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first_imgFrom Facebook: This is a sad morning in the Texas Panhandle. Last night in the fires we lost two beautiful young people. We have lost Cody Crockett and Sydney Wallace. During the fires these two braved the flames to save cattle in McLean. I have tremendous respect for the ranching community and the traditions they pass to their future generations. Without them we wouldn’t be a rich culture. We lost a part of that last night. While these two are gone here on earth they are now ranching and …last_img read more

first_imgClaire Monge broke the game open with a 2RBI double in the third inning and for the first time since 2012 the No. 6 seeded Arcata High softball team won a playoff game, knocking off No. 11 Berean Christian (3-17) 9-4 in the opening round of the NCS D-IV tournament, Friday evening at Arcata High.Monge’s hit put Arcata ahead 6-3, a lead which would only grow until the final pitch was thrown.Fifteen minutes into Friday’s game, however, and things didn’t look so well for the Tigers.Berean …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After deciding you are ready to start succession planning on your farm, what’s next? To help, AgCredit is hosting four farm transition seminars across northwest and north central Ohio. These seminars will help provide guidance and tools to start the conversation about farm transition with your family.David Marrison and Emily Adams, of OSU Extension, will be discussing how to have productive, positive conversations and meetings about difficult issues. Caleb Douce, of Douce Agency, LLC, will be sharing information about Nationwide’s Land as Your Legacy program. Land as Your Legacy is designed to help ensure a seamless transition of your farm to the next generation.Seminars will be held on the following dates: DateLocationRSVPMarch 20All Occasions Catering 6989 Waldo Delaware Rd. Waldo, OH 43356419-947-1040 or [email protected] will be served.March 22Erie County Fairgrounds 3110 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870*Sponsored by Lorain, Erie and Huron County Farm Bureaus419-663-4020 or [email protected] appetizers will be served.March 26Leipsic Community Center120 E. Main St.Leipsic, OH 45856419-523-6677 or [email protected] will be served.March 27Masters Building 10171 State Hwy 53 N. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351419-447-0787 or [email protected] will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Presentations will begin at 6:45 p.m. with an approximate end time of 9:15 p.m. Times are the same for each location.Advanced reservations are required. Please RSVP by March 13 to the phone numbers listed above or by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader“So where is it coming from, and what more can we do?” This is a question many northwest Ohio farmers ask themselves, knowing they will likely be the ones to take the blame as the subject of the Lake Erie algal bloom regularly makes headlines in the paper and on the evening news. Considering the weather challenges faced during the planting season of 2019, many farmers are left perplexed. According to Jason Williamson of the Williamson Insurance Agency, the question is valid. “Looking at the prevent plant numbers released by the USDA, 30% of the acres in the counties we cover in Northwest Ohio are prevent plant,” he said. “Wood County alone reported over 50% prevent plant.”Those are acres where farmers did not get a crop in the ground, and the vast majority did not apply any fertilizer this spring or summer. With that being said, the lake is on track to have its fourth or fifth largest harmful algal bloom (HAB) on record. Farmers are asking where the phosphorus is coming from, and what more can they do if this happens when they didn’t apply fertilizer or manure.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin, released on Sept. 3, “The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom continues in the western basin of Lake Erie. Recent satellite imagery showed the bloom extending from Maumee Bay north along the Michigan coast, to Brest Bay; east along the Ohio coast to the Marblehead Peninsula, and offshore through the Bass Islands, and up to 10 miles east of Pelee Island.”“So far, we are on par with the July prediction of a 7.5 or 8 for the severity of the bloom, which would make it possibly the fourth or fifth largest,” said Chris Winslow, director for Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory. In July, NOAA and its research partners predicted western Lake Erie would experience a harmful algal bloom of cyanobacteria this summer significantly larger than the mild bloom in 2018. Scientists predicted this year’s bloom to measure greater than a 7 on the severity index. The severity index is based on a bloom’s biomass — the amount of its harmful algae — over a sustained period. The largest blooms, 2011 and 2015, were 10 and 10.5, respectively. Last year’s bloom had a severity of 3.6 which is considered a mild bloom. Ohio soybean farmers, along with other commodity groups in the state, have invested millions of dollars in research aimed at determining the cause of the algal bloom, and finding potential management practices to functionally mitigate the problem. Farmers are working closely with universities, government agencies, and environmental groups to make changes to protect the water. Practices like cover crops, nutrient management plans, soil sampling and more are increasing every year, and farmers are applying less fertilizer than ever before.So where is all this coming from? When asked this question, Winslow said the phosphorus in the lake that is causing the bloom is largely coming from “three buckets” as he likes to refer to them. The “first bucket” as he refers to it is what he identifies as current use phosphorus.“This is real-time phosphorus. This phosphorus would come from fertilizer applied in the spring that is available to the plants and can get in the water right now. Due to the lack of planting this spring and limited fertilizer application as a result of the weather, this first bucket is most likely not a substantial contributor this year,” Winslow said. “The second bucket is from the legacy phosphorus. This is the phosphorus that was already found in the lake or is held in the soils’ that have high phosphorus levels. This is phosphorus available to the algal bloom every year. The third bucket of phosphorus results from the heavy rainfall events and large amounts of precipitation we frequently receive.”These large rain events move phosphorus found in the soil and environment into the lake. Winslow surmises that the phosphorus contributing to this year’s bloom is largely from the legacy phosphorus and any phosphorus the large rain events have carried to the lake.“Our prediction was that 24% less phosphorus would be entering the lake (due to less fertilizer being applied) this year. We have equipment that pulls river water samples at various locations all across the watersheds in the Western Lake Erie Basin. We can detect when, and in general where, we get phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) spikes as the water travels to the lake. We know what the water samples show at the beginning, and as the various tributaries empty into the watershed along the way,” Winslow said. “For example, in a normal year, we can tell when farmers are sidedressing their corn because if we get a large rain event, we see a spike in the N level in the samples from those areas at that time. With our sampling equipment, we know the levels of N and P before and after each event.”Winslow explained that this year was beneficial to the researchers because they were able to observe a change in one of the variables, or “buckets” as he describes them. The decline in the amount of “real-time” phosphorus that was applied in the spring and summer on a large scale has allowed researchers to observe the response of the bloom with the other two “buckets” remaining relatively the same. Winslow said having the “three buckets” makes finding simple solutions to the algal bloom situation challenging for farmers.“If we did not have the ‘third bucket’ of large and frequent rain events this year, we would have had a regular planting season and more normal fertilizer application, which is the source in the ‘first bucket.’ Due to the frequent and heavy rains in the ‘third bucket,’ we did not have as much of the ‘first bucket’ real-time phosphorus applied, but still had the “second bucket” legacy phosphorus, and still more of the ‘third bucket’ heavy rains,” Winslow said. “Any combination of the buckets is a problem.”When explaining how the forecast for the harmful algal bloom is made, he noted that the formula to forecast the bloom is based on the river water samples from the first of March to the end of July in a given year.“Anything prior to the first of March, and the lake is too cool for it to have any real impact on the algae. By August and September, the lake is beginning to cool again, and additional phosphorus by that point will have little to no effect on the current bloom,” he said. “Typically, the peak of the bloom is around the end of August or early September. Sometime later in October NOAA will issue their final number rating.”Winslow pointed out that the size of a bloom is not necessarily an indication of how toxic it is and the location of the bloom is important to consider as well.“Research has found that high concentrations of phosphorus in the water can increase the size of the bloom. High concentrations of nitrogen in the water can increase the toxicity of the bloom,” he said. “Winds drive the location of the bloom. The strong easterly wind has kept the bloom largely in the WLEB.”He also noted that the waves mix the water and algae bloom. This can impact drinking water quality for many of the cities that get their water from the lake because the water intakes are located near the bottom of the lake.“On a calm and still day, the bloom is largely on or near the surface. As the winds pick up and the water churns, it causes the bloom to mix and be distributed across the various layers of the water,” Winslow said. “If the water is calm and the bloom is near the surface, it is not a concern. It becomes more of a concern when the water churns and the bloom mixes in the different layers that it could potentially be a factor for the water intake structures near the bottom.”According to NOAA, the observed conditions the end of August and beginning of September promoted mixing and eastern transport of surface bloom concentration, now present in the central basin. Measured toxin concentrations were below recreational thresholds throughout most of the bloom extent.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. 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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Zorc: We know Man Utd target Sancho not here in five yearsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding Jadon Sancho.The England international is being linked with Manchester United and former club Manchester City.Zorc told Kicker: “Of course, the absolute big clubs are not blind.”You do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years. “But he knows very well that he has taken this positive development at Borussia Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs. We trust the players very early, are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.” last_img read more

