Rafael Nadal ready to let rip remodeled serve at Australian Open

first_img“But it’s nothing new for me,” added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.To better cope, he has remodeled his serve to help extend his career.“There are always things to improve,” said the Spaniard, who faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the first round.“The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did.“I am happy with the motivation to do something new. If I am able to make that happen in a good way, that hopefully it will give me the chance to help me on my game longer term.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The 17-time Grand Slam champion missed most of the next three months and cut short his season to have surgery on a troublesome foot injury.He pulled out of a Brisbane warm-up event with a slight thigh strain but declared Saturday his troubles were behind him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here,” Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.“I have good feelings in terms of the surgery. After surgery, after months without competing, having trouble practicing, of course there are always issues when you come back. View commentscenter_img “I didn’t compete with this new serve, so let’s see how it works. I am confident it’s going to work well.”His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors.Nadal said he was sad to hear another member of tennis fabled ‘big four’, Andy Murray, was to quit tennis this year, possibly as early as next week, with chronic hip pain.Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible.“My only goal is always to have been to keep going,” he said. “That’s the only way that you can keep having confidence and hope for a good comeback in terms of health.“But I know that tennis is not forever. I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about, and to keep doing the things that I really enjoy doing.“When the day arrives I cannot do it will be the day to go and do another thing.”d Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Spanish’s Rafael Nadal serves the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 first Semi-final match in Abu Dhabi, on December 28, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)Rafael Nadal revealed Saturday he was back to full fitness and has a brand new serve to unleash at the Australian Open.The world number two limped away from Melbourne Park a year ago, forced to retire in pain from his quarter-final with Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Nurse Saigo: Trailblazer in Amerindian communities

first_imgBy Paula GomesA truly compassionate Indigenous patriot, Mathilda Saigo has, since 1961, been rendering outstanding service to her home community of Paramakatoi, Region Eight, and surrounding villages in regions Seven, Eight and Nine in both the education and health sectors; and she does not think it is time to retire just yet, notwithstanding attaining the age of retirement in 2012.This phenomenal woman has served the country well, and could not be more deserving of the national award (Medal of Service) bestowed upon her in the late 1990s. To date, she has thirteen years of teaching service and almost forty years of subsequent nursing service to her credit.Nurse Mathilda Saigo with her husbandBorn in Paramakatoi, an Indigenous village nestled in the Pakaraima Mountains, to parents Iris Williams and Vincent Saigo in 1947, Saigo, commonly called “Nurse Saigo,” attained early basic fundamental education up to standard six (primary level), the highest available level at the time in the traditional community.Sitting outside her mother’s residence on the peak of a hill overlooking the village, her usual “chill spot” on a Sunday morning, Nurse Saigo took Guyana Times down memory lane, narrating her life-long journey, while casually sipping on a bowl of casirie, a signature Patamona beverage.Nurse Saigo confessed that teaching was her first passion and nursing merely happen per chance, but it was her inner desire — having lived the struggles of the Indigenous peoples — which drove her to be an advocate for change, advancement, and development through education and health in seeking a better life for her peoples.Upon completion of her primary education, Nurse Saigo started to teach at the local school in her village at the tender age of 14, and it would not be long before she extended her services to the neighbouring regions of Seven and Nine.“I taught for thirteen years, from 1961. I taught at Paramakatoi school, then at Philippai (Region Seven) for five years, then back here, then to Konashen (Region Nine) to teach with the Wai-Wais for three years,” she recalled with a profoundly commendable memory.It was at Konashen that a new opportunity would present itself, and try as she may, it haunted at her door until she finally answered.“It was not my choice to go into nursing, but I was at a meeting interpreting for the then Minister of Health, Dr Oliver Harper, (from the English language to Wai-Wai) when somebody came to tell me that there was a snake bite, and I asked for an excuse and left to treat the patient. When I came back, the minister asked why I left so suddenly, and when I told him, he asked if I was a nurse, to which I responded no. ‘But how can you treat patients?’, Dr Oliver asked,, and I said it’s because I can at least read the English language and understand the prescription,” Saigo heartily recounted.Within the three weeks that followed, young Saigo made a life-changing decision, as she was summoned to an interview in Georgetown but it was around the same time that she was accepted into the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), having finally attained the age criterion for acceptance.Upon conclusion of a two-year training programme she returned to her beloved community in 1977, and was appointed to serve henceforth alongside an American practitioner and state registered nurse, Nurse Wall, and it was there that she remained ever since.“When I came back in 1977, they told me that I will be here for six months, and I will be sent to wherever they would send me. But the six months never came to pass… it turned into six years, then sixteen years, and almost sixty years,” Nurse Saigo humoured.The persistent nurse seasonally returned to Dr Bacchus’s Outpatient Clinic in the city during the holidays, where she achieved a certificate in General Nursing and single Trained Midwifery.Nurse Saigo became the sole staff at the Paramakatoi Health Centre in 1977, working both day and night for over eleven years. A Medex from the neighbouring community of Kato would pay occasional visits to the community after this period, yet the headstrong woman would continue to work mostly alone for many upcoming years.“This time was very difficult. There was no electricity, I did deliveries without lights, holding only a torch light between my neck and shoulders. But I eventually came to love it…working at PK all on my own”.To date, Nurse Saigo has done a total of 10,707 deliveries in and around the community, and wherever she goes, there always seems to be a sick person or delivery case awaiting the intervention of her gifted hands. She has visited many communities around the region.In cases of extreme emergencies, medical evacuation by air was summoned via the use of a radio system at the missionaries’ residence.Today’s difficultiesAccording to the nurse, in those days she had direct contact with the Health Ministry, and interventions were much more timely, flying in both day and night, as opposed to present. Having to go through the region causes a delay in the process, as the regional health personnel rarely answer their phones, the nurse said in a state of distress.“We need more medication, equipment and doctors…there is no doctor at present.”Today, sadly, the health centre has no basic drugs as malaria medication since the July-August period, despite several efforts made to contact the relevant personnel on the coast to rectify the issue.Notwithstanding her retirement in 2012, the nurse expressed her willingness to continue serving her community. She is known far and wide in Amerindian villages, and is approached with medical cases wherever she travels.“I am sleeping in the middle of the night and someone comes rapping on my door, or I have just reached into a community tired as ever, and someone comes with a case. You know, as they say, there is no rest for the wicked!” she laughed.Nurse Saigo proudly declared that she is proficient in several Amerindian languages, learned over her years of travel and service in communities across the breadth of Guyana. Some of these languages include the Akawaio, Macushi, Wai-Wai, and of course her native tongue of Patamona. She has served as a translator at many forums: court, the National Toshaos Conference, and the Non-Aligned Conference, among others.last_img read more

