Superfight won’t uproot grounded UFC heavyweight star Miocic

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, Stipe Miocic gestures after a win over Francis Ngannou during a heavyweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, in Boston. Miocic will get the biggest paycheck of his career at UFC 226 for the biggest test of his fighting life against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses.Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning heavyweight champ in UFC history has embraced the fact he’ll always feel like a firefighter from Cleveland whose life took an amazing detour.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “When I walk into the octagon and they lock the door, I’m like, ‘Well, I can’t leave now,’” Miocic said. “It’s fight or flight, and you’ve got to fight. It’s a little surreal, though. You look across the cage, and you’re like, ‘Huh. I’m fighting Daniel Cormier. Awesome. I watched this dude when I was an amateur.’”Real life for Miocic (18-2) isn’t under the bright lights of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. He’ll take a moment in that cage to appreciate the brilliant absurdity of being in a superfight against Cormier (20-1), the imposing light heavyweight champion, in the heavily anticipated main event of UFC 226 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReal life is at home in Cleveland, where his pregnant wife is attempting to wait to deliver their first child until he gets home. Real life is in the firehouses in suburban Oakwood and Valley View where he still works as a firefighter and paramedic, fitting in several shifts each week between MMA training sessions.The 35-year-old Miocic firmly believes he has kept the UFC heavyweight division locked down because he stayed in Cleveland and worked relentlessly to avoid both the trappings and the traps of success. LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “I thought he could be a champion even before he got in the UFC if he continued on his path, (but) that’s a big ‘if,’” Marinelli said. “Not everybody can sustain that growth for long periods of time, and not buckle under the pressure and change. When you have success, you can go Hollywood. You can ruin everything. Your mind changes. Instead of training, you can think, ‘Oh, I’ll go in Wednesday.’ Never for him. All of the characteristics in his personality that he had, they kept on getting stronger. I think he realized that his success was coming from it, and he didn’t want to change it.”Miocic is making the biggest payday of his career Saturday, and the champ said he is finally “100 percent” happy with the UFC’s financial commitment to him. That wasn’t the case earlier this year, when his disappointment over a relatively meager check for his defense against Ngannou prompted him to take the belt from UFC President Dana White in the Boston cage so Marinelli could put it around his waist instead of White.“They made it right,” Miocic said. “I love it, especially for my family.”The family is about to get bigger: Miocic’s wife, Ryan, is due on Aug. 1, but it could happen anytime. Ryan doesn’t plan to tell him if she goes into labor shortly before the fight, and Miocic could head home right after the fight on a private jet arranged by a sponsor.The weekend is full of potential distractions, but none of the normal Vegas variety: Along with the imminent arrival of his first child in Ohio, Miocic is heavily invested in the World Cup success of Croatia. The son of two Croatian immigrants will watch the quarterfinal match against Russia and then take a nap before the biggest fight of his life.“It’s going to be a great day on Saturday,” Miocic said. “They’re going to win, I’m going to win, and it’ll be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “If I ever acted like I was better than someone, my wife and my mom would pretty much murder me,” Miocic said. “I think it’s just the people around me. My wife, my family, coaches, friends, my firefighter buddies. If I do something dumb, they would be like, ‘You’re an idiot.’ Plus, I come back from a title fight, and literally the next day I worked, they’re like, ‘Here.’ They’re throwing a plunger at me. They bring me down real fast.”He won’t let it go to his head, but Miocic’s accomplishments in the heavyweight division are peerless at this point.After winning eight of his first 10 UFC bouts, he won the title by going to Brazil and knocking out Fabricio Werdum on his own turf. Miocic kept the belt by stopping decorated veterans Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos, followed by a one-sided victory last January over Francis Ngannou, whose meteoric rise was stopped cold by a champion who came in as an underdog.Not bad for a former Cleveland State wrestler who basically stopped studying MMA for a full year while he completed his paramedic training.His longtime coach, Marcus Marinelli, has been gratified to see Miocic’s ability to maximize the potential he saw so many years ago.ADVERTISEMENT NBA estimates 40,000 more travel miles in a top 16 playoffs format Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Super scorer Pasaol stays positive amid UE slump: ‘We gave a good fight’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We still gave a good fight,” said Pasaol who is the league’s top scorer. “We still fought.”Pasaol said if the Warriors want to turn their season around, they have to start talking to each other and giving each other a voice.“All of us are allowed to speak and all of us listen,” said Pasaol. “All of us are leaders in our own right and everyone can talk.” “Whatever they do, I tell them that I’ll always have their back.”Pasaol, who finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds, still saw some positives in their disappointing loss against the Green Archers.The Red Warriors gave La Salle a scare early in the third when they went on a 10-2 run capped off by a bucket from Pasaol to get as close as three points, 49-46.READ: Under new coach, Pasaol, UE need time to figure out roles La Salle, however, was quick to respond with a 17-3 run to return to stability and take a 66-49 lead heading into the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT The Red Warriors own a league-worst 1-7 record despite the herculean efforts of Pasaol, who has averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds so far.Despite his impressive showing going down the drain with loss after loss, Pasaol is not giving up on his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I always tell them that they should always play the way they play,” said Pasaol in Filipino after they absorbed a 79-59 loss to De La Salle Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UE main man Pasaol admits he ‘lacked effort’ in blowout loss Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s not the run Alvin Pasaol envisioned for University of the East in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

