Use plot data to make sound decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is important to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data and helps to remove variables that can skew results.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety at regular intervals within the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. The use of a tester minimizes the effect soil type variability has on the plot results to ensure more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance—across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well in 2014 and 2015, in multiple locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top 5 or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents varietal performance.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

first_imgPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has resisted an offer from Tottenham.Rabiot has told Tottenham he won’t be coming – regardless of their offer.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder isn’t interested in moving to London, Le 10 Sport reports.The 23-year-old is out of contract at PSG this summer but with Barcelona and Manchester City reported to be interested he won’t consider Spurs.Liverpool are also monitoring the situation but are well catered for in midfield. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadiniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham can help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says Sampdoria need to off-load a couple of players before they can afford to end Gabbiadini’s St Mary’s nightmare with a loan for the rest of the season.They will then have an obligation to buy the Italian International, 27, for £10 million in the summer but a deal would depend on Grégoire Defrel, on-loan from Roma, moving on.The Hammers are keen on the French hit man who has scored seven goals this season along with Fulham who are looking for goals to avoid the drop as well as Watford.But they may have to offload some fringe players themselves before being able to push through a deal for Defrel who is keen on a move to the Premier League. last_img read more

Kick 2 to go on floors next year

first_imgMumbai: Superstar Salman Khan will soon be back as Devil in Kick 2, which is expected to go on the floors next year. Kick released on Eid 2014, and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala shared an update about the second installment of the film. “It’s a nostalgic day today. It’s been five years to Kick today and I have started penning down the second installment. The first draft is concluded,” Nadiadwala said. “The second draft is in its initial stage and I am personally excited for this journey to begin, as much as fans are to witness it. The Devil will return soon,” he added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe film will mark the return of Salman as Devil (Devi Lal Singh), a thief with a purpose. The first part also featured Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “Sajid and his writing team is taking things extremely slow, to ensure that part two lives up to expectations,” said a source close to the development. According to a source, Salman’s character in the film is deeply layered, and “there’s a lot about him that has been left to explore”. “Devil’s character is extremely unpredictable. That is precisely what makes his role unique. Sajid will explore this side of the character in part two,” said the source.last_img read more

Sprint and TMobile agree to combine in 265 billion deal

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – T-Mobile and Sprint reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement Sunday that would reduce the U.S. wireless industry to three major players — that is, if the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators let the deal go through.The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies have been considering a combination for years, one that would bulk them up to a similar size as industry giants Verizon and AT&T. But a 2014 attempt fell apart amid resistance from the Obama administration.The combined company, to be called T-Mobile, would have about 127 million customers. Consumers worry a less crowded telecom field could result in higher prices, while unions are concerned about potential job losses.In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure acknowledged that getting regulatory approval is “the elephant in the room,” and one of the first things the companies did after sending out the deal’s news release was to call Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.The companies stressed that they plan to have more employees following the combination, particularly in rural areas, than they do as stand-alone companies now.They also emphasized that the deal would help accelerate their development of faster 5G wireless networks and ensure that the U.S. doesn’t cede leadership on the technology to China.And they said the combination would allow them to better compete not only with AT&T and Verizon but also with Comcast and others as the wireless, broadband and video industries converge.“This isn’t a case of going from 4 to 3 wireless companies — there are now at least 7 or 8 big competitors in this converging market,” T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said in a statement. He would be the CEO of the combined company.The all-stock deal values each share of Sprint at slightly more than 0.10 T-Mobile shares. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent, would own about 42 per cent of the combined company. Japan’s SoftBank, which controls Sprint, would own 27 per cent, and the remainder would be held by the public.The companies said they expect the deal to close by the first half of 2019 and would result in about $6 billion in annual cost savings.Investors have been anticipating a deal like this for some time. In addition to the thwarted attempt three years ago, the two companies were poised to combine in October, but the deal was called off after what analysts said was a disagreement over control of the combined company.The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.National carriers had not been able to get a deal through under President Barack Obama. But the FCC in September deemed the wireless market “competitive” for the first time since 2009, which some analysts say could make it easier to present a deal.The 5G aspirations are at the heart of the agreement, and the new technology could allow companies to provide faster service to people’s homes.Sprint’s Claure likened going from 4G to 5G to switching from black-and-white television to colour. The combined company plans to invest up to $40 billion in its network in the first three years, which executives said would drive more hiring and better service for customers.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. It has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk said, but hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy the company in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans.Consumers are paying less for cellphone service thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resulting price wars.Verizon and AT&T have been expanding their video-content businesses, while cable companies have been moving into wireless. That allows a single company to combine home and wireless internet and use content to support the communications businesses.Comcast, the cable giant that finished buying NBCUniversal in 2013, offers customers wireless service by reselling access to Verizon’s network. So does another dominant cable company, Charter.last_img read more

