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Heavy Rain Hits Fields Ready for Harvest

first_img Heavy Rain Hits Fields Ready for HarvestCorn HarvestRemnants of tropical storm Gordon dumped 4 to 6 inches of rain on parts of Central and Southern Indiana over the weekend.  Farmers in the Southern part of the state had just started harvesting when the torrential rains hit. Bill Meacham, with DuPont Pioneer, told HAT, “Some areas received up to 8 inches of rain. Most of it stayed north of the Ohio River; some fields are saturated and some rivers are near flood stage.” He said stalk quality is a real concern for many corn fields, “We are urging growers to harvest their crops as soon as they can get back into the fields. The lack of growing degree days we had in August, in combination with diseases, has weakened many stalks.” Heavy Rain Hits Fields Ready for Harvest Last week’s hot weather helped some fields dry down to about 20% moisture, and early harvest results looked good. Meacham said there were many reports of corn yields topping 200 bpa, “Most farmers I have talked with say, while yields are not as good as last year, they are still very good. They estimate yields are running about 10% below where they were last year.” He said some growers have harvested some group 2 soybeans and have seen good yield numbers.Resumption of harvest may be several days away as growers wait for soils to dry. While farmers are anxious to get back in the field, Meacham says many are worried that soils are still too wet, “They don’t want to create ruts in the field and soil compaction that will lead to problems down the road.”A change in the weather forecast now calls for dry conditions for the rest of this week thanks  to Hurricane Florence. “This hurricane will do the same to our weather pattern across the eastern US…it will back things up and slow progression down. For us here in Indiana, that will yield a much drier outlook,” said HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin.  “We see dry weather the rest of this week, through the weekend and through at least Wednesday morning next week. There are no significant rain threats at this time. High pressure works in by midweek; and, then as the pattern slows and stalls, we will find ourselves on the backside of the high, getting good south winds and dry air working in. Our next front with good potential for precipitation shows up later next Wednesday afternoon (19th) into Thursday (20th) and may bring up to half an inch of rain to the region. Behind that, for the rest of the 11-16 day period, we have only one more system, around the 23rd into the 24th with scattered showers and perhaps a quarter of an inch of rain.”Listen for more coverage on the 2018 harvest from DuPont Pioneer on Hoosier Ag Today. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 10, 2018 SHAREcenter_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Heavy Rain Hits Fields Ready for Harvest Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for September 11, 2018Next articleHeavy Rain Hits Fields Ready for Harvest on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Garda video initiative goes on trial in Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Email Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleUL to host 2019 Collingwood Cup FinalsNext articleWebsite uncovers Newcastle West’s hidden gems Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsGarda video initiative goes on trial in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 5, 2018 2020 Garda Bryan Duddy displaying the new Garda video app alongside his specially equipped BMW motorbike.Photo: Brian ArthurAN INITIATIVE that involves live video footage from traffic checkpoints bring transmitted to Garda headquarters is being piloted in Limerick city in a bid to curb criminal activity.The footage, captured by mobile phone or motorbike mounted cameras by road policing Gardaí in Limerick, is beamed to Dublin through a new Garda mobile app used by members of the units.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Video from Garda checkpoints or from pursuits is transmitted directly to Garda headquarters in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.While Garda management is understood to be reviewing the application of the system nationwide, the details of a full implementation is being teased out as the feed has no evidential use in court case as it is not stored or recorded.However it is seen as a significant advance in the Garda’s efforts to detect and prosecute criminal activity. While the initiative was introduced on a trial basis, its implementation across all Garda divisions will require additional funding from the Department of Justice.Garda Bryan Duddy told the Limerick Post that “embracing technology in the context of modern policing is both exciting and challenging.“It will change the future of the way we police and it will increase the visibility and effectiveness of Gardaí on the roads,” he said.Garda Duddy, who is a member of the Roads Policing Unit at Henry Street Garda Station, added that the new technology will greatly benefit traffic policing.The Limerick-based Garda is using a new state-of-the-art BMW RT1200 motorbike which is also equipped with technology that can relay scan number plates of cars.The bike is fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which has the ability to scan the registration plates of up to 150 cars in three minutes.The system eliminates the need for officers to call in driver or car details to a station.Aside from the bike’s capabilities in relaying live feed information as well as the ANPR features, the bike can go from 0 to 60kmph in three seconds and and has a top speed of 240kmph.The bike and its technology can be seen this Friday from 2pm to 7pm at the Crescent Shopping Centre.center_img TAGSCrimeLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Former Polish Prime Minister examines democratic transition

