Pioneer Crop Update 7/13/15

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIndiana Wheat Harvest Lags along with Corn and Soybean Condition Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jul 13, 2015 Pioneer Crop Update 7/13/15 Home News Feed Pioneer Crop Update 7/13/15 SHARE Facebook Twitter The almost nonstop rain has made wheat harvest very difficult.  Fields too wet to support equipment have slowed progress, especially in the north.   The excess moisture along with cooler temperatures left some of the matured and harvested wheat sprouting and molding, as well as suffering from aflatoxin and vomitoxin. In the southern half of the state, it is traditional to plant a crop of soybeans after the wheat comes off, but this year Bush says many growers are having second thoughts about double crop soybeans, “Especially farmers closer to Indianapolis are considering not planting a double crop of soybeans. They do not feel they have enough daylight and growing degree days to get the crop to maturity before a frost.”  He says, historically, planting soybeans in mid-July will still work, but perhaps not this  year, “Research shows we can still plant soybeans as late as July 20 and be okay, but many growers are not sure they want to risk it this year.”  He added, if the cool wet weather continues, the likelihood of success with a double crop is questionable. Pioneer Crop Update 7/13/15 Bush recommends that growers walk their fields and make assessments field by field, “A lot of the crops look really ugly, but, in the case of soybeans, there is not much we can do. The yellow and stunted beans will recover with some sun and warmer temperatures.” He added, if growers are concerned, then split the soybean plants and examine if the nodes are still alive. SHARE Brian Bush, with DuPont Pioneer, says most fields in southern counties have been cut, and, although very little progress was made this past week, yields are good, “Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the yields have been good from the 70 to 80 bpa range with even a few fields yielding 100 bpa.”  Yet, in other parts of the state, the yields are not so good. In last week’s report, the USDA cut Indiana wheat yields at an average of 72 bpa down 4 bushels from last year. According to the latest USDA crop update, “Regionally, Indiana winter wheat was 81% mature in the North, 86% in Central and 99% in the South. By region winter wheat harvested was 5% in the North, 25% in Central and 77% in the South. The condition rating put Indiana wheat at 52% good to excellent. The 53% wheat harvest progress was behind the 76% mark of last year and the average of 83%.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Is Ithaca vulnerable to a flood? An update on Cayuga Inlet dredging plans

first_img Devon Magliozzi Ithaca, N.Y. – In 1935 Ithaca suffered its flood-of-record, with a series of thunderstorms leaving hundreds killed or displaced across the Southern Tier. In 1956, Ithaca saw a 100-year flood, costing millions in damage and turning Route 13 into a waterway. In 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes dumped seven inches of rain on the city, washing out roads, bridges and parts of Stewart Park.The Southern Tier is seeing the remnants of Hurricane Florence this week, with about an inch of rain making creeks surge in Ithaca and more than two inches prompting a state of emergency in Tioga County.When the next major rainfall comes, will Ithaca be ready to weather it?Ithaca’s flood control channel, an almost 2.5-mile stretch of the Cayuga Inlet, needs to be dredged. The channel was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1965 to 1970 to provide an outlet for water when Six Mile Creek and Cascadilla Creek gush.When the channel was built, it could hold the volume of water unleashed by the 1956 flood and significantly reduce damage from rains like those in 1935. Since then, the channel’s capacity has been reduced by sediment build-up.According to a report by USACE, by 2011 sediment “reduced the capacity of the Cayuga Inlet to a point where it no longer is sufficient to contain the (FEMA Flood Insurance Study) 100-year event.” If the 1956 storm hit today, many streets would again be underwater, the report shows.This map, produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, shows areas that would be inundated by a 100-year flood given current sediment levels in the Cayuga Inlet.Dredging is the method used to remove sediment and restore channel capacity. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is responsible for periodically dredging the Cayuga Inlet to maintain its flood control capacity. The last time the inlet saw a large scale dredging was in 1982, when the New York State Department of Transportation removed 202,000 cubic yards of sediment to make way for boats in the inlet, according to a 2015 report by the engineering firm O’Brien and Gere prepared for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.The 2011 USACE study found that about 660,000 cubic yards of sediment would need to be removed to restore the flood channel to its original capacity. Sediment has continued to accumulate in the seven years since, so by the time dredging starts that volume will be larger.So why hasn’t dredging started yet?One hurdle has been the need for a dewatering facility, where sediment can be filtered from the water pumped out of the inlet. The City of Ithaca, in partnership with an environmental consulting firm and an engineering firm, produced a draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2011 that detailed plans to build a dewatering facility on land owned by the city behind Walmart and Lowe’s.The state allocated $13 million to the project in 2012. That same year, a presentation by Lisa Nicholas, senior planner in the city’s Planning, Building, Zoning and Economic Development Department, called for the facility to be ready by fall 2013. Construction is not yet underway, however.Dan Cogan, chief of staff for the City of Ithaca, said via email, “We are still waiting on NYS to complete construction documents for the dewatering facility that will be built behind Lowe’s. That facility needs to be constructed before the dredging can take place, and we have no control over the timeline, though we have been pushing as hard as we can to get that completed.”Mike Thorne, superintendent of public works for the City of Ithaca, said via email that the dewatering facility is scheduled to be built in 2019.Meanwhile, Thorne said the city is “trying to get a schedule and more information from the NYSDEC on the actual dredging work.”Cogan said dredging “likely won’t begin until 2020 at the earliest.”NYSDEC did not respond to requests for information about the project’s timeline.While Ithaca waits for action from the state, flooding in nearby counties highlights the importance of preparing for major storms to come.Featured Image: Six Mile Creek after Monday night’s rain (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Your weather news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Tagged: cayuga inlet, DEC, dredging, flooding last_img read more

