Research Tours Highlight Becknology Days Later this Month

first_img Research Tours Highlight Becknology Days Later this Month SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleHoosier Centennial Farms HonoredNext articleThe Big Cheese is Back at the Indiana State Fair Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Aug 7, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Research Tours Highlight Becknology Days Later this Month Facebook Twitter SHARE Becknology 13 comingBeck’s Hybrids field shows are underway this month with the Kentucky and southern Illinois shows this week and central Illinois next week. The shows culminate with Becknology Days at the Beck’s home office in Atlanta, IN August 22nd through 24th. Practical Farm Research tours are a big part of what they offer each year.“Practical farm research is more of an agronomic type research,” said Toby Ripberger, the director of PFR. So we’re really looking at the management of the crops and of course Mother Nature controls most of that. But the percentage of that we’re able to control we want to be as efficient as possible in helping our growers be as efficient as possible in doing that management.”He tells HAT farmers like to see the research first hand, and that’s what they get on each tour.“A lot of people talk about research but when we can take them out on the tour buggies and show them the actual fields where we’re doing the research and they can walk up to it and see it firsthand, I think that really drives the message home.”Among the tour offerings are various nitrogen studies which Beck’s offers each year, and a new sidedress study this year “where we’re looking at 30 inch spacing in between the rows and also 60 inch spacing with 28 percent sidedress. We also have our nitrogen timing trials where we’re always looking at those split applications compared to a 100 percent pre-plant or 100 percent sidedress application, and then we also have our nitrogen utilization trials where we’re looking to see how certain genetics use their nitrogen differently.”Split nitrogen applications have shown some very good yield bumps according to Ripberger.“The last couple of years we’ve seen great yields from that. We’ve seen up to an $80 per acre advantage with a split application of nitrogen compared to a 100 percent pre-plant.”Also on the tour are planting dates studies, cover crops, 300 bushel corn yield attempts, and new this year is a closing wheel study.last_img read more

Check fraud stages a comeback

first_imgSources:J.P. Morgan, “2015 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey Report of Survey Results,” March 2015.Lott, David. “Take On Payments: Squeezing the Fraud Balloon,” Take On Payments – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. March 16, 2015. In the dozen or more years since check volumes began to decline as the preferred payment method for consumers, they never lost their rank as the preferred method for fraudsters. There are half as many checks now, but nowhere near a proportionate decline in check fraud.In our annual Bluepoint review of check fraud last year, we hinted that it might be making a comeback. Only a few months have passed, but the signs are already strengthening. The most recent data (American Bankers Association Deposit Account Fraud Survey) shows that one out of three dollars of losses due to fraud involved checks, primarily counterfeits and returned deposits.In addition, a study by the Association for Financial Professionals reports that 19% of the institutions they surveyed have witnessed an increase in attempted fraud over the most recent two years. Most of the rest did not see a decline—which means that the risk per check is increasing almost across the board. Just when you thought you could worry about something else for a change…New Findings from AFSA white paper just out from the experts at Advanced Fraud Solutions, “Check Fraud is Back,” attributes much of the new threat level to the rise of mobile deposit capture—now used by almost 75% of all consumers—and the still-in-progress transition to pin-and-chip EMV cards.As fraud using stolen and counterfeit cards becomes more difficult, checks regain some of their attractiveness as targets, abetted by the fact that mobile deposits eliminate the need to present the physical check at all. And there remains a huge untapped market for growth in all mobile services.The idea isn’t new. But AFS also offers confirming evidence. For example, Canadian banks—which are farther along deploying EMV cards than the U.S.—are now reporting a huge 300% boom in fraudulent credit and checking account applications. You know that trend’s not going anywhere good.Further rounding out the picture, AFS points to the significant increase in global money laundering, and the threat of terrorist groups using banks to fund their activities. These shifts have spawned increased regulatory demands via OFAC (the Office of Foreign Assets Control), which in turn trigger the need for a similar level of vigilance that we have started giving ordinary fraud prevention.Here’s the rub: institutions have lately been redirecting their technology resources away from fraud detection and prevention—believing that fraud, like checks, were quietly going away. But this loss of attention has further exacerbated the problem. Ironically, most of these reallocations have been in favor of mobile and other advanced services—the very ones that now look like feeding a resurgence of check crimes.The Perennial Billion-Dollar PerilWe encourage financial institutions to initiate services that speak to the high demand for consumer convenience, such as offering more mobile functionality and other self-services. At the same time, we concur with AFS and others who affirm that check fraud is a serious ongoing concern for all stakeholder groups.At best, there’s still about a billion dollars a year in actual losses at stake, to say nothing of the indirect costs of prevention, and potential loss of consumer trust.Fortunately, tools to curb fraud of all types are evolving quickly, making use of shared data and technologies that allow consolidation of multiple vendors and systems. When these are configured into a single, integrated workflow that can detect fraud in real time, then the stage can be set for finally reversing the direction of check fraud. 69SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alissa Fry-Harris Alissa Fry-Harris is the director of marketing for Bluepoint Solutions, which provides integrated, end-to-end payment processing and content management technology solutions that help credit unions achieve the strategic goals of … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Public Access Not Part of Waterfront Plan, Developer Says

