Exactly one month ago, professionalization officially knocked on the door of the First Iberdrola. Clubs and unions then signed the first collective agreement for Spanish and European women’s football. An unprecedented milestone in the world that seeks to regulate the contractual aspect of the Primera players, collecting points as important as the minimum wage (12,000 euros gross per year), motherhood or injuries.Several weeks have passed since the staging of the firm, with presentation in the Congress of Deputies, and most clubs have started to deliver on what was promised: adapt the contracts to the conditions set out in the agreement. In total, it has been calculated that 40% of the players in the highest female category will see their work situation improve, with the marked increase in wages as a strong point.As AS has learned, there are no problems to highlight in the contractual adaptation, but the process is being slow, due to the novelty and the doubts that some procedures present for the clubs. It should be noted that all this time will not be lost for the players. The agreement is retroactive, with the date of application of the contracts on July 1, 2019.The main keys of this collective agreement– It will be of retroactive nature, with application date of July 1, 2019. It will end on June 30, 2020.–Extension and ultraactivity. This Collective Agreement will be extended in its entirety for successive periods of a football season (July 1 to June 30 of the following year) if not denounced, by either party, at least three months before the date of its termination or that of any of its extensions. During the extension of this agreement, an increase in the CPI will be established.– minimum salary from 16,000 euros gross per year to 75% partiality of the working day or, what is the same, 12,000 euros. In this line, it also includes compensation for all players who currently have contracts with a partiality or 50% working day, with a mandatory change to 75%. Thus, salaries that are between 12,000 and 15,999 will become 16,000 euros gross per year, applying a linear increase of 2,000 euros in which they are from 16,000 to 30,000 euros gross per year. – Maternity protocol: In the event that a player becomes pregnant, she will be able to access an automatic renewal without a limit in the contract. It does not include any section for breastfeeding.– Seniority Plus: the bonding award would range from 2,000 euros (6 seasons) to 3,500 (9 seasons or more).– The personal scope of application of the agreement: limited to players who are called at least twelve official matches with the first team or, where appropriate, ten games played.– Break of a day and a half weekly and holidays of 30 days a year.– Workday: 7 hours a day / 35 hours a week in semi-annual computation without including periods of concentration or displacement. In the case of home matches, the concentration will not exceed 24 hours, with the maximum period for away matches being 72 hours.– Economic consideration for the player of 15% of the agreed price in case of transfer or image rights (needs the agreement between the parties). In the latter case, it is established that for a player who exploits her image rights in her own name, the amount that the club satisfies her for the use of her image, name or figure for economic purposes will be considered a salary concept.-Compensation for death or disabling injury for any work activity. Regardless of the compensation that may correspond to the professional soccer player or his heirs, as a consequence of an accident resulting in death, absolute invalidity, which prevents him from carrying out any work activity and, provided that such event is a direct consequence of the practice of soccer under the discipline of the Club / SAD, it must indemnify it, or in its case its heirs, with € 60,000 for death, € 90,000 for absolute disability.-Prevention of workplace harassment.-Conciliation of family and professional life.-Measures in case of gender violence suffered by footballers.-Replacement program. The parties will make the best efforts to develop a soccer player relocation program at the end of their sports career.
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Mattocks scores first goal for new club in defeat
PORTLAND, Oregon, (CMC):Jamaica international Darren Mattocks scored his first goal for his new club Portland Timbers but it proved in vain as the hosts crashed to a 3-1 defeat to FC Dallas at Providence Park.The 25-year-old, who joined Portland last month after four years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, came off the bench in the 65th minute in the Wednesday night contest to pull one back for his side two minutes later, and rescue some pride after they had conceded three first-half goals.Portland now lie one from bottom in the western conference with five points from six games.FC Dallas, featuring St Kitts and Nevis international Atiba Harris, started quickly and were ahead as early as the fourth minute when Michael Barrios finished from close range.Colombian Fabian Castillo doubled the lead in the 26th minute before Tesho Akindele capitalised on a poor clearance inside the box, to force a shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.In need of a lift, Portland turned to the pacey Mattocks and he rewarded them with a well taken goal in the 67th minute.Defender Chris Klute got down the left and sent a searching ball into the box which Walker Zimmerman failed to clear. The ball fell to Mattocks who curled his shot into the upper right hand corner, from about ten yards out.Despite the strike, Portland could not find a way back and FC Dallas held onto the scoreline.
