“There’s always criticism after the … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan coaches next against the team he sabotaged from a Super Bowl victory.Oh, perhaps that is a bit strong.Indeed it is, as testified by Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Shanahan was the Falcons offensive coordinator when the 2016 Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead and lost to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanks to the new John Deere ExactEmerge row units, Nate Douritas, the Farm Manager at Farm Science Review, is planting soybeans at over 10 MPH. That works out to be about 50 acres an hour! See the new planter in action with this Cab Cam from Ty Higgins of The Ohio Ag Net.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers want answers on water quality. The general public wants answers. The residents on and around Ohio’s lakes and streams want answers.But first, what exactly is the problem?Laura Johnson works with the long-term water quality monitoring efforts at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The research has painted a fairly clear picture of the agricultural impact on water quality in Lake Erie.“We have a one of a kind long-term water monitoring program. The longest-term river monitoring efforts are the ones that run into Lake Erie like the Maumee, Sandusky, and Cuyahoga. We also monitor rivers running to the Ohio River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. At those stations we monitor all year round, every day and we try and get all of the storm events because that is when everything comes off the fields and out into Lake Erie,” Johnson said. “When we look at our agricultural watersheds, we see this big increase in dissolved phosphorus and it is bioavailable for algae. When we look at rivers like the Cuyahoga that are mostly urban, we don’t see those same increases. We actually see decreases because of the continued regulations on point sources. When we look at mixed land uses in watersheds like the Scioto, we see a combination of both. We see there have been some increases and we also see some really high phosphorus during low flows, which indicates problems with point sources. So we really see it all.”In terms of the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, there is a clear trend.“We have found that between March and July the amount of phosphorus that comes out of the Maumee River is very closely correlated with the size of algal bloom in the lake. If we have a year where it rains a lot and we get a lot of rain running across the ground picking up phosphorus and getting it to the lake, we have a big bloom like in 2015. If we don’t have that like this year in 2016 where we were in a drought, we really don’t have much of a bloom. We had a little bigger bloom this year than in 2012, which was also a drought year and the other lowest bloom we have had,” Johnson said. “When we look at these export rates of phosphorus from farms, it ends up being only maybe 1% or 2% of what is being applied in the watershed. This means we are not losing a whole lot but it is still clearly enough to cause a problem in the lake. We have a lot of farms leaking a little bit of phosphorus. Because of this, nuance changes to nutrient management can have a huge effect. Most of the farmers I talk to are trying and want to do something about this issue. There is a lot of momentum moving forward and enthusiasm to try and implement some practices and fix this issue.”Being proactive on this issue, Ohio agriculture saw this problem before it made national headlines with the Toledo water fiasco in August of 2014. Starting in 2012, big dollars were invested by Ohio’s farmers for researching the realities of agricultural nutrients and water quality. After extensive data collection and synthesis, there are finally some answers. The realities of this complex water quality/agriculture issue continue to be a bit murky, but there are some clear takeaways from the $3.5 million invested by Ohio’s grain farmers to determine how to best address the challenge.In a recent news conference held by the Maumee River in Toledo, Elizabeth Dayton from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provided progress observations and presented on-field data spanning 29 farm fields, 2,000 water samples and 42,000 data analyses since 2012.Her key findings are:Agricultural soil phosphorus levels are holding steady or trending downward in at least 80% of Ohio counties from 1993 through 2015.Soil nutrient testing is vital to determining the right amount and type of fertilizer needed for crops.Incorporating fertilizer into the soil through banding or injecting has the potential to reduce the concentration risk of phosphorus in runoff up to 90% under certain conditions.Tile drainage is an effective filtration system that can reduce soil erosion and prevent the loss of nutrients. In general, phosphorus concentration from tile runoff is less than in surface runoff.Current guidelines for phosphorus levels in soil established by Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations appear to be on the right track.Nearly three-quarters of phosphorus in surface runoff is attached to and travels with eroded soil sediment, making erosion control a key to phosphorus runoff control.Dayton said that phosphorus and other nutrients concentrated on the surface along with steadily increasing soil nutrient levels in the late 1980s and early1990s were significant factors in the increased problems of algal blooms in lake Erie. Addressing those two problems is a great start for individual farms.