first_img“We’re happy to cut back the lots and include the public green space and boardwalk, but it comes down to, ‘Do you have the funding?’ I assume they don’t. So we’re proceeding with the plan we’ve submitted. But I’m perfectly happy to sit back down with them and to try and work it out,” Denholtz said. DCH CEO Steven Denholtz said the planshave already been scaled back significantlysince initially being brought before the boardmore than a year ago. The plan proposed by Denholtz Custom Homes (DCH) for a 7-acre parcel overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay was up in the air following a contentious March 25 meeting in which members of a resident opposition group – Neighbors for Waterfront Preservation – laid out detailed arguments about potential environmental and social impacts which could result from developing the plot, better known as the McConnell Tract. “We can’t go any further,” Denholtz said,noting that the plans have been altered threetimes in consideration of resident feedback. “We’re not happy about this,” Chiles said. “At the last hearing, the developer said they needed time to consider feedback, but they seem to be deaf to the concerns that the community has raised.” “We have a good project with no variancesthat we hope will get approved.” The previous meeting was highlighted by a 30-minute presentation from borough resident Mark Fisher, who provided the results of a lengthy independent environmental study, including the health of the groundwater for residential housing built on lands first owned and developed in 1929 by Standard Oil, and later Exxon, for industrial operations. That hearing concluded just before midnight and was expected to continue the following evening but a continuation was granted until April to allow DCH time to consider the public’s input. Chiles explained that the day after theMarch 25 meeting, Neighbors for WaterfrontPreservation attorney Kevin I. Assadi of theRed Bank-based firm Zager Fuchs notifiedthe board’s attorney, Michael Steib, and thedeveloper’s attorney, John Giunco, that hewould be unavailable the week of April 29 dueto a previously scheduled family vacation. Denholtz said he was “disheartened, disappointed and surprised” by the allegations, and that he and his organization have attempted to maintain a positive relationship with the objectors. Chiles said an initial meeting about public sources of funding options was held in December 2018, where such resources as the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were discussed. Denholtz said the proposed public portionof the plan was removed from the scope of thework when discussions about public fundingbroke down.center_img Denholtz said that in the last two months itdid not appear that the opposition group hadpursued any sources of public funding. Neighbors for Waterfront Preservation leader and Atlantic Highlands resident Benson Chiles said DCH hasn’t done enough, referencing finalized plans which do not include any public lands or access to the waterfront. DHC initially proposed 21 lots on the siteand cut that number to accommodate requestsfor a public boardwalk and open public greenspace spanning the length of the property. “Knowing what took place there, I wouldnever allow my children to live there,” Fishersaid during his remarks. “After meeting with them (the objectors),we received a strong feeling that they didn’twant to bear the cost to maintain the publicfacilities. And if it’s going to be for the publicit has to be maintained by the public. So we’vecut back,” Denholtz said. The hearing is expected to conclude at the planning board’s April 29 meeting, a date Chiles referred to as a strategic maneuver on the part of DCH. “The process smells fishy to me and I hope the board will take all of these concerns into account for its final determination,” Chiles said. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The group looking to construct 17 luxury condos on one of the last pieces of undeveloped land on the Bayshore waterfront said it does not intend to alter its site plan ahead of Monday’s anticipated planning board meeting. “There are other sources, too, and to myknowledge he (Denholtz) has not pursuedany of them, nor has he asked that we pursuethem. In some ways it feels as though he wasjust leading us on with these discussions,”Chiles said. The continuation of the hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School auditorium.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2017)–Idle since winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 5, trainer Ian Kruljac’s Finest City overcame a rail post position and marched to an emphatic 3 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the second time in a row by Mike Smith, Finest City got seven furlongs over a “wet fast” track in 1:21.49.Favored to be named as America’s Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter in a special gala this evening at Gulfstream Park, Track Announcer Michael Wrona noted that Finest City was “looking for the first leg of a special double that could culminate in an Eclipse Award tonight,” as Finest City drew clear from a stubborn Fantastic Style a sixteenth from home.“This could be a once-in-a-lifetime day,” said Kruljac, 28, whose father, longtime trainer, Eric Kruljac, is at Gulfstream to accept the Eclipse trophy on behalf of his son, should Finest City win the highly coveted award. “It’s awesome to share it with my father. Hopefully, we’ll get that award today.“We’re just keeping her fresh…The inside post was a big obstacle today and Mike just took it to ’em. She’s got stamina. She’s got everything you’d ever want in the breeding of a race horse.”A 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred mare by City Zip, Finest City was off at 2-5 in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, she improved her record to 15-5-4-2, and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $1,045,594.“Breaking from the one hole in this slop, you gotta get outta there,” said Smith. “She’s never had this kinda dirt in her face and I certainly didn’t want her to get any today. My only concern with being away as long as she has is that we’d probably have to use her from the rail, but I saw she’s been working really well. I knew she’s handled the grass and she’s got a real athletic way of going, so I thought she could probably handle this surface today.”A well beaten fifth as the 1-2 favorite over a similar surface here on Dec. 30, Fantastic Style made her first start today for trainer Doug O’Neill and proved second best after chasing the winner throughout. Off at 7-2 with Rafael Bejarano, she finished a neck in front of Sheer Pleasure and paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sheer Pleasure was off at 22-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race, which were all set by the winner, were 22.15, 44.26 and 1:08.79.First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more