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Thompson, Fajardo lead 1st PBA All-Star voting returns

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs LATEST STORIES Here are the top 10 for all three PBA All-Star teams after the first window of balloting:Luzon All-StarsJapeth Aguilar – 11,692Calvin Abueva – 10,083Marc Pingris – 8,553LA Tenorio – 7,051Paul Lee – 6,880Jayson Castro – 6,566Mark Caguioa – 5,550Alex Cabagnot – 5,129Marcio Lassiter – 5,093Arwind Santos – 4,972Visayas All-StarsJune Mar Fajardo – 17,498James Yap – 17,006Kiefer Ravena – 14,550Greg Slaughter – 11,665Terrence Romeo – 11,052Joe Devance – 8,341Roger Pogoy – 7,467Jeff Chan – 7,386Chris Ross – 6,413Aldrech Ramos – 4,352Mindanao All-StarsScottie Thompson – 17,851Mark Barroca – 17,377Jio Jalalon – 14,368Peter June Simon – 13,596Mac Belo – 12,192JP Erram – 8,342Baser Amer – 7,526Rafi Reavis – 7,331Cyrus Baguio – 7,269Sonny Thoss – 6,395Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cebuano giant, meanwhile, showed the way for the Visayas All-Stars with his 17,498 votes built from 17,250 online and 248 venue ballots.Also among the top candidates are Magnolia playmaker Mark Barroca, who had 17,377 votes to place second in Mindanao, and Rain or Shine sniper James Yap, who got 17,006 votes to wind up second in Visayas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena is also making his mark in the polls as he places fifth overall and third in Visayas with his 14,550 votes, in front of Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter (11,665 votes) and GlobalPort scorer Terrence Romeo (11,052 votes).The Hotshots are also well represented down South, with Jio Jalalon (14,368 votes) and Peter June Simon (13,596 votes) among the top vote-getters in Mindanao. Blackwater sophomore Mac Belo sits at fifth with 12,192 votes. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharismatic guard Scottie Thompson and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo emerged as the top players in the first 2018 PBA All-Star voting returns.The third-year Ginebra guard from Digos, Davao del Sur amassed league-leading 17,851 votes from 17,573 online votes and 278 in-venue ballots to lead the Mindanao All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meanwhile, it’s a tight contest for the pole position for the Luzon All-Stars with Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar, who collected 11,692, pacing the list ahead of Alaska energizer bunny Calvin Abueva, who gathered 10,083 votes.Joining them in the top five in Luzon are Marc Pingris of Magnolia (8,553 votes), LA Tenorio of Ginebra (7,051 votes), and Paul Lee of Magnolia (6,880 votes).Voting for the All-Stars will resume in the eliminations of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The top five players in each region will earn the starting positions for their respective squads in the three-leg midseason extravaganza against Gilas Pilipinas.Digos City, Batangas, and Iloilo are set to host this year’s 2017 PBA All-Star Week, slated from May 23 to 27.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Know what’s happening in your fields: Overcoming poor soil temperatures

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems that the only thing to stay the same is that weather continues to change and present different challenges each year. I have probably paid more attention to weather this season than any season in the past, trying to understand and plan for shipping needs based on when conditions will be right for planting. I had a structural engineer ask me recently what the soil temperatures were because he knew that 50 degrees was considered a magic number for starting to get things going. I explained to him that in many places in the country right now, it looked like the calendar may override the soil temperatures and push people into the field more than in other years.All that said, we are likely to have some crops in the field this year that are slow to start and may struggle at the first few stages of development. As most of you reading this will know, a good fertility program at planting time will be your greatest asset in cold, wet spring soils. It is also important to remember micronutrients in your planter time program. If the roots struggle to get established, they are in contact with less soil initially. This can provide a real benefit to the use of micronutrients at planting time. If you have not considered putting micros in your planter program, this would be a good year to invest in that.Once the crop is emerged and established, watch for additional deficiencies. Many pest control products can be combined with small amounts of nutrition to assist in early development when applications are required at early stages. AgroLiquid founder, Douglas Cook always encouraged growers to place 2 quarts of a good foliar with every trip across the field. With the cost of making the application, a little fertility is a great way to leverage your investment.Other factors that we don’t often think about also affect nutrient availability. Compaction is one that is critical in years where we get off to a slow start. We have to get into the field as soon as possible to protect against yield loss from a shortened season. That also affects drainage and results in reduced aeration in the soil. Beneficial fungi and bacteria will have a more difficult time symbiotically assisting with nutrient transport and uptake. This is another good argument for nutrients placed in the zone of uptake in seasons like this.There are a lot of additional considerations this year, not unlike most other years. I would encourage you to walk some fields when you are finished planting and pay particular attention to symptoms of delayed emergence and the effects of cold soils. Use every tool you have to give your crop the best opportunity for a successful season and remember that a slow start doesn’t have to mean a poor finish. Our greatest opportunities are often waiting right behind the obstacle that shields our view.last_img read more