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Katrina spurs local couple to act
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSummer vacation starts May 24, and Boudreaux made sure the books were in small hands before then. The other 4,000 were divvied up between the library and classrooms. Preschoolers through second-graders attend the school, located in a low-income area. The Balls morphed their whirlwind effort into the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition, a volunteer humanitarian group made up of local businesses, organizations and individuals. The coalition, headed by the president of the local radio station, has sponsored three families who lost their homes in Rita and Hurricane Katrina, relocating them to Santa Clarita. “We thought we’d hit a home run with 20,000 books,” said Carl Goldman, president of KHTS 1220 AM radio in Canyon Country. “The ball went out of the park. Everyone grabbed hold of this project, including those in Houma (a small town in Terrebonne Parish).” Dealing with the devastation in his hometown from afar was hard for local real estate agent Frank Ball, who attended Dularge Elementary. “This was part of the healing process for us,” he said. “We just felt so helpless being here.” SANTA CLARITA – When high schoolers Frank Ball and Karen Borowski sipped milkshakes in the small Louisiana town 35 years ago, they thought about rock music and independence, but never envisioned books floating off the shelves of school libraries decades later in the wake of Hurricane Rita. The Santa Clarita residents, now married, acted quickly after the storm touched down Sept. 24, raising more than $22,000, and on May 5 they sent more than 97,000 donated books to refill shelves at six schools in Terrebonne Parish, a town about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans. Floodwaters destroyed the homes of a third of Dularge Elementary School’s 170 students, but the school remained intact. And school officials donated half of the 8,000 gift books they received to individual children. “Some families have lost everything,” said Joan Boudreaux, the Dularge school librarian. “It’s like Christmas in May. (The children) are thrilled.” His wife, Karen, a second-grade teacher at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School in Canyon Country – who grew up in Houma – helped launch Kids Helping Kids, whose fundraiser CD helped buy school uniforms for children hit by a double whammy: They were taking refuge from Hurricane Katrina when Hurricane Rita struck just a month later. A total of 160 Fair Oaks second-graders sang along to a music track of “Louisiana 1927,” a tale about the year’s historic flood, revised to tell the story of deadly Katrina. “I think this is something they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives, that they helped children,” Karen Ball said. “That’s what it was all about, kids helping kids.” She wove a Louisiana history lesson into each practice. The hurricanes died down, but the coalition’s intensity has not. Schools in the local Sulphur Springs School District have adopted storm-damaged schools in Terrebonne Parish, and coalition members are mulling over disaster preparedness in Santa Clarita and more outreach programs. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs SUPER DONEGAL KNOCK TYRONE OFF THEIR PERCH TO WIN IN CLONES
DESPITE some dreadful Tyrone tactics and poor refereeing decisions, a gritty Donegal today knocked Tyrone off their perch – and booked a place in Ulster SFC Final against Derry.In an action packed game at Clones, Donegal’s Colm McFadden – arguably playing the best football of his career – was the Tir Chonaill man who took a superb goal in the second half to set up the win.And although Tyrone equalised with just seconds of normal time left, the brilliant Dermot Molloy sealed the win with a fantastic goal in injury time – winning 2-06 to 0-9! There were wild celebrations among the Donegal players and fans among the 20,000 fans at Clones.All across the park Donegal were men against boys, Neil McGee and Karl Lacey were superb.And Jim McGuinness may have been criticised for his tactics, but his tactics worked superbly today.