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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE we are told that the search to find a new President/CEO for the Area Chamber of Commerce is becoming a little political?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that there is a quiet movement a foot to find a way to fund a discount grocery operation on North Main Street?IS IT TRUE that Courier and Press columnist Jon Webb just wrote an article entitled “Lets Talk About The Pig” that is not only very funny but also an accurate read?  … Mr. Webb’ wrote; “that’s two-grand of public money being used to finance a holiday gathering with a main dish that looks like it was plucked from Louis XVI’s opium hallucinations” is just down right funny?  …that Jon Webb “Let’s Talk About the PiG” article was masterfully written?  …we highly recommend that you go to the Courier and Press and read his “Let’s Talk About the PiG” article?IS IT TRUE we are told that we will find it extremely interesting to learn who has purchased the Evansville Courier and Press current Corporate office building located on Walnut at the beginning of the new year?  …we expect that the Courier and Press will also announce a new direction for it’s publication in order that they will become more productive and profitable?  …that the City County Observer wishes the good people at the Courier and Press many more successful years in the publishing business?IS IT TRUE we’ve been told that Steve Hammer, Republican primary candidate for the Vanderburgh County Commission campaign war-chest is now over $50,000?  …when we received information about the financial condition of the other candidates running for this seat we shall also publish it?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation has embarked on a mission to sue any and all families that owe them money for school lunches and book rentals?…it has been reported that over $50,000 is owed in total for lunches and book rentals?…that there are over 2,000 parents that are getting sued by the EVSC for the food that their children have eaten and the book rentals that their children hopefully read to further their education?…that the real tragedy with respect to this whole lawsuit thing is that each lawsuit filed generates roughly $200 in legal fees and court costs that is added to the overdue bill?…this means that some people who are being sued for overdue meals of under $100 and getting stuck with judgements of nearly $300 turning a $50,000 problem into a $150,000 problem for the families who owe this money?IS IT TRUE that we have it on good authority that the EVSC tried everything possible to get paid the easy way?…the EVSC was even offering settlements that could be paid off at a rate of $1 per week and a number of the parents either ignored or availed themselves of the opportunity to get these debts settled for a single dollar per week?…this is one of those stories that we wish never had to be told and the kids are literally just stuck in the middle between the EVSC that has a legitimate need to collect and their parents who have failed to pay for their children’s lunches?…we hope this whole sordid episode leads to constructive changes that allow for children to be fed at school and gives the EVSC some other way to collect what is due to them without taking indigent parents to court?IS IT TRUE that when it comes to the usury text book rentals that Indiana imposes on its public school students, this should have never been put into law?…public education requires books and a public education in the United States of America is assumed to be free?…some of the book rentals in the public schools in Indiana can run upwards of $200 per child per year and Indiana is a poor state?…the City County Observer understands that food is costly and is not an assumed part of public education but the books are another story?…it is time for Indiana as a state to absorb the costs of text books or their equivalents and to do this as quick as it can be done?…this is part of building a quality workforce and to fail to provide these materials undermines the ability of the State of Indiana to grow a decent future workforce?IS IT TRUE back in 2016 ProPublica and NPR did an investigative article on the  forgiveness of debts practices and the lawsuits filed against poor patients of Heartland Regional Medical Center (now called Mosaic Life Care) hospital located in the small city of St. Joseph, Mo?  …while ProPublica and NPR were doing the research for this article they discovered that the not-for-profit Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. filed more than 20,000 collection lawsuits against patients from 2010 through 2015, according to ProPublica’s analysis of state court data? …after questioning by ProPublica, Deaconess officials said it was reconsidering its financial assistance policies and would be making changes.IS IT TRUE we wonder how many people have received summons to appear at the Warrick, Posey and Vanderburgh County Superior Court-Small Claims Division to dispute the validity of a medical debt allegedly owed for medical services at Deaconess Hospital, Inc. during the last two years?IS IT TRUE that ProPublica claims that medical bills are often riddled with errors? …that they also suggests that you should ask your medical provider if they have a financial assistance policy, which could result in a sliding scale discount?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Which local tax increase or reduction did you dislike the most?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertiserslast_img read more

