Treasury: Comprehensive Housing Finance Reform Must Be Built on Core Principles

first_img Treasury: Comprehensive Housing Finance Reform Must Be Built on Core Principles  Print This Post Antonio WeissAmid many calls from housing industry stakeholders and politicians alike in the last few years to end the FHFA’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a top Treasury official said on Friday that the Obama Administration believes that any comprehensive housing finance reform that occurs must be built on a set of established core principles.Speaking at the Consumