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first_img “A week will afford me time to research,” he said. “I haven’t evaluated my chances, so I have to examine the cycling community to get some feedback. The challengers have, constitutionally, one week before the date of the election to present themselves as a potential candidate for the presidency. But to date, we have not received any. So we are not sure of what is the construct of that challenge, but if the experience of the individual is such that the reins can be handed over, we have no problem.” Finnikin said that he is pleased with his accomplishments after two years in office and looks forward to continuing the work he started. “Cycling has developed. It has a way to go, but I am grateful just to contribute as best as possible to the further growth of the sport. “The cycling community wants different things from its leadership, and there are certain things that take time to get right. But we keep racing interest at all levels buoyant and active, and we are providing the (administrative) team with the right support because you can have the right man, but you must surround him with the right people to make things work,” he added. Word from the cycling community is that current Jamaica Cycling Federation president Kirk Finnikin will face a massive challenge to return for a second term, with a well-known businessman rumoured to be throwing his hat in the ring for the role of head of the association. But Finnikin, who is completing his first term, said he is unfazed and welcomes any challenge. However, Finnikin pledged to give his support to the new president if ousted and said that if this happened, he would help his replacement to make a smooth transition to office if needed. “I have heard it (rumour of the unknown candidate’s challenge), and I have been keeping my ears to the ground, but if there is a challenger, there is nothing wrong with someone coming and offering their time to serve their country. It’s a wonderful opportunity, and I wouldn’t deny anyone who is seeking to do the same for their country,” he said. Finnikin said that all challengers have one week before the annual general Meeting to submit their nomination, and he believes that that would be enough time to prepare for any possible opponent. RESEARCH TIMElast_img read more

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this April 7, 2017, file photo, people gather at a smoking area in Tokyo. Tokyo is a smokers’ heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can still light up in small restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to prices in other world cities. Tokyo organizers on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue _ including perimeter areas being run Tokyo 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO — Tokyo is still a smoker’s heaven.Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s national legislature last year approved a ban on smoking inside public facilities, but the measure was seen as weak and excluded many bars and restaurants.Tokyo’s city government separately enacted tougher rules last year to protect from second-hand smoke. All provisions kick in during the run-up to the Olympics.Smoking is still allowed in small eateries and bars. They make up half of Japanese establishments, where it’s common to see a customer eating with chopsticks in one hand and a cigarette in the other.“Countering passive smoking has long been a concern,” Keiko Nakayama, a Tokyo city government health official, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We would like to push for approving more anti-smoking measures so people stay healthy longer.”The city’s smoking policy will be reviewed in five years. But more regulation will always face tough opposition despite the fact that smoking has declined in recent years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ However, don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Organizers on Thursday announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at all indoor and outdoor Olympic and Paralympic venues, plus within all perimeter areas of the Tokyo Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOrganizers say the prohibition is tougher than regulations for the last two Summer Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro.“Tokyo 2020 aims to leave a legacy of improved health for the country at large,” organizers said in a statement. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Japanese government has a large stake in tobacco. It owns a third of the stock and is the top investor in major cigarette company Japan Tobacco Inc. The industry was a government monopoly until 1985, and is a huge source of tax revenue.Smoking is cheap in Japan compared to other developed countries. A pack of Marlboro cigarettes costs about $5. In London and New York it’s about $14, and in Sydney it’s $20.According to World Health Organization data for 2015, 32.7 percent of Japanese males smoke, compared to 24.4 in the United States. The highest figures were East Timor (78.0) and Indonesia (74.9), and the lowest two were in Africa: Ethiopia (7.6) and Ghana (7.1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

