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  • The Lord is my light

    first_imgThough most of us might only go to our college chapel to have a really good sing at the carol service, it is clear that they play an important role in the spiritual wellbeing of the students – whatever their faith may be. The college chapel is a place of worship for Christians, but also a sacred space for those of other faiths and a place to discuss any religious issues you might have. It is a place that you can go to, even if you are unsure whether you believe in a god, to escape from the fast pace of Oxford life. Most importantly it is a place where the whole college community can come together. When a student at our college died in a tragic accident last term, the college chapel was the natural place for the whole community to gather together, regardless of faith, and share their grief.Saying this, Christian worship at Oxford is not so focused around the college chapels as it once was. Worship seems to have moved out to various other Churches in the town itself, the biggest probably being St Aldates, St. Ebbes and OCC (The Oxford Community Church). The head of the Christian Union, Dan Treget, said that he personally knew people from at least twelve different churches. It is difficult to know why worship for some Christians has moved away from the college chapels. Perhaps it is because of their universalistic stance – the fact that the services are geared at people of all faiths and so tend to avoid Christian stances that are difficult to understand.One Christian I talked to said she preferred going to one of the big evangelical churches outside the University because they address issues that the college chapels are afraid to touch on such as hell, punishment or sin: “Our church is not afraid to tell us things we don’t want to hear. Christ is meant to be offensive, or at least challenging!” She went on to explain that Evangelicalism is (as its name suggests, coming from the Greek euangellion ‘good news’) about proclaiming the good news about the salvation of the kingdom of God. The reverse side of this however has to be shown, she argued, “I mean, salvation wouldn’t mean anything if we didn’t have to be saved from something.” And it’s true that if you look at the New Testament that Jesus does emphasise the difficulties of coming to God. He continuously challenges the status quo and presents his followers with goals that aren’t easily achieved. This is not to say that just because some Christians choose to worship outside the colleges they to not value their importance for the community. One Evangelical Christian that I chatted to put it this way: “What is important is not the church you attend, but whether your heart is given over to God or not. Whether you express your love for God through the Anglican liturgy or through jumping up and down and clapping is almost completely irrelevant. I don’t think God cares how we worship him, as long as we are worshipping him. I’ve sat through the most Catholic of Catholic services and I’ve danced with orphans in a field in Mozambique. I found belief in both places.” Perhaps the best thing about Christian worship in Oxford is that there is something for every believer. Is religion obsolete in Oxford? Freddie Parton investigates the two poles of apathy and evangelism Your average student at Oxford probably views Christianity with suspicion. Images of bearded men with side partings and opened toed sandals most likely spring to mind. Perhaps even slightly bizarre memories of finding a bread roll and a gospel in your pigeon hole during freshers’ week. For most students, Christianity may not seem to play much of a role in the university at all. Oxford society seems to be thoroughly secular, and Christianity a sort of ‘club’ that only a few people join. In many respects they are right. Oxford does seem to be a secular university – a strange thought considering its history has been shaped profoundly by Christian tradition and faith. The university’s motto: Dominus Illuminatio Mea, taken from Psalms 27.1, ‘The Lord is my light,’ once emphasised the importance of the Christian faith within an Oxford education. This principle has changed dramatically now and, since the Enlightenment, many have considered Oxford to be a very rational, sceptical and dry place. Even the study of Theology is removed from any form of faith perspective. Students are told that the course aims to “promote a critical and dispassionate understanding” of the subject matter, something that tends to put off some Christians. One person I spoke to said, “At my interview my tutor said she was worried that my faith would cloud my vision and get in the way of studying the subject. But that to me is completely backward. My faith is my whole reason for studying theology!”Despite the fact that Oxford presents itself as a secular institution, it’s clear that the Christian faith still plays a large part in the life of the community. Sure, the role of Christianity at Oxford has changed significantly but the traditions still live on. Chapels do still play a very important role in the life of the colleges. The number of people that attend college chapel may seem relatively few when you go to the odd evensong or Weekday service. But you have to put this into perspective. Oxford is not a large city but on any night of the week during term you can hear at least four really good choirs singing evensong. There is a church for every tradition and denomination all with a student dimension. Every college with a chapel also seems to hold alternative forms of worship such as prayer meetings, Bible readings and discussion groups. It is no wonder that outside London, Oxford fosters the highest number of vocations in both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Church. In this sense Christianity in Oxford is very