ARCATA >> For at least one game, the Humboldt Crabs’ red-hot offense found its match.There would be no 14-run blowout going down Saturday night, and a lot of that had to do with the way Top Speed Baseball left-hander Casey Brown was pitching. In Top Speed’s 2-0 win over the Crabs, Brown pitched into the eighth inning and cooled off Humboldt’s offense in a major kind of way.“He was the best guy we’ve faced all summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “He knew how to pitch, he knew how to …
21 October 2010 Strong rand dilemma Source: BuaNews She said there was no doubt that the rand was overvalued relative to its fundamentals. South Africa’s biggest internal challenge is unemployment, which currently stands in excess of 25%, and there is no doubt that addressing this must be a national policy priority, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “However, if we are looking at job creation as a priority to address unemployment, then current labour legislation, which extends wage determination to all firms in a particular sector, needs to be examined regarding its effects on small and medium enterprises, which should be a focus of growth and employment creation,” Marcus said. Marcus warned that excessive focus on the exchange rate could result in the neglect of other factors, which would constrain growth even with a properly valued exchange rate. She said that the response to the financial crisis, when about a million jobs were lost, showed that South Africa has a fair amount of labour market flexibility. “While we clearly recognise the problem, the solution is not clear cut. The costs of intervention are not insignificant and involve serious policy choices,” Marcus said. “Nevertheless the bank is engaging with the National Treasury, and we are examining the effectiveness and appropriateness of what other countries are doing.” She added, however, that unemployment in the country was of a structural nature, and was not something that could be solved simply by cutting interest rates or intervening in the exchange rate. Marcus said the central bank was aware of the disadvantages of a stronger currency and that it was ready to do what it could to alleviate this situation, adding, however, that “we need to recognise the limits to what can be done”. “The various forms of direct intervention on their own will not suffice, as international experience has suggested. Consideration should be given to combining intervention policies with direct special targeted support measures for those sectors of industry that are hardest hit by the exchange rate developments,” Marcus said. Labour market flexibility “It’s incorrect to look at the interest rate or the exchange rate as the silver bullet that will solve the country’s growth problems,” she said in Pretoria on Tuesday. Structural reforms were required in skills development and education, while skilled artisans were also needed.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by AgroLiquidSee results from Day #1 of the I-71 Leg of The 2017 Ohio Crop TourSee results from Day #1 of the I-75 Leg of The 2017 Ohio Crop TourFollow Day #2 of the I-75 Leg of The Ohio Crop TourClinton County Corn Summary: This corn was fairly short, compared to what we have seen throughout the day and grass and weeds fill the rows. N is still in good shape here. Ears were short, but had some body to them. A few 18s and one 20 around. Ear count was 28 and this field is well in the dent stage. Our yield calc is 172. Clinton CountyClinton CountyClinton County Soybean Summary: We found out from the farmer that there are non-GMO beans and although weeds have gotten in here, the plants were very healthy. A fungicide was recently applied so disease was in check and we did notice slight feeding from Japanese Beetles. These 30 inch rows had a canopy height of 25 inches and the first node was 5 inches off the ground. We rate this field as good. Clinton CountyClinton CountyHighland County Corn Summary: This area is getting a lot of rain at the moment and both fields have standing water due to the excessive rains. As we saw earlier on tour, our samples were vastly different. Both scouts noticed tough emergence issues and this field had some tip back up to 2 inches as well. Some Northern but no insect pressure. Ear count was 30 and our yield guess here is 145.Highland CountyHighland CountyHighland County Soybean Summary: These beans will benefit from this weather and will need all the help they can get. Canopy height was 31inches and the first node was 5 inches high. We rate these beans as Good.Highland CountyHighland CountyFayette County Corn Summary: This ground is dry, but the plants are healthy. Very little Grey and some bird damage. Ear count was right at 25 and our yield guess is 150, but we have a feeling these will do a lot better in other parts of this field.Fayette CountyFayette CountyFayette County Soybean Summary: By far, the tallest beans we have seen on tour and probably the tallest we have ever seen with a canopy of 57 inches. This crop is still setting pods but not without a good rain here soon. With the tall beans come a very average pod set at this point. No insects and very few disease issues in this field. The first node was found at about a foot up the plant. We rate this field as Good.Fayette CountyFayette County Ross County Corn Summary: Ear count here was low because of some skips and that ended up making our yield guess lower than expected. We did note some Northern above the ear and some nitrogen deficiency. One half of the the tip did not pollinate. The stalk wasn’t girthy and we saw some smut here as well. Our yield guess is 151 bushels to the acre.Ross CountyRoss County Soybean Summary: These double crop beans are off to a great start. The field is very clean, healthy and with good moisture here. Saw some light Beetle feeding and very minor Frog Eye. Canopy height was 30 inches and the first flower was 5 inches up the stalk. Good to Excellent is how we rate this field. Plenty of potential.Ross CountyRoss CountyFairfield County Corn Summary: This is some of the younger corn