first_imgBryce Kirk’s sixth inning 3-run home run gave the home team its first lead of the night and proved the be the difference in an otherwise closely played ball game as the Humboldt Crabs earned a 4-1 win over the visiting Humboldt B52s, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Kirk’s lead-taking home run was made possible in part by one of four B52s errors on the night. With two outs already recorded B52s catcher Matt Mascio let a throw-down to second base — a throw which if it had been on target …last_img read more

first_img4 February 2013Africa’s top-ranked team, Cote d’Ivoire, missed out on the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when they were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in Phokeng outside Rustenburg on Sunday. Burkina Faso later completed the semi-final line-up with a 1-0 defeat of Togo after extra time in Nelspruit.Nigeria will next face Mali in the semi-finals in Durban on Wednesday, while Burkina Faso and Ghana will go at it in Nelspruit on the same day. The third and fourth place playoff takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, with Johannesburg’s National Stadium the venue for the final on Sunday.Stephen Keshi, Nigeria’s coach, praised his team after its upset of Cote d’Ivoire, saying: “I know the mentality of my players, their level of concentration, and I knew they could do it. My players were disciplined. Nobody gave us a chance, but we showed character.”Missed opportunityHis opposite number Sabri Lamouchi admitted the loss amounted to a missed opportunity for the Elephants. “We had only one goal and that was to win the Africa Cup of Nations. For some of us, it might be a last chance. For me, it is my first Africa Cup of Nations and I had the same objective,” he said.“We did our best, but could not succeed. It’s an obvious disappointment and you can imagine the state of the players.”Nigeria’s Victor Moses gave Boubacar Barry an uncomfortable moment early in the match with a stinging drive that the goalkeeper parried. Fortunately for him, it fell to an Ivorian defender and the ball was cleared.Brown Ideye set up Emmanuel Emenike with a very good opportunity after he picked up a loose ball and drew the last two defenders before passing. Emenike’s shot, however, was poor and passed high over the Cote d’Ivoire goal.Didier Drogba showed good skill to chest down a ball and shoot despite the attention of three defenders. His shot was just off target to goalkeeper Victor Enyeama’s left.GoalTwo minutes from the break, Nigeria hit the front from a free kick. Emenike blasted a shot from range straight at the keeper, but Barry made a real hash of his attempted save, swatting fresh air as the ball passed between his hands. Barry has an excellent record in the Africa Cup of Nations, but he badly blotted his book with the boo-boo.Only five minutes into the second half, the Ivorians drew level. Drogba won a free kick just outside the box on the left and then delivered a pacy cross to the back post where an unmarked Cheik Tiote headed the ball past Enyeama.Ideye was denied by Barry from a corner when he powered a header downwards from close range. After his initial block, Barry dived to the ground and grabbed the ball at the feet of a couple of Super Eagles and the scores remained level.Yaya Toure then drew a super save out of Enyeama after he unleashed a vicious shot from just inside the box.WinnerThe outcome of the match was decided 13 minutes from time and it came from a worthy winner. After picking up the ball just inside the Super Eagles’ half, Sunday Mba injected pace into Nigeria’s attack down the left of the field before cutting inside. He fired. The ball took a slight deflection off a defender and looped over Barry, giving Nigeria a 2-1 lead.Seeking an equaliser, Cote d’Ivoire’s Lacina Traore received a ball to his feet, mere metres from the Nigerian goal in the last five minutes, but his first touch let him down and a Nigerian defender toe-poked the ball behind for a corner.After Burkina Faso qualified for the semi-finals, only the second time they had achieved the feat (the previous time was when they hosted the tournament in 1998), coach Paul Put was thrilled with his charges. “Congratulations to my players,” he said. “All l asked of them was to make it to the semi-final and l am happy because they have fulfilled my wish.“During the extra time, l was worried about our prospects, but with confidence and commitment we managed to get something extra and we scored the goal.“Looking ahead, we will go into the semi-final with confidence and Mbombela is our home, so everything is possible. We have a lot of supporters here in Nelspruit and we are pleased to be here.”‘A well-organised side’Didier Six, Togo’s coach, commented: “At this level of competition, all remaining teams are good and we came up against a well-organised side. We tried hard under difficult circumstances and we are disappointed we didn’t win today.“It is a disappointing result tonight, but we also have to recognise that by playing this match Togo reached the quarterfinal stage for the first time ever at Afcon, so we did our best.”Early in the game, Togo opened up an excellent chance for Floyd Ayite after some good approach play. He received the ball just outside the six-yard box and in a little space, but his first-time shot was mishit and easily dealt with by the goalkeeper.Hooked off the lineStar striker Emmanuel Adebayor almost gave Togo the lead when he beat goalkeeper Daouda Diakite and a defender to a header early in the second half. Hwever, although Diakite might have been beaten, Saidou Panandetiguiri was covering and managed to hook the ball clear from off the goal line.With regulation time running short, Jonathan Pitroipa missed getting the final touch to a nice low cross, which would have challenged the Togo goalie from close range.A strong run by Adebayor saw him ride a couple of tackles before getting off a shot, but Diakite flew off his line to close down the angle and block the shot.The Stallions responded by attacking down the left. Prejuce Nakoulma turned a defender, but then let the ball get a bit away from him and his shot was turned behind for a corner.The winner came in extra time, in the 105th minute, from Pitroipa, who met a corner kick on the edge of the six-yard box with a strong header that struck the bottom of the crossbar on its way into the back of the Sparrow Hawks’ net.Togo sought a response, but Burkina Faso held out for the win.