much alive amongst the students today. Evangelicalism is probably the branch of the church which has received the most media attention in recent years. A key example would be Richard Dawkins’ television programs which have painted Evangelical priests and followers in a very unattractive light. The ‘evangelicals’ probably receive such attention because they believe in the importance of sharing one’s faith with other people. As one person I spoke to put it, “We have nothing to hide, we have the most amazing gift in the world and we love sharing it with people”. It is members from their churches whom you might have seen preaching and singing on the streets. Because so many people have unfounded prejudices against this branch of the church, I decided to investigate it myself and went along to a session of the Alpha course at St. Aldates’.The Alpha Course was founded by Holy Trinity Brompton in Kensington and is a course designed for people who are not Christians to ask the big questions in life and to help them find Jesus. You may have seen their adverts on television or at the Cinema. Having always thought of it as a sort of Christian cult run by men in sandals that lured unsuspecting non Christians in, I have to say that I was very surprised at how normal everyone was. I have always been a bit sceptical about ‘new’ forms of worship. Call me old fashioned but I like a church with old hymns, a priest in black with a dog’s collar and choir boys in their cassocks. I remember last Christmas being horrified when my family and I went to a more evangelical church and were told to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus, it just seemed so inappropriate. center_img When I turned up at Alpha, my initial reaction was quite negative. For someone who likes a very traditional sort of church service I was in for a bit of a shock. St Aldates’ church, though a very old building, has been completely revamped inside. There is no longer an altar or organ, and all worship is conducted across the width of the church from a stage where the preacher stands. Around the stage are television screens so that everyone can see what the preacher is doing. Despite my gut reaction however, I had to admit that the church had a real sense of activity and community. Unlike many of the admittedly very beautiful old churches in Oxford which can sometimes feel more like museums than places of worship, St Aldates has a real sense of life. Everyone who is there wants to be there which creates a really positive and welcoming atmosphere. It is easy to see why people are drawn to the Alpha Course. It is well organised and everyone is incredibly welcoming. The session begins with a meal, which always puts people in a good mood, then follows with a talk and group discussion. Everyone is put on tables made up of around ten people so that you can discuss things while you have dinner and after the talk. The whole session is, I think, designed to be highly emotive. Though I initially recoiled at the idea of there being Jesus-inspired musical entertainment, it was actually very moving. Drums and guitars aren’t exactly ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘I vow to thee my Country,’ but the songs they did perform were done beautifully. I suppose the most striking impression that I gained from this experience of Evangelical worship was that everyone was really enjoying themselves. Even though I had come to the session with a slightly negative and sceptical attitude, and even though I didn’t accept everything they were arguing for, I had a good time. I suppose the evangelical church is simply trying to bring Christianity into this century and make it applicable to modern life. In this respect it seems to be succeeding; indeed, I have heard that St Aldates’ is moving from two to three services every Sunday because of it popularity.The role of Christianity at Oxford has been strongly criticised by the press recently, especially concerning the University’s review of the Permanent Private Halls, most of which are theological colleges. The problem was that the press seemed to have combined two completely separate issues: the report on the theological colleges and the allegations that Wycliffe Hall’s new principle was making the college too evangelical. The report on the PPHs made by the university began last July before any trouble at Wycliffe had been made known. It was simply concerned with the academic issues concerning the PPHs, and whether they offered a “suitable educational environment” for undergraduates. The report was to review all the PPHs not just the evangelical colleges. The really sad thing about the reports in the press was that they began to make the assumption that the subject theology itself is narrow minded and exclusive not worthy of study. But as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, the theology course at Oxford is far removed from any faith perspective so that anyone from any religious background can feel comfortable studying it. The articles in the press also implied that the tutors from evangelical churches gave one sided teaching to the students. This is far from true however, and anyone who has ever attended the lectures of Alister McGrath (once a member of Wycliffe Hall) will tell you that he always covers every theological viewpoint of a topic.Though attempts have been made by the press to devalue the role of Christianity at Oxford, it seems that it is very much a part of the community as it ever has been. Its role at Oxford has certainly changed, going to church is no longer compulsory, people can choose whether they want to believe in God and when and where they want to worship. Oxford may seem to be a very secular and rational institution, but it is firmly based in the spiritual too. For many, the University’s motto, Dominus Illuminatio Mea, still lives on.last_img read more

