first_imgFrank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut Corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny assisted by Harry Friel, Geoffrey Mullin, John Crossan, Denis Friel and George Black. Photo- Clive WassonWhat a difference a day makes.Yesterday this group of men had to roll up their sleeves in warm sunshine in Letterkenny to cut and gather corn.The picture was a throw-back to another time. Today’s heavy downpours would certainly have dampened their spirits.Many thanks to photographer Clive Wasson for the stunning pictures.Frank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny. Photo- Clive Wasson.EARNING THEIR CORN THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cutting cornletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio receives 10% more rain per year, on average, than in the 20th century.“You can think of it as the ‘new normal,’ ” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Ohio’s current annual average is 42 inches, up 3 inches from the 39-inch average in the 20th century, Wilson said. Three inches may sound like just a drop in the, well, bucket, but “the problem is the intensity at which the rain is falling,” Wilson said.The additional 3 inches aren’t spread across the entire year. Instead the bulk of Ohio’s rain is falling in intense rain events, followed by an increase in consecutive dry days, Wilson said. In July 2017, a rainfall dumped 5.5 inches of rain in two hours within Darke County, in the west central part of the state.Extreme rain events in which more than 2 inches fall during a rainstorm have increased by 30% in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That means a lot more water soaking farmland, filling ditches, forming ponds on fields or dribbling off.So, there’s greater potential for soil and fertilizer washing away from a field and into Lake Erie, which many municipalities rely on for their drinking water. In the summer of 2017, Lake Erie’s algal bloom level was classified as severe.“I think that’s why farmers are working really hard on correct timing,” Wilson said regarding farmers applying fertilizer on their fields.Wilson will address climate change and the impact of more rainfall on farmers and the water quality of Lake Erie during a talk at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, March 6-7. Wilson’s talk on March 6 at 3:35 p.m. will be among numerous presentations at the conference at Ohio Northern University in Ada.Last spring, multiple rainstorms led Ohio farmers to replant the seeds they had sown, some multiple times, because of flooded fields. In the fall, rainfall delayed some harvests. The increased amount of rain and number of intense rainstorms shows how the climate in Ohio and beyond is changing, Wilson said.Given that, farmers might want to carefully consider how they apply fertilizer, and adopt techniques to prevent erosion so their soil’s nutrients — and the investment they made in them — don’t get flushed away, Wilson said.“Weather patterns have changed so we can’t just take it for granted that what we did in the past will work well now and into the future,” Wilson said. “The more we understand how our weather is changing, the better we can be about adapting to these changes and making decisions now and into the future in agriculture.”In planning to apply fertilizer to fields, it’s critical to know the forecast for 24 hours and use that to guide when and whether to make the application, Wilson pointed out. The first step in becoming resilient to climate changes, Wilson said, is to being aware of what shifts are happening, then figure out ways to adapt to them.For more information about the upcoming tillage conference, visit: read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTeaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”7 Souvenirs of August FAQJuly 8, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Unleash Your Inner Indiana — Raiders of the Lost Cache (GC2HN2H) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 14, 2013In “Community” Mark Case on the day he found the lost girlIn the last 30 days 6.9 million logs were submitted on Most of the logs claimed a “Found it,” followed by details of a caching adventure. Or the logs gave a story about the cache that got away under the banner of a “DNF” (Did Not Find).But Mark Case’s (markcase) June 19 log gives “Found it” a new, more powerful, meaning. Mark was searching for the North Carolina, USA EarthCache “The Sauratown Mountains” (GC1G4Py).His “Found it” log entry began with, “Wow. How do I start this log? This cache has to be one that I will always remember.”Mark not only found the information to claim a smiley on the EarthCache – he also found a lost girl.His log reads, “I passed a very nice stream bed on the way up to the summit. On the way down, as I got closer and closer to the stream, I heard a child crying. When I got to the stream, I found an 8 year-old girl alone and crying. She was lost and had no idea where she was.”Mark quickly devised a plan. He had been involved with scouting for nearly 40 years. He says he discovered geocaching in 2010 at the Boy Scout National Jamboree. He got hooked. Mark learned plenty about geocaching with nearly 4,500 finds in two years. Mark sets memorable locations in his GPS device as waypoints. Following a waypoint he’d just set, Mark was able to lead the girl to a nearby campsite with a pay phone. There had been no cell phone coverage.He wrote, “She was tired and scared. I wound up giving her a ride on my shoulders most of the way. When I offered to let her wear my hat, she stopped crying. When I got to the pay phone, I dialed 911 and told them I had a lost girl and where I found her. A ranger showed up within about 15 minutes.” It turned out the girl had been missing for three hours. She’d followed the stream collecting rocks, until she was far past her parents. She was reunited with her parents shortly after. Mark says he never ever got the family’s name.Mark Case geocachingMark finished his log with this, “Does Geocaching make a difference? It did today. I’ll always remember this hike and cache.”Mark says one of his other memorable caching experience was topping a peak with his wife as she was rehabilitating after knee surgery. He says he likes sharing his caching experiences with fellow cachers, like reaching that peak, or finding a lost girl.Mark says geocachers also share a common trait, “Most cachers operate on the “Do Right” philosophy.  