James McCarthy in action for Everton 1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hopeful James McCarthy will be ready to face Manchester United at the weekend.The Republic of Ireland international was withdrawn in the latter stages of the 1-0 win over Burnley at the weekend with an ankle problem.But his manager is confident he will be back in the frame for the upcoming clash with Louis van Gaal’s side.“He [McCarthy] has reacted very well,” Martinez said. “For the first 48 hours after a knock like that it is important to see how the ankle recovers.“The treatment has had a positive response so I expect James to join the group later in the week. If he can get through the two or three sessions before the game then that will be a good sign.“We need to make sure he is 100 per cent but at the moment the way the ankle has reacted is positive. Knowing James, I do feel that he is going to be available for the squad.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No-till farming sounds simple. Just don’t till the soil, right?Farmers know better.Adopting no-till requires understanding how it affects drainage, soil structure, organic matter, weed control, and the application of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, all of which influence both yields and environmental impacts, said Randall Reeder, retired agricultural engineering specialist with Ohio State University Extension and executive director of the Ohio No-Till Council.That’s why the council offers a series of events throughout the year to support farmers interested in adopting no-till for its ability to control erosion, conserve soil moisture, minimize fuel and labor costs, and build soil structure and health. Done properly, no-till systems can meet or exceed conventional tilled crop yields while reducing fuel and equipment costs.The next event, in cooperation with OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and other sponsors, is the Ohio No-Till Summer Field Day, Aug. 31 on the Jan Layman Farm, 15238 Twp. Road 119, Kenton.OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Several sessions at the field day will address the use of cover crops in no-till systems, Reeder said. Participants will be able to compare different types of cover crops planted after wheat harvest earlier this summer.“Soil that has been farmed for 100 years has lost a lot of organic matter,” Reeder said. “For the typical farmland in northwest Ohio, the organic matter is probably less than half of what it was before they started farming that land.“But by using continuous no-till, cover crops, proper rotation and a few other techniques that provide a continuous living cover, you’re mimicking nature. You’re not just conserving soil, but building soil.”Using cover crops in a continuous no-till system could help alleviate phosphorus runoff and the resulting toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and other waterways in the region, Reeder said.At the field day, participants will be able to see how cover crops affect the soil underground, including infiltration testing, by viewing a soil pit during one of the demonstrations.One session, “Digging Deeper into Soil Health,” will be led by Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator. His talk will focus on soil microbes, particularly beneficial fungi.“During years of drought, or dry years like we’re experiencing now, it’s very beneficial to have these microbes in the soil,” said Hoorman, who will be leaving OSU Extension in mid-August for a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil health and cover crop specialist for Ohio and southern Michigan.“Just about every nutrient we’ve studied has something to do with these mycorrhizal fungi. They really enhance plant nutrition.”Hoorman said the fungi need five to eight months with some type of crop growing on the land to reproduce in soil. Corn and soybeans are normally on the land only four to five months.“So, there’s not much time to get a lot of mycorrhizae growing,” he said. “Planting cover crops can bridge that gap and allow the mycorrhizae to complete their life cycle and reproduce more efficiently.“Tillage destroys the mycorrhizal networks, and as a result, it can take three, five or even up to seven years for no-till soil to recover when a farmer changes from a conventional to a no-till system. Cover crops and no-till together speed up the process.”Hoorman’s presentation will provide detailed information about the process to participants.Among others on the agenda are Norm Fausey of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Columbus, who will offer a “Water Management and Water Quality Update”; and Dan DeSutter, an Indiana no-till farmer who has 5,000 acres of cover crops, who will discuss “The Economics of Resilience.”Equipment demonstrations include Aqua-Till, which uses ultra-high-pressure water jets to cut into the soil for planting, and a John Deere 2510H dry fertilizer injector.Early registration for the event is $40 by Aug. 22. On-site registration is $60.Registration includes lunch.A complete agenda and both online registration and a printable, mailable registration form are available at ohionotillcouncil.com/2016/06/29/hardin-county-event/. Anyone with questions about registration may contact Bret Margraf at [email protected] or 419-447-7073.The event is being sponsored by the Ohio No-Till Council, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, OSU Extension, OARDC, NRCS-USDA, theHardin Soil and Water Conservation District, and Ohio’s Country Journal.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday differed from Arjuna Ranatunga’s take on IPL being a “monster” but at the same time stressed that “country always comes first.””Always country comes first but at the same time you need to draw a fine balance. It’s for the Board to maintain a balance between international assignments and IPL. Don’t forget IPL is a product of BCCI,” the former captain told the reporters at a promotional event in Kolkata on Thursday.About the debate that the injury management of the players have left a lot to be desired, he said that the tournament needs big names like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Warne.”It would not be so successful without the likes of Tendulkars, Shane Warnes among others. It’s very difficult to balance as the players are humans afterall. So at some stage they need rest. But at the same time IPL is so big. It’s very difficult to balance as BCCI wants all the players to take part in IPL.”About Ranatunga’s comments, he said, “I know he is harping this for a long time. But I don’t think IPL is a monster.”The Prince of Calcutta cited examples of Manoj Tiwary and Venugopal Rao who have been able to resurrect their fledgling careers courtesy IPL. “Don’t forget that it has made life for a lot of players. Only 14 players can represent the country, what happens to the fringe players who have done well in the domestic circuit? IPL has provided a platform to all of them. And more importantly, IPL has made them financially secured.”advertisementIt is because IPL that someone like Paul Valthaty is now a household name. “Look at Paul Valthaty, he had a tremendous success this year and he could be in Mumbai side, a team India opportunity also might be reckoning for him. It has done wonders for a lot of cricketers,” he said.Ganguly however said that the Twenty20 is a least taxing format. “You need to bat for just three hours and as a bowler you have to deliver four overs maximum. While fielding on an average you get the bowl for about 8 times, it’s three time more in other forms of cricket. Ask players like Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis, how difficult is to play a whole day in Test cricket.”On his bitter episode with KKR, Ganguly who represented Pune Warriors in IPL IV said: “It’s time to move on. Afterall Gautam Gambhir moved on from Delhi Daredevils to become the highest paid IPL player, so did Yusuf Pathan. That’s the way it is, it demands results.”Ganguly further said India would win the West Indies series but England tour right after the Carribean sojourn would be a tough one. “India will win the series in the West Indies but it will be tough to beat England in England who have had a lot of success in the recent past. It will be challenging to keep themselves fit and fresh for the England series right after the tour to the West Indies.”Asked about Team India’s new coach Duncan Fletcher, Ganguly said the Zimbabwean would find himself a perfect atmosphere to start his stint with. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a great team. I am sure Duncan Fletcher will reap the benefits of joining the side who have been so successful and have quality players. Duncan will get a lot of confidence from it.”- With PTI inputs