Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Jane HardistyLast fall a survey was taken to determine how many Hoosier farmers planted cover crops on their fields. State Conservationist Jane Hardisty says the results were surprising, “According to the data, over 1.1 million acres of cover crops were planted in 2015, which is an increase of nearly 10 percent compared to the previous year and 225 times more coverage over the past decade.”Hardisty told HAT the extreme weather conditions of the past two years have demonstrated to producers the value of cover crops and reduced tillage, “We have fields across the road from each other, one with cover crops and no-till and the other with convention tillage. Farmers have seen for themselves the difference in yields in these extreme conditions.  The yields on the cover crop fields far exceeded those on the conventionally tilled fields. This has sent a strong message to producers.”Hoosier farmers also continued the trend of plowing less and using sound conservation practices that preserve valuable topsoil, according to the 2015 data. Not plowing the soil is a critical component to improving soil health and can reduce soil erosion by 75 percent when compared to a conventional tillage system. The results show that 55 percent of Indiana’s harvested cropland was left undisturbed during the winter months.Not only is Indiana leading the nation in the adoption of cover crops, the data that is being collecting is also unique and serves as an example to other states on what can be done. “We introduced the cover crop assessment to the survey in 2011 so that we could better tell the story of Indiana’s conservation efforts,” said Hardisty.  “Cover crops protect soil from extreme weather and retain valuable nutrients in fields during winter months, playing a key role in soil health. With more farmers implementing this practice, the 2015 survey results prove why Indiana continues to be a national leader in soil health.”Hardisty says the adoption of precision farming and the tight economic times are encouraging producers to make changes in their operations to reduce expenses and improve yields, “Farmers are changing the way they operate; they are changing their management and their equipment.  We find that the farmers that are including conservation decisions in their planning are the ones who are getting more output with less inputs.”“When our farmers apply sound conservation practices, it’s good for the soil, contributes to improved water quality and good for the future of agriculture,” said Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). “These survey results not only indicate that more farmers are implementing these types of practices, which means that soil health is improving, but also that Indiana has a conservation model that works and continues to garner national attention.”The results are improved soil health and a reduction of the environmental impact of a farming operation. To learn more about Indiana’s conservation efforts, please visit icp.iaswcd.org. Or to find the tillage transect for your county, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office by visiting www.in.gov/isda/2370.htm.  Additionally, ISDA maintains tillage transect reports dating back to 1990 on its website www.in.gov/isda/2383.htm which also includes the most recent transect results. Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops By Gary Truitt – Apr 24, 2016 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleSwitch to Growing High Oleic Soybeans is SimpleNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

