Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glen NewcomerTo say that we were busy the last two weeks would be an understatement. There was an unprecedented amount of replanting that occurred here in northwest Ohio this past week. It is not just in Ohio, it’s throughout the Midwest. It is widespread throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.Everything planted in mid-May was crusted in and a very high percentage of it had to be replanted. On our farm we ended up replanting 20% of our corn and 60% of our soybeans. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my entire farming career. It was very prevalent throughout the whole northwest corner of Ohio. It didn’t matter what the soil type was, or how it was planted, the crusted ground did not allow for emergence in some fields. The seed germinated but it simply could not push through the crust that developed. In counties directly south, it was very common for people making their third attempt at planting. Conditions were such that it was pretty obvious that the crop was not going to emerge and we took immediate action to get the crop established. Soil crusting was the predominant issue in our area, yet very little disease was seen in the emerging plants.As far as insect pressure, there was a little bit of army worm damage in the counties south of us but we didn’t see any in our immediate area. We had many fields where it was a simple decision that the entire field had to be replanted. We addressed those fields first. We also spotted in some fields to add to the stand. I am a firm believer that you have to have a population in place to achieve a desirable yield. We don’t mess around when it comes to replanting. It is too early in the game to be less than satisfied with the emerged stand population. We finished replanting on June 8. It went in great and from what I scouted today, it all appears to have germinated and most of it has emerged as a result of the warm soil temperatures.Many people are sidedressing corn but we stopped because of the dry conditions. With showers in the forecast, we will be at it again next week.Frustration with the weather is one of the things we have to deal with quite often in agriculture. In the middle of May when we finished planting I was on top of the world thinking we had hit a home run. As it turned out we definitely hit a foul ball, but we will step back up to the plate, persevere and overcome.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.
Salespeople are not lazy. They’re poorly led.Sales isn’t very much like a lot of other roles. It comes with much more independence than other jobs, like a role in operations where your work simply shows up. The work of selling doesn’t come to you, you have to take action without reacting to some external stimulus. To succeed, you need the self-discipline to manage yourself. Without it, you fail.The role of salesperson also comes with a great deal of responsibility. In a lot of cases, the growth of the business depends upon salespeople. It’s also the tip of the spear when it comes to executing the businesses strategy. It comes with more pressure than many other roles in business.When Goals Are MissingWhen goals are missing, salespeople—like other people—tend to drift. Without a target, there is nothing to aim for. Without a goal, there isn’t any measurement of success or failure. If you can’t succeed, you also can’t fail.Goals and target are how we keep score. They keep you focused on taking the actions that produce results.When Accountability Is MissingMany managers are afraid to ask salespeople to report their results. They’re petrified to ask for reports on the activity their salespeople generated during the week. Fearful of being accused of being a micromanager, they opt instead to be guilty of neglect.If you won’t hold your people accountable for results, you are teaching them that results are not important. You’re also informing them that you aren’t engaged in your work and that you are simply drifting, too.You are accountable for creating accountability.When Leadership Is MissingWhen leadership is missing, most people don’t turn in their very best performance. Leadership provides purpose, meaning, and direction. It provides vision and goals and accountability. It spurs activity and action. When a person demonstrates their own personal leadership, it’s often a sign that they can be counted on to lead others.Salespeople aren’t lazy. Well, some salespeople must be lazy, but no lazier than any other group of people or profession. And like any other group, leadership is the cure for drifting. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the latest entrant in the ODI’s 10000-run club as he scored an unbeaten 157 against West Indies in the second ODI at the picturesque Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.Kohli became the fastest among the 13 who have reached the mielstone. The current Indian captain beat Sachin Tendulkar to the feat as Tendulkar had reached the landmark in 259 innings, Kohli took only 205 innings and 213 matches to enter the elite club.Kohli is the fifth Indian in the list also included Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) — with 9949 of those coming for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runsKohli is fastest to the feat in terms of innings (205 beating out Tendulkar’s 259), days since debut (3270 beating out Dravid’s 3969) and balls taken (10813 beating out Jayasuriya’s 11296). Kohli also has the highest average among the one to have scored 10,000 with 59.17, beating out Dhoni’s 51.30.READ – In my eyes Virat Kohli is already a legend, says Harbhajan SinghAnother interesting fact is that the match on Wednesday is the only in the history of the sport that has witnessed a tie as well as a player reaching the 10000-run mark. Here is the list of players who have scored 10000 ODI runs -PlayerOpposition and VenueResultSachin Tendulkar (18426)vs Australia at Indore on March 31, 2001India won by 118 runsKumar Sangakkara (14234)vs Australia at Sydney on February 17, 2012.Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.Ricky Ponting (13704)vs South Africa at Basseterre on March 24, 2007.Australia won by 83 runsSanath Jayasuriya (13430)vs India at Colombo on August 9, 2005.Sri Lanka won by 18 runs.Mahela Jayawardene (12650)vs Pakistan at Dubai on November 18, 2011.Pakistan won by 21 runs.Inzamam-ul-Haq (11739)vs India at Birmingham on September 19, 2004.Pakistan won by 3 wickets.Jacques Kallis (11579)vs Australia at at Sydney on January 23, 2009.South Africa won by 3 wickets.Sourav Ganguly (11363)vs Sri Lanka at Dambulla on August 3, 2005.Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.Rahul Dravid (10889)vs Sri Lanka at Margao on February 14, 2007.India won by 5 wickets.Brian Lara (10405)vs Pakistan at Karachi on December 16, 2006.Pakistan won by 7 wickets.Tillakaratne Dilshan (10290)vs Pakistan at Hambantota on July 26, 2015.Sri Lanka won by 165 runs.MS Dhoni (10123)vs England at London on July 14, 2018.England won by 86 runs.Virat Kohli (10076)vs West Indies at Visakhapatnam on October 24, 2018.Match tied.There have been four instances that the team whose player has reached the 10000-run milestone ended up on the losing side.advertisementRead – Virat Kohli hits 37th ODI hundred to celebrate entry into elite 10,000-run clubTendulkar welcomed Kohli to the ‘club’ with a special message on Twitter. Kohli is the leading run-scorer of 2018, having scored 1046 runs in 11 innings. Second to him is England’s Johnny Bairstow with 1025 runs in 22 innings.Read – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000″Personally, I’m pretty proud of my innings and my milestone,” an elated Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.READ – Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubKohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.READ – Mt 10K: Pakistan Cricket Board lauds Virat Kohli’s monumental effortHe became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.
Bell ringers manned their posts for the start of the annual Siouxland Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Friday.This year’s effort runs now through December 24th.The bell ringers are collecting funds to be used to help Siouxland families in need during the Holidays and year round.The campaign goal has increased this year as the need for services grows.Income from the red kettles make up half of the overall goal of $340,000.The Campaign also includes gifts received from individuals, businesses and organizations.The Salvation Army is in need need of volunteer bell-ringers to fill the 37 area Siouxland retail locations.Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up to bell ring by going to registertoring.org or by calling 712-255-8836.
zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Tankers. Image for illustrative purposes. Danish tanker owner and operator Maersk Tankers revealed plans to invest in four scrubbers to be installed on selected long range 2 (LR2) vessels within the company’s product tanker fleet.As informed, one existing LR2 vessel, as well as three LR2 newbuildings within the Maersk Product Tanker fleet will be equipped with scrubbers before January 2020 to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulphur regulation.The new regulation states that the current global limit for sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels will change from 3.50% to a maximum of 0.50% from January 2020. To comply with the regulation, Maersk Tankers said it “has analyzed and evaluated various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability of available options and potential environmental impact.”“We have carried out extensive analyses while also consulting with industry specialists and relevant regulatory bodies,” Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk Tankers, said.“Based on that, installing scrubbers on selected larger-sized product tanker vessels is assessed to be a financially viable solution while combining it with the use of compliant low-sulphur fuel on the majority of the fleet,” he added.Installing scrubbers on smaller-sized tanker vessel is not currently deemed financially viable, according to the company.“Maersk Tankers supports the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation and will implement it as required. However, we also recognise a need for gaining a deeper understanding of the regulation’s overall implication on the global product tanker industry,” Thomassen continued.Maersk Tankers is also ready to handle scrubbers for the vessels that are operated in its commercial pools, the company further said.Maersk Tankers operates 164 product tanker vessels across five segments: Intermediate, Handy, MR, LR2 and Aframax. Of these, 80 are owned by Maersk Product Tankers, 22 are chartered and 62 are under commercial management. Moreover, the company has an ongoing fleet renewal program in the MR and LR2 segments.
