Ohio’s specialty crops had a great 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio is home to a myriad of specialty crops, each having their own peculiarities with regard to the optimum weather and growing conditions.Brad Bergefurd is an Extension educator specializing in agriculture and horticulture. He works with a wide array of Ohio’s specialty crops. As a result, he always has an interesting take on the growing season. Here are some of his thoughts about 2016 as the growing season comes to its conclusion.“We’ve had some of the best yields in strawberries and asparagus. We did have a few late-season frost events in certain pockets in Ohio last spring, but even folks who got some of that damage still had pretty good strawberry yields overall both with matted and plasticulture. There was one picking of asparagus where there was damage and it had to be mowed. Then, rolling into the planting season, things were a little delayed because we were so wet early on. It was a little tough getting planted but once we did, it for the most part was good,” Bergefurd said. “There were quite a few places with dry weather, but it is better to grow this produce in a dry season than in a wet season, especially where it is irrigated. Some of the processing acres are on non-irrigated ground, but most of our fresh market acreage throughout the state is irrigated. It is easier to make it rain than to stop the rain. We had many pockets that were really dry but for the most part with irrigation yields were great, and quality was great.”The warm September and early October kept the good growing conditions going strong. Before the recent frosts growers were picking the whole gamut of crops — peppers, tomatoes, squash, tomatoes, pickles, sweet corn and green beans in October.“Things are still growing really well. We are still getting a lot of good development on our matted row strawberries. The fall planted plasticulture strawberries are really looking good,” he said in mid-October. “If this keeps up we’re looking at a Carolina fall and it is setting up for a good harvest next spring for strawberries. It can turn quick in Ohio, but if this continues it will be great. On plasticulture we use floating row covers for winter protection for the strawberries. We could get major damage in the bramble crops if it drops from 80 degrees to 20 degrees really fast but it doesn’t look like that will happen.“Strawberries especially produce the majority of the flower buds that get initiated in the fall. As long as we keep these temperatures, that plant is continuously making flower buds. I think we’re setting up for a really good strawberry crop if this continues. When it is warm, plasticulture strawberries could initiate some runner formations in the fall. If that happens we need to pinch those back but we are really not seeing that yet. Right now, all of their energy is going to root development and setting buds which is what we want.”Other types of berries also had a solid growing season in 2016.“For the bramble crops and berries those crops were all good yields and quality. We are currently fighting the spotted wing drosophila, which is a fruit fly that always causes havoc on the late season fruit crops. That is about the only issue we had on the fall bearing brambles and blackberries. We didn’t see really any winter damage and we needed a good blackberry crop since we lost the previous two due to polar vortex events. We didn’t get any reports of economic losses from that late frost last spring,” Bergefurd said. “There were not really any more disease issues than we normally have. Downy mildew is always an issue in Ohio and we had a few pockets of that on hops and cucurbits. The high heat in August caused some blooms to abort and we are seeing a little reduction in the harvest now because of that.”Ohio has a fair number of pumpkin acres that also saw good yields in 2016.“Some areas were too wet until mid-June and they got pumpkins planted pretty late, but the heat kicked in and those heat units really ramped up the maturity so we were right on schedule. I heard a few farmers reporting phytophthora issues on pumpkins. That moisture does spike those issues,” he said. “Yields were higher than usual but fruit size may be down a little because of the heat. We saw maybe a 10% reduction in fruit size. What would have been an 18- to 20-pound pumpkin most years might have come in at 15 or 16 pounds this year, but the yields have been phenomenal.”There has been a growing interest in Ohio hops production and yields have been climbing, particularly in 2016.“Hops had downy mildew, which happens in a wet or dry year but we really didn’t have too many issues. The areas that were in drought stress did have some spider mite issues. We are getting used to watching for spider mites when it gets dry,” he said. “The quality was great this year and most of the hops farmers have irrigation. Farmers harvesting mature four- and five-year-old fields are reporting the best yields ever this year.”The heat really pushed the hops crop along this year.“With more heat units this year the harvest for hops was two to three weeks early depending on where you were in the state. We usually harvest around Labor Day and we were harvesting the third week of August and even in early August down south,” Bergefurd said. “The early harvest threw the brewers off a little but the growers were communicating that all along with their brewers so they were on board for the harvest.”The microbrewery boom in Ohio that is driving demand for local hops also has some farms looking into growing barley for malting.“The malting barley crop is a new specialty crop we are working on. Yields were very good with that, quality was good and demand is high from the malt houses we have in Ohio. There is a lot of interest,” Bergefurd said. “This was the first big acreage we had in Ohio this year. We are planting this fall and we plant spring varieties as well in March and April.”Along with the productive growing season, 2016 was a year of strong prices and demand.“Demand was up there and both prices for retail and wholesale were up there and holding their own. Market demand was great in Ohio. We have great retail marketing opportunities for smaller acre farms and we have strong wholesale opportunities with produce auctions in the state for farms who want to do wholesale but aren’t big enough to sell to a grocery chain. Those auctions have had great demand and prices all around the state this year. Then you have the larger wholesale demand with grocery distribution centers around Ohio. There is great demand for that too. We formed a southern Ohio pumpkin growers cooperative and this was the first year that they marketed as a group with really good results,” Bergefurd said. “There are all sorts of marketing opportunities here in Ohio and something for everyone that is willing to do their homework and produce the quality, products and volume that those markets want. There are not many issues for marketing right now for quality products. ‘Buy local’ is the big thing right now. Consumers are driving that and making these opportunities for Ohio’s produce growers.”last_img read more