  • Ronaldo aims to conquer Italy, Europe, world with Juve

    first_imgJuventus talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, is aiming to ‘conquer Italy, Europe and the world’ in his third season with the Bianconeri. ‘My spirit and ambition are as high as ever’. Rumours of a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain emerged in French media this summer but the player’s representatives were quick to quash the reports. Ronaldo, who scored 31 goals in 33 Serie A games to help the Old Lady win their ninth consecutive Scudetto, has vowed to keep fighting to bring European success back to Turin. “As I’m getting ready for my third season as a Bianconero, my spirit and ambition are as high as ever,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “Goals. Victories. Commitment. Dedication. Professionalism. “With all my strength and with the precious help from my teammates and all of the Juventus staff, we work once again to conquer Italy, Europe, and the World!Advertisement “Breaking records. Overcoming obstacles. Winning titles and achieving personal goals. To do more and better once and again. To reach higher and to succeed in all challenges that may come our way. read also:Ronaldo keeping tabs about Man United “Making every year into an adventure better than the one before and winning everything for our fans and supporters. “To be the bearers of this amazing and unique passion that is Juventus, and to live up to its history, elevating our name, our values and our standards as high as possible. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more

  • PRIDE IN MILFORD AS NEW GAA STAND IS OPENED

    first_imgJim McGuinness cuts the tape to officially open the new stand at the Milford GAA Club on Saturday evening with club officials Pat Curley and Fergus Friel.The official opening of the stand at the Milford GAA pitch took place on Saturday evening where Donegal GAA Manager Jim McGuinness cut the tape to perform the official opening. A large crowd enjoyed an afternoon of Gaelic games and the first team to represent the club thirty years ago were also honoured.Jim McGuinness speaking at the official opening of the stand at the Milford GAA Club on Saturday evening.Also to receive presentations were the first club committee along with others who have served the club well down the years. The afternoon began with the U8 blitz, followed by the blessing of the stand by Fr. James Gillespie and Canon Harry Gilmore.Next up was the final and semi finals of the U10 parish league which was won by the team captained by Shane Black before the Gaelic for Mothers team took to the pitch.After the club’s senior game against Moville a DVD of the Junior Final victory a few weeks ago over Urris was shown in Dustys Bar followed by traditional music until late.  PRIDE IN MILFORD AS NEW GAA STAND IS OPENED was last modified: October 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jim McGuinnessMILFORD GAA CLUBnew standlast_img read more

  • BUSLOADS OF DONEGAL ANTI-WATER CHARGE PROTESTORS TO MARCH ON LEINSTER HOUSE TODAY

    first_imgMembers of the Can’t pay Won’t pay group en route to Dublin today.A huge contingent of people from across Donegal are expected to travel to protest in Dublin today against the proposed water charges.Up to 20 buses are understood to have been booked as large numbers of local people join in the Right2Water national demonstration outside Leinster House.Many others from Donegal are understood to be joining the march but traveling to Dublin using their own personal transport. The protest is the latest action in the ongoing campaign against the introduction of water charges.Donegal Right2Water PRO Gary Doherty says in the region of 15-20 buses will be leaving Donegal tomorrow.Speaking today he said “We are aware of at least 15 buses leaving Donegal, organised by groups such as Right2Water, Sinn Fèin, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay and others.“We are delighted with the commitment that the people of Donegal are showing to the Right2Water campaign, and the fact that such numbers are travelling to Dublin tomorrow is a testament to the level of feeling in the County against these water charges.” He continued “The protest will prove to the Government once and for all that no concessions will be enough to buy our acquiescence to water charges. We have seen in the last number of weeks that citizens in Donegal have been amongst the most active in the country in opposing the instalation of meters. We will not be bought by cheap promises by this coalition which has repeatedly failed the Irish People. We are taking no more.”“The thousands outside Dáil Eireann tomorrow will hopefully signal the death knell for the Government, and the beginning of the end of Irish Water.”Those travelling to Dublin are being urged to contact their local Right2Water organiser for departure and pick-up times.BUSLOADS OF DONEGAL ANTI-WATER CHARGE PROTESTORS TO MARCH ON LEINSTER HOUSE TODAY was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONGALdublinLeinster Housemarchprotestwater chargeslast_img read more

