Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been a very unusual growing season, but that is part of farming. We’re going to be finishing up in the next day or so. We are down to two days of harvesting and we’ll be finished for 2017. We have been waiting on this last corn because of the heavy rains we had the week before. Where we are now conditions are just fine. It has been nine days since we had rain. With favorable harvest conditions now it will be nice to coast to the finish line.Overall the corn plant health is still excellent in our area because we are working on the re-planted fields. Because of the later planting date, the stalk integrity is still there and standability is not an issue at all.Looking at the yield results, it is very important to have a good stand to achieve optimum yield. Without the population, it is very difficult for the corn plant to compensate for the blank spaces in the field.Corn has been a pleasant surprise this year. Most producers I have visited with have been pleasantly surprised with the way the corn has performed. Corn moisture is still in the mid-20s — not much drying occurs after the middle of November. The bushels are there. In some cases there is some extra moisture but having those bushels to sell this year is very important. Corn is a much better scenario this year for us than soybeans.There are just a few acres of soybeans remaining in the area and maybe 10% to 15% of the corn is still standing around here but it will be coming off very soon. It has been a challenging growing season and I am ready to put 2017 to rest and start looking forward to 2018.
Continuing our series on water heating, this week we’ll look at two options for heating water with the home’s central boiler. First some terminology: boilers heat water or produce steam for distribution in baseboard units or steam radiators, while furnaces heat air for distribution through ducts and registers. Integrating water heating with a standard hot-air furnace is not possible; if you have a furnace, you have to stick with a stand-alone water heater.There’s a lot of appeal to the idea of using your boiler to also heat water. You can get by with just one burner for both heat and hot water, so there’s less to maintain or to go wrong, and when you’re heating the house anyway, it doesn’t take all that much extra energy to heat water also.There are two common options for using a home’s boiler for water heating. The most common is referred to as a “tankless coil.” This is a relatively small heat exchanger that fits into a gas- or oil-fired boiler. These are popular for people with hot-water baseboard heat because they’re inexpensive options or retrofits for standard boilers. A copper-coil heat exchanger extends into the boiler, and water is heated as it flows through this coil. It is very much like the “tankless water heater” described last week, except that the heat source is your boiler.The problem with tankless-coil water heaters is that the boiler has to be hot to produce hot water. In the winter in a cold climate, the boiler is hot much of the time and may not even need to fire up to supply hot water (due to residual heat in the boiler). But during the summer the boiler is less likely to be hot, and the on-off cycling to heat water wastes a lot of energy. It is not unusual for water heating using an oil-fired boiler and tankless coil to use 200 to 300 gallons of oil during the summer months, and the average efficiency during that period may be as low as 25%. Thus, tankless-coil water heaters can make sense in the winter months, but they aren’t a good idea in summer.The other primary option for using a heating system to produce hot water is to install an “indirect” or “indirect-fired” water heater. This is a separate insulated water tank that is heated using hot water from the gas- or oil-fired boiler. The indirect tank is usually plumbed to be a separate “zone” on the heating system. One advantage of this option is that during the warmer months the boiler only has to fire up occasionally to heat water in the indirect tank. Because water in the tank remains “thermally stratified” (with the hot water at the top, where it is drawn off to supply your shower or dishwasher), you can draw hot water from the tank multiple times before the boiler turns on to heat water in the tank.Another plus is that because there is no burner on the storage tank, you can wrap it with extra insulation without having to worry about an air supply or venting (as you do with a gas-fired, storage-type water heater).The downside to indirect water heaters is the cost. A good one will likely cost over $1,000, including installation of the additional zone on the heating system. This is much more expensive than a tankless coil or a conventional gas or electric storage-type water heater.Interestingly, both kinds of integrated water heaters can help to keep your boiler in good working order. If your boiler is in a basement that stays fairly damp during the summer months, having it fire periodically—as will occur with either a tankless-coil or indirect water heater—is recommended by many heating contractors as a way to minimize corrosion. That was one of the reasons we put in an indirect water heater when we installed a Buderus boiler at our home ten or twelve years ago. Otherwise, I would likely have stuck with the stand-alone electric water heater that we had operated using off-peak electricity prior to installing a central heating system (more on off-peak electric water heating in a future column).Some people choose to use a tankless-coil water heater during the winter months and then switch over to a stand-alone electric or gas-fired water heater during the summer. Except for possible boiler corrosion problems in damp basements, this can be a good compromise. Ask your heating contractor or plumber for advice on these different options for your particular situation.