Ohio soybean farmers celebrate winning two 2016 R&D 100 Awards

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two technologies developed through Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff collaborations have won 2016 R&D 100 Awards. Both technologies, Soy-PK Resin and Bio-YIELD bioreactor, leverage the natural properties of soybeans to increase the sustainability and improve health in modern industries. Winners were announced late last week at the R&D 100 Awards Conference in Washington, D.C.“I can’t fully express how honored we feel as an organization to win R&D 100 Awards for our research and development efforts,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County. “Research and development for soy-based products has been a priority for our organization for decades and we are proud to see our technologies recognized both nationally and internationally.”Since the early 1990s, OSC has engaged in public and private collaborations that encourage rapid commercialization of new commercial and industrial uses of soybeans. For over 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards — dubbed the “Oscars of Invention” — is the place where the research and development community come together each year to recognize the top technology innovations around the world.This year’s awards mark the sixth and seventh R&D 100 Awards that OSC has received since 2007. Soy-PK ResinSoy-PK offers a safe alternative to epoxy resins containing bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA represents a health hazard, especially in food contact applications — BPA-based polycarbonate plastic bottles have been banned for infant feeding usage and California relisted BPA as a hazardous chemical in May 2015.The Soy-PK Resin offers a practical and readily implementable drop-in replacement for BPA-containing epoxy coatings in metal beer, beverage, and food can coatings. The Soy-PK Resin offers a viable option to displace a significant amount of fossil-based BPA-containing epoxy resins with a renewable-source raw material, greatly improving industry’s environmental footprint. Other team members include Battelle and Redwood Innovations.For more information about the Soy-PK resin, OSC’s role in its development, and/or licensing, please contact Mr. Barry McGraw, Director, Ohio Soybean Council (bmcgraw@soyohio.org; 614-310-1804). Bio-YIELD bioreactor3Bar Biologics Bio-YIELD bioreactor is a patent-pending device that enables farmers to grow their own beneficial microbes, enabling increased crop yield with reduced chemical inputs. This approach addresses one of the most significant sustainability challenges of our time: to increase agricultural production while reducing use of resources and impact on climate.The Bio-YIELD bioreactor uses a disposable inoculant system that delivers fresher, more viable microbes versus competitor processes. The system opens the commercialization potential of numerous beneficial, naturally occurring microbes that have been proven in research over the past two decades but never before available commercially in a viable state.For more information about Bio-YIELD please contact Mr. Bruce Caldwell, Founder and CEO, 3Bar Biologics (brucecaldwell@3barbiologics.com; 614-271-9388).last_img read more

Exclusive interview: India out-bowling England, says Graeme Swann

first_imgShadows of the 2011 whitewash are quickly vanishing as India puts up a much more spirited performance against England this time around in 2014. It’s been a compelling series, one where India have had their noses ahead, drawing at Trentbridge and now with looking to make a bigger impact at Lord’s. England is no longer the force it was in 2011. So is this India’s best chance to win in England and exorcise the dark ghosts of 2011. Recently retired English spinner Graeme Swann feels it’s all about the pitches.In an exclusive conversation with Shivani Gupta, Swann said, “It is perhaps India’s best chance to win in England. That’s perhaps a very astute comment. India is out-bowling England, putting balls in the right places.””Pitches are not supporting England. They don’t play the same as they used to, not the same as the ones that James Anderson and Stuart Broad thrive on. But India is missing a trick by not playing Ashwin. With two spinners in the second innings they could be better off.”The English itself are facing the heat, not having a won a Test in their last nine matches, equaling a win-less run from more than two decades ago. Can this team beat India?”Team is in transition. Lots of names not there anymore – Pietersen, Trott and me. If the wickets were similar to 2011, England  would win because of their superior seam bowling. But this is where the problem is. Such is the lack of traditional English wickets, that when they do get it like the first day at Lord’s, bowlers were so eager to cash in that they bowled poorly. India out-bowled us. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional. It’s strange that India did better in conditions tailor-made for England. The team in 2011 could beat this India team, of course because I was in it,” he adds with a laugh. advertisement”I won’t say the England team is unraveling now, it has already unraveled since Australia. It’s a team with a new coach, the captain is in a beleaguered position. Lots of people are questioning him. He needs to forget about it and concentrate on scoring runs and everything else will take care of itself.””I know Alastair Cook very well. He’s a very stubborn individual, he won’t be listening, but the more people bang the drum, the louder the noise. Especially the England press is very much like the Indian press. When India doesn’t do well, they go after Dhoni, same here with Cook.’So the big question is – what is wrong with the pitches? Why is England not being able to take advantage of home conditions? Clearly, its not just about being ‘good hosts’ or groundsmen having their own minds.Swann says he has just the answer.”I’ll tell you exactly what’s happening. All the drainage systems put into Test venues over the last few years have sucked all the moisture out. I’ve  been saying this for 2-3 years – at every ground, wickets are getting drier and drier. The Oval is very dry now, spins square there.””Everyone said last year that groundsmen were doctoring wickets to suit me during Ashes, which is flattering?, but really it’s become difficult to keep moisture in the ground. It’s like pouring a glass of water on a sandpit.””I feel for Trentbridge’s pitch marked poor for last week. The groundsmen are actually battling against the grounds at the minute. They are scratching their heads. This wicket at Lord’s too started wet but it’s bone dry now.”Finally, Swann says he has been most impressed with the young Indian batting lineup.”Rahane’s century in the first innings was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. He must have seen the wicket on the first day and felt like he’s batting on moon, it must have been so alien.””I want to see Virat Kohli bat well. He’s one of my favorite batsmen to watch, not bowl against, and he hasn’t fired yet. And Shikhar Dhawan as well who is a wonderful player. Two guys I thought will be the lynch pins of Indian batting are not contributing yet India is scoring good runs.”Shivani GuptaFollow @shivanigupta_5last_img read more