“I’m delighted for all the players but we have to focus now on the final,” he said calmly afterwards. Donegal now play Derry in the Ulster Final in three weeks time.In the 53rd minute Donegal were denied a clear penalty when the referee penalised McFadden for over-carrying when he was clearly rugby-tackled from behind.But just two minutes later McFadden scored a superb goal after brilliant work by Karl Lacey.Kevin Hughes was sent off in the 61st minute for punching a Donegal player and the referee had no choice but to send off the Tyrone player.It was more than deserved – Tyrone had been commiting foul after foul, pulling jerseys and hitting Donegal players high. For all their dominance in the first half, Tyrone led by just two points 0-6 to 0-4.Veteran Owen Mulligan opened the scoring for Tyrone but Mickey Harte’s side were reduced to taking long shots at goal as Donegal put men behind the ball.By the 11th minute Tyrone were three points up as Philip Joran hit over from 40 yards.A couple of minutes later and it was 0-4 to no score as Brian Dooher pointed from all of 35 yards. It took 17-year-old Patrick McBrearty to get Donegal on the scoresheet when he hit a superb point from a tight angle against the breeze – and 30 yards out – in the 16th minute.As Donegal played defence, Tyrone hit wide after wide.However they hit two more points from Cavanagh and O’Neill.With Donegal five points adrift, it was looking bad for the Donegal lads.But with three minutes left to the break Donegal began something of a fightback. McBrearty won the ball, passed to Kevin Rafferty who hit a superb point from all of 35 yards.When McFadden scored a point from a free just after the deficit is reduced to just three points – 0-6 to 0-3.Tyrone moved forward but after beating back a Stephen O’Neill effort on goal, Donegal swept forward and Kevin Cassidy pointed to leave it 0-6 to 0-4 at half time.And Donegal came roaring back in the second half – bagging two goals…to finally knock Tyrone off their perch.MORE REACTION LATER TONIGHTSUPER DONEGAL KNOCK TYRONE OFF THEIR PERCH TO WIN IN CLONES was last modified: June 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalTyroneUlster SFC semi-final
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs WOMAN KILLED AFTER HER CAR HITS A DITCH
An elderly driver was killed when her car hit a ditch last night.An elderly woman died after her car hit a ditch outside Ballyshannon.Charlotte Naylor, who was 72, died following the accident near Ballyshannon just after 10pm.Mrs Naylor, who was travelling alone in the car, died after her car hit a ditch in Cloghore, near Ballyshannon, at about 10.20pm last night. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to Sligo General Hospital.The road is currently closed for an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.Gardaí have asked for witnesses to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071-9858530, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800-666-111 or any garda station.Mrs Naylor lived in Belleek with her son George and her daughter-in-law Valerie where they run a restaurant. WOMAN KILLED AFTER HER CAR HITS A DITCH was last modified: July 11th, 2014 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:BallyshannoncrashdeathDITCHdonegal
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs SWEET SIXTEEN RECEIVE SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AT LETTERKENNY IT
Pictured at the presentation of Sports Scholarships in Letterkenny IT on Monday are (Back) Danny Gallagher, Jordan Toland, Cathal McDaid, Darragh Gallagher, Anthony Browne, Daire McDaid, (Middle) John Kelly, Brian Howley, Lee Scanlon, Peter Doherty, Prionsais O’Lionan, Tommy Kerr, Shaun Wogan, (Front) Cathy DeWard, Fiona Kelly, Student Union Administrator, Billy Bennett, Registrar, Paul Hannigan, President, Tanya Russell, President Student Union, Paddy Gallagher, Sports Officer and Gemma Glackin.Letterkenny IT has awarded Sports Scholarships to 16 students.The award of sports scholarships took place on Monday 23 February at a lunchtime presentation in the Radisson Blu Hotel.Sports Scholarships were awarded to the following students of the institute. John Kelly, Athletics, Shot Putt, from St Johnston. John is a national champion in the event.Simon Archer, Athletics, High Jump, U23 indoor champion and a silver medalist in the national senior High Jump this year and is a native of Templemore, Co Tipperary.Rugby; Danny Gallagher, Letterkenny, who has played at scrum half for the institute.Jordan Toland , Ramelton, (Soccer) a Swilly Rovers player, Cathal McDaid, (Soccer) Letterkenny, who is a Finn Harps U19 player , Peter Doherty, (Soccer) Clonmany a player with Cockhill Celtic and who has recently been selected for the Irish Colleges representative team this year. Daragh Gallagher, Glenties, GAA team captain, in Letterkenny IT, Anthony Browne from Drumkeen, (GAA), a half forward and a former member of Donegal U21 panel, Daire McDaid, (GAA), from Termon who is a skilled dual player in soccer and GAA, Brian Howley, (GAA), Breaffy, Co Mayo, a member of the Mayo club and a most influential player for the institute. Thomas Kerr, (GAA), who hails from Ballybay, Co . Monaghan, and was a member of the Monaghan GAA