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Happening NOW: Judge Decides if Jeffrey Epstein Gets Bond

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgThere’s a bail hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Manhattan for financier Jeffrey Epstein who faces sex crime charges.Prosecutors argue Epstein’s wealth, access to a private jet and motive to flea are reasons he should remain locked up.Epstein’s attorneys are pushing to have him out on bail living in his Manhattan mansion under heavy supervision.Epstein, an already registered sex offender, is accused of sex trafficking dozens of girls in his Manhattan and Florida homes from 2002 to 2005. Good morning from New York.A federal judge issues his ruling on Jeffrey Epstein’s bail application in court at 11:30 a.m. EDT.Michael Cohen’s search warrant materials related to a closed campaign-finance probe to be unsealed at 11 a.m.Covering both live for @CourthouseNews.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 18, 2019last_img read more

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Sulley Muntari warms up for possible Albacete debut

By on August 29, 2020

first_img–By: Citi Sports Although Muntari is yet to play for the team, he has been part of activities at the club including celebrating their 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Sunday, February 10. A picture taken in the dressing room after the match has Muntari with the rest of the team enjoying the result.On his signing, Albacete director, Mauro Lopez, said that the 2010 UEFA Champions League winner with Inter Milan, was a player with “an extensive career and he will bring experience, professionalism and huge involvement.”Muntari will hope to be part of the team when they travel to Real Zaragoza for a league game on Saturday. Former Black Stars midfielder, Sulley Muntari, has been training alone at his new club Albacete as he gets ready for his appearance for the team.Muntari joined the Spanish second tier club on January 31 as a free agent until the end of the season but he has still not played due to possibly reasons of fitness and a lack of sharpness.To correct that, the player was going through his paces at the club’s training ground with one of the coaches although it was an off-day for the rest of the team and the club’s official Twitter handle shared some footage of that on social media with the caption: “Off day? Not for Sulley Muntari.”last_img read more

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Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate on Cote d’Azur

By on August 13, 2020

first_img“A point is not enough, but we could also have been talking about a defeat here,” he said.Vieira’s Nice, meanwhile, have lost just once in 10 league matches but might regret dropping two points in their quest to qualify for Europe.“Thierry can be pleased, but that said the draw was the right result,” admitted Vieira, who took over last year after leaving New York City FC.– Fabregas absent –Henry, 41, has now won just twice in 11 league games since being appointed to his first coaching job in October, although performances have improved since the turn of the year.He will also wonder how this game might have ended had new signing Cesc Fabregas been available.The Spaniard — another former protege of Wenger’s at Arsenal — joined from Chelsea last week and made his debut at Marseille on Sunday.Unveiled to the media earlier on Wednesday, he was nevertheless ineligible for this match because it was originally supposed to be played in December before being postponed due to security concerns linked to the ‘yellow vest’ protest movement in France.Fabregas instead watched from the stands, and he saw Saint-Maximin, a former Monaco player, put Nice in front on the half-hour mark, running through to score after some sloppy play from the home side.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Paris, France | AFP | It was honours even between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the old France and Arsenal teammates clashed for the first time as coaches on Wednesday in a controversy-laden 1-1 draw between Monaco and Nice.The presence of the two greats in the respective dugouts made an international event out of what is usually little more than a hotly contested local derby on the Cote d’Azur.It was a spicy encounter, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting Nice ahead before youngster Benoit Badiashile levelled for the hosts in the second half.Nice played half the game with 10 men but also saw Saint-Maximin miss a great chance to win all three points when he had a late penalty saved.Members of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side and later colleagues for six years in Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team, Henry and Vieira embraced warmly before kick-off at the Stade Louis II.They did so again at full-time, both allowing themselves a smile even though the stalemate did not satisfy either man.“It was strange,” Henry said about taking on his old friend.“We played together for a long time and we came up the steps together,” from the dressing rooms. “We had a little chat but we were both focused on the match.”Henry’s side are scrapping to pull away from the relegation zone in Ligue 1, and they remain 19th in the table, three points adrift of outright safety. They have still not won at home this season.last_img read more

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Trump to visit El Paso, Dayton after deadly mass shootings

