Lamar Soccer Meets Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament First Round

first_img“Texas A&M is a tremendous team,” LU coach Steve Holeman said. “They have won 13 in a row against some of the best teams in the country.” The Cardinals (18-3-1) bring a 12-game winning streak into the contest, while the Aggies (17-2-1) have reeled off 13 straight wins. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoy, who has played every second for the Cardinals this season, enters the tournament with a 0.90 goals-against average and a school-record 10 shutouts this season. Lovejoy said this team fully believes in each other and the coaching staff. The Aggies are 7-1-1 on their home field, 3,500-seat Ellis Field, one of the best college soccer venues in the nation. The Aggies averages almost 2,800 fans per home game. “We know we have a tough task, but we’re still playing soccer in November,” Holeman said. “More than 260 teams already had their season come to an end. No matter what happens, this has been a season to remember. We’re going to do our best to make even more memories.”Courtesy of Lamar Athletics “We have such a great chemistry on this team,” Holeman said. “The returning players really bought into our system, while the newcomers wanted to be part of building a successful program and being part of history.” Junior forward Kelso Peskin, a transfer from Tyler Junior College, leads the Cardinals in scoring with 27 points on eight goals and 11 assists. Her 11 assists are a single-season school record, while her 27 points are one shy of the single-season LU mark. Freshman forward Lucy Ashworth is second on the team in scoring with 16 points on four goals and eight assists. Eckart (6-3-15) and freshman forward Madison Ledet (4-7-15) are tied for third in scoring. Ledet was the MVP of the Southland Conference Tournament. The winner of Friday’s game advances to the round of 32 next weekend to meet the winner of this weekend’s IUPUI at Notre Dame game at a site to be determined.center_img WATCH LIVECOLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two of the hottest teams in the nation clash in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Lamar University Cardinals travel to College Station to take on the host Texas A&M Aggies. The game will be shown on the SEC Network+. “It’s a great soccer environment,” said Holeman, who coached games at Texas A&M while at Ole Miss and Georgia. “This should be a tremendous experience for our players.” “We couldn’t have won the regular-season championship and the tournament unless everybody did their part,” Lovejoy said. “Not just the starters, but the reserves. Not only in games, but in practice. I am so proud to be part of this team.” The Aggies have outscored their opponents 43-15 this season. Ally Watt leads Texas A&M in scoring with 24 points on 11 goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Cosette Morche, like Lovejoy, has played every second this season. She sports a 0.73 goals-against average with seven shutouts. The Cardinals, who went 2-14-3 last season, are just the second team in NCAA women’s soccer history to have 16 more wins than the previous season, are making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the 11-year history of the LU soccer program. “This has been such a special season,” said senior midfielder M.J. Eckart, a first-team All-Southland Conference selection. “The past few seasons were tough, but this makes it all worthwhile. I’m excited to get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.”last_img read more

