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Bulldogs Wrestling At Knight’s Classic

first_imgThe Batesville Wrestling team finished there regular season traveling to South Dearborn for the Knight’s Classic Individual Wrestling Tournament. The Bulldogs finished 3rd out of 6 teams with 4 wrestlers in the finals.Alex Murphy finished first at 113 receiving a forfiet in the first round, an overtime victory on the second round and a pin fall victory in the finals. Jonah Chase, Axel Garcia, and Abram Garcia finished 2nd at 138, 170, and 195 respectfully. Tyler Schaeffer finish 3rd at 132 with 3 pin falls. Josh Mobley, Nick Nobbe, and Chase Hamilton got 5th place finishes at 152, 160, and 182 respectfully. Caleb Bischoff-Niese and Brandon Manning finished 6th at 126 and 220 respectfully.East Central won the tournament as a team.Batesville will next compete at sectionals to begin the State series.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

Tipp manager lauds panel strength ahead of final

first_imgThe Premier County is gearing up for the meeting with Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday.Ryan has praised the role played by substitutes in the team’s run to this weekend’s final and says a strong panel is key.Tipp will be looking to win the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time in six years on Sunday. Ryan is grateful for the selection headache that faces him in the coming days.Meanwhile, Kilkenny boss Brian Cody says players ‘should never get tired’ of playing in hurling’s biggest game.The James Stephens club man is aiming to win his 12th All-Ireland title since taking over as Cats manager in 1998.He doesn’t believe there are any downsides to lining out at GAA HQ on the first Sunday in September.Throw in at Croke Park on Sunday is at 3.30.Tipp FM’s full live coverage will get underway with build up from 3 o’clock in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.Ahead of that, Tipperary’s minor hurlers take on Limerick in the minor hurling final.Our build up begins at 1 o’clock in association with Gleeson Steel and Engineering.last_img read more