Performances of Sinoe and Grand Kru Legislators

first_imgLiberians from all works of life are currently converging on the capitals of Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties, for the 168th Independence Celebration of the country.It is a common and accepted notion that citizens hailing from the two counties are highly respected and considered among the best educated.The same can also be said about those who represent those counties in the 53rd Legislature, especially those in the Upper House (Senate).Sinoe County ranking Senator Joseph Nagbe, until his defeat in the last poll for the post of Pro Tempore, served on the powerful Statutory Judiciary Committee. Under his chairmanship, several concessions, especially in the oil sector, were ratified by the Senate.Since his defeat by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, Senator Nagbe who declined to contest for the Judiciary Committee post has not been regular at sittings, a situation attributed to ill health.Senator J. Milton Teahjay, who bested his kinsman Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan in the December 2014 Special Senatorial Elections, has not disappointed what many educators within our local setting always respect him for-eloquence and participation.Senator Teahjay who resigned his post as Superintendent of Sinoe to run for the Senate, has already presented a bill on the Senate floor calling for the deployment of internal auditors in the 15 counties; and requested his colleagues to increase the County Development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to US$400,000.00.Teahjay currently chairs the Committee on Information.Grand Kru County Senators, Peter Sonpon Coleman and incoming Albert Tugbe Chie, chair two of the most important committees-Health, and Lands, Mines, Energy and Environment.Senator Coleman, a Medical Doctor by qualification has been very effective as chair of the Health Committee, and ably kept his colleagues abreast of developments during the outbreak of the Ebola virus.Senator Chie, a former Professor of Geology at the University of Liberia, replaced his retired mentor, former Senate Pro Tempore Cletus Segbe Wotorson, the country’s longest serving Geophysicsist.As chair of the Lands, Mines, Energy and Environment Committee, Sen. Chie has already conducted two important hearings, one concerning the flood and sea erosion situation affecting the coastal line of Liberia; and hearings on the planned reform of the Liberia Electricity Corporation.Like his predecessor, the Senate may likely see another Cletus Wortorson in the making.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of July 17th