Suspect in Utah college student murder sought secret, soundproof room in his home: Contractor

first_imgSalt Lake City Police(SALT LAKE CITY) —  About two months before Utah college student MacKenzie Lueck went missing, the man now suspected of her murder asked a local contractor to build a soundproof room in his home with hooks drilled into concrete walls and a secret entrance with a thumb lock, the contractor claims.“Honestly? I don’t know what he wanted it for,” contractor Brian Wolf told ABC News’ Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX of suspect Ayoola Ajayi, 31.“But my gut was not normal. I mean, who needs a room with a thumb locks and hooks? In my opinion it was for something bad.”Wolf said he turned down the job and “got the hell out of there,” but remains haunted by the encounter.“It’s mind-blowing,” he told KTVX. “It’s like something out of a movie.”Attempts by ABC News to reach Wolf directly were not immediately successful.Wolf told local Fox affiliate WXIN that when he asked Ajayi why he wanted a secret room about the size of a walk-in closet built, Ajayi told him that his Mormon girlfriend would be visiting and she didn’t know he drinks alcohol and he wanted to hide the booze in the secret room. The contractor said that Ajayi told him he would pay whatever the cost to have the room built.He said he reported what he knew to police as soon as he saw the home on television news broadcasts.Ajayi, 31, was taken into custody at the home on Friday and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said at a news conference.Charred tissue has been recovered that contains DNA consistent with samples found on Lueck’s belongings, Brown said.Lueck, 23, was last seen in the early hours of June 17. She landed at the Salt Lake City International Airport around 2 a.m., then at 2:40 a.m. she took a Lyft from the airport to Hatch Park in north Salt Lake City, police said.Ajayi admitted to police that he and Lueck texted about 6 a.m. on June 16, but said that they did not text after that time, said Brown. He told police “he did not know what Mackenzie looked like and denied having seen a photo or online profile of Mackenzie, despite having several photos of her and a profile photo,” Brown said.His home was searched on Wednesday night when he was considered a person of interest, police said.During that search, Ajayi’s neighbors told police they saw him using gasoline to burn something in his backyard on June 17 and 18, police said.It was not immediately clear whether Ajayi has retained a defense attorney.Meanwhile, a house cleaner who recently cleaned Ajayi’s home in Ogden said she was spooked by what she described as an extensive set of surveillance cameras set up in his bedroom.“The only thing that was odd to me was just how many cameras were in his house,” Tara Chatterton told KTVX. “I’ve cleaned several house and people have had cameras, but this one just stood out a little bit more because of how they were placed in the master bedroom.”She said Ajayi invited her to drink whiskey with him when she was cleaning the home, but that she turned him down.“I just felt uncomfortable — and not safe,” said Chatterton.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more