Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the Prospective Plantings report, indicating that farmers will plant 88-million acres, 2.14 million fewer acres of corn, a 2% decrease from 2017. If realized, this will be the lowest total corn planted acreage in the United States since 2015.“U.S. farmers continue to produce more bushels per acre as new technologies are brought to the marketplace,” said National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes. “American corn supplies remain ample as we have a large carryover crop from 2017. U.S. farmers can react nimbly to market conditions and make decisions that make the most sense for their operation.”Ohio is expected to increase corn acreage from last year, with record high acreage in Nevada and Oregon. In 33 of the 48 corn producing states, planted acreage is expected to be down or unchanged. According to the report, compared to 2017, decreases of 300,000 acres or more are expected in Kansas, Minnesota and North Dakota.In the Grain Stocks report, which was also released today, USDA shows corn stocks up 3% from this time last year, totaling 8.89 billion bushels. Five-billion bushels of total stocks were stored on-farm, up 2-percent from March 2017 and off-farm stocks were up 5-percent from a year ago. USDA reports 3.68 billion bushels of total corn used between December 2017 – February 2018.
Cache ‘o Mat – the geocache vending machine Geocaches come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Cache ‘o Mat (GC1A11C) on the other hand, a one of a kind geocache vending machine, has set a new standard for unique geocaches.It’s easy to spot, easy to get stickers and easy to see why this is a favorite geocache. Sometimes, however, it’s not as simple to log the difficulty 3.5, terrain 1 geocache as it appears. In order to do so, geocachers will need to use their geo-sense.While the geocache sits in plain sight, it is not highly muggle-sensitive. With some creativity from the geocache owner and help from the German geocaching musical act Dosenfischer, geocachers can enjoy a one of a kind geocaching anthem (in German) at the vending machine. Now, how often do you get that kind of entertainment when you find a geocache?Jeremy signed the logbookThanks to JoFrie, this clever and creative geocache has been part of the Niedersachsen, Germany community since March, 2008. Over 1,800 geocachers have claimed their smiley and awarded it 849 Favorite Points. Among those who logged the geocache is Geocaching CEO and Co-Founder, Jeremy Irish.The extensive and elaborate logs describe a lot of fun and entertaining experiences – exactly what this geocache is all about!Cache ‘o Mat LogbookOne geocacher writes, “Natürlich habe auch ich schon oft von diesem Schmuckstück gehört. Zu finden ist die Lokation ja nicht unbedingt schwer. Aber das sieht man auch schon auf den ersten Blick ins Listing. Das Auffinden der eigentlichen Dose war dann schon schwieriger, hat aber Spaß gemacht. Einfach mal alles ausprobiert, überall gedrückt und gezogen, bis nach einiger Zeit tatsächlich etwas ruckte. Klasse gemacht, wirklich. Vielen Dank für diesen tollen Cache!”This translates to, “Of course, I have often heard of this gem. Finding the location isn’t exactly difficult. But, you can see that at the first glance of the listing. Finding the actual box was then more difficult, but it has been fun. Just tried everything – pushed everywhere and pulled everything. After some time, something snapped. Well done, really. Thanks for this great cache!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to firstname.lastname@example.org.There’s something for everyone at this vending machine!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDon’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community”
Sources and Images: Before There was GPS: Personal Navigation in the 1920s and 1930s, Cane Maps, The antique route show: ‘First ever built-in sat nav’ from 1930 which used a map on a scroll to guide motoristsShare with your Friends:More Inter-Auto or “Iter-Avto”Nowadays, we’re lucky to have an abundance of smartphones and GPS devices to help us navigate to different locations (and to our beloved geocaches). But did you know that personal navigation predates the invention of Global Positioning Systems (GPS)? Prior to Sputnik, TRANSIT, and GPS devices, there were three personal navigation maps that we still see glimpses of in today’s modern technology. Get ready to learn! Cane MapsIt started at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago… In celebration with the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s entry into the New World, the Columbian Novelty Company created “Cane Maps”. The cane map was a 10″ x 16″ sheet with maps printed on both sides. It rolled in and out of a wooden cane. The front side contained a map of the fairgrounds and the back side of the map was of Chicago, showing popular tourist attractions in the area. These maps were sold in gift shops at the fair and paved the way for future mapping and navigation techniques.First Cane Map in 1893 Plus Fours RouteFinderWatch-you-wearing? Worn around the wrist, the Plus Fours Routefinder was a fashionable and efficient way to transit. These watch-like devices contained miniature scrolls with driving directions that rotated and updated as the motorist moved. The scrolls could be switched out and changed depending on what route was taken. Plus Fours RouteFinderInter-Auto or “Iter-Avto”Zoom Zoom! In 1932, an Italian company releases the Inter-Auto, the world’s first personal navigation system for an automobile. This device also contained a scrolling map and additionally, connected to the car’s speedometer to maintain an accurate scrolling rate. Similar to a modern day Garmin or Tom Tom, this device showed a motorist’s position in real-time.Inter-Auto or “Iter-Avto” What is your preferred device for geocaching?Not done reading yet? Check the ghosts lingering in your GPS in this Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device? post from 2010. SharePrint RelatedFour reasons to start using Project-GCMay 30, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com Presents: “Geocaching Without GPS”December 1, 2011In “Deutsch”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 22): Adventure Lab, New Search MapApril 11, 2019In “Community” Navigation systems today have come a long way since Cane Maps and Inter-Autos. With the addition of the GPS, geocachers today have numerous devices to choose from. As technology advances, it will be fascinating to see the direction navigation systems will head in the coming years.