  • Wednesday’s QPR quiz

    first_imgTest your Rangers knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly…[wp-simple-survey-16]Video: QPR fans react to dramatic victory against StokeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

  • Warriors will ask NBA to rescind Draymond Green’s latest technical

    first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – This time, the Warriors had an issue with the officiating.It did not match the extent the Rockets had at the beginning of this playoff series. Nonetheless, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the team plans to ask the NBA league office to rescind a double technical issued to Draymond Green and Nene late in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 115-119 Game 2 win over Houston on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.[vemba-video …last_img read more

  • Kurtenbach: Three thoughts on the Warriors’ three draft picks

    first_imgOAKLAND — You could look at the Warriors’ draft as a no-win scenario. You could also, conversely, view it as a no-lose scenario.Either way, given Golden State’s roster predicament, this draft carried more importance than any other in the Steve Kerr era. And in it, the Warriors clearly tried to strike a balance between immediate need — the Dubs need bodies — and future potential. It was high floors vs. high ceilings.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device …last_img read more

  • Music Out of Range of Darwin’s Instrument

    first_imgIn Science this week,1 Michael Balter reported on a Montreal meeting of the Brain, Music and Sound Research Center (BRAMS).  The center is gaining attention for its renewed interest in the biology of music, and why human beings are so good at this skill with its dubious survival value.  The topic came up about how music might have evolved.  Balter reported about his conversation with Isabelle Peretz, a neuropsychologist at the University of Montreal and co-director of BRAMS.Yet whereas work on musical learning is showing progress, “music remains a mystery,” Peretz says.  “The biggest question is what it is for.”  Researchers have suggested many scenarios for why musical abilities might have evolved, such as enhancement of social solidarity and increasing communication between mothers and children (Science, 12 November 2004, p.  1120).  But Peretz is cautious about such speculations.  Although she has long argued against claims by researchers such as Harvard University cognitive scientist Steven Pinker that music is just “auditory cheesecake” with no adaptive function, she conceded in a recent review in Cognition that most hypotheses about music’s role in human evolution are inherently untestable.  “I believe that music is in our genes, but belief is not science”–more evidence is needed, she says.See also the 03/07/2002 and 12/09/2004 entries on music and evolutionary theory.  A new, detailed article by a medical doctor on the intricate design and construction of the human ear can be found on Apologetics Press.1Michael Balter, “Study of Music and the Mind Hits a High Note in Montreal,” Science 9 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5813, pp. 758 – 759, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5813.758.A scientist gets a little closer to singing on pitch (compare 11/12/2004).  Hallelujah.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • DTN Yield Tour – IL, IN, OH

