Matt Saal, June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are pretty soggy. We got quite a bit of rain through the week but we have not had serious flooding issues. You can see spots where crops are starting to suffer from too much water, though.Most guys are finished up with the first cutting of hay and guys are hoping to get started with second cutting this week if it dries out a little. It looks like there will be pretty good volume there with all of the moisture we have had.There is some wheat going down with the rain we have had but over all it is still standing pretty well. There are some ponded wet spots that always hold water. Further north they had a lot more rain than we did and they had some corn under water up around the Medina area.I haven’t heard a lot of people talking with a high level of concern about the amount of rain we have had, but we have plenty for now. I haven’t seen any pest problems or diseases yet. Some of the soybean fields have weeds that are pretty tall because nobody has been able to get in and spray.last_img read more

True confession: Riding my John Deere up a creek, without a paddle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On a recent Sunday after church, three farmer friends asked me to divulge the true identity of “Mitch” in my column published in the June edition of Ohio Country Journal. Chuckling, they went on to ask what pseudonym I planned to use to protect my own identity, if I were to write about a personal calamity they had learned about (thanks to one of my “disloyal” employees, who posted an incriminating photo on Facebook).Since that cat was well out of the bag, I had no choice but to tell all. I showed them other photographic evidence, stored on my ironically named smartphone, and gave them the full narrative of my — well, I guess I might as well say it — my idiocy. You’re going to be saying it by the time you finish reading this column, anyway.Here goes.It all began with me deciding to clear brush and debris out of Anderson Creek, which meanders through my farm. I hired Jack, a drainage contractor, to start the project last winter. He finally completed the job near soybean planting time this spring.Once newly seeded grass adorned the banks and filter strips, the bubbling, free-flowing stream looked fit for a painter’s canvas until one day when I discovered that a beaver had dammed up the works. Yes, near the upper end of my portion of the creek, a beaver had erected a mighty effective display of natural engineering. In front of the dam, the water was about eight inches deep. Behind the dam, it was about 30 inches deep. I marveled at how one beaver could be such an efficient engineer.The little guy had felled trees on the banks, strategically landing them in place for his mighty bulwark. He filled in leaky spots with leaves, branches and mud.I called Jack to report this new development and ask for advice.“You need to tear his dam down,” Jack said. “It probably is just one young beaver, or there would be several dams, not just one.”“How do I tear it down?” I asked, picturing in my mind dynamite and a demolition crew.“Drive your tractor and loader down to the far end of the creek, where the crossover ramp is. Ford the stream and drive your tractor upstream to the dam. Then tear out the center of it with your loader. The backed up water will do the rest.”“Is that safe?”“Your creek has a gravel bottom and your tractor has front-wheel assist, correct?”“Yes, do you warrant this will be safe?”“Yes, we do this all the time with a backhoe in creeks that have a gravel bottom, just like yours.”“Will you come and pull me out if I get stuck?”“Yes, we will pull you out if you get stuck,” Jack said, his patience straining.The following day I started out on my mission. I drove the tractor beside the creek, a half mile down to the south end of the field, and entered the stream at the crossover, as Jack directed.Slowly, I skippered the tractor upstream through the oncoming water. In spite of my trepidation, this cruise seemed pleasant enough. Water slipped smoothly around the tires. The diesel engine throbbed monotonously and the noisy green monster startled a small flock of ducks into flight.As Jack had predicted, wiping out the dam was an easy task. About three thrusts of the loader allowed the water to rip through and clear away the beaver’s handiwork. The demolition went off as smoothly as the bombing mission in the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai.” I kind of expected a beaver to peer out at me, but apparently he was too clever. He had to know I was out for vengeance.Slowly, I backed the tractor away from the demolition site. And the eight inches of water I had driven through suddenly rose to 30 inches. Apparently the water had been backed up several miles upstream.The tracks left by my tractor on the way upstream were no longer visible. As I started back downstream, the tractor dropped suddenly into a silt bed, sinking to the level of the operator platform.I attempted to back out of this predicament, but the tractor wallowed in deeper. Water splashed off the blades of the radiator fan. Then the engine hammered for five seconds. The exhaust pipe belched a cloud of white smoke. And the tractor went silent.I was in a state of shock. My nearly new tractor was sunk. As I stepped off the platform, I expected I would need to swim — or that at least the water would be chest deep. But I stepped off on solid footing in knee-deep water.After scrambling up the bank, I called Jack to remind him of his warranty. He answered immediately, but said he was about to enter a church — for his nephew’s wedding in Pittsburgh. Some warranty!But Jack said he would call one of his sons, Jack Jr., to assist me. Jack called me back right away to say that Junior was on his way.Junior arrived in just over an hour. He unloaded his backhoe, confidently driving it down the steep bank to position it behind my tractor. Then Junior promptly got his rig stuck. By maneuvering the machine’s retractable hoe, however, he managed to push it forward then pull it backward up onto the gravel sandbars, then drive back up on the bank.From there, with several lengths of chain, he pulled my tractor out of the silt hole and up on the bank. For my benefit, Junior spoke optimistically about the number of times he or his father had submerged their equipment in streams and suck holes, retrieved it and returned it to working order after cleaning the filters and changing the oil.He advised against running the tractor until the oil had been drained and replaced, with a thorough “going-over” by a mechanic.In any event, the dam was gone.The beaver was nowhere to be seen, although I suspect he watched the whole operation with some glee like his furry cousin, Alvin the chipmunk, would. I told my wife, Kris, afterwards that there was only one thing left to do: Go out to lunch and celebrate that we were still in one piece — and the tractor probably could be fixed.Within 24 hours, the beaver rebuilt his dam. My mechanic, after evaluating the tractor, has redirected the discussion to the cost of rebuilding the tractor engine and hydraulics versus buying a new tractor. In the meantime, I’d really like a beaver skin hat.last_img read more

‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas’ injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season.Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday that there was no question he would come back from his injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am not damaged,” Thomas said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”Thomas insisted that medical professionals had assured him he would recover his fitness. Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFPLos Angeles, United States — Isaiah Thomas insisted Tuesday that he would return to fitness from a hip injury as concern over his condition threatened to stall his move from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Thomas is poised to join Cleveland with several teammates in a blockbuster trade that saw Cavs star Kyrie Irving head to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN.“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas said he had remained in touch with Cleveland since a physical on Friday but was in the dark about the team’s plans.“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told ESPN. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this (hip) won’t be a problem into the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Aung La N Sang keeps ONE middleweight title, Brandon Vera challenges for Light heavyweight belt

first_imgTOKYO, Japan—Two-division champion Aung La N Sang retained his ONE middleweight world title on Sunday after knocking out Ken Hasegawa in their rematch in ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.But before he could even step outside of the cage, a new challenger already awaits, this time for his light heavyweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Kevin Belingon yields ONE bantamweight belt after getting disqualified Aung La accepted Vera’s proposition and ONE founder, chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately gave his go-signal.“Let’s get it on,” Sityodtong said, prompting a roar from the crowd.A slimmed down Brandon Vera says he’s moving down in weight to challenge Aung La Naang for the ONE light heavyweight world title. | @MarkGiongcoINQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Shortly after delivering a second-round stoppage of Hasegawa, Aung La was joined by Vera in the cage where “The Truth” issued his challenge to the Burmese hero. 🚨 IT’S ON 🚨 Aung La N Sang accepts Brandon Vera’s challenge for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title! @AungLANsang @Verafied #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vera hasn’t faced any worthy competition since his move to ONE Championship and Aung La would certainly give him what he lacks.The 41-year-old Vera captured the inaugural heavyweight title in 2015 and he’s only defended it twice against overmatched opponents in Hideki Sekine and Mauro Cerilli.Vera demolished Sekine and Cerilli in just one round.Aung La N Sang retains his ONE Middleweight World Title with a HUGE knockout of Ken Hasegawa at 4:41 of Round 2 👊 @AungLANsang #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019 View commentslast_img read more

Blossoms up: Five times Bollywood beauties kept it chic in florals

first_imgBollywood beauties are calling on spring with a burst of flowers on their sleeve, sari and blouse. Take a cue from them, and don’t hold back on this trend this season.Bold and beautifulHow do you prevent a floral print from resembling a flower print bedspread? Play with the styling, of course. Actress Sonam Kapoor wears this sari by Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla in an altogether unique manner, earning her bonus points for experimenting. The double pallu drape adds an interesting element to the granny-like print, while the low turtle neck blouse keeps it smart. Remember to wear a soft but bright coloured lipstick when sporting a pale colour.Also read: Eight looks of #Neerja star Sonam Kapoor that floored us completely Picture courtesy: Mail TodayTruly classicForget black this summer. Embrace ladylike shades for evening wear like Athiya Shetty does in this gown by Saiid Kobeisy. This sorbet yellow strapless dress boasts a subtle pattern on the torso as well as the flare, while the pleats of the fabric make sure that it doesn’t look too boring for the occasion. The young star gets points for wearing her hair in classic side waves – a trend that is gaining favour with B-towns’ brat pack. Simple jewellery and a plain gold clutch by Judith Leiber keep it smart.Picture courtesy: Mail TodayBlue beautyAlso read: Harper’s Bazaar Bride cover girl Priyanka Chopra talks about marriage, men and international stardomReminiscent of blue pottery flower patterns, Gauhar Khan wears this sari ensemble by Rabani and Rakha by keeping her mane simple and chic in a pulled back hairdo. The best way to rock a busy print is to ensure that your make-up and accessories are to a bare minimum. The embroidered jacket is mirrored in the drape underneath, and the net pallu softens it down to elegance.advertisementPicture courtesy: Mail TodayPlaying safeDesigner Nikasha’s autumn/winter 2015 collection with its Japanese-inspired flowers was pretty enough on the runway, and Tabu wears it well. The mustard hue is a sophisticated colour to pull off, and should be worn with balancing colours such as blue, white, brown and hints of black. Here, the actress plays it safe with this feminine blouse worn with salwar pants. The lipstick could have been a prettier tint, though.Picture courtesy: Mail TodayBright starBright does it for actress Radhika Apte, whose lehenga choli by Sonali Gupta make for an ideal daywear option. However, when going for a look with a busy print or embroidery, remember to let your make-up be clean and the lipper pick up a colour from the dress itself. In this case, the deep pink pout is a mismatch. Luckily, her hair is tied back in a sleek hairdo, thus saving the look.Picture courtesy: Mail Todaylast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more

