Armchair theories and the return of Blake

first_imgWhen you think about it, there is probably good reason that the prime rivals of Usain Bolt have experienced injury. The tall man’s combination of stride length and leg speed creates a dilemma for the rest of the world’s best. How can they keep up without increasing risk?Asafa Powell had recurring groin injuries before Bolt took over as the globe’s sprint king in 2008. One such pain knocked him out of the 2005 World Championships months after he had brought the electronically timed world 100-metre record to Jamaica. Another dogged him at the 2007 Worlds.Bolt clipped Powell’s record from 9.74 to 9.72 and 9.69 in 2008. When Powell placed third in the Berlin Worlds to Bolt’s wonderful record time of 9.58 seconds, Powell was racing with groin and hamstring maladies. To make matters worse, he missed the 2011 Worlds due to the dicey groin. That was despite him holding the year’s fastest time – 9.78 seconds – before the Championship. Finally, the groin let him down in the 2012 Olympic final.Tyson Gay was at the Jamaica Invitational when Bolt bombed the 100 in 9.76 seconds, a mere 0.02 off Powell, and lost to the 21-year-old tall man in New York in 2008 when the record moved to 9.72 seconds. He was injured at the US Olympic Trials and didn’t reach the Olympic 100m final and ran an American record of 9.71 seconds with nagging groin problems at the 2009 Worlds, where Bolt zipped his pluperfect 9.58. He hasn’t been the same since.Yohan Blake challenged his friend and training partner in 2012 with a double win over Bolt at the Jamaican Olympic Trials and double silver medals in the Games. His time in the Olympic 200-metre final – 19.44 seconds – is the fastest second-place clocking of all time. Sadly, his injuries began in 2013.Blake is known for his serious approach to training, and it’s not hard to imagine him doing a bit more in practice to catch Bolt at the 2013 World Championships. Perhaps that contributed to his troubles. The injuries of 2013 and 2014 might instead have been random occurrences as injuries often are, but it’s possible that the effort to keep pace with Bolt has hurt Powell, Gay, and then Blake.Perhaps Blake has suffered the most because he knows more than the others how good Bolt is. Perhaps.Thankfully, the MVP meet showed that Blake and sprint guru Glen Mills have found a path back to form for the 26-year-old 2011 World champion. His time of 9.95 seconds wasn’t born of a quick start or smooth acceleration, but Blake’s basic speed and classic sprint form won the day. There’s definitely more there.FINALLY RECOVERINGBlake has already endured disappointment on the way back and has exercised much patience to navigate his way to recovery.Now, he will need to work judiciously to build on the progress revealed at the National Stadium last week.Coach Mills is almost certain to devise ways to get his two speed merchants to push each other while preserving time for Blake to focus on himself. Whatever the training strategy and whether or not the armchair theory of Bolt causing his rivals to push too hard makes any sense, Yohan Blake is back.A 9.95 in April of an Olympic year marks him once again as a major medal contender. There’s no ‘maybe’ about it.n Hubert Lawrence has watched Yohan Blake speed since 2005.last_img read more