NHA Dedicates 52 Housing Units Today

first_imgNational Housing Authority (NHA) will today, Friday, dedicate a 52 three room housing units as phase one of the Ben Town, Marshall Robertsfield Highway, Lower Margibi County Housing Estate Construction.The housing project is one of the components of NHA Housing Estate, which also formed part of government’s commitment to provide quality housing facilities for its citizens.NHA Mortgage Officer Lewis Free made the disclosure yesterday at Information Ministry weekly press briefing in Monrovia.In keeping today’s itinerary, Mr. Free said, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will hand over keys to potential home buyers who have already made 20 percent down payment of the cost of each housing unit, thus qualifying them to enroll into a ten-year mortgage program with the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).When completed, he said, the Ben Town Housing Estate will contain 125 housing units situated on 30 acres of land along the Marshall/Robertsfield Highway.He said the estate construction project is in fulfillment of the country’s overarching long-term development aspiration, “the Agenda for Transformation (AfT),” which mandated the NHA to expand access to affordable housing for Liberians nationwide.He said the exercise followed a vigorous bidding process, wherein six Liberian-owned construction companies, including CUSMOS, VERTU, LINK, American Eagles, CJ and Triple “N,” were involved with the construction process.“Over 682 direct jobs were created with youths accounting for 76 percent of the total workforce, while over 898 beneficiaries of construction workers were also impacted economically,” Mr. Free stated.Mr. Free explained that 14 health workers have benefited from the NHA home ownership program. He expressed gratitude for their courage, sacrifices, and efforts exhibited by the health workers.“We are working on providing home ownership to at least 100 more health practitioners, and hope that this can be realized in the shortest possible time,” he said.He assured the public that the NHA management will continue to enhance home ownership for employees within the healthcare sector.The Mortgage Officer said the NHA recognized the numerous challenges faced by healthcare workers during the heat of the Ebola crisis and believed that they deserved to be honored by empowering them through a program such as that which the NHA has embarked on.NHA Managing Director, Samuel Wlue, and two other deputy directors in June this year pledged one month’s salary each to a qualified healthcare worker to own one of its two-bedroom housing units in Brewerville, as part of their respective and collective commitments to empower healthcare workers to own homes.The three NHA staff commended Dr. Phillip Ireland, describing him as “NHA’s Health Worker Ambassador and an Ebola Survivor,” for his guidance in the formulation of this initiative and commitment in supporting the Liberian healthcare workers to own a home.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Don’t Know Atty Solomon as Our Administrator’

first_imgAs the battle for the disputed property otherwise known as the ‘Cox Building’, located on the corner of Center and Benson Streets, rages on, new information from different sources appears to practically double the burden of proof on Atty. Sam Solomon, the man claiming custodianship of the place. Atty. Solomon had earlier said that he has power of Attorney over said property which, according to him, belongs to one Jeremiah Harris. However, in sharp contrast to Atty. Solomon’s claim, Mr. Jeremiah Kringar Harris, told the Daily Observer Friday that he is the grandson of the late Jeremiah Harris, said he does not know Attorney Sam Solomon and wants him to leave his family’s property alone.In response, Atty. Solomon also told the Daily Observer that he does not know Jeremiah Kringar Harris, and is asking him to leave the property of the late Jeremiah Mulbah Harris of Lofa County alone.Mr. Kringar Harris, who is also Foreign Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said his grandfather came from Grand Bassa County and settled in Monrovia.“My grandfather was Jeremiah Harris who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President C.D.B. King and was also Secretary of the Interior under President Edwin Barclay,” Harris said in an interview.He admitted that the disputed property (Cox Building) at the corner of Benson and Center Streets belongs to the family of the late David F. M. Dean and it is not part of his late father’s (Jeremiah Harris’) estate, adding that he is the legitimate heir to administer “my family’s estate.”He explained that he is aware of the legal tussle between the heirs of the late David F. M. Dean and Atty Sam Solomon – who told the Daily Observer he represents his wife’s interests – and that he (Kringar Harris) is now willing to give his support to David F.M. Dean’s heirs in the legal effort to get their rightful property back.Yet, Atty. Solomon insists that a decision reached by the Supreme Court through an arbitration board in 2009, under Mr. Charles F. Caine, must be respected.“The board ran a small traverse around the disputed area and picked up the points identified by both parties as well as other features like houses,” Atty Solomon told the Daily Observer, reading from a report.Quoting statements and locations, Atty. Solomon said that after a lengthy examination of lands, deeds and others, the board recommended that the disputed land belonged to Jeremiah Harris.In a map of the disputed land, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, two areas are marked, with one belonging to Jeremiah Harris and the other to Mary J. Watson and David F. M. Dean at different locations on Benson Street.The case, however, becomes interesting when Atty. Beford Saa Tamba, Sr., who had the popular Tamba Court in the disputed building, throws his weight behind the heirs of David F. M. Dean.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Atty. Tamba said it was in 1995 that the late Joseph Richards of Mamba Point evicted one Mr. Samuel T. Solomon from his house on lower Mechlin Street.“In conjunction with my wife, I allowed Mr. Solomon to occupy the building that he is claiming belongs to his wife’s family.“My Justice of Peace Court was in the building, which is opposite the OK Dry Cleaning. This building was given to me to use by a Lebanese businessman, Nabil of Vai Town, who told me that the building was originally owned by the Cox family.“I decided to exercise this reasonable clemency by having him under my umbrella because of the unpleasant situation he (Mr. Samuel Solomon) was faced with and or the lodging conflict he experienced at the time with Mr. Joseph Richards.“I did not request any payment of rent at the time as he was unemployed,” he said. Atty. Solomon’s answer to the above statement: “It’s a lie.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies fall to Jr. Canucks 5-1