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgHe said the nation would respond with “urgent resolve” to a weekend of mass shootings but did not offer additional information.Trump is also expected to visit Dayton on Wednesday. President Donald Trump intends to visit El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Walmart store that killed 22 people.The President is making the trip despite calls from the area’s Congresswoman and other Democrats for him to “stay away.”Democrats have cast blame on Trump for the El Paso shooting after an anti-immigrant manifesto believed to be posted by the gunman before he entered the Walmart Saturday morning.President Trump has faced severe backlash and accusations of racism for his strong push against illegal immigration.U.S. representative, Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, and her predecessor in Congress, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, both said the President should not come to El Paso.Rep. Escobar took it a step further by saying President Trump was not “welcome.”In spite of this, Republican Mayor of El Paso Dee Margo confirmed Monday that the President would visit and said he would be welcome.“I want to clarify for the political spin that this is the office of the mayor of El Paso in an official capacity of welcoming the office of the president of the United States, which I consider is my formal duty,” Margo said.Not even 24 hours after the deadly shooting in El Paso, nine people were killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio.A total of 31 people died in two separate mass shootings over the weekend.President Trump spoke out about the tragedies at the White House on Monday condemning white supremacy and offering his condolences to the victims.Related content:President Trump Condemns “Hate” after Mass Shootinglast_img read more

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Read which former teammate Chris Gayle just slammed: ‘You are worse than the Coronavirus!’

By on August 5, 2020

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 1b355yNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9s2qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5jly( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5Would you ever consider trying this?😱hbm6Can your students do this? 🌚9fmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Clashes between teammates isn’t a new thing in cricket, and sometimes the discords exist even after the players have hung their boots up. But, calling them even worse than the current novel Coronavirus pandemic which has been a global crisis? Yes, according to West Indies icon Chris Gayle, his former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan is nothing short of that.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPLast year, Chris Gayle had a fallout with his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, and the destructive batsman holds Ramnaresh Sarwan accountable behind the dissension.Speaking in his YouTube channel, Gayle took it out on the former Windies skipper. “Sarwan, you are worse than the Coronavirus right now,” the 40 year old lashed out at the Guyanese in the video.Advertisement Following his departure from the Kingston-based club in 2019, Gayle had joined St. Lucia Zouks. However, the all rounder holds grudge against Sarwan, who is the currently the assistant coach of the Tallawahs, believing him to be the perpetrator behind his fallout with the franchise.Gayle continued, “What transpired with the Tallahwahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you were the one who gave a big speech at my birthday party about how far we have come. Sarwan, you are a snake.”Advertisement Gayle played four CPL seasons with the Jamaica Tallawahs, and won two CPL titles in 2013 and 2016. Even though he departed from the club and joined St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2017, he returned as a marquee player for the Tallawahs in 2019, just before he had to head out of the club again.“You know, you are not the most loved person in the Caribbean. You are so vindictive, you are still immature, you are back-stabbing. When are you planning to change?” the Jamaican added.Gayle uploaded two separate clips on YouTube discussing his fallout with the Tallawahs, and in the second part he let out his displeasure on Sarwan. Check it out below-The 2020 CPL season is scheduled to be held from 19th August to 26th September. Although there has been no announcement on any cancellation or postponement, there can possibly be a reschedule of the dates due to the COVID-19 crisis.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Manchester City star Sergio Agüero puts FIFA 20 producers EA on blast for ‘pay to win’ formatLigue 1 season first major European football league to be cancelled Advertisementlast_img read more

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Residents Object to Fort Homeless Shelter, Rehab Center

