Harvesting Corn on Christmas

first_img Harvesting Corn on Christmas Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 24, 2017 Harvesting Corn on ChristmasBrian BushThe pace of the 2017 harvest has been slow; and, in many parts of Indiana, it is nearing completion and even wrapped for some growers. However, in SE Indiana, the corn harvest is just getting started, according to Brian Bush with DuPont Pioneer. “Some of the corn that was planted at the end of May is just now nearing maturity. We have many fields with corn still at 30% moisture,” he stated. “Some of our producers are only 2 weeks into harvest and are wondering if they will still be cutting corn on Christmas.”Bush reports that yields are highly variable, with some growers experiencing average yields and others surprised by higher than expected totals, “It just depends on the planting dates and the kind of soil you have.”Bush says the wet weather of the past few days and more rain in the forecast has him concerned about the standability of the crop, “A good strong wind could take down a lot of this corn.” He urges growers to check fields and prioritize harvest on stalk integrity. While September provided some great weather for dry down, October and November are not likely to provide the kind of conditions to dry the corn quickly.Listen to the complete interview with Brian Bush under the agronomy tab. Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for October 25, 2017Next articleDuPont Pioneer Harvest Update 10/25/17 Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvesting Corn on Christmas Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

25 years of service

first_imgGenevieve “Viva” Fisher and Clif Colby hold very different jobs at opposite ends of Harvard.Fisher is the registrar at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where she oversees acquisitions, loans, and documentation of the museum’s vast collection of artifacts. Sometimes, this Maryland native even serves as a liaison for those artifacts, escorting them to the airport, overseeing their proper handling and adherence to TSA regulations.Colby is a scientific instrument maker at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Rowland Institute at Harvard, located along the Charles River. He calls himself a machinist, can work with virtually any material, and labors in a basement workshop so equipped it would make your handyman blush.Yet Fisher and Colby are more alike than not in a key way. Both have worked at Harvard for 25 years.They are but two of dozens of Harvard staff and faculty being honored at the 56th annual 25-Year Recognition Ceremony. The event, which will be held on Oct. 13 in Sanders Theatre, will be hosted by President Drew Faust and will feature remarks from honorees as well as musical performances.But Fisher and Colby never had Harvard on their radar. Working here was all a matter of happenstance, circa 1985.Colby worked with machines his whole life, even dabbled in the family business of plumbing before teaching art and technical education for 20 years at Taunton High School. It suited him, he said, “working with young people.” While completing a master’s degree in vocational administration from Fitchburg State College, Colby learned that “a friend at the Rowland Institute was looking for an assistant.” And that was that. At Harvard, Colby furthered his work with young people — burgeoning scientists, he said, who needed equipment tailor-made to their liking.“My career all started with an overdue library book,” Fisher recalled.Then a newlywed, Fisher wrapped up fieldwork for a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and moved to Cambridge to be with her husband. At the time, she had no job, and, while returning a late book to Tozzer Library, stumbled into an old Penn colleague who suggested she apply at the Peabody Museum.Fisher had traveled extensively across England performing fieldwork, but once hired at Harvard, she realized that museum administration “was a better field for me.” Fisher had left her doctorate dangling in the balance when she moved north, but completed it in 1999 while at Harvard, in what Fisher refers to as her “20-year project.”She counts assisting with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial exhibit as her midcareer highlight. “The Peabody was the largest institutional lender,” she said. “We loaned 50 objects. It was incredibly important nationally … as well as just being really cool.”“I love that I am still learning every day,” she said. “When I was informed about my 25-year service I was so blown away, because I feel really lucky.”Colby loved working alongside the Rowland’s scientists, especially those from its junior fellows program. “They’re all young, which fits with my teaching,” said Colby, who’d help them outfit a lab from scratch. “It’s been exciting because we’ve hosted so many people from around the world.”Colby worked his final day at Harvard last Thursday (Sept. 30). After a quarter century, Colby is officially retired.“I am going to miss it,” he said on his last day. “Although I’ve been weaning myself with a lesser schedule, I feel it now.”He plans to travel with his wife, Annie, to visit relatives in Arkansas and Nevada. An avid gardener, Colby is also rehabbing a barn behind his 165-year-old house.“I’ll still miss the people,” he said. “This is a great place, it really is.”last_img read more