Senior panel in 2014.Lee Scanlon, (Hurling), Killygordon, a member of the institute Hurling team and also St.Eunan’s hurling team and a member of the Donegal County squad, 2012-14.Prionsais O’ Lionnain, (Hurling), a member of the St Eunan’s GAA team and a Young Player of the year in 2013 with the St Eunan’s club. Shaun Wogan, Basketball, who is a member of the Letterkenny IT Basketball Club for the past 4 years and previous scholarship winner.Gemma Glackin, a member of the Ladies GAA County squad and Cathy De Ward a member of the Ladies GAA County squad at U 14 to Minor level and a 3rd year student of Business at the institute.The awards were presented by Paul Hannigan, President, Letterkenny IT who commended the students on their achievements and also paid tribute to the efforts of the staff and coaches who assisted in the development of sports in the institute. SWEET SIXTEEN RECEIVE SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AT LETTERKENNY IT was last modified: February 25th, 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:donegalLetterkenny ITsports scholarships
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Cara House shines a light on goodwill from Letterkenny businesses
As Michael and Martin of ‘Helping Hands’ deliver the last of the Christmas hampers and gifts, Cara House wishes to thank all the businesses in Letterkenny that have helped to support the Letterkenny Community throughout the year.Helping Hands is a special initiative at Cara House which helps all age groups of the community. If you are unable for any reason to complete those small jobs around the house (indoors or outdoors), you can let the Helping Hands team do them for you at a reduced price.A special thanks goes out to: G8 FitnessOptum and Pramerica volunteersLetterkenny Lions ClubAldiLidlChill Out CafePeggy’s CafeStation House HotelDillon’s HotelMarks and Spencer’sWholegreen Wellness CentreZona Dance.Cara House would also like to thank all the volunteers in the Befriending, Dancing and Afterschool Services – not forgetting the staff!They wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.Cara House shines a light on goodwill from Letterkenny businesses was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:CARA HOUSECHristmasdonegalletterkennyThanks
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs This talented pop star is performing at NHL All-Star Game in San Jose
CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The 2019 NHL All-Star Game will offer up more than just such well-known hockey players as Erik Karlsson, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews.The event will also feature Bebe Rexha, the increasingly popular pop singer known for such hits as “I’m a Mess” and “Meant to Be,” and for gloriously taking on the Hollywood fashion industry.The league announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that the 29-year-old Rexha will …
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Christmas brings many reasons to smile for poinsettia growers
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every job has its ups and downs, but Brett Cuthbert admits that it is hard to get too frustrated when surrounded by thousands of beautiful flowers — especially around the holidays with acres of poinsettias under glass. “If you’re having a bad day you can walk into the greenhouse and see flowers,” Cuthbert said. “You have to love what you do and being able to see flowers every day certainly isn’t bad.”Brett is part of the third generation to run Cuthbert Greenhouse, Inc., in Franklin County that specializes in wholesale production of a wide variety of plants. The greenhouse business was started in 1951 to supply starter plants for the family’s 30-acre farm near Groveport. The operation has grown to two locations with 13 acres under glass and a small retail market. They primarily sell to Kroger, Giant Eagle, Kmart and other large retailers in the Columbus area.“We try to stay within 150-mile radius around Columbus most of the time,” he said. “We do go outside of that some, but that gets us in all of Ohio out to Indiana, Pittsburg and West Virginia. We do not typically go into Michigan much.”Of course, Easter and Mother’s Day are vitally important to the business but there is not much more stunning than when the greenhouses are filled wall-to-wall with the holiday hues of popular poinsettias this time of year. They sell between 150,000 and 170,000 poinsettias a year in 4.5-inch, 6.5-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch pot sizes, with the 6.5-inch size being the most popular.One of the most significant challenges with poinsettia production is anticipating what the newest trends will be in the quickly changing retail market.