first_imgIn the second period, the Huskies once again had a difficult time keeping the Canucks away from the net.There was some rough play throughout the period as a two minute penalty was given to Aiden Craig-Steele along with two penalties to the Canucks.At 9:22 left in the second, the Canucks scored another goal, making the score 2-0 heading into the third.In period three, the play was much of the same for the Huskies as it remained a back-and-forth game, with the Canucks continuing to invade the pups territory.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies played a very tough game as they hosted the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Saturday night.In period one, the Huskies had a hard time keeping control as the Canucks kept sending the puck down into Huskies territory.Throughout the period, there was a lot of back-and-forth action between the Huskies and Canucks.- Advertisement -Later in the period, tensions started to mount as the Huskies tried to score a goal, making multiple shots on goal.The Huskies’ Gary Loewen received two, two minute penalties within the period while the Canucks only received one penalty.At 3:42 left in the first frame, the Canucks shot the puck past the Huskies goalie making the score 1-0. This score would remain the same for the Canucks at the end of the first.Advertisement NWJHL 2018 Showcase schedule. Source Facebook Todd Alexander, head coach for the Huskies, says the Canucks played very hard.“The result wasn’t exactly what we wanted, but really I think they worked super hard on that side. They were blocking shots, they were here to battle and they were the hungrier team tonight. We just got out-worked”, said Alexander.Up next, the Huskies will be headed on the road this weekend to take part in the NWJHL Showcase in Clairmont, A.B.The Huskies will be going against the JDA Kings on November 10 and the Fairview Flyers on November 11.The schedule for the NWJHL Showcase can be seen below.Advertisement The Canucks managed to another goal, making it a 3-0 lead over the Huskies.At 9:19 left in the third period, the Huskies called for a time out with hopes of scoring a goal.Shortly thereafter, Dawson Phillips sent one into the Canucks net, making the score 3-1.With a minute left in play, the Huskies made the decision to pull the goalie. But this tactic did not work as Dawson Creek scored into the empty net making it a lead of 4-1.With 28 seconds left in the game, the Canucks scored another one making it a 5-1 win over the Huskies.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mutamba brace downs Zoo in Kericho

first_imgWazito were fortunate to hold on to the win having been reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when defender Emmanuel Tienan was sent off for a second bookable offense, his second yellow being totally avoidable having simulated an injury.Zoo would feel undone by the result especially at the end of the first half, having commandeered the game’s flow very well until they capitulated in the final 10 minutes of the half.Mutamba scored the first of his two with a well timed header, jumping higher than two Zoo Kericho defenders and an onrushing Martin Elung’at from between the sticks from a Harun Nyakha freekick, the ball landing sweetly into an empty net.Just four minutes later, the lanky forward completed his brace with his fourth goal of the season, sending Elung’at the wrong way from the penalty spot after he had been tripped inside the box by defender Geoffrey Gichana inside the box.Prior to that, the hosts had threatened on several occasions, but failed to use their chances well. In the second minute, Isaac Kipyegon’s shot from the left veered off target while his delivery minutes later failed to land a target inside the box.Mutamba showed what should be expected of him with a low strike from range on the right after a sweeping counter attacking move, but the ball slid inches wide off the mark.Wazito FC tactician Frank Ouna gestures instructions from the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaZoo should have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when danger-man Nicholas Kipkurui broke into the box from the left, but Wazito keeper Philip Odhiambo spread his body nicely on the ground to block the effort for a corner.On the other end, Elung’at was forced into a great reflex save when he adjusted his body nicely to tip the ball over after his defender Johnston Ligare deflected a Wazito cross from the right.But seven minutes before half-time, Zoo’s cookie crumbled with Mutamba’s double.In the second half, the hosts picked up their pieces and came more resolute to search for the two goals and a probable winner. They came close five minutes into the half when Kipyegon’s well curled low freekick from the edge of the box went inches wide.Three minutes later, Kipyegon floated an inviting cross from the left but substitute Derrick Anami’s glancing header unmarked inside the box went wide.In the 70th minute, Kipkurui should have done better when the ball fell kindly on his path inside the box but his shot went straight to Wazito keeper Odhiambo’s waiting arms.Zoo dumped more balls upfront with the hope of using their numerical advantage after Tienan’s sending off, but Wazito never yielded. They had reinforced their defensive shield with Marvin Onyango coming on for George Owiti while Mark Odhiambo came on for Luis Tumba.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC’s Joe Waithira vies for the ball with Zoo Kericho’s Dominic Ouma during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018KERICHO, Kenya, Apr 2- Piston Mutamba’s first half brace was all 10-man Wazito FC needed for their third Kenyan Premier League victory of the season as they saw off Zoo Kericho 2-0 at the Kericho County Stadium on Monday afternoon.Frank Ouna’s men picked up their second win in a row as they moved to 10th on the log with 11 points after eight games while Zoo remained held at the bottom of the standings with a meager four points.last_img read more