Rose Hall street vendors calling on municipality to rethink vending policy

first_imgThe Rose Hall Town (RHT) Municipality has given street vendors until Wednesday to make their vending stalls mobile.Vendors along Arch Way Rose Hall TownHowever, vendors operating along Arch Road in Rose Hall Town are calling on the municipality to rethink its vending policy, and are resisting a deadline given by the Town Council to comply. Rose Hall Town Mayor Vijay Kumar Ram has said that all those who do not comply by Thursday will have their stalls removed. The vendors have also been told they must redesign their stalls, or it will be removed.On February 26 last, the Municipality issued notices to the vendors indicating that, at its statutory meeting, a decision was taken for the vendors who operate in the vicinity of the market and along Arch Road to use movable stalls. According to the notice, this is to prevent the vendors from leaving encumbrances on the Council’s Reserve after they would have concluded selling for the day. The notice informed that the vendors had one month to comply.A section of the vendors meeting with Regional Prime Ministerial Representative Gobin HarbhajanAnother notice issued to the vendors invited them to attend a meeting on March 27 to discuss permanent selling structures on the Council’s reserve.At that meeting, the June 1 deadline was given to comply. On Monday, the vendors took their case to Regional Prime Ministerial Representative Gobin Harbhajan. However, Harbhajan did not meet with the delegation at his office, but went on site, where they were allowed to air their views.One vendor, Leroy Punch, has deemed not feeble the council’s proposal to have moveable structures erected.“I made a stall with wheels over seven years ago, and one morning I came and met it in the middle of the road, and one time I came and met it till down the road there. The only thing I can see is chaos, because when them men smoke their joint and drink their rum, you are going to find these stands all over the place, and we will have some serious problems,” Punch said.Another vendor, Purshotum Ramkumar, complained that some of those who live in RHT will be able to take away their stalls after vending, but others will have nowhere to park theirs.“Some of us might be fortunate because we might have a relative (living in the town), or somewhere else where we can leave (our stalls) in the afternoon. Most of the vendors are from out of the town. At the meeting, we were asking them what alternative they have for people who are willing to wheel the stall off, but need somewhere to place it, and they could not answer,” Ramkumar said.Ramkumar said most of the vendors have had to fortify the road shoulder in order to erect their stalls, and since the Municipality collects a monthly fee from them, what might be a “win win situation” would be for the vendors to be allowed to install unique stalls.Another vendor explained that she has been on the road shoulder vending for several years, and now her husband is jobless following the Rose Hall Estate’s closure.She told this publication that threats by the Municipality cannot be taken lightly. “I don’t know what I am going to do. Is $6,000 a month they want from us; (which) we would have to pay, whether you sell or not.”Meanwhile, Ratnama Singh related that she had been ill and away from the street for one month, and upon her return, she was told that she would have to pay a revenue for the period, despite her absence.“And they had somebody else selling on the spot all the time,” she said.Harbhajan, in response, said there was not much he could do, but noted that he also discussed the issue with the Mayor.However, Mayor Vijay Kumar Ram told the Guyana Times that there will be no compromise, and those who do not comply will not be allowed to vend. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham target out of Southampton friendly

first_img Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin is not in the right frame of mind to play against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but insists the midfielder will not be sold.The France midfielder held talks with Koeman and Saints chairman Ralph Krueger on Friday morning where he was again told he would not be allowed to leave, despite interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.Schneiderlin trained with his team-mates this week, albeit spending two days separately as he regains fitness following an extended rest after the World Cup.“The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult,” Koeman said.“I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed – we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that.“Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more, mentally prepared for tomorrow.“On one side I can understand that. We told him to take the weekend off and think about the situation.Koeman added: “He will continue as a football player of Southampton. Now it is up to him.”One player who won’t be leaving the Saints is defender Jose Fonte. The 30-year-old has signed a new contract until 2017 and he and hopes Schneiderlin will also remain at the club.“It is very simple. Schneiderlin is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League,” said Fonte, who will also captain the team on the pitch this season.“As a teammate I always want him in front of me – he has more interceptions and more tackles than anyone else and he runs miles.“He is a great player. As the manager says, it is a difficult situation.“For us, we want him in the team and we will do everything we can to make him happy so he stays here and achieves great things.” 1last_img read more

Colombia’s star man James Rodriguez expected to be fit for England clash

first_imgEngland’s quarter-final hopes face a blow as Colombia talisman James Rodriguez looks set to play in their last-16 tie on Tuesday.The midfielder missed training on Friday after sustaining an injury in their 1-0 win over Senegal the day before. 4 Rodriguez only played 30 minutes against Senegal 4 He is on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid The injury has troubled Rodriguez since February, when he limped off holding his calf during a Champion’s League game against Besiktas and ultimately was out for three weeks.Should he play on Tuesday, it is unlikely he will be at full fitness.But it seems Gareth Southgate and co. will have to work around his prodigious talent in their first knockout game in Russia, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT on Tuesday at 7pm. His calf is a source of worry for Colombia talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. England will be wary of Rodriguez But the Colombian FA played down injury fears, saying of the 2014 Golden Boot winner: “James Rodriguez underwent a scan which showed that he is suffering from minor edema (swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid) in his right leg, but that there has been no muscle tear.”A calf niggle prevented the Real Madrid forward, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, from starting Colombia’s opening game against Japan. 4 4 Colombia coach José Pekerman admitted he was ‘extremely concerned’ and playing without the 26-year-old, who is already his country’s joint-third top scorer, was ‘not comfortable for us’ after the forward shone in their 3-0 victory against Poland.Of the 21 goals Colombia tallied during the World Cup qualifiers, Rodriguez was involved in 48 percent of them with six goals and four assists.last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool face battle for Sevilla star