first_imgLess than two months after his successful US tour, catchy colloquia hit maker DenG and his manager of over two years, Alice Yawo, are in splitsville (have called it quits) after things got bad.LIB Life has learnt that before the break up, the pair’s unwillingness to communicate for a month played a crucial role in the split.On the drama that led to the break up, Alice Yawo told C Liberia Clearly (a blog by Berenice Mulbah) “that there are so many things that led to the fallout. I felt like I was being taken advantage of. I made many sacrifices for my artists at the time, but was not getting respect and appreciation in return.” “I flew from Massachusetts to Philadelphia for the first time in my life, to have everything in place for a great video shoot for DenG. I spent a week in Philadelphia making sure everything was topnotch. I had a mansion booked and everything in place. “On the day of the shoot, DenG did not show up. I give everything I had planned to two other artists, which they used for their video shoots. DenG didn’t show any remorse, as if my time and money didn’t matter,” she explained to C Liberia Clearly.However, despite the break up saga, Alice praised DenG for being ‘a cool guy’ and that she does not want to discuss him further until he decides to go public with everything“I highly doubt this can be settled. We have grown apart and that’s normal; people grow apart all the time, even in business. I just want DenG to put Liberia on the map and be that big artist he has always dreamed of being. It’s his time to shine, and I wish him all the best,” Alice told LIB Life.When contacted on the break up, DenG said it was Alice that called for the split, accusing him of being disrespectful, unappreciative and more.According to DenG, “Music is business and Alice should learn how to keep it professional. I will never turn down something that I know will bring pride and a lot of good in return to me. If DenG do not turn up you should understand right away that something didn’t go right.“I flew to Philadelphia for the video shoot and stayed there for two days in a hotel. People need to be honest and put Liberia first and stop coming in with hidden agendas and pretending as if you are in it for the sake of Mama Liberia.“Enough with the drama every time; and it is hard to believe that Alice is telling people how I’m disrespectful and don’t appreciate her. How does Alice want me to respect or appreciate her?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDespite the closure of four estates, the Coalition Government remains adamant that while there is a future for a sugar sector in Guyana, the only way forward is a downsized industry.This is according to President David Granger, who told a media conference on Friday that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the sugar industry as a whole are important to this administration. Hence, he noted, Government has not entirely shut down the sugar industry, but has reformed it into three larger estates – Albion (East Berbice), Blairmont (West Berbice) and Uitvlugt (West Demerara).“So there is a future for sugar, a very clear future. We’ve put out a [White] Paper and it’s gone to the National Assembly. We’ve had meetings with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and NAACIE (National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees). We want to see the sugar industry survive; a more compact, better managed sugar industry. It is very competitive in terms of the international environment in which many people are moving away from sugar and are going into artificial sweeteners, but we feel that it’s something that the industry and the corporation can survive,” the President asserted.According to the Head of State, going forward, the aim is for the sugar industry to profitably produce between 147,000 and 150,000 tonnes of sugar, and maintain a working population of about 10,000.The President’s statement comes on the heels of some 7000 redundant sugar workers being placed on the breadline following the closure of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales estates over the past two years.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, two weeks ago, said he was in possession of information suggesting that an assessment was done on the closed sugar estates by the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) which was set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to handle the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets.Jagdeo said this assessment has proved that the very estates that were shut down, which led to thousands being unemployed, were actually viable.“And so, if this is true…it would be very disturbing, because we believed this to be so and we asked our Government to do a feasibility study of these estates and the industry before it took any decision to send home workers, and they refused to do that… To now do another study to find that these estates with small injection of funds could have been viable would be criminal. So we believe the estates are viable,” the Opposition Leader noted.The former Head of State said if the assessment proved to be true and the estates could be made viable, then the Opposition would support the reopening of all the estates.The coalition Government has made its position clear that the move to downsize the industry was a necessary one, as the monies used as annual bailouts were too much.But the Opposition said even if this was the case, the laying off of workers could have been done in stages, to allow for them to prepare for alternative employment.Now that the preliminary valuation works of several estates have been completed, the Skeldon, Rose Hall-Canje, East Demerara/Enmore, and Wales Estates are now being advertised for sale.Meanwhile, there have been calls for Government to give out the sugar lands to the dismissed workers for them to develop into economic activity to earn a livelihood.However, while President Granger did not address this, he did say during Friday’s press conference that the lands would be first subjected to the jurisdiction of a State Land Sales Commission, on which the SPU would of course have representation.“The idea is that we wouldn’t sell off the family jewels, we’ll make sure that the lands that are being taken out of sugar are placed to the benefit of the people of Guyana as a whole,” he posited.But the Head of State noted that there could be several anomalies or contradictions which may occur, such as various Government ministries, including the Agriculture Ministry, as well as private companies and individuals, wanting the lands for various use.“So the State Land Sales Commission is going to rectify the differences among these various agencies and at the same time make a profit from the disposals of those lands which may not be going back into sugar,” President Granger stressed.last_img read more

