks from now for the same reason Congressman Peterson said,” Grassley said.Futures prices continue to rise with the planting uncertainty. December corn jumped 17 1/4 cents on Tuesday to close at $4.37 a bushel, and soybeans moved 26 1/4 cents higher for November to close at $8.82 a bushel.USDA’s Crop Progress report on Tuesday showed Illinois corn planting was just 35% complete as of May 26; Michigan corn planting was at 33%; South Dakota was at 25%; and Indiana and Ohio had just 22% of their corn crop in.In a briefing Tuesday, leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers highlighted challenges they are facing with increased rainfall throughout the Missouri River Basin. The Corps is planning to raise releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River to 70,000 cubic feet per second, which could go higher later this week. Corps officials also were increasing water releases from Kansas and Missouri reservoirs.Soybean planting progress was even worse in many states with just 29% of projected acres planted nationwide.Higher-priced crops may push more farmers to plant late, but that would already be the mindset for most farmers, Setzer said. “I had guys last year planting corn on June 15 at $3.90,” she said. “You want to plant a crop. That’s your desire.”Nebraska, along with most of North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas, moved past the final prevented planting date for corn on May 25. The deadline is May 31 for Iowa, most of Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with eastern Missouri and a few southeastern counties in North and South Dakota.The Crop Progress report reflects roughly 75% of South Dakota corn acreage likely has shifted in the late-planting season, as well as about 30% of the Kansas corn crop, 37% of North Dakota’s corn acres and just under 20% of Nebraska’s corn acres.Keep in mind that even though the term is “final planting date,” that is the final date for full coverage. The crop insurance protection during the late planting season lowers 1% each day for the next 20 to 25 days, depending on the crop.Farmers who take prevented-planting coverage on a first crop can still plant a second cash crop. For corn, the second crop cannot be planted for 20 days after the final planting date. For soybeans, it’s 25 days after the late-planting period.A second cash crop can be insured if the crop is on the policy, but the indemnity on the first crop falls to 35%, as does the premium on the first crop. Planting a second crop, however, also affects Actual Production History. The APH on the prevented-planting crop falls to 60% of approved APH for those acres. On the second crop, APH is then calculated from the actual production.Farmers who take prevented planting coverage also can plant a cover crop or forage crop, but it cannot be hayed or grazed until Nov. 1.Kevin Ross, vice president of the National Corn Growers Association, who farms near Underwood, Iowa, went into this weekend at about 60% of his crop planted. He didn’t get very far beyond that.“I know there are guys around here, multiple people who have zero crops planted,” Ross said.On calls with fellow NCGA leaders, Ross said he has heard farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt who also continue struggling trying to get crops planted. “I think, in general, guys are going to plant at least five to 10 days after the final planting date,” Ross said. “Most guys want to plant a crop. Most guys want to harvest a crop.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Huddle Scores $10.2 Mil, Goes Office Shopping

first_imgHuddle, the enterprise-focused social networking suite, announced a $10.2 million infusion and a plan to open a Bay Area office. Matrix Partners led the series B investment in the three year-old, London-based company, along with Eden Ventures and the company’s Chairman, Charles McGregor. Huddle, which “recently became cashflow positive,” employs 40 in the United Kingdom and the United States. They anticipate quadrupling in size in the next year. Tags:#business#enterprise#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification curt hopkins Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit “Huddle has raised in excess of $15 million in equity funding since its launch in 2007. The company is using the capital to expand its U.S. presence and build a team in San Francisco led by its newly relocated co-founder, Andy McLoughlin.”Among the customers for their business social network offerings are Procter and Gamble, Disney, HTC, Panasonic, Kia Motors and Nokia; as well as governmental organizations like UNICEF and charitable groups. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Which Color Grading Monitor Should I Buy?

