North Vernon, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal a 15½-mile segment of State Road 7 in Jefferson and Jennings counties, weather permitting, next Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.Motorists may encounter short delays at moving worksites on S.R. 7 between S.R. 3 south of North Vernon and a terminus at Wirt—located 1.87 miles south of S.R. 250 north of Madison. Flaggers will direct single-lane traffic while pilot vehicles will lead vehicles past surface treatment operations.This chip seal will seal the SR. 7 pavement with liquid asphalt. It will be topped (and quenched) with small limestone chips. The operation extends service life and lowers maintenance costs while restoring surface friction for skid resistance, maneuverability and driver safety.
In what has become quite the entertaining three-way race for the Big Ten West, the University of Wisconsin football team looks to to to keep pace with the field as they defend Camp Randall from the University of Illinois Saturday.Over the past decade, the conference rivalry between border states has been almost entirely one-sided in favor of the Badgers. Wisconsin is 10-1 against Illinois in its last 11 games, and they head into Saturday afternoon riding a current six-game win streak over the Illini.After then-No. 10 University of Nebraska plummeted to a 62-3 loss at the hands of Ohio State University in Columbus last Saturday, the Big Ten landscape got interesting fast.Football: Wisconsin climbs to No. 7 in latest College Football Playoff PollWith the second College Football Playoff Poll in the books, the University of Wisconsin football team’s pathway to the 2016 playoff is Read…With the loss, many predicted the fate of the West to lie solely in the hands of Wisconsin, given that all the Badgers have to do now is win all three of their last games to guarantee a spot in the Big Ten championship.But UW’s border rival and division competitor, University of Minnesota, has quietly emerged in a lock with the Badgers atop the division standings. Perhaps most intriguing about this is the possibility of a Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe deciding the winner of the West in the final game of the season.Yet, the last thing the Badgers need to do is get ahead of themselves. Illinois’ record may not shine on paper, but the Fighting Illini still have the kind of playmakers in senior quarterback Wes Lunt and standout wide receiver Malik Turner that can decide the outcome of a game.While one quarterback has the No. 7 team in the nation and the other for a struggling 3-6 squad, guessing which team’s quarterback is having the better season statically might be tricky.Through 21 fewer attempts, Illinois’ Lunt has thrown the same number of touchdowns (six) as Wisconsin starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook, but more importantly, Lunt has also thrown six fewer interceptions. Lunt also boasts the advantage in accuracy, with a 3 percent edge over the UW freshman.Wisconsin continues to find athletic success in alumni hiresThere is something unique about the nature of Wisconsin athletics. It’s not the iconic “Jump Around” celebration after the third quarter Read…Malik Turner, Lunt’s favorite target, has already managed 35 receptions for 523 yards and four touchdowns. After Northwestern University’s star wide receiver Austin Carr managed 12 receptions, 132 yards and the Wildcats’ only touchdown last weekend in Evanston, it should be interesting to see how the UW secondary responds to handling Turner Saturday.Hayes’ Prediction: Wisconsin 34, Illinois 14ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Badgers a 92.9 percent chance to walk away from Camp Randall with the win Saturday night, and I think that sounds about right.Illinois has struggled to prevent its opponents from moving the ball this season. Allowing more than 407 yards per game and 5.5 yards per play thus far, Illinois is currently ranked 68th in total defense nationally.The Badgers don’t score a ton of points on offense, and their offensive attack is about the farthest thing from explosive. If Illinois wants to steal one from the Badgers in Madison Saturday, they are going to need veterans Lunt and Turner to put on a show through the air. Unfortunately for Illinois, I find it highly unlikely that Lunt and the Illini will be able to edge one of the best defenses Wisconsin has seen in years, especially not at home.Wisconsin vs. Illinois Cheat SheetWhere: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: ESPN2 (Channel 661 on UW Residence Hall Cable)Radio: Badgers Sports NetworkSeries Record: 39-37-7 [Wisconsin]Line: Wisconsin (-26.5)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde DTNProgressive Farmer Crops EditorCorn takes a back seat to soybeans on Joshua Rausch’s farm at planting.The Paullina, Iowa, farmer is part of a growing trend of producers who plant soybeans before or at the same time as corn to maximize yields and profit potential.Soybeans are traditionally planted after corn nationwide, primarily because of risk. Corn costs more to plant and needs time to take advantage of higher-yielding, long-season hybrids. Soybeans are more forgiving than corn and have a better chance to produce a crop if planted well into June or July. Plus, a late-spring frost can kill soybean plants after emergence since the growing point is already out of the ground, unlike corn.Rausch used to plant corn first, too, which meant soybeans usually got in by mid- to late May. That changed when soybean yields plateaued a few years ago at 65 to 75 bushels per acre.“Some people would be happy with that … we’re not,” Rausch explained. “We have to continue to increase yield to reduce costs. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect more.”The grain and cattle farmer researched ways to increase soybean production, and early planting hit home. A recent University of Illinois report stated, “results from soybean-planting research for different years and different locations vary throughout the U.S., but the evidence indicates planting on or before May 1 generally is associated with higher yields.”Why? Most soybeans planted in the U.S. are an indeterminate crop and photoperiod sensitive. The longer plants absorb sunlight, vegetative growth and flowering is spurred during the reproductive period. More flowers mean more nodes, which means more pods and soybeans.Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the fourth in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.FIELD TEST RESULTSRausch tested the concept several years ago, planting half of a soybean field before corn in late April and the rest of his beans in mid-May after corn. Flowers showed up in the early-planted soybeans about 10 days before the later-planted fields and produced more pods and yield.“I conservatively got 5 bushels more planting early, and it cost me zero,” Rausch explained. “It’s like 5 free bushels.”He tried it again the following year with half his soybean acres getting a two-week jump start with the same result. This year, all of the family’s 500 acres of soybeans were planted in late April before corn.Rausch admitted he initially got plenty of odd looks and questions from neighboring farmers when he seeded soybeans as they planted corn, but that dissipated as he shared the results.“I heard, ‘You guys are crazy,’” Rausch recalled. “It may sound crazy, but we are seeing big returns. We’ve seen a huge yield bump by doing nothing more than planting soybeans first … and it doesn’t affect our corn yields.” (Some high-yield Midwest growers are pushing the envelope even further by experimenting with March planting dates.)Rausch said it would be nice to plant both crops at the same time, which many farmers do. But, since they can’t justify buying a second planter at this time and labor is limited, planting soybeans first is the way to go, Rausch said.At $9 per bushel, an extra 5 bushels equates to $45 per acre.STRESS MANAGEMENT ON EARLY-PLANTED CROPSTo mitigate stress on early-planted soybeans, Rausch started testing StollerUSA seed treatments and products. On those acres, he saw a 10-bushel yield bump, though it takes about 4 bushels to pay for the extra inputs where the full Stoller program was used.Jeff Berkemeyer, Stoller sales and market development representative for Missouri and western Iowa, recommended farmers use the company’s Bio-Forge Advanced at the very least if planting soybeans early. It can be applied as a seed treatment, in-furrow or in foliar applications with labeled herbicides.“It helps mitigate stress from colder, wetter soils associated with early planting,” Berkemeyer said. “You get better, quicker emergence.”GROWING TRENDMore farmers in northwest Iowa are planting soybeans first or at the same time as corn, Rausch said. Berkemeyer agreed.“It’s a growing trend, especially after farmers see the results,” Rausch said.Soybeans have seeding priority on Mark Muench’s row-crop operation, near Ogden, Iowa.After years of growing only corn, Muench started planting soybeans again in 2016 for agronomic and economic reasons. On the advice of his agronomist, John McGillicuddy, of Iowa City, Iowa, he planted one-third of his soybeans before corn on or about April 20 last year and the rest in mid-May. The early-planted beans yielded 10 bushels better.“You hear about the yield potential, but when you see it with your own eyes in your own fields, it makes a believer out of you,” Muench said. “It didn’t cost us anything.”All of Muench’s beans were planted before corn this year with the help of a neighbor. Soybean planting — half were drilled and half broadcast-seeded and worked in using a vertical tillage machine — started April 19 and wrapped up on May 4.RISK FACTORS TO CONSIDERPlanting date does strongly influence soybean yields, but agronomists warn soil and weather conditions need to be right. Slow germination and compaction can negate the benefits of getting soy in early.A University of Illinois soybean- and corn-planting date study from 2007 to 2018 reveals soybeans can reach almost 100% of their yield potential if planted by April 10. Percentage losses increase with time: 1.8% on April 20, 3.9% on April 30, 7% on May 10 and 15.8% on May 30.Corn-yield losses are less pronounced percentagewise the later it goes into the ground. One hundred percent of yield potential is possible if planted by April 20. On April 30, the yield loss is 1.3%; May 10 is 4.2%; and May 30 is 13.4%.McGillicuddy promoted the yield and revenue benefits of planting soybeans early but pointed out the risks.“You don’t want to rush soil conditions and mud them in on April 15,” he added. “One thing I try to promote is don’t push two variables. If soil is cold (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit), don’t plant if it’s also wet. Don’t make the plant deal with two problems.”Planting soybeans early, even before corn, is becoming more popular, McGillicuddy continued.“I think farmers are more analytical and less traditional,” he explained. “They understand anything that was considered a tried-and-true rule of crop production can end up going out the window.”FOR MORE INFORMATION:— University of Illinois Extension early-planted soybeans guide: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/…— Wisconsin Soybean Extension Program early-planted soybeans guide: https://coolbean.info/…Matthew Wilde can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Kolkata: The term of office of the sixth Pay Commission has been extended by another six months for submitting its report containing recommendations on restructuring of salary of the state government employees.A resolution has been issued stating that “the term of office of the chairman and the members of the sixth Pay Commission, West Bengal,” has been extended “for a further period of six months with effect from November 27”. It may be mentioned that the Commission, headed by economist Prof Abhirup Sarkar, was constituted in November 2015 and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the setting up of the same for its recommendation for restructuring salary of the state government employees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be recalled that the term of office of the sixth Pay Commission was extended twice and each time the term of office was extended for a period of one year. It was in 2016 and 2017 when the terms of office were extended. This time it has been extended for six months. The state government officials are expecting that the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission will come after the next six months. It may be mentioned that this comes at a time when in June the Mamata Banerjee government had announced 25 percent additional Dearness Allowance (DA) for the state government employees with the merger of 10 percent interim relief despite financial constrains. The same will come to effect from January 1, 2019 and the total DA of the employees will be 125 percent. It is 90 percent more than what it was till the end of the Left Front period as CPI(M) had managed to give only 35 percent DA. It may be mentioned that the increase in the DA will cost Rs 5000 crore more to the state exchequer every year.