Man United player ratings from Europa League final victory over Ajax

first_img 12 12 Forward: Juan Mata – 6 – The Spaniard was one of United’s quieter players and was replaced late on. Forward: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7 – His second goal all-but confirmed the win as United were comfortable for a lot of the second half. The Armenian has been key for United in Europe this term. 12 12 12 12 12 12 Centre-back: Chris Smalling – 7 – The England defender looked comfortable, barring a lapse in concentration which angered Paul Pogba. But he was rarely troubled by Ajax’s defence and he also assisted Mkhitaryan for the Red Devils’ second. Manchester United added the Europa League trophy to their collection with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm.It was a straightforward performance for the Red Devils, who were much better than their Eredivisie opponents on the night.Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a deflected shot before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled their lead from close range three minutes into the second half.The victory comes in a difficult week, just 48 hours after the Manchester Arena attack, and the club did their city proud. How did Manchester United players perform at the Friends Arena?Click the right arrow, above, to see each star’s performance assessed and comment below with your thoughts… Midfield: Ander Herrera – 8 – A superb performance in the centre of the park, as he has done all season for the Red Devils. Midfield: Paul Pogba – 8 – His opener was key in setting the tone of the game and his influence was crucial for the Red Devils. 12 Midfield: Marouane Fellaini – 8 – He is often criticised by his own fans, but the Belgian performed his duties so well in Sweden. Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero – 7 – click the right arrow, above, to see the rest of Man United’s player ratings… – The Argentine had very little to do, saved well to deny Traore in the first half and his positioning was spot on. 12 12 Right-back: Antonio Valencia – 7 – The midfielder-turned-full-back got forward brilliantly and nearly made it two inside 25 minutes as his shot at the near post was saved. He performed his defensive duties well and helped United to a deserved clean sheet. Forward: Marcus Rashford – 6 – The England forward made some good runs but his quality on the ball was sloppy at times. 12 Centre-back: Daley Blind – 7 – Marshalled the Red Devils’ defence well and keeping them in order and solid on the ball against his former club. Left back: Matteo Darmian – 7 – A solid performance from the Italian, who did brilliantly to shepherd the ball out of play after Traore’s run into the box in the first half. SUBS: Jesse Lingard (5), Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney (N/A) – Lingard failed to score a vital one-on-one that would have made it three, the latter two came on too late in the game to have a real impact.last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY BLAZE BASKETBALL NOTESUnder 14 BoysThe U14 Boys Blaze teamBlaze u 14 boys tipped off their N.W league with a great overall team performance against Ballyshannon.

With controlled offensive teamwork, the boys were 1 point up at the end of the first quarter.
They maintained this lead, until the end of the half with solid team defence and some particularly good defensive performances from Jake Kelly and Thomas Reynolds. 

