Kenny Jackett is unsure whether Wolves midfielder Karl Henry will join QPR.West London Sport reported last week that Rangers are interested in the 30-year-old, who has three years of his contract at Molineux left to run.Former R’s assistant boss Jackett, recently installed as Wolves manager, is overhauling his squad and is keen for several players to move on.QPR have also been offered the chance to sign Jamie O’Hara, who played under Rangers boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham and is another player Wolves have made available.“Karl Henry had some conversations with QPR. I don’t think it’s come to a head but he’s been there,” the Birmingham Mail quote Jackett as saying.“At present he is still a Wolves player. QPR are interested in him and no deal has been done.”See also:Wolves’ Henry could be QPR’s next signingYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, according to a Purdue Extension expert.Mark Kepler, Extension educator in Fulton County and a goat producer, said the barber pole worm, the most common internal parasite among small ruminants, lays its eggs around the time of lambing and kidding, typically in late winter and early spring.Kepler said the parasite eggs survive longer on warmer ground, increasing the chances they hatch and develop into worms to infest animals.“At kidding and lambing time, the potential worm load is a lot greater,” Kepler said. “It is a killer. The eggs are excreted and after hatching they climb up a blade of grass to be consumed, affecting the animal. In usual springtime conditions, the process proceeds quickly.”Most lambs and kids are turned out to pasture when the weather warms.“Come spring and warm temperatures, those worms are just itching to go find some young animal to prey upon,” Kepler said. “Older animals are more immune, but still susceptible.”If left untreated, worm infestations can cause anemia by consuming the host’s blood and eventually damaging an animal’s vital organs, including the lungs, liver and stomach. Producers can use fecal testing to determine whether their herds have been infested.But treating the parasites can be difficult.“There is a lot of parasitic resistance to deworming medications,” Kepler said. “Control of these worms is just not as simple as repeatedly giving the same drug over and over again.”Kepler offered these tips to avoid major worm problems in the spring.• Do not overuse deworming drugs. Overuse can lead to the parasites developing resistance to the drugs.• Use fecal samples to determine if the deworming medication is working.• Rotate pastures to reduce worm potential. Do not let animals graze pastures into the ground.• Cull members of the flock or herd that are genetically more susceptible to worms.Although worms are less active in winter months, Kepler said animals could be susceptible to external parasites such as mites in colder temperatures.“There are several different types of mites that affect animals in different locations,” he said. “Goats can lose hair around their lower legs, eyes, muzzles or ears, and the skin will redden and become crusty.”Kepler said it is necessary to work with a veterinarian when treating goats or sheep for any major parasite issues.“Effective parasite treatment takes management, knowledge and professional advice,” he said. “I really encourage people to speak with a veterinarian about treatment.”More information on managing sheep and goat parasites is available at Purdue Extension’s sheep and goat website at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/sh/.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No growing season is ever going to be perfect, but with only about 10% of the days during July and August above 86 degrees F, the daytime highs have been favorable for soybean growth in Ohio. If air temperature exceeds 85 degrees F, soybeans will experience heat stress that can impact yield potential. This is often compounded by a lack of soil moisture. Heat stress can result in a decreased number of pods set, while temperatures above 99 degrees F severely limit pod formation.Because of their long flowering period, soybeans can often compensate for short periods of stress, but its ability to make up ground dwindles as it approaches R5. Elevated temperatures at the R5 growth stage (beginning seed fill), has the greatest negative impact on soybean yield. During seed fill, daytime temperatures greater than 85 degrees can cause decreased soybean weight while temperatures 91 to 96 degrees can result in fewer seeds per plant. During this period, pods are filling at a maximum rate, making the plant more susceptible to stresses and causing it to move nutrients from other areas. Moving those nutrients will weaken it and open it up to invasion by diseases through the roots and foliage.Compared to corn, soybeans are less sensitive to high nighttime temperatures. In fact, soybeans like it warmer in the evening so that they can “burn” (respire) the stored energy (photosynthates that are stored as starch) and grow.During the day, soybean plants accumulate starch in their leaves. At night, the starch is broken down and exported from their leaves. When nights are cool, the amount of starch exported is reduced resulting in high leaf starch the following day, which can disrupt photosynthesis. Nighttime temperatures have to exceed 85 degrees before any noticeable reduction in soybean yield is experienced. A string of nighttime temperature less than 60 degrees can result in reduced pod set, seed formation, and seed size. Studies have shown greatest growth rate for soybeans at mid-80 degree daytime and 72 degree nighttime temperature resulting in good seed size and no delay in maturity.Several factors affect the rate at which crops develop — photoperiod, heat, moisture, and fertility. Heat and photoperiod are the two primary factors influencing soybean maturity. Soybeans are considered short-day plants, meaning that physiological development is accelerated as daylength shortens. However, the rate of maturity is sped up by hotter temperatures and slowed down by cooler weather. Soybeans can compensate for stresses/shortcomings that occur during early to mid-reproduction provided ample sunlight, adequate temperatures, and soil moisture is available. Favorable late-season temperatures (not too hot) and rainfall during late stages of development (R5 to R6) can create larger seed weight by extending the seed fill duration.For more information, contact your local Pioneer sales representative or visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.