Lenders extend Jet Airways bidders deadline to April 12

first_imgNew Delhi: Lenders of Jet Airways Wednesday extended the deadline for submission of initial bids for stake purchase in the ailing airline to April 12. Cash-strapped Jet Airways has delayed salaries to pilots, defaulted on loan repayments as well as payments to aircraft lessors. SBI Capital Markets, which issued Expression of Interest (EoI) document on April 8, has extended the deadline for submission of initial bids to April 12. Potential bidders can send their queries till April 11. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe deadline for submission of bids was to end on Wednesday. “The qualified bidders will be expected to submit their respective binding bid(s) latest by April 30, 2019 subject to the terms set out under the bid document,” SBI Capital Markets said in a notice posted on its website. The SBI-led consortium of domestic lenders are implementing a debt resolution plan for Jet Airways, whose board approved the plan last month. “While all soft copies of the EoIs are required to submitted by the EoI due date, the hard copies may be submitted by April 16, 2019,” the notice said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostEarlier in the day, SBI Capital Markets issued a set of clarifications related to the EoI document, including that bidders in a consortium need to furnish solvency certificates individually. “Bidders are required to provide the solvency certificate … on their letterhead and certified by managing director/ full time director / CEO of the bidder or a person holding an equivalent position in the bidder,” SBI Capital Markets said in a separate notice. In the case of consortium, each member has to submit solvency certificate, which is a proof of an entity’s financial stability. As part of the debt resolution plan for the full service carrier, the lenders are looking to restructure “existing facilities and infusion of funds by way of loans or acquisition/ subscription of up to 75 per cent of equity share capital of the company”. Shares of Jet Airways declined 1.59 per cent to close at Rs 263.40 apiece on the BSE.last_img read more

Music is like a way of life for me

first_imgRead to know what Jubin Nautiyal has to say about the project, his approach towards music and a lot more: Coming from a small town, what have been your aspirations from music as a career? Music has been more like a way of living life for me. Even if I was not as big as I am now, even if was working in a corporate office, I would still be singing as a hobby. So the idea of pursuing music as a profession was a generic thought. Do you follow a fixed pattern of how a song has to be sung, or try, improvise and modify it at the time of your performance? Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerWhen I go inside the studio to dub a song, I completely leave myself outside. I enter inside as a clean slate. I am not stuck on how I want to sing. Whenever I am working with composers, usually they give me a lot of freedom because they are obviously working with me for my style of singing. But I definitely try to understand how they are composing the song, how they are hearing it, which makes a lot of difference. ‘Cinema shapes the outlook of society’, do you believe it is true for music too? Do you think with music you can bring a change? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upI believe many times music shapes the outlook of cinema. There are so many films made nowadays that are based on music. There are so many projects for which the director scores the music before going ahead with the script. So, it all goes hand in hand. Sometimes lyrics come first or the melody does. What matters is how everything blends together as a product. What’s new for the fans in your new MixTape project? This time, I have collaborated with Abhijit Vaghani and Shirley Setia. We have recreated three songs – ‘Ik Vaari’, ‘Tum Ho Toh’ and ‘Nadaan Parindey’. They all are nicely composed and we had fun shooting them. I hope my fans enjoy the presentation and music too. What do you feel about T-series’ initiative of recreating songs? I feel T-series’ MixTape is a new way to see Bollywood music all over again. In a time where recreations are enjoyed and celebrated, T-series is bringing about some songs which have had a crazy run when they were released. But again it is coming with such a different expression altogether, with different artists creating its own niche. It’s a unique concept. What are your future plans? I have always been an independent artist. So, this year I want to give some time to independent music.last_img read more

