December 24

Top Two MVC Softball Teams Set To Play This Weekend At Ron Buel Field

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference softball standings are set to play this weekend when Drake hosts Southern Illinois in a three-game series starting Saturday with a single game at 2 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Sunday with game one scheduled for a 11 a.m. first pitch.Free live stats and video stream for the games will be available in the team’s schedule page at First-place Drake is 16-11 overall and 6-0 in MVC games while second-place SIU is 20-8 and 5-0 in MVC games. In conference play, the Bulldogs won three games each over Evansville and Indiana State while the Salukis won three over Illinois State and then took two over Loyola with the final game against the Ramblers rained out. Last week, Drake pounded out 52 hits and scored 52 runs in a non-conference doubleheader split against South Dakota State and the sweep of Indiana State as the team went 4-1. All three games against the Sycamores lasted just five innings courtesy of the Bulldogs’ blistering offense and solid pitching. Junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) was outstanding at the plate in the five games, batting .556 (10-of-18) with two doubles, four home runs, 10 runs scored, 14 five runs batted in along with a 1.333 slugging and a .579 on-base percentage on her way to being named MVC Player of the Week on Monday. Sowa had a career day in the second game of the series with three home runs, including a grand slam, along with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI. On the season, Sowa is batting .322 and is second on the team in home runs with five along with a team-leading 26 RBI. Freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) blistered the softball last week with a .692 batting average (9-of-13) with two home runs, six RBI, six walks and 10 runs scored. Frank added a 1.154 slugging and a .789 on-base percentage as she was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time already this season. On the season, Frank is hitting a team-leading .368 along with a team-high seven home runs and is second on the team in RBI with 20. The series between Drake and SIU will feature two of the best pitchers in the league. For Drake, sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2015, is having a great second season with a 12-5 overall record and a 2.45 earned run average with a league-leading 121 strikeouts. SIU counters with freshman Brianna Jones who leads the MVC in wins with 15 and ERA at 1.41. Jones has already been named MVC Pitcher of the Week three times. Following the MVC series against SIU, Drake will host in-state foe Iowa State on April 5 for a single game at 5 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

December 18

Time to give your sprayer some TLC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer any more than necessary. Find ways to protect them against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro­tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. How about the pump, the heart of a sprayer? You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing.The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover.Here are some suggestions you may want to follow as you prepare the sprayer for storage: When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.It is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tanks, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure there is no leftover spray mixture in the tank. Dispose of it according to the chemical label, and rinse the system with some sort of a rinsing solution. Usually a mixture of one to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned weeks ago, right after the last spraying job was done.Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high pressure washer can be used, if avail­able. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad.Drain all cleaning water from all parts to prevent freezing.To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option.Pumps require special care. After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces.  Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recom­mended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained.Cover openings so that insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system.Finally, check the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension Agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

December 15

Amazon Prime Stalks Netflix, Hulu With Zombieland Pilot

first_imgRelated Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dan rowinski 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Amazon#Internet TV 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… The time to cut the cord on cable television has never been better. Between Netflix and Hulu Plus, consumers are treated to a variety of original programming financed and produced not by mega studios but by digital content companies that have little interest of seeding their content to cable channels. Netflix’s House of Cards has been a critical success and Hulu has some sleeper hits like Battleground.With the investment in original content from its top competitors, Amazon will not be left behind.Amazon today announced that it is picking up the pilot to Zombieland, a television series adaption from the movie staring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. The move to pick up Zombieland is part of a larger original content play from Amazon as the company has promised to produce 13 series from a variety of pilots. Amazon is specifically focusing on comedy and children’s programming for its original content.Zombieland and other pilots from Amazon will be featured on its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Amazon will pick the 13 series from its array of pilots based on user feedback.The Zombieland series will be produced by the movie’s original creative team including writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The roles occupied by the likes of Harrelson and Stone have been recast to Kirk Ward and Maiara Walsh, respectively.Zombies are all the rage right now. The Walking Dead is killing it on cable. The adaptation of Max Brook’s novel World War Z is coming to the big screen in June with Brad Pitt.Content Marketing At Its BestPeople started scratching their heads a few years ago when companies like Netflix and Hulu started bidding on original series from prominent production companies. Why would Netflix spend millions of dollars to obtain House of Cards? Or make one final season of Arrested Development? This was not the business model we had come to expect from these companies. Netflix traditionally licensed content from the archives of major studios for its streaming service, not created its own. As the original programming has come to the screen, the play has made a lot more sense. House of Cards has a lot of people talking and the only way to see it is to have a Netflix streaming account. Users will have to get a Amazon Prime account to see the likes of Zombieland. Essentially, these original programs are giant marketing ploys. When it comes down to it, the point of marketing is to get people talking about your product. When people talk about your product, there is a chance they will actually spend money to use it. House of Cards certainly has people talking. If Zombieland the series is as good as Zombieland the movie, Amazon could see an uptick in Prime customers.HBO has been doing this for years, from Oz to the Sopranos to Game Of Thrones. The difference now is that you do not need a cable subscription to get great exclusive programming.Great For Cord CuttersFor consumers, the original content wars are the best thing to happen to television since the cable wars erupted in the 1980s. For the first time, television watchers are able to get true a la carte viewing options, choosing from here or there for what they want to watch as opposed to choosing various “bundles” of channels from the cable companies. Consumers that want to rid themselves of the monthly cable bill will have plenty of content to choose from and not just the shows that aired years before. In the end, everybody wins (except for, maybe, the cable companies). Lead image courtesy Shutterstock.last_img read more