Members of the Amateur Radio Society of Odisha got together at an uninhabited island within the Chilika lake to test their operational skill and technology to help the public during natural calamities such as cyclonic storms.The team had chosen this island as it is inaccessible by conventional telecommunication network. During their two-day camp at the island that ended on Sunday evening, eight licensed private HAM radio operators of Odisha experimented transmission of messages to the outside world through radio signals.‘Used solar power’ It was an attempt to simulate real-life situation during any natural calamity when all conventional modes of communication cease to exist. “To simulate such a situation, we remained cut-off from the outside world for two days and used solar power to operate our HAM radios. A bamboo pole was used as an antenna tower,” said Gurudatta Panda, one of the participants. Amateur radio operators can link up with other HAM enthusiasts through ‘short wave’ radio frequency.Contacted 130 operators During the event, these operators, despite their lack of infrastructure, managed to contact around 130 Amateur radio operators around the world. Around 90 of these were from different parts of India while others were from countries including Denmark, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. On Sunday morning they made contacts with HAM enthusiasts of neighbouring countries except Pakistan.According to ARSO members, the importance of HAM radios during natural calamities has not diminished in this era of advanced communication. According to them, during the Titli cyclone, Gajapati district was completely cut-off from the outside world for a few hours. During that time HAM radio with the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force became the main means of communication of the district administration with the outside world.A big help ARSO members feel that an increase in the number of Amateur radio enthusiasts in the State can be a major help to society in a cyclone and flood-prone State like Odisha. On Sunday, Puri district administration representatives arrived at the island to watch the experiments being conducted by the Amateur radio activists.“There are youths with technical education in electronics and telecommunication in all parts of Odisha who can take up Amateur radio as a hobby and help society at the time of need. In future, we may have HAM radio operators in all blocks of the State,” said Priti Ranjan Mekap, another participant.Apart from Mr. Panda and Mr. Mekap, other enthusiasts who participated in this event were Samir Ranjan Panda, Umakant Swain, Chandrasekhar Patnaik, Sunil Biswal, Tusharkant Mishra and Rajesh Kumar.
It’s hard waiting for tennis action to begin on the lush green lawns of SW19 in London.On a day when rain kept players indoors for hours at a stretch, it was a delight when the sun appeared to warm the cockles of tennis lovers.Once the Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna stepped on court, it was good news for the Indian fans who had waited all day long.But there was something very edgy when the Indians played against wild cards Julien Bennetteau and Richard Gasquet from France and eventually lost 3-6, 4-6 in the men’s doubles second round.In doubles, it is the scratch pair which creates surprises and lends a touch of unpredictability to the action.On Tuesday when the sun played hide and seek, it was symbolic that the 38-year-old Mahesh Bhupathi played his last match at the Olympics.Unable to strike a rhythm with partner Bopanna, the two came short in terms of stroke production and chemistry on grass.Considering the war of words and ugly email exchanges between the two players and the All India Tennis Association, this loss will hurt.It has been a sad dream for him, unable to win a medal at the Olympics in five appearances, four of which were with Leander Paes starting at Atlanta 1996.The truth is, unmindful of the effort he had put in to pair with Bopanna through the year, their results have not been spectacular.No doubt, the two Indians are committed for the 2012 season, but after the US Open, questions will again prop up if these two players will play together next season.advertisementBopanna has a few years of tennis left in him. And maybe on Tuesday, when Mahesh goes to sleep he will miss that chance of not having got to play mixed doubles with Sania MIrza.Longest matchJo-Wilfried Tsonga won a recordbreaking Olympic clash against Milos Raonic as the French fifth seed outlasted the Canadian 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round.After the pair split the first two sets on Court One, they became embroiled in a gruelling decider that lasted 179 minutes and wrote their names in the Olympic history books.Venus Williams reached the third round on Tuesday by beating Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-1, 6-3.Britain’s Andy Murray progressed when the world number four defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic fired a warning to his Olympic rivals as the world number two crushed three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1.