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Drivers’ licences for deaf likely – Ramjattan

first_img…says international best practice being examinedDays after the Guyana Society for the Deaf took to the streets to protest for drivers’ licences to be issued to them as promised, the Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, has said that he is considering the issuance of the licences but under specific conditions.Ramjattan made the disclosure during an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanAccording to the Minister, because of the special needs of persons with hearing impediments, he is hoping to put measures in place so that other drivers would be lenient towards them.“We have to do it with conditionality. There are certain conditions that because they are disabled people they’ll have to have so that they can be identified… so when other drivers see them they can identify them as people with disabilities,” the Minister said.He said that he is presently challenged with getting those conditions right as it may be dangerous for the commuters and pointed to the importance of those persons being recognised by other drivers, especially emergency vehicles such as ambulances, as they might not be able to properly respond to such vehicles by pulling over to the corner of the road to allow them to pass.Ramjattan said he is working on having international best practices introduced in Guyana to avoid conflicts on the roadway.According to him, the Ministry is expected to meet with the Deaf Association soon to update them on his decision along with the conditions, which he hopes they accept.In this regard, Ramjattan explained that he is considering various options for deaf drivers to be recognised on the roads.“A sticker on the back windscreen, that can help, and a number of other suggestions can be made that the number plate of the car they are driving can have something that can indicate to other people because if somebody is blowing behind them they must appreciate that those persons have a difficulty in front,” the Minister said.Persons protesting outside the Public Security MinistryOn Monday, a group of persons from the Guyana Society for the Deaf protested the Public Security Ministry calling for drivers’ licences to be issued for them.It was explained that they met with the Government some time ago to discuss the issue when they were assured it would have been discussed.They said that the deaf should be given equal privileges as those who can hear and should not be discriminated against as they held their placards across from the Ministry.Some of them contended that they have been driving for a very long time and was never involved in an accident while others argued that the deaf are treated equally in other countries and are allowed to drive but they are being discriminated against in their own country.In relation to responding to emergency vehicles, those persons noted that they are capable of driving by using their mirrors to see what is happening around them.The protesters said that because of how they are being treated, they are forced to use taxis even though many of them already have their own vehicles.In the Region, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, Suriname, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, among other countries allow deaf drivers to obtain licences.last_img read more

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Tracking the elusive marathon runner

first_imgFrom there, depending on which options a runner has chosen, the information is sent to the cell phone or e-mail address on file. Elapsed time: two to four seconds. Some races put restrictions on who can receive alerts but not on tracking runners online. As Nadine Valco ran through the streets of New York last fall, her fan base followed her progress closely at home in Columbus, Ohio. “My friends and family and co-workers were really encouraging with my training, but obviously with the expense and time of getting to New York, they couldn’t be there,” said Valco, who has run seven marathons. “But they could say, `Cool, there she is at 5K.”‘ New York started using the chips seven years ago to track its runners for timing and online viewing of an athlete’s splits. Today, transmitters send automatic updates to the address of the runner’s choice – whether on a computer, cell phone or BlackBerry – from 11 points along the course. “We need to make our events as attractive, as exciting as possible to continue to meet the demands of the marketplace,” said Richard Finn, New York City Marathon spokesman. “You’ve always got to keep on freshening up your event.” A series of triathlons sponsored by consulting firm Accenture sends automated voice updates from several points to spectators signed up for alerts. Last year, the marathon in Green Bay, Wis., posted online splits for runners every mile. One of the most tech-savvy races is the Houston Marathon, which started an alert system in 2001 and has since added an online map of a runner’s progress, an elaborate post-race summary of a runner’s results and video clips searchable by a runner’s name. Houston’s offerings – free with the $75 entry fee – benefit participants while pleasing corporate sponsors because of high traffic on the marathon’s Web site, spokesman Steven Karpas said. The systems aren’t foolproof. Running her first marathon in New York last year, Lara Kail registered her own e-mail address, her brother’s cell phone and her aunt and uncle’s e-mail. Kail, 30, got the correct updates that she wanted for posterity’s sake. But her brother received just one blank message. Her aunt and uncle: nothing. “It was a little disappointing,” the New York market researcher said. “Lucky for me, I had a good day, but what would have happened if I’d fallen way off my target and they had no clue where I was on the course?” Keeping track of a runner can also be costly, a factor as race fees for some marathons top $100. Systems can cost $1 to $2 per runner – charged as part of the entry fee – or up to $20,000 for a marathon with 10,000 competitors. Major vendors include chip company ChampionChip, of Nijmegen, Holland, and timing companies Active.com of San Diego and Mika Timing of Cologne, Germany. After introducing text messaging in 2005, the San Diego and Nashville marathons didn’t offer any alerts or online tracking last year because of the expense. This year, both races plan an experiment with real-time tracking of phone-carrying runners via Global Positioning System satellite technology, and they may reintroduce traditional alerts and online tracking after turning to sponsors for help. The updating adds a space-age twist to an event that legend dates to ancient Greece. The modern race started at the reborn Olympics in Athens in 1896, and early marathons consisted of a few dozen runners at best. Today’s larger races can feature 30,000 or more athletes, all having fans who want results quickly if not instantaneously. Computer chips were introduced in the mid-1990s to replace results manually compiled from tags ripped from runners as they finished. They also serve as checkpoints as race directors hope to avoid fiascoes such as the 1980 Boston Marathon, when Rosie Ruiz was crowned female champion after jumping into the race less than a mile from the finish. The biggest challenge is managing a complex system of electronics within a short amount of time, said Harald Mika, founder of Mika Timing, which times Chicago and about 200 other races a year. “If you do have a problem, you’d better fix it within two minutes,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brendan Burke’s cell phone was beeping within minutes of the start of his wife’s marathon in San Diego. A text message arrived with her latest time as she crossed the six timing mats around the course. It didn’t matter that he was across the country at home in New Jersey. Pushing to make the 26.2-mile races more friendly to fans and runners alike, marathon officials are increasingly offering free online tools to help spectators and loved ones back home track runners along courses that can span entire cities. “At each point I could see what her time was and I would figure out her pace to see how she was feeling,” Burke, 33, said of his wife’s debut marathon in 2005. “It really gave me a sense that I was there running with her.” The systems aren’t flawless, but they do help fans monitor runners via a Web site, a cell-phone text message or e-mail. No longer must family and friends take their best guesses and wait. And wait. And wait. During the April 16 Boston Marathon, for instance, the curious can use their computers to check the progress of as many as five runners at a time. Last year, 10,232 Boston marathon runners, or about half, signed up for alerts, up from 9,836 in 2005. In Chicago, meanwhile, fans can stop by participating Starbucks coffeehouses along the course and ask marathon volunteers with laptops to look up runners on the spot. Runners are provided with radio-frequency identification chips that attach to shoelaces. As they cross large rubber mats along the course, a radio transmitter inside the chip sends a unique ID number to an antenna, which routes the information to a central database. last_img
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Hunting battle pits farmers against preservationists