first_imgFriday, Jul 16, 2010  08.00 PMNaughtlia @ Egan’s PubEgan’s PubMusic Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 4-H Achievement DaysNorth Peace Fall Fair GroundsAnimals Friday, Jul 16, 2010 – Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 Christmas in July–Dance ,Auto/Motor Sports ,Fundraiser ,Community Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  12.00 PMJuly FestNorthern Lights CollegeMusic Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 Lake Point Ladies Open – Golf for the CureLakepoint Golf and Country ClubFundraiser Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – Sunday, Jul 18, 2010  07.00 AM – 02.00 AMDoig River RodeoDoig River First NationRodeo ,Dance ,Sports & Fitness Below is a list of community events taking place in Fort St. John and the North Peace this weekend.  If you have an event you’d like included in this list email Friday, Jul 16, 2010  07.00 PM – 08.00 PMEnergetic You – Indoor Walking ProgramEnerplexSports & Fitness Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 Photo Scavenger HuntVisitor CentreCommunity Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  09.00 AM – 04.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaMarket ,Community Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  12.00 PM – 02.00 PMPlay in the ParkMatthew’s ParkChildren & Family Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 Stock Car RacesTaylor SpeedwayAuto/Motor Sports Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  04.00 PMJammin at JacksJackfish Dundees PubMusic – Advertisement –last_img read more

Torn labrum sidelines Odom

first_img LAKERS PREPARE FOR SUNS Sure, it’s been four months, but the Lakers still know all about the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers can see the Suns ahead in the distance, 12 games ahead of them in the Pacific Division standings going into today’s game in Phoenix. Today’s game is the first between the rivals since Oct. 31 at Staples Center, when the Lakers beat the Suns without Kobe Bryant, who was still recovering from offseason knee surgery. It’s also the Lakers’ first visit to Phoenix since the Suns eliminated them in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series last season, capping a rally from a three-games-to-one deficit. Little has changed since then. The Lakers are still the gritty underdogs, capable of raising the level of their game high enough to knock off teams like the Suns. Phoenix is still one of the teams to beat in the hyper-competitive Western Conference, capable of making better teams than the Lakers look silly with a relentless offensive attack orchestrated by two-time league MVP Steve Nash. ” It’s a huge challenge for us, matching up against the No. 1 offensive team in the league,” Bryant said Saturday. “We just have to be ready for it. It’s a nationally televised game (and) it’s important to start off the trip on a high note, and there’s no better place to do it than Phoenix.” After facing the Suns, the Lakers travel to Minnesota, Milwaukee and Philadelphia for their final trip of any length this season. NEW-LOOK SUNS There is one noteworthy difference this season in the Suns: center Amare Stoudemire has regained his edge after sitting out all but three games last season because of injuries. Stoudemire is averaging a team-leading 20.9 points. “His conditioning is back,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He can do all the things he wants to do out there again. What was he out? A year? Almost a year. He had to rebuild that stamina and strength. It takes a while.” INJURY UPDATES Maurice Evans’ sore knee didn’t keep him from shooting baskets with his teammates, but Jackson couldn’t say whether the guard would play today against the Suns. Evans did not play Friday night. … Kwame Brown emerged unscathed after playing his first game Friday after sitting 27 because of a sprained ankle, according to Jackson. Brown did not score in 20 minutes, but had three rebounds and three assists. “He was much better than I thought,” Jackson said of Brown. “He was a little stiff. He just couldn’t get it going in the second half. There was discomfort out there. He hasn’t been in enough game situations.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A similar injury sidelined Odom for the final 17 games of the 2004-05 season. He underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder and was just rounding into form when the Lakers began training camp five months later. Brian Cook is expected to replace Odom in the starting lineup when the Lakers face the Suns this afternoon in Phoenix. The Lakers also will be without forward Luke Walton (ankle) and perhaps without guard Maurice Evans (knee). center_img The hits keep coming for Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who underwent an MRI exam Saturday that revealed he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder late in Friday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. Odom is scheduled to see Dr.Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic on Monday, and the Lakers expect to find out more details. If surgery is required, Odom could be sidelined for the rest of the season. last_img read more

Who could Arsenal face in the Champions League?