While we were initially excited about Questions as something “people will end up spending hours browsing through…learning things,” there are already plenty of sources for knowledge on the Internet. From Wikipedia to Quora, the wisdom and knowledge of the crowd is already being harnessed. Facebook Questions, on the other hand, makes it quick and easy to ask the people you trust the most – your friends – simple things like where to eat, what movie to watch and how to go about your daily life. That’s something Wikipedia and Quora could never really answer.While everyone on Quora may agree on the best restaurant in my neighborhood, the service suffers from the same issue as something like Yelp – maybe I don’t agree with the masses. Maybe I’m friends with my friends because we all like divey, dirty, cheap restaurants with “atmosphere” and other such things. Maybe five stars has no bearing on my taste. Facebook Questions will make it easy to gather this type of information – subjective and social graph specific information – not the agreed upon answer of the general masses. Facebook says that the new feature will be “available to everyone soon.” mike melanson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When Facebook first launched its Questions feature last summer, we predicted that things were “about to change dramatically on the world’s largest social network.” The launch turned out to be a bit of a false start, however, and the feature never took off. Today, Facebook announced that It has launched a revamped version its Questions product, making it even easier to quickly gather “the wisdom of friends,” rather than the wisdom of the masses.At first, Questions tried to do what sites like Yahoo Answers and Quora already do. It attempted to surface the best answer to a question by aggregating answers and letting users vote for the best one. It was topically organized and focused more on general knowledge than opinion. The revamped version of Questions focuses less on categorical knowledge and more on making it quick and easy for users to ask for their friends’ opinions.“We noticed that people were frequently asking for opinions (‘what are your favorite restaurants in New York?’) or hoping to learn about their friends ‘what was your favorite movie as a kid, something you watched over and over?’),” writes Questions product manager Adrian Graham. “For most of these questions, experts weren’t going to be the best source for advice. The answers to these questions are meaningful or interesting because you know your friends and your friends know you.”The new version offers the ability to quickly poll your friends with multiple choice questions, where friends can either quickly choose an answer or add one of their own. Questions are also shared with friends of friends who answer the question, helping you to “cast a wider net.”
Five activists of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigation Agency court here on Thursday for possession of explosives.Special judge Girish Dixit acquitted five others. Of the 12 accused in the case, Khalid Ahmed and Abdul Mazid were killed in a police encounter in October 2016, prosecutor Yogesh Tiwari said. The special court awarded life imprisonment to Abdul Aziz, Javed, Abdul Wahid, Jubar and Mohammad Adil. The court also imposed a fine of ₹8,000 on each of them.ATS raidMadhya Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorism Squad had arrested three SIMI activists with a cache of explosives during a raid in Mahidpur area in Ujjain district on January 1, 2013. Nine others were arrested subsequently. Eight hundred gelatin sticks, 540 detonators, a ‘gelatin bomb’, a pipe bomb and 11 other types of bombs were recovered from the accused.
The Telangana EAMCET ( Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has begun on Thursday. It is essential to carry all the important documents for the same. EAMCET is an entrance examination for admissions in engineering and medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. EAMCET is conducted statewide by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) every year. Around nine lakh people had appeared for the exam.EAMCET 2014 Centralized Certificate Verification for candidates, belonging to categories PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games and Anglo Indian, will be conducted from August 14 to 18, 2014 at Sanketika Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad from 9.00 AM onwards.Certificates to be produced by all candidates:All original certificates and three sets of Xerox copies of :EAMCET Rank CardEAMCET Hall TicketIntermediate Memo-cum-Pass CertificateS.S.C or its equivalent Marks memoVI to Inter Study CertificateIncome Certificate issued after January 1, 2014 and Caste Certificate issued by competent authority PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Certificate if applicable.