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Laura KolnoskiOCEANPORT – Controversy over two redevelopment sites within borough borders drew more than a dozen borough residents to a recent meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).HOMELESS SHELTER CHALLENGEDWhen Super Storm Sandy destroyed the former Fort Monmouth barracks that housed county homeless persons, tenants were relocated to the John L. Montgomery Care Center in Freehold. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders oversees that facility and recently voted to approve its potential sale. The residents must move to the county’s new homeless facility on the fort in Oceanport by Nov. 1, said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative.“Hence the urgency in finding a suitable place,” she said after the meeting. While residents at the meeting expressed concerns about declines in property values, safety and quality of life, as well as a change in the shelter’s location from its original Oceanport site, officials at first indicated the matter was out of their hands, and then floated the possibility of reconsideration.Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, explained that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a formal commitment with New Jersey and the fort’s redevelopment authority to locate a county homeless shelter in Oceanport as part of the “reuse plan” created after the base’s closure in 2005. HUD approved the re-use plan in 2010. Officials, working with an engineer, were involved in the building selection process.“Persons may only stay at the shelter for 30 days; it’s temporary while they find work or a new home,” Burry said. “Usually there are never more than 24 residents. Men and women are separated. If there are problems requiring police, the town responds but the state police are stationed right there. Residents are not allowed to hang around, they must go look for work or do other things. If they drink or do drugs, they are removed; it’s very strict.”Councilman John Patti, filling in for Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon on the FMERA board, read a statement, commenting, “Residents are at their wit’s end. Relocation of the homeless shelter must be thoroughly discussed in the best interests of Oceanport. We are seeking good neighbors. We want to work together with this board to find a suitable place, if in fact it must be placed in Oceanport.”Councilman Chris Paglia added, “The council has been besieged on the homeless shelter in recent days.”“The re-use plan is the driver for all redevelopment of fort properties and this site seems best to fulfill the goals of the plan,” Steadman said. “The plan has occasional changes due to changes in the market. HUD has authorized a homeless shelter in Oceanport be operated by the county, there is a legal agreement. There’s no way to deviate from that, but thequestion is where we will place that.”
Steadman noted that Mahon has been a member ofFMERA’s real estate sub-committee and other council members have sat in on other board meetings. Meetings between FMERA staff and the three mayors (Eatontown, Oceanport, and Tinton Falls), occur at least once monthly as policy. He also directed the public to the board’s professionally revamped website, for fortmonmouthredevelopment.com.FMERA Chairman James Gorman thanked residents for attending to offer their views and options. “It’s a wonderful thing and the process works,” Gorman said. “If the public has questions, use our email rather than listening to innuendo and rumors on Facebook. Please continue to come to our meetings.”DRUG REHABILITATION OPERATIONS QUESTIONEDOceanport and state officials are scrutinizing the arrangement between AcuteCare, which took over the fort’s former Patterson Clinic last year, and its new tenant, Unity Place of Monmouth County, a behavioral health service with a partial day care program. Unity moved into its new headquarters on Fort Monmouth July 7 according to its Facebook page. The site states Unity accepts referrals from health care sources, crisis centers, probation/parole, and drug court. Unity, formerly located on Heck Avenue in Neptune, has been posting photos of its new location’s renovation on Facebook since May. A letter to clients announcing the move was sent out June 25.At the Aug. 26 meeting, Councilman Patti said police were called to the location on Stephenson Avenue recently to handle disturbances, alerting the police and township officials that drug-related treatment was going on there for the first time. Borough, FMERA and state officials maintained drug rehabilitation was never mentioned as a potential use during the proposal and approval process.The acquisition of the former clinic by AcuteCare of Lakewood has been touted as one of the fort’s redevelopment victories. AcuteCare Health System, LLC, formed in 2002, establishes and manages long-term acute care hospitals. The firm purchased the 15-acre, 98,000-square-facility for $2.73 million, spent about $5 million in renovations, and expects to generate at least 200 jobs.“We were told it would be medical suites not drug rehab,” Patti said. “Nothing at the planning board ever mentioned a rehab facility. We’re not against that, but come and tell us.” Patti said the council is discussing the matter with its attorney.“They made broad statements in their proposal,” Steadman said.Gorman asked the state Attorney General to, “Look into it. It’s fair to say that no one on the FMERA side knew this was what it would be used for, but we have to verify that.”last_img read more

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Brazil won the World Cup for the third time: 1970

