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OABA Industry Conference Highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) Industry Conference always features a diverse and interesting program and this year was certainly no exception. Thursday’s topics included an overview of the state’s livestock industries, a look at global grain markets, and regulations, just to name a few. The Friday program for the OABA event included consumer relation efforts, equipment hazards and safety, technology updates, herbicide challenges, and edge of field management.One highlight was the recognition of this year’s OABA Industry Excellence Award winners: Jason Nowakowski, Centerra Co-op: Excellence in Safety & Stewardship; Kevin Brinkman, United Equity Inc.: Excellence in Customer Service; and Kevin Fall, Rosen’s Inc.: Achievement as an EmergingChris HenneyLeader. In addition Chris Henney with OABA provided an update on the state of the agribusiness industry, future challenges and OABA’s new strategic plan. Keynote Speaker Tom Balzer of the Ohio Trucking Association kept attendees laughing when he shared leadership lessons found in YouTube videos. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda served as the closing session speaker.Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy PelandaThe conference kicked off with a presentation from Arlan Suderman, INTL FCStone, chief commodities economist. He pointed out a long-term bright future of agriculture and some significant short-term concerns.“We’ll I’m bullish agriculture but we’re going to have to work in order to do it,” Suderman said. “I think we have some real challenges ahead of us in 2019.”Top of mind is the ongoing trade war with China.“Any agreement we do get is going to be good for commodities, specifically corn, wheat, perhaps ethanol and DDGS, also crude oil, liquefied natural gas, and pork. Those are the commodities that stand to benefit,” Suderman said. “I think it is going to be difficult to fix the soybean balance sheet with the trade agreement. Part of that is it is so late in the cycle and we have a big South American crop coming on, even with the weather issues down there.“The second big issue of 2019 is African swine fever. That is dramatically reducing hog feeding in China. The death losses are rather small as a percent of that herd right now — China has 54% of the world’s hogs — but feeders are so afraid of this disease that they are liquidating their herds early and not restocking. Hog feeding is down 15%. USDA is dramatically overstating soybean demand as the South American harvest comes on.”Arlan Suderman, INTL FCStone, chief commodities economist. Photo by OABA.With eroding Chinese demand and a large supply, significant price correction could be coming for soybeans.“There are a lot of farmers and fund managers anticipating that China will fix the balance sheet and they are keeping the soybean market propped up here. I do not see that happening. At some point, the reality of this supply is going to hit us,” Suderman said. “In order to really fix the balance sheet we need to lose 10 million to 15 million acres of soybeans. The last time we had a major loss in soybean acres was in 2007 and we had a new crop soybean to corn price ratio of 1.93 to 1. Doing that with $4 Dec corn would mean $7.73 Nov soybeans. That is the type of adjustment in the market that needs to happen to fix the soybean balance sheet if weather doesn’t do it for us.”If a trade deal with China can be negotiated, many other commodities stand to benefit.“The other commodity balance sheets could improve dramatically if we get a trade deal with China, and I think that is a big if. The deadline in March 1 and no good agreement is reached before the 11th hour. China is willing to throw their ag sector under the bus for an agreement that would avoid addressing the structural issues. I would expect the U.S. team to keep the focus on the structural issues. Before March 1, President Trump and President Xi are going to have to decide how far they are willing to go,” he said. “I do not foresee us having an agreement with structural issues with verification and enforcement, but there may be some common ground where they can make some progress and see some more commodities moving to China. They will need some corn, pork, maybe some ethanol and they want to keep the focus off the structural issues.”last_img read more