The Blaze boys took control from the third quarter on, with some excellent shooting, in particular from Eben Grimes, Max Leadley and Luke Cassidy. This excellent shooting spree placed the boys 15 points ahead at the end of the third quarter, they continued strong team defence also allowing Ballyshannon only 1 basket during the same period.

 The boys went on to win comfortably by a margin 40-28, a very good sound team performance from all players involved. Under 18 GirlsBallyshannon 45   Blaze  49.Blaze girls got off to a great start with some excellent fast break play having 19 to 7 lead at the end of the first period.
Ballyshannon were never going to lie down and with good full court pressure and outside shooting they kept the game close.
Ballyshannon girls out scored their Blaze counterparts in the last quarter but could not make up the gap. And when A.Nee was fouled in last momentsof the game and put one of her foul shots away, the game went beyond reach.
For Ballyshannon T.Duffy,A.Keon and S.Loughlin were most valuable.
For Blaze S.Regan was excellent and supported by N.Farrell and S.Boyce.
To be fair both squads worked hard for each other and pushed their opposition to the limit.
Blaze was glad to leave Ballyshannon with the win.
Now for National Cup in UUJ next week-end.Under 16 Boys This was the third outing of the season for the Blaze boys who were still without a win. Following a week without training due to the midterm break the u16s were determined to make a good start. And they did. They were 20-0 up at the end of the first quarter thanks to some very hard work and their full court man to man defence. Their fast break was led by PJ Mc Brearty, Sean Ryan and James Kelly while Oisin Née and Oisin Randles controlled the distribution of ball with some smooth passing on offense. Going into the second quarter Blaze decided to use its bench and got some fresh legs into the game. Ballyshannon pushed hard and with some good passing of their own, they got up and running but they couldn’t close the gap. The Blaze defence held strong with Adam Gillespie grabbing some big rebounds and out letting to Conor Farrell and Darragh Scott who were always ready to run. Ballyshannon kept pushing with some excellent individual displays but they were unable to catch a Blaze team, who gave an overall solid team performances. Final score 21-44 to Blaze.There was a further win for the U14 girls against Ballyshannon 40-33 and a defeat to U16 girls who were without some of their more experienced players for this game.BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE IMPRESS AGAINST BALLYSHANNON was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonBlaze Basketballletterkennylast_img read more

Richard Sherman was right on no national-anthem policy

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNEAPOLIS — Cornerback Richard Sherman predicted there would be no NFL policy regarding how players observe the national anthem, and he’s apparently correct.The league, according to ESPN on Sunday, will not enforce a rule set in May that mandated players stay in the locker room to protest during the anthem rather than kneel on the …last_img