first_imgKenya has a government that barely functions outside the capital, Nairobi. There is no money to buy land or pay people to protect wildlife. Kenya banned sport hunting in 1977 but allowed limited hunting to cull animals and harvest game meat until 2003, when animal-rights groups managed to shut down even that. Now the Kenyan government has reopened the debate over hunting by setting up an advisory group to thrash out the pros and cons. In favor are hunting groups such as Safari Club International; opposed are the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Born Free, Action Aid and others. Petenya of the Shompole Community Trust questioned the wisdom of those opposed to any hunting at all. “It doesn’t make sense that someone from Connecticut can come here and say to me: `Let me show you how to conserve wildlife,’ when my people have managed this land since time immemorial,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Only 8 percent of land in Kenya, a country twice the size of Nevada, is set aside for wildlife. The rest is privately or communally owned, and studies show that most of Kenya’s wild animals live there. By some estimates, wildlife numbers have dropped 60 percent since the mid-1970s and continue to plummet because of human encroachment and illegal hunting for food. Landowners say they can only go on maintaining animal sanctuaries if they can sell hunting rights. No one is suggesting killing endangered species, or hunting in existing protected areas. Only common animals on private land would be hunted, in a controlled way that would sustain their numbers, advocates say. “The losses we are getting from livestock predation, or even medical bills for people who have been injured by elephants, buffaloes and even lions, is quite high,” said Yusuf Ole Petenya, secretary of the Shompole Community Trust, a tribal foundation in animal-rich southern Kenya that opened a luxury wildlife lodge. But the lodge has turned no profit. NAIVASHA, Kenya – For the farmers of Kenya, life is a constant contest for grass and water, a battle between their herds and the wild animals that share the land. Now they are waging a new struggle, this time against the international animal welfare lobby. Pleading poverty, the farmers want to open their land to wealthy fee-paying hunters. The advocacy groups are firmly opposed. The standoff has made Kenya the latest and perhaps most dramatic arena for the international debate over hunting and its role in financing conservation. A million tourists a year spend more than $580 million to see and photograph lions, elephants, gazelle and other wildlife on the East African savannas. But the revenue isn’t enough to protect the animals. last_img
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‘Mignolet brings confidence to the other side’ – Liverpool fans on keeper crisis

first_img Simon Mignolet replaces Brad Jones against Burnley 1 Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, dropped for the last few games by manager Brendan Rodgers, was given a chance to reclaim his no.1 spot.During the Boxing Day match against Burnley, the Belgian replaced his injured team-mate Brad Jones after just 15 minutes.Mignolet lost his place to Jones ahead of the 3-0 loss to rivals Man United in mid-December and has not been able to dislodge him since.However, he has been given an early opportunity to convince Rodgers he does not need to shop for a new keeper in January. Below is a selection of tweets from Liverpool fans reacting to Mignolet’s introduction where he looked a bit unsure in goal…last_img

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Man United ‘paid Monaco £3.5m for ghost match’ as part of Falcao deal

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won However, the Red Devils wanted to make just under half (£3.5million) of the fee only payable on the condition United finished inside the Premier League top four in 2014/15 to qualify for the following season’s Champions League, having not played in Europe’s premier cup competition that campaign.French league rules prevented such a performance-related deal being agreed, and so the two clubs signed two contracts on September 1, 2014 – the day Falcao’s move to Old Trafford was confirmed. Manchester United and Monaco allegedly agreed to play a ‘ghost match’ to get around French league rules over the signing of Radamel Falcao, according to the latest documents issued by Football Leaks.Falcao, the Colombia forward, spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Old Trafford, with United agreeing to pay Monaco around £8.8million (€10m) to secure his services. The first contract saw United pay €6million to Monaco for Falcao to join on loan, while the second meant the Red Devils would pay the Ligue 1 club €4.5million for a friendly match the following summer – 2015 – if they finished in the top four.Despite United finishing inside the top four, the friendly match was cancelled as Louis van Gaal did not want it to be played. However, the contract stated that United must pay €4million of the match fee even if the game did not go ahead, so Monaco submitted a bill asking for payment by June 30. RANKED Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Falcao’s career in English football 2014/15: Manchester UnitedPremier League: 26 apps / 4 goalsFA Cup: 3 apps / 0 goals2015/16: ChelseaPremier League: 10 apps / 1 goalsCommunity Shield: 1 app / 0 goalsEFL Cup: 1 app / 0 goals 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars United are believed to have had the option to buy Falcao permanently at the end of his loan deal, though they decided against the purchase as the 32-year-old scored just four goals in 29 appearances for the Old Trafford club.Despite his woeful Premier League form, Chelsea signed Falcao on loan from Monaco for the following season. shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Falcao is widely regarded as one of the worst players to ever appear in the Premier League no dice REVEALED last_img read more

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GARDAI MAKE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN COPPER WIRE THEFTS

first_imgGardai have made a major breakthrough in the hunt for a gang suspected of stealing tens of thousands of euro of telephone lines from across Donegal.Thousands of euro of cabling has been stolen in raids to date.One man was arrested and questioned at Milford Garda station while a file is prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.And it is expected that other arrests are imminent as Gardai step up their operation to bring the gang to justice. Inspector Michael Harrison confirmed the arrest but would not be drawn on other aspects of the case for operational reasons. The man was arrested on Monday and in a follow-up operation a significent amount of copper wire was recovered.It follows dozens of similar thefts in the Fanad, Portsalon, Carrigart and Kerrykeel areas stretching back a number of years. The Tirconail Tribune was told by Inspector Harrison that there is still considerable work to be done on the investigation and asked for any public assistance in the matter.In the past two weeks there have been incidents at three different locations including the main Kerrykeel to Milford road and close to Carrigart on the Milford road.At the same time the increased level of Garda surveillance around the Fanad Peninsula and particularly in the Portsalon locality was noticeably stepped up with a high volume of night time patrols with Garda officers using a range of marked and unmarked vehicles.The breakthrough in the case has also brought some relief to the elderly in the area who have often been left without landline coverage on a number of occasions to the thefts.GARDAI MAKE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN COPPER WIRE THEFTS was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigartFanadInspector Michael Harrisonstolentelephone cablinglast_img read more

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Red Bluff Holiday Classic tournament begins Wednesday

first_imgRed Bluff >> It’s an annual tradition the third week in December and is more than just a basketball tournament, helping to bring everyone in and out of Red Bluff together. For 27 years Red Bluff High School has put on the Holiday Classic boys and girls basketball tournament, including teams from Southern California, Oregon, the Bay Area, Sacramento and other areas. Event coordinator Nancy Mackey said sometimes the out-of-area players and coaches have never been to Red Bluff before. “I have …last_img

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Some farmers are still keeping wheat in the rotation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is hard not to love the early green-up, the amber waves and the rotational benefits of Ohio’s winter wheat crop, but quality challenges, management issues and prices have eroded away acreage in recent years. In 2017, there were only 435,000 winter wheat acres harvested in Ohio, the lowest acreage on record. Planted acreage for the 2018 harvest was up to 530,000 acres, but still just a fraction of the Ohio acreage from years gone by.Wheat, however, continues to be a part of the rotation for Ben Bowsher who farms in Allen and Auglaize counties.“It has fit into our operation for a few reasons. We use it to do some fertility work and tile projects and there is overall profitability with selling the straw and the double-crop soybeans. Wheat also is a cover crop and it a great crop to hold the ground in the fall through the winter and tie up nutrients that could move. I think it is a benefit to break up the corn bean rotation too. It is a nice fit with the entire package. Wheat was one of our better crops over the last several years,” Bowsher said. “There are a couple farms that are 50-50 with the landlords and we use it on those farms and on our own ground in the rotation or if we need to do some tiling or fertility work. This was one of our better wheat crops this year and if you look at the wheat, the straw, and the double-crops, wheat has actually been more profitable than corn or soybeans.”Statewide, the wheat crop was a fairly good one in 2018. Heading into harvest this summer Ohio’s winter wheat crop was rated 20% excellent and 63% good, according the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In most cases, despite some wet weather challenges, wheat was harvested in a fairly timely manner. The week ending July 8 had Ohio’s wheat 68% harvested, which was just behind the rapid progress of 2017’s harvest, but well ahead of the 42% five year average.Bowsher’s recipe for profitable wheat starts with timely planting.“We got it in timely last fall. We planted on the fly free date and there really wasn’t any damage over winter. Most of the time we had snow cover when it was cold and I don’t know that we really lost any tillers over the winter,” Bowsher said. “I was a little concerned about when we were going to get the nitrogen on in the spring. It was early April when we first got in to topdress it. I topdressed it and turned right back around, sprayed for weeds and gave it a second shot of N. Then the fungicide application was right on time and we were able to get it harvested in a timely manner.”Fungicide on the wheat is standard procedure for Bowsher.“We spray fungicide on it every year. We used a helicopter this year the weekend before Memorial Day to spray,” he said. “We did some side-by-side comparisons and it was always a benefit. Now it is just part of our planned program to spray fungicide. It gives us better straw quality and better grain quality.”Good timing for harvest is vital to maintain the quality of the crop, but also to maximize the profit potential from the wheat acres.“It was good quality this year. It came out of the field dry — it dried down faster than we could harvest,” Bowsher said. “In this area there have been quality issues, so we always push it with wheat. If it is below 20% moisture I’ll spend the time and money to cut it versus risking a quality issue and delaying harvest. I try to cut it wet for quality, get the straw baled and get double-crops in. July 4 is when I like to get them in by.”Double-cropping soybeans has become an important part of the profitability of the wheat acres for Bowsher.“Over the last 10 years or so we have double-cropped,” he said. “Anything above 15 bushels for double-crops is worth harvesting and we probably have a low 20 average for double-crop yields and last year they were right around 30 across the board. This year it was June 29 when we started harvest, which is fairly normal and we started planting double-crops July 2. Then we got a nice rain and we have had more rain since. I finished planting double-crop beans on July 9. There was moisture there and they came up pretty quickly. I planted on a Monday and they were out of the ground on Friday.”Timely planting for the soybeans depends on the straw baling process too.“We just sell the windrows and guys come in and bale it. We have had a good buyer come in the last few years now,” Bowsher said. “They know we plan on planting double-crops and they are cognizant of our time.”While there are plenty of benefits to wheat it requires careful management from start to finish to be successful.“When it is time to do wheat there is no waiting a day or two. Planting, nitrogen application, weed, control, fungicide application and harvest — you have to do it when it needs done,” Bowsher said. “It is a little more workload in the fall trying to get it planted and the big thing with wheat is the timing. When it is time, you can’t put it off. It is a high management crop.”Ohio State University Extension experts recommend a number of practices to get the wheat crop off to a solid start this fall. Agronomist Harold Watters offers some tips.Planting date — The fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Ohio to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.Application of phosphorus — nutrient movement can be reduced by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If, for example, 90 pounds of P2O5 is needed, 20 to 35 pounds of nitrogen comes along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when it is needed in the spring and provides growing crop for phosphorus application.Variety selection — Get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head scab and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — Using a drill, wheat can be planted at 6 to 10 inches. There are many split-row soybean planters in 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too great of a yield hit. Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to use a more precise planting implement to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to Modify Relay Intercrop (MRI) soybeans into wheat.Be sure to check out this year’s Ohio State University Wheat Performance Trials.last_img read more

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