Ben Klick, Oct. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are finally getting some long overdue rain. We got two inches yesterday. We got just shy of 300 acres of beans off. We parked the combine at the end of last week and switched over to spread fertilizer, work ground and we got all of the wheat and barley planted just in time for that nice rain shower. It was a million dollar rain two months too late. Now it looks like we’ll get a little heat this week.We started harvest Sept. 28 cutting beans. We cut for a while then quit to grind feed. We got a good start on the first early beans. The beans were very dry — 8% or 8.5% across the board. Even with the draper head we were still getting some shatter. Yield wise, we have beans that should have been 70 bushels and they were 50. The top pods were not there. They weren’t filled out.In talking to others around here, I don’t feel too bad about our bean averages compared to everyone else. We planted beans late because it was wet and we didn’t get the late moisture for them. We’ve been seeing a range but mostly around 50 bushels.Before this last rain, the last substantial rain we had was the middle of August. We had the wettest July and the driest September on record here. I heard they dug a grave in town and had to go three or four feet down until he hit moisture in the ground.There are some around here who are ahead of us with harvest, but most everyone around here has been getting after it. A couple of guys have switched over to corn. I have heard some better yields with corn. We may start shelling corn here in the middle of the week when things dry out. We need some corn for feed. As dry as it was, the ground is a little tacky after two inches of rain. It is not even sticking to my shoes.last_img read more

Can Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem?

first_imgI recently read a New York Times article on the coal problem. In the future, the article notes, we won’t be able to burn coal at our current rate, so there is an obvious need to make a transition to alternative sources of energy. According to the Times article, the most likely replacement for coal is solar energy.Because most industrial economies currently depend heavily on coal, the Times notes that the economic effects of this transition will be perilous. On the bright side, the article cites recent “revolutionary” technical improvements in solar technology that will ease our transition to a solar future, noting that engineers have developed solar power plants that can produce over 7 watts per square foot of collector. “The new power is as exhaustless as the sun itself,” the Times gushed.Here’s the kicker: the article was published on September 10, 1868. That’s right — over 145 years ago. I came across the article by chance, when I entered the word “solar” into the search box on the New York Times web site, and then (on a whim) clicked “oldest to newest.”The article (“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”) is so interesting that I have reprinted a good chunk of it on this page (see the sidebar below).“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the September 10, 1868 issue of The New York Times.]About two years ago, a very earnest discussion, as our readers will remember, sprang up in England on the prospective exhaustion of the coal-beds of Great Britain and Europe. Not only the scientific Press, but the literary and social — the Saturday Review, the Spectator, the Times, the magazines — took it up. Sir Wm. Armstrong and other scientific men attempted estimates of the duration of the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

On Talking Points

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Pick any three Sunday morning political/talk/current events shows, like Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Meet the Press with David Gregory, or Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Watch the ones that share your brand of America’s political parties if it makes you more comfortable. And ignore the politics (that isn’t the point of this exercise). Instead, watch and listen carefully to the guests. Notice a few things.First, the guest commentators are have strong, focused answers. No matter how tough the question, they have an answer that doesn’t sound like it just fell out of their mouth for the very first time. They already know the questions they are going to be asked, and they are well rehearsed in their responses. They know what they need to say to score points.Second, notice how the guests from one brand of political party sounds very much like the rest of the other guests from that political persuasion. They may put their own spin on the answer, but the themes, ideas, and points that they make are very much the same (minus an occasional oddball commenter thrown in to shake things up).Finally, notice how the commentators stay on point. They don’t stray all over the place trying to bring in a bunch of new ideas and new points. They have chosen the best language to convey their message, and they stick with it. Unless they hear one of their peers make a point with particularly effective language, in which case you can watch that language be picked up and used to replace less effective language choices. It spreads like wildfire.Your talking points should be the same. You don’t have to sound like you are reading a script, but you should know what you are most likely going to be asked and how to answer, including the language to explain something complicated, if need be.If you manage a sales team, they need to sound very much like the examples you see on Sunday morning shows. They should all be on message, make effective arguments, and succinctly speak to your value proposition. They should also share their best language with their peers.What you say matters. How you say it matters. Language is influence. Write and study your talking points.last_img read more

Opposition threatens stir over alleged fake encounter

first_imgNagpur: Opposition parties in Chhattisgarh have threatened to go on protest if the government fails to order a probe into the alleged extrajudicial killing of two tribals by the police. The incident took place in the Maoist-infested Bastar region near Purungal-Dokapara on January 29. The spot is located near the Dantewada-Bijapur district border.The State police has claimed that two Maoists, identified as Bhima Kadati and Sukmati Hemla, were killed in the encounter and weapons including a rifle were recovered from them.The villagers approached tribal activist and AAP leader Soni Sori and other political parties for support, and have refused to bury the bodies. “Hemla was Kadati’s sister-in-law. They were returning after meeting Kadati’s brother Baman in Kirandul town on January 28 when they were picked up by the security forces. They were killed on January 29. The villagers told me that neither had Maoist connections. The condition of Hemla’s body suggests she may have been raped before being killed,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.‘Police putting pressure’Ms. Sori alleged the police is trying to destroy evidence by burying the bodies. “The villagers have protected the bodies for over 20 days, but security forces are trying to compel villagers into burying them.” The Congress, led by Dantewada MLA Devati Karma, extended support to the villagers’ protest and appointed a team to probe the matter. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) has already begun protests over the issue. Mr. Jogi led a protest march to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur on Saturday, accompanied by relatives of the deceased. They demanded a second post-mortem and a judicial probe. Mr. Jogi’s son and Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi has already threatened to perform the last rites in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Raipur if the police personnel responsible are not arrested. AAP leader Sanket Thakur said he is accompanying the victims’ relatives to Bilaspur to file a case in the high court. Mr.Jogi has also said he would move the HC over the issue.SP (Dantewada) Kamlochan Kashyap denied the allegations. “An encounter had happened on January 29 in which two Maoists were killed. Both were Maoists and a part of senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike’s supply team. They had a number of cases registered against them in various police stations of Bastar. Post-mortems were conducted on both bodies, and they were buried on January 30. However, some elements asked the villagers to exhume them. We can’t do much about the politics being played over this incident,” he said.last_img read more