By Gary Truitt – Oct 29, 2018 Previous articleHarvest Wrapping Up in Many Areas; Fall Tillage Picking UpNext articleIndiana’s Lehe Accomplishes Speaking Dream at National FFA Convention Gary Truitt SHARE NE Indiana Harvest Nearing an End SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NE Indiana Harvest Nearing an End Facebook Twitter NE Indiana Harvest Nearing an EndThe corn and soybean harvest in NE Indiana is nearing an end. According to the latest USDA update, 77% of Indiana corn and 80% of Indiana soybeans have been harvested. Most fields in NE Indiana have been harvested; and, with rain on the way, farmers are working hard to finish this week. “We are about 95% complete on soybeans and close to 2/3rds on corn,” said Brian Schrader with Pioneer.Nationally, 72% of soybeans and 61% of corn has harvested. Schrader told HAT that corn yields have been good even in places where planting was late due to heavy spring rain.“I am hearing yields of well over 200 bpa in most of my territory — some fields averaging 250 up to 275 bpa.” He noted 70 bpa soybean yields are common, except in some areas where disease and quality issues have resulted in a drop in top end yields.Schrader says these yield numbers are proving to be a surprise to many growers, who saw less than Ideal growing conditions early this year. He stated, “I am very pleased with the yields because they are much better than I had expected earlier this year.” Facebook Twitter
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Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Affordability Home Prices Housing Chartbook refinancing Wells Fargo Economics Group 2014-06-11 Colin Robins Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: HUD Settlement Creates Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities Next: Job Growth Outpacing New Home Construction Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post June 11, 2014 1,452 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices Housing Chartbook refinancing Wells Fargo Economics Group Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins Study: Road to Housing Recovery will be ‘Longer and Bumpier’ The Wells Fargo Economics Group released its Housing Chartbook for May 2014. The group found that most markets are finding themselves “wildly out of balance” from inflated home prices driven by investor purchases, as well as exceptionally tight inventories that are well ahead of any improvement in demand.The group said that the “lack of a rebound in home sales this spring has reinforced our view that there was more than harsh winter weather behind the recent slide in home sales and mortgage applications.” The group notes that the road to housing recovery will be longer—and much bumpier—than expected.Housing demand is still reeling from last spring’s spike in mortgage rates. The Wells Fargo Economics Group commented that a 70-basis point rise in mortgage rates coupled with a 6.2 percent rise in prices resulted in a 17.1 percent jump in monthly principal and interest payments. Payments on an existing home, irrespective of a slight dip in home prices, have risen 11.9 percent. Consumer confidence in purchasing a new home within six months fell in May to 4.9 percent, below the 12-month moving average of 5.7 percent.Overall economic growth will also hamper housing growth, according to the group from Wells Fargo. Real GDP is expected to rise just 2.0 percent in 2014, with new home sales and single-family housing starts expected to rise much more slowly. The group forecasts that new home sales will climb 8.4 percent to 465,000 units, while single-family housing starts will climb 10.9 percent. New home prices will moderate, rising just 2.6 percent to $276,000 in 2014.Refinancing activity is also expected to slow down. “The refinancing share of mortgage activity rose to 52.2 percent, up from 48.7 in early May, which was the lowest share since July 2009. Recent gains in refinancing activity are not sustainable, however, as rates will eventually increase,” the group said. Mortgage applications also are down, falling in five of the past six weeks.Housing starts continued to improve, rising for the third consecutive month in April and nearly offsetting the December and January weather-related drop. The improvement might be short-lived, however, as the level of permits is running well below starts. Permits rose just 0.3 percent in April, which will restrain future completions, further limiting inventory and exacerbating problems with affordability.Existing home sales rallied slightly in April, up 1.3 percent after three consecutive months of decline. Distressed sales accounted for 15 percent of activity and all-cash transactions edged slightly higher to 18 percent. First-time home buyers have risen from recent lows, but remain well short of long-term trends. Easing of credit conditions and inventory remain the key factors for near-term sales, but the group doesn’t believe that credit conditions will ease up in the coming months. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Study: Road to Housing Recovery will be ‘Longer and Bumpier’
Work drivers’ Highway CodeOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Government is to write an occupational Highway Code for staff who drive during work time, including company car drivers.Health and safety minister Lord Whitty told a seminar on managing occupational road risk last week that employers must be responsible for the health and safety of their drivers.Figures from Rospa show that one in four fatal accidents on the roads every year occur while the victim is at work. The Government estimates that work-related road deaths make up 15 per cent of the total of 1,200 killed a year.The TUC wants employers to apply for a licence which shows they have minimum safety standards in place before they put drivers on the road. Employers should be liable for road accidents involving their employees, it said.