Swine summer camp brings “All-Stars” to Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Young people from across the country involved in the show pig world converged on Columbus in mid-July to take part in a unique learning sure to make an impression for years to come.“The All-Stars was a camp that we started a couple of years ago. The first two years we were in Romney, West Virginia,” said Kevin Wendt, auctioneer and CEO of the Wendt Group. “We were on a campus of a local high school that had an awesome animal department and we could do some really cool things obviously being in Appalachia to tie in the service part of it, but we decided this year to come to the Ohio State University, do some things here on campus, do some things in town, and still tie in to showing pigs and teaching them about leadership and those kinds of things.”While the focus of the event may seem to be on showing hogs, Wendt says the goals of the program excel far beyond the show ring.“It really was my wife Megan’s idea,” Wendt said. “She comes from a youth ministry background and so being involved in the show pig industry ourselves and being out there at the shows, we wanted to try and give something back and try to do it in a different way and impact young people. We’ve been very fortunate to have our staff get behind it. Lots of volunteers get behind it and really take this thing to a whole new level. We’ve really got young people here from coast to coast and the intent down the road is to build this into something where they can go back home regionally and then get other young people involved in the hog industry, but then also move up the line through service and projects and helping your community. That was our goal and it has worked very well.”The learning experience, while heavily focused on swine production, is truly centered on development of the participants.“One of the real neat activities they did yesterday is we broke them up into pods or different groups, and each group was given $20 and had the opportunity to go out to a grocery store to try and provide for $20, a meal for a family of four — so kind of a tough thing to do. We want to get them to think outside of the box, plus we can give back to the community,” Wendt said. “The food that was bought is going to be donated to the local food bank and then we’ve had some folks from Ohio State teach them about the importance of nutrition and then trying to fit within your budget. Budgeting, nutrition, trying to do something for the community — that’s just part of what we’re trying to do here.”Taylor Miller, employee of the Wendt Group and one of the lead organizers of the camp, noted the busy schedule the students had in the program.“So these kids are here to learn all about leadership in the industry and how they can be an advocate in all kinds of things — from commercial barns to a vet clinic, farm to fork — just anything swine related. That’s what we’re touching on,” she said. “We were at a veterinary clinic and a commercial hog farm. We were at Ohio State with Dr. Zerby and Dr. Moeller — they’re learning our Farm to Fork project, so they judge live animals and then get to see a harvest. We go to the meat lab and then we eat all that meat towards the end of the week so that’s one of our biggest projects. We’re actually going to be hitting Real McCoy Genetics. They’re going to get some fun downtime — we’re doing a canoe trip on Sunday and then Saturday we heard from Jesse Heimer of Heimer Hampshires. He told the kids just how he grew his business, how he got started and his love for our industry. We’re hitting a lot of big industry leaders but also giving them time to learn from each other.“For me personally, I have had great experiences meeting kids from across the country growing up showing. So seeing these kids getting to develop relationships with the kids they’re going to know for a long time, that’s my favorite part. It’s fun to see everybody that’s kind of making and developing their relationships and they’re going to be people that we’re going to see in our industry in years to come.”The camp participants were a high-energy group of over 30 students eager to learn from leaders of the swine industry. And for many of the students, the experience was their first time traveling so far from home.“I think camp has been an amazing experience,” said Sage Wilbanks of Texas. “I’ve gotten to meet so many new people from so many different areas. I don’t get to leave Texas a whole lot and so I think one of the greatest things is getting to meet people from all over the United States and getting to learn some of the slang.”Brody Morrison from Arkansas reflected on his positive impressions from the friends and experiences he received.“We’ve learned a lot. It’s been a good time,” he said. “I’ll be able to have more connections and get to experience more than they will back home.”The camp, while still young, has clearly made its impression. Wendt shared one of many such examples.“One of the young people that was at our first camp three years ago actually is now currently doing what I would call mini show pig camps, teaching about fitting and nutrition — he and his family. They’re going all over the country doing this, so they’ve made their own little entrepreneurial business off of the model of having small camps working with young people,” Wendt said. “It’s that network of people that can work together, regardless if they’re in Texas or California or Oregon, they can still make that connection obviously with technology today to help each other.” is a segment of the Wendt Group’s many dealings and is known as one of the top destinations for online pig sales.last_img read more

It’s a wrap for 2016 Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We finished corn about a week go. We finished all of the double-crop beans but 160 acres. We got rained out last week and we haven’t been able to get back into them.The corn was kind of like we expected. It had about the highest variability we’ve ever had on our corn crop. We did finish a couple of fields — the farthest southeast farm and the farthest north farm — where we got out of the dry belt where we had a 185 and a 180. So at least a little bit of extra moisture helped. It was the same way with the beans.The driest stretch was almost centered on the vast majority of our acres. Only a few tenths of rain made a difference. We normally think about a farm getting two or three inches more that made up for the differences in yields, but this year it was 20 bushels different with just two or three tenths. It was so starved for water just a little bit made a difference.Everything stood excellent. I was worried towards the end we’d run into some stalk issues, but the late rains seemed to keep the later corn a little healthier.The double-crops were excellent for our area.  A lot of times you celebrate if you can get your money back that you put into it. This year the vast majority of them have come off in the low 30s. We even had a 44-bushel yield on one field.We tried to get them in right after the combine after the straw was baled. We’ll try that again next year so we can try to take advantage of that bonus check at the end of the year.For the rest of this weeks’ reports, click here.last_img read more