Dundalk set for first ever Europa League group game

first_imgThey’re in the Netherlands to face A-Z Alkmaar, who currently sit fourth in the Eredivisie. Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny says getting to this point in their history has been a while in the making. Kick-off is at 6. The other game in Group D kicks off at the same time and sees Macabbi Tel Aviv play host to Zenit St. Petersburg. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is resting Wayne Rooney for their Group A opener with Feyenoord.While Southampton open their Group K campaign at home to Sparta Prague. It’s been confirmed that the 2018 Champions League final will be played in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium. Meanwhile, Tallinn will host 2018’s Europa League decider.last_img read more

Allied Esports & Esports Arena are developing an esports arena at the Luxor in…

first_imgAllied Esports and Esports Arena have announced plans for a new dedicated esports venue to be developed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The new Esports Arena Las Vegas is scheduled to open in early 2018 will become the first permanent esports venue on The Strip. It will be the centre of Allied Esports’ growing global network of esports properties which spans North America, Europe and China. The centre looks set to be a major venue for esports with a 30,000 square foot space and some major investment going into ensuring it is the best of the best. Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International stated: “We have very ambitious expansion plans over the next two years, and when we realised that a location at Luxor was possible, we jumped at the opportunity to develop our flagship here. “Just as Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium are considered their sports’ most aspirational venues by players and fans alike, Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the iconic destination in esports and complement the city’s incredible appeal, attracting video gaming competitors and fans from around the world.”The companies have a big job on their hands (hence the 2018 open date) as the space in the Luxor is currently home to a 30,000 square foot nightclub. Esports Arena is working with Luxor and design firm YWS Design & Architecture to transform the space into a ‘multi-level arena complete with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, a robust food and beverage offering, and state-of- the-art streaming and television-quality production studios’.  The arena will provide a ready-to- go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high stakes match-ups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience.Tyler Endres, Co-Founder and COO of Esports Arena, said: “Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the ultimate esports environment that people from around the world will strive to experience first-hand. The operation and programming will be unique, as the rest of our locations are very much driven to engage and support local communities, while here in Las Vegas we are developing an approach that will also create excitement for the millions of visitors who come to the city every year.The choice of location is another string to Las Vegas’ esports bow, and the venue won’t be far away from Millennial Esports’ thE Arena, which is a dedicated 200 seater esports venue in downtown Vegas. Esports Arena has plans to develop a total of ten to fifteen esports venues across North America ‘over the next few years’. Esports Insider says: This is major news for Las Vegas’ aim of becoming the top global destination for esports. The Luxor is an iconic venue on the city’s Strip, and with an ambitious company in the form of Esports Arena fronting the project there is just cause to be excited.last_img read more

KETABUSCO banned indefinitely from Sprite Ball Championship

first_img ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Basketballghana.com can confirm Keta Business College (KETABUSCO) has been banned from competing in the Sprite Ball Championship indefinitely.This is punishment to the school for fielding unqualified players at the recently held 2020 Sprite Ball Championship which runs from January 3-4 at the El Wak Stadium in Ghana’s capital Accra.KETABUSCO won the title for the first time ever by beating Mfantsipim School 48-40 in the Boys Division Final; the win was KETABUSCO’s second over Mfantsipim in the competition following a 32-24 win in the opening game.Following the school’s triumph, several allegations including fielding unqualified players were leveled at the school by some schools that participated in this year’s edition.Following investigations by the Ghana Education Service (GES), KETABUSCO was found to have fielded five unqualified players in the High School basketball competition regarded as Ghana’s biggest.The decision comes after GES Deputy Director-General Anthony Boateng, National Physical Education Coordinator Emmanuel Dormenyah, Deputy Physical Education Coordinator Cynthia Wise and Rite Sports CEO Yaw Sakyi Afari met with an entourage from KETABUSCO headlined by Headmaster Seake-Kwawu.KETABUSCOGES will release a statement stating further punishment to the Headmaster and Physical Education tutors in the coming days.KETABUSCO bench celebrates a made basketKeta (green) v Mfantsipim (white) Source: www.basketballghana.com RelatedPosts ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Tags: 2020 Sprite Ball ChampionshipKeta Business College Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogbalast_img read more