34 of Canadians would support law enforcing Right to Repair electronic devices

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fixing a broken phone or appliance can be extremely expensive, so much so, many people often just throw them out and buy new ones.But a new poll suggests three quarters of Canadians would support a “Right to Repair” law in Canada, forcing manufacturers to make it easier to mend things on the fritz.Rodrigo Samayoa is with Open Media, an organization that advocates for open internet. He says the inability to repair an electronic device is often built into the design.“We have seen a trend in the past decade or two, where manufacturers are making it increasingly difficult to repair products you own, whether this be your smartphone, a computer, or even things like watches,” he says.Companies like Apple and John Deere are notorious, Samayoa says, for using things like restrictive design and software locks to make it difficult for independent repair shops and consumers to fix their items.“They are using restrictive design, for example using non-standard screws or glues to make it impossible to open your device,” he explains. “They are also using software logs to make it impossible to add new generic parts to the products you get.”Manufacturers can also monopolize parts and repair information. Samayoa says this gives big companies too much control over the things that consumers own, and it’s also putting repair companies out of work.“It’s increasing the price of repairs, it’s putting a lot of small businesses out of business, and it’s making it harder for us to repair our products, which means we often have to resort to buying new ones, creating a massive e-waste problem.”last_img read more

Get A Free Gift When You Support The Clinton Foundation

first_imgBill Clinton is currently visiting Latin America with the Clinton Foundation, and has announced a new fundraising initiative that will give new monthly donors a special gift.“This week I am visiting our programs and partners in El Salvador, Peru, and Panama,” wrote Clinton in an email to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. “Whenever I make trips like this, I see how we are making a profound difference in people’s lives.“I want to invite you to join a global network of monthly donors providing vital resources to continue to support and grow these opportunities. If you’re one of the first 200 new monthly donors, we’ll send you a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament from the artisans we’re working with in Haiti.”To become a monthly donor, and to receive your free gift, click here.last_img read more

Alberta shrugs off BCs legal challenge on wine ban says much more

first_imgHorgan’s government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – which got the green light from the federal government in late 2016 – and Notley’s government views the move as a back door way to kill the project by strangling its financial viability.Notley and Bilous have said the Trans Mountain expansion is critical because Alberta’s crude oil sells at a sharp discount on the North American market due to pipeline bottlenecks and to a lack of access to a better price on overseas markets.“The cost to the Canadian economy is significant,” said Bilous.“We have one buyer, which is the U.S., (and) the differential is somewhere around $30 (US a barrel). We’ve lost out on billions of dollars.” The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada project has faced delays despite the federal approval.In December, the National Energy Board stepped in to announce it would allow Kinder Morgan to bypass permit delays in Burnaby. Over the weekend, Horgan’s government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.Along with the wine ban, Notley has also retaliated by scuttling talks to buy $500 million worth of electricity from B.C. She has also struck a 19-member task force of politicians, academics, finance and business leaders to find other ways to put pressure on B.C.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear the project will go ahead and that Ottawa has the final say on pipelines. Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts and Notley has promised further retaliatory measures this week if there is no progress on resolving the impasse. B.C. upped the ante Monday in its cross-boundary trade dispute with Alberta, by invoking the dispute settlement process over the wine ban under Canada’s free-trade agreement.Under the agreement, the two sides have four months to resolve the dispute before an arbitration panel kicks in.Bilous said Alberta won’t even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.“B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they’re doing is unconstitutional,” said Bilous. “A province cannot dictate what goes in a pipeline. That is a federal jurisdiction. They need to acknowledge that, recognize it and ensure that this pipeline moves forward.”The wine ban, imposed Feb. 6 by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, affects $70 million worth of wine from B.C. a year _ about 17 million bottles.The dispute began three weeks ago, when B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not take additional levels of crude from Alberta until it could be sure there are measures in place to handle spill safety.center_img EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta’s economic development minister is shrugging off a legal challenge filed by British Columbia over Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine.Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue.“Let’s compare the (maximum) $5 million in a fine versus the billions of dollars of investment and the thousands of jobs,” Bilous told reporters at the legislature Tuesday. “We know what our priority is, and that’s getting this pipeline built.”last_img read more