Sorghum x Sudangrass, a real “slump buster”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Major League Baseball players are infamous for trying strange practices to get out of hitting slumps. Not shaving, not showering, and trying to keep the routine they used when the bat was finding the ball. Grazers in part of Ohio typically have a period of time called the “summer slump,” usually in late July and early August when hot and dry weather force cool season grasses into partial dormancy. Quite often we become like baseball players trying the same routine.Sometimes we as grass managers need to look to the bench and insert a pinch hitter into our forage lineup to help our cows keep up with nutritional demands. Enter Summer annual grasses, including Sudangrass.Sorghum × drummondii (Sudangrass), is a hybrid-derived species of grass raised for forage and grain native to tropical and subtropical regions of Eastern Africa. Sudangrass is smaller in plant architecture, has finer stalks, produces more leaves than forage sorghum and develops multiple tillers. Compared to forage or grain sorghums, sudangrass looks more like a “grass” plant. It possesses excellent re-growth ability with very quick recovery following cutting or grazing, compared to forage sorghum or sorghum-sudangrass hybrids. Total biomass tonnage for a single harvest generally will be less than yields of forage sorghum. Sudangrass is primarily utilized for grazing and hay production and can serve as an excellent cover crop.The new and improved varieties possess genes that makes them highly digestible and desirable to ruminant diets. This gene is referred to as a BMR-6, which stands for Brown Mid rib. The Brown Midrib-6 gene lowers the lignin content of plant leaves to improve digestibility and palatability.Most grazers are advised to have a sacrifice lot to bring cows in on when extreme weather conditions could damage our forage stands. Grazing either extremely wet or extremely dry pastures can cause long-term damage. For me it is a five-acre pasture adjacent to handling facilities and winter feed pads.When soil temperatures reach 60 degrees seed is planted with a no-till drill at a rate of 35 pounds per acre, an inch deep. Under favorable growing conditions, apply one to 1.25 pounds of nitrogen per day of planned growth. For example, for a planned 60-day harvest, apply 50 to 75 pounds of nitrogen.Grass is usually grazed 45 to 55 days after emergence. For best quality and yield under multiple-grazing, harvest at 40 days or 40 inches of growth, whichever comes first.Protein will decline as harvest is delayed. Energy will increase upon heading due to continued sugar formation in the stalks and leaves and carbohydrate deposition in the developing grain.Careful attention should be paid to the grazing height. To allow for rapid re-growth, leaving two nodes or six inches is optimal. You will see increased tillering of plants thus thickening up the stand for subsequent grazing. A note of caution: these plants can accumulate a chemical called Prussic acid following large nitrogen fertilizer applications followed by drought and following a killing frost. Grazing should be delayed at minimum seven days following a killing freeze later in the fall.The biggest and most important question you should ask me is: “What does it cost?”Seed costs $30 per acre and fertilizer at seeding (including 50 units of N) costs $50 per acre. You should also include a planting cost of $10 per acreI turned 56 mature bred fall calving cows into five acres on July 18, 41 days after planting. Cows grazed for three days. At 168 grazing days (56×3) and $90 per acre it comes to roughly 53 cents per cow per day.An additional 50 units of N was applied after the first grazing. The cows were grazed an additional five days during the second half of August. Regrowth was amazing during those hot days last summer, and the grass had tillered out and grown to about 16 to 18 inches 15 days post grazing. And, with only fertilizer costs for the second grazing needing to be considered, the cost for those additional five days of grazing came to less than 20 cents per cow per day. Unfortunately, near drought conditions in Pickaway County last fall prevented the opportunity for any additional grazing.So if you’re facing feeding winter feed stocks of hay during the summer slump or letting them “pick” your drought stressed pastures, may I suggest you consider putting summer annuals in your lineup. They are a home run!last_img read more

WordPress.com Founder Matt Mullenweg: The Cloud is Marketing Speak

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The WordPress.com network went down last week. In the wake of the outage, we started looking at what infrastructure WordPress.com uses to serve its 10 million blogs.WordPress.com is run from data centers in Chicago and San Antonio. Layered Technologies (LayeredTech) manages most of the WordPress.com infrastructure. According to LayeredTech materials, in 2005 WordPress.com had five servers. Today, LayeredTech manages about 1,000 servers for WordPress.com.WordPress.com founder Matt Mullenweg said in a blog post that a routing issue in the data center caused the outage.The cloud gets blamed for almost any online outage these days. It used to be that we’d just say the service went down and there was a failure at the host or the data center. Sure enough, the WordPress.com outage is not a cloud disaster. Instead, it’s what happens when failover does not work in a data center. According to Mullenweg, that’s what happened at WordPress.com: Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “There was a latent misconfiguration, specifically a cable plugged someplace it shouldn’t have been, from a few months ago. Something called the spanning tree protocol kicked in and started trying to route all of our private network traffic to a public network over a link that was much too small and slow to handle even 10% of our traffic which caused high packet loss. This ‘sort of working’ state was much worse than if it had just gone down and confused our systems team and our failsafe systems. It is not clear yet why the misconfiguration bit us yesterday and not earlier.” We took a long look at the issue and still it bugged us that it is so vague about the differences between a data center network and a cloud computing environment. Well, Mullenweg is clear. We asked if WordPress.com is hosted through a traditional data center or if it is on a grid, which would qualify it in some respects as a cloud computing environment. He took our question and shot it right back. And in many ways, we think he is right:“That’s a silly question, like asking whether Facebook is a cloud computing environment,” Mullenweg said. Most ‘clouds’ besides Amazon’s are just marketing BS. WordPress.com is a collection of many physical servers across multiple datacenters to create a scalable, resilient environment for our customers. You could call it a grid, or cloud, we just call it service.”Cloud computing is over-hyped. No doubt. It’s interesting to hear this from someone like Mullenweg, who knows first hand the challenges of scaling. Who cares if it is cloud or not. It’s just cheaper to do it yourself at some point. Here’s how Mullenweg answered the rest of the questions we posed:RWW: WordPress.com uses traditional hosting. Why not use the cloud or does part of your service rely on a public cloud service?MM: We use cloud services where appropriate but always have a fall-back to local services. The best we’ve used is Amazon S3.RWW: I saw you present at Microsoft PDC about Windows Azure. Are you using Windows Azure? How?MM: We aren’t.RWW: Are you planning to move more of your service to a public cloud environment? Why? Why not?MM: No, in fact we’re going the other direction so we can have more control and lower our costs.RWW: But if it is a cloud, how could one router take it down? I saw your explanation but a clarification would be most helpful.MM: We have dozens of hardware and networking issues each week, and our system adapts and works around them so they’re invisible to users. This particular failure broke all of that. For an explanation of why, please check out my blog post on en.blog.wordpress.com.So, really what is the difference? There may be very little difference at all. The only distinction being that cloud computing remains difficult to define and sometimes is just marketing speak. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.” Mondilla gets his redemption LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon PLAY LIST 00:52Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon00:50Trending 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jaguar XJ Ultimate Luxury Saloon, F-Type Sportscar in India soon