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth FIFA World Cup held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America.A total of 75 teams entered the 1970 FIFA World Cup, and 73 were required to qualify. Due to rejected entries and withdrawals, 68 teams eventually participated in the qualifying stages, including eight for the first time.The 1970 World Cup held in MexicoGroup stage:Following the opening ceremony host nation Mexico faced the Soviet Union; this was the last time until the 2006 World Cup that the host nation’s first match rather than the World Cup holders’ began the tournament. Both this opening match of Group 1 and many others during the competition kicked off at noon for the benefit of European television schedules, meaning play under the midday sun. The match produced a goalless draw, prompting some media to predict the entire tournament would be played at the slow tempo that featured in this game given the conditions involved. Following the half-time interval Anatoliy Puzach became the first substitute to be used in FIFA World Cup history as the Soviets made use of the new competition rule. Both teams won their remaining two games to progress from the group at the expense of Belgium and World Cup debutants El Salvador.When they begin the competition, Belgians Red Devils clinch their First ever win in a World Cup Finals Tournament, when they beat the Salvadorians (3-0).Group 2 was the lowest-scoring of the groups with only six goals in its six matches as Uruguay, reigning South America champions and Italy, the reigning European champions, edged past Sweden and Israel. Sweden would have progressed if they had produced a two-goal victory against Uruguay in their final game, but it was not until the final minute that they scored the only goal of the game. Hours before the game FIFA elected to replace the scheduled referee after bribery rumours – later dismissed by FIFA – arose in Mexico. The 1–0 result meant Uruguay advanced, to be joined by Italy after they avoided defeat in the group finale against Israel.Owing to the lack of a seeding system, Group 3 allowed the reigning World Cup holders England to be paired together with the two-time former champion Brazil, considered by many the pre-tournament favorites for the trophy. England’s preparations were hampered by the arrest of their captain Bobby Moore in Colombia for allegedly stealing a bracelet from a jeweler’s shop; the charges were later dropped. The attitude of their manager Alf Ramsey and the English media in general was perceived by many locals as unfriendly and xenophobic toward Mexico’s hosting of the competition, which meant the English team received a largely hostile response during the competition.With both having won their opening games – against Czechoslovakia and Romania, respectively. – Brazil met England in the group’s most famed match.  Although Gordon Banks in the English goal denied Pele from close range with a reflex save that Pelé himself cited as the greatest of his career, a second half goal from Jairzinho won the match for Brazil after England squandered several excellent opportunities to equalize. Both teams then won their final group games to progress to the knockout stage.Play in Group 4 began with Bulgaria taking a two-goal lead against Peru, but a second half comeback gave the South Americans a 3–2 victory. Morocco, the first African World Cup representatives since 1934, also began strongly by taking the lead against the 1966 runners-up West Germany, but the Germans came back to win 2–1. West Germany also went behind against Bulgaria in their second match, but a Gerd Muller hat-trick helped them recover and win 5–2; the eventual Golden Boot Winner Müller hit another hat-trick – the only hat-tricks of the entire tournament – to win the group against Peru.Knockout stage:Mexico and the Soviet Union had finished tied at the top of Group 1 on both points and goal difference, meaning that the drawing of lots was required to rank them. On 12 June the draw ranked the Soviets as group winners, meaning that they would face Uruguay in the large Estadi Azteca, while the host nation were paired against Italy in the smaller Toluca venue. Mexican officials unsuccessfully appealed to FIFA to stage their game in the capital to avoid traffic problems. The hosts took the lead against Italy with a Jose Luis Gonzalez goal, but his teammate Javier Guzman equalized with an own goal before half-time. Italy then dominated the second half to progress to the semi-finals with a 4–1 win. The Soviet Union were also eliminated in their quarter-final when a Victor Esparrago header three minutes from the end of extra-time sent Uruguay through. The Soviets believed that during the Uruguay attack a ball had crossed touchline and stopped playing while their opponents continued playing and scored.The all-South America tie in Guadalajara was the highest-scoring of the four quarter-finals as Brazil recorded a 4–2 triumph over Peru. A rematch of the previous World Cup between England and West Germany took place in Leon, in which the reigning champions entered a two-goal lead. Franz Beckenbaur halved the deficit when his low shot beat England’s second choice goalkeeper Peter Bonneti, playing after Gordon Banks suffered food poisoning the day before. Eight minutes from time an Uwe Seeler header levelled the score. At 2-2, however, Hurst had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. An extra-time goal from Gerd Muller brought (West) Germany’s first-ever competitive victory over England. The national embarrassment of losing against Germany is believed to have played a significant role in the surprise defeat of Harold Wilson’s government in the United Kingdom general election, 1970 four days later.All four of the semi-finalists were former world champions with the line-up guaranteeing a European versus South American final. In the all-South American tie, controversially switched from the capital to the lower altitude of Guadalajara. Brazil came from behind to defeat Uruguay 3–1 and earn the right to contest their fourth World Cup Final. Two Brazilian goals in the final fifteen minutes decided a match that had been evenly-matched until that point. The all-European meeting between Italy and West Germany produced a match regarded by many as one of the greatest World Cup games of all time. Having led from the eighth minute through Roberto Boninsegna’s strike, Italy were pegged back in injury time when sweeper Karl-Heinz Schnellinger scored his only international goal. Extra-time brought five more goals as the lead swung between the two sides until Gianni Rivera gave the Azzurri a decisive 4–3 lead. The match subsequently became known as the “Game of the Century”, and today has a monument outside the Estadio Azteca to commemorate it. West Germany went on to defeat Uruguay 1–0 in the third-place match.Italy and Brazil line up for the World Cup final in 1970In the final, Brazil opened the scoring when Pele headed in a cross from Rivelino in the 18th minute, but Roberto Boninsegna equalized for Italy after a series of blunders in the Brazilian defence. The match remained level until the 66th minute when a powerful shot from Gerson restored the Brazilians’ lead. Further goals from Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto rewarded Brazil’s attacking play and secured a 4–1 victory and a record third World Cup triumph, which earned them the right to permanently keep the Jules Rimet Trophy.With ten goals, Gerd Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 95 goals were scored by 55 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.Gerd Muller was the top scorer at Mexico 70Commentslast_img read more