Everton defender Leighton Baines sustained a broken toe in Saturday’s Merseyside derby and could be out for up to six weeks, the club have confirmed. Press Association Baines’ injury record is good and he is regarded as one of the fittest and strongest in the squad so Everton will hope he can heal quickly and be back sooner rather than later. “It has been confirmed that Leighton has got a fracture in one of the bones in his right foot, which is the phalange,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com. “We need to treat that now and see how it develops. It could mean anything from missing six weeks to being back in 10 days because it depends how the fracture heals. “It is in such a specific spot and we are going to see how it reacts.” Gareth Barry filled in for Baines at left-back, a role he performed intermittently earlier in his career, but it is unlikely the 32-year-old will continue there in the interim such has been his impact in central midfield. “Obviously Gareth slotted in during the game and when you have got a player with that experience, he can play anywhere. I thought he did really well,” added Martinez. “We have got other players at the football club who can play in that position, from Bryan Oviedo to Tony Hibbert and Sylvain Distin to John Stones. We have got many options. “It’s going to be a matter of seeing how the players react in training and, first of all, seeing if Leighton is going to be okay.” The England international was forced off early in the second half and although he left Goodison Park walking unaided – despite being given some crutches to use – he went straight for an x-ray on his right foot. After assessment the Toffees’ medical team cannot put a definitive timescale for the left-back’s recovery, with it estimated to be between 10 days and six weeks.
My biggest takeaway from the competition was how sports impact families. I have always argued on this column that we lose a lot economically and socio-culturally by not prioritising sports in this country. Sports, for one, have the power to focus families around developing their young.Parents, extended family and friends usually form strong support groups around budding stars, helping them grow as athletes, and invariably strengthening the family unit. I was at the stadium to support Seni as family, and there were many other families there too. Dads were not too busy with friends or work, mothers were not at some event; everyone knew who and what was most important.There are those who argue, and I am one, that the major problem we face as a nation is the failure in our homes. We are failing our young, we are not engaging them productively, we are not teaching them the values sports bring to a nation: values of merit, collaboration, fairness, empathy, leadership, respect for others, healthy living, discipline and, above all else, the love of country.These youngsters were learning from their early teens the importance of, and pride in, serving their countries. You hardly learn that in a biology or literature class. That is why sport is critical for all-round education, and why its backburner status in our schools is a danger to our nation. As research has proven, sports get children more involved in school activities and consequently their studies. Sports also makes them aspire to higher ideals, improves their problem-solving skills, discipline, eating habits and social competence.While the children swam, us adults from Nigeria and Ghana joked about which country made the better Jollof rice. It was good fun. We also found time to discuss the similar problems dogging our countries and why we needed to work together more as Africans to lift the continent. How badly we need that camaraderie that sports engender that makes us feel like one humanity, one Africa, one Nigeria.Economically there was business for our hotels. As one Ghanaian parent pointed out to me, there were 21 families from Ghana, each paying at least $50 per day for hotel accommodation for the six days of the competition. There was also business for food and beverages producers, airlines, phone companies, local transportation and the stadium. It was rather shocking though that there was not a single ATM in sight. Even more ludicrous was being told that there was some policy against erecting ATMs at government stadiums. Some people could not access money to buy things and thatâ€™s bad for business!Still, we need more of these tournaments across different sports every weekend in this country. Government should grant the sports industry special status, like it did agriculture, especially with our population spiraling out of control and our peoples increasingly polarised. With an estimated population of 192m today, and 398m by 2050 – and with the majority 18 or under – there is a desperate need for positive engagements. An Uber driver I engaged recently claimed that in Oshodi where he lives, 90% of the young teenage girls get pregnant within three months of leaving secondary school. While this cannot be held as fact, it is loosely representative of any lower income community around the country. Without much to engage them, these kids turn to unprotected sex, falling prey to jobless and irresponsible area boys and motorpark touts.Internationally, countries see sports as a vehicle to boost pride. Swimming is especially a favourite of leading nations because of its medal-earning power. For all the popularity of football, it can only fetch a country one Olympic gold for men and one for women. At the Rio Olympics, the USA shipped 33 medals from swimming alone, with 16 of them gold! It was also a point made at this competition by the undoubted star of the competition Ndiaye Ahmadou who won eight gold medals for Senegal!Domestic swimming should also be easy to sell. Years back when my own son competed at the American International School in V.I., two daughters of then Cross Rivers State governor Donald Duke competed, as did the son of Zenith Bank supremo Jim Ovia, and a frightening trio of Dere Otubu sons. Duke, Ovia, Otubu were all there to support their wards, hopping and screaming like the average spectator.What the sport needs to get big sponsorship now is more professional packaging. Brands go where thereâ€™s fun, and where there are people with good disposable income. Swimming ticks both boxes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram I have only seen 13-year-old Seni Adekeye swim twice: the first was when he was about five years old bawling out his distaste for water, while the second was two Saturdays ago at the newly-refurbished swimming arena of the National Stadium Surulere, where he was proudly representing Nigeria at the 2nd Africa Zone2 Junior Swimming Championship. As he blitzed his Ghanaian rival in the opening lap of the 200m mixed freestyle relay, I thought about the stark contrast in both pinches of time, and what amazing things we can get our children to do once we engage them in the right wayI t was really an absolute delight to watch these emerging talents from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Benin compete for glory. They showed that great sport goes beyond just football. It is disappointing that a country of almost 200 million people with proven sports pedigree, has been limited to just one major sport â€“ football.Nigeria was not always so. Back when ours was a relatively sane society, we followed, and were excellent at other sports like boxing, wrestling, table tennis, tennis, cricket, and athletics. Swimming has never really been our forte, but it is nonetheless a thrilling sport that can engage large numbers of athletes and spectators. It also makes excellent viewing on television, meaning it can reach and appeal to tens of millions of Nigerians worldwide.