Highly Variable Yields, The Story in SE Indiana

first_img By Gary Truitt – Sep 26, 2017  Highly Variable Yields, The Story in SE IndianaBrian BushIt seems to be the story across the state: early yields are all over the place. This also is the story in SE Indiana. Corn harvesting is getting underway in Southeastern counties and Brian Bush, with DuPont Pioneer, says the earlier planted corn is doing better, “2017 is another reminder that we need to plant in the spring as early as possible.” Yield results are proving to be highly variable, “Some of the corn on sandy soils has really suffered with the dry August, and we are seeing yields of only about 150 bpa. But on other soils, we are seeing great yields, topping 250 bpa.”Bush says this variability occurs within fields, especially ones with a good deal of replant, ”I was in a combine and, in the front of the field, the yield monitor was hitting 240 bpa. When we got into the back half of the field where the corn had been replanted, it dropped 100 bpa into the 140s.”The story is similar for soybeans with the earlier planted soybeans doing the best. Bush said, “The soybean yields look surprisingly good even in areas with thinner stands. But some of the areas of a field where we had washouts, the yields really fall off.”Listen to the complete DuPont Pioneer Harvest Update on the agronomy page of this web site. Previous articleIndiana Drought Area IncreasesNext articleLafayette Farmer is Vice Chair for ASA’s WISHH Gary Truitt SHARE  Highly Variable Yields, The Story in SE Indiana Home Indiana Agriculture News  Highly Variable Yields, The Story in SE Indiana Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

This is Generation Rent

first_imgAlmost half of UK renters believe that they will never be in a position to buy their own home and that may be because so much of their income is now going towards paying rent, research shows.According to an independent survey for construction and regeneration company Keepmoat, 44 per cent of renters in the UK believe they will never own their own property with not being able to afford a deposit the most common reason for not getting on the property ladder.Dave Sheridan, Chief Executive of Keepmoat, said, “It’s clear that the amount of money first-time buyers need to raise for a deposit continues to stop many from getting on the property ladder.”High rents in relation to earnings may have a lot to do with the fact that many people now feel unable to save enough money for a deposit to buy a property.Rents in England, for instance, now stand at 47 per cent tenants’ average take-home pay, data from the latest English Housing Survey shows. In contrast, those who have secured a mortgage face repayments equal to 23 per cent, on average, of their earnings after tax.The comprehensive report also revealed that once housing benefit is stripped out of income, average rents are now more than half – typically 52 per cent – of average gross pay, up from 48 per cent in 2003.The report said, ‘The increase between these years in the proportion of income (excluding housing benefit) spent on rent is consistent with the recent increase in housing benefit receipt among private renters in work.’Somewhat unsurprisingly, tenants in London face the highest rents, with costs equal to 60 per cent of their gross earnings with housing benefit, or 72 per cent without it.Matt Hutchinson, Director of the flat share website SpareRoom.co.uk, said the report painted a “bleak picture” for renters who want to acquire property, as we move “towards becoming a nation of renters”.“Rents are now so high that many will find saving is close to impossible, putting homeownership still further out of reach,” he said. “The situation for renters is becoming more and more indiscriminate. We’re not just talking about young professionals who can’t buy – families who crave stability for their kids are impacted too.”David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, also believes that the figures provide a further sign that significantly more needs to be done to cure what is a “very sick housing market”.He commented, “Private renters are having the hardest time of it, paying the most as a proportion of the pay cheques and in real terms. We need to bring an end to these extortionate prices and give people real choices, by building the homes this nation needs.”Generation Rent rental market tenants renters rents July 22, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » This is Generation Rent previous nextHousing MarketThis is Generation RentTenants in England spend almost half their pay on rent, a new survey shows.PROPERTYdrum22nd July 20150530 Viewslast_img read more

LU reveals plans for expansion of Eurobuns

first_imgLantmännen Unibake (LU) plans to expand Eurobuns’ production into Danish pastry and croissants, following its purchase of the Milton Keynes frozen food specialist last week.LU’s chief executive Bent Pultz Larsen told British Baker that Eurobuns’ facilities would be used to make products for both the UK market and for export to continental Europe.Pultz Larsen said the British market was “very promising”. He added that as a result of LU’s successful partnership with Bakehouse, Britain had become its third-largest market for Danish pastry and, with the acquisition of Eurobuns, it had become “our largest market by far”.Eurobuns operates seven high-tech bakery lines and has forecast net sales for the current financial year of £46 million.Sales and marketing director Martin Jones said the deal would strengthen Eurobuns’ position.He said: “I am confident that Lantmännen Unibake will add value to Eurobuns and strengthen our position within the UK market.”In addition, we expect to have access to a raft of other products that will complement the range we produce ourselves.”The acquisition is LU’s third this year – it took over Finnish Baco Oy in February and US firm Eurobake in April.Following the Eurobuns’ takeover, LU – which specialises in fresh and frozen bakery goods – now has 100 bakery lines at 31 bakeries in 10 countries, employs nearly 5,000 people and has an annual turnover of £744 million.The company plans to expand globally through acquisition and is targeting companies in Central and Eastern Europe.—-=== In Short ===== Butter shortage ==Japanese bakers are finding it hard to get their hands on enough butter, Australian newspaper The Age has reported. A widespread shortage has hit both consumers and bakers buying in bulk. The shortage is due to market conditions, which chased hundreds of domestic dairy farmers out of business, compounded by health scares, encouraging Japanese consumers to drink less milk.== Prudens grows sites ==Prudens Bakery has expanded its family-run business with a new shop in Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead. Its sixth shop opened on 7 May and business is “going very well” so far. Prudens had been looking for new premises for a couple of years, and has now found the ideal location at the site of an existing baker. “It closed down over a year ago,” said Jon Pruden. “We moved in, refitted it and opened the Wednesday after the first May Bank Holiday.”== Greencore results ==Greencore has reported a good performance for the half year ended 28 March with “good prospects for the remainder of the year”. Group sales rose 2.5% to £514.5m, while group operating profit rose by the same percentage to £32.6m. Greencore’s ingredients division recorded a “very strong performance”, with total sales up 32%, while operating profit from convenience was down 3.8%.== Bakery bombing ==A suicide bomber targeted a bakery in Pakistan, killing 10 people. The attack on the bakery, on a Pakistani army base in Mardan, Peshawar, took place on 25 May.The attack is the deadliest in over two months as the government is locked into peace negotiations.last_img read more