“We have to order our cuttings in February and trying to guess what the retailers want and how many they want the following Christmas can be tough. Will they switch something? It is not like manufacturing where they can tell you three weeks ahead of time and things can be changed,” Cuthbert said. “We place our initial order based on the previous year and then talk to customers about any changes they are considering. You have to have open communication with your customers to make sure you are supplying what they need. Sometimes it is a pure guess. Then, we always try to produce around 10% more than what we know we are going to need. Some of that extra production is due to plant loss that we will have and some is due to people wanting to change things. You need to sell everything you have grown, so you do not want to produce too many. It is a real balancing act.”Painted and glitter covered poinsettias are a recent trend for buyers.In general, the trends are fairly stable for poinsettias, but the details can change quite a bit with new varieties and shifting customer demand.“We buy un-rooted cuttings for three or four different reds and then we have marbles, pinks, whites and others. We usually have around 20 different varieties tailored around what is the best for us and what our customers want,” Cuthbert said. “Red is always the bulk of our poinsettias — around 75% of what we sell. I personally like the ones that are a little different.”White and pink poinsettias are increasingly popular because they are the most common colors for painting, which is a current trend.“We are doing more painting with floral paint and glitter. That is becoming more popular. It started five or six years ago and it has been growing more and more,” he said. “When we are painting them, it is on a white poinsettia 90% of the time. You can’t do it with spray paint. You have to use floral paint that lets the plants breathe. Floral paint has an alcohol base so a lot of it evaporates off. After you paint it and let it dry, you spray it with watered down glue and sprinkle the plants with glitter. It is a long drawn out process.”The cuttings for the poinsettias begin arriving in June and are started based on the desired end size and sale date of the plants.“After we get the cuttings we stick them in oasis to root them out for two to three weeks. Then we transfer the plant to a pot with our standard soil mix and wait until that roots out to the edge of the pots. To determine the number of bracts, which are the sets of colored leaves, you have to take a pinch off its top and that makes it fuller. If you pinch it too low you won’t have enough leaves. We do that around six weeks after we start them,” he said. “You have to grow the products to the correct specs for the customer. You have to make sure it is the right size with the right number of bracts. If it doesn’t meet those specs we leave it behind and we only sell the ones that meet the criteria. For an 8-inch pot, for example, you want at least 15 bracts. If you have too few it can hurt you. More is OK. An 8-inch pot and 10-inch pot have three plants and the smaller pots have two. You have to grow what the customer wants.”Poinsettias are among the more costly plants produced in the greenhouse due to the supplemental heat they require.“The poinsettia demand for us really depends on how many people are growing poinsettias. You have to heat all of these greenhouses and that cost often determines if people will grow them or not. We use natural gas for heat,” he said. “Poinsettias and the spring crops cost more to produce because of the heating costs we have.”The plants have to be carefully managed to maintain consistent quality.“When you water poinsettias you can’t get water on the leaves, so we have them on drip irrigation or ebb and flow bench irrigation where the water comes up from the bottom,” he said. “When you see a poinsettia you want a nice pristine leaf. Water leaves spots.“Insects can be a problem with poinsettias too. You just have to be diligent with them. White fly is the main pest. You just have to stay on top of it with your spray program. You can get botrytis if they sit wet. We have a fungicide in our soil medium to prevent problems with that. We always need to use new pots and fresh soil because you do not want to bring something in. When it gets to the store we can’t control it, so we need to do what we can to prevent problems after the plants leave here.”After months in the greenhouse, the sales season starts in mid-November as the plants assume their final hues.Water can leave unsightly spots on poinsettias.