first_img1 Arsenal learn who they will face in the final qualifying round of the Champions League on Friday, with a place in the group stages of the competition up for grabs for the winner.The Gunners are bidding for their 17th consecutive appearance in the competition proper, but this year they have a potentially tricky path to navigate.Having finished fourth in the Premier League last season, Arsene Wenger’s men have been placed in the ‘League route’ of the draw reserved for those who did not win their domestic league, but finished in a non-automatic qualification spot.Fortunately, their continental pedigree means that Arsenal are considered seeds for the draw and as such, they will face one of Athletic Bilbao; Lille; Copenhagen; Standard Liege or Besiktas.Of all the ‘League’ teams in the draw, Arsenal boast the best UEFA co-efficient ranking (nine), and they will certainly fancy their chances against each of their potential opponents.Intriguingly though, Arsenal have never met Athletic Bilbao, Lille, Copenhagen or Besiktas in European competition, while they have played and beaten Standard Liege four times.Below is a little fact file on each opponent:Athletic BilbaoUEFA co-efficient ranking: 37Finished fourth in Spanish LigaNotes: Athletic may have sold Ander Herrera to Manchester United, but the basque club still have plenty of talent in their ranks. Iker Muniain is a familiar name, but the biggest threat is likely to come from Aritz Aduriz, who bagged 18 goals in all competitions last season.LilleUEFA co-efficient ranking: 49Finished third in France’s Ligue 1Notes: Lille reached this stage following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Swiss side Grasshoppers in the last round. The French club boast a number of well known names, such as former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, but most will be familiar with their young striker Divock Origi who returns on loan having recently signed for Liverpool.FC CopenhagenUEFA co-efficient ranking: 53Finished second in Danish Super LeagueNotes: The Danish giants progressed thanks to a 2-0 home leg victory over Ukrainian side Dnipro. Cardiff City flop Andreas Cornelius is regarded to be the Danes’ most potent threat in attack.Standard LiegeUEFA co-efficient ranking: 59Finished second in Belgian First LeagueNotes: Perhaps a little fortunate to progress, Liege were forced to come from behind in their crunch away leg clash against Greek side Panathinaikos in order to reach this stage. One-time Barcelona slayer and former Celtic striker Tony Watt will be a familiar name to British fans, although the real goal threat is likely to come from Yannis MbomboBesiktasUEFA co-efficient ranking: 141Finished third in Turkish Super LeagueNotes: The Turkish giants breezed past Dutch side Feyenoord in the last round, winning 5-2 on aggregate. They landed something of a minor coup in former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, with the Senegalese hitman bagging himself a hat-trick in the second leg success.Arsenal fans, who would you like to face in the next round? Comment below… Arsenal will learn their Champions League opponents on Friday last_img read more

New Miss California is crowned after error

first_imgIn the business of crowning beauty queens, there’s one thing you’d think they’d get right: crowning the right beauty queen. Miss California USA organizers say they got that wrong, but corrected themselves Thursday by crowning Miss Barstow Raquel Beezley, the 21-year-old waitress they said had rightfully earned the title. And they tried to put an end to a kerfuffle that began when they crowned Miss Los Angeles Christina Silva last month, only to backtrack days later, blaming a vote tabulation error. Silva hired a lawyer, booked an appearance on “Ellen,” and won support from an L.A. Times columnist who murmured in print of hanging chads. Was Silva, who lives in L.A.’s Koreatown, too ethnic? Too urban? Did judges find some dirty secret in her past at the last minute? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCalifornia pageant executive director Keith Lewis stared out at cameras in a Beverly Hilton conference room hoping to tamp down speculation. “This was a human error. We have apologized for it,” he said. “I believe in the integrity by which we must stand. I’m here today to right that wrong of crowning the incorrect person.” To that end, last year’s winner Meagan Tandy emerged wearing a black dress, and placed a tiara on Beezley’s head to the sound of cheers from her parents and brothers. “It is bittersweet,” Beezley said of her win. “I just want her to know that it was not my fault nor her fault. This has been very hard for the both of us.” At any rate, it’s another hit for Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant, which in the past year has seen state-level winners lose their titles for appearing in risque pictures and getting pregnant. Trump personally gave the overall winner, Tara Connor, a second chance after she was seen boozing at New York clubs and entered rehab. Judges approached Lewis immediately following the Nov. 25 pageant finals in Los Angeles, concerned that their votes hadn’t been correctly tallied. He asked for a re-count, and it turned out the points assigned to finalists had been reversed. He said he broke the news to Silva in a “lengthy, heartfelt, truthful” conversation, then the two of them called Beezley. Beezley interrupted her waitress shift at DiNapoli’s Firehouse Pizza restaurant in Barstow to take the call from the two of them on speakerphone. Beezley said Silva told her about the error and congratulated her, saying “I do not want this crown and sash if I didn’t rightfully win it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal teenager scouted to join Republic of Ireland squad for clash with Poland