Italian football emerges from virus crisis with cup semis in balance

first_img“We can focus on our targets one at a time, and this could be an advantage for us,” he said.“But we’ll only know once we’re out on the pitch because this is a very odd situation. After such a long break we’ve not even been able to play proper matches in training.”Sarri is reportedly wary of risking players who are not 100 percent fit, and will leave out Gonzalo Higuain for his starting line-up.However with Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa likely to start, goals should not be a problem.Whoever comes out on top will face either Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan or Napoli, who hold a 1-0 lead ahead of Saturday’s second leg in Naples.The cup is Napoli’s best chance of European football next season following a tumultuous campaign that has featured dressing room disputes and the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.Inter are off the pace in the title race and in search of their first trophy since winning the cup in 2011.Fixtures (pending government approval) (All times GMT)Semi-final, second legsFridayJuventus v AC Milan (2000) (first leg 1-1)SaturdayNapoli v Inter Milan (2000) (first leg 1-0) Cristiano Ronaldo’s late first-leg penalty gives Juventus the advantage going into Friday’s second leg of the cup semi-finalRome, Italy | AFP |  This week’s Italian Cup semi-final, second leg matches were set to bring football back to a nation emerging from the coronavirus crisis, but with two days until the scheduled kick-off the two matches are still awaiting government approval.Juventus’ home clash with AC Milan on Friday was supposed be the first competitive match played in Italy since the country became Europe’s COVID-19 epicentre, and the start of what the football authorities hope will be a return to normality.More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the virus since the start of the crisis, with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan.However, although the virus still persists, Italy began to gradually emerge from a stringent lockdown last month and has been slowly moving back towards regular life since, with the return of football pitched as the latest sign that the worst should be over.Public broadcaster RAI has already announced its coverage of the two last four encounters, with Napoli v Inter Milan scheduled for Saturday.However. while Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Wednesday confirmed the dates for the semis and the June 17 final in Rome, he only said that the government was “leaning towards authorising” the last three matches of the competition.Speranza’s comments at the Italian Senate come just as it appeared that weeks of squabbling between Italy’s football authorities and the government had been left behind, with what will likely be a large, sport-starved TV audience ready for the two matches behind closed doors.Should, as expected, Friday’s match take place fans will see a tie delicately poised at 1-1 following February’s entertaining first leg at the San Siro, which saw the ‘Rossoneri’ leading until Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stoppage time penalty to take a draw and an away goal back to Turin.– ‘Very odd situation’ –Milan will be without injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had sparked the seven-time European champions into life after returning in December, as they attempt to beat Juve in Turin for the first time since 2011.Forward Samu Castillejo, who said he was robbed at gunpoint in Milan on Tuesday, and defender Theo Hernandez are suspended.Milan coach Stefano Pioli will likely point to Ante Rebic, who had scored seven goals in nine games before football succumbed to the virus, as the goal threat.They will be helped by Wednesday’s ruling which eliminates extra-time in the event of deadlock after 90 minutes for both last-four second legs and next week’s final.The cup is more of a priority for fallen giants Milan, whose last major honour came nine years ago, than for Juventus, who later this month resume a tight Serie A title tussle with Lazio.However Juve coach Maurizio Sarri told Sky on Wednesday that Juve were “lucky” to have the cup, Serie A and Champions League seasons played at separate intervals as they chase European glory to go with their domestic dominance. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