we have seen today. They have seen enough moisture here but some cracks in the soil prove that more is needed. Ran into some green snap here, but not much. Some GLS and a dab of rust. Ear count was 30 and our yield guess was 153.Fairfield CountyFairfield CountyFairfield County Soybean Summary: A fairly even stand here with excellent weed control. Plants are still pollinating. The pod set is okay but nodes are far apart. A lot of energy went into growing these beans tall and not pod production. Found some slight Downy Mildew but nothing significant. Canopy height was 42 inches and the first node began 5 inches up the stalk. We rate this field in the Fair to Good category.Fairfield CountyFairfield CountyPickaway County Corn Summary: The first thing we noticed here was this corn running out of nitrogen. We found our first corn leaf aphid and some eggs on one leaf. Lots of Grey below the ear and some tip back starting to happen here. Some hail damage was also found in this field that we calculate a yield of 191 with an ear count of 30.Pickaway CountyPickaway CountyPickaway County Soybean Summary: Some minor hail damage here too, but the week control here has been great. Some more grasshoppers and Japanese Beetles were seen and although this field is okay on moisture, another rain or two will be helpful. We rate this field as Good.Pickaway CountyPickaway CountyMadison County Corn Summary: This was a demonstration plot at Farm Science Review so it was much further along. Good ear fill overall but tip back was evident. Saw song bird damage here and minimal GLS below the ear. An ear count of 31 and a yield guess of 160, but FSR Manager Nate Douridas told us that under any other circumstances this field would have been replanted. Madison CountyMadison CountyMadison County Soybean Summary: After about a quarter inch of rain this morning, these fields were very wet. The field was cleaner than our boots. Some hail damage was noticed and slight Frog Eye was here too. Canopy height was about 38 inches and the first node was 3 inches high. The pod set was one of the more impressive ones were have seen over the two days. We rate this field Good to Excellent. Madison CountyMadison CountyClark County Corn Summary: This field is as far along as we have seen, well into dent. Lower leaves are firing and it looks like an application is stopping the Grey and Northern. Ear count was aggressive at 35 and ear fill was really nice here. Our yield guess here is an even 200. Clark CountyClark CountyClark County Soybean Summary: Not much bad to say about these soybeans. This field is extremely clean and the only ding on this crop is about 1 to 2 percent of white mold. These beans were tall (4 ft canopy) and thick. First node starts at 7 inches up the plant. Disease and insect are no where to be found here. We rate this field as Excellent. Clark CountyClark CountyChampaign County Corn Summary: This was a twin-row field in really good dirt. Despite twin rows, ear count remained pretty standard at 33. Saw some Grey and Northern with minimal insect pressure in this corn in dent. Our yield calc here is 193. Champaign CountyChampaign CountyChampaign County Soybean Summary: This twin-row field was pretty wavy and we noticed a lot of early pods aborted. With that said, they were still flowering some and SDS was starting to set in. Canopy height was 42 inches and first not came at 6 inches up. We rate this field as Good. Champaign CountyChampaign CountyUnion County Corn Summary: We wondered what we might be getting into when we saw the end rows here, but the field was significantly healthier once we got into it. Ear count was 33. One of our 3 ear samples showed about an half inch of tip back and the other had great ear fill, but smaller ears. Some disease below the ear but the higher leaves looked great. No insects to speak of. Our yield estimate here is 150 bushels to the acre. Union CountyUnion CountyUnion County Soybean Summary:We saw more Frog Eye here than we have seen elsewhere on tour. If this field gets some good August rains (more than they got here this morning) this field will do very well. Canopy height was 44 inches and the first node was 6 inches high. We rate this field as Excellent. Union CountyUnion County
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sounded the poll bugle for the Assembly polls by announcing a rath yatra across the State.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will ride the rath, with slogans such as ‘Abki Bar 220 ke Par’ and ‘Ek Bar Fir Shiv Shahi Sarkar’ on it, the party announced on Saturday. The journey will begin in August, covering all the constituencies before winding up in Mumbai. The elections to the 288 seats of the Assembly are due in October, and both Shiv Sena and the BJP are likely to fight it together. The journey, in parts, will be completed by the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former party president Amit Shah, BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said on Saturday.The CM post“The three leaders will decide which party will get to have its chief minister,” said Mr. Patil when asked if the Sena would have one of its candidates as the chief minister this time. The BJP held a marathon meeting of its core committee on Saturday and discussed the possibility of government formations late this year. Senior leaders said the committee is of the opinion the chief minister should belong to the BJP under all circumstances. “But the focus of both the parties would be to win maximum number of seats. The rath yatra will also be used to highlight the works done by the BJP-Sena government in the last five years. The elections are likely to be held between October 15 and 20 and a code of conduct would come into place a month earlier, BJP leaders said. The party is looking to induct new members and has set a target of 25 lakh members. The BJP said three years ago it had achieved the target of adding 1.11 crore new members and believes it can easily achieve the latest target before the polls in the State. “Nearly 20,000 volunteers have been assigned the work,’ Mr. Patil said.