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie Dehlinger DTN Farm Business Editor and By Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff ReporterMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — Corn yields in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio could be 12% to 15% below USDA’s forecasts from earlier this week, according to Gro Intelligence’s latest yield estimates.The DTN/Progressive Farmer 2019 Digital Yield Tour, powered by Gro Intelligence, is an in-depth look at how this year’s corn and soybean crop is progressing using Gro’s real-time yield maps, which are generated with satellite imagery, rainfall data, temperature maps and other public data.The statewide average corn yield for Illinois, at 153 bushels per acre (bpa), is 28 bushels below USDA.In Indiana, the corn yield estimate is 28 bushels below USDA at 138 bpa.At 136 bpa, Ohio’s yield average is the lowest of the 10 states included in the DTN Digital Crop Tour. It’s 24 bpa lower than USDA.The divergent estimates continue for soybeans, with Gro projecting Illinois yields at 46 bpa, Indiana at 46 bpa and Ohio at 42 bpa compared to USDA’s 55 bpa, 50 bpa and 48 bpa estimates, respectively.You can see specific comparison in these charts:Illinois: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/…Indiana: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/…Ohio: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/…Because of their real-time sourcing, the Gro yield estimates update daily, so the numbers at publication time may differ slightly from those found on Gro’s website.Gro Intelligence Senior Vice President of Agribusiness James Heneghan said part of the reason for the wide divergence between Gro’s models and USDA’s estimate is that USDA’s August set of yield estimates are a little different this year since the agency pushed back its first objective yield survey to September.“Our models tick every day,” he said. “USDA just came out with their first state-by-state yield estimates based on farmer surveys. They’ll bring in a critical element — the objective yield data — in September, so stay tuned.”ILLINOISGro’s real-time maps paint a stark picture of Illinois’ planting season, which was stymied by the state’s fourth-wettest spring in 125 years of weather record keeping.A map known as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), which uses satellite imagery to show how abnormally dry or lush an area is, using a 10-year average “greenness” index, is especially telling.Large swaths of the state are peppered with dark brown, which indicates a lack of vegetation entirely — the state’s record unplanted acres. Illinois farmers reported more than 1.1 million prevented planting corn acres and nearly 331,000 prevented planting soybean acres to USDA’s Farm Service Agency this summer.“Prevented planting acreage is widespread in Illinois, but there are some areas where the flooding and ponding-out are especially prominent,” explained DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. “In the northwest, the area of confluence of the Rock and Mississippi rivers has extensive vegetation deficiency in the NDVI image. North-central Illinois has heavier occurrence of the flooding area. West-central and eastern Illinois have similar intensity of very low vegetative coverage because of the wet spring. And southeastern Illinois has widespread acreage affected by the heavy spring rains as well.” See the NDVI map here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/….Many have made the mistake of assuming that what did get planted in Illinois will make their usual high yields, noted Tyler Young, who farms in the east-central counties of McLean and Ford. Gro’s yield models and his own scouting this week tell a different story.The state is on track to yield an average of only 153 bpa, a 27% tumble from last year’s average yield of 210 bpa and well below USDA’s August estimate of 181 bpa. In Gro’s county-level yield maps, most counties in the northern two-thirds of the state boasted average yields of 200-plus bpa in 2018. This year, county averages in that region vary widely from 124 bpa to 177 bpa. See the maps here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/….Young pulled ears from some of his best-looking corn acres in Ford County this week. He was shocked by the wide variation in ear size and maturity as well as the tell-tale signs of poor pollination, such as the “zipper” pattern produced by poor kernel set in an ear. Gro’s estimate of a 143-bpa average for that county, a 30% drop from last year, sounds about right, he said.“I think it’s spot on,” he said. “We put our corn in under subpar conditions, just like everyone else, and it’s been backpedaling ever since.”Since the wet spring ended, his region has received a scant 1.5 inches of rain in July and only two-tenths of an inch in August. During pollination, hot-and-dry weather took its toll. “A quarter of the ears I pulled were zippered. The ground is hard as a rock, and there are cracks an inch to half-an-inch deep,” he said.Gro’s county-level yield map for soybeans pinpoints the state’s potential yield average at 46 bpa, down 29% from last year and 9 bushels lower than USDA’s August estimate. Most soybean yields in the northern two-thirds of the state are down 10 to 15 bpa from last year in Gro’s maps.Young actually thinks these yield estimates are too optimistic for his region.“I think soybeans could be a worse story than corn,” he said. “We’re starting to see spider mites showing up because we’ve been so dry. So many flowers are brown — you’ll have a pod with decent-sized soybeans sitting right next to a brown flower with no pod on it, or a pod the size of your pinky nail.”Both Young’s corn and soybean fields were planted three weeks later than normal — which was a common experience for Illinois farmers, DTN’s Anderson noted.“The slow start has progress running well behind average; corn was finally almost finished pollination during the Aug. 11 weekend, but 20% of the Illinois soybeans had yet to bloom,” he said.Young urged growers to venture deep into their fields in the weeks ahead to get a better grasp on the true yield potential of their crop, particularly cornfields.“Most of the industry’s focus has been on areas already committed to prevented planting,” he said. “We’ve been assuming the rest of it was OK, because it came up quickly and it looked like it pollinated. But the ears I pulled that were zippered actually all looked decent in the husks before I pulled them down. People need to get out and look.”INDIANAFlooded and ponded ground was a common sight in Indiana this spring, and it shows up as dark-brown swaths on Gro’s NDVI maps. The effect is especially prominent in central, eastern and southern parts of the state. See the map here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/….