More Traffic Equals More Tickets in Sea Bright

first_imgThe closure of the Oceanic Bridge has made for more traffic and more tickets in Sea Bright.SEA SEA BRIGHT — With the closure of the Oceanic Bridge last month Sea Bright has seen more traffic making its way through the borough. And more traffic means more traffic violations.Police Chief John Sorrentino this week said his officers have issued more traffic summons in the last few months over the same time last year.According to the numbers Sorrentino provided, in Sept. 2011 the department issued 176 motor vehicle violations, compared to 83 in Sept. 2010; in Oct. 2010 the number was 113, and a year later it rose to 128. And from Oct. 17, when the bridge closed for repair work, until Nov. 18, police gave out 184 tickets; while during the same time last year the number was 130.“There’s more traffic coming over,” Sorrentino said this week, explaining the increase. “There are so many people who use that Oceanic Bridge that it is just a higher volume of traffic on Ocean Avenue.”The Oceanic Bridge spans the Navesink River, connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown. The bridge was closed last month for repair work and is expected to remain closed until next May.With the bridge closed, vehicles heading to Middletown, Highlands and Atlantic Highlands must travel over Coopers Bridge in Red Bank or follow the detour signs through Rumson over the Sea Bright and travel north along Ocean Avenue(State Highway 36), to their destination. And as Sorrentino pointed out, “More cars, obviously more tickets.”The majority of tickets the department issued were for speeding and improper use of a handheld cell phone while driving, according to Sorrentino.As for the rise in ticketing, the chief noted, “Sea Bright is basically one street, a state highway,” and “We’re always out there.”“We’re always going to be aggressive when it comes to people who are speeding and on their cell phones,” he said, making it clear violators would be stopped and issued tickets.And that is all right with Mayor Maria Fernandes. “The residents have been complaining that there is a lot of speeding going through town,” especially in the north beach area, where Fernandes lives.Fernandes suspects it is commuters coming over the Sea Bright Bridge on their way to ferry terminals in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands who account for the majority of the speeders.“They step on the pedal to the metal and they’re chatting away on their cell phones,” Fernades said. “I don’t think they realize how fast they’re going; they’re too involved in their conversations.”The speed limit along Ocean Avenue is 40 miles per hour for most of the year, with the state Department of Transportation giving the borough permission to lower it to 35 during the summer months, Fernandes said.A ticket using a cell phone while driving carries a $130 penalty upon conviction, according to Stephanie Seyr, deputy court clerk for the combined Municipal Court for Sea Bright and Oceanport.Fines for speeding range from $85 to $260 and can include the loss of a driver’s license and the issuance of motor vehicle points, starting at two, Seyr said. And while the municipality does earn revenue from summonses, it does not get to keep it all as some of it is distributed to a variety of state agencies and programs.last_img read more

Psychology festival looks to inspire transformation

first_imgTalks on money, relationships and self-coaching are on this year’s Festival’s agenda. (Image: Youtube, Cadarn Learning Portal)The South African College of Applied Psychology (Sacap), an independent facility, is on a quest to inspire transformation with this year’s annual Psychology Festival of Learning.Taking place at its Johannesburg campus on 19 and 20 May and at Cape Town campus on 26 and 27 May, the festival’s theme is “Inspiring Transformation”.The event centres on the success stories and ideas that have inspired, and are still inspiring, transformation in our communities, families and workplaces.Lance Katz, Sacap’s CEO, said the festival would look at where transformation needed to take place. “Through the Festival of Learning we don’t just want to share stories about transformation, we want to inspire South Africans to identify where transformation and change is needed and to be part of the transformation process.”Relationships and self-coachingThe festival will have over 50 guest speakers and offers a wide range of one-hour talks.In Johannesburg, topics on money, relationships and addiction will be covered; the Cape Town leg will offer talks on self-coaching, storytelling and art psychotherapy.In 2015, the festival introduced a short talk segment and this year will be no different. In both cities, these short talks will look at addiction recovery, changing higher education through social entrepreneurship and even transforming divorce.Click for the full programme.One of the talks to look out for takes place in Johannesburg: child development expert Luke Lamprecht hosts a session titled “Lessons from a boxing gym in Hillbrow”.Fight with InsightFor a decade, Fight with Insight, Lamprecht’s non-profit initiative, has been helping vulnerable youth through boxing. Though it mostly attracts boys, it is open and accommodating of girls too.“Right now, there’s a bunch of Johannesburg inner-city youth, growing up in all the toughness of Hillbrow and its surrounds,” said Lamprecht. “And as you might expect, they have trauma and violence woven into the fabric of their young lives.“But they have something else too. These kids happen to have coping skills that many stressed executives would admire. And they have a sense of purpose that many talented but distracted people would love to have. And they have the unrelenting focus on their physical fitness and health that many of us would like to find. These kids also have a unique confidence they can play the rough cards that have been dealt to them in a different way.”According to Lamprecht, Fight with Insight is not just a boxing programme; it’s a metaphor for life. It offers these children opportunities to develop a different way of being that their poverty-stricken, inner-city circumstances do not provide.“It is the very nature of the sport that provides the greatest benefit to the children who are traumatised,” he said. “It is well known that trauma affects us physically and emotionally. On a physiological level, trauma activates the amygdala and prevents experiences moving into the hippocampus. The result is hyper-vigilant children who struggle to learn, to focus and be calm. When you are traumatised it is hard to think, as the fight-or-flight survival mechanism is activated. Combat sports mimic their real environment, where fight-or-flight is turned on and you are under threat.”But the environment in his programme was strictly controlled and safe. It allowed you to bring yourself into your body and be present so that you were not overwhelmed by feelings in a situation where a behavioural reaction would occur.“You learn to be in that state, recognise it and still think, plan and choose the best course of action. Boxing actually helps when the threat of violence and the stress that it causes needs to be generalised in your everyday life. Boxing is also a highly aerobic activity which releases stress through a cascade of good hormones that reduce cortisol and cytokine levels.”Tickets for the Psychology Festival of Learning are available through the festival website.last_img read more