OSU junior forward Nate Kohl (27) heads the ball in the second half Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28. Credit: Michelle McDonnell | Lantern PhotographerIn a season derailed by injuries, stagnant offense and mistakes in the defensive zone, the Ohio State men’s soccer team has found itself in an unfavorable position.Coming into Tuesday night with a 3-9 record, the Buckeyes desperately needed a win to get some confidence back and build momentum leading into the final few games on the schedule.  Like a team with new life, Ohio State took down Oakland University 3-0 with an aggressive offense and all-around confident play.“We were in a little slump coming into this game,” junior forward Nate Kohl said. “We knew we had to get some goals and we were able to shut them out.”The Buckeyes never allowed the Golden Grizzlies to settle in, getting on the board in the early goings of the opening period.In just the 11th minute, junior defender Niall Logue crossed a pass from the far post to find sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed, who was able to give OSU an early 1-0 lead.With momentum on their side, the Buckeyes had no intentions of allowing Oakland to catch its breath.A few moments later, in the 14th minute, senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick worked a ball down the sideline in the offensive zone and got past his defender, allowing him to cross a ball right in front of the net that Kohl sent past the keeper to give the Buckeyes an early 2-0 lead.For Kohl, it was his fourth goal of the season.OSU did not take its foot off the gas even after taking a two score lead. They outshot Oakland 11-3 through the first 45 minutes, and applied relentless defensive pressure making it difficult for the Golden Grizzlies to cross midfield.As a result, the Buckeyes were able to extend their lead just before halftime.In the 40th minute, Mohamed struck a free kick from 20 yards out that sliced into the back left corner of the goal to extend the lead to 3-0, his second score of the game and fourth of the season.“We punished them with the early goals,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Today we felt like we had the confidence against an Oakland team that we have seen a couple times here before. We aren’t just going to drop deep and defend for 90 minutes. We are going to play. We are better when we play more aggressively.”The second half was much less action packed, with OSU playing more on the defensive, trying to maintain the three-score lead. The Buckeyes would finish the game with a 14-9 shot advantage.“If they get an early goal in the second half, now it becomes more complicated,” Bluem said. “You want to make sure the guys understand that they have to continue to play hard. The game isn’t over.”The Buckeyes will play the second leg of this two game homestand as they resume Big Ten play against No. 9 Indiana on Saturday.“We proved we can win a game and we can do it again next game, too,” Mohamed said. “We just have to have confidence and play our game. Indiana is a pretty good team. We just have to step up to the plate and compete with them and we will be fine.” read more