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Takeaways: Sharks deserve a get-out-of-jail free card after loss to Caps

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Washington Capitals picked an inappropriate time to start playing like the Stanley Cup champions again.After a month of sub-.500 hockey, the Capitals broke loose against the Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday, snapping a pair of impressive winning streaks. The Sharks six-game winning streak ended with a loss to the very team they beat back on Jan. 22 to get the party started. The Capitals also derailed a six-game home winning streak that dates back Dec. 27, making their payback …last_img read more

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Study time for South Africa’s inmates

By on December 18, 2019

first_img21 January 2014Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on South Africa’s 243 correctional centres to encourage inmates to participate in educational and skills programmes at the start of the 2014 academic year.“The Department of Correctional Services is implementing programmes aimed at turning around the lives of those who wronged society so that upon release, they are ideal, productive, law-abiding citizens,” Ndebele said in a statement on Monday. “Inmates must work and study, and leave correctional centres with a skill in one hand and a certificate in the other hand.”“The hand that was used to harm others must be changed into a hand which now builds and heals. The trilogy of victim-offender-community is central to all rehabilitation.”The department has increased the number of full-time correctional centre schools from only one in 2009 to 12 in 2013. In 2014, three additional schools – in Rustenburg (North-West province), Boksburg (Gauteng) and Ekuseni (Kwazulu-Natal)- are scheduled for accreditation.In 2013 the minister announced that, as of 1 April, it would be compulsory for every inmate without a qualification equivalent to Grade 9 to complete Adult Education and Training (AET) from level 1 to 4.Between April and September 2013, 11 649 inmates registered for AET programmes. From 2010 to 2013, 73 881 inmates participated in educational programmes.Over the past two years, 559 inmates wrote Grade 9 to 11 examinations, with an average pass rate of 73% in 2013.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Artificial intelligence being applied on farms takes data to the next level