first_imgAttorney-at-Law Teni Housty has been elected the new President of the Bar Association of Guyana for the fiscal year 2019-2020.Attorney-at-Law Teni HoustyThis marks Housty’s third term as President of the Association, having previously served two consecutive terms from 2008-2010. In addition to President, he has served in varying capacities in the Bar Council of the Association since 1999.Housty was admitted to the Bar in 1996 and is a member of the Chambers of Fraser and HoustyOutgoing President, Kamal Ramkarran, having just completed two consecutive terms (2017-2019) was ineligible for re-election by the Rules of the Association. He was elected unopposed to the post of Vice-President.The Bar Association held its Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2019, in Court One of the Victoria Law Courts, Georgetown.Pauline Chase was unanimously elected as Secretary for the third consecutive term.Keoma Griffith was elected as Assistant Secretary for the second consecutive term and Siand Dhurjon as Treasurer.Rafiq Khan, SC, Rajendra Poonai, SC, Jamela Ali, Sanjeev Datadin, Arudranauth Gossai and Alanna Lall were all elected to serve as Council Members on the remaining six seats on the Bar Council, the executive of the Association.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho leaves following their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Basel, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on September 12, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 20 – Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says there are similarities between his father Brian and Jose Mourinho as he prepares for a daunting trip on Wednesday to face Manchester United in the League Cup.United are the defending champions after Mourinho equalled Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough’s record by winning a fourth League Cup against Southampton in February. And Clough can see similarities between Mourinho and his charismatic late father Brian, who won two European Cups, four League Cups and the old First Division title at Nottingham Forest.“I think just the way they go about it and the way that they deal with things in such a no-nonsense manner,” he said.“It’s black or it’s white and that’s it. If a player does the job for him he has him in and if he doesn’t that’s it. I think they look at things in very similar ways in that department.”Clough was manager when Burton last faced United in the FA Cup in 2006, drawing 0-0 at the Pirelli Stadium to book a replay.Burton were beaten 5-0 but it earned the club more than £500,000 ($680,000, 565,000 euros) when they were Conference part-timers and in their first season at the Pirelli Stadium.Clough said the game at Old Trafford helped set the club up for their rise up the divisions. They are now in the Championship, the second tier of English football.Manchester City, level with United at the top of the Premier League table, travel to West Brom for their third-round tie on Wednesday while Antonio Conte has confirmed Eden Hazard will make his first start of the season for Chelsea when they meet Nottingham Forest.Everton, who have lost their past four matches, host a Sunderland side with just one victory in their past seven encounters, and Arsenal entertain League One Doncaster.On Tuesday, Leicester City beat Liverpool 2-0 and among 11 ties there were wins for struggling Crystal Palace, West Ham and Tottenham. Stoke City crashed out away to Bristol City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher has said he would rather be in Donegal’s shoes than Mayo’s come next Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final.Speaking to DonegalV’s Charlie Collins, the Donegal boss said having played five tough games, his team are physically and mentally ready for the big game. Simply click on the video to play.DDTV: ‘I’D RATHER BE IN OUR SHOES THAN MAYO’S SHOES’, SAYS RORY GALLAGHER was last modified: August 3rd, 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:all-irelanddonegalMayolast_img read more

first_imgSIX out of seven so-called ‘experts’ have today tipped Kerry to beat Donegal in the All-Ireland Football Final.Among a panel in today’s Irish Independent tipping Kerry is former Mayo manager James Horan.Only Colm Keys on the panel has gone for Donegal, predicting a 1-14 to 0-14 win. All the rest however have gone for Kerry.Horan, who quit after the replay semi-final defeat to Kerry in Limerick, said Kerry would win by a point 0-14 to 1-10.Martin Breheny gives it to Kerry on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15, Eoin Liston says it will be Kerry 1-13, Donegal 0-15 and Vincent Hogan gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 0-15.Tomas O Se also goes for Kerry on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 and Eugene McGee gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 1-14. All of the pundits had tipped Dublin to beat Donegal in the semi-final.Only Keys from that result is going for Donegal this time around.Horan however insisted: “Because they are such good technical footballers, Kerry just have an ability to adapt to situations in games. It’s why I think they will win it. Their rate of progression can surpass where Donegal are.” COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: ‘EXPERTS’ INCLUDING JAMES HORAN TIP KERRY FOR ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: September 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ALL IRELAND COUNTDOWNall-irelanddonegalKerrypredictionslast_img read more

