Seed pricing

first_imgPine nuts: Prices from China have stabilised for now, as the positive news on the developing crop takes effect. Buyers are currently able to cover additional requirements at more attractive prices than those seen at the end of 2010. The view is that the combination of both Chinese and Russian optimal crops should secure stable and possibly easier pricing for 2012 deliveries. However, we cannot count on the weather.Pumpkin: Prices have also stabilised for this seed, as strong Chinese supply this year has produced some correction in pricing. However, increased demand from buyers across a multitude of categories has brought demand to unprecedented levels. So it’s highly unlikely prices will return to the much lower levels seen two years ago.Sunflower: As previously reported, strong demand and reduced supply from both the US and China have combined to push pricing even higher. Although weather permitting there should be strong levels of stocks available from Eastern European sources this summer, this material will not be of a quality suitable for seeds packers and manufacturing supply, but should ease the demand from the crushers to some extent.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Avalanche Escape Edition

first_imgTo call this an avalanche “escape” is a bit of a misnomer. This is more of an “almost avalanche escape to tomahawk to being swallowed to being rescued” type of situation. Extreme skier Julien Lopez drops into what appears to be a pretty tame slope…OR IS IT?!?!?Right, so this thing rips right away with an extra wide crown in the three foot range (eyeballing estimate from the video) on Lopez’s first turn. Not sure who was doing the snow report for these guys, but it was wrong, (almost) dead wrong. Lopez does the badass thing and tries to straight-line it, impressively ollieing the foam leading the charge down the mountain. At this point in the video, you’re like, “OMG, no big deal, this guy’s an extreme skier, so he’s probably good at skiing and straight-lining and out running avalanches”….OR IS HE?!?!?!The wall of snow breathing down his neck turned this pro into a gaper pretty quick as he catches an edge and tomahawks. #oppsIn the video commentary, Lopez throws out the term “lucky” a bunch. I’m not sure if the French term for lucky is the same as the English counterpart, but Lopez wasn’t lucky. There is no luck in the mountains, only preparedness and consequences. Obviously, I wasn’t there when this happened, but that slope was fantastically unstable, ripping not once, but twice with only a relatively slight load on it. Being on it was a huge mistake and should have almost cost Lopez his life. He was equipped with an airbag system, but more crucially, with a team on the scene with the knowledge and skills to extract him.This video is compelling yes, but there are lessons to be learned here too. last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Here are the top 10 players to watch in France