Good News, Everyone! It’s The 10 Best Inventions From Futurama

first_imgFuturama, the animated comedy from Simpsons creator Matt Groening and writer David X. Cohen, is unparalleled in its ability to mix lowbrow humor with high concept science and technology. But after an initial run on Fox from 1999 to 2003 and a glorious revival six years later, Comedy Central has pulled the plug and will end the show with its seventh season this summer.In keeping with ReadWrite’s mission to map the programmable universe, we figured that a roundup of some of the greatest inventions from the year 3000 was most definitely called for. Futurama, after all, was always at its best turning some recent technological development or scientific notion into farce.Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.Disclaimer: We decided to keep it light-hearted, so we apologize in advance to any fans of the infamous suicide booth.1. Smell-O-Scope Of all the Professor’s many doomsday devices, the Spheroboom was his favorite and the one device that he couldn’t part with when selling his stash to Hedonismbot in “Bender’s Big Score,” the straight-to-DVD film that became part one of season five. The Spheroboom appears to bend an object around its center until it implodes in an explosion of “doom radiation.”In a not-so-subtle jab at the National Rifle Association, the episode introduced the National Ray-Gun Association, which protested a three-day waiting period for mad scientists to purchase doomsday devices. When Fry was tasked with saving the universe from the Brainspawn in season four, he had to infiltrate their secret base, the Infosphere. Fry’s allies against the brains, the highly intelligent yet adorable Niblonians, gave him the Scooty-Puff, Jr. for the task. A wind-up contraption resembling a children’s toy, the Scooty-Puff, Jr. ended up falling apart when Fry tried to escape, leading him to request a more advanced vehicle — the larger, more impressive Scooty-Puff, Sr.3. Fing-Longer 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts The What-If Machine was a Professor Farnsworth device that could predict a scenario based on any “what if” question it was asked. After a series of events that pertain to each character on the crew and their respective “what if” questions, the Professor tosses the machine in the garbage, declaring it a failure due to the preposterous scenarios it generated. The whole episode turns on its head when everything is revealed to be one huge, layered simulation from the What-If Machine, generated when the Professor asks what if he had invented the Fing-Longer.6. eyePhone 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Invented by Professor Farnsworth in an alternative timeline — one he detected via the What-If Machine in the season two episode “Anthology of Interest I,” the Fing-Longer allowed the wearer to reach farther than normal — say, to press buttons. Not exactly groundbreaking, but who couldn’t love a name like the Fing-Longer? Not only does this device now actually exist as a Wii mote accessory, the idea of the Professor getting inspiration from himself provided an interesting philosophical conundrum. Can you be said to have invented something if the initial inspiration came from some external source, even if that external source is an alternate version of yourself? Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that.4. Mind-Switcher In the season two episode “A Clone Of Mine Own,” the Professor introduces his own 12-year-old clone, named Cubert. Created via the Professor’s Clone-O-Mat, Cubert gets named as the Professor’s heir.The Clone-O-Mat makes a return in the season four episode “Jurassic Bark,” one of the rare but emotionally powerful moments when Futurama shifted from comedy to animated drama. Nominated for an Emmy, the episode explores Fry’s anguish after discovering his former dog Seymour’s fossilized 21st century remains, a find that prompts Fry to agonize over whether or not to clone his long-lost animal companion.10. The Spheroboom Tags:#television center_img Invented by the Professor to give animals super intelligence, the Electronium Hat was a wearable device introduced in the season one episode “Mars University.” It used sunspots to produce “cognitive radiation,” whatever that means. The monkey Guenter gets uplifted by the hat and spends much of the episode quarrelling with Fry and lamenting the fact that he can’t live his natural life due to his unnatural super-smarts.9. The Clone-O-Mat The season six episode “The Prisoner of Benda” introduced this invention of Professor Farnsworth and Amy, the Mind-Switcher. After a dizzying number of mind switches, the whole crew is in disarray with everyone in someone else’s body. This episode generated what was apparently the first mathematical theorem created for a television show. Futurama writer Ken Keeler, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, wrote the Futurama Theorem as both a real-world theorem and the solution used in the show that proves “that regardless of how many mind switches between two bodies have been made, they can still all be restored to their original bodies using only two extra people, provided these two people have not had any mind switches prior.”5. What-If Machine nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… One of the few times Futurama took a swipe at real-world companies and products, the season six episode “Attack of the Killer App” introduced an obvious parody of a well-known Apple device. The writers envisioned a 31st Century eyePhone as an actual eye implant that projects a holographic screen in front of the user’s face. 7. Forwards Time