Lingering issues from 2019 — some thoughts for 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionI’m not sure what we could have done for the crop this year. I read again today how we planted one day in April, one day in May and finally in early June we had a window only to be hit again with big rains — and then we had to replant in late June. We know that crop production is about collecting sunshine and putting that together with a crop to make sugars — C6H12O6 — that the plant converts to starches, oils and protein. But when we do that with a late June planting, we have cut off 45 to 60 days of potential. Water in mid- to late-season can help overcome the delay, but only a bit.For soybean variety selection, I comb the data. I often make a seed payment early, and sometimes commit to a particular variety, but I prefer to wait for university results to get a comparison across company offerings. I will also be looking hard for frogeye leaf spot resistance. I saw this disease everywhere this year, not a lot of yield impact, but the potential was there. Hybrid selectionI’ve hit on it already about how I like data. I WILL check company and university trial results very carefully this year. Yield works for me but I am willing to give up a bit for better disease protection. Corn fell down last year. I want better stalks in case we have an extended harvest in 2020. Waterhemp. Management. Is not. Happening.This weed got everywhere this year, including in fields that had Extend signs. I study weed resistance and this one appears to be in about year four of the buildup to full blown resistance. I can control it in corn with a good pre-emergent herbicide and a dicamba post application. But I know that overusing dicamba will find those resistance genes in there sooner rather than later, so I use LibertyLink in soybeans. And from Mark Loux, remember his bumper sticker, “Leave no pigweed behind” because the plant/seed you run through the combine will be out there to germinate next year, and the next too. Disease protectionWe have to put scouting back in our vocabulary and in our methods. Choose resistant hybrids and varieties and then check on them for disease. With commodity prices I see right now, I want to save money not spend it. Know what your corn and soybean (and wheat) diseases look like and check for them at the appropriate time. If no disease is present, then don’t spray and know the economic thresholds.Sudden death syndrome appeared late and less than expected, but check for SCN anyway. There are some free sampling kits out there. Really sampling at soybean harvest and getting a feel for your SCN numbers is about maintenance — you really ought to sample all of your soybean fields regularly. And here too, variety selection can help with both of these problems and so can crop rotation. Gray leaf spotIt was spotty, definitely hybrid specific. For me, the surprise was Northern corn leaf blight; even Common rust showed up in several places. I think we need to look a little harder for those good high-yielding hybrids that will tolerate disease and even gripe a little to the seed company agronomists and plant breeders when you see them. Things can get better but pressure must be applied. That’s how biological systems make change. Nutrient applicationsI am looking for free manure. The nutrients are the same and likely bring along some nitrogen with P, K, and sulfur for my crop. The next concern in the absence of manure is potassium. In some areas where we saw dry periods this year, I saw K deficiencies. We don’t want to run too close to our critical level on K. Phosphorus however, I can run a while in areas where I sit in the maintenance range or a little below.And then there’s nitrogen, which was a big concern in 2019. I think I was a bit short early on, and before sidedress application. In my field research work, if I had 50 units of N then those plots recovered more quickly after each deluge. So personally I’ll up my at-plant N, and make sure I have 50 pounds of N through the planter. As to total rate, I want to move to a variable rate application, but don’t own my own applicator — I’m too small. The easiest way for me to get variable rate is by urea broadcast, and that has issues too so I will probably use the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator again this next year and put on the right economic rate for the price.last_img read more

Meet the Winners of DEMO 2011

first_img“‘Why should that guy get paid so much for using my content? – He shouldn’t.’ Ecobe.com gives back 75% of our search engine’s advertising profit to content providers. Our patented profit sharing formula uses visits by Ecobe search engine users to a domain, as the basis for calculating a monthly profit share. In essence, Ecobe charges a 25% commission for allowing content creators to leverage a search engine’s profits to monetize their content.”People’s Choice Award (and the cool million bucks):GutCheck “Nimble is the world’s first Social Relationship Manager. It easily connects all of your Contacts, Calendars, Communications plus Social Listening and Engagement into a simple, affordable Web-based platform for individuals and teams. Nimble integrates LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google & Email into one seamless environment. Nimble empowers small businesses in today’s socially connected world to collaborate more efficiently, to listen and engage with their community to attract and retain the right customers.”ecoATM mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#DEMO 2011#web “The ecoATM is an automated self-serve eCycling kiosk that uses patented machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy-back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit. ecoATM kiosks provide a convenient trade-in solution that electronically and visually inspects any consumer electronic device, pays consumers immediately in cash and/or store credit, and automatically administers trade-in / trade-up promotions for retailers and manufacturers.”Stratosphere by V3 “Stratosphere supports up to 400 virtual desktops in a 2U server. These virtual desktops are faster than traditional desktops, use 1/30th the power and cost significantly less than other virtual and traditional desktop solutions.”Manilla “GutCheck is an innovative do-it-yourself Web application for conducting qualitative research, which enables one-on-one chat interviews with target market consumers, at 10% of the cost of other traditional methods. In a matter of minutes you can be connected with a specific target consumer (ie. Females, aged 24-36, HHI of $45k-$65k and drives a mini-van) and obtain feedback and insights for your marketing, advertising or product development.” “The Webcam Social Shopper is an advanced apparel visualization and social media engagement product that’s licensed to online retailers. The product enables online apparel shoppers to visualize if an item’s style is right for them by replicating the in-store experience of taking an item off the rack, holding it up to themselves, and asking a friend (or the mirror) ‘What do you think?’ All the shopper needs is a computer and a webcam.”Nimble “Manilla is a free personal account management service that helps consumers manage all of their household accounts including bills, finances, travel rewards programs and subscriptions in one place online. Manilla gives customers an automated, organized view of all their account information, reminders to pay bills and lifetime storage of all their statements, notices, offers and bills.”Ecobe(alpha pitch) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Over the past two days at the DEMO conference in Palm Springs, California, 52 companies have stood on stage and presented their company in a short presentation. There are just a couple of rules – the presentation must be live, finished in under six minutes and absolutely (thank you!) no PowerPoint.At the end of each conference, six “DEMOgods” are chosen by DEMO’s producers and one more company is chosen by popular vote to walk away from the conference with a cool million bucks. Here are the six DEMOgods and one crowd favorite of 2011.As VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall said when he kicked off DEMO yesterday, this show has been “all about social.” From social CRM systems to photo sharing to video and group chat, DEMO 2011 has evidenced the continuing power of the idea of a “social” Web. At the same time, we saw a number of futuristic devices cross the stage, from an altitude simulating pod to virtual dressing room software and brainwave reading headbands. In the end, only six can win, and here they are. Descriptions are taken from the DEMO website.The Webcam Social Shopper by Zugara Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