first_imgDonegal teenager Ronan McKinley of Bonagee United FC has been named as one of the U15 Republic of Ireland team members ahead of their clash with Poland.This follows an exciting week for Bonagee United FC with the official opening of their pitch floodlights last weekend.The first game will take place on Tuesday in Lomza, Poland, with kick-off at 12pm. The second match will take place at the same location on Thursday, with kick-off at 4pm. Under 15s manager Jason Donohue (pictured above) said: “We’re excited. It is a great opportunity for these young footballers to taste international football for the first time and test themselves on the highest stage.“We’ve done extensive work over the last couple of months, scouting up and down the country at clubs and within our highly successful Emerging Talent Programme.“We brought in 34 players for a training camp at the end of October for three days where we had a good chance to assess the players. The quality was extremely high but we were then able to select a squad of 18 players for the two fixtures.“We want to use these two matches to continue to implement the game plans and footballing ethos that we’ve established within our Emerging Talent Programmes but also to test the players against top opposition like Poland as we look to develop players for the future.”  The full squad consists of teenagers from around Ireland; Ronan McKinley (Bonagee United FC)Conor Carty (St. Francis FC)Enda Minogue (St. Joseph’s Boys FC)Alex Dunne (Belvedere FC)Festy Ebosele (St. Joseph’s Boys FC)Jack Funge (St. Kevin’s Boys FC)James Furlong (St. Jospeh’s Boys FC)Joshua Giurgi (Leixlip United FC) Harry Halwax (Leixlip United FC)Brandon Holt (Belvedere FC)Cian Kelly (St. Joseph’s Boys FC)Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos FC)Seamus Keogh (Benbulben FC)Sean McGrath (St. Brendan’s Park FC)Cormac Moore (St. Francis FC)Troy Daniel Parrott (Belvedere FC)Timi Sobowale (Villa FC)Ademipo Odubeko (Manchester United FC)Donegal teenager scouted to join Republic of Ireland squad for clash with Poland was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDFootballjason donohueRepublic of Irelandronan mc kinleylast_img read more

Ohio beef farmers partner with Kroger to provide beef to local families for the holidays

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Beef Council, representing beef farmers throughout the state, is pleased to partner with Kroger and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program to provide beef to Ohio families in-need this holiday season. The beef donation will be made to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank through a campaign that launched December 2 on Facebook. It encourages social media enthusiasts to ‘share’ a post on Facebook, and ‘like’ both the Ohio Beef Council and Kroger Facebook pages. Each Facebook ‘share’ will result in the donation of two pounds of ground beef, which is enough to feed eight people. The campaign runs through Dec. 25.Ohio beef farmers and Kroger representatives are excited to work together to help local families. “This promotion is a great example of collaboration to achieve a common goal,” said Deborah Thompson, public affairs manager of Kroger’s Columbus Division. “Together, with our friends at the Ohio Beef Council, we are looking to donate 28,000 beef meals to local families. Kroger is proud to support our community, especially around the holidays.’’“The holidays are a special time to celebrate family, community, and the things that we are truly thankful for,” said beef farmer Bev Roe of Hamilton, Ohio. “Providing meals to families in-need gives them the opportunity to celebrate with loved ones at this special time of year.”The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) engages with Ohio’s producers and consumers to strengthen the demand for beef with the goal of maintaining the profitability and growth of Ohio’s beef industry. It is part of a coordinated state/national marketing effort funded by beef producers through the beef checkoff program. OBC collects the $2 per head beef checkoff each time cattle are sold. Fifty cents of the federal dollar is invested in national beef demand building programs by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The remaining fifty cents and the state $1 are invested in Ohio by the OBC. The organization is directed by a 15-member Operating Committee of cattlemen appointed by the Ohio Director of Agriculture, representing the state’s beef, dairy and veal producers.last_img read more

