Live updates: Warriors vs. Bulls, Monday at 5 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Monday at 5 p.m. when the streaking Warriors take on the Chicago Bulls as they finish their three-game road trip.The Warriors (6-1) will be looking for their fifth straight victory and will encounter a beat-up Bulls squad that’s still missing three key players, due to injury. Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen will all be out for at least the next 3-4 weeks.Still, the Bulls managed to knock off the Hawks in Atlanta Saturday night when Zach …last_img

Ravens 34, Raiders 17: No. 1 pick remains in sight after 9th loss

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.BALTIMORE — Derek Carr’s quest to ruin the Raiders’ draft position met its match in the Ravens on Sunday, and the No. 1 pick remains firmly in sight after a 34-17 loss in Baltimore dropped the Raiders to 2-9.The game unofficially ended with six minutes left, when Carr fumbled on 4th-and-8 from his own 38-yard line, and 16th-year linebacker Terrell Suggs carried the ball with one hand all the way to the end zone to put the …last_img

Cover crops following prevented planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers who opt not to plant corn or soybeans this year because of consistently wet fields would be best off not leaving those fields bare, according to an expert at The Ohio State University.A bare field is a vulnerable field, subject to losing its valuable, nutrient-rich layer of topsoil because wind can blow the topsoil away and rain can wash it away, said Sarah Noggle, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).And a field without a crop is an open invitation for weeds to take over, making it harder to prevent weeds the next time a crop is planted there, Noggle said.Planting a cover crop such as oats, buckwheat, or cereal rye to have something on the field is a wise choice, she said. In addition to helping slow soil erosion, cover crops can improve soil health.Nationwide, more farmers are planting cover crops. The national cover crop acreage increased by 50% over the past five years, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.“Cover crops can be a good way to take advantage of an otherwise unfortunate situation,” Noggle said.This spring, many Ohio farmers are having to consider what to do with fields where they normally would have planted corn or soybeans. The wettest yearlong period in Ohio on record has left regions across the state consistently saturated, delaying or preventing growers from being able to plant in them.Farmers nationwide are facing obstacles to planting because nationwide rainfall totals have also topped records.Some Ohio farmers who typically plant corn, soybeans, or both could choose not to plant either and instead, file insurance claims so that they can gain some earnings rather than risk planting in mud.Up to one-third of Ohio’s acres that normally have soybeans or corn growing on them could be left unplanted, said Ben Brown, manager of CFAES’ Farm Management Program. Much of the unplanted acres will be in northwest Ohio, the region of the state that has been the hardest hit by rain this spring.Only 68% of Ohio’s corn crop and 46% of Ohio’s soybean crop had been planted as of June 17, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Typically by now, Ohio’s corn acres have been entirely planted and nearly all of the state’s soybean acres have been planted.“We want to plant. That’s what we do as farmers,” Brown said. “So it’s a ridiculously hard decision not to plant.”If a farmer decides not to plant corn or soybeans this season, he or she will be ineligible to receive federal aid through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The program is aimed at helping offset farmers’ losses as a result of the recent overseas tariffs on U.S. goods, including corn and soybeans.But farmers who plant a crop such as soybeans as a cover crop and don’t harvest it might still be able to collect a minimal MFP payment, Brown said. However, there’s a stipulation: The soybean cover crop has to be grown on land that had been intended to grow corn.While there’s still time in the growing season to plant soybeans, how many acres will be planted in Ohio and across the Midwest is uncertain. Much of that hinges on the weather. Above-average rainfall is predicted for the rest of the month, and national predictions call for July and August to be wetter than normal across much of the country.To help select a cover crop, visit go.osu.edu/covertheland.last_img read more