Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, says the forthcoming budget should include specific financial aid for the agri-sector due to the adverse impact of Brexit.He said the agri-sector needs aid like other areas set to be addressed in the Budget.“The government should commit to supporting the agri-sector in the forthcoming budget. It is expected that other sectors will have financial supports delivered in the forthcoming budget. The agri-sector should be included in any Brexit minded budget. “Brexit has harmed the sector like never before. Since May beef farmers have losses of €100m. These losses are set to continue and government intervention in this budget is needed.“My colleagues and I have made the case to the government that our largest indigenous sector must be safeguarded from all Brexit scenarios in the upcoming budget.“We must plan for all eventualities and have a mitigation fund. The government must deliver a sectoral fund in the budget,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Forthcoming Budget needs financial aid for agri-sector – McConalogue was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending 7-10-16, 7% of the state’s corn was silking compared to 17% for the 5-year average. Given the range in corn planting dates this year, some late planted (corn planted in early-mid June corn) may not achieve tasselling and silking until late July. The pollination period, the flowering stage in corn, is the most critical period in the development of a corn plant from the standpoint of grain yield determination. Stress conditions (such as hail damage and drought) have the greatest impact on yield potential during the reproductive stage. The following are some key steps in the corn pollination process.Most corn hybrids tassel and silk about the same time although some variability exists among hybrids and environments. On a typical midsummer day, peak pollen shed occurs in the morning between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. followed by a second round of pollen shed late in the afternoon. Pollen may be shed before the tassel fully emerges. Pollen shed begins in the middle of the central spike of the tassel and spreads out later over the whole tassel with the lower branches last to shed pollen. Pollen grains are borne in anthers, each of which contains a large number of pollen grains. The anthers open and the pollen grains pour out in early to mid morning after dew has dried off the tassels. Pollen is light and is often carried considerable distances by the wind. However, most of it settles within 20 to 50 feet.Pollen shed is not a continuous process. It stops when the tassel is too wet or too dry and begins again when temperature conditions are favorable. Pollen stands little chance of being washed off the silks during a rainstorm as little to none is shed when the tassel is wet. Also, silks are covered with fine, sticky hairs, which serve to catch and anchor pollen grains.Under favorable conditions, pollen grain remains viable for only 18 to 24 hours. However, the pollen grain starts growth of the pollen tube down the silk channel within minutes of coming in contact with a silk and the pollen tube grows the length of the silk and enters the female flower (ovule) in 12 to 28 hours. A well-developed ear shoot should have 750 to 1,000 ovules (potential kernels), each producing a silk. The silks from near the base of the ear emerge first and those from the tip appear last. Under good conditions, all silks will emerge and be ready for pollination within 3 to 5 days and this usually provides adequate time for all silks to be pollinated before pollen shed ceases.Pollen of a given plant rarely fertilizes all the silks of the same plant. Under field conditions, 97% or more of the kernels produced by each plant may be pollinated by other plants in the field. The amount of pollen is rarely a cause of poor kernel set. Each tassel contains as many as 2 million or more pollen grains, which translates to at least 2,000 pollen grains produced for each silk of the ear shoot. Shortages of pollen are usually only a problem under conditions of extreme heat and drought. As noted above, poor kernel set is more often associated with poor timing of pollen shed with silk emergence – with silks emerging after pollen shed (poor “nick”). However, hybrids rarely exhibit this problem unless they experience extreme drought stress. Some of the new drought tolerant hybrids have shorter “anthesis silking intervals”, i.e. pollen shedding and silk emergence are more closely synchronized than hybrids more susceptible to drought. This shorter anthesis silking interval mitigates the impact of drought stress during pollination.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Laura Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionAlfalfa stands were negatively affected by this winter’s weather. Some farmers may be converting their alfalfa fields to soybean. Does the soybean seed need to be inoculated?While there is very little information on this topic, we believe yes. You should inoculate soybean with Rhizobia when converting an alfalfa field to soybean. Here’s why… Both alfalfa and soybean plants have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in which the bacteria fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into a plant-available form of nitrogen. However, different species are associated with alfalfa and soybean. In soybean, nitrogen fixation is associated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. While in alfalfa, nitrogen fixation is associated with Sinorhizobium meliloti (also called Ensifer meliloti). The bacteria associated with nitrogen fixation in alfalfa will not form the same association with soybean. Generally, fields with a history of soybean production have a large population density of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. However, if soybean hasn’t been grown for several years, there is more likely to be a yield response when soybean seed is inoculated. The previous alfalfa crop will provide some nitrogen to the soybean crop, but this is difficult to quantify. While we know that a previous alfalfa crop can supply nearly all the N needed for corn production, we found no published research studies on uninoculated soybean after alfalfa. Nitrogen mineralization from an organic form (alfalfa residue) to a plant-available form of nitrogen (ammonium or nitrate) is unpredictable. Nitrogen release from organic materials is weather dependent (moisture/temperature) and also depends on the carbon:nitrogen ratio of the material. So, nitrogen release from the alfalfa residue may not coincide with nitrogen uptake by the soybean plant. (And soybeans need a lot of nitrogen! It takes ~290 pounds of N per acre to produce a 60 bushels per acre soybean crop.) [Side note: Applying nitrogen fertilizer does not usually increase soybean yield and is even less likely to be profitable. So even though soybean has a high requirement for nitrogen, please do not apply nitrogen fertilizer.]Inoculant is a relatively cheap input.