Machine Featured in one of the show’s best episodes, “The Late Philip J. Fry,” the Forwards Time Machine is a Professor Farnsworth invention that only lets you move through time in one direction, specifically to avoid temporal paradoxes (a topic the show has explored in past episodes). Fry joins Bender and the Professor to take the machine one minute into the future, though of course they screw up and get thrown thousands of years forward. Ultimately, they have nowhere to go except the end of time. In true high-low concept fashion, Bender, Fry and the Professor couch it on lawn chairs, crack some beers and proceed to watch the universe end, only to realize that a new Big Bang begins to happen all over again. Turns out that idea is an actual scientific model, called the Big Bounce, that posits that the universe is forever oscillating through a cosmic boom-bust cycle.8. The Electronium Hat 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout In the show’s first season episode “A Big Piece Of Garbage,” the Smell-O-Scope was Professor Farnsworth’s seemingly useless space smelling invention. As he explained, “If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop.” It certainly came in handy when it detected a giant ball of garbage — a last-ditch effort by New York in the year 2020 to stave off overflowing landfills — that was hurling towards the Earth. The ensuing antics involved continuous spoofs on the 1998 film Armageddon. Turns out that in 2011, a small company actually invented a handheld Smell-O-Scope, although it dubbed it  the Nasal Ranger Field Olfactometer. Killjoys.2. Scooty-Puff, Jr.last_img read more

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

first_imgSimpson, gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers. He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.The Hall of Fame athlete’s chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and Simpson’s model behavior behind bars. His defenders have argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and that he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 “Trial of the Century” in Los Angeles, the stabbings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.Before the hearing concluded, one of the dealers Simpson robbed, Bruce Fromong, said the former football great never pointed a gun at him during the confrontation, adding that it was one of the men with him who did so. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.“He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said, adding the two remain friends.Simpson’s eldest child, 48-year-old Arnelle Simpson, also testified on his behalf, saying her father is not perfect but realizes what a mistake he made and has spent years paying for it.ADVERTISEMENT He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case. In agreeing to release him, they cited his lack of a prior conviction, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans.During the more than hour-long hearing, Simpson forcefully insisted — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve items that belonged to him and never meant to hurt anyone. He said he never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’ve done my time. I’ve done it as well and respectfully as I think anybody can,” he said.Inmate No. 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES An electrifying running back dubbed “The Juice,” Simpson won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best college football player in 1968 and went on to become one of the NFL’s all-time greats.The handsome and charismatic athlete was also a “Monday Night Football” commentator, sprinted through airports in Hertz rental-car commercials and built a Hollywood career with roles in the “Naked Gun” comedies and other movies.All of that came crashing down with his arrest in the 1994 slayings and his trial, a gavel-to-gavel live-TV sensation that transfixed viewers with its testimony about the bloody glove that didn’t fit and stirred furious debate over racist police, celebrity justice and cameras in the courtroom.Last year, the case proved to be compelling TV all over again with the ESPN documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and the award-winning FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”In 1997, Simpson was found liable in civil court for the two killings and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors, including his children and the Goldman family.Then a decade later, he and five accomplices — two with guns — stormed a hotel room and seized photos, plaques and signed balls, some of which never belonged to Simpson, from two sports memorabilia dealers.Simpson was convicted in 2008, and the long prison sentence brought a measure of satisfaction to some of those who thought he got away with murder. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)LOVELOCK, Nevada — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We just want him to come home, we really do,” she said.Simpson said that he has spent his time in prison mentoring fellow inmates, often keeping others out of trouble, and believes he has become a better person during those years.Asked if he was confident he could stay out of trouble if he’s released, Simpson replied that he learned much during an alternative-to-violence course he took in prison and that in any case he has always gotten along well with people.“I had basically spent a conflict-free life,” he said — a remark that lit up social media with scornful and sarcastic comments given the murder case and a raft of allegations he abused his wife.In a final statement to the board he apologized again.“I’m sorry it happened, I’m sorry, Nevada,” he said. “I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t worth it and I’m sorry.”Several major TV networks and cable channels — including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and ESPN — carried the proceedings live, just as some of them did two decades ago during the Ford Bronco chase that ended in Simpson’s arrest, and again when the jury in the murder case came back with its verdict.Simpson said if released he plans to return to Florida, where he was living before his incarceration.“I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don’t think you guys want me here,” he joked at one point.“No comment, sir,” one of the parole board members said. 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