Why I don’t believe rates should be going up Tags: NULL KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Sunday 20 February 2011 10:58 pm The Bank of England releases its latest minutes this week and so the great rate debate continues. Will anybody have joined Andrew Sentance and Martin Weale in voting to hike? Many argue raising domestic rates can’t curb imported inflation but Sentance points out it might strengthen sterling, which would help. In practice, every currency analyst I’ve asked dismisses lasting appreciation of the pound from higher base rates. Sentance also argues the output gap is less than imagined by doves. I agree, but only because most experts, including current and ex-MPC members, tell me you can’t measure it. In which case output gaps as an argument for doing anything is hopeless. Employment fell in the fourth quarter, wage growth is sluggish, broad money growth restrained (around two per cent), bank lending constrained (Barclays has cut asset finance to firms with a turnover of under £5m), house prices stagnant (at best) and mortgage lending abysmal. Oh, yes, and we’re about to launch an cutback in government spending with more tax rises. So against that backdrop, what’s the argument for raising rates? Not to cure imported inflation in two years’ time, but credibility. If people begin to think the Bank is no longer committed to the inflation target, then it’s game over for monetary credibility. But credibility with who? The holders of over 11m mortgages, of which an ever greater number are pegged to variable rates? If credibility is the only reason for putting up rates then we’ve already lost it. Supporters of higher rates, including the editor of this publication, also say they have to rise at some point from this emergency base, so you may as well start now. True, if you assume there’s no risk from a tightening cycle. But as we saw in last week’s Channel 4 news report on food banks, many families are on the verge of financial meltdown. Rate rises now could have a disastrous impact on sentiment, that quickly translates into something far worse. At that point the political pressure on the government to offset tighter monetary policy with less austerity will be overwhelming. The reality is we’re no longer discussing whether monetary policy can impact inflation – we’re arguing over whether we maintain the pretence that it can. The narrow two per cent inflation target (plus or minus one per cent) is out of date. We should change the remit to one similar to the Fed, including growth and employment – and let us stop discussing making futile gestures purely for the sake of appearance. Ross Westgate is co-anchor of CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange. Tweet @rosswestgate
Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) 2002 annual report.Company ProfileTotal Petroleum Ghana Limited supplies petroleum and allied products for vehicles with petrol and diesel engines as well as fuel and fuel oil for the aviation, marine and mining sectors in Ghana. The company also supplies a range of automotive lubricants and special fuels including racing fuels and lubricants, biocides, industry fuels, refining additives and performance additives. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited offers expertise and services to support the mining supply chain which include a fluid analysis laboratory, fuel management system, filtration and contamination management, mobile tank solutions, on-site refueling, road transport safety and solar energy solutions. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ghanstock Limited. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileP.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is an investment company that was established as a liability company. P.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) 2016 annual report.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Catherine Cheek says: Bishops United Against Gun Violence issued a full statement on the massacre in the afternoon, offering not only prayers but also a call to political action on the issue of gun violence.“It is entirely reasonable in the wake of mass killings perpetrated by murderers with assault weapons to ask lawmakers to remove such weapons from civilian hands. It is imperative to ask why, as early as this very week, Congress is likely to pass a bill making it easier to buy silencers,” the statement says, noting that silencers make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to detect gunfire as shootings are unfolding.Jennings, the House of Deputies president, echoed that call to political action based on the Episcopal Church’s values.“In 2015, General Convention passed resolution C005, titled ‘Implement Laws to Decrease Gun Violence,’ which includes a call to ban the sale of assault weapons to civilians,” she said. “May we have the strength to put our words into actions so that the lawmakers who represent us in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the land will enact sensible legislation that can prevent guns from falling into the hands of people whose hearts are torn with hatred, violence, and despair.”Some members of Bishops United spoke with Edwards in the morning by conference call, offering their support.“We assured him of our prayers and then we offered him any assistance that we as bishops could provide to him or the diocese of Nevada as they attend pastorally or otherwise to the victims of this massacre,” said Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, one of the Bishops United conveners.Douglas helped form Bishops United Against Gun Violence after the 2012 massacre of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The group now totals more than 70 bishops, who have pushed for gun reform legislation to help prevent future mass shootings.The bishops’ statement on the Las Vegas said that, as clichéd as it has become, Christians must offer “thoughts and payers.” They must pray for all who have been touched by the Las Vegas massacre and “by our country’s cripplingly frequent outbursts of lethal gun violence.”