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Two rookies might take the 49ers’ offense to the next level in 2019

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — I dive into this column knowing full well that it will probably come across as hysterical.It’s early in the football season. Really early. So early that any reaction can easily be labeled an overreaction.But if you watched the 49ers’ preseason opener, you probably, like me, came away impressed with rookie receivers Deebo Samuel (three touches, 75 yards) and Jalen Hurd (two touchdown receptions). …last_img

Preseason planter maintenance tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jonah JohnsonHopefully by now you have begun to service and prepare your planter for a successful crop initiation. Set yourself up for a successful planting season and a prosperous harvest by taking time to ensure your planter has been calibrated and set to handle the varying seed size that we are experiencing this year. Below are some guidelines to assist in properly adjusting your planting equipment. Planter frame adjustmentHitch and toolbar height: Tractor hitch heights may vary due to tire size, tractor manufacturer, and type of planter. Hitch height should be raised to level toolbar for best planter performance. The tool bar height should be 20 to 22 inches from ground level. Make sure it is level or running slightly uphill to provide correct down-pressure from springs.Seed transmission systems: Check sprockets, chains, bearings, meter drives and insecticide drives daily. Any vibration in the drive system will end up at the meters and cause spacing issues. Seed furrow creationIf using no-till coulters, they need to be a quarter inch above the openers, make sure the depth is not set to deep. Coulters should run a quarter inch above Tru-Vee openers.If coulters are too deep the seed will be planted too deep and the openers won’t turn. Row cleaner settingSet your planter’s row cleaners deep enough to remove trash and not throw soil. In some cases, floating cleaners may help. Floating row cleaners follow contours and are less likely to “trench” or “hover” when compared to “locked” row cleaners. Check opening disks for proper seed furrowCheck opening disks for wear and alignment. Disks should form a “V” trench, not a “W.” In general, regardless of equipment manufacturer, disks must be replaced when they lose half an inch in diameter. Seed singulationFor finger units, check brushes and fingers for wear. Replace worn or grooved faceplates and replace seed conveyors with missing ladders. In vacuum systems, check for air leaks and worn seals around the metering units.Larger seed size in 2017 will require increased use of talc, graphite or a combination of the two to assist your respective planter handle varying seed size. Seed drop and coveringCheck seed tubes and tube guards for wear, bending or deformation and repair as needed. Vibration or bounce of the row unit can cause tumbling and poor seed spacing. Seed firmers help eliminate gaps between the seed and the bottom of the seed trench which helps create good seed-to-soil contact and uniform depth within the seed trench. Gauge wheels should slightly rub on the disk opener to help create a good seed trench and keep the openers clean.Keep in mind that too much down force will create sidewall compaction. In tougher, wet soils, spiked closing wheels may help prevent sidewall compaction. Whole planter inspectionsCentral fill systems: Seed bridging in the seed tank and seed plugging in the seed hose are common issues. Symptoms of seed bridging include no seed and too much air in the mini hoppers. If this occurs, assess whether the tank pressure is set to the recommended setting and whether the tank agitator is turning when the fan is running. Make sure the agitator pins are centered over seed nozzle openings and then adjust tank pressure by one pound until seed begins to flow.Symptoms of seed plugging include seed stuck in the seed delivery hose between the tank and mini hopper or in the elbow of the mini hopper. To remedy this situation, make sure the tank pressure is set correctly for the crop being planted. You may also need to unplug the agitator motor to allow less seed to be picked up. For small seed, use tank nozzle inserts. Seed lubricantsProper use of talc and graphite may eliminate a lot of potential problems. Talc removes static and graphite lubricates seed while moving through the system. Use rates may need to increase for large treated seed and when temperature and humidity are high. Check your respective equipment manufacture’s manuals for recommended amounts of seed lubricant. Also, your seed dealer may have specific recommendations to improve seed flowability.For more information, visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.Sign up to receive the latest agronomy updates for your geography from DuPont Pioneer at pioneer.com/signup.last_img read more

Maneka remark based on half-truths: Minister

first_imgEngaging in a heated war of words with party colleague and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar challenged the Centre to set up an international panel to probe lapses, if any, into the killing of the tigress Avni.“The honourable Union Minister could have just spent 50 paise on making a direct call to me to understand the situation. Instead, she chose to make a statement on social media based on half-truths and facts. This has hurt the morale of my staff, who are risking lives to protect the big cats in Maharashtra,” he said. The Women and Child Development Minister had lashed out at the Maharashtra government for the “ghastly murder” of Avni. Ms. Gandhi had further called the killing of T1 as a “straight case of crime.”Clarifying that he did not directly order the killing of the tigress by sharpshooters, Mr. Mungantiwar said the same father-son shooter duo — Asgar Ali and Shafat Ali Khan — had killed a man-eating tiger in Pilibhit in 2009. The Pilibhit MP and now Minister had not raised any objection then. “Moreover, the Forest Department went on to appreciate the efforts of Khan in the killing. Why did Ms. Gandhi not ban the killing then or speak out against it?” he said. The same Khan shooter is employed by nine other States for killing man-eating animals. Then why single out Maharashtra when the killing was done in self-defence and under Court-monitored guidelines?” he said.The State Forest Minister also hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had tweeted a quote from Mahatma Gandhi following the killing: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”Mr. Mungantiwar said that only if the Congress chief understood the Mahatma’s sentiments, would the killing of cows stop in Congress-ruled States. He added, “I hope Rahulji is aware of these sentiments of the quote.”In his defence, Mr. Mungantiwar said all efforts were made to tranquillise the animal for over two months. “She was only shot when she attacked our teams. All procedures were followed as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). This was not an order given on mobile phone and neither was the sharpshooter employed while he was on a jaunt in jungle. This killing was planned months in advance, legal permits given to the father-son duo, and all procedures followed.”Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government would write to Ms. Gandhi to clarify the process followed in the killing of the tigress.last_img read more