first_img14 November 2011Nineteen-year-old swimming sensation Chad le Clos secured the overall Fina/Arena World Cup title in Japan on the weekend, joining Ryk Neethling and Cameron van der Burgh as South Africans who have captured the prestigious title.After claiming the $100 000 (approximately R788 000) first prize, Le Clos, in an interview with Fina, revealed that he had enjoyed a fair share of good luck on his way to the title because he had begun the season as a late replacement.“I was lucky to be in the series and the great start in Dubai (where he won six gold medals) gave me the possibility of making the top three and possibly winning.”Le Clos twice delivered six gold medal performances; apart from Dubai, he also achieved the feat in Beijing.Tough scheduleSwimming in his seventh and final meet in Tokyo, Le Clos admitted that it was tough to maintain his form through so much time and travel, with events taking place in Dubai, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Singapore, Beijing, and Tokyo, between 7 October and 13 November.In Tokyo, he won the 200 metres freestyle, which was his 22nd win during the World Cup Series. He also picked up silver medals in the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, and 100m individual medley, and added a bronze in the 100m freestyle in which Olympic champion Alain Bernard finished fourth.His final margin of victory in the overall World Cup standings was substantial. Le Clos claimed first place with 176 points. Second went to Japan’s Hidemasa Sano on 90 points, with Germany’s Marco Koch in third with 65 points.‘They were gunning for me’Looking back on his performances in Japan, Le Clos said: “I knew it was going to be hard and that there were some wonderful Japanese and Chinese swimmers, who are good at medleys, breaststroke and butterfly. They were gunning for me, as you could see.”Questioned about what he enjoyed most about the World Cup, Le Clos said: “Swimming against the best in the world and getting to swim against Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. If you want to win Olympic gold, you have to beat those swimmers.”He summed up his World Cup season by saying: “It’s been a tough World Cup and I learned so much. I made a few mistakes but enjoyed the experience and the support has been amazing.“Thank you to my sponsors and Olympic Federation for the support for my success at the World Cup. A special thanks to my coach Graham Hill for a solid preparation.”Cherry on the topBack home, there was a cherry on the top for Le Clos; he won the Most Promising Athlete award at the Telkom Swimming South Africa Aquatic Awards in Kempton Park on Saturday.The Swimmer of the Year award went the way of two-time World Series winner Cameron van der Burgh.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many corn growers around Ohio are taking extensive measures to guard against pests this growing season, there are probably not so many who are going to the lengths to protect their corn yields from pests as Jevon Rockwell.The Rockwell family farms in Erie County up along Lake Erie and faces significant yield loss from pests not normally a significant concern in many parts of the state — blackbirds.“We farm four or five miles from the Lake. I think the problem is that there is a lot of marshland and places right around the city of Huron where they live. They are already thick in the woods this spring,” Rockwell said. “When they fly across the fields it looks like smoke, they are that thick. There are tens of thousands of them in the fields. In late July or early August they will come at sunrise and leave about a half hour before sunset. We have all learned to live with it around here. It just comes with the territory. Probably half of acres are affected the by birds — the best corn ground we’ve got. On our farms two miles west, we never have bird problems. They seem to stay east of U.S. Route 250 and north of the turnpike. We can get good yields but then we lose 30 or 40 bushels per acre because of those birds.”The Rockwells have been chasing blackbirds out of the corn for many years, but last year there was some very significant yield loss from the pests. The problem was most evident in a consistently high yielding 70-acre field.“We have 70 acres right by my house and we were trying to grow 300-bushel corn last year,” he said. “We knew the birds could be a problem so we split the planter with hybrids. We plant 16 rows, so we split it 8 and 8. We had 120-day Pioneer corn on the one side and 112- or 113-day DEKALB corn in the other. The blackbirds like to pick at the corn when it is in its milk stage and at the end of July or early August they hit it really hard for three or four days. The DEKALB corn was further along and they just nailed it. They stripped it back a third of the ear, every ear down the row — sometimes three or four inches down the ear. They picked right to the row of the 120-day corn that was so much further behind and they left that alone.”The yield losses in the earlier maturing corn were devastating.