The RFS and greenhouse gas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 continues the current policy thrust that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil fuels, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says.“While the final numbers are not as high as the ethanol industry wanted, they move much closer to the levels in the original legislation for corn ethanol and actually exceed the mandated levels for biodiesel,” Tyner said.The EPA’s final numbers on the Renewable Fuel Standards, released Monday (Nov. 30), were somewhat higher than the original May 2015 levels, especially for ethanol. While there is no explicit mandate for corn ethanol, the implied conventional biofuel level, which includes corn ethanol, went from 13.4 billion gallons to 14.05 billion for 2015, an increase of 650 million gallons, or 4.9%.Similarly, the 2016 level for conventional biofuel went up 500 million gallons to 14.5 billion, or 3.6%, compared with the May preliminary numbers.Total biofuel levels went from 17.4 billion gallons to 18.11 billion, an increase of 4.1%.Biodiesel was considered relatively high in the May release, and it increased slightly with the EPA’s new figures.The main category that is reduced is cellulosic biofuels. Tyner said technology for them has not advanced as rapidly as hoped, and the cellulosic biofuels are still considerably more expensive than fossil fuels. He said the EPA continued its approach of mandating whatever quantity the market produces, but not more.Tyner noted that in the period between the release of the provisional levels in May and the final release, EPA was bombarded from advocates on both sides of the issue.“The oil industry argued that the RFS was not providing benefits, and the ethanol industry argued that the RFS was working well and achieving objectives of reducing oil imports and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.Tyner disagreed with the “additional carbon” argument against biofuels. Proponents of that position hold that there would be greenhouse gas emissions benefits only if additional carbon is sequestered. They contend that all the corn and soybeans used for biofuels would have been grown anyway and, so, there are no benefits.“This is clearly incorrect,” he said. “More corn and soybeans were grown than would have been produced without biofuels. Also, when biofuels are used, fossil fuels are not.”Tyner said most regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. EPA, California Air Resources Board and European Commission have rejected the “additional carbon” argument.last_img read more