first_imgTata Motors-owned British luxury and sportscar marquee Jaguar will soon launch two high end cars in India, the XJ Ultimate luxury saloon and the F-Type sportscar. According to reports, both the cars will be brought to India through completely built unit(CBU) route as has been the case with most Jaguars. “While the Jaguar XJ Ultimate luxury saloon is a super luxurious car that will take on the long wheelbase versions of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series saloons, the F-Type is a brand new sportscar,” said the report on indiancarsbikes.in.The report further adds that the Jaguar XJ luxury saloon retains the current engine line up: a 5 Liter V8 and a 3 Liter V6 supercharged petrol engines along with a V6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines will be mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox with a start-stop system as standard. The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar, inspired by the C-X16 concept will be unveiled later this year. The F-Type sportscar is expected to feature a three liter V6 petrol engine in two guises, a naturally aspirated version and a supercharged version, said the report. The naturally aspirated engine is expected to deliver about 275 Bhp while the supercharged version of the engine could put out about 375 Bhp.The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar is likley to be available in both coupe as well as convertible form.last_img read more

Ford dives into esports with Fordzilla racing team

first_img More From Roadshow 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Culture Car Games and Apps Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Now playing: Watch this: 68 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice The Ford GT MkII shows what a race car can be when you… Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Tags Gamescom Ford 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Esports Ford,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Tags 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 71 Photos 12 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 81 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 52 Photos 26 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 63 Photos 69 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Car Industry Comment 10 Photos 4:41 49 Photos Team Fordzilla is looking for star video game drivers in Europe. Ford The annual Gamescom video game conference in Germany isn’t just about gaming. Ford Europe took the opportunity to announce it wants to be more involved in the virtual world, launching its Fordzilla esports racing team at the conference. The team will focus on “highest level” of racing on the virtual stage and recruitment began this week at Gamescom. The automaker plans to recruit national teams for France, Germany, the UK and Spain. From there, Ford will create a European team with a star player from each country.While Fordzilla will likely tackle multiple racing games in the future, the team will begin with a presence in “Forza Motorsport 7,” the latest driving simulator game for the Xbox One console. Ford has a good relationship with Turn 10, the studio behind the Forza Motorsport franchise. It worked with Turn 10 to make the second-generation Ford GT the “Forza Motorsport 6” cover car back in 2015.Like other companies that are increasingly turning to the virtual sport, Ford eyes a piece of the growing revenue stream esports brings in. According to data Ford cited, esports is expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue this year — a 26.7% jump over 2018. The automaker also said the synergies between gaming and future mobility solutions intrigues the company.Ford isn’t alone in esports involvement. Earlier this month, Honda expanded its involvement to become the official partner of the Riot Games League of Legends Championship Series. The Japanese automaker also serves as the official partner of Team Liquid in the series. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 3 Comments More From Roadshow Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: A friendlier track animal Share your voice Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 1 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama.last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects BCCI plea to review order on Lodha panel recommendations

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review the apex court’s order, in which it agreed with the recommendations of the Justice (retd) RM Lodha Committee. The recommendations, when implemented, would bring more transparency to the cricketing body.The BCCI, led by president Anurag Thakur, has said that implementing the recommendations could spell more problems for the cricketing body, including its expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC).In an affidavit filed with the apex court on Monday, Thakur had said of his conversation with ICC President Shashank Manohar: “When he was president of BCCI, he had taken a view that the Lodha panel recommendations of appointing a nominee of the CAG on the board’s Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC,” Thakur had said.The Lodha panel recommendations, it may be noted, include barring ministers and civil servants as well as those above 70 years of age from becoming BCCI office bearers. If implemented, this could end political presence in the BCCI.The current BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is the founder of Nationalist Congress Party. He is a former Union Cabinet minister and the former chief minister of Maharashtra.The BCCI has also contested the one-state-one-vote proposal, which limits the voting power of traditionally more influential states and their selectors; and a cooling off period in its review petition in the Supreme Court.If and when the recommendations are implemented, Thakur and many others could be on their way out of the BCCI. However, Thakur could land a role in the ICC, with sources saying that the world cricketing body is keen on giving Thakur the chairmanship role in its development committee. He will succeed Manohar.last_img read more