2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest                                                                                                   Presented by AgXploreFollow Day 2 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourFollow Day 3 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourFollow Day 4 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourHere are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Ohio.Corn –164.62 bushels to the acre. Soybeans – 1107.01 pods in 3X3 foot square. 3:35 p.m.It is a race against a storm system heading toward us from the west. Just 2 more samples before we can call it a day. Pretty nice crops here. Plant health for the corn and soybeans were above average. Not the best corn stand, but big ears coming out of this field. Our yield calc is 165. Soybeans were very tall and very podded. This was the most we stood and counted soybeans at any stop throughout the day but 30 inch rows knocked our number down. Total number of pods in a 3 x 3 foot square here is 623.Madison County, IndianaMadison County, IndianaMadison County, IndianaMadison County, Indiana3:07 p.m.We took samples in Grant County, Indiana and this corn field wasn’t much to write home about. Ear count wasn’t especially high and the crop health looked average at best. Ear size was just okay as well here. Our yield guess is 156. Soybeans had a large drown out spot but we try to get to a part of the field that was representative of the entire plot. Plant counts were decent here on 15 inch rows and our pod count in the 3 foot square totaled 1175.Grant County, IndianaGrant County, IndianaGrant County, Indiana2:40 p.m.It looks as through this area of Indiana in the Blackford County area hasn’t had the rains it needed during the middle part of the growing season. If you look really closely you can see one of our scouts about 10 rows in this field. Our yield estimate here was the lowest so far at 97. The soybeans were in 18 inch rows and were lightly podded here. The fields here have been clean all day and I just saw my first grasshopper of the day. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count was 773.Blackford County, IndianaBlackford County, IndianaBlackford County, Indiana2:08 p.m.The sky is starting to look eerie as the eclipse is about 1/3 over the Sun. We made another stop in Wells County, Indiana just to get another look at the sky and some corn and soybeans around here. The corn population came up well short for this farmer and the yield was pegged at 167 bushels per acre. The overall pod count in a 3 by 3 foot square was 940 here and it was a scenario where they looked better than they actually were here.Wells County, Indiana1:41 p.m.Into Wells County, Indiana now and scouting at 55 mph down Rt 1 things do not look too good here from the road. The soybeans we found were on 30 inch rows but the plant count and pod count weren’t all that great. We found more issues in the corn here as one ear felt a little lighter than the other two, but this field looked healthier than the view from the windshield a few miles back. Peeled back the husk to find some diplodia. Other than that, very little disease pressure here and our yield calc is a solid 201 and our pods in a 3 foot square was 568, below average for our route today.Wells Country, IndianaWells Country, Indiana12:55 p.m.With a Brazilian and a Frenchman in the vehicle we wanted to show them what an American lunch is all about, so we hit a McDonald’s inside of a Love’s gas station. Anyhow, back to the crop tour. Found a different looking ear in this sample. Saw some “barbell ears” here, which according to my team of helpful agronomists, could be the result of cold shock at different stages of development. Overall, this corn was not healthy. This part of Indiana (Allen County) is extremely dry right now and the beans are starting to crisp up like many of the yards around here are doing as well. Our corn yield estimate is 105 bushels per acre and our 3 x 3 square foot pod count was 1163.Allen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaOur Ohio averages for my route was 171.5 bu/a for corn and 1013 pods in a 3 x 3 ft square.11:52 a.m.Our last stop in Ohio was in Paulding County and we saw a unique corn field here with 38 inch rows. I know, we thought we were crazy too, but we met the farmer here who confirmed that he is still old school. That and a high ear count didn’t do