Hay production fills barns and roles on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn the heavy lakebed soils just off the shores of Lake Erie, hay is an important part of the Gahler farm, though not necessarily an easy fit. Hay compliments the cattle and row crops for the farm and capitalizes on the unique soils.“My Grandpa and his brother had a dairy and sold out in the late 60s. Dad and his three brothers began taking over after that and in addition to the grain crops they grew several specialty crops over the years. My uncle Ed started the hay operation, making small bales for primarily horse markets in the late 70s,” said Al Gahler, who is now involved in the hay operation with his uncle. “It is a completely alfalfa-based program. In relation to other crops we have a higher percentage of hay in this area. With our lakebed clay soils the alfalfa does really well in the crop rotation. We can get a good hay crop even in a drought year. We don’t want a drought, but a touch on the dry side is better for everything in Ottawa County. Last year was almost perfect for hay here. We were baling hay on May 15 last year, which is the earliest ever. When grain farmers think it is too dry we go out and make good hay.”The hay operation has evolved significantly over the years for the Ottawa County farm.“We were all small square bales on 50 acres doing everything the old fashioned way loading on wagons and stacking in mows. We began expanding the hay operation as my generation became more involved and in 2011 we bought a big square baler. We went from 150 acres of small bales up to around 400 acres now with 90% big bales. We also bale around 500 acres of straw and we put up a total of about 6,000 big bales of hay and straw a year,” Al said. “Most of our fields are mixed. Only 25% of our hay is pure alfalfa. Everything else has a timothy and orchardgrass mix. There is a crimper on the haybine so it is a one-pass system of cut and crimp. Then we ted if needed depending on the conditions. We use a tedder a lot more on those foggy mornings in August and September. In a perfect world it is a three-pass system: mow/crimp, rake and bale.”The weather, of course, makes the situation far from perfect.“Weather is by far the biggest challenge,” Ed said. “Normally you need three days of drying and sunshine to get hay dry. If we get a wind off Lake Erie it takes moisture off the lake, drops the temperatures and hay takes an extra day to dry.”To speed up the process, a liquid preservative is applied to the hay through the baler.“You need it 15% moisture typically for dry hay but with the preservative we can bale into the low 20s and gain quality because we retain more leaves. Without it we’d have to cut production by 25% because we’d never get it all dried and done,” Al said. “We also wet wrap when we can’t get it dry. We maybe do that with 10% of the crop each year. Then it is essentially for the dairy or beef market. It costs more to make and there are logistical challenges because you’re hauling half water, but you can store it outside. It limits the markets because only a small amount of people can handle those. You can’t puncture the wrap because it will spoil and you need the right equipment to handle them.”Hay is generally produced for at least 5 years in a field.“Typically you budget for a 5-year stand but depending on management you can get 7 to 10 years out of a stand. Those higher management fields only stay in production 5 years. To get high quality dairy feed it needs to be cut every 25 to 30 days. The dairies need the best quality, which requires the most management. For horses, it just needs to be made properly and there is typically grass in the mix,” Al said. “We do GPS grid sampling at least every 3 years. Typically we spread fertilizer after first and third cuttings for replacement value. In the years we are not soil sampling we spread based on replacement of tonnage from that field. We look at harvest records and spread accordingly.“In the years we soil sample, we may GPS spread fertilizer to match higher application rates with the highest production areas of the field, and the low yielding areas won’t get as much since less crop means less nutrient removal in those spots. We match the amount of P and K pulled out of the ground with a spilt application. We use very little N because the alfalfa is providing N for the grass. The other challenge fertility wise is lime because the pH is important. We lime maybe every 3 or 4 years, depending on soil tests.”Each field has to be managed based upon the specifics of the situation.“For dairy hay you want to cut four or five times to maximize quality, but a successful year is cutting three times off of all your acres. Those fields with less alfalfa are cut less often because we don’t get the grass growth in the summer,” Al said. “We shoot to start baling by May 20 and we like to be done by Sept. 15 to preserve the health of the plant. The plant needs 30 days of growth before a killing frost to properly prepare for winter, but if you have good dry weather with a good re-growth on the crop in late September, it can be tough to walk away from that crop from a cash flow standpoint. But if there is no top cover and you get an early frost, you expose the crown of the plant to heaving and disease problems. Then, come greenup, your plants are slow to start and may experience crown loss.”Keeping a watchful eye for disease and insect problems is important.“Disease issues like crown rot can show up if it is wet and we can lose a whole crop. You really struggle to even get it established in wet ground. Alfalfa is not a wet tolerant plant, and there are also fungal issues,” Al said. “Occasionally — not very often — we’ll spray fungicides but they are expensive. In an extremely wet year that fungus will work its way up the plant and kill leaves. Fungicide preserves leaves but it also makes for a longer drydown period.“Most years we do use one application of insecticide, maybe two. Alfalfa weevil can really hurt leaf development on the first cutting. We primarily use airplane sprays, since you would damage so much of the crop with ground application. We spray for alfalfa weevil in May and potato leafhopper sometimes requires a second application in summer. It shows up every year and is more severe in dry years. We use research-based thresholds to determine if and when to spray, and to make sure the insecticide will pay for itself. Most of the products can be used seven days before harvest but some can be up to 14 days while others are only two or three, depending on the rate.”After the hay crop, the field goes into a row-crop rotation.“You want to take advantage of the nitrogen from the alfalfa, so after hay we go with corn,” Ed said. “Then we go beans to wheat back to hay. Sometimes we have two or three grain cycles before going back to alfalfa.”Once a quality hay crop is made it must be stored properly to maintain its value. Proper facilities have been a large investment for the farm.Blacktop floors have been an important change for maintaining quality hay during storage.“Our storage barns are pole buildings for the big bales. They look more like machine sheds,” Al said. “Concrete floors can sweat. We have found that blacktop is the best flooring. Bales will perspire and push moisture to the outside of the bale. Blacktop is breathable and it does not sweat like concrete. And moisture from the bales just sits there on concrete. We also store straw on the bottom so we don’t have ‘bottom’ bales of hay that are slightly damaged and less marketable.”Along with the countless production challenges of hay comes a set of endless marketing challenges.“At least 50% of our hay goes to horse markets. A good portion of that goes to eastern Ohio in the Amish/Mennonite corridor. More of them are using big bales, especially if they have boarding facilities or brood mares,” Al said. “They either have a tractor or skid steer now or neighbors that will unload and stack for them. Some of them wheel the bales around on dolly carts and feed a slice at a time. Some of the benefit for them is cost but also convenience. If they can find a way to get the big bales in the barn they make it work with less labor. The pure alfalfa goes to dairies in the east.”The prices for the hay are set based upon hay auction prices.“Most of it is sold direct, some is picked up here and some delivered. When we deliver, many buyers do not have large storage areas and we are only taking loads of 20 to 24 bales at a time and it creates a challenge for logistics. We sell some at auction, maybe 10%. Some goes through brokers. When we get out of state markets it can be expensive to ship, but we send a lot of straw out of state,” Al said. “Reputation is really important in marketing, especially out of state. If you want to sell hay at a good price you need to deliver the quality you promise.”A good buyer/seller relationship is extremely important for hay.“You have to find customers you feel comfortable dealing with,” Ed said. “The Amish guys we work with want good hay and they don’t want to go spend a whole day at the sale so they are willing to pay good prices for it. Many of them are not farming anymore but they are still using horses for transportation to off farm jobs like making cabinets, and those that are farming need the best quality hay for their work horses.”The hay business is definitely hard work, but it fits in well with the cattle and grain operation. And with proper care, marketing and production techniques, hay not only fills the barns, but also valuable economic and agronomic roles for the Gahler farm.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: The Limits of Tweet-Based Web Search