first_imgFormer Prime Minister of Poland Hanna Suchocka visited campus Tuesday evening to address a public audience in the Jordan Auditorium about the transition of Poland from a communist to democratic nation at the 2014 Nanovic Forum lecture.Ann Marie Soller | The Observer A. James McAdams, the director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies since 2002, introduced Suchoka, who was the first woman to serve as the Polish Prime Minister, and explained her selection as the 2014 Nanoic Forum lecturer.“The founders of the Nanovic Forum, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, had a brilliant idea to bring some of the most distinguished European leaders to Notre Dame in any field and give them the opportunity to engage students and faculty on whatever themes they wanted to in whatever form they wanted to,” McAdams said. “The idea was not simply to get famous people but instead to get people who had really made a difference — people who have changed the world in important ways and done so in a way that makes sense for Notre Dame’s distinctive mission and values.”McAdams said Suchocka, who played an integral role in converting Poland from a communist into a democratic nation, is a person who has made such a difference.Suchocka, who also served as Polish ambassador to the Holy See from 2002-2013, focused her remarks on the political and economic transformation of Poland in a lecture titled “Democratic Poland: 25 years After the Fall of Communism.”Suchocka began her lecture by noting the special nature of Poland in Central Europe as the first country in communist Europe to distinguish itself from Communism with public free democratic elections, held in June 1989. Suchocka served as Prime Minister from July 1993 to Oct. 1993.She said the situation in Poland between 1981 and 1988 was very depressed, catalyzed by the declaration of martial law in December of 1981, and it was not until the Polish Round Table Talks in April 1989 that the situation began to improve.“The Round Table Agreement opened the way for free democratic elections,” Suchocka said.The Agreement, by introducing the office of president and therefore negating the power of the Communist party general secretary, resulted in an election held on June 4, 1989 that transferred power to the non-Communist Solidarność party of Poland.Suchocka said the June elections were essential in the shift from communism to democracy.“I am of the opinion that as a consequence of the June elections that everything has changed,” Suchocka said. “After June 4 the political dynamism as a result of the elections went beyond the political round table agreement. It changed completely the whole political system. … We can see it is an agreement which opened the way to semi-democratic elections.”However, Suchocka said the transformation to a democratic nation was not without challenges, most notably, the public criticism to the economic changes of post-Communist Poland.The public reaction to the transformation of Poland was separated into political and economic spheres, she said.While most of the public supported the abolition of Communism, the public voiced much criticism over the economic changes that occurred as a result.“Society at that time was not completely prepared for such changes because we suddenly tried to establish a free market,” Suchocka said. “We tried to make better social conditions … but suddenly we faced this completely new phenomenon [the free market] that changed the nature of the economic system and society was not prepared.”Suchocka said public passivity and lack of political culture rooted in the history of a non-democratic nation also made the initial transition difficult.Despite the initial struggles of post-communist Poland, Suchocka said she found the resilient nature of Poland able to overcome and succeed as a democratic nation.Suchocka said what helped the new government prevail was the late formation of a constitution. The Constitution of Poland was not adopted until April 2, 1997 – almost a decade after the free elections.Suchocka said an immeadite formation of a constitution would have been rooted in old thinking. The passing of eight years allowed the government to face several ups and downs and realize what would construct the best policies for a democratic Poland.Tags: Communism, Democracy, Hanna Suchocka, Nanovic Forum, Nanovic Institute, Poland, Poland Prime Minister, Prime Ministerlast_img read more