first_img targets LATEST The Denmark international particularly impressed at the World Cup and his list of admirers has grown as a result.Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been keeping close tabs on the 29-year-old for some time, while interest all stems from across Europe.Including France, where according to ABC de Sevilla, both Marseille and Lyon are ready to make their move.Kjaer is reportedly considering his options and now that the World Cup is drawing to a close, the defender is ready to announce his decision on where he will be playing next season. Kjaer impressed at the back for Denmark REVEALED RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal and Liverpool face stiff competition from France in the race to sign Simon Kjaer, with Lyon and Marseille both considering bids for the Sevilla star.Kjaer only joined Sevilla from Turkish giants Fenerbahce last summer and despite making 28 appearances in all competitions, the defender could well be on the move again. targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

ELDERLY DONEGAL STAB VICTIM (73) IN FIGHT FOR LIFE

first_imgThe 73-year-old man being treated Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital was stabbed in his own home where he lived alone, Donegal Daily has learned.The attack took place on Convent Road, Carndonagh in Inishowen at around 9.30pm on Friday last.The elderly victim was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds which Garda sources said were “life-threatening.” A 30-year-old man arrested by Gardai close to the scene was understood to have been covered in blood.The man is being detained at Buncrana Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Gardai have appealed to anyone with  information about the incident to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 – 9320540 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.ELDERLY DONEGAL STAB VICTIM (73) IN FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:73%Carndonaghconventdonegalelderlyroadstabvictimlast_img read more

Liverpool remembers ‘Diddler’ with touching programme tribute

first_img“Lifelong Liverpool fan Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillion from Donegal recently lost his brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.”That was part of a touching tribute to die-hard fan of Liverpool Football Club, Paul Dillion – or better known to his family and friends as ‘Diddler’ – who was featured in Liverpool’s matchday programme for the match against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday last.The 45-year-old father-of-three from Ballybegley passed away in September after a short battle with Motor Neurone Disease. During his funeral, some of them carried their brother, friend and colleague to his final place of rest as You’ll Never Walk Alone – the anthem of his beloved Liverpool – rang out.And on Sunday last, thousands of fellow Liverpool fans got to read a poignant tribute about the loving father, the athlete, the butcher, the GAA coach, the anything and everything to those who knew him.Concluding, the tribute read: “Cheering the Reds always, he will be sorely missed by his family and friends. YNWA.”Liverpool remembers ‘Diddler’ with touching programme tribute was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toyota SA exports to rocket