Girouds unwanted World Cup record

Girouds unwanted World Cup record

first_imgFrance secured their third World Cup final appearance on Tuesday to the delight of the nation, but for Olivier Giroud it left him with an unwanted bit of history of being the player with the most off-target shots since 1966, reports GoalDespite the fact that the Chelsea forward has been leading the line for France in their World Cup campaign, he has been unable to find the back of the net in his five starts.While his fellow strike partners Antoine Griezmann and the young Kylian Mbappe have both scored three goals each at Russia.On Tuesday’s semi-final win over Belgium, it was Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti who scored for France after his towering header from Griezmann’s corner.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…The 1-0 win ensured France of their place in the final, but meant that Giroud continues his goalless streak.Not only that, but Giroud has now failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target –  which is a new World Cup record for the most off-target shots a player has had since 1966.But although he hasn’t scored at the World Cup, Giroud is still France’s joint-fourth all-time top scorer alongside Zinedine Zidane on 31 goals.last_img read more

Sigurdsson tells all about his screamer vs Leicester City

Sigurdsson tells all about his screamer vs Leicester City

first_imgIceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the winning goal between Everton against Leicester City, he explained how it went down.Everton hadn’t won a single away match this season, they went to King Power Stadium to do exactly that against Leicester City and they did it thanks to a fantastic goal scored by Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson.It was a very complicated match for the Toffies, who had scored the first goal of the match via Richarlison early in the game, but Pereira scored the equalizer before halftime.The match turned very difficult for both sides and only a moment of genius could change the outcome of the game, that’s when Sigurdsson came up with a unique trick that gave him the opportunity to release a long-range strike and got an incredible goal from his decision.This goal has been the best of the weekend until now, in all of Europe.“Our first away win this season, two [league] victories on the bounce now and three very good points in what is a tough place to come to,” said Sigurdsson to the Everton website after the match”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They had 10 men and had a lot of players behind the ball. It was hard to break them down so as soon as I had the chance to score I thought, ‘Why not?’, and thankfully it hit the back of the net.”“It’s definitely up there [as one of my best goals]. It came at a very important time and was a really good goal that I’m very happy with.”“I’ve said it for the last few weeks that we didn’t feel like we were too far away from putting back-to-back results together. We felt like we were close to winning games and it’s nice to win two [league] games on the bounce.”Impresionante lo de Thor Sigurdsson para darle la victoria AL Everton. Golazo pic.twitter.com/8oKTWzYZkx— Big Dunc (@DuncanFerguson9) October 6, 2018last_img read more

PNP has new Natl Chairman same top two Leaders

PNP has new Natl Chairman same top two Leaders

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – The announcement to possibly run for North and Middle Caicos Electoral District by the former premier did overshadow news coming out of the PNP National Convention held on the weekend. The voting on Friday night proved to be a straight forward event held at the Tropicana Show and Supper Club; it saw Rufus Ewing kept on as the party’s leader and it saw Carlos Simons, re-appointed by Mr. Ewing to be his deputy. The National Chairman is new though and a new type of personality too; Royal Robinson, the former MP for North Caicos West and former Health Minister in the PNP Administration of 2009 is a vociferous and bold man and to Magnetic Media said he will maintain that reputation. No one challenged Robinson for this position, despite an interests in the job being expressed by the ex Premier Mike Misick. Mr. Robinson told us: “Experience, drive determination and an ability to get things done” is why he believes the over 200 delegates elected him to the job. Also ratified and ready to lead the party into the next General Elections are: Deputy Chairman, Sharon Simons; Gordon Burton, Treasurer; Sean Bassett is new Public Relations Director; Sonia Williams is Secretary General and Phillip Misick, Party Whip. Recommended for you North Caicos matriarch Mary Jane Misick passes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:gordon burton, Phillip Misick, pnp national chairman, Royal Robinson, sean bassett, sonia williams Special Prosecutor rebuttal reflects on PNP wounded reputation under Misick NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewinglast_img read more