“We must look into our own hearts and examine the ways in which we are culpable or complicit in the gun violence that surrounds us every day,” the bishops wrote.They also said that Christians must act and “engage in the debates that shape how Americans live and die, especially when they die due to violence or neglect.” However, Christians must understand that a comprehensive solution to gun violence “will not simply be a matter of changing laws, but of changing lives.”“Our country is feasting on anger that fuels rage, alienation and loneliness. From the White House to the halls of Congress to our own towns and perhaps at our own tables, we nurse grudges and resentments rather than cultivating the respect, concern and affection that each of us owes to the other,” the bishops said. “The leaders who should be speaking to us of reconciliation and the justice that must precede it too often instead stoke flames of division and mistrust. We must, as a nation, embrace prayerful resistance before our worse impulses consume us.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, also issued a statement in reaction to the deadly violence.“This morning, my heart broke once again to learn about another mass shooting in the United States,” she said in part, offering her prayers for the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, with their deputies, and Bishop Dan Edwards.The Roman Catholic Guardian Angel Cathedral is scheduled to host a prayer service for victims and their families at 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada will hold a service at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Christ Church, the Episcopal church closest to the Las Vegas strip where the shooting happened.Edwards, who will preach at the Oct. 3 service, told Episcopal News Service by phone that his office reached out to the chaplain at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center to offer Episcopal clergy members to supplement the hospital’s own pastoral care. The diocese offered the same to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and other first responders. Edwards did not yet have information on how many Episcopal priests and deacons had volunteered.And with authorities saying blood supplies are running low in the massacre’s aftermath, the Diocese of Nevada plans to include a call for blood donations in its communications to Episcopalians in the state.“It’s heartbreaking for the victims and all those affected by this particular tragedy,” Edwards said. “It’s also heartbreaking for our society, that this keeps happening.”News of the massacre developed overnight Oct. 1, and by morning it was clear the shooting at an outdoor country music concert was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. Authorities said the gunman fired down on the crowd from a room on the 32nd floor of nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, sending concertgoers fleeing.As of midday Oct. 2, the death toll was at 58, with more than 500 estimated injured. The gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, later was found dead in the room, apparently after killing himself. Authorities also said he was found with more than 19 rifles.Bishops United Against Gun Violence is calling on churches everywhere to toll their bells Oct. 3 at the same time, 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) in solidarity. The number of bell tolls will mirror the number of dead reported at that time.Edwards, a member of Bishops United, said there are no simple reasons that the United States continues to see so many mass shootings, though he added there is a compelling case for looking toward the availability of assault weapons and the ability to possess them in numbers beyond what would be needed for legitimate personal use.He also pointed to the social problems of loneliness, isolation and disconnection, factors that he said are all too common in Nevada.“It’s not the guns alone. It’s the veneration of violence in our society,” Edwards said. “Our societal embrace of violence as a response to any form of unhappiness is a very serious spiritual concern. The churches have the primary responsibility for converting America away from the veneration of violence back to the prince of peace.”It was too early to say whether members of local Episcopal congregations were among the victims or their families, though Edwards said an Episcopal priest’s son was one of the police officers who responded to the scene. The priest stayed up into the early morning until hearing that his son was OK.The Rev. Barry Vaughn, rector at Christ Church, has not yet heard of anyone else in his congregation affected by the massacre, but a message on the church Facebook page invited parishioners to call or stop by if they need to talk to someone.“I think everyone is just stunned by it right now,” Vaughn told Episcopal News Service. “The best thing that we can do is to reach out and love people who are affected by it. This sort of thing, it’s like a natural disaster. It can’t be predicted.“It comes out of nowhere, although it doesn’t exactly come out of nowhere,” Vaughn said, echoing Edwards’ concern about the prevalence of guns in American society.Reaction and condolences have been pouring in from all corners of the church, from the primates meeting underway in Canterbury to former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who previously served as the bishop of the Diocese of Nevada.“Prayers are ascending for all in the midst of this carnage at Mandalay Bay,” she said in an emailed statement. “When, oh when, will we begin to limit the availability of weapons of mass destruction and death?“May the souls of all the departed rest in peace, may the injured find healing, may all the responders find courage and strength, and may all of us know that God is to be found even in the midst of this evil.”Also on Oct. 2, Curry prayed during Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral: “We come to you tonight, Lord, with sorrow in our hearts for 58 of your children are no longer with us. And some 500 of your children are hurting physically and emotionally. And, one of your children took their life. They are all our sisters. They are all our brothers. They’re all your children.” Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 FBI agents ride an armored vehicle to a staging area on Oct. 2 after a mass shooting during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Las Vegas Sun via Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Leaders of the Anglican Communion called the weekend massacre in Las Vegas “truly shocking” in a statement released from Canterbury, England, by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as faith leaders mobilize outreach efforts in the wake of the shooting, which killed at least 58 and injured hundreds more.Clergy members in the Las Vegas area are providing pastoral care for victims and emergency personnel, memorial worship services are planned for this week, and a group of Episcopal bishops is organizing a nationwide effort to toll church bells Oct. 3 in memory of the dead.“We are praying for the families and friends of those who have died and for the many people who have been wounded,” Curry said Oct. 2 in a video delivering the statement released by the primates, who are gathered in Canterbury. “We remember, too, everyone else caught up in this tragedy – including the emergency services (first responders). We pray that the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with the people of Las Vegas as they endure this trauma.” Gun Violence, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Primates Meeting 2017 Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Primates Meeting, Tags Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ October 5, 2017 at 8:11 am The episcopal church opposes gun violence but it has no moral authority because it pro-actively promotes and encourages children and young people to reject Holy Scripture and practice sexual immorality and debauchery. The purpose and mission of the episcopal church is to publicly advocate sexual gratification and rebellion against God. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 2:40 1:59 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Anglican primates offer prayers for Las Vegas as Episcopal leaders mobilize after massacre An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ben Quinten says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN Las Vegas shooting, Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (3) Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Bishops United Against Gun Violence, October 12, 2017 at 7:07 am Ben Q – why are you so angry? This is so obviously not true that it cries out for help. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Submit a Press Release October 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm Thank you, and God’s peace and blessings for us all. Pray, and then pray, and then pray even more. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI By David PaulsenPosted Oct 2, 2017 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Jessie jeffress says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
ArchDaily Projects 2013 Japan “COPY” A-2 House / Architect ShowSave this projectSaveA-2 House / Architect Show 2013 Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/531427/a-2-house-architect-show Clipboard Architects: Architect Show Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/531427/a-2-house-architect-show Clipboard Save this picture!© Toshihisa Ishii+ 31 Share Houses CopyHouses•Fukuoka, Japan Year: photographs: Toshihisa IshiiPhotographs: Toshihisa IshiiText description provided by the architects. A2-house which has another name [shell house] was built in Fukuoka city. Site is located on the area where there are crowed by residences and shops. North of site is contact with a busy industrial road.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreTo satisfy the needs of owner [A house that family can live in safely], this design’s main concept is protecting family from various neighboring environment of the site.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiTo protect the privacy and mitigate traffic noise, I set no opening on outer wall of north side faced to the road. In addition, I pushed out a white wall diagonally on a road to emphasize the beautiful wooden wall and leave people a deep impression.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiHouse is retreated from the road in 2600 mm to plant trees in order to harmonize architecture and environment. When a car entries the house, it is needed to use remote-control to open overslide door. By this way, it enhances ability of crime prevention and owner can entry house safely from entrance.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiThere is a big light court terrace contacted with living room and dining room on the south of house. Family and children can play safely outside in the light court. It makes the space a whole feeling by setting a window of large openness is set between light court and living room & dining room. So family can enjoy themselves there.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiIn addition, I designed another smaller light court opposite to it and all rooms inside the house have a good quality of brightness and ventilation. I used a window that can protect privacy from outside on smaller light court so they can feel the seasons, changes of daytime, rain, wind etc. by themselves.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiOpposite to the exclusive feeling of road side, you may enjoy open and bright space when you enter inner of A2-house [shell house]. I hope owners spend a pleasant time in the house by feeling the benefits of nature and changes of seasons. Project gallerySee allShow lessThe Solution To Pollution Is…The Rooftops?Architecture NewsHamersley Road Residence / Studio53Selected Projects Share Area: 195 m² Area: 195 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” A-2 House / Architect Show Photographs CopyAbout this officeArchitect ShowOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFukuokaHousesJapanPublished on July 31, 2014Cite: “A-2 House / Architect Show” 31 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Bowel Research UK launches today (29 September) following the merger of Bowel Disease Research Foundation and Bowel & Cancer Research.The two have merged to focus resources and expertise. Between them, the two charities have more than 50 years’ experience and have invested more than £9 million in research over the last ten years.As Bowel Research UK, the charity has committed to a £1million funding target for early-stage research into bowel conditions over the next 12-18 months.Most recently, Bowel Research UK has been involved