first_imgToyota is set to produce 120 000 Fortunersports utility vehicles and Hilux pick-ups in2008, as well as 100 000 Corolla sedans.(Image: Toyota South Africa)Janine ErasmusSince 2003 Toyota South Africa has transformed itself from a small local vehicle supplier into a major international car and component exporter. In March the company announced that five years spent upgrading its manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban, will allow it to produce 220 000 units this year, 147 000 of them to be shipped to Europe and Africa.These exports will account for 60% of South Africa’s total vehicle exports. Including components, the potential value of the exports is some R20-billion, nearly 1% of the country’s gross domestic product.At a ceremony launching new model Corolla sedan exports to Europe and Africa, South African Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe commended Toyota for its commitment to local empowerment, saying that almost half of its total investment had been spent with accredited black economic empowerment companies.Radebe said vehicle exports account for 7% of South Africa’s total exports, and attributed the ongoing success of this sector to the government’s Motor Industry Development Programme.“South African vehicle exports are projected to rise strongly this year,” he said. “And it is a well known fact that our domestic new vehicle sales increased by a record 22% in 2004, followed by a new record of 27% in 2005, making South Africa one of the best performing automobile markets internationally.”Other dignitaries in attendance included King Zwelithini of the Zulu nation, Japanese ambassador Akihiko Furuya, eThekwini municipality mayor Obed Mlaba, and the vice chair of Toyota Japan, Katsuhiro Nakagawa.Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota South Africa, said the Prospecton plant now boasts of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. “This historic occasion aligns Toyota South Africa closely with a number of other Toyota global production facilities, each with an annual manufacturing capacity of 200 000 to 250 000 vehicles,” Van Zyl said at the ceremony.“Together with component exports the potential value of Toyota’s exports for the year is in the order of R20-billion, a number that is close to 1% of South Africa’s gross domestic product.”Turkey is the first country to receive Toyota Corolla vehicles from the Prospecton plant, while Toyota vehicles manufactured in South Africa will be exported to more than 40 global destinations during 2008.Toyota’s 220K programmeSince its entry into the local market in 1961 Toyota has been one of South Africa’s most popular motor brands. In 2002 the company, with parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), embarked on a programme to elevate the local manufacturer into a valuable export base that could supply markets in Europe and elsewhere in Africa.At the start of the programme, known as 220K, Toyota SA’s manufacturing capacity was 100 000 vehicles. The upgrade took place in three stages. During the first phase Corollas were exported to Australia. The second phase saw Toyota SA named as a global manufacturing hub for the new Hilux pickup truck (known locally as a bakkie) in the markets of Europe and Africa.The third phase commenced with the announcement that the Corolla sedan was also destined for European and African showroom floors. Both models are produced in South Africa in right- and left-hand drive variants.In order to meet this requirement new facilities and technologies were introduced – a multi-billion rand investment. Said Van Zyl, “This investment was made not only to increase annual production volumes to a required 220 000 units but also to ensure that this volume is achieved in accordance with the strictest global quality standards defined by TMC.”Van Zyl praised TMC for its high level of support, saying that it has led to greater efficiency across the supplier network and allowed the Prospecton plant to adopt true “Just in Time” manufacturing principles, cutting down on lead times and stock levels of components.He said that virtually every area of the manufacturing operation has been modernised – the oldest significant manufacturing facility at Prospecton is a mere six years old. Among the newly installed plants are a water-based paint plant, a press shop expansion, a new facility for manufacturing resin components such as dashboard panels and bumpers, and a new stamping plant. In several cases this is technology that has been introduced outside Japan for the first time.“We now have the production facilities and systems in place to produce at the volumes and quality levels that justify our inclusion in the Toyota global production network. Our quality inspection processes are continually audited by TMC for compliance with international quality benchmarks,” said Van Zyl.Investing in peopleAbout 4 000 new job opportunities have been created by the initiative – Toyota employs around 10 000 people in South Africa. In addition, the company has made a substantial investment in training and has spent R300-million on the development of its workforce over the past five years. Of these, 174 people have visited Japan for training in the Toyota Way, a philosophy that is supported by two core values – respect for people, and continuous improvement.And there have been other benefits. Said Van Zyl, “The 220K project has provided an environment that has encouraged 12 new international suppliers to invest in South Africa. Eight are from Japan and four from Europe. Nine have invested in their own right and three are joint ventures with South African companies. The impact of the Toyota South Africa 220K project is far-reaching and substantial.”Useful linksToyota South AfricaDepartment of TransporteThekwini municipalityMotor Industry Development Programmelast_img read more