New record for patients on hospital trolleys

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp Facebook University Hospital LimerickA RECORD high for the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was set this week, when figures from the INMO showed there were 70 admitted patients waiting for a bed.This is the highest number since the nursing union began counting the numbers of waiting patients. On Tuesday, 46 people were on trolleys in the Emergency Department and a further 24 were waiting for an in-patient bed in overflow wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The numbers had decreased to 64 during the week.Limerick Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan said she is “calling for funding to open all available beds in hospitals in the region, for extra step-down beds where they can be provided and for additional Home Care Packages. It needs an urgent interim response from Government.”“No other region has the pressure we have and all other regions are better resourced for the populations they serve”.In a statement, hospital management said “UL Hospitals Group sincerely regrets that any patient has to face long waits in our emergency department.“The emergency department at UHL is one of the busiest in the country and the numbers presenting continue to increase year on year. Attendances to the end of December 2018 were 72,037 – an increase of 6.2 percent on 2017.The statement said the emergency department was exceptionally busy in recent days.“In the week between Monday, February 18 and Sunday, February 24, a total of 1,453 presented to the emergency department. In the 24-hour period to midnight on Monday, February 25, a total of 210 people attended the Emergency Department. We continue to see high volumes of frail elderly with complex medical conditions and regret that anyone faces long wait times while we prioritise the sickest patients. The Department is also seeing high volumes of surgical patients at present.“We are again asking members of the public to please consider all their care options before presenting to the emergency department at UHL.Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 6pm for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.“UHL has just over 450 inpatient beds; this is recognised as not being sufficient for the needs of the Mid West Region. The Group welcomes the commitment to increasing bed capacity at the hospital,” the statement concluded. Printcenter_img Previous articleAfternoon delight with Finghin CollinsNext articleCity hosts flowers for Magdalenes event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthNew record for patients on hospital trolleysBy Bernie English – March 2, 2019 1355 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Hughes: Man U needs Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Mark Hughes has backed Manchester United’s surprise loan move for Odion Ighalo, describing the striker as the type of player the club needs. The 30-year-old has joined on a six-month loan from Shanghai Shenua with United needing cover up front after the back injury suffered by Marcus Rashford in January. The Nigeria international has been playing in the Chinese Super League since moving to Changchun Yatai from Watford in January 2017, but is now back in the Premier League with the Red Devils. Hughes, who played 467 times for United over two spells at the club, admits that the signing has come out of nowhere, but feels Ighalo will bring a physical presence to the team’s attack that it has been lacking. “I would probably think he is covered in bruises from pinching himself all day,” Hughes told Sky Sports. “If it happens you have to be delighted for the boy because it’s a fantastic club to play for. If you get the opportunity to do it, not many get the chance to go there. “I think he’s the type of player that United need, whether or not that’s long-term. I’ve watched them on a number of occasions, both live and on TV, and whenever I do I feel they just lack that physicality at the top end of the pitch – just to relieve pressure. “The other night, when they were getting pressed by [Manchester] City really high in the first half, I always felt they needed an outlet so they could knock it up to a big man who could retain possession for them, resist challenges and bring other people into the game, allowing them a bit of time to get up the pitch. Without that physicality, it’s hard to get out.” Ighalo played one full season in the Premier League with Watford, scoring 15 goals over the 2015-16 campaign. He moved to China in January 2017 and scored 36 times in 55 games for Changchun Yatai before his switch to Shanghai, where he netted 10 times in 17 appearances. “Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us. “A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”Tags: Manchester UnitedMark HughesOdion IghaloShanghai Shenualast_img read more

Relaince Sports Club feted with end of year evaluation

first_imgMEMBERS of Reliance Sports Club on the Essequibo Coast, well-wishers and special invitees witnessed the Club’s first-ever end-of-year evaluation ceremony.It was held last Saturday from 17:00hrs at the club captain Kameshwar Persaud’s residence in Reliance. The proceedings were chaired by former Essequibo Under-19 player and lecturer of the Essequibo Technical Institute, Dayianand Chaitram, who gave an emotional introduction of the Club’s history and performances.He was proud to point out that the club achieved national recognition, given that former national Under-19 batsman Rovendra Mandolall was a member, prior to his migration to Canada. He also alluded to their successes including a first division title when competing in a North Essequibo competition.Since then the club has grown in stature and includes a number of prominent names, including former Essequibo senior inter-county players Dinesh Joseph who is one of a few Essequibians to score an Inter-county century, Basil Persaud and former Essequibo senior inter-county captain Elroy Stephney.During the colourful presentation Stephney took the opportunity to appeal for continued support from the members since he felt that with a unified force the club has the potential to build further on their successes. He also was encouraged by the presence in the club of several hinterland players who have had a huge impact already.Joseph, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday and who was a special guest, announced that he was fully committed to playing and expressed his desire to share his experience with some of the young members, while rubbing shoulders with his former inter-county teammates such as Stephney and Persaud.Meanwhile, Basil Persaud was also delighted about the initiative to host such an occasion and appealed to the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) to become an agent of change for Essequibo players by having more competitions and coaching within the area committees. The large gathering was then feted to a wide variety of sumptuous fare with the organisers committing to make the occasion an annual feature.Prominent businessman Baney Persaud was present and offered his fullest cooperation as a founding member of the club while Bridgelall Lall, a member, donated a quantity of gear and clothing to the club.While there was no presentation of individual prizes, there were on display a number of trophies and memorabilia that the club achieved over the years.last_img read more