South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more

No-till corn and strip-till corn exceed expectations in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Given all the excessive rain and cool temperatures this spring, there was some concern about how no-till and strip-till corn yields would end up at the end of the season. Well, the results from the 41st year of our long-term tillage plots near West Lafayette, Ind., are in and they tell an interesting story. These prairie soils (about 4% organic matter) at the site are silty clay loam and naturally poorly drained, but systematically tiled. We didn’t suffer from as much rain as some other counties, but we still had over 10 inches of rain in June and over seven inches in July at this location.The first surprise is that corn yields with no-till were better than chisel plowing in both continuous corn and in the corn-soybean rotation. Yields were 11 bushels per acre better than fall chisel plow and spring secondary tillage when corn followed soybean, and 5 bushels per acre better than the fall chisel plow in continuous corn. Most of the reason for that is the improved soil structure in long-term no-till versus chisel plow system (a system where we did secondary tillage with soil a little wetter than we wanted to simply so that we could accomplish planting by May 23). Figure 1. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for with and without a nitrification inhibitor (Instinct) when a 200-pound per acre side-dress N rate was applied as UAN at V4 stage. Note: All tillage treatments were planted with the same hybrid (P1498 CHR) on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/acre) and sidedress N was applied as coulter-banded UAN to give a total N application of 223 pounds N/acre for all plots. Plant populations averaged 33,600 and were not affected by tillage or rotation treatments. Normally, no-till corn yields about equal to the fall chisel plow system when corn follows soybean, but not when corn follows corn. In fact, no-till corn after corn is usually about 7% lower in yield than the fall chisel system even when we do everything right in terms of best management for no-till.The second surprise is that corn yields with strip-till were better than both chisel plow and no-till when corn followed corn, and about equal to no-till when corn followed soybean. Usually strip-till corn yields equal those with the fall disk-chisel system, but this year they surpassed the chisel system by 18.5 bushels per acre when corn followed corn. The main advantage of seeding into a friable, dry and warmer strip of soil with minimal soil compaction during planting is the key advantage here for the fall strip-till system.Yields with the strip-till system may have been even higher if we had taken advantage of the earlier soil drying to plant even earlier. But, in this research, all tillage systems were planted on the same day. The spring of 2015 was so wet and cool that the fall strip-till system offered a great opportunity for an extended number of planting days between the frequent rain events.The third surprise is that strip-till resulted in higher yields than chisel plowing even when no nitrogen (N) was applied except for the 23 pounds of N in the starter band at planting. The relative yield gain for strip-till when no side-dress N was applied was especially apparent in continuous corn. The results of this table also make it abundantly clear that even 40 years of continuous no-till do not magically result in more available mineral N in soil for corn to use. It is doubtful that farmers can be successful in no-till corn production systems by using lower N rates than they do in conventional tillage systems, and certainly not when corn follows corn or a grass or cereal cover crop.Figure 2. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for the first time corn had ever been produced on these plots with anything less than 180-240 pounds of N/acre since 1975.Note: All tillage treatments were planted on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/ac) and zero sidedress N was applied. Frustrated farmers are understandably strongly tempted to do deep and intensive tillage following a disappointing corn harvest in 2015. But these results, and others like them over the decades in the Eastern Cornbelt provide reassurance that both no-till and strip-till can maintain or increase corn yields compared to the most common fall tillage system. Extreme rain events (such as getting five or more inches in 24 hours) also make soil protection with residue cover even more important. Strip-tillage, done properly, is an even more reliable tillage system than some conventional tillage alternatives in both continuous corn and corn-soybean rotations.Finally, these yield results confirm once again that the benefits of rotating corn with soybean instead of growing corn after corn are particularly obvious when weather conditions during the growing season (and especially the early part of the growing season) are unfavorable. Corn yields averaged 17% lower when corn was grown continuously in 2015; that compares to a 10% yield reduction for continuous corn versus corn after soybean with the same three tillage systems in the last five years (2010-2014). So the bottom line is that crop rotation pays, and adoption of either strip-till or no-till pays dividends despite severe weather challenges.last_img read more