The right time for fertilizer application pays (because the wrong time is so costly)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to understanding the right time to apply nutrients, it is important to know when it is the wrong time.Several years ago it had been a wet and frustrating fall for getting any field work done in the Lost Creek Watershed in northwest Ohio. It was followed by a fairly cold winter and there was an extended period of frozen conditions in February that provided a great opportunity to catch up for lost time.“We got a nice window and pretty much every dealer in the area was working on spreading fertilizer on frozen ground. There was about four inches of snow cover. Less than a week later we received a three-plus-inch rain event that melted the snow and allowed for major surface runoff on the frozen ground. There was rain/snow in the forecast, but no one was forecasting a three-inch rain. So the farmers and dealers that were spreading weren’t really in the wrong. However, those conditions create a high risk for nutrients to leave the field and in this case that happened. It warmed up and we got a big rain and the toilet flushed,” said Clint Nester, with Nester Ag, LLC in Williams County. “It was the one of the biggest phosphorus levels Heidelberg University has ever recorded in the water monitoring of the watershed. Those applications were made at the wrong time — everything else was right — and we lost nutrients big time.”In many ways, the right time is the easiest of the 4Rs to understand, but one of the hardest to actually do. Hindsight can make the wrong times to apply fertilizer seem very obvious, but the process of determining the right time can be quickly convoluted by weather uncertainties, changing soil conditions, farm work logistics, and just plain old bad luck.“If you are a really good weatherman you can avoid a lot of those spikes you see with phosphorus loss from fields, but we know how well that works. That big rain event in the Lost Creek Watershed really opened some eyes in the area, including for our business,” Nester said. “Until that time we still had customers that took that opportunity to spread on frozen ground because it worked well for the logistics of getting things done. After that, guys backed off of doing that. Farmers don’t want their money floating down the river. And when that happens you never know what you really lost and don’t know how much to re-apply. In many cases, you have to assume you lost it all and you end up re-applying the whole rate. That gets expensive.”Senate Bill 1 sets some fairly clear, common sense guidelines for applying nutrients at the right time in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed. Specifically, for applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) in the Western Lake Erie Basin, a person may not apply:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil;2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation;3. When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12-hour period for granular fertilizer or one-half inch in a 24-hour period for manure.These requirements can be exempted if the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop. This is the law for all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio.For businesses certified through Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, these SB 1 rules are a good common-sense start to avoiding costly nutrient loss by applying at the right time, said Chris Horning, the North Data Operational Lead for Sunrise Cooperative. Sunrise was among the first 4R Certified businesses.Chris Horning“We have a yearly applicator training that covers the 4Rs and usually the auditors will be out talking to the nutrient applicators when they are doing the audit. They incorporate a lot of the 4Rs into the two-day training session,” Horning said. “The applicators know that if they are in the field, 95% of the time the weather forecast is not going to tell you about a three- or four-inch gully washer. If they are sitting there and the sky is black, they know they need to check back with the office and make sure they are still on track with the operation manager and the grower as far as the timing goes. If there are any questions on field conditions or the way the weather looks, they need to check back in. We do a lot of things ahead of time to try and not get in that position sitting in the fields in the spring waiting to putting fertilizer on, but rainfall is one of the biggest issues that creates challenges. Most guys don’t want you out there in saturated soils anyway and the frozen ground we know to avoid.”Sunrise has seen a big shift to spring application away from putting on nutrients in the fall. The cooperative also works on more applications of smaller amounts of nutrients.“We are geared up with equipment to split those applications up with in-crop dry applications and we are working with farmers with Y-Drops, using different nitrogen models to determine the right rate for the growing season. And for the fall applications, we are putting down just a one-year supply of nutrients and not two or three,” Horning said. “We have been working closely with the 4R guidelines and if we are spreading in the fall, it is incorporated within 24 hours and that takes a lot of pressure off.”Horning said another very useful tool for nutrient applicators is the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) app. The app was developed with input from Ohio State University Extension in Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state recordkeeping requirements for both SB 1 and Senate Bill 150. ONMRK helps farmers comply with state laws by recording their fertilizer or manure application as well as the current weather conditions and forecast for the next 24 hours.