Men kept abusing us and our religion, says Shakir, the victim of Delhi train incident More than 24 hours after 17-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death and his two brothers injured during an attack on a local train here, the Railway Police on Saturday added charges of attempt to murder and utterances hurting religious sentiments to the FIR.Haryana Railway Police S.P. Kamal Deep Goyal told The Hindu over phone that Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 298 (uttering words with intent to hurt religious sentiments) of the IPC were added to the FIR before the prime accused was produced in court on Saturday.Also Read On the delay in adding the Sections to the FIR, Mr. Goyal said relevant Sections could be added to the FIR any time during the investigation.The prime accused, meanwhile, told the police that he was inebriated at the time of the incident and attacked the teenager on being instigated by fellow passengers.“The accused boarded the train at the Ballabgarh railway station as he was curious to know what the argument was about and got embroiled in it. He then attacked Junaid and his brothers with a knife,” said Mr. Goyal, adding that the accused had been remanded in three-day police custody.More arrests likelyThough no more arrests have been made in the case so far, Mr. Goyal said six suspects were interrogated and later let off.“Six suspects were questioned, but let off after they were not found involved in the case,” said Mr. Goyal. Junaid’s brother Hasib, who was injured in the attack, however, said he identified two of the suspects when he was summoned by the police.
Dineshwar Sharma, Special Representative of the Union government, concluded his five-day visit to Jammu & Kashmir on Friday, saying he would visit the State again and again.Mr. Sharma, who has failed to engage the Hurriyat so far, described his visit as “fruitful”. “This was my first visit to the State and I will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir again and again. Every Indian in J&K is a stakeholder of this dialogue process,” Mr. Sharma said. On the question of engaging the separatists, Mr. Sharma said he was hopeful of meeting the Hurriyat next time.Ved Mahajan, general secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, also met Mr. Sharma. “The PDP delegation reiterates the party’s resolve that dialogue is a necessity of the hour,”a party spokesman said. Hardline Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi said the initiative “will become meaningful only when he expands the circle of dialogue”.Mr. Alsafvi told The Hindu that dialogue was the best way to resolve the Kashmir issue if India was serious about it. “So far, the initiative of [appointing Sharma] is not serious. It should not be like past initiatives on dialogue. All stakeholders, including Pakistan, should be brought on board and engaged with,” he said.Engaging allAsked if the Hurriyat opposed engaging the Special Representative, he said: “If all stakeholders are engaged, there should be no issue.”Mr. Sharma met 36 delegations, including traders’ bodies, lawyers and journalists in Jammu. Among them were representatives of several Kashmiri Pandit organisations. In a joint memorandum, they sought the setting up of an institutional mechanism for the welfare of the displaced community. The delegation was led by BJP legislator G.L. Raina.(With PTI inputs)
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.”
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The company that owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned one week ago in central British Columbia, says the dust that settled on homes near the blast site does not pose a health threat.The latest post on the Enbridge website says earth sampling near Prince George shows mineral and metal composition is well below provincial and federal standards for urban and residential areas.Enbridge also says construction of an access road to the damaged line continues and repair crews may be able to reach the scene later this week, although the company has already said there is no timeline to return the 91-centimetre pipeline to service. FortisBC, the company that distributes natural gas to about one million homes and businesses in B.C., is urging customers to limit non-essential use of the fuel while the line is shut off and a second, smaller pipeline is running at reduced capacity.The Vancouver Park Board says it is doing its part to reduce consumption by turning down thermostats in the parts of city-run buildings where there will be a minimal impact to the public, such as staffing areas and common areas.Park board spokeswoman Margo Harper says heat in childcare centres, swimming pools and the on-demand heaters at ice rinks will not be affected.
