Scott Metzger, July 10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up with wheat on July 3 and got all of the double-crops planted by July 4. We got three inches of rain that weekend but we were able to get done.We averaged in the upper 90s on the whole wheat crop. I was pleased with the yield. We had some frost damage but even there it was 80 or 82 bushels. Usually our goal is to be done July 1 and we were done by June 27 except for one last field. That is the earliest we have started cutting wheat — June 17.The double-crop beans we got in on June 18 — and really all of the double-crops — are growing like crazy. We had around four inches of rain so far in the month of July. The rains have come nice. It has been a change from what we’ve had.The April-planted corn is tasseling. We’ll probably end up spraying fungicides on most of the corn. We have some river bottom ground and it is a no-brainer to spray it and we have some continuous corn we’ll spray. I have seen a little gray leaf spot and common rust. We’ll start spraying towards the end of the week. I haven’t seen much northern corn leaf blight yet.April beans don’t look too hot but most of those are replanted. They are mostly in the R1 and R2 stage. There have been concerns with the dicamba soybeans in other areas. We have Plenish beans right by our dicamba beans and didn’t have any issues with volatilization or drift or anything.last_img read more

Watchitoo Playground: Intuitive, High-Quality Videoconferencing For Small Businesses

first_imgThe name Playground is meant to invoke the fun and experimental sides of the collaborative process, Zarom explained. He’s looking for growth in the healthcare and educational sectors. The tool itself is certainly intuitive enough for doctors and patients, teachers and students to figure out without a tutorial – just about anyone, for that matter.Watchitoo Playground costs $3.80 per user per month, but a free version is available, limited to 11 people onscreen at a time and no screen-sharing capabilities. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Watchitoo, the video-conference and collaborative tool, launched Watchitoo Playground today, a simpler version of the service designed for smaller businesses. Playground is clean, bright and intuitive, and blows away other (albeit free) services like Google+ Hangouts and Tinychat.The New York-based video conferencing company has invested heavily in streaming infrastructure, and it shows. Up to 25 people can hang out in the chat at the same time. Screen-sharing and performance of shared YouTube videos are incredibly fast.“We put a lot of emphasis on quality, because we believe presentation is instrumental when we conduct business,” said Wachitoo CEO Rony Zarom. “Video quality is very important to us,” he added.Having used Tinychat and Google+ Hangouts to collaborate with coworkers, I was rather taken by the service, especially with the large size of the image. G+ Hangouts can lag. Tinychat frequently freezes, crashes, and locks people out, and its picture quality is terrible. With Playground, the picture captured by my laptop’s built-in webcam has never looked better. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#business#web last_img read more

Mike Myers on his new book Canada and his relationship with his

first_imgAt his home in New York, Canadian comedy star Mike Myers has a map of North America on the wall so his three young children can learn about his roots.“Each state is its own colour and Canada is just this pink blob,” he says. “I’ve taken to, as best I can, draw the provinces on with a magic marker and go, ‘This is where dad is from.’”Despite having lived outside of Canada for 33 years, the 53-year-old Toronto native says he thinks about the country “every day,” has referenced it in his work, and often travels here to visit his mother and brothers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement So when Penguin Random House asked if he’d like to write a book on his relationship with his home and native land to commemorate its 150th birthday, he thought: “I guess in a weird way, I’ve sort of been writing a book for 53 years, collecting thoughts and whatnot.”“Canada,” on shelves now, is a treasure trove of all things Canuck as Myers documents his life and offers humorous and thoughtful reflections on the country — from its history to its pop culture and unique brands.Growing up in the Toronto suburbs of North York and Scarborough, as the youngest of three boys with English parents, Myers writes that he loved soccer, the Toronto Maple Leafs, heavy metal and punk music.Myers went on to act in commercials and a couple of Canadian TV series, including “The Littlest Hobo,” before getting his start in standup and improv comedy.It was while at Second City Toronto that he got a call from fellow Canadian Lorne Michaels to be a featured performer and writer on “Saturday Night Live.” There, he introduced viewers to his “Wayne’s World” character Wayne Campbell, a rock lover with a distinctly Canadian accent that Myers couldn’t shake.“Kevin Nealon used to make fun of me all the time,” says Myers. “Every sentence started with ‘In Canada?’ and always ended with ‘Sorry.’ He had an impression of me for two years. I didn’t know he had it and I busted him on it. I was like, ‘God, have I been reduced to, ‘In Canada? Sorry.’“People accuse me of, ‘You really enjoy being Canadian?’ I said, ‘Why not? Why shouldn’t I enjoy being Canadian? What’s not to enjoy?’”Myers has gone on to inject Canadian-isms into several of his projects over the years, including the “Wayne’s World” movies as well as his “Austin Powers” characters.“I did on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as well,” he says. “It was just something that you can’t help.“Canada has shaped me and, as I say in the book, I’d be nowhere without it.”Living outside of Canada, Myers says he’s come to realize the country has a sense of morbidity that’s reflected in films like the bus-crash drama “The Sweet Hereafter” and in names of organizations like the War Amps, the Grey Cup and the Hospital for Sick Children.“I was like, ‘Yeah, War Amps,’” he says, recalling a conversation with an American, “and it was like, ‘You mean amputees?’ ‘Oh wow, yeah, I never really thought about it.’”Myers also writes how Canada has struggled with its identity and self-image over the years.“I think Canadians really know who they are. They may not know why we are,” he says.But he’s hopeful that will change under the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“This election to me was very heartening that I think we may have found why we are, which is we’re a collection of progressive ideals,” says Myers, who can next be seen in the film “Terminal.”“That’s why I’m so hopeful with Prime Minister Trudeau, the junior, as I was a fan of Pierre Trudeau during that period of time from ’67 to ’76.”Myers met Trudeau in March at the White House state dinner and says he feels he can “continue the eloquence, continue to elevate the conversation” in the tradition of his father.“We are poised to be the future,” says Myers, “a high literacy rate, low crime rate, just a collective understanding of inclusion.“Hopefully he’ll continue to level the playing field so that the strivers in Canada, the people that need to make and innovate — should you be a working person or whatever, your situation is made less relevant and your acumen, talent, innovation more relevant.”Myers says he would “love” to do a documentary based on the book. And he’d “happily” move back to Canada some day, but not while his children are still young and in school.For now, he has his map — and his accent — to inform little Spike, Sunday and Paulina about his Canadian heritage.“Spike will make fun of my accent, which is hilarious because he has a little bit of a New York accent,” says Myers. “He’ll talk about, ‘Yeah, I love the Mutant Ninja Turtles, they live in the soo-wah.’”“It is funny, though, because all the kids shows, like ‘PAW Patrol,’ were all voiced in Canada. So it’s like, ‘We got to get to the lookout,’” adds Myers, putting on a thick Canadian accent.“I said, ‘That’s how dada talks.’”WRITTEN BY Victoria Ahearn Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more