Do what is right.  I like that in my fellow cachers.”last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan is promoting research in the biopolymer sector with an emphasis on fabrication of new products and generation of more employment opportunities. The initiative will also be linked with the handicraft industry for extending the benefits to both of them.State Industries Commissioner Krishna Kant Pathak said here earlier this week that institutions such as the Centre for Skilling and Technical Support in Jaipur and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Jodhpur could play a significant role in developing the technology and break the monopoly of some countries.NIFT will establish a gallery exhibiting the textile industry’s progress from handlooms to hi-tech machines and development of designs from medieval to modern period. Mr. Pathak said that a testing laboratory for plastic products would be set up and an awareness campaign launched on their utility and standard norms.last_img read more

first_imgTo begin with, let us issue a statutory warning to all die-hard Kapil Dev fans: you are bound to be a little offended with what we have to tell you. But then these are hard, cold statistics and like they say, numbers don’t lie. Kapil, who is one of the most fabled all-rounders in the history of cricket, said Ravichandran Ashwin would be India’s most important player in a hectic home season. There is little to doubt Kapil here – Ashwin has been sensational for India with the ball, picking regular wickets for the team. Besides, he has been outstanding with the bat and his two recent hundreds in the West Indies proved he is undoubtedly the best all-rounder in world cricket. (Test season at home a chance for Ravichandran Ashwin to cement his legacy)Ashwin has spent six years in the Test arena as opposed to Kapil’s 16-year career. However, we have culled out stats from the first six years of both all-rounders and tried to study the progress made by the two.AMAZING ASHWINSince his Test debut against West Indies four years ago, Ashwin has emerged as a shrewd off-spinner who relishes his battle against the best and the sight of batsmen misreading his carrom ball.His penchant for outsmarting key rival batsmen manifested in Sri Lanka earlier this year when he soured Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell by dismissing the retiring great in each of his last four innings. (Virat Kohli isn’t India’s most important player, according to Kapil Dev)advertisementAshwin, who is going through the form of his life, has become India’s highest run-scorer and wicket-taker in Test cricket in this year. With an ever-ticking brain, Ashwin’s phenomenal numbers has not only helped him cement his place amongst India’s best but has also made him the No.1 all-rounder in the world.Not just that. The series against the West Indies was another reminder of the fact that how Ashwin has evolved as India’s biggest match-winner in recent times.Ashwin was the architect of India’s 2-1 series victory in Sri Lanka last year and his 31 scalps against South Africa helped India tame the Proteas 3-0 in the four-Test series at home.In the Caribbean, Ashwin towered over everyone else with his all-round show in the series that India won 2-0. With 235 runs, including two centuries and 17 wickets with two five-wicket haul, Ashwin bagged his sixth Man of the Series award – the most ever by any Indian in Tests.BCCI PhotoBULKY NUMBERS With all the bulky numbers behind him, Ashwin can soon overshadow Kapil Dev as India’s all-time best all-rounder. In six years since his debut, Ashwin has raked up better numbers than what Kapil had in the same period.India’s former World Cup winning captain, kapil, in his first six years in Test cricket (1978-83), had played 62 matches, scoring 2483 runs at an average of 29.5. During the period, Kapil also scored three hundreds, 13 fifties and got three Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards.Kapil, who is India’s greatest fast-bowling all-rounder, took 247 wickets in the same number of Tests with an average of 27.70 and an economy rate of 2.07. He also bagged 18 five-wickets hauls in six years.Whereas, six years since his debut in 2011, Ashwin has played 36 Tests, scoring 1439 runs at an average of 34.26. He has also slammed 4 hundreds and 6 fifties so far with his highest score being 124.What is more astonishing is the fact that Ashwin has bagged six Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards so far.When looked at his bowling stats, Ashwin has got 193 wickets at an average of 25.20 and an economy rate of 2.91. He has got the same number of five-wicket hauls as Kapil – 18.It is also Ashwin’s longevity which can help him topple Kapil.While Kapil retired at the age of 35, Ashwin is aged 30 and can probably go on to play for 7-8 years more. Considering the importance that modern-day cricketers give to fitness, Ashwin is more likely to continue heading India’s spin department for long.India have a long home season ahead and it will be ideal for Ashwin, who is more like a scientist on the cricket field, has got the necessary ingredients to overstep Kapil as India’s best all-rounder.last_img read more

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester City’s quadruple hopes by scoring the decider in a breathtaking Champions League game that produced seven goals and saw an apparent injury-time winner for City ruled out after a video review.City won the second leg 4-3 at home but Tottenham advanced 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday thanks to the away goals rule to set up a meeting with Ajax.Llorente, a back-up striker who lives in the shadow of the injured Harry Kane, nudged the ball into the net in the 73rd minute with his hip — a goal that was only given after a VAR decision.Video review worked in Tottenham’s favor again in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling looked to have secured City’s progress. But as the home fans celebrated and the devastated Spurs players slumped to the turf, the referee determined that Sergio Aguero was offside before crossing to Sterling.It was a dramatic finish to a game that saw three lead changes and four goals scored in the opening 11 minutes.By: Rob Harris, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more