With no let-up in the water crisis that has gripped the State’s hinterland, residents of the drought-hit areas of Solapur and Pune districts are desperate.In Solapur’s Madha tehsil, farmers lament the condition of the smaller livestock like goats and sheep, while in tribal areas of Junnar in Pune district, water sources have all but dried up.“The government provides for bigger animals in fodder camps, but the smaller ones like goats and sheep are neglected. Their suffering is unbearable. The landscape is arid, with foliage wilting in the heat,” says Dipak Mali, a farmer from Upalai Budruk village in Madha. Calling the ground reality of the fodder camp dismal, he said it is a daily struggle for humans and animals alike to fight the crisis.Vidya Londhe, a resident of the same village, has to trudge more than 4 km every day in quest of water. “The water we receive from the tankers is invariably undrinkable. Even to get that, we have to queue up each morning. There is a great deal of jostling and frayed of tempers. It is only after several hours that we receive water, sometimes well past midnight, and even then, barely enough to fill a vessel,” she says.‘No efforts by leaders’According to Sachin Gadekar, a local journalist and analyst, the grim reality facing the populace of Madha and the rest of Solapur is ironic, given that the 40-odd sugar mills in the district were functional during the sugarcane crushing season.“Furthermore, there have been no efforts on part of Solapur’s Guardian Minister Subhash Deshmukh or important leaders in the district like Sushilkumar Shinde to provide relief for the drought hit. The Guardian Minister has made two brief tours of a couple of drought-hit taluks after the polls ended in the State,” he said.Expressing worry at the abysmal state of fodder camps and the utter lack of water, Shivajirao Patil-Chandajkar, a former director of the district milk association, observed that even water-abundant villages near the Ujani dam — Solapur’s potable water lifeline — were in dire straits this year.Meanwhile in Junnar, 90 km from Pune city, the tribal hamlets of Muthalne and Kopre are particularly hard hit, with their natural water reserves drying up. Residents say contaminated water has led to an outbreak of diseases like cholera and gastroenteritis. Stocks dipping in PuneMeanwhile, cumulative water stocks in the four major dams — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — that constitute Pune city’s drinking water sources are down to an alarming 4.43 TMC (thousand million cubic feet), a little over 15% of their total capacity.According to the State Irrigation Department, water consumption in the city in April was the highest over a six-month period beginning November 2018. “The city consumed 1.4 TMC water in March and April. Going by the pattern of consumption in May, the city may very well end up consuming water in excess of 1.4 TMC for the third consecutive month. This is bound to pose severe problems till the onset of the monsoon,” an official from the Irrigation Department said.
Tottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for revenge when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 in the north London derby earlier this month.”It’s a massive game for us,” Winks toldStandard Sport. “It’s come quickly after we lost to them two weeks ago, so there’s going to be revenge on our minds. We want to put it right and, obviously, it’s a good opportunity to progress in a cup.”That defeat was difficult to take. It’s never nice losing to anyone, especially our rivals at their ground. It was disappointing for us, the fans, the club, but we’ve put it right with our results since in the League and the Champions League. It’s important we do the same on Wednesday.”Us players treat every game in every competition as important as the next. We want to win every cup we’re involved in. The League Cup is no different. Beating Arsenal is the perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Man City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri is confident he will improve.Pep Guardiola has been enthused by the £60million summer signing’s performances but Rodri admitted he still has much to learn.Fernandinho and Mikel Arteta have become big influences in his opening weeks at the Etihad Stadium since moving from Atletico Madrid.”Sometimes I’d be a bit relaxed like in Spain but here you don’t have it,” Rodri said. “In Spain we say slow down but here you can’t. I need those matches to adapt but I like it.”Fernandinho has helped me. He taught me a little bit. It’s not easy to be in this team. He has a lot of experience. I have lots of things to learn.”I’m not used to this position. We don’t have many defensive players. I like this. I think it’s the best position I fit in most.”The first matches can be difficult. I’ll get better of course. The fact I play alone with no other defensive midfielder. It’s a challenge for me. I have to read the games and learn this position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.”
MONTREAL – Montreal was one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets last year as low unemployment and economic growth translated into the area’s best sales growth in a decade.Total sales in the Greater Montreal Area increased eight per cent to 44,448 on the strength of condominium sales and good overall activity on the Island of Montreal.Sales growth exceeded 20 per cent in five of the city’s most popular boroughs.That compared with sales decreases of 18 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in Greater Vancouver.Unlike Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal doesn’t have a foreign buyers tax.More than 14,000 condos changed hands across the Island of Montreal and nearby communities during the year, marking a 17 per cent increase from 2016.“It’s on fire,” said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.The overall sales growth far exceeded his expectations. He said the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.Cardinal thought new mortgage rules implemented in the fall of 2016 would impair the number of first-time buyers and reduce the total number of transactions.But Quebec’s best consumer confidence in 15 years and a high number of permanent residences stimulated demand and compensated for the new rules and higher mortgage rates during the summer.Transactions of single-family homes rose three per cent to 25,601 while sales of buildings with two to five units increased six per cent to 4,336.Demand was particularly strong for luxury accommodation. Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent.The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.The average price of homes in the Greater Montreal Area increased nearly six per cent to $364,510. That was the largest increase since 2010, with single-family homes sustaining the greater price increases.Prices rose 6.1 per cent to $467,496 on the Island of Montreal, which includes Canada’s second-largest city and suburbs.Cardinal said the number of foreign buyers, particularly from China, has grown but remained marginal overall. They were mostly concentrated in wealthier neighbourhoods and the downtown core.He said Montreal is attractive for foreign buyers because the city provides a high quality of life, affordable housing, low pollution and a university system that contributed to it being named last year as the best city in the world for students.Direct flights to two major Chinese cities have also made it easier for family visits.Cardinal is forecasting another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales transactions increasing five per cent.“That would lead us to a new record so we would beat the 2007 mark,” he said.Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent.Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. That included a 35 per cent increase in condo sales. Total active listings fell nine per cent from a year ago.While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.