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Late-Planting Options

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Elizabeth WilliamsDTN Special CorrespondentINDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) — Pat Swanson has already started filling in the paperwork on prevented planting for her family’s farm and for several of her customers.“We have some fields under water, and the dam upstream increased its outflow by 67% last Friday. For some fields, we have no choice,” the Ottumwa, Iowa, crop insurance agent said.Swanson, like many across the Corn Belt, is facing the tough decision that comes with saturated fields. As of this weekend, one-third of the nation’s corn acres are still unplanted. Yet it’s not so late into June that farmers are giving up hope on planting corn even though the “final planting date” for crop insurance has passed.Corn and soybean producers have several options still available.PLANT CORNIf your ground dries up enough, you could still plant corn with reduced crop insurance coverage until the end of the late-planting period, despite agronomic issues like reduced yield and soil compaction.The late-planting period varies by state and by county in some states. In Iowa, that’s June 1-25, in Ohio June 6-30, in Nebraska May 26-June 14. Check with your crop insurance agent or go to https://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/….Under this option, you lose 1% of your crop insurance coverage each day, and your final yield becomes a part of your actual production history (APH), which could lower your revenue guarantee in future years. But on the plus side, corn prices are climbing.The most important thing to do this spring is keep good planting records.“That’s the main thing we learned in 2013 when we had unplanted crop acres,” said Steve Johnson, Iowa State Extension farm management specialist in central Iowa.You’re dealing with two government entities: USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the Farm Service Agency. They have different deadlines, different forms to file and the rules are very specific about dates, acres, crops and historic yields.TAKE PREVENTED PLANTING ON CORNIf you are considering this, Johnson said you should call your crop insurance agent immediately. The deadline to record your corn prevented planting acres to FSA is 15 calendar days after the final planting date. In Iowa, that’s June 15.“One thing we learned from 2013 was farmers found out later they were not eligible for prevent plant payment on some acres,” Johnson said.You cannot take prevented planting on more acres in your crop insurance unit than acres of corn planted in the past four years. For example, you generally have a 50/50 crop rotation on 100 acres, but one year in the past four years, you planted 52 acres of corn. Even if you were planning to plant all 100 acres to corn this year, you’re only eligible for prevented planting on 52 acres.Farmers with enterprise units have an easier time qualifying their acres for prevented planting. It’s called the 20/20 rule: the prevented planting acres must total 20% of the unit or 20 acres, whichever is less. Farmers with optional units must have at least the lesser of 20 acres or 20% of corn acres in that section for those acres to qualify.This minimum is important for farmers planting around wet spots to be sure they have the minimum acres prevented from planting.Another advantage to taking prevented planting is your APH yield history won’t be dinged for the lack of a corn yield reported on that ground.Prevented planting on corn will pay more than prevented soybean planting, so most farmers will try to get as much of their unplanted acres designated to corn as possible.For example, if your corn APH yield is 180 bushels per acre and you took 80% coverage in crop insurance, using the spring corn guaranteed price of $4.00 per bushel multiplied by the 55% prevented planting payment rate for corn, you would receive $317 per acre.For soybeans, if you have a 55 bpa APH yield at 80% coverage and a guaranteed price of $9.54 per bushel, then multiply it by the 60% prevented planting payment rate for soybeans, you would receive $252 per acre.PLANT SOYBEANS“At some point, probably the middle of next week, producers will need to decide ‘I’m done planting corn,’” said University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey. “Then they’ll need to plant soybeans on their intended soybean acres.”For your soybean acres to qualify for full crop insurance coverage, you have until June 10 in the northern and Western Corn Belt; June 15 in Iowa, Michigan, southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northern Kansas; and June 20 in Indiana, Ohio, southern Illinois and central Kansas.“The economics right now point to maximizing your PP corn acres and then the remaining unplanted acres as PP soybeans,” Schnitkey said.Every operation — and actually every field — could have a different revenue scenario. University of Illinois’ FarmDoc decision tool (https://farmdoc.illinois.edu/…) and Iowa State’s Ag Decision Maker model (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/…) can help you work through some scenarios.TAKE PREVENTED PLANTING ON SOYBEANSThe deadline for reporting your prevented planting soybean acres to FSA is 15 calendar days after the final planting date.“Another lesson learned in 2013 is do not miss a reporting deadline,” ISU’s Johnson advised. “You get busy in the field; it’s easy to miss. But if you miss it, you don’t get paid.”To calculate your PP soybean payment, multiply your APH yield times your original percent crop insurance coverage times the spring price of $9.54 times 60% for prevented planting.COVER CROP CAUTIONJohnson said farmers can use leftover corn and soybean seed as a cover crop, but that caused a lot of issues in 2013.“It was a mess because the crop adjusters confused it with a planted crop, not a cover crop,” he said. “That is why it is so important to work with your crop insurance agent and adjuster now and communicate completely.”You can use treated soybean seeds, which can’t be returned to the dealer, as a cover crop on corn prevented planting ground, but not on land that’s been designated as soybean prevented planting.“You’ve got to be super careful and communicate with your crop insurance agent and adjuster so they are not counted as a planted soybean crop and reduce your benefits,” Johnson said.You also cannot graze or hay prevented planting cover crops until Nov. 1.“Farmers may find this August the perfect time to lay down tile on their prevent plant acres,” said Johnson. “I’d schedule my tiler now before his August gets too full.”Elizabeth Williams can be reached at elizabeth.williams@dtn.com(KD/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Keeping Out the Trolls: Relevancy in User-Generated Content