“We were tracking the yield closely on that farm. We shelled it 8 and 8 to keep track. The average on the 120-day corn on that farm was 320 bushels or so and we had some places hitting 340 bushels,” Rockwell said. “On the earlier DEKALB corn, there were a lot of places that were lucky to be making 160 or 170 bushels per acre. Part of that difference could have been the genetics, but this ground should produce 200-bushel corn no matter what. We had 330 pounds of nitrogen out there. We jumped though all of the hoops in that field and there were no insect problems out there. Some people have told us that the birds come in when there are insects out there, but that was not the case. If I were to guess conservatively, we lost 40 to 50 bushels per acre from the birds in the earlier hybrid. Those birds ate a lot of corn. When you have high yielding corn like that you really notice the problem. This last year was a huge eye opener. It has never been like that before.”And, not only do the birds hurt yields directly, the damage they cause also sets the stage for more problems.“They eat half the ear and then what happens after that is just as bad. Once they open that husk up and we get some late rains, water runs down the ear and sprouts the bottom kernels. And then we get this blue mold that is carried in the bird’s beaks,” Rockwell said. “It kills the test weight with the sprouting and the mold and you get a sore throat by breathing it in at harvest. That is another reason we will never plant all one maturity in this area. We can blend it out at least when they leave one hybrid alone.”Along with planting different hybrid maturities, the Rockwells also look for tight husks.“They are always going to pick the ears with the least amount of husk cover on the ear,” he said. “We need a hybrid with a good tight husk cover. Some of the new hybrids with bigger ears stick out of the end of the husks. A lot of guys don’t want a tight husk cover because of the dry down, but that is what we look for.”The birds are also a consideration with the planting date for the corn.“Planting dates make a difference. They hit the earlier corn first,” Rockwell said. “If we are the first ones out there they will hit our fields and not come back and get the neighbor’s later fields. We want top yields so we try to plant early but then we are more likely to get more problems with the blackbirds.”In addition, the Rockwells go to great lengths to try to scare the birds away.“We use old carbide cannons converted to run on little propane tanks. We set those in the field and try to scare them, but the birds get used to it. Once the birds get established in the corn it is almost impossible to get them moved out of the corn. The cannons usually just scare them from one end of the field to the other,” Rockwell said. “We also have tried a red-winged blackbird distress call and that actually works the best. It scares them right out of the field. We mounted speakers in an oak tree in the middle of a 40-acre field and ran it off a car battery. Every day or day and a half when that battery would die, I would cart a new car battery out there, switch it out and charge the old one back at the farm. Then we set up a power inverter to get it to run on 120 volts instead of 12, which helped. This year my brother mounted a solar panel to it so that will hopefully help. I think we may shut one row off of the planter, right in the middle of field so we can put that out there. The neighbors will wonder what we are doing, but then we’ll have a 60-inch row we can use to get out there. It is on a cart with a waterproof plastic box. If you don’t get it up above the corn, you can’t get the sound to travel. The corn muffles the sound.”There is also a spray called BirdGuard that the Rockwells are considering.“BirdGuard can be sprayed from an airplane or a RoGator and that is a possibility,” he said. “But you have to time it just right and it is expensive. We may give it a try though. This year we are doing more than we ever have to keep the birds away.”They have also considered detasseling some of the corn.“We farm near Schlessman Hybrids and they do not seem to have bird problems in the corn they grow for seed,” Rockwell said. “They detassel the corn and we have talked about getting a detasseler and using it every four rows or so.”Along with corn, the Rockwells grow soybeans and wheat, which are mostly ignored by the blackbirds.“We grow about twice as many soybean acres as corn and we grow some wheat. They don’t really bother the beans or the wheat,” he said. “They aren’t that thick when the wheat is ready. They may knock the grain out of the wheat heads at the field edges, but are not much of a problem. We used to grow popcorn and we never once had bird problems in that.”It is not just blackbirds that can be a problem for field corn, according to Bob Nielsen, at Purdue University. Grackles and crows can also often feed on developing ears in corn fields following pollination early in the grain filling period.“Large flocks of these birds can cause a tremendous amount of damage and will often target one hybrid over another. Damage is often most prevalent along field edges and nearby wooded areas, but can extend throughout a large field,” Nielson said. “The symptoms that immediately catch the eye are the missing or damaged kernels on the cobs. Damaged cobs often turn brown or black once molds begin infecting the damaged tissue. The evidence that clearly identifies birds as the culprits are the shredded husk leaves that result from the birds working their way to the kernels.”last_img read more