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, temperatures in northern Ohio dipped below freezing prompting some concerns about possible injury to the wheat crop.The effect of cold weather depends on the wheat growth stage. Maximum resistance to cold weather occurs in December-February. As wheat greens-up, the plant becomes less tolerant of freezing temperatures (see wheat freeze chart), which could be particularly damaging after jointing when the growing point is above the soil surface.Currently in Ohio, most wheat is between the Feekes 5 (green-up) and Feekes 6, aka “jointing”. At the Feekes 6 growth stage, temperatures of ≤24°F for at least two hours may be injurious. However, even at Feekes 6, the growing point is still near to the soil surface and is somewhat protected by the vegetation. Injury is most severe when wheat is at the boot and heading growth stages.If you think your wheat has been affected by freeze injury, wait a few days after the suspected freeze to observe the injury. Walk the field and look for discoloration and deformations.  Between Feekes 6 and 8, leaves and stems on freeze-damaged plants become twisted and turn light green or yellow with necrosis (death) of the leaf tips. At Feekes 8, the emerging flag leaf appears yellow or necrotic instead of healthy green, indicating that the growing point is damaged or killed. Secondary, unaffected tillers will develop and produce grain, but tillers with damaged growing points will stop growing and will not produce a head.References: Shroyer, J.P., M.E. Mikesell, and G.M. Paulsen.  1995.  Spring Freeze Injury to Kansas Wheat.  Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.  Available at: read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is June 5 — the much-discussed prevented planting date for corn in Ohio. Many fields are still way too wet to plant and it is decision time (and it is not an easy one to make).What should be done?“First you need to talk to your agent to see what your prevent plant eligibility is. Looking back at the last four crop years, the highest number of corn acres you planted will be the maximum acres that you can take prevented plant on corn. You need to find out first how many eligible acres you have,” said Keith Summers, with Leist Mercantile in Pickaway County. “Then, if you decide to take prevented planting, you need to notify your agent and file notice of loss. You can plant for 20 days into that late plant period past June 5, but if you make that determination, you need to get that claim filed. You lose 1% of your insurance guarantee each day after that final plant date.”The prevented planting payment for corn is 55% of the initial insurance guarantee and for soybeans is 60% of the guarantee, unless higher limits were purchased. Prevented planting acres must be reported on the acreage report and the premium is the same as planted acres. Prevented planting has no impact on APH.Brian Frieden, director of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Springfield Regional Office, said there are several options are available for producers unable to plant a crop by the final planting date because of an insurable cause of loss. A producer may:Plant the insured crop during the late planting period with a reduced guarantee; 2. Not plant a crop and receive a prevented planting payment; 3. Plant the acreage to another crop after the late planting period ends and receive a reduced prevented planting payment; or 4. Plant a cover crop and receive a full prevented planting payment provided that the cover crop is not hayed or grazed before Nov. 1, or otherwise harvested at any time.Replant payments may also be available for land that was planted and does not have an adequate stand. Producers should contact their insurance agent if they believe acreage should be replanted. Producers must receive written permission from the insurance company to replant, abandon or destroy a crop.Frieden said producers who are prevented from planting because of an insurable cause of loss also must provide notice within 72 hours after the final planting date at their local Farm Service Agency office if they do not intend or are unable to plant the insured crop within any applicable late planting period. To qualify for a prevented planting payment, the affected acreage must be at least 20 acres or 20% of the crop acreage in the insured unit. Prevented planting is not available on area insurance policies, such as Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI).The Ohio prevented planting date for soybeans is June 20 with a 25-day late plant period that extends until July 15.“With the soybeans it is the same process as it is with the corn. You can plant into July with their late plant period. Otherwise the process is the same as with the corn as far a filing a claim,” Summers said. “But it is important that you get that claim filed. If you change your mind, that is OK. We can always withdraw that claim, but you only have 72 hours once you make that determination. If you switch acres from corn to beans, it is not a big deal. You just plant the beans and move on.”In his area, Summers said that, despite some challenges planting, there will not be a huge number of prevented planting acres in 2019.“Our advice is to our customers is to do what you think is best for you. The customers that I am talking to, they are going to plant. They are going to get a crop in the ground,” Summers said. “We have seen a little rally in prices to levels we didn’t think we were going to see. They want to take advantage of that.”For more, farmers can reference RMA’s Planting Date Map Viewer for final planting dates by crop, state, county, policy type and farming practice. Additional resources to help with this important decision, including a Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions, are highlighted at and read more