Consider History When Contemplating Fall Tillage

first_img By Andy Eubank – Oct 14, 2012 Facebook Twitter Consider History When Contemplating Fall Tillage Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Consider History When Contemplating Fall Tillage SHARE A Purdue Extension agronomist says fall tillage decisions this year and in any year should be based on the short and long-term effects of that tillage on their fields and not the in-season phenomena like drought in 2012.Tony Vyn says a farmer’s natural reaction to a drought year is disappointment, and that may lead to what he calls “revenge tillage.” So when making this year’s tillage decisions consider this year but also recent history.“And so the recommendations are let’s limit our tillage operations first of all by asking the question do we need any tillage at all? For many Indiana soils in a corn-soybean rotation we simply don’t need to do tillage, or if we need to do tillage it would only be perhaps something that is limited in depth and perhaps width, as in for instance a strip tillage operation.”Tillage loosens and rearranges soil aggregates with the intent of establishing a better foundation for crop seed placement and root growth, but the drought itself has already accomplished deep cracking and loosening of some soils. The drought also reduced the post-harvest crop residue that is often used as an additional justification for tillage. So in what fields might tillage be useful this season?“Where we need perhaps fall tillage the most is in corn following corn on poorly drained soils. Where we need tillage the least is certainly corn-soybean rotations on well drained, sandy soils. Where there is the greatest risk of tillage is always on fields that have the highest and longest slopes and where there is the greatest risk of soil erosion loss.”“Tillage has a permanent effect that can forever change soil water-holding capability on slopes,” Vyn said.Additionally Vyn recommends that farmers consider limited fall tillage for fields with a history of compaction, high clay content, lack of systematic drainage or fields with very slow-drying soils.“I don’t want farmers to overestimate the need for fall tillage just because of the 2012 drought and poor crops,” he said. “It’s important to adopt a tillage system that leaves topsoil uniformly in place to build up a whole field’s resiliency in root-zone water retention over time.”He urged farmers to exercise caution and always be aware of the soil loss risk, saying they should examine soil conditions and crop yields over a number of years when considering tillage.“The early harvest may promote fall tillage, and the disappointment factor may further motivate farmers to till ground,” Vyn said. “But often we don’t know how an individual year’s yields would have changed with more or less tillage.”Normally, the protective residue cover and greatly reduced soil disturbance associated with no-till mean less evaporation loss and higher soil water availability to roots. But this year, no-till fields did not provide as much protection against the drought as expected.The early-season onset of high temperatures and lack of rain limited both root growth and shoot growth in 2012. Corn and soybean varieties differ in their relative rooting ability under stress conditions, but rooting in all varieties after the early seedling stage depends on energy reserves coming from shoot growth.“The near-surface soil was so dry, lack of tillage meant more resistance to root penetration, meaning corn or soybean plants in those fields sometimes experienced more drought stress before flowering than other tilled fields, despite the crop residue cover,” Vyn said. “But we may never see such a severe, early drought occur with that combination of timing and high temperatures again.“A later-season drought occurring after deep early root establishment would have favored no-till more.”If farmers decide to practice fall tillage, they can choose from several management techniques. Standard primary tillage procedures include using a disk, chisel plow, deep ripper, moldboard plow or strip tiller.Vyn said agronomists favor strip tillage because it allows for minimal soil mixing and residue incorporation while preparing fields for earlier seeding of spring crops, and it can be combined with fertilizer application.“It’s a proven, versatile tillage practice that creates a warmer, drier zone of soil in the spring that ensures timely seed placement in both corn-soybean and corn-corn rotations,” Vyn said. “Precision automatic guidance systems have also simplified crop row placement in the center of the loosened strips.”He said there’s still time yet for farmers to decide whether fall tillage is needed for their fields and that they shouldn’t rush the decision. With fall rains, farmers should be cautious and not rush fall tillage on soils that may be too wet.[audio:|titles=whether to fall till this year]Source: Purdue Ag CommunicationsAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Previous articleDespite Crop Challenges from Drought, Farmers Shouldn’t Face Challenges from BuyersNext articleSeed Consultants Marketwatch 10.26 update with Gary Wilhelmi 10/15/2012 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, NeighborWorks America, and More