SS Mendi bell resurfaces

first_imgThe bell from the ill-fated SS Mendi, the ship that took more than 600 South Africans to their watery graves, has surfaced.The bell of the SS Mendi is left for BBC reporter Steve Humphrey on 15 June 2017. (Image: BBC)Priya PitamberIn a scenario that’s akin to the plot of a historical thriller, BBC reporter Steve Humphrey received an anonymous phone call instructing him to be at Swanage Pier in England in the early morning of 15 June 2017.There, Humphrey found a large bell, with the word “Mendi” on it. It was sealed in a plastic bag.The bell is believed to originate from the SS Mendi, the ill-fated ship that sank off the Isle of Wight in 1917 and more than 600 men from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) lost their lives. They were on their way to France to help Britain in World War 1. This year, South Africa marked the centenary of the tragedy.World exclusive: Bell from SS Mendi resurfaces- passed to me for safe keeping. @BBCSouthToday pic.twitter.com/SJ3AOFNNYK— Steve Humphrey (@stevehumphreytv) June 15, 2017SS Mendi bell in temporary safe-keeping with Southampton Museums. Plan to display at Sea City soon. @BBCSouthToday pic.twitter.com/h2JG3dsB0R— Steve Humphrey (@stevehumphreytv) June 19, 2017Maritime archaeologist John Gribble told the BBC the bell was most likely genuine.“The bell has never been reported found, but given the extent to which the site was stripped of non-ferrous metals in the past I’d be very surprised if the bell was still on the wreck,” Gribble said.“The bell looks right. It’s the right sort of size for a bell of that period.”The bell from the #SSMendi has been found! https://t.co/4qdhg4kAuZ https://t.co/rUiLCEiMrn Don’t miss the @BBCSouthToday coverage tonight. pic.twitter.com/WEF32nfQPu— UK in South Africa (@UKinSouthAfrica) June 19, 2017Its importance to South AfricaSouth Africa’s interest in the SS Mendi arises from the fact that it was the country’s worst maritime disaster of the 20th century, wrote Kathy Munro, an honorary associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, on the Heritage Portal website.“We have remembered the men of the Mendi in wreath-laying ceremonies, in the refurbishing of old memorials and the installation of new ones.” There were commemorations in South Africa, France, and Britain earlier this year.In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela unveiled a memorial to the Mendi victims in Soweto.The wreckageMunro said the wreck of the ship was first discovered by Martin Woodward in 1974. He founded a museum, Arreton Shipwreck Centre (formerly the Bembridge Maritime Museum), where numerous objects from the Mendi were put on display. “Visitors can view the brass bridge telegraph, a porthole, a wheel boss, engine parts, and a brass saloon window amongst other objects.”But Munro noted that many divers did not treat the artefacts with such respect. “Other divers it would seem were far less scrupulous than Woodward,” she wrote. “Following its identification, the Mendi wreck became a recreational dive site and the location was included in various wreck catalogues and dive guides to the south coast of England.”An anonymous note“If I handed it in myself it might not go to the rightful place,” reads a note that was left with the bell, addressed to the BBC’s Humphrey. “This needs to be sorted out before I pass away as it could get lost.”The author did not provide his or her identification.Munro said the letter was strange, describing it as “something of a confession and redemption of a troubled conscience… an anonymous person wishes to return an item that he clearly considers belongs elsewhere before departing this life.”Current locationThe bell has been moved to Southampton’s museum service for now, and will go on display at the SeaCity Museum, also in Southampton. No decision has been reached regarding its final destination, but the South African government has been informed because it is attempting to recover artefacts from the ship.Sources: BBC and The Heritage PortalWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Between the Rows: Slow planting progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe did get all of the burndown accomplished and the sprayers are cleaned out and ready for post- applications now. Some fields didn’t look too bad but we knew there were weeds sprouting out there that were going to give us a run for our money if we didn’t get them controlled in time.Planters are unfolded, triple-checked and ready to roll. We are keeping an eye on the forecast for how much rain we are going to get and for how long. The forecast is changing to lesser amounts. We are thinking about putting seeds in the ground today if we don’t get any rain. There are a few places around that got some rain last night and early this morning. We are fortunate where we are right now. The fields we are interested in starting in are pretty dry.There are a couple of guys who started yesterday or last night. I have seen a few fields here and there with gravel underneath that have been planted. For the most part, though, everyone is pretty cautious starting out. We are taking is easy at first to make sure everything is performing correctly.This year we are putting the corn planter and the bean planter down at first. We are going to be running both and going from there. The forecast says there is a chance of rain for the next few days and all of next week. The promising note is