first_imgEditor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Many of the recent real-time search engines are based on Twitter. They use the URLs enclosed in tweets to discover and rank new and popular pages. In this post, we’ll take a look at the quantitative structure of the underlying foundation, to determine the feasibility and limits of this approach. We’ll also look at how to overcome these limitations by using the implicit Web.You may have seen recently the interesting visualization of Twitter statistics. It essentially proves that, as with other social services, only a small fraction of users actively contribute.But it also shows another fact: that those people who contribute publish an even smaller fraction of the information they know.Both of these factors account for the huge difference in efficiency between implicit and explicit voting. Explicit voting, as the name implies, requires users to actively express interest in a page; for example, by tweeting a link. Implicit voting requires no deliberate action on the part of the user; a simple visit to a Web page would count as a vote.A Quick CalculationTwitter now has 44.5 million users and delivers about 20,000 tweets per minute. If every second tweet contained a URL, that would be 10,000 URLs shared per minute.According to Nielsen, the number of visited Web pages per person per month is 1,591.Twitter’s 44.5 million users visit 1.6 million Web pages per minute and explicitly vote for only 10,000 per minute. That is to say, implicit voting and discovery generates 160 times more attention-getting data than explicit voting.This means that 280,000 implicit votes could provide as much information as 44.5 million explicit votes. Put another way, as many Web pages are implicitly discovered during one day as there are Web pages explicitly discovered during half a year.This dramatically shows the limits of Web searches based solely on explicit votes and mentions, searches whose potential could be leveraged by using the implicit Web.Beyond the MainstreamThis becomes even more important if we look beyond mainstream topics and the English language. Then it becomes simply impossible to achieve the critical mass of explicit votes needed to have statistically significant attention-based ranking or popularity-based discovery.Time and Votes Are PreciousTime is also a crucial factor, especially with real-time search. We want to be able to discover new pages as soon as possible. And we want to assess almost instantly how popular those new pages are. If we fail to reliably rank a page quickly, it will get buried in the noise. But the goals of speed and votes conflict with the fact that the number of votes a page gets is inversely proportional to the time it took to be viewed.Again a much higher frequency of implicit votes would help.Relevance vs. EqualityWe could also improve on explicit votes. But we should not treat them as being equal because they are not. We trust some of them more than others, and our interests overlap with some more than others, for the very same reason that we follow some people and not others. This helps us get more value and meaning out of that very first vote.FAROO is moving in this direction by combining real-time search with a peer-to-peer infrastructure.A Holistic ApproachDiscovering topical, fresh, and novel information has always been an important aspect of search. But the perception of what “recent” is has changed dramatically with the popularity of services such as Twitter, and it has led to the emergence of real-time search engines.Real-time search shouldn’t be a silo, but rather should be part of a unified and distributed approach to Web search.The era of purely document-centered search is over. The equally important roles of user and conversation, both as targets of search and as contributors to discovery and ranking, should be reflected in the infrastructure.A Distributed InfrastructureAs long as both source and recipient of information are distributed, then the natural design of search is distributed, too. P2P offers an efficient alternative to the ubiquitous concentration and centralization of search we find today.A peer-to-peer client allows every visited Web page to be implicitly discovered and ranked according to attention received. This is important, because the majority of pages in a real-time search are in the long tail. They appear once or not at all in the Twitter stream and can’t be discovered or ranked through explicit votes.With real-time search, the amount of indexed data is limited, because only recent documents (those that have gained a lot of attention and a high reputation) are accounted for in the index. This allows for a centralized infrastructure at a moderate cost. But as soon as search moves beyond the short head of real-time search and aims to fully index the long tail of the entire Web, then a distributed peer-to-peer architecture provides a huge cost advantage. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… rww sponsor 1center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Only Do One Thing At a Time