‘Building Enclosure,’ Not ‘Building Envelope’

first_imgLanguage mattersHere’s why I think it does matter, though. Building science is a young science, crafting its own identity only in the 20th century. In contrast, physics has been around for thousands of years, and a lot of the material students learn in introductory physics classes is hundreds of years old. The battles over the fundamental terms is long over in that most fundamental of the sciences but still raging in one of the newest, building science. Green Building Vocabulary DisputesAnother vocabulary disputeWhat must we say? When I wrote about the debate over the terms “building envelope” vs. “building enclosure” recently, I favored the former but overall felt agnostic on whether we should choose one over the other. I didn’t think I’d change my mind. After reading the many comments from readers here in the Energy Vanguard Blog and in the two LinkedIn groups where I posted the article as well, I have indeed decided that we should go with one of the two terms and abandon the other.Although I’ve framed this debate as being between only the two terms I mentioned above, some of the commenters suggested other terms as well: building fabric, building shell, and building perimeter. Some also proposed a compromise approach using a combination word: envelosure or enclolope. Another contingent said it doesn’t really matter what you call it as long as the meaning is clear to all parties. * This statement contains an ironic twist because Planck later refused to accept the wave mechanics of Bohr, Heisenberg, and Pauli and became one of those old guys who couldn’t see the light, thus proving his statement correct. It’s important for experts in a field to agree on the terminology for ease and clarity of communication. Although the majority of people see “speed” and “velocity” as synonyms, for example, every physicist knows there’s an important distinction (velocity includes the direction) and uses the correct term when speaking about motion. “Envelope” and “enclosure” don’t have different meanings (yet), but it’s still important to choose one to avoid confusion.Max Planck, the physicist who first recognized the quantum nature of radiation and whose portrait is shown above, once wrote: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”This may not be about a scientific truth, but those who write the building science textbooks and teach the building science courses seem to have made their choice already. Their term is “building enclosure.” As the field develops, more and more people will be exposed first to that term, and those who prefer “building envelope” or other terms will die out.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is an energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Why I changed my mindWell, OK, that may not be exactly how it plays out, but I do think “building enclosure” is the better term to use. I’ve resisted it up till now because I was more comfortable with “building envelope” and because I wanted a better reason than the quip given by Joseph Lstiburek (“Envelopes are for Fedex; enclosures are for engineers”).Here’s what’s changed my mind:It’s confusing to have multiple terms in use for the same concept, especially one as fundamental as the boundary between conditioned space and the various types of unconditioned space.“Building enclosure” is already taking over the building science programs.I now believe “enclosure” is a better word for this concept than is “envelope.”Precision of language matters. The building enclosure is one of the most fundamental concepts in building science, and it does make sense to use a single term term to describe it. I’m now a convert to “building enclosure” and will use it exclusively.last_img read more

Six Dental Surgeons Coming Later This Year

first_imgSix dental surgeons from Cuba will be available to work at the primary health care level, when they arrive in the island later this year. This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during an interview with JIS News, following a planning and evaluation meeting of the Oral Health Services Unit, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston on Tuesday, February 12. “Very soon, a team will be going off to conduct the interviews, and I would expect them by the first quarter of the 2013/2014 financial year. That is to close the gap and to ensure that parishes, such as St. Thomas, will not be without a dental surgeon in the public space,” he said. The Minister noted that the addition is expected to assist in boosting the local profession and strengthening the manpower available. “We have Cubans here who have assessed the dental equipment in all our clinics. Already we have started work in terms of refurbishing clinics across the country and once we can get the manpower and the clinics up and running, then my own expectation is that we will begin to see the numbers coming, in terms of treatment,” he told JIS News. Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry will be implementing strategies to address the issue of the dental workforce and to enhance access for the most vulnerable and at-risk communities. The Minister said despite dental services being considered the “poor cousin in the family of health services”, oral diseases and conditions are important public health concerns. In the meantime, he pointed out that the Ministry will be increasing its promotion of oral and dental care as part of the prevention services at the primary health care level.last_img read more

BlackBerry Shares Climb as Revenue Slide Slows

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 1 min read BlackBerry Ltd reported a slightly wider than expected adjusted loss on Tuesday, however shares in the company rose over 8 percent as its revenue slide began to show signs of stalling and its turnaround begins to slowly gain traction.Excluding a one-time accounting gain and charges related to restructuring items, the company reported a loss of $28 million or 5 cents a share.Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 3 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Quarterly revenue was $658 million in the period, slightly lower than the prior quarter.Crucially for the company that is pivoting to focus on its software business, revenues in that segment more than doubled from the year ago period to $137 million in the current period.(Reporting by Euan Rocha, Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell in Toronto) This story originally appeared on Reuters How Success Happens June 23, 2015 Listen Nowlast_img read more