“Different varieties color up differently. Later varieties take longer to turn colors. You can also trick them with black cloth to give them shorter days and longer nights. They are photosensitive and that will make them turn faster if you need them really early. For most of them we don’t do that,” he said. “When they’re ready, we pull poinsettias one day and ship them to the store the next day. You don’t want a live plant sitting in a box for more than a few days.”The vast majority of the plants go to large retailers, but some are sold to smaller retailers, organizations and churches as well.“Fundraisers are really good for fall and Christmas so we do them with mums and poinsettias. We sell them at wholesale cost and then they can add $2 to $5 to them and raise money. Prices for us depend on the order size,” Cuthbert said. “We ship poinsettias until Dec. 24 when we take some to churches who want them for Christmas.”If they have too large of a supply, they can usually find someone who needs poinsettias and, likewise, when the Cuthberts come up short, they can usually find what they need.“The greenhouse industry is about friendly competition. If we need something we can buy it from somewhere else and if others need something they buy it from us. We help each other out,” he said. “Last year we ran short on 8-inch and 10- inch plants and we had to go to Cleveland to find them, but we have also had extra production where we have shipped to Texas in the past.”Cuthbert, his brother and cousin run the business with the help of up to nearly 50 seasonal employees at different points during the year. There are certainly challenges in keeping their market-savvy and budget-conscious retail customers happy, but even on the toughest days the Cuthberts have acres of reasons to smile.
Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Basis worth watching this winter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileCorn basis for fall 2019 and into January-March 2020 has been relatively flat for months. Numerous Ohio locations have the nearby corn basis at anywhere from 10 to 40 cents over the December CBOT. Flat price levels from fall into January often only provided a gain of 10 to 15 cents compared to that of past years when the gain could have approached 30 cents or more. Producers seem content to sock as much corn away as possible into home storage bins with the anticipation of higher prices down the road. Soybean basis on the other hand late October and early November saw improvements in numerous facilities across Ohio of 10 to 20 cents for nearby delivery as the harvest wound to completion. Also, deliveries for January to March had basis improvement of 5 to 10 cents.Demand bears have been most pleased to see corn prices stall and retreat the last two weeks of October. Corn then made several new 30-day lows multiple days the first week of November. Supply bulls were most disappointed USDA only made a change of 1.4 bushels in the U.S. corn yield with the Nov. 8 WASDE report. Producers and analysts have commented for weeks that the last 40% of the U.S. corn harvest will see a reduction, perhaps even a sharp reduction, in the U.S. corn yield. It was somewhat common for producers to see a decline in yields when comparing their first harvested corn acres to the last third.December CBOT corn continues to be in a trading range of $3.70 to $4 following its rally back over $4 when it reached $4.02 very briefly on Oct. 14. Since then funds have continued to add to their short positions, convinced that the demand bear story is entrenched for several months. Producers seem content to wait for prices above $4.10. End users look to add additional coverage if prices dip back to the low $3.60s. U.S. corn exports continue to shrink from projections in May when USDA estimated they would reach 2.275 billion bushels. The Nov. 8 report saw a decline of 50 million bushels. In addition, October had a decline of 150 million bushels. South America corn acres planted in their spring, (our fall) were above those of the previous year. Weather forecasts for this winter range all over the board from colder than normal with at least average snowfall amounts to very mild this winter. Don’t be surprised with the potential for huge temperature and precipitation extremes for the next three months. Producers will need to be paying attention to weekly forecasts for grain deliveries from December into early March in order to keep grain moving on the scheduled timetable. Trade talks between the U.S. and China are making progress according to reports early November with several phases likely extending well into 2020. It’s no secret China wants to see the talks continue beyond the 2020 U.S. Presidential election as they anticipate a much better trade deal should President Trump not be reelected.