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was not long ago when the term “artificial intelligence” was something largely reserved for sci-fi movies. But, increasingly, daily life is being influenced with the use of artificial intelligence (AI).“AI is changing everything from the way we shop with products like Amazon’s Echo using voice commands to initiate the purchase of products while other AI devices like Nest keep our homes safe and comfortable,” said Christopher Wiegman, a graduate student in the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. “These devices represent a new type of ‘smart’ technology that utilizes AI or machine learning. Machine learning distills large amounts of input data into algorithms based on patterns. The amount of investment in the field of AI has grown substantially spanning all economic sectors ranging from industrial to consumer goods, health care and even banking. Technology titans such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are committing heavily to continuing development of AI.”Agriculture is certainly a potential beneficiary of the AI progress.“AI could analyze all the inputs of agricultural production such as hybrid performance based on historical yield and disease pressure. AI may also help with selecting plant populations based on weather models, soil types and topography, or nutrient and water availability,” Wiegman said. “If there is one area that the digital agriculture revolution has given producers, it is a mountain of data. AI will help producers interpret this data and extract actionable information with which to enhance profitability while ensuring the sustainability of their enterprises.”These types of applications are at the forefront of the pipeline development for The Climate Corporation.“One of the biggest things we see on the horizon that we are excited about is getting more data pulled together in a different model that relies on advanced tools like artificial intelligence. This allows for more insights from the data because we can extract more meaningful information that we can bring to bear on management decisions,” said Brian Lutz, yield analytics lead for The Climate Corporation. “Machine learning is a tool that thrives on extremely large amounts of data. Farming is complex and there is lots of information. It is hard to know what the most important patterns are. The machine learning models can pull the important patterns out for us that we just can’t do for ourselves without the use of these kinds of models. They dive into the data and surface the most important patterns so we can translate them into insights for better management.”This type of work is ongoing, but will be translated into some new user options being offered by The Climate Corporation.“When we first announced our pipeline a year ago we had over 35 different projects. Since then we have made significant advances in half the pipeline projects and we are moving forward. The majority of those 17 advancements over the last year are in the three buckets of seed scripting tools, fertility management tools and what we are doing with disease management,” Lutz said. “Disease can be difficult to manage because it can be hard to positively identify what disease you have. Lesions of different diseases can look quite similar and even some abiotic stresses look similar. We are developing technology similar to what is in Facebook where they do facial recognition. So, with that technology growers can use their cell phones to take a picture of the corn leaf and the models that are embedded will automatically identify what disease it is. It really helps with the diagnosis part of it. We are also able to marry that with our high-resolution weather data. Not only do we want to know when a disease is present, we also want to know when to alert growers that the weather conditions are prone to fostering that disease. With disease management, timing is everything. That helps them to be timely and make decisions faster. We offer geospatial and scouting tools too so everything is geo-referenced.”The development of seed prescriptions also harnesses a large amount of data.“With seed scripting we are bringing all of these types of data together. One area of focus is seed placement — what type of seed to plant and where. As we add more information about soil types, management practices and weather conditions, we marry that up with our plant genetics data at Monsanto so we can really hone in on which hybrid or variety is able to perform best in that particular acre of the field,” Lutz said. “The other side of the coin is the seeding rate. Variable rate seed scripts have been really popular. We know that every acre performs differently and we have the tools to make that variable rate scripting easy.”Ohio agriculture understands very well the complexities of efficient nutrient management and AI can help offer more tools to help.“One of the big focal points in our fertility platform now is our P and K scripting tools. We are also starting to focus on soil pH and lime. One of our flagship products has been our nitrogen management tool. Growers have seen the value in getting a more in-depth look at nitrogen in their fields. But one of the biggest asks that we’ve had in the last couple of years was to expand beyond nitrogen to P and K,” Lutz said. “We are trying to maximize the use of all inputs, including fertilizer, on every acre so that we are not over applying but also maximizing output. That is what these tools are all about. We want to make sure we are doing the best possible job of taking all of the information into account.”The viability of these types of applications moving forward depends on not only gathering on-farm data, but then also analysis with the help of AI and machine learning.“In the last couple of years we have had tremendous success in getting all the data in one place. That has led the value for us. Now as we bring more data streams we can go beyond just having your data all in one place and derive the most insight from it,” Lutz said. “Growers are increasingly collecting more data. We have grid soils samples, as-applied data, high-res information about the soils — when it is all spread out, that information doesn’t do much by itself. It is only when it is all integrated into one place that it can be used to make better decisions.”last_img read more

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