“Maintaining your soil phosphorus levels within the agronomic range continues to be vitally important. Another thing that is really important is fertilizer placement method to get those nutrients in contact with soil as opposed to just surface application — that reduces your runoff risk astronomically,” Dayton said. “Our participating farmers in the research have a multitude of crop rotations. Most of them are corn-beans, some are corn-beans-wheat and some are continuous corn. What we find is across all of those rotations we come back to the same things: manage your soil test levels; make sure your fertilizer placement gets in contact with the soil; try not to have bare ground through the winter. Keep cover on your field to keep erosion to a minimum. That continues to be important as well.“With all of the outreach and discussion we have been having, now soil test values are trending down significantly in 80% of Ohio counties at all levels. That is a great thing. Now fertilizer placement method is what I keep harping on. By paying attention to fertilizer placement method we can prevent a lot of nutrient runoff.”Bill Myers farms in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties right along Lake Erie. He is excited to get some more answers that help him manage his farm in a way to minimize expensive nutrient loss and maximize the water quality in his community.“We are doing grid sampling, we are making fertilizer applications and injecting or incorporating into the soil as quickly as we can to minimize the movement of the nutrient into the soil profile so we don’t open ourselves up to leaching and runoff,” Myers said. “In the distant past there were a lot of surface applications that were made and we relied on Mother Nature to wash it down into the soil. We have been enlightened from this OSU research that this is not necessarily the wisest way to spend our money. We need to get it in contact with the ground two or three inches below the surface. That is the best way to keep it from moving. The biggest need we have moving forward is getting the information from the research that has been done that shows us which practices we need to enhance and which ones we need to pull back from. The sooner we get that information, the sooner we can prevent dissolved phosphorus from getting in the waterways.”Terry McClure, the chairman of the Ohio Soybean Council, farms a bit further from the lake in Paulding County, but still well within the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed where the algal blooms have been a problem. He said they have also made numerous changes on the farm.“This is a complex subject with many moving parts. We can do our part by doing the best we can do on our land. If we implement the 4Rs on the four million acres in this watershed I think it will go a long way to fixing agriculture’s share of this issue,” McClure said. “We used to apply all of our phosphate for the whole rotation at once because it was easy. For our wheat starter we’d put a lot more on than we needed for our wheat. Now we break it up and we soil test in between. We make sure we get it on in a timely manner. We also make sure to find a time to do some light incorporation. If we do some vertical till right before planting wheat, we make sure the fertilizer is on ahead of that tillage and not the last thing that happens on the field. It is not always the easiest way to do it, but we believe those small things can make a big difference.“Balance is the key word. We are learning so much. We need to keep phosphorus and other nutrients in the right agronomic range to avoid those spikes. We can’t use that one-size fits all strategy. We are learning we need to make adjustments from what we have done in the past.”Keith Truckor farms in Fulton County and serves as the Ohio Corn Checkoff Chair. He is glad to see Ohio agriculture moving in a positive direction on this important issue.“The methods farmers are using to decrease the phosphorus going into the waterways are working. On our farm we are soil testing every three years and we have variable rate application of nutrients to our fields. We do not want to over apply because if we do they will leave our farms and lead to algal blooms,” Truckor said. “I think the main thing here is that it appears the runoff on the surface is the issue we have with the phosphorus. We also looked at research with tile drainage and we are not seeing the phosphorus particulate out of the drainage, which is a good thing. That means the phosphorous is attaching to the soil particles and providing nutrients for the crops. We’ve found when we apply nutrients to the top of the soil and get a heavy rain event or if it is on frozen ground, those nutrients tend to wash into the waterway system. That is just not appropriate anymore as far as our farming practices are concerned. We have to do a better job as farmers to negate that. We have to use the 4Rs.”The research also clearly shows that agriculture is not the only contributor of nutrients to the waterways and that many mysteries remain. But for now, those who are seeking answers on how to address water quality and nutrient loss from farms have some.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have tabled a bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.The Costa Rica international is determined to leave Real after being dumped for summer arrival Thibaut Courtois this season. Despite his three Champions League titles, Keylor has been benched by Santiago Solari since he replaced Julen Lopetegui as coach.Okdiario says Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Keylor to London, where he sees him as ideal competition for Bernd Leno.And a first offer of €13m has already been tabled to Real for the keeper.Any move is likely to see Petr Cech seek an immediate departure next month.
Lazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have denied reports of a deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye.Adekanye, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2015, has been linked with Lazio in the last few days.However, the Serie A club said in a statement on their official website on Monday that no deal is in place.It read: “In reference to the news released by some media, according to which SS Lazio have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye, the club denies this and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for the aforementioned player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd midfielder Hargreaves: Greenwood just like Van Persieby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood has compared to Robin van Persie by former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.Greenwood’s brilliant goal gave United a 1-0 win over Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday.And Hargreaves saw glimpses of former United striker van Persie in the 17-year-old.He said: “I think you have to take the positives on a night like this and the positives are that they kept a clean sheet and Mason Greenwood scored a stunning goal.”It reminded me a little bit of Robin van Persie, chopping inside onto that right foot and scoring a great goal.”I’m really happy for him because, as you saw (Bukayo) Saka for Arsenal, the night was all about the academies really.”They produced tonight for Arsenal and for Manchester United .”
Brighton boss Potter dips into pocket to help Ostersunds rescue fundby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter has dipped into his pocket to help Ostersunds’ rescue fund.The Swedish club is battling to stay financially afloat this season.Former OFK coach Potter has contributed to the club’s fighting fund to pay back a tax debt.A statement on the club’s Facebook page read: “OFK’s former coach Graham Potter, together with his colleagues at Brighton, Björn Hamberg, Billy Reid and Kyle Macaulay, went in and made a big contribution to ÖFK in our ‘I believe in this’ campaign. “A big thank you to these four coaches for helping us!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!by Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had a role to play in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea.The Russian billionaire was famously searching for a football club to purchase in the early 2000s.When he spoke with Swedish coach Eriksson about a club that would be suitable for his needs, he was advised to go with Chelsea over Tottenham.The Blues have enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history under Abramovich.Recalling their conversation, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.”He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.'”
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:
Three stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 13———JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN MANILA TO PURSUE DEEPER TRADE, SECURITY TIES IN ASIA-PACIFICJustin Trudeau is continuing his visit to the Philippines where he’s trying to raise Canada’s profile in the Asia-Pacific region, especially on security and trade issues. The PMO says Trudeau is the first Canadian prime minister to be invited to participate in the annual East Asia Summit. The bloc of 10 Southeast Asian countries is already Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner, and Trudeau is eager to build on that relationship.———ALBERTA FIRST NATIONS SEEKING HERITAGE RECOGNITIONIf a group of First Nations get their wish, Calgary will be renamed Wichispa Oyade — Stoney Nakoda terms that roughly translate to mean elbow town. The Stoney Nakoda have applied to have several well-known places in southern Alberta changed to reflect traditional names given by their people. Their application to the Alberta government also includes Canmore, the Bow River, Mount Allan and dozens of other sites they consider to be part of their territory.———TRANSGENDER JOB FAIR TRIES TO SPARK CHANGEA Toronto transgender woman is holding a job fair geared toward transgender and gender-nonconforming people to try to spark systemic change in the Canadian workforce. Biko Beauttah says transgender people often struggle to find work in conventional jobs and turn to things like drug dealing and the sex trade. Her Trans Workforce organization is setting up next week’s job fair in Toronto, and expects about 15 employers to participate.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Ottawa trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015— Toronto trial continues for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, accused of killing Laura Babcock.— Red Deer, Alta. trial continues for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents and his sister