Preparedness report spells out H1N1 challenges

first_imgOct 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Though the nation is going into its second wave of the H1N1 pandemic armed with crucial improvements such as better vaccine capacity, remaining challenges in medical surge and vaccine distribution could hamper response now and into a third wave, preparedness experts said today.Hospitals across the nation vary in their ability to bear the burden of mounting H1N1 cases, the experts said at a press conference during which they unveiled a 38-page report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, health advocacy group based in Washington, DC.Fifteen states, including Arizona, Connecticut, and Oregon, could run out of hospital beds by the fifth week of the second wave if 35% of the population gets sick with pandemic flu. Twelve states—among them New Mexico and North Carolina—could reach or exceed 80% of their capacity.Jeff Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director, said some health facilities in big cities were overwhelmed during the early stages of the pandemic. “Our point is that how readily even a mild pandemic can overwhelm the system,” he said. “We need a better system for addressing these issues, and some states are beginning.”TFAH authors based their projections on a 35% attack rate, which is a planning projection at the low end of the range of scenarios included in an Aug 24 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The TFAH authors used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) FluSurge modeling program to estimate the number of hospitalizations in each state.However, they said erosion of the public health funding and workforce that has accelerated over the past few years will make it difficult to meet the challenges, unless steady federal funding streams, such as those that support police and fire services, are established for public health departments.Robert M. Pestronk, MPH, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said periodic funding infusions are important, but the approach isn’t helping build a strong public health system. “There isn’t any end point in preparedness. It requires sustained funding,” he said.According to a recent survey from NACCHO, budget cuts forced public health departments to eliminate 8,000 positions between January and June of this year, which reflects a larger loss than all of 2008.Levi said a strong pandemic vaccine delivery performance from states might help blunt some of the impact on hospitals. However, a 2008 federal report on state pandemic plans revealed that 21 states had gaps in their preparations to handle mass vaccinations. “It’s a complicated task, even in the best of circumstances,” he said.Adding to the vaccination challenge, public health officials may have a hard time reaching risk groups with vaccine messages, because some in the priority scheme, especially children, young adults, and members of minority groups, haven’t routinely been targeted for seasonal flu immunization, Levi said.He added that public health systems can also help reduce the burden on hospitals by getting higher-profile messages out about when to seek medical care for pandemic H1N1 infections,Some of the other pandemic challenges addressed in the TFAH report include:Antivirals: some states have limited stockpiles because of budget constraints and other obstaclesSurveillance: current systems are outdated, don’t track flu in real time, and aren’t ideal for identifying clusters or monitoring severityMedical equipment: 25 million N-95 respirators were released from the federal stockpile at the beginning of the outbreak, with no action to replace the supply, which could be difficult because of limited availability.Today’s TFAH report included recommendations to improve response to the current and future pandemic waves. For example, the authors recommended that states and localities refine their plans for rapid vaccine distribution and that the federal government allocate more resources for vaccine delivery, especially if insurers don’t provide adequate coverage.The experts urged public health department to extend their vaccine campaigns beyond the flu season to help prepare for a potential third wave of the pandemic.States should at least purchase enough antiviral supplies to cover their at-risk populations, and the federal government should consider making antiviral stockpiling solely its responsibility, the report advised.Though federal officials have been working hard to improve surveillance to monitor the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus, the TFAH authors said officials should consider funding and implementing detailed surveillance improvements outlined in the PCAST report.Longer-term improvements should include the establishment of regional consortiums to organize and plan for health emergencies, as well as redoubled efforts, such as overtime incentives, to develop a medical surge workforce.The most important improvement, though, would be a steady funding stream to support public health preparedness, Levi said. “We’re trying to surge a public health system that has been critically hampered,” he said.See also:Oct 1 TFAH report on H1N1 challengesAug 24 CIDRAP News story “Presidential panel calls for planning czar, faster vaccine”Sep 21 NACCHO survey on public health workforce job losseslast_img read more


first_imgSylvia C. Lunsford, age 92, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday afternoon,March 27, 2017 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, Indiana.Born May 15,1924 in Old Fairfield, Indiana she was the daughter of the lateLuther & Mae Frances (Blackburn) Gesell. She was united in marriage to Herman Lunsford, and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1996.Sylvia worked at Jay Garment for 28 years, Lake Grocery for 15 years andlater for Mound Haven Motel for 20 years. She loved sewing and enjoyed bingo.Survivors include brothers, Floyd (Rosina) Gesell of Brookville and Robert(Rita) Gesell of St. Leon. Several nieces and nephews.Besides her parents, and husband, Herman, she is preceded in death by hersisters, Virginia Tebbe, Lorene Feller and Joann Lake. Brothers, Merlin Gesell,Donald Gesell and Orville Gesell.Family & friends may visit from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A. M. on Thursday,March 30, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue inBrookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, will officiate theFuneral Service on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lunsford family, to signthe online guest book or send personal condolences please visit us [email protected]last_img read more