this field too many favors as the tip back really set this yield back. Our number here is 122. Soybeans were back to respectively good pod counts at 1135 pods per 3 x 3 foot square.Paulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, Ohio10:50 a.m.Paulding County crops are struggling along our route. Most bean fields will trip you up this time of year, but walking through the rows here were quite easy. Our sample wasn’t in the wet spot you see pictured, but there were plenty of these to be seen from the road along 127. This was our worst stop for corn at 137 bushels per acre and soybeans were nothing special either with 778 pods in a 3 foot square.Paulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, Ohio9:49 a.m.Van Wert County, Ohio is our next stop and these fields both have a long way to go. These were the youngest soybeans I have seen over the past 2 weeks and it didn’t take too much time to count these pods. There is still a ton of flowering so potential is here, if weather cooperates. The corn was planted later as well but the stand was solid and ears were nicely filled. Our yield calc here is at 196 for the corn and the soybeans only clocked 201 pods in a 3 foot square. Both of these fields need a drink.Van Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, Ohio9:22 a.m.After being on the Ohio Crop Tour last week, what we saw here did not surprise me as much as it did the other scouts. Corn just in the blister stage. Not sure if this is a replant or just a late plant but it has quite a ways to go. Wide cracks in the dirt show a desperate need for some rain. Lesions on the leaves and firing on the stalk found here too. Our yield guess (which will be like throwing darts for a field like this) is 147. Soybeans were planted before the corn here and things look nice. Saw a Japanese Beetle or two, but nothing of significance. We had a pod count of 1237 in a 3 x 3 square.Allen County, OhioAllen County, Ohio8:45 a.m.In Hardin County, Ohio now and the corn looks short. Population was very high and the ears showed that a little bit. This was a sandier soil and it was dry. This field was very far along compared to what we saw earlier, with about 1/2 milk line. Our yield evaluation here is 171 bushels per acre with two ears 12 around. Soybeans were coming along nicely here and pods were plump and full. We had a 1230 pod count in a 3 by 3 square.Hardin County, OhioHardin County, OhioHardin County, OhioHardin County, Ohio8:09 a.m.We are in Logan County, Ohio now and after being behind a school bus for a while on the first day of school in this area (lots of pictures and such) it is nice to get back on 33 and make up some time. We are guessing this is a non-GMO field because we weren’t the only ones in this field as we found some worms in multiple ears. Our yield number for this corn was 191. Weeds were prevalent in this soybean field but pod counts were high. The ground had some more moisture here and the plants were a little easier to pull. Our pod count by a 3 x 3 square is 1238.Logan County, OhioLogan County, OhioLogan County, OhioLogan County, Ohio7:42 a.m.Just 15 miles up the road this corn was no where nearly as far a long as it was not even close to dent. Saw some tip back here already as well The population was high, but ears were small. Our yield guess is still solid here at 187. Soybeans were planted in 7.5 inch rows and pod count was pretty good. They could use a rain here and may get one today or tomorrow. Pods in a 3 foot square was 1510.Union County, OhioUnion County, Ohio7:00 a.m.My driver today is Indiana farmer Steve Fellure. I have been in his truck a few times now over the years and it is always an enjoyable trip. Our route will take us up to Lima and across to Ft. Wayne and back down to our final destination of the day, just north of Indianapolis. Our other scouts are from Brazil and France. Every year there is a very eclectic list of foreign guests hoping to figure out just what type of crop the U.S has every year. Our first stop of the tour was in Union County, Ohio. I sampled the soybeans along with the Frenchman and he was surprised that our pod count was so long for how great these beans looked from the road. The pods were just not there. Our count in a 3 x 3 foot square was 790. Corn here was really nice and our first field yield calculation was 201.Union Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, Ohiolast_img read more