2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  I-75 Day 1 I-71 Day 1Montgomery County corn summary: This was a nice corn field. It had good plant health.  The stand count was 31,000 with good stalks and very uniform spacing.  There was GLS, anthracnose and common rust below the ear leaf. There was no insect pressure. The pollination was very good and the ears were filled to the end with a yield of 191 bushels.Montgomery Co. cornMontgomery Co. cornMontgomery County soybean summary: The beans were 33 inches tall in this nice looking field. It was about four inches to the first node. There was just a little bit of sudden death syndrome, but other than that there were no diseases or bugs. They were late planted and could definitely use another rain or two.Montgomery Co. beansGreene County corn summary: There was some GLS and some rust above the ear. There was anthracnose three leaves up. There was no insect pressure. The roots and stalks looked good. We found a harvest population of 30,500.  It was planted on May 28. We found a yield of 177 bushels. It has a ways to go with the late planting. There is a little tip-back.Greene Co. cornGreene Co. cornGreene county bean summary: Canopy height was 32 to 36 inches and the first node was at four inches. We saw a little frogeye and brown spot, but not bad. There was no insect pressure and some small pods. Today’s rain will really help. These were planted at 155,000 on May 27.Greene Co. beans Warren County corn summary: The corn is very tall. It was planted June 1 and 32,500 seeds were dropped. Today’s stand count was 26,000. The potential yield is 164. The biggest thing hurting the field is severe anthracnose leaf blight. It is the worst we have seen. We also found corn earworms feeding on the kernels. The anthracnose is a real issue. If the disease progresses the yield will go down.We found earworm working on the kernels.The anthracnose in this field was severe.Warren County soybean summary: The canopy was a good 50 inches tall and they were thick. They were about 10 inches to the first node and they were starting to lodge. They planted about 170,000 on May 16. They were podded up pretty well for as tall as they were and they were still adding pods. Rains today will really help. There was no real disease pressure or insects.The beans were the tallest we’ve seen in Warren County.The beans across the drive are double-crops, some of the nicest we’ve seen.Butler County corn summary: There was some anthracnose and some N deficiency up three leaves. There was no insect pressure. It was planted on April 20 with a population 34,000 and a current stalk count of 32,000. The yield looks to be about 182 bushels. This is as far along as any corn we’ve come across.Butler Co.CornButler Co. cornButler County soybean summary: These were in 15-inch rows with a drop of 155,000 on May 26. These are tall beans at 46 inches and the first node was at six inches. They were healthy with some brown spot and sudden death and a little frogeye. There was some Japanese beetle feeding. There was good pod set from top to bottom. With their height, some are already starting to go down. Overall this is a good field of beans.Butler Co. beansButler Co. beansPreble County corn summary: This was planted April 18 with a seeding rate from 32,000 to 38,000 and the harvest population was 25,000, which hurt the final yield estimate. It was tall corn with good stalks and good roots. There were large gaps in some rows. Above the ear leaf we found common rust, GLS and NCLB. There was anthracnose leaf blight two to three leaves up. Fungicide did hold off he rust. There was some N deficiency. The yield is 176 bushels.Preble Co. cornPreble Co. cornPreble County soybean summary: There is a 36-inch canopy with the first node about six inches up. There was no insect pressure and disease pressure was very limited. They were planted on May with a 160,000 and they were well podded with nice beans in the pods. These were good to excellent, closer to excellent.Preble Co. beansPreble Co. beansDarke County corn summary: This was planted April 18 with minimal disease and a little green snap. There was no insect pressure and ear fill was good. There was a population of 33,000 and a yield around 175 bushels.Darke Co. cornDarke Co. corn Darke County soybeans summary: This was a really nice field planted May 18 in 15-inch rows and a 155,000 population. Weed control was excellent and the plants are very healthy with nodes close together and podded heavily from the ground up. They still need rain to help them form. There was minimal disease and a 36-inch tall canopy. There was a fungicide application that kept the diseases in check. The overall rating is excellent in some of the best beans we’ve seen. The standability was excellent as well.Darke Co. beansDarke Co. beansMercer County corn summary: This field was replanted and the population was at 33,000. We saw a lot of issues in this field: GLS, common rust, anthracnose, silk feeding, and varying degrees of pollination with the first crop and the replanted crop. We found a155-bushel corn yield here and there are many gaps and spindly stalks. We saw fall armyworm working from the tip down the ear. We also found zipper ears missing two or three rows. There was maybe 7% or 8% of ears not developing correctly due to corn smut and that will also be a factor in the yield.We found fall armyworm in the Mercer County cornThere was a fair amount of smut and some fall armyworm damage in the corn, Mercer County soybean summary: Canopy height was 28 inches and the first node height four inches. There was a fair amount of brown spot, some frogeye, and around 20% of the plants had a leaf or two with chemical injury. There were many small pods with beans just starting to form that would benefit from a rain. This is a fair to poor field.There was some frogeye in the beans in Mercer County.We found chemical injury in Mercer County. Auglaize County corn summary: There was a 32,000 count for this April planted field. There was some common rust and a little anthracnose. There were some suckered stalks and the girthy ears were well filled. We found a 215-bushel yield here.Auglaize Co. cornAuglaize Co. corn Auglaize County soybean summary: This was a nice field with drilled 7.5-inch rows. The pop was 180,000 and they were standing well. They were planted April 27. This is a very healthy field at 38 inches tall with a first node five inches from the ground. There is some brown spot, SDS and the first frogeye we’ve found. Fungicide and insecticide have been applied. There was some Japanese beetle feeding, good root development and nice pod set from bottom to top. The field was uniform with excellent yield potential.Auglaize Co. beansAuglaize Co. beans Miami County corn summary: This is a very healthy field with good height and a population of 32,500. We saw a little GLS and common rust. We found anthracnose leaf blight that was very evident and there is some potential for stalk rot this fall. We saw some green snap here too. We found a yield of 201 in this nice field of corn.Miami Co. cornMiami Co. cornMiami County soybean summary: The soybean canopy was 37 inches and six inches to the first node. Disease pressure was light and there was a little Japanese beetle feeding. They were planted April 18 with a population of 165,000. They look good for 2.8 beans with good to excellent yield potential.Miami Co. beansMiami Co. beansShelby County corn summary: There was a population of 34,000 with some green snap problems, maybe 5% to 8% damage. Other than that, the corn was healthy and green with no N deficiency. No diseases or insects and ear fill was excellent. We found a yield of 200 bushels, but considering the green snap, a yield of 185 is probably more accurate.Shelby Co. cornShelby Co. cornShelby County soybean summary: It is very impressive when you look at the field. They are tall and green but they aren’t going to yield. They are 42 inches tall but the first pod above the ground is 9 inches. There are Japanese beetles actively feeding and there are not good clusters of pods and nodes are far apart. Yield potential is just fair in this field that looks really good from the road.Shelby Co. beanslast_img read more

