Wheat harvest jumps from last week, lags behind a year ago

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was abundant field activity last week as temperatures remained above normal and rainfall was very light, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were a season high 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 14.Clear skies allowed farmers to spray herbicides and side dress fields where necessary. Corn leaves were rolling on sandy soils and in hot, dry areas of the State. Soybean and corn conditions improved slightly from the prior week as the rains slowed and fields dried out. Reports of corn and soybean replanting meant varying levels of plant progress within some fields and overall delayed maturity.Wheat combines rolled quickly, as wheat harvested progress was up 35 percentage points from the prior week. Oat condition improved slightly from the prior week as 42 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition. The hot, dry weather was good for making hay last week. First cuttings of hay have mostly been taken off of the fields and second cuttings were well underway, although all hay progress was still behind the 5-year averages. Pasture and range condition improved slightly to 44 percent good to excellent condition.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

The Cloud Services Market is Looking Like a Red Ocean

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Related Posts Opsource and Rackspace are two well-established companies in the cloud computing space. But the number of providers in the overall market is beginning to morph.John Treadway of Cloud Bzz put together a comprehensive list. He says the market is looking more like a red ocean:“I hope you’ll pardon my dubious take, but I can’t possibly understand how most of these will survive. Sure, some will because they are big and others because they are great leaps forward in technology (though I see only a bit of that now). There are three primary markets for stacks: enterprise private clouds, provider public clouds, and public sector clouds. In five years there will probably be at most 5 or 6 companies that matter in the cloud IaaS stack space, and the rest will have gone away or taken different routes to survive and (hopefully) thrive.” Lots of blood in the water. Who’s going to get eaten first? Earlier this week, Opsource announced a partner program. The news came on Monday, the first day developers could download code from OpenStack, a separate initiative that has had considerable attention this week.Both companies provide cloud infrastructure based upon open source. They could easily be part of a same open-cloud network such as OpenStack. But for now Opsource says it will not join the effort lead by Rackspace. Our guess is Opsource competes to some extent with Rackspace and is looking at other alternatives.Rackspace, Opsource and almost two dozen other companies are now offering a variety of cloud infrastructures. It’s an increasingly crowded market that is due for some consolidation. But for the moment, the market is an example of how companies perceive the opportunities the cloud provides.Rackspace, as we know, provides public cloud infrastructure. Opsource offers cloud infrastructure to the enterprise, service providers and systems integrators.Opsource calls its program a partner ecosystem. These partners include integrators, developers, ISVs, cloud platform companies and telecom providers.Opsource expects 50% of its revenue to come from these partners, and points in particular to telecommunications companies. CEO Treb Ryan:“The feedback we’re getting from the telecoms is that a request for cloud is becoming an increasing part of the RFP’s they are seeing from customers. Usually it comes as a request for bundled services (such as managed network, internet access, hosting and cloud.) One of our European telecoms stated they couldn’t bid on $2 million a month worth of contracts because one of the requirements was cloud.”Ryan says customers want to work with one company:“Most likely it’s a combination of not wanting to go to separate vendors for separate services (i.e. a colo company for hosting, OpSource for cloud, a telecom for network, and a managed security company for VPN’s) they want to get it all from one vendor completely integrated. Secondly, I think many customers have a trusted relationship with their telecom for IT infrastructure services already and they trust them more than a third-party company.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing last_img read more

Bombay High Court to hear PIL plea for judge Loya death probe

first_imgThe Bombay High Court will hear on January 23 a plea filed by lawyers seeking a probe by a retired Supreme Court judge into the death of judge B.H. Loya.A Division Bench of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and B.H. Dangre was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by the Bombay Lawyers Association seeking an enquiry into the events and circumstances surrounding the death of Loya in the light of a news report.The PIL mentions the chronology of the events: death of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi, his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, the transfer of judge J.T. Utpat and coming in of judge Loya. The PIL then quotes the article in The Caravan magazine on November 21, 2017, about Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani questioning her brother’s death.The plea also points out how judge Loya confided to his sister that the then Chief Justice of the High Court, Mohit Shah, had offered him a bribe of ₹ 100 crore in return for a favourable judgment, as per the news article. The petition quotes the article in which Anuradha says that she recounts the day when BJP Minister Amit Shah was discharged in the case and it was soon after the new judge came on board.Counsel for the association told the court that the matter must be heard urgently as there are many rumours and versions behind the death of Loya. The Bench will now hear the matter on January 23.last_img read more

Chinese gymnast Teng Haibin pulls out of London 2012

first_imgChina’s 2004 Athens Games champion Teng Haibin has pulled out of the London Olympics gymnastics competition with an arm injury. Teng, the 2004 gold medallist who missed out on the Beijing Games, picked up the injury during the team’s training in Northern Ireland. His place will be taken by Guo Weiyang.Teng burst into tears after realising his Olympic dream was over, Xinhua reported.”It’s a challenge for us in the London Games with a series of injuries hampering our effort to win the team title, but I haven’t lost confidence in the Chinese team,” he said.China’s head coach Huang Yubin said: “Once one bad thing happens, many other things become more difficult. Now, I’m very worried about the Games.”China’s men won seven of eight golds in the men’s artistic gymnastics events in Beijing but have played down their chances of a repeat in London.last_img read more