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The proliferation of tools, apps, and modern business practices has increased the number of distractions with the power to interrupt your work to a number just shy of infinite. When email was new and novel, a chime to notify you of a new message in your inbox was helpful. The inbox, the phone, and an open door were the only ways you might be distracted from your work. The new currency of excellence is focus, something that requires giving yourself over to what’s most important and avoiding distractions. If you want to do excellent—and meaningful—work, focus on one thing at a time.On a Need to Know BasisEmail: Your email program notifies you that you just received a message, something that might have been useful at a time before email became the primary form of communication. If you have your email notifications on now, the frequency of interruption matches the second hand on a clock, making the notification of an email something close to useless. Most people leave their inbox open, responding to email in real-time, opening themselves up to innumerable distractions, most of which are not worth the cost of shifting your focus.Chat: Your messaging service or chat program notifies you that some conversation you are part of has new messages. Because other people can tag you in those messages, you are interrupted when they seek your attention. The intention behind these programs is that you could catch up when it makes sense. But the tools initially designed to replace email communication more often resemble the telephone’s synchronous communication.Smartphone: The smartphone and its many applications provide an endless parade of notifications and distractions. Every application, from the task manager that is supposed to help you be more productive, to the social apps that are supposed to keep you connected to people, all come with notifications, each promising to keep you updated, and in doing so, robbing you of your focus. Add texting to this device, and you have the ultimate weapon of mass distraction.Open Workspace: If you are unfortunate enough to work in an open office space, you are plagued by the option for anyone to interrupt you at any time and for any reason. It’s also likely that you can’t get through dinner without picking up your phone every five minutes. Not that anyone notices while they engage with their smartphone.While all of these tools may be useful in some cases, do you need to know the information they provide now? Is each communication so valuable that you must stop what you are doing to review it, decide what it means, and respond to it? The answer is a resounding, “no!” Almost nothing requires your immediate attention.More Than One Thing at a TimeComputers are designed for multitasking. In some ways, humans are also capable of doing more than one thing at a time. But humans are not capable of doing two things that require their attention at the same time. You can drive to work without having to concentrate on the route and listen to the radio, that pattern having been burned in over time. You can wash the dishes and talk to someone at the same time without any trouble. But some tasks require your full focus and attention.You cannot read an email and write a report at the same time. Nor can you have a meaningful conversation with someone you care about while answering your email and checking every text message as it arrives. When you are doing more than one thing at a time, you are not multitasking. Instead, you are shifting your attention between the different tasks.There is no single outcome you might generate that is improved by shifting your attention to every potential distraction. The opposite, however, is true; you significantly improve your results when you give yourself over to some piece of work.Giving Yourself Over to Your WorkI am using the word “work” broadly here. Work means some outcome you need to create, be it a work project or task or date night. Because it is possible for your body to be in one place and your mind somewhere else, giving yourself over to your work requires that you bring them together in the same spaceThe way to give yourself over to work is to focus on one task at a time for, say, ninety minutes. To do so, you have to refuse to allow anything else to capture any small part of your attention.If everything is important enough to deserve your attention, then nothing is important. When you assign the same value to an email or text message as the conversation you are having with someone on your team, you are surely undervaluing the more important of the two. When you stop working on your most important project or initiative because your phone notified you that someone commented on your social post, you are assigning too much value to something with no chance of creating the same long term value as your most important project.Writing This PostAs I am writing this post, I have a single application open. I have no web browser on my screen. The notifications function on my laptop is completely disabled. It is very early in the morning, and there is little chance anyone will need—or want—my attention.My smartphone is on the desk, but it is in Do Not Disturb mode, allowing no texts or calls except for the people in my favorites list, which includes my family members. All the notifications on all the applications on my iPhone are turned off, as I refuse notifications from all apps when I install them, with very few exceptions, my calendar being the primary app I allow to notify me. As I am writing this, my phone chimed to let me know I have a meeting in ten minutes. I can get so focused that I lose track of time, which makes that a notification worth allowing.I have written close to a thousand words in about forty-five minutes, something that might have taken more than two hours had I not given it my full and undivided attention.Excellence is in the OutcomesIn a world where almost everyone has forfeited the right to give themselves over to something long enough to do excellent work, doing so makes you a stand out. You cannot do anything with excellence when you allow your focus to be pulled this way and that by the trivial.last_img read more

WC: ICC to probe Ponting rage episode

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) will investigate the controversy involving Australian captain Ricky Ponting , who had smashed an LCD TV in Ahmedabad during a World Cup Group A match against Zimbabwe .ICC General Manager Dave Richardson said that the game’s governing body would investigate the entire episode and take action if necessary.In a fit of rage after being run out during Monday’s game, Ponting had hurled his gloves on the LCD TV reducing it to pieces when the replay of his dismissal was being played on the screens.Denying the reports, Cricket Australia had termed them to be mere media exaggeration. The Gujarat Cricket Association had lodged an official complaint with the BCCI and ICC.last_img