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Scott Metzger, Nov. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As far as the wind, we didn’t have anything like they had further west. I think the wind got up to 28 or 30 miles per hour and the rain stayed north of us for awhile. The final round came through early this morning and we had 4 to 6 inches of rain. The kids’ school actually closed today because of water across the roads.I really feel for the people in western Ohio where they had those devastating storms. We can’t complain at all. What we had was no comparison.This will put harvest to a halt for a while. We have around 400 acres of corn left, all of our double-crops left to cut and some custom work to do. We have our work cut out for us with the conditions we’ve had but we have had other years like this. We may be running at night on frozen ground for a while.I don’t know how much of the rain soaked in. I think it will be every bit of a week until we can get back in. I saw we could get down into the low 20s this weekend and we could maybe run if it gets frozen.When you get to this time of year, there is less sun and cooler weather and it doesn’t dry out. It has been fairly wet here. We maybe only ran two days out of the last 10.This rain was too much for the wheat. We’ll have water standing on some of the fields. If it starts freezing with water still on the wheat that won’t be good. Wheat is pretty tough but standing water is not good. It should have a good root system, though, and I think it will be OK.We have been pretty fortunate with the corn yields. The replanted corn is maybe 30 bushels less than everything else, but the yield is still nothing to complain about. I think if we can get it all shelled without any issues we may have the best corn crop we’ve ever had for an average.We haven’t had stalk issues yet but after this we probably will. Half of the corn we have left to shell got six inches of rain so I expect to see some stalk issues. Any heavy winds now will be a problem. We sprayed the corn this year and that sure does pay when you get into a late harvest like this. We have seen that it helps it stand better than corn that hasn’t been sprayed.last_img read more

Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project

first_imgTags:#Blockchain#electric cars#IBM#IoT#Microsoft#Smart Cities#Wanxiang How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img Related Posts Another company jumped on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way, with Wanxiang’s $30 billion smart city project. The Chinese electric car maker announced the mega-project at the Global Blockchain Summit.Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain technologies with smart city innovations. The project will involve the purchase of 83 million square feet of land in Hangzhou, where Wanxiang is headquartered.Industry pundits predict that blockchain technology could revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT), as it is capable of verifying a device’s every transaction, communication and change.This type of verification will become crucially important in smart cities where increasing numbers of connected devices will begin spouting data from all corners of the urban environment.See also: Outdated thinking on wireless could cripple UK smart cities“We want to use blockchain to manage IoT, and use it help devices to interact with each other,” said Feng Xiao, vice chairman of Wanxiang. “Smart appliances can be managed with blockchain.”In a similar vein, the government of Dubai announced earlier this year that its innovation department will be integrating blockchain into its smart city strategy.How Wanxiang will integrate blockchain with smart city projects is still being formulated, but company representatives are in talks with Microsoft and IBM on future collaboration.The project is expected to develop innovations at the intersection of cars, smart cities and blockchain. One example given was how the cost of electric cars could be reduced by using blockchain to confirm and enforce property rights in urban environments of the future.Wanxiang already launched a blockchain labWanxiang has already proven keen on blockchain technology with its launch of its $50 million Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. As well in $500,000 of ether cryptocurrency was purchased by a Wanxiang subsidiary in 2015.And as part of the project, the company will be actively looking to finance blockchain entrepreneurs who may be developing innovations that will align with Wanxiang’s initiative.“We can’t tackle all the use cases that might arise from the smart city project,” said Feng. “That’s why we’re opening it up to use cases from all over the world.”Wanxiang owns the American electric car manufacturer Karma and is planning to build a $375 million plant for making battery-powered vehicles. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Get set for Couture, says Tanya Banon