OSU competes in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team had it’s toughest game of the season against No. 17 Minnesota, and was unable to hang on in five sets.The Buckeyes won the first set before losing the next two and the final frame (25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 29-27, 12-15).In the first set, the Golden Gophers got off to a 5-2 lead, but a 11-4 run by the Buckeyes helped OSU to take the first set.In the second set, the Gophers had all the momentum from the beginning, as they took a 7-3 lead, but the Buckeyes would rally back multiple times in the beginning of the match, before the Gophers took control after a 12-12 tie.After intermission, the Buckeyes came out and fell victim to a Gopher 6-0 run, however the Buckeyes would come back. While they had chances to tie, they could never overcome the one-point deficit and the Gophers eventually took a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found a way to win the crucial fourth set, as they survived four match points to avoid defeat and tie the match up at two apiece.The final kill of the fourth set came from sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall, where she was able to give the Buckeyes the only two-point lead of the set that mattered.After coming off a set in which neither team led by more than two, the Gophers and Buckeyes continued to fight out for the final game. The Gophers would gain their largest lead of the game with their final point, winning their third and clinching set 15-12.Three Buckeye seniors led both teams in multiple categories. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 58 and was tied for the lead in service aces with two. She also added six digs. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led all players with 21 kills and added nine digs. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 14.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the team in blocks with nine. Richardson added seven kills and a block, while Randall added 10 kills and three digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday. The match is set for 2 p.m. read more

Bolt is not ready for the highest level

first_imgUsain Bolt was a part of the Borussia Dortmund squad in the last training session and he seems to be serious about becoming a professional footballer as the next step of his life.The Borussia Dortmund head coach, Peter Stoger, seems to have a different opinion as he believes that Bolt is not good enough to play at the top level – he claimed that the former sprinter is talented but simply has to be better.The former Köln coach spoke about Bolt’s trials as he said, according to Give Me Sport:“It’s all about procedure and movement, but the most important thing is that he had fun.”borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.”“The physique he needs for his other sport is completely different from what he needs for football, but it was really fun for us.”“It was a pleasure for us to meet a guy like him and to work with him.”last_img read more

Monchi – I hire and fire coaches

first_imgA.S. Roma director of football Monchi reveals in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he has the authority of hiring and firing coaches while also reflecting on his goal for the club.Monchi sat down for the exclusive interview and also spoke about his work at Roma and why he left Sevilla. Calcio Mercato reports.Monchi was a former Sevilla goalkeeper and played for the Spanish club between 1990-1999.On the reason he left Sevilla, Monchi said: “It is a question that they have asked me many times. I really thought it was time for me to change after 29 years divided between life as a footballer and a sports director.“I felt I needed to try new things and test myself to see if I could do my work outside my home. Many think that I did it for money but the truth is I needed a new experience.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Monchi then spoke of his role in AS Roma, the hierarchy at the club and his authority to hire and fire coaches.“The hierarchy is similar to that in every other club. There is a president, a general manager, a managing director etc. My boss is Pallotta, but fortunately, I can work independently, obviously keeping him updated on all news.“Our relationship is excellent, as well as that with Baldissoni and Gandini. Hiring and firing coaches is my responsibility because the sports project depends on the coach’s decisions.”He spoke of his goals for the club saying: “My biggest goal is to build an economic model that is sustainable and stable, while on a sporting level it is to bring Rome as close as possible to the highest level. These are my two goals.”last_img read more