all of the chances don’t add up to an inch for the next week. It looks like small amounts and we are hoping there are no gully washers. Today we are just going to see how it goes and not rush it.The fields we are starting in are systematically tiled ground. We have other fields that we do not see the need to push the envelope on. At first we are going to stick to the fields where the planting will be optimal. Dylan Baer – Wood CountyWe lost a lot of alfalfa fields in the area. We seeded some last fall that was knee-high going into winter, but is not greening up this spring. We even lost some fields that have been in alfalfa for 3 or 4 years that just didn’t make it through the winter.We have not had a chance to get out and topdress wheat. The wheat that is there is good but there are a lot of holes. We plan on keeping the fields we planted. The straw is going to be worth something this year and we are aiming to keep that.Some of our wheat stubble fields are starting to green up. We went ahead and killed our rye cover crop ahead of corn. We sprayed it with Roundup and it took awhile with the cold temperatures, but it is finally starting to die.In our area no one has tried planting anything. People have done some topdressing and some are spreading fertilizer. It seems like we are in March headed into April instead of April headed into May.Our plan is to focus more on getting beans in as early as possible. We have read about and seen results with early beans and yield potential. Next week looks like it will be in the 60s and 70s but we do have a chance of rain for the next 4 days. We had some rain this morning, maybe a quarter of an inch, and there is another chance this afternoon. The fields are starting to dry out. With that quarter of an inch, you can hardly tell that it rained, so it is drying out underneath. Nathan Brown – Highland CountySome of the 3 acres of beans planted on March 24 have a pretty good sprout on them, some are starting to poke through the ground, some are starting to rot — it is sort of a mixed bag. At this point in time I’m going to say they are not going to make it. There are still a lot of them that look like they are viable seeds. They have germinated and have a good sized root on them, but they still have a long way to push through to the soil surface.There are a few guys doing some spraying, but we are still pretty heavy down here. I have a field of cereal rye that I terminated last week. I wanted to do some check strips with some early terminated and I am going to plant some of it green too. We did plant some sweet corn yesterday with the corn planter to make sure everything is working.The fields are starting to green up now. We are starting to see some giant ragweed and marestail coming. And, of course, all of the winter annuals are coming on pretty strong right now. There are some bare spots where cover crops froze out over winter. With the wet spots and freezing and thawing we had, it was rough on weeds and cover crops. Where the cover crops are growing this spring, they are holding the winter annuals back pretty well.I planted some cereal rye in December and had to stop. You can see to the line right where my cereal rye stops and the winter annuals start. I planted some oats, forage peas and buckwheat on March 24 and they are up and coming along. It was planted to try a spring cover crop and see if we can grow our own nutrients. We may pull up as many as 10 units of nitrogen and 20 to 30 units of phosphorus. If we can do that it will pay for itself in fertilizer savings. By May 20 I am hoping we can plant into it.We topdressed the wheat two weeks ago. It is looking pretty good. We are waiting for flag leaf and planning on fungicide applications and we may add some urea. There are some holes here and there but at this point I am happy with the stands and the quality we’ve got.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyIt is pretty nice weather today but we got an inch of rain the past weekend so there is not much getting done up here. We had water sitting around for a couple of days.The wheat in this area looks poor. It is very patchy. There is some decent looking wheat here and there but I don’t know if there’s any excellent wheat here in this area. I think I am going to burn my wheat off and plant corn or beans.The forecast is for 90% rain tomorrow and some rain the next day, then a decent day and then there is a 40% or 50% chance for rain about all of the next week — not good.We did get up to the mid-70s and the temperatures have not been bad, but last Sunday it got pretty cold and we had a little snow. It is a whole different world up here. The bad weather has been pretty evenly distributed around here.The pastures are starting to green up a little more, about average for this time of year. I haven’t even checked the soil temperatures. There weather isn’t here to plant anyway so I haven’t checked with that.I was afraid of damage done this winter to the alfalfa, but from what I can see it looks like it is coming out of winter fine. It seems to be coming up well.When we can start to plant depends on how much rain we get. If the 50% chance we have each day turns into rain it could be 2 weeks until we plant, but if we miss the rains we could be planting in a week.So far the cows are coming into spring fine. This winter was tough on them with the up and down temperatures and this and that. But right now we seem to be pretty good.last_img read more