Jose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”
The challenge for magazine publishers now, he says, is to take a step up out of the magazine site ghetto into competition with the real Internet players.Perhaps the biggest trend in publishers’ online playbooks these days is social networking—that is, building their own Facebook or MySpace communities within their urls. Fast Company announced in February the relaunch of its site with user profiles—representing a full-blown stab at social networking. “Our aim isn’t to create an impersonal business social network,” proclaimed Mansueto Digital president Ed Sussman, “but to greatly enhance the level of business conversation in the nation.”Also in February, Variety launched the Biz, for better or worse its attempt at a Facebook-style community. And Martha Stewart added social networking features to marthastewart.com last year.New ToolsWikis have clearly made an impression on magazine publishers—even if some admit they still have no idea what one is. Sports Illustrated launched an ambitious archival project, the SI Vault, opening up its 54-year archive to users for linking video, photos, statistics, and, of course, the obligatory Wiki-ing. SI executives hope all the cross-linking and search engine optimization inherent in the Vault will add 5 million monthly unique visitors to the 6 million it currently averages.Like SI, other publishers have stripped away the paid or subscriber walls surrounding their archives, and have seen a healthy bump in traffic for their efforts. The Atlantic opened its archive to non-subscribers in January, and has seen a 15 percent increase in page views. Newsweek opened its archive last fall. The New York Times made headlines in September when it ended its premium archive subscription program, TimesSelect, and opened up most of its archive to the public. According to the Times, search traffic to archive pages has more than doubled since doing so.Donahue points out that other sites have eschewed the traditional—and complex—navigation in favor of a stripped-down, reverse-chronological, bloggy approach. Popular Science, ReadyMade and a slew of other sites have made such a transition in recent years. Other magazines, like Complex and the Fader, have abandoned the traditional magazine Web site altogether, replacing it with a single blog.Other magazines have gone with a simpler—decidedly less sexy—approach. Publishers in the food category, for instance, have retrenched to build out their recipe sections—what Donahue calls “a proven strategy built on the original user generated content play”—and it’s paid off. Reader’s Digest’s AllRecipes.com gets 30 times the page views of rd.com. BHG.com is also above 100 million page views, while Epicurious and MarthaStewart.com lean on recipe content to drive top tier traffic. As most publishers know, there always seems to be a precipitous amount of bad news hanging over the magazine industry (newsstand and advertising numbers down, paper prices up). Yet, if trade magazine box scores are to be believed, online traffic for all magazines—both consumer and b-to-b—continues to grow.But, like all industry trends, the numbers tend to be skewed by the rarified air of magazines above, say, 10 million monthly page views. Indeed, unless you have photos of Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe, chances are your traffic is sitting somewhere far below that figure—in, for lack of a better term, the “traffic ghetto.”“‘Every magazine tells me great things about their Web strategy,’” wrote Discover Media CEO Henry Donahue, quoting a reporter with whom he was eating lunch, in a recent post on FOLIOmag.com. “‘Then I go back to check their Nielsen traffic and they’re too small to be measured.’”Magazine sites “have grown in the past few years by executing against the basics-unique online content updated multiple times per day, blogs, photo galleries, video, podcasts, user-generated content,” Donahue, a former CFO of Primedia’s Lifestyles Magazine Group, continues. “At this point, though, those features are just the price of admission.” Traffic-Driving TrendsSocial Networking.Fast Company is making a notable attempt to supercharge its user profiles into a full-blown social networking site. Though not a consumer site, Variety is also trying its hand at being Facebook-ish.Blogification.Several sites are jettisoning old-fashioned magazine navigation in favor of a stripped-down blog approach. Check out PopSci.com and ReadyMade. Recipes.Not as sexy as social networking or blogs, but a proven strategy built on the original user generated content play. Reader’s Digest’s AllRecipes.com gets 30 times the page views of rd.com. BHG.com is also above 100 million page views. Epicurious and MarthaStewart.com are also in the topmost tier of magazine sites.SOURCE: Henry Donahue, FOLIOmag.com