“Indiana got unloaded on during the spring, with precipitation in the March-April-May time frame coming in ninth-wettest in 125 years of record-keeping,” Anderson said.As a result of the spring weather, more than 700,000 acres of the corn across the state went unplanted, along with 230,000 acres of soybeans, according to the latest Farm Services Agency data.“Spring temperatures were near average, but soils had no chance to dry out with the consistent rain,” Anderson said. “Then, to add to crop stress, the faucet turned off. Mid-July to mid-August, rain has been less than half the normal amount over most of the state. Usually, this sort of trend is a relatively minor swing. But a lot of corn and soybean acreage has shallow roots this year because of wet ground; so this drier trend is very unwelcome.”In northwestern Indiana’s Newton County, Kurt Line said they were irrigating pretty hard until earlier this week when they got an inch or two of rain. The majority of corn in his area was planted in June, although some was planted in April and May in between rains. He said the late start to the growing season took the top end off yield potential.Gro’s county yield maps show a similar trend. The statewide average corn yield is on track to hit 138 bpa, a 27% tumble from USDA’s final 189-bpa yield last year. In 2018, a vast majority of counties in Indiana had yield potential above 180 bpa. This year, the highest forecast yield is 178 bpa in Vermillion County, and in the parts of the state hit hardest this spring, yields aren’t expected to top 100 bpa. See the county maps here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/….Line said Gro’s forecast for 161 bpa for Newton County seems a little low to him.“What I’ve been in recently, I’m still optimistic. If we get the right weather the rest of the way, we could maybe have a close-to-normal corn crop,” he said, adding that a lot of the crop is at risk if there’s an early frost.As of the weekend of Aug. 11, 21% of the corn crop hasn’t pollinated yet and 30% of the soybean crop hasn’t bloomed.Gro’s soybean yield forecast of 46 bpa is 21% lower than last year’s final USDA yield of 58.5 bpa. The differences from 2018 are stark. Last year, the lowest county average was 49 bpa while the majority of the state saw yields in the upper 50s and lower 60s. This year, the bulk of the state is forecast to have yields from the mid-30s to mid-40s, with a low of 34 bpa in Hamilton County just north of Indianapolis. The highest forecast is in Jasper County at 55 bpa.That’s just east of Line’s farm, where Gro forecasts a county yield of 53 bpa.“I would take the under,” he said. There are a lot of holes in the bean fields, including areas that were replanted and then drowned out again. “They seemed to struggle to get much growth until just the last couple of weeks. They finally looks like beans should, but we sure lost a lot of opportunity to capture sunlight. We were still planting beans on the longest day of the year.”OHIOMuch of Ohio saw record-setting rainfall this spring, and as a result, almost 1.5 million acres — 880,000 of it corn and almost 600,000 of it soybeans — went unplanted.“The NDVI image shows how the heavy spring rain lashed the state — almost the entire western half of Ohio has zero, or close to it, for the vegetation anomaly reading. And the west-central and northwestern sectors are almost entirely zeroed out in the NDVI analysis,” Anderson said. You can see the map here: https://app.gro-intelligence.com/….The rain continued in June, and USDA’s crop progress values show just how late everything was planted in Ohio: 29% of the corn crop hadn’t pollinated as of the weekend of Aug. 11 and 31% of the soybeans hadn’t yet bloomed. Typically, both of those phases are almost finished.This year, Gro’s Ohio yield forecast is 27% lower than last year at 136 bpa. Typically, the western half of Ohio has the strongest yields in the state, and last year, the averages ran from around 185 bpa to 200 bpa. This year, many of those county yield forecasts are closer to 120 bpa.Logan County, Ohio, farmer Bill Bayliss said it’s hard to even speculate about the corn crop this year. He got some corn planted in early June and then it got wet again.Anderson said Ohio had the eighth-wettest June in 125 years of record keeping.But in recent weeks, the tap has turned off, and Bayliss said his farm hasn’t seen measurable precipitation in at least three weeks. His corn is in the process of pollinating.“It’s a very inopportune time to be trying to pollinate as hot and as dry as it is,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised by Gro’s 121-bpa average for his county.On soybeans, Gro’s statewide yield forecast of 42 bpa is also 27% below last year. Yields in the state’s northwest region range from the upper-20s to mid-40s, a sharp departure from last year’s mid-50s to low-60s.Bayliss planted soybeans until the beginning of July and said his farm may not make Gro’s 36-bpa estimate for his county.“They’re podded, but they’re knee high at the best,” he said. “That field should have been at least waist high at this time of year. Between getting planted late and turning dry, it’s just a bad combination.”ABOUT THE TOURThe DTN/Progressive Farmer 2019 Digital Yield Tour, powered by Gro Intelligence, is taking place Aug. 13-16 and provides an in-depth look at how the year’s corn and soybean crops are progressing. Each day, we’re featuring crop condition and yield information from various states, which include links to the Gro yield prediction maps for those states. Yield summaries are viewable at the county level.The “tour” started in the west, with the first day’s articles focusing on Kansas and Missouri and Nebraska and South Dakota. On Aug. 14, the tour explored yield estimates from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Thursday we moved into the Eastern Corn Belt — Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Friday, Aug. 16, we will publish a final look at Gro’s overall national yield predictions for the 2019 corn and soybean crops. Readers should note that the Gro yield visuals are continually updated, while the DTN feature articles are based on the company’s yield estimate at the time the article was written. Numbers quoted in the articles may be different than those on the Gro website depending on when they are viewed.To see all the tour articles and related DTN stories about the 2019 crop, visit our tour site at: https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/….About Gro Intelligence: The New York-based company is focused on creating data analytics for the agriculture industry. Gro builds proprietary crop models that use satellite imagery, soil conditions, weather and other crop and environmental data to produce crop health and yield prediction numbers and visuals.To learn more about Gro, go here: https://www.gro-intelligence.com/….To read the research white paper on Gro’s modeling system, go here and select to “Download the corn yield model paper”: https://gro-intelligence.com/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_UnglesbeeKatie Dehlinger can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Yaya ‘badly’ wants Champions League