in CovidSurg, an international collaboration covering 88 countries, 1032 centres, and more than 52,300 patients to understand the outcomes of Covid-19 infected patients who undergo surgery.Professor Charles Knowles, Chair of the Grants Committee at Bowel Research UK, commented:“Bowel Research UK has committed to a target of £1m for new research and we encourage early career researchers specialising in bowel disease to apply for this funding. We believe that, by investing in our scientific and medical communities today, a cure for bowel cancer and effective treatments to mitigate, or entirely eradicate, other bowel diseases are entirely possible in the future.”Bowel Research UK CEO, Rebecca Porta, added: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 528 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: merger Bowel charities merge to launch Bowel Research UK “More than 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK, and an increasing number are impacted by life-changing bowel conditions, making the work of Bowel Research UK more critical than ever. Our patient-driven research will help deliver much-needed improvements in diagnosis, treatment and care.” 527 total views, 2 views today Melanie May | 29 September 2020 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Over 400 lawyers rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, Dec. 7.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of immigrants in courthouses have skyrocketed since the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. So, on Nov. 28, when agents with ICE snatched defendant Genaro Rojas Hernández in a Brooklyn Criminal Court hallway, dozens of Legal Aid lawyers responded in protest. These are the lawyers who most frequently defend low-income immigrants, documented or undocumented.The lawyers spontaneously stormed out of the court and marched to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. They demanded a policy to prevent court staff from collaborating with ICE agents in seizing immigrants who’ve had to come to court.On Dec. 7, over 400 attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, the New York County Defender Services, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem rallied on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest these shocking seizures. They issued a joint statement expressing concern about “the proliferation of ICE courthouse arrests since January.”Speakers at the rally called on the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to take immediate action to limit federal immigration enforcement’s ability to arrest clients in or around courthouses. The action was labor-union initiated by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/United Auto Workers Local 2325.Official OCA statistics counted Hernández as the fortieth person arrested by ICE inside a New York City courthouse in 2017. But the Immigrant Defense Project, an immigrant rights and legal assistance group, puts the number at 70.National ICE internal policies direct agents to limit arrests in locations designated as “sensitive,” including schools, hospitals and churches. These policies do not cover courthouses. Local OCA guidelines allow ICE agents to conduct operations in courthouse public areas as long as agents identify themselves upon entry. Twenty seventeen is the first year that New York has tracked ICE arrests in courthouses.In Hernández’s case, one agent twice denied he was with ICE when Legal Aid attorney Rebecca Kavanagh inquired, yet moments later he assisted another agent in the arrest. At least three other court officers were involved in the arrest, despite claims by OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen that “court officers are not complicit, do not coordinate with, facilitate or impede actions by outside law enforcement, including ICE agents, when they effect an arrest inside New York state courthouses.” (law.com, Dec. 7)The Dec. 7 rally was endorsed by over 90 organizations, including unions, and community action, legal rights and immigrant rights groups. In a statement, they emphasized that “ICE’s continued presence in our courts causes fear to those that have a right under the Constitution to face any charges against them. They deter those seeking redress from the courts and our staff’s ability to provide zealous representation to their clients. The harm is immeasurable, and it only stands to grow.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Previous articleProducer Sentiment Rises Slightly in JuneNext articleRapid Corn Progress, But Rapid Disease Development Too Gary Truitt Running out of Time to Cut Corn Yields By Gary Truitt – Jul 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Running out of Time to Cut Corn YieldsDr. Chris HurtThe good condition of our corn crop has pressured prices this week, and those hoping for a summer bounce in prices due to possible yield loss are running out of time. USDA crop ratings continue to look good; thus, yield projections on corn look to be record high. Purdue Ag Economist Dr. Chris Hurt said, in a webinar on Tuesday, that the market has a very high average yield number dialed in, “The market is looking at an average soybean yield of around 50 bpa and a corn yield of 180 bpa. This would be a record, surpassing last year’s corn yield record of 176.6 bpa.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Running out of Time to Cut Corn Yields While there still are things that could happen that would reduce yields, Hurt sees very little in the way of any major weather problems in the next few weeks that will stress the crop, “Temperatures will be above normal but we have plenty of rain in the forecast so on a whole there is very little chance we will see anything that will stress this crop.” In other words, a mid-summer price bounce based on crop stress, may not happen this year. While it is still early in the growing season, Hurt says, historically, these early estimates have proven pretty accurate, “History has shown that the estimates of July 4th are about 80% correlated with the final yield number. The estimate in two weeks will be 90% correlated with final yields. So you can see we are starting to zero in on what the final yield is likely to be.” At this date, the estimates on soybeans are not quite as accurate. SHARE SHARE