first_imgLooking to build a color grading suite?  The following resources provide everything you need to know to pick the best grading monitor for professional results.If you’re new to color grading then the most important thing to know is that without a properly calibrated grading monitor it is impossible to promise your clients color accuracy.  Without a professional calibrated monitor you’re just whistling in the wind.So, given the vast array of options, budgets and opinions what is the best grading monitor to get?  Especially if you’re just starting out? Here is a round up of some of the best places to learn and some of the best people to learn from.How to Choose a Reference MonitorIf you’ve not heard of Alexis Van Hurkman then you won’t know that he literally wrote the manual for DaVinci Resolve, just released 12 hours of DaVinci Resolve video training and authored the excellent Color Correction Handbook. He’s also shares great color grading tips and insight on his blog and Twitter.Pull together $30,000 and buy a Dolby PRM-4200. It’s big (42?), it has nice deep blacks because of its insane backlighting technology, it’s got stable color, excellent shadow detail, multi-standard support, contains the full gamut of both Rec 709 and P3 for DCI work, and it’s a giant piece of equipment that will impress everyone who comes into your suite.Don’t have a spare $30k? Then definitely read the rest of Alexis’ post on how to choose a color grading monitor.  It is a detailed write-up on understanding the different sorts of grading monitors available.  The comments are certainly worth taking the time over too.Grading Monitor DiscussionThe third episode of the excellent Color Grading podcast from the Coloristos (three professional colorists) features a lengthy discussion of different monitors from Dolby, Sony, Panasonic, FSI and JVC. Its a little tricky to keep track of all the model numbers and such but this post on Lift Gamma Gain has them all typed up for you.  If you’re about to invest any serious money then this definitely worth a listen first.Affordable Grading MonitorsOkay, okay so what should you get if you want the absolute budget option, just to get you out of the gate? Well check out this previous post which features a great Macbreak Studio video (again featuring Alexis) where he answers more specifically which monitor to go for. There is also a great post from colorist Aaron Williams on his recommendations.How to set up a color grading suiteSo once you’ve gotten your expensive piece of equipment how do you set up your color grading suite correctly?  Well for a nuts and bolts view check out this six part video series from Steve Oakley and Carey Dissmore. Or check out this post for an easy to read technical walkthrough of a complete guide to setting up a color grading suite from Ryan E Walters –  covering everything from getting the right wall paint to using iPads in your color grading workflow.last_img read more

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Pongal celebrated in India-Myanmar border town of Moreh


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Beermen wary of inconsistent starts heading into playoffs

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel is primed for yet another title run heading into the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with an 8-2 record and one more eliminations game in its schedule.The Beermen brushed off also-ran Blackwater, 124-113, Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome to tack on two straight wins, their first win streak since going 5-0 at the start of the conference, but earning their 8th win wasn’t met without hardships.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ For the past five games, the Beermen has played inconsistent, with sluggish starts to their games.Though their record of 3-2 in the last five games seems respectable, the first halves have been pedestrian at best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAnd that is an area of concern for the Beermen, despite both outings ending in wins“We’re worried about our performance because we’ve started slowly in our past two games and we can’t afford to have games like that,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria.center_img Marcio Lassiter, who finished with 21 points and eight steals against the Elite, said it all boils down to how their defensive intensity responds to their opponent’s offensive power.“We understand that the playoffs are around the corner and we have to continue to step up and play the defense we’re capable of playing,” said Lassiter. “It shouldn’t take us a half to realize that. We should be able to do that from the beginning, no matter who we’re playing.”Austria, pointing to the league’s intangibles, said even if they get to take one of the top two spots in the conference, he’s still wary of the 7th or 8th seeded teams come playoff time.“Even if we get to the top two, we’re still not assured of a sure spot because the teams in the bottom have the materials to beat any team in the league and we should be very careful because every team wants to beat us,” said Austria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel, despite winning three out of five in the recent stretch, has been outplayed in the first 24 minutes of play.Opponents were outscoring the Beermen 54 points per game to 50 ppg in the first halves of the last five matches.Digging deeper into the numbers, San Miguel has been dismal in the two losses.TnT and Barangay Ginebra ran the Beermen out of the gym in the first 24 minutes, 52.5 ppg to San Miguel’s 40.5 ppg.Even the Beermen’s recent victory over the Elite started off poorly for San Miguel with Blackwater taking an early 72-56 lead going into the third.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA Finals BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

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Deepika Kumari clinches silver in Archery World Cup final in Japan

first_imgIndia’s top archer Deepika Kumari settled for a silver medal after losing to World No.1 Bo Bae Ki of South Korea in the World Cup Final here Sunday.Deepika, who slipped to the number two spot in the rankings following her shocking first round loss in the London Olympics last month, gave the South Korean a tough fight before going down 4-6.It turned out to be a low-scoring tie with Ki’s 28 in third end being the highest score. Deepika shot a 27 in the second end for her best score in the match.Another South Korean, Hyeonju Choi, secured the bronze defeating America’s Jennifer Nichols 6-4 in the third place play-off.Deepika had beaten Nichols in the semifinals following her win over Miki Kanie of Japan in the last eight stage.last_img read more

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QLD – Level 1 Coaching Course, Burdekin

first_imgContact: Angee Lane, North Queensland Touch AssociationPhone: (07) 4725 6133Email: [email protected]:

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