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In the summer of 2008, J.R. Johnson sold Virtual Tourist to Expedia for $85 million dollars. While Johnson seems like the type of laid back Los Angeles entrepreneur that would take some vacation time, his quest for relevancy had him launching a new community the following March. Lunch.com is Johnson’s attempt to cut through the noise that has proliferated since he first started in the user-generated-review space in 1999. Says Johnson, “When I started, people asked me why anyone would want to read an amateur review. Now the environment has changed and there’s even pay-per-post happening across the net. Virtual Tourist is travel-specific and you increase relevancy by picking a niche topic on which to base your community. With Lunch I’m trying to solve something new.” Johnson spoke to ReadWriteWeb about some of the ways he’s managed to ensure that his community is more than just search engine bait. 1. Identity and Interest: In addition to requiring that individuals use their real names and specify topics of interest within the site, Lunch uses an interesting member matching system. Similar to OK Cupid, users rate a series of topics and the “similarity network” matches them with like-minded members. In order for a spammer to target a specific user, they’d have to answer multiple questions in the same way as their target and trick the matching algorithm into displaying a higher percentage of compatibility. In this way, spammers are deemed less relevant while passionate users are matched by the percentage of overlapping interests. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 2. Opinion History: Johnson explains that just because people share common interests it does not mean that they share common opinions. Even at ReadWriteWeb we’ve seen Republicans and Democrats converge on the same comment thread in completely different ways. Lunch lets users view opinion ratings, past reviews and popularity rankings. From there you decide whether or not to follow others or look for additional commentary. 3. Top Review Ratings: The Lunch users rate each other and can review that history of rating over time. Ratings can be about a specific topic, on a specific review and on a specific user. In some cases a contributor with lackluster cooking reviews produces one standout piece about a specific type of food. It’s important to be able to find those gems and weed out the reviews that are less relevant to you as a community member. 4. Existing Networks: Lunch allows users to pull information from their social graph via Facebook Connect in order to follow existing friends. Users can track topic reviews, member reviews and article reviews created by friends. I was actually surprised to see how little I had in common with my own social graph in terms of topic interest; however, where we converged was our opinions on other reviewers. 5. Frequent Contributors: By listing the top contributors to a community, Lunch is able to ascertain those with the most interest in a specific topic area. Johnson gives the example of Wikipedia’s community as one where frequent contributors are also an indication of topic-based expertise. Explains Johnson, in Wikipedia, a community member that takes ownership of a page and can be seen as one of the page’s top contributors (without deletions) is likely to offer more relevant content than those that do not contribute often. Coupled with opinion ratings this adds an additional level of user legitimacy. While Johnson continues in his quest to thwart spammers and trolls, his site is already flourishing. For those attending SXSW Interactive, he is hosting a March 16 panel entitled, Trolls Suck, where he will continue to explore ways to ensure that thoughtful online contributors remain the majority in community sites. last_img read more

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Cignal back on winning track with rout of AMA

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriorscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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Gibbs is irresponsible and defamatory: Cullinan

first_imgFormer South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan is enraged with Herschelle Gibbs for claiming that he leaked the story of a marijuana-smoking session involving the South African opener and has described the controversial cricketer’s statements in his autobiography as “highly irresponsible and defamatory”.Gibbs has accused Cullinan of informing the team management about a marijuana-smoking session in the West Indies in 2001 in his just-released autobiography To the Point.But Cullinan denied the charge in a guest column on the website sport24.co.za.”For too long the truth has not been told with regard to the dope smoking incident during the West Indies tour of 2001,” Cullinan wrote as he detailed the chain of events that led to action against Gibbs by the then United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).”Team manager Goolam Rajah and coach Graham Ford, came to know of the players dope smoking the morning after the incident. Ford’s wife had smelt the marijuana as their room was alongside the room where the smoking took place. She informed her husband who in turn informed Rajah. Rajah and Ford told me of this.”Cullinan said at that time he was of the opinion that the offending players be sent home but the then captain Shaun Pollock was not in favour of this as it would “erode the team’s chances of winning.””I reminded (Rajah) that if this ever came out he would once again be fingered for his lack of control as team manager. I suggested that he, at least, put it on record with United Cricket board of South Africa,” Cullinan recalled.advertisement”It subsequently became media rumour that I had leaked the story whilst playing county cricket in England. The only person I shared the story with in confidence and privacy, was former coach and friend Bob Woolmer. No statement from the United Cricket board was forthcoming with regard to the above rumours.”I eventually phoned (UCBSA President) Percy Sonn who confirmed that it was the UCBSA who had released the story and in his own words said, ‘Daryll, we will rather take a slap for it now than later’,” he said.”The UCBSA eventually released an official statement that I in no way was guilty of divulging any information on the dope smoking incident to the team manager or media.”Cullinan, who is now a commentator for a television channel, said he had to clear the matter up in the wake of Gibbs’ allegations, even as he urged “future publishers, authors and sportsmen to show integrity and authenticity when recounting issues of such a controversy”.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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