first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionI’ve been hearing more reports from around the state of winter injured forage stands, especially in alfalfa. The saturated soil during much of the winter took its toll, with winter heaving being quite severe in many areas of the state. So, what should be done in these injured stands?The first step is to assess how extensive and serious is the damage. Review the CORN issue of the week of April 2, the damage is extensive and throughout the entire field, it usually is best to destroy the stand, rotate out, and plant an emergency forage. In these cases, corn silage is the number one choice for an annual forage in terms of yield and nutritive value. But corn silage won’t be an option in some situations. Forage might be needed before corn silage can be ready, or the equipment and storage infrastructure is not available.Other acceptable short-season forage options include spring oat, spring triticale, spring barley, and Italian ryegrass planted as soon as possible now in early spring and harvested at the proper stage of maturity this summer. For more details on these species, see the Ohio Agronomy Guide and a related article in the latest issue of Buckeye Dairy News ( options, particularly for beef cattle or sheep, include the brassicas. When planting in late May and June, the summer annual grasses will do better, such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudan, forage sorghum, pearl millet, and teff.If the forage stand is damaged, but still salvageable, here are a few suggestions to increase forage production this year and longer term that I’ve adapted from an article by my colleague Bruce Anderson, the University of Nebraska Forage Extension Specialist:For fields planted last year, try to interseed this spring to thicken up the thin spots. Even in alfalfa, autotoxicity is not a problem until after stands are more than one year old.For older fields, autotoxicity and other problems make interseeding alfalfa risky. But in other species interseeding is still possible, and older alfalfa stands can also be interseeded with species other than alfalfa. Consider adding red clover for longer term stands, or if shorter term production of legume is desirable for this year, consider interseeding crimson clover or berseem clover (they will not do much after this year though). Annuals like oats and Italian ryegrass can be interseeded right away; or plant summer annual grasses right after the first cutting. Italian ryegrass planted now will establish rapidly and will continue to produce all year and might even continue into next spring. Oats will produce only a single cutting. Perennials like orchardgrass, festulolium, meadow fescue, and red clover can bring long-term help but won’t add much to this year’s production. If you do interseed damaged stands, the competition by the surviving plants for sunlight could be a serious threat to success. It only takes about one week of shading by a full canopy to kill seedlings below. About the only way to open up that canopy once it develops is to harvest extra early. This will lower first harvest yield and may further weaken already stressed plants. But it’s the only way to get enough sunlight to the new seedlings.In some situations, it might be better to wait until late summer to interseed damaged stands (this of course doesn’t help forage supplies this year though). Forage cut in late August or early September regrows more slowly than in spring, thus causing less competition. Interseeding right after that last harvest has a better chance of succeeding, provided adequate moisture is available.Winter injury has reduced stands and will reduce forage production in many forage fields this year. Make a careful assessment of the existing stand, but then act quickly and properly to minimize long-term losses.last_img read more

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I think offensively, we were blessed to have contributions coming from almost everybody,” rookie coach Nash Racela said after getting four players in twin digits. “That doesn’t normally happen.”The Bolts got dumped into a huge hole early, scoring just eight points in the first 11 minutes before catching some fire in the third to make a game out of it somehow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Defensively, we were decent today,” Racela added. “We made it hard for Meralco to make their shots. But we’re expecting them to make a lot of adjustments [for the second game].”Star also took a 1-0 lead in its quarterfinal series by crushing hapless defending champion Rain or Shine, 118-82, later in the night. Mo Tautuaa of TNT charges into Cliff Hodge of Meralco during Monday night’s quarterfinal duel between both squads. —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith a more involved offense and decent defensive, TNT KaTropa displayed why it is the favorite in its quarterfinal duel with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Starving their foes nearly harmless outputs in the first two periods, the Texters scooted away early, staved off a mild uprising by the Bolts and then pulled away for a 102-84 victory Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum to move within a win of booking a semifinal berth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Top-ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Texters built so much momentum early that they didn’t have much difficulty rediscovering their rhythm in the fourth as they opened up leads of as big as 24 on the way to a series opening win.“No one wins a best-of-three series by winning Game 1,” Racela said. “But of course, it’s good to get that [first win] out of the way and take a winning feeling going into Game 2.”Jason Castro scored 25 points and Joshua Smith scattered 19 despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes because of a bum stomach. He could have easily excused himself from the game, but opted not to.“I wasn’t a hundred percent today, but I wasn’t going to let my teammates go out there by themselves,” Smith, a replacement for Donte Greene, said. “I just wanted to help them out.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 02May House approves Rep. VanderWall bill to address electric skateboards as new transportation option The Michigan House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to define electric skateboards and how they operate on local streets.VanderWall’s bill creates the definition of an electric skateboard, allows their use on local streets, limits them to a speed of 25 miles per hour and restricts their use to roads with a 25 mile per hour speed limit or lower. Very few states have enacted legislation to address this growing mode of transportation, putting Michigan on the front edge of defining e-skateboards.“Electric skateboards are one of the newest technological trends people use as a hobby or to travel to and from work,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Electric skateboards are designed to ride on the same surfaces as bikes and cars. This legislation allows for electric skateboards to be used the right way and safe way.”Under this legislation, electric skateboards will be required to yield to pedestrians, be operated on the far right side of the road, and be equipped with front lighting and rear reflector for evening operations. Riders under 19 years old will be required to wear a helmet.These types of skateboards have electric drive and braking components. Speed is controlled by a hand-held throttle or weight-sensor control.The House vote was 96-13. House Bill 5391 advances to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

first_imgNetflix and Amazon Prime Video will withdraw from Russia due to new laws on OTT platform ownership, a leading analyst has predicted.The services will boost the Eastern European SVOD sector “considerably” by 2022, but not in Russia, according to Digital TV Research.Netflix is predicted to have 3.43 million by 2022, nearly triple its figure in 2016, while Amazon will have 1.12 million.However, this will not include Russian customers. A recent regulatory decree means foreign ownership of digital video platforms with more than 100,000 subscribers is limited to 20%, similar to rules for owning linear networks that has seen many broadcasters withdraw from the market.“We believe that this will force Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to abandon their standalone platforms,” said Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray. “This is a major blow to their global ambitions.“Instead, they are likely to license their original content to a local platform. Amediateka already brands itself the ‘home of HBO’, so deals with other platforms are possible. Netflix has already done something similar in China with iQiyi.”Losing Russian revenues would be a significant blow, as similarly tough media regulations in China mean neither Netflix or Amazon has been able to launch standalone services there.Excluding the 6.8 million predicted SVOD subscribers in Russia, Netflix will control 35% of the regional market (21 territories) by 2022. Amazon will have a 12% share.Overall, across all territories (including Russia), Digital TV Research is predicting 16.5 million subscribers, which is more than four times the number recorded at the end of 2016.SVOD will become the region’s largest OTT revenue source by the end of this year, with the total hitting US$1.3 billion by 2022. In comparison, revenues came in at US$190 million (34% of total OTT revenues) at end-2016.Digital TV Research also predicted revenues from OTT television and movies will reach US$2.23 billion in 2022, quadruple to the US$552 million recorded in 2016. Russia will account for 46%, with Poland second at 19%.last_img read more