“I had half of mine broken and spent half the day … trying to put them back together,” Graham said, adding that some of his neighbors don’t have that option. “There’s a lady who lives a couple-three doors down who’s a widow who doesn’t get around very well,” he said. “I think it puts a terrible imposition on someone.” Dennis Weber, the Bureau of Street Services general superintendent, understands residents’ frustrations. But with a list of 340 locations that need sprinkler repairs, there’s only so much five plumbers can do. “There are many, many sprinklers that are broken,” he said. “If we had more plumbers we could probably do a quicker job.” But that doesn’t look likely any time soon. While sidewalk repairs are a property owner’s responsibility, city crews are responsible for fixing pathways damaged by city-owned trees. From 1978 to 2000, the city did not have a sidewalk-repair program. But in 2000, the mayor and City Council created one and budgeted $9million to repair 46miles of the most damaged sidewalks. The money available for sidewalk repairs has fluctuated annually since then, with $5.1million budgeted this year to repair 39miles of sidewalk. Much of that money is dedicated to a 50-50 program in which residents chip in with half the cost of sidewalk repair. But a tightening citywide budget means the Bureau of Street Services has to make do with the plumbers it has to fix the sprinklers that inevitably get broken by backhoes and root-trimming equipment during sidewalk repairs. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents Graham’s area, said the sprinkler-repair wait is yet another frustration with the city’s massive backlog of sidewalk and infrastructure repairs. “It’s always a victory when a neighborhood sees a new sidewalk,” Cardenas said. “But the delays are frustrating enough without having to wait even longer for a sprinkler to be fixed.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the city facing an 80-year backlog, most homeowners would be happy to finally have their cracked and uneven sidewalks replaced. But some residents are grumbling because their lawn sprinklers get broken during the sidewalk project – and there’s an eight-week backlog for getting them fixed because the city has only five plumbers to do the work. Gary Graham learned about the sprinkler-repair backlog the hard way, when he returned last month to his Van Nuys home and found the moderately cracked sidewalk on Petit Street being repaired – and his lawn-irrigation system broken. Graham called about it, and he was told he could wait two months for a repair crew or fix the sprinklers himself.
SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Friday he didn’t know about the lawsuit that Evander Kane was hit with by a Las Vegas casino until it became public earlier this week and added he wasn’t going to get involved in a player’s personal matter.“I don’t have any concerns,” DeBoer said. “When you coach in this league for 11 years, there’s a lot of personal issues behind the scenes that go on, in all kinds of different areas. So, that’s something that I really don’t get involved with, unless …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.One factor that greatly influences corn yields is plant population. Determining the correct plant population may take some effort, however, it is a critical factor that every corn grower needs to get right in order to maximize yields. Recent research performed by universities and seed companies has determined that that yields increase significantly as populations are increased up to a point of 34,000 seeds per acre. In general, yields begin to level off at planting rates around rates 36,000 seeds per acre. Recent studies have also determined that even in low yield environments planting rates of 31,000 seeds per acre maximize yield and economic return. In very productive, 250 bushels per acre yield environments, research results show that higher populations (38,000+ seeds per acre) maximize yields. Breeding and advances in genetics have improved the modern corn plant’s ability to yield at higher populations when compared to corn hybrids from the past.Are your populations too low? Although kernel weight and the number of kernels per ear are important factors in determining yield, yields are driven by the number of ears per acre. Higher numbers of smaller uniform ears will result in better yields than low numbers of large “flex” ears. Keep in mind, flex ears cannot make up for large gaps between plants that exist where populations are too low. In most situations, corn hybrid populations should be at least 32,000 plants per acre. According to Purdue corn agronomist Bob Nielsen: Results from 67 field-scale trials around Indiana suggest that optimum plant population for corn grown under typical yield levels and growing conditions is approximately 32,100 plants per acre or seeding rates of about 34,000 seeds per acre at 95% stand.Determining the correct population for each field may be a challenge, but using university recommendations of 32,000 plants per acre is a good starting point. While rates of 38,000 seeds per acre are too high for much of our sales territory, rates of 28,000 seeds per acre are too low and may be keeping producers from maximizing yields.The challenge in determining the right population is taking into consideration several factors, including: soil type and expected yield levels, flex vs. determinant ears, hybrid stress tolerance, etc. Below are some key points to keep in mind when determining plant populations.Plant populations should be adjusted based on field yield levels and soil types.Modern hybrids perform best at higher populations when compared to hybrids from the past.Ear flex cannot make up for large gaps in plant stands at a low population.Yield is driven by ears per acre, more ears result in higher yields.Hybrids with below average stress tolerance and flex ears should not be planted at excessively high populations, especially in lower yield environments where plant stress will occur.Determinant-eared hybrids will perform better at higher populations and will maintain uniform ear size.
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