    first_imgManchester City Yaya Toure: I must win Champions League again to be happy Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:43 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) yaya toure - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Yaya Touré Napoli v Manchester City Napoli UEFA Champions League The veteran midfielder will not feel his career is complete unless he can lift the European Cup once more Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure claims he must win the Champions League again if he is to be happy with his career.The 34-year-old lifted the trophy with Barcelona in 2009 after a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the final, but he has only gone as far as the last four on one occasion during his eight-year spell with City.Man City 6/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Toure has won two Premier Leagues, two EFL Cups and the FA Cup in England and will go down as one of the finest players in the club’s history, while he also claimed the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015.But the former Monaco man admits his legacy will only be complete if he can conquer Europe before bringing his City career to an end.”I want the Champions League again – so badly,” he said, as quoted by The Mirror. “I have won everything in England with City and now I want something that is really special for the fans and the club.Yaya Toure Manchester City“I have been lucky enough to win some important trophies for my clubs and also Ivory Coast. But the Champions League is special. To be happy, I really need to win it again.”He continued: “To be honest, the Champions League is the most difficult competition in football. It is so hard to predict who will win it because all the teams have great quality.”You have to be focused for every game because teams like Barcelona, [Real] Madrid and Juventus are excellent teams who are better than the teams we face in England.”Experience is so important – and we have that now.”28 – @ManCity have made the best ever start to a @premierleague season after 10 games, collecting 28 points (W9 D1) with a GD of +29. Slick. pic.twitter.com/L0am2wglzo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017City’s 3-2 win at West Brom on Saturday means they have made the best start of any team over the first 10 matches in Premier League history, with 28 points claimed and a goal difference of 29.They have also won three out of three in Champions League Group F and will secure a spot in the last 16 if they avoid defeat against Napoli on Wednesday.Toure believes City are ready to test their strength against the likes of Barcelona and holders Madrid, although he expects a difficult match at the San Paolo.Pep Guardiola Yaya Toure Manchester City“I can see the progress the team has made,” he said. “At the moment, we are doing very well against some good European teams. But the big tests are the big teams like Barca, Madrid, Juventus, Bayern [Munich] and Paris Saint-Germain.”We are one of the top teams now but we have to prove it. I am very excited because we want to play Madrid and Barca to show where we are.”He added: “Playing in Napoli is horrible. It is so, so difficult for the opponent because the fans there are so good.”The stadium is massive and the atmosphere is very intense. But I think we can play a good game like the one in Manchester.”They came here and made it very difficult in the end, but I think we have a team that might be more dangerous away from home.”When teams attack us, we can make the most of the space they leave at the back. With players of the speed of Raheem [Sterling], [Leroy] Sane and [Sergio] Aguero, we can attack the space.”last_img read more

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