“That is really handy. It gives you the 12-hour and 24-hour forecast for the spot you are sitting and really helps you meet the guidelines. It also helps with documenting it as well. You can get that app for free on your phone. It will even tell you if an application is recommended or not,” Horning said. “It really helps us to be compliant.”The requirements of SB1 create a base to further refine nutrient application recommendations from Nester Ag that has also been certified through 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.“Guys are paying big dollars to put those nutrients out on the land and when we make recommendations we don’t put a fudge factor on there for what is going to the ditch. We want the nutrients they apply to the field to stay in the field. Those laws are in place but it also makes sense with economics to keep those nutrients in the field,” Nester said. “Those laws are only for nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you wanted to spread potash when a rain is coming there is no law to say you can’t do that, but we tell guys it is a high risk time to apply those and that they need to avoid any potential for the nutrients to leave the field. That just makes sense economically and environmentally.”Beyond those basics outlined in SB 1, there are still many right (and wrong) times to apply nutrients to fields. There are clear advantages to minimizing nutrient loss by applying the right rates of nutrients as close to the time when the plants need them as possible during the growing season.“If a guy can apply in the spring I would say that probably reduces the risk of losing those nutrients because you don’t have them out there during the winter months when you can get those two- or three-inch rains on frozen ground and soil is moving,” Nester said. “But, on the acres that some guys cover, they just can’t do it all in the spring. In some cases, they will do some of their acres in the fall and leave their leakier fields — the fields that are more prone to leaching — to get to in the spring. With nitrogen we still tell our guys to break that total nitrogen up if possible so maybe they’ll be putting a little on with their broadcast fertilizer, maybe some ammonium sulfate. Then they could come in with some starter on the planter and then come back with some weed and feed either before or after the planter, based on their program. Then we can come back with sidedress and some guys are now coming back with the Y-Drops for a fifth trip.”But even with the extensive effort to put nitrogen on at the right time for the plant, loss is still possible.“Nitrogen loss is very weather dependent. This year there was not much loss in this area. In 2015, though, we saw an example of too much rain and definite nitrogen loss in the corn crop,” Nester said. “We have seen instances when you get early spring rains and if you have put everything out up front, you get problems. Having it split up reduces the risk of losing huge amounts of nitrogen. If you lose 10% of 10% it is a big difference compared to losing 10% of your total nitrogen.”The right time for phosphorous applications involves considering an entirely different set of factors. There are plenty of wrong times to apply phosphorous, but there are some things that can be done to expand the windows of “right time” opportunities.“Phosphorus is a whole different animal and it is hard to pinpoint because we have such a large pool of phosphorus available in the soil that is not available to the plant. It is always cycling. We have tried to put out phosphorus plots to learn more. You can not spread phosphorus one year and you won’t see a yield decrease unless you have critically low P levels. We can’t show much data about timing of phosphorus applications making a difference one way or another,” Nester said. “We do know if we can avoid putting it on the surface in the fall it reduces the chance to lose that dissolved reactive phosphorus over the surface or though the tile.  Incorporating it can be a viable solution to try and keep it in the field.“No-till situations can lead to bigger pores and more pathways for it to get to the tile. Strip-tilling phosphorus in the fall can work too as a pretty safe way to apply. You put it right in the soil at the root zone where the crop will need it. We work with guys who strip-till and we have been able to reduce rates by about 20% and we checked it with strips in the field and we are not taking any yield hit with that 20% reduction. Strip-tilling it in in the fall is very efficient. You are getting it incorporated in the soil and we can apply less fertilizer and keep yields up. It saves money and doesn’t allow for much runoff to the streams.”Cover crops are also a great tool for making more opportunities to apply at the right time.“We preach cover crops to our customers for a multitude of reasons. Hopefully they get a yield gain, they reduce erosion and they help keep nutrients in the field,” he said. “The ideal situation in the fall is to apply to a cover crop — something that is going to overwinter. Some guys plant radishes or oats and as soon as we get the first freeze they are done. There was some research that showed radishes alone as a cover crop were bringing nutrients to the surface and really concentrating them there to the point that it was more of a detriment to planting radishes only than getting a benefit. If you are going to run one cover crop it should be something that will stay green all winter. And, if you are going to apply when conditions are a little iffy, a cover crop definitely reduces that risk factor.”Ultimately, the right rate of the right product at the right place does little good if applied at the wrong time.“You can do three things right with the 4Rs and still be wrong,” Nester said. “You have to do them all and follow those four key principles. You can’t just do one.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org.last_img read more


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