first_imgLet’s take a look at 10 players who are sure to make an impact: Christine Sinclair — Canada, forwardAfter spending more than 19 years on Canada’s national team, Sinclair brings an enormous amount of experience to this year’s World Cup. She’s Canada’s all-time leading scorer and she sits second on the women’s all-time scoring list with 181. She trails only American Abby Wambach (184), but that could change after France. Her impressive resume doesn’t stop there, though, as she is third all-time with 281 caps and she’s the only non-U.S. player with more than 225, according to Opta.The forward has helped Canada fight for a spot on the world stage in each of the last four World Cups. This year’s tournament may be the 35-year-old Sinclair’s last chance to win the most coveted trophy in the sport.Number 180 for Christine Sinclair. 😍 😍 #BAONPDX— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) April 5, 2019Other notable accomplishments:Two-time CONCACF Women’s Best XI (2018, 2016)14-time Canadian Female Player of the Year (2000, 2004-14, 2016, 2018)Two-time Olympic bronze medalist (London 2012, Rio 2016)Golden Boot FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2004)Golden Ball FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2002)FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup All-Star Team (2002)Alex Morgan — United States, forwardMorgan’s unique combination of athleticism, anticipation and technical ability has elevated her to the top of the game. Since joining the USWNT in 2010, she has scored 101 international goals (the sixth-most in U.S. history) in 163 caps. When she scored her 100th career USWNT goal earlier this year, she became the third-youngest player and fourth-fastest player to reach that feat.Morgan played a major role in helping the U.S. make it to the World Cup in 2011 — where she was the youngest player on the national team — and then she led her nation to a championship in 2015. It’s hard to believe Morgan’s just 29 years old with all that she’s already accomplished. She’ll certainly be one to keep a close eye on in France as she continues to build her international resume.ALEX MORGAN HAS DONE IT!!! 🙌She scores her 100th goal for the USWNT and puts 🇺🇸 on 🔝— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 5, 2019Other notable accomplishments:Olympic Gold Medal (2012)FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015), Runner-up (2011)FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Champion (2008)Four Nations Tournament Champion (2011)SheBelieves Cup (2016, 2018)CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2014, 2018)Marta — Brazil, forwardMarta Vieira da Silva has established herself as one of the greatest players the tournament has ever seen. She holds the record for most goals scored at Women’s World Cup tournaments with 15, sitting just ahead of Germany’s Birgit Prinz and the USA’s Abby Wambach, who both have 14. Marta has earned 110 international goals to make her Brazil’s leading scorer and she’s tied for seventh on the all-time scoring list. With high soccer intelligence, strength and speed, Marta is expected to carry Brazil through the 2019 tournament.  Marta scores the penalty kick for Brazil,giving her 15 all time Womens World Cup goals, the most by any player #BRA— Matthew 🤙🏼 Weber;: (@Weber514) June 10, 2015Other notable accomplishments:Two Pan American Games titles (2003, 2007)Three-time Sudamericano Femenino Champion (2003, 2010, 2018)FIFA Women’s World Cup Runner-up (2007)FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball (2007)FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe (2007)Two-time Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008)Five-time winner of FIFA World Player of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)Four-time Runner-up of FIFA World Player of the Year (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)Copa Libertadores de Futbol Femenino Golden Ball (2009)U-20 World Cup Golden Ball (2004)Megan Rapinoe — United States, forwardVeteran Rapinoe is another key player the Americans will rely on to be a strong playmaker. After joining the U.S. national team in 2006, she quickly became known for her crafty style of play on the international level. She has been a consistent scorer with 44 goals in 153 caps, and she’s known for coming up with big assists as she ranks fifth in USWNT history with 57.One of her most memorable plays came when she delivered a 45-yard cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil. Wambach then scored off a header, which eventually led to a win for the Americans.Other notable accomplishments: FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015), Runner-up (2011)Olympic gold medalist (London 2012)Four Nations Tournament Champion (2011)SheBelieves Cup Champion (2018)CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2014, 2018)Sam Kerr — Australia, forwardKerr has emerged as Australia’s first marquee player and she’s only going to bring more attention to the sport in her nation. She was only 15 years old when she made her international debut in a match against Italy in February 2009. From there, she continued to flourish, scoring 31 goals in 77 appearances. While playing in the National Women’s Soccer League — where she currently represents the Chicago Red Stars — Kerr has been the league’s leading scorer in each of the last two seasons. Kerr, 25, may be young, but she will be powerful in France.78′ – Sam Kerr with the diving header to score for @SkyBlueFC and pull back a goal. #NJvKC1 – 2— NWSL (@NWSL) July 9, 2017Other notable accomplishments: Tournament of Nations Champion (2017)Cup of Nations Champion (2019)AFC Women’s Asian Cup Champion (2010)AFF U-16 Women’s Champion (2009)Lindsey Horan — United States, midfielderHoran might not have as much experience as some of her veteran teammates because she’s just 25 years old, but that’s not a reason to count her out. She joined the U.S. national team in 2013 and has since made 68 appearances with eight goals. She has played an integral role on the USWNT as a regular starter and is a strong link between defense and attack for the Americans. France will be familiar territory for Horan as she played four years with Paris Saint-Germain (2012-16) before returning to the United States to represent the Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan with the goal, Tobin Heath with a dash of nutmeg. 😏 #BAONPDX #ToN2018— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 30, 2018Other notable accomplishments:CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Champion (2014)SheBelieves Cup Champion (2016, 2018)Tournament of Nations Champion (2018)CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2018)Debinha — Brazil, forwardDebora Cristiane de Oliveira, known as Debinha, broke onto the national stage in 2011 when she joined Brazil’s national team and has proven to be an effective forward with a natural attacking talent that her teammates can rely on. She represented Brazil in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and was later named an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics before making an impact in Rio 2016. OHHHH WE’VE GOT DEBINHA!Here’s a look at the 13th minute goal by the Brazilian.#NCvPOR 1-0— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 22, 2018Other notable accomplishments:Winner of Copa America Femenina (2018)NWSL champion with North Carolina Courage (2018)Dzsenifer Marozsan — Germany, midfielderMarozsan is one of the strongest playmakers in the world, emerging as the focal point of Germany’s attack. She’s known for her goal-scoring, but she also makes a big impact when it comes to assists. Marozsan became the youngest Bundesliga player of all time to debut in 2007 at just 15 years old. She currently plays for Lyon and she has twice been voted the best player in the French league. The midfielder has become an inspiration as she’s returning from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism that kept her sidelined for several months last year. Now healthy, Marozsan will lead Germany through the tournament.🥇 Congratulations to @OLfeminin’s Dzsenifer Marozsán on being named the World’s Best Woman Playmaker of 2018 by #IFFHS 👏👏And as this video shows, she’s also a hell of a goal scorer 😉— OL English (@OL_English) November 29, 2018Other notable accomplishments:Olympic gold medalist (Rio 2016) FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Champion (2010)Two-time Algarve Cup Champion (2012, 2014)Algarve Cup Most Valuable Player (2014)UEFA Women’s Champion (2013)Germany’s Female Footballer of the Year (2017, 2018)Tobin Heath — United States, forwardHeath, known as one of the finest dribblers in the game, has become an electric player for USA, contributing 30 goals in 150 appearances since joining the USWNT in 2008. She was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016, but was limited to just four games in 2017 due to injury. Heath rebounded to have a strong 2018 campaign, and she’ll certainly be a threat in France if she can stay healthy.In conclusion, we had no choice but to repost this @TobinHeath goal 😮— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) March 6, 2019Other notable accomplishments: There’s no question the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring a talented field as 24 nations are set to compete for one title. But with 552 players making the trip to France, it begs the question — who are the players to watch when the tournament gets underway Friday? Two-time Olympic gold medalist (Beijing 2008, London 2012)FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015), Runner-up (2011)She Believes Cup Champion (2016)Tournament of Nations Champion (2018)Two-time CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2014, 2018)Lucy Bronze — England, defenderConsidered by many the top right back in women’s soccer, Bronze makes the position look easy. She is strong on corner kicks and free kicks and knows how to lead an attack. Bronze helped England to its best-ever finish four years ago (third place) and then played an integral role in helping England beat out three top-10 teams to win this year’s SheBelieves Cup. “Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world,” England coach Phil Neville declared earlier this year. And now she’ll have a chance to prove it in France. What a goal!! 🔥🔥🔥Take a bow, @LucyBronze!! #OLMCW— OL English (@OL_English) April 29, 2018Other notable accomplishments:SheBelieves Cup Champion (2019)UEFA European Championship semifinalist (2017)UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship (2009), Runner-up (2010)Fourth place finish in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (2008)last_img read more