Purple Corn Showing Up in Eastern Indiana

first_imgIn addition to the purple corn, Welch says some hail damage and seedling blight have been reported in some fields.  Listen to the complete report from Justin Welch on the Pioneer Agronomy page.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/purple-corn-wrap.mp3|titles=Purple Corn Showing Up in Eastern Indiana] Corn growers in East Central Indiana are seeing something strange in their fields: purple corn.  Pioneer agronomist Justin Welch says, for the most part, the crops in East Central Indiana are in good condition, “We are about 90% planted and the crops are off to a good start.” But his phone was ringing a lot last week with frantic calls about purple corn, “Purple corn is a very interesting development. The crop has to be just in the right growth stage, 2 to 4 inch tall corn.” He explained to HAT that, when you get two consecutive nights of temperatures that drop to 40 degrees or below, the sugars in the plant come to the surface and give the plant a purple color. He says, though the sight of your corn crop turning purple is enough to un-nerve most producers, it is a cosmetic problem only and will not impact yield, “It does not affect the height or the growth stage or any other aspect of the plant except the color.  In the end, it has no impact of yield.”  He added the plant will soon start growing out of the phase and new growth will be a normal green color. He said the phenomenon does tend to be more prevalent in certain hybrids. Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/purple-corn-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 20, 2012 SHARE Purple Corn Showing Up in Eastern Indiana SHARE Home News Feed Purple Corn Showing Up in Eastern Indiana Previous articleIndiana Corn Marketing Council Awards Flex Fuel Pump GrantsNext articleToo Old, Too Fat, and Out of Touch Gary Truittlast_img read more

Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre neglect continues

first_img…Minister Cummings slams officials for misinformationDrug shortage, poor water supply, and a bushy compound are just some of the issues residents of the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme have been forced to endure for the past four months, when accessing medical services at the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre.The La Parfaite Harmonie Health CentreThe regional administration is being accused of neglecting the medical facility since the last time it was cleared in September 2017, when this publication reported on the insanitary conditions: where the washroom had no doors, no proper flowing water, continued shortage of drugs, rude nurses, and grass as tall as 4 feet in some sections of the compound.Some of the issues were rectified to facilitate a visit from Junior Public Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings a few days after the issues were revealed. During her visit, the Minister praised the Regional Administration for maintaining the facility in spite of unsanitary conditions.However, since the weeding for that visit, the compound is yet to be cleared again, and the grass is over four feet tall at this point.On Friday, Guyana Times visited the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre, and was informed that the nurses would arrive at work for 09:00hrs, as opposed to 08:00h, like other health centres.Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen CummingsThis newspaper was also told that residents have on numerous occasions been refused treatment due to the lack of drugs and vaccinations for babies. In addition to drugs and medical supplies, the washrooms in the facility are not working. A source related that nurses would have to fetch water from a pipe at the front of the health facility to flush the toilet.When contacted, Minister Cummings told this publication that her officers informed her that the facility is in pristine condition, and she said that at no time was she made aware of the overgrown bushes. The minister related that it is tough for the Ministry to be aware of the issues plaguing the health care system, since they rely on the officers to report these matters.“We have these officers stationed, and we are relying on them to tell us when something is wrong. The last I spoke to our officers in the Region, they did not relate that information to me, because I asked about it. I will have to contact the DREO (Deputy Regional Executive Officer) and the REO (Regional Executive Officer) for them to explain what it going on. It is absolutely wrong for them to be telling us everything is okay when it is not,” Minister Cummings noted. “I have to visit the West Demerara (Regional) Hospital next week or the following week, and I will be meeting with them to address this issue once again. The last time I went there, I observed the place was clean and I commended them, but I don’t know what is going on with them. They are boasting about 100 per cent works completed and then we are getting these reports,” she added.In relation to the issue of drug shortage, the minister explained that the region has the supplies but quite often there would be delays in delivering the drugs and supplies to the facilities, and that is something the ministry is to address.“For the first time, we have has tenders for drugs for 2018, and that is before the beginning of the year; so we have enough drugs, but we are just working on the delivery of those supplies,” she explained.The Regional Administration is contending that it is not responsible for the Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme, since it is still under the control of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).However, REO Dennis Jaikarran had earlier told Guyana Times that the Malgre Tout/Meer-Zorgen Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) would assist in clearing the compound of the health care facility.Taking over schemesOn Thursday, Jaikarran said the Regional Administration is currently negotiating with the CH&PA to have the La Parfaite Harmonie and Tuschen Housing Schemes managed by the local organs.“For a number of years now, these schemes (La Parfaite Harmonie and Tuschen Housing Scheme) have been established, and it has been recognised that there is a need for improved infrastructural work. So, if these schemes are handed over, (they) can be covered under the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs),” Jaikaran said during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI).He explained that because the schemes do not fall under the purview of the Regional Administration, the administration is unable to provide critical maintenance of the communities. Additionally, he noted that when the schemes are handed over, residents would be in a better position, since they would be able to pay their rates and taxes and have services delivered through the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Costacurta hails Balotelli return, Mancini vows Italy ‘rebirth’

first_img0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup but has been playing well for Nice © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEMILAN, Italy, May 20 – Top Italian FA official Alessandro Costacurta on Sunday welcomed Roberto Mancini’s decision to recall Nice striker Mario Balotelli as the new Italy coach promised a “rebirth” of the national side.Balotelli, who has not played since Italy’s humiliating group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup, has been recalled by Mancini for three upcoming friendlies. And Costacurta said Balotelli’s form at Nice had warranted him being given another a chance.“Becoming a parent does change you and nobody can attest that more than Mancini,” said the former AC Milan defender and current federation deputy commissioner.“I think Balotelli’s performances on the field were worthy of a call-up.”Balotelli — who Mancini coached at both Inter Milan and Manchester City — has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Azzurri but had been overlooked due to behavioural issues.Mancini took over last Monday, six months after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, and takes charge of his first game against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.“Usually big disappointments can lead to great triumphs,” said Mancini.“In difficult moments that is when Italy found their pride and these players must take us back to the top of the world, where we deserve to be.“I want this to be the Italy of rebirth.”Mancini and Costacurta were speaking on the sidelines of the Kick-Off 2018 event organised by the Italian FA at Coverciano, near Florence.“I think Italy are still a football superpower, as we have 50 million coaches,” joked Mancini about Italy’s passionate fans.“I’m always very positive in general, even if people say Italy no longer has as much talent.“We had perhaps too much talent all together when we won the World Cup, but now we just need to give them time to grow and develop, keep the faith towards a good future.“Our football philosophy helped us win four World Cups and lose three finals.“Perhaps we’ve done better than Brazil all things considered, as we played more finals, even if we could never play as well as them, or like Spain in recent years.”Meanwhile, Costacurta said he hoped goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon — the holder of a record 176 caps — would have a change of heart and play one final friendly.“I’m sorry that Buffon does not want to do a goodbye with the national team like he did with Juventus, it would have been nice if all of Italy could have thanked him for what he has done over the years.“At this stage, I don’t think he’s going to change his mind, even though it doesn’t hurt to make a call or a text.”The Italians will play further friendlies against France in Nice on June 1 and the Netherlands, who also failed to reach the World Cup, three days later in Turin.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more