first_imgFDCI president Sunil Sethi.Come July and it’s countdown time to the next season of fashion. The initiation ceremony into twines and twirls of glossy tulle, satiny silks and plush velvets begins with India’s most prestigious and credible fashion event in the country-India Couture Week 2014.In the wake of runway fervor, I choose to set aside fashion fatigue for a moment and look at the glass half full and what comes to the fore is a burgeoning industry that has extended itself beyond boundaries of couture or pret; where Indian designers command the same prices as world renowned international fashion houses and where fashion has given a boost to parallel and complimentary industries brimming with talent of models, set designers, make up artists, hair stylists, choreographers, photographers and performing artists.Behind all the hype and hoopla is an entire machinery of professionals. Amongst them, one man tirelessly makes it all happen year in and out. Sunil Sethi is not only President of the FDCI but he is also the man behind the scenes who makes fashion work like clockwork.FDCI president Sunil Sethi says Manish Arora (centre) has infused colour into bridal designs.In a candid conversation Sethi reveals the inner dynamics that goes into putting together a couture extravaganza.Sethi reveals that, “the designers have an extremely positive competitive spirit amongst one and other when it comes to the event.This is because India Couture Week is not only a B to C (Business toCustomer) model but also a B to B model, as the countries leading multidesigner stores place orders based on the collections showcased at theevent. Couture Week sets the mood, palette and dictates the trend forthe upcoming festive season and also bridal trends. This event has given birth to a pool of talent including models, choreographers and fashionphotographers to name a few.”advertisementThe “all-new edition” of India Couture Week has Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers as the title sponsor & Logix Group as the associate sponsors and promises to be a fashion destination that breaks away from the old formula with improvised and innovative methods of showcasing. Sethi reveals, “This year we will present collections that go beyond the regular format. We will have press previews, cocktail previews for exclusive groups limited to a hundred or so people, larger than life sets and offsite shows. This time, designer Rohit Bal is doing a cocktail preview for a select crowd. We will retain Delhi as a base and extend ourselves to other cities after the event as well.”India has a plethora of talent and India Couture Week seeks to showcase this in a clear and credible manner where opportunity is given both to veteran names and emerging talent.Sethi speaks rather candidly stating, “I cannot afford to differentiate between what is known as star talent and emerging talent, I cannot be partial to a group of designers from a particular city over another city.”When it comes to talking about other fashion weeks in the country that portray themselves as “couture” or “bridal” destinations, Sethi minces no words, “some people (designers) just never learn from their choices and often give greater significance to commercial aspects.For them their commercial interests weigh more than the aesthetic, ethical and creative platform which FDCI offers.”STRANGERS TRANSMIT TENSIONPsychologists from Saint Louis University have found that stress can be passed on through things like tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and even odour.For those who couldn’t take advantage of the holiday season due to work and domestic pressures, please ensure that you pencil in some R&R in your schedules to save yourself from landing into ‘secondhand stress’. The Daily Mail recently reported that “stress can be ‘caught’ from strangers,” via a groundbreaking study by a team of psychologists from Saint Louis University.The study shows that “in some situations stress is contagious….They found that the stress can be passed on through things like tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and even odour.”FASHION UNVEILED AT SPORTS EVENTSThe Duchess looked chic at a Wimbledon match.Sports enthusiasts are having a gala time as the biggest events in sports entertainment, the Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup, head into quarter and semi finals this week. However, for fashion aficionados this is also the perfect time to cash in on the sportswear fashion trend which is big on both the international and desi circuits. If you’re heading to watch the games, try to look sportingly cool by experimenting with luxe fabrics and sporty silhouettes or then be femininely chic like Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge in her white applique dress at Wimbledon.Try out mesh jackets, hoodies, washed satins, neoprene, track pants in plush fabrics, bomber jackets, pastel hued pencil skirts, tennis skirts, quilted detailing, sports wedges, healed boots and jersey dresses.advertisementIf your brand conscious pick from Gucci’s lurex and matte satin sportswear, Marc Jacobs haute athletic wear, Prabul Gurung and DKNY sports chic or Indian names like Rajesh Pratap Singh and Satya Paul.last_img read more