Volleyball Picked Sixth In Preseason MVC Poll

first_imgGrace Schofield and Odessa Cody also return after notching 175 and 186 kills, respectively last season. Schofield is also the team’s returning leader in aces and is second in digs and her efforts last season helped the Bulldogs rank second in the Valley in aces and digs. The Bulldogs aim to build off their best season since 2010 after going 17-15 in 2016 to record the program’s first winning season in six years. The team’s 17 wins and its eight Missouri Valley Conference wins were also the most by the Bulldogs since 2010. The Valley will look to continue to build off the success of another tremendous season in 2016 that saw three teams make the NCAA Tournament.  It was the seventh time in league history at least three Valley teams made the NCAA field. The MVC was one of seven leagues to earn three or more bids, joining the Big Ten (8), Pac 12 (8), Big 12 (6), SEC (4), ACC (3), and Mountain West (3). The Drake University volleyball team has been picked sixth in the annual Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches poll, the MVC announced Wednesday, Aug. 16. The Bulldogs’ projected finish in the poll is the program’s highest preseason projection since the 2011 season. Missouri State, the defending regular-season MVC Champions, were the unanimous favorite to repeat as champions, followed by UNI in second and Illinois State in third. Loyola and SIU were tabbed third and fourth, respectively. Drake was voted ahead of MVC newcomer Valparaiso, Bradley, Indiana State and Evansville. The Bulldogs return six student-athletes that made significant contributions in 2016, including senior and three-year starter Kyla Inderski. Last season, Inderski recorded 400 kills, the eighth most ever by a Bulldog in a season, for a 3.31 kills per set average. She enters this season with 1,044 career kills to rank seventh all-time in Drake history. She also ranks seventh all-time in digs at Drake with 1,058 and is just the fourth Bulldog ever to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. The Bulldogs also added one of the top recruiting classes in the Missouri Valley Conference and earned honorable mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com for their recruiting efforts. Joining the Bulldogs in 2017 will be Oklahoma transfer Cathryn Cheek as well as highly touted signees Natalie Fry, Gillian Gergen, Hannah McCarthy, and Emily Plock. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers.As a reminder, your legislators recently passed two laws regarding the application of fertilizer and manure. Remember, our legislators are in place to represent the voting public of the state of Ohio. Ohio State University is not a regulatory agency; our goal is to deliver unbiased, fact-based information. We were invited by the Ohio Department to conduct the training for your fertilizer certification. We have been delivering research-based information on managing nutrients for 100 years.Before 2014 we had laws in place only for large animal feeding operations to set manure application limits, and for fertilizer we only counted the tons used in the state. Since 2014 we now have a law based on Senate Bill 150 outlining the requirement to be certified to apply fertilizer — fertilizer meaning nutrients with an analysis. In 2015 legislators passed SB 1 (apparently it was their first priority of the year) to limit fertilizer and manure applications in northwest Ohio. This bill also brought state-wide requirements for certification if you apply manure from a concentrated animal feeding operation.A third change legislators brought in House Bill 64 — the budget bill of 2016-17 — was to move the Soil & Water Conservation Districts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The former SWCDs are now within ODA as the Division of Soil & Water Conservation. This places an office of the Department of Agriculture in every county in the state.Senate Bill 150 gives Ohio farmers until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. We are now in April of 2016, and at the end of the winter meeting season, meaning you have next winter to become certified. This site gives more details on the legal issues: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog-categories/environmental.Ohio State University Extension is delivering the educational programs. We have delivered more than 150 programs around the state for over 10,000 attendees so far. From estimates within OSU Extension, we think perhaps about 20,000 may need fertilizer certification. From a conversation with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels last week, there are probably many more who need the certification.Record keeping requirements start when you receive your yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. If you are a farmer you maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (in pounds per acre) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc.) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following applicationOne very good place to get and print weather records and a forecast is http://weather.gov. I had a call last week from a grower who forgot to record the weather information for his nutrient application in February when we had that dry spell. One site I have found to look at for past weather forecasts is on Weather Underground. Go to www.wunderground.com, click on “More” near the top of the page and then choose “Historical” to see past weather information. But I am not sure this is a “good” record; remember the intention is that you will gather this information before the application.One other item almost buried in SB 150 was the development of nutrient management plans. To me this may be the best way to manage our nutrient loss concerns — consulting with a nutrient management planner at the Soil & Water office, with a consultant, with Extension, with NRCS or a retailer can find those most likely areas of loss and help to reduce them.last_img read more

No positive dope test spells good news

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

Rochelle Humes pregnant with her second child

first_imgLondon, Nov 17 (PTI) Singer Rochelle Humes is expecting her second child with husband Marvin Humes.The 27-year-old singer is already mother to three-year-old daughter Alaia-Mai with her former JLS star spouse.The Saturdays star Rochelle announced that the couple are preparing to welcome a new arrival into their lives, reported Daily Mirror.Sharing a stunning black and white picture of her wearing a sports bra and white shirt draped over her shoulders, Rochelle is seen cradling her already prominent bump.Admitting she and Marvin have yet to find out the sex of their unborn baby, Rochelle captioned the shot on Instagram: “Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, but who are you? Nobody knows…” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more