4 Soda flop. Coca-Cola Co. Stranger Things celebrates the 1980s, and with season 3 out July 4, what better way to give a taste of the decade then to revisit the infamous tweak to Coca-Cola known as New Coke. The beverage company tweeted Tuesday that it’ll pop open a limited release of New Coke to promote the new season of Stranger Things on streaming service Netflix. This comes 34 years after the release of the failed drink. Tags Starting on May 23 at 5 p.m. ET, the Coca-Cola Co. will release a limited-supply run of New Coke in the company’s online store. A bundle of two cans of the recipe and a limited-edition and numbered Stranger Things/Coca-Cola and Coke Zero Sugar 8-oz. glass bottle will be available for purchase. Coke will also set up free vending machines filled with New Coke in select cities. Customers who purchase tickets to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta or who spend $19.85 or more at Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas on certain days during the week of June 3 will also have an opportunity to score cans of New Coke. Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers directed a new series trailer that doubles as a commercial for the drink and will be played in select movie theaters starting May 24. In a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix, we’re bringing back New Coke as an innovative way to reach “Stranger Things” fans. https://t.co/m7MEfX6E4i pic.twitter.com/GKvRLZnpDP— The Coca-Cola Co. (@CocaColaCo) May 21, 2019 Released in April 1985, New Coke was the Atlanta-based company’s attempt to regain market share that it was losing to other drinks. The new recipe didn’t make any fans, causing a huge backlash among drinkers of the original. It took just three months after the release for Coca-Cola to announce it would reintroduce the old drink that summer, dubbing it Coca-Cola Classic. Stranger Things season 3 is set during the summer of 1985. Originally published May 21, 9:09 a.m. PT.Update, May 22: Includes additional info on how to get New Coke. Share your voice Comments TV and Movies
Brunskill/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is going to play the quarter-final of the 2019 French Open against his compatriot and former doubles partner Stan Wawrinka at the Court Suzzane Lenglen, today. The 37-year-old Swiss legend will appear in his 54th quarter-final of a Grand Slam, achieving another piece of history as he matched American great Chris Evert’s record. Federer is playing this tournament after three years of absence.When and where to watch?The action at the Roland Garros starts with Federer’s match slated to begin at 2 PM local time, 12 PM GMT and 5.30 PM IST. In India, live coverage is being provided by Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD. Online viewers can stream the matches live on the Hotstar platform.Preview Roger Federer is two wins away from clinching his 100th career title. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesFederer has been in tremendous form throughout this year’s edition of the tournament. He is yet to drop a set in the competition. He defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16 to march into the quarters. The three years’ absence from Roland Garros doesn’t seem to have affected the 2009 champion as he has been playing quite smoothly. After being doubtful about his own success before the begining of the tournament, he is now among the contenders for winning the title. Stan Wawrinka.Adam Pretty/Getty Images.On the other hand, Wawrinka has had his own problems. He went out of the game with a knee injury that threatened his career after 2017 Wimbledon. As a result, he slipped outside the top 250 and also suffered a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open. But he has made a comeback and is currently ranked 28th. Wawrinka had a tough time beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in his fourth round clash. The final score of the tough contest was 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.Federer is leading 22-3 in head-to-head between these two Swiss players. The 2009 champion also has beaten Wawrinka in their last six meetings. Interestingly, the latter is the last player who recorded a victory over his compatriot at this Grand Slam, in the 2015 edition. The victory came in straight sets and eventually led to Wawrinka winning the French Open title.Global TV listingsFrance: France TV SportUSA: NBCUnited Kingdom: iTVAustralia: Fox SportsCanada: TSNSpain: EurosportJapan: WowowChina: CCTV