Rabri Devi appears before ED in railway hotels allotment case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Saturday recorded the statement of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in connection with the Railway hotels’ maintenance contract corruption case.“Ms. Rabri Devi appeared before the investigation team in Patna, in response to the summons. Her statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” said an official. The agency had earlier issued multiple summonses asking her to join the probe in Delhi, but she did not turn up.The ED had also summoned her son Tejaswi Yadav twice and recorded his statement.“Their statements have been recorded as they had taken over a company through which about a three-acre commercial property was acquired from Patna-based firm, Sujata Hotels. The firm got contracts for the maintenance of two Railway hotels in Puri and Ranchi when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister,” said the official.The money laundering probe is based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Mr. Prasad, Ms. Rabri Devi, Mr. Tejaswi Prasad and others in July.The agency has alleged that the contracts to Sujata Hotels were awarded in 2006, in lieu of the three-acre land that was acquired through a front company, Delight Marketing Company. Accused Sarla Gupta, wife of Mr. Prasad’s close associate Prem Chand Gupta, was a director in that company.According to the CBI, by 2014, Delight Marketing’s shares were taken over completely by Mr. Prasad’s family members for just ₹64 lakh, against the circle rate of ₹32.5 crore for the property and market value of ₹94 crore. The company’s name was later changed to Lara Projects and then turned into a limited liability partnership firm.last_img read more

Two dead after landslip hits truck in JK’s Doda

first_imgTwo persons were killed when their truck was hit by a landslip in this hilly district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Saturday. The truck was on its way from Thathri to Gandoh and the accident occurred at Piykul Kara, 37 km from here, Friday night, a police official said.He said the landslide hit the vehicle, burying alive two of its occupants – driver Shahzad Hussain (27) of Bhadarwah and conductor Arif Hussain (22) of Kishtwar district.While the driver’s body was retrieved from the spot around 3 am, the other body was recovered around 7 am, the official said, adding that both the bodies were shifted to a trauma centre Thathri for completion of formalities.last_img read more