Parts of the Montana’s parking lot was flooded due to the water main break.Some area businesses are temporarily closed due to the break.No further details are available at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews were on scene this morning, Thursday, as they attended to a water main break near Montana’s next to the Totem Mall.The water main break was contained as the City shut down water in the area.Crews are currently in the process of repairing the broken water main.
Kolkata: A lady Home Guard of Nadia District Police died after a bullet was fired ‘accidentally’ from another Home Guard’s pistol while cleaning the weapon. The deceased, identified as Debashree Ghosh (35), was posted at the police line in Krishnanagar.However, Biplab Ghosh, the elder brother of Debashree, filed a complaint on Thursday, alleging that she was murdered and her death was not accidental as three bullets wounds were found on her body. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to sources, Ghosh was performing duty along with another Home Guard identified as Mithun Mir on Wednesday morning at the armory of Nadia District police lines in Krishnanagar. At around 8 am, her colleague was cleaning his service pistol. While doing so, Mir’s finger pressed the trigger accidentally and a shot was fired. The bullet hit a wooden bench and then pierced Ghosh’s abdomen. Immediately, she was rushed to the Krishnanagar District Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Ghosh, a resident of Shantipur, had joined the police force approximately a year ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was posted at the police lines just a month ago after being transferred from Chopra police station which was her first posting. Before losing consciousness, Ghosh had requested her colleagues to look after her 11-month-old son. Later, her family members arrived at the hospital and demanded an inquiry into the incident. “We heard that a bullet had hit her accidentally. We want a proper investigation on this,” said one of her relatives. Sources informed that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Nadia has already ordered a probe in this regard. Questions have arose on whether Mir was trained enough to operate a firearm. Also, while cleaning a firearm, the magazine is detached to avoid any accident, which was not followed in this case. Mir is currently being interrogated.
Tehran: Iran has denied a claim by the Turkish interior minister that it took part in a joint operation on Monday targeting Kurdish rebels in the border area. In recent weeks, Ankara has talked up the prospects of joint military action with Tehran against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies but Monday marked the first time it had spoken of a joint operation being carried out. “Iran’s armed forces have no role in this operation,” the official IRNA news agency quoted an “informed source” in the general staff as saying on Monday evening. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever Iran “will forcefully confront any group that seeks to create unrest on our country’s soil,” the source added. Earlier on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said: “We started staging a joint operation with Iran against the PKK on our eastern border as of 8 am (0500 GMT)”. Soylu did not specify where the joint operation was taking place but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said previously that joint military action would focus on PKK rear bases in Iraq near where the three countries’ borders meet. The Turkish military has carried out repeated bombing campaigns against PKK targets in Iraq’s northern mountains during its more than three-decade campaign to crush the rebels’ campaign for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey. In recent years, Tehran too has carried out operations in northern Iraq against suspected rear bases of the PKK’s Iran-focused ally, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).
New Delhi: Domestic steel giant SAIL Wednesday said it has supplied special quality steel for India’s indigenous artillery gun ‘Dhanush’. Special quality forging steel was supplied from the PSU’s Durgapur-based Alloy Steels Plant. “Steel Authority of India supplied steel for India’s first indigenous and biggest artillery gun Dhanush, which was inducted into Indian Army on April 8, 2019,” the company said in a statement. With this, SAIL has once again established its commitment to fulfilling the Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalcountry’s requirement and strengthening India’s defence systems, it said. Dhanush has been designed and developed by the Gun Factory in Jabalpur where it was handed over to the Indian Army. SAIL steel has been used in the country’s various defence programmes, including INS Vikrant, INS Kiltan, INS Kamorta, MBT Arju etc, it added. “SAIL is ready to meet and supply special grade steels for technical requirement of Indian’s defence programmes,” Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said. The government owns about 75 per cent stake in SAIL. Its crude steel output grew over 8 per cent to 16.3 million tonne (MT) in the just concluded fiscal.