first_img Previous: More Young Americans Joining the Real Estate Industry Next: Industry Leader Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, NeighborWorks America, and More July 19, 2018 1,928 Views The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, NeighborWorks America, and More Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News From new appointments and partnerships to new technology and product expansion, get the latest buzz on the industry in this weekly update.The StoneHill Group, an Atlanta-based, veteran-owned provider of quality control, due diligence and mortgage fulfillment services has expanded its mortgage lender support services to help lenders, including banks and credit unions for cost-effective operations.Since hiring and training staff is time-consuming and expensive, lenders often outsourced underwriting, processing, and other origination tasks when loan volumes fluctuate, StoneHill said that its expanded services for mortgage lenders offered variable cost structure for its services so that clients only pay for the work they need.“Almost every day, someone asks me how they can save money originating loans in this environment,” said David Green, Founder, and CEO of The StoneHill Group. “For many, the best option is to outsource some or all of their origination work to The StoneHill Group. Once they do, they can stop worrying about whether they have enough staff, and they can rest assured that their critical processes will be completed on time and within budget.”San Diego-based ClosingCorp, a leading provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, has announced that it is enhancing its SmartFees® service by incorporating the CoreLogic Property Tax Estimator. This service will help further improve the accuracy of loan estimates (LEs) in the origination process, and provide better data to mortgage professionals. The integration will be complete and the service will be available third quarter 2018.“ClosingCorp has a strong focus on quality and accuracy and we are excited to help further that effort,” said Nancy Langer, Executive, Real Estate Tax and Payment Solutions at CoreLogic. “Lenders nationwide have specifically requested that we integrate with ClosingCorp to deliver a seamless process within the origination workflow and we’re pleased to be able to deliver our service through this highly reliable channel.”Washington, D.C.- headquartered national, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America, recently announced the appointment of Marietta Rodriguez, as President and CEO of NeighborWorks America. Jeffrey Bryson, who served as interim President and CEO for the nonprofit since September 2017, will remain on board until August 17, according to a statement by NeighborWorks America. Bryson, who previously served as NeighborWorks America’s general counsel and corporate secretary, has been with the nonprofit for 31 years and plans to retire after the transition.Rodriguez has been with NeighborWorks for 20 years and most recently, she worked as interim SVP for national initiatives, where she managed a national down payment assistance program totaling more than $300 million to support over 17,000 new homebuyers since 2012. Additionally, she created an innovative business practice, enabling NeighborWorks organizations to operate their homeownership programs sustainably. 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This management tool gives lenders the control, visibility and context they need to manage and improve the borrower experience.This integration will help customers of LendingQB survey every borrower within 24 hours of closing. Direct, instant borrower feedback, along with deep insights about the loan process and the people involved, will enable lenders to pinpoint sources of borrower dissatisfaction and quickly take corrective action. MortgageSAT scores everyone (the loan officer, processor, underwriter, and closer) and measures the borrower’s perception of the entire loan process with analysis by region, branch, and the individual employee. The MortgageSAT program launched recently with select lenders across the country.Through this integration, lenders who were previously limited to measuring success based only on internal measurements and historical results will now have access to benchmarking data that shows how their satisfaction and Net Promoter Score (NPS) compare to their peers. MortgageSAT’s National Benchmark data is available 24/7 in a real-time web portal.  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Kristina Brewer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2018-07-19 Kristina Brewer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Britney Spears Circling West End’s Cinderella

first_img View Comments Britney Spears(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Crazy?! Pop princess Britney Spears may be heading to the West End! The star is in talks to lead the London Palladium’s previously reported production of Cinderella this Christmas. According to the Daily Mirror, Spears could earn up to £500,000 ($725,000) for her work in the pantomime, which is scheduled to run December 9 through January 15, 2017. Michael Harrison and Andrew Wright will direct.Spears’ countless accolades include a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billboard has recognized her as the best-selling female artist of the 2000s; she has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and over 100 million singles. Spears currently has a residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.The London Palladium was synonymous with lavish annual pantomimes from 1948-1987, and attracted some of the biggest stars of the day, including Julie Andrews, Sir Cliff Richard, Peter Sellers, Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett, but the festive cornerstone has been absent for almost thirty festive seasons.Check out Spears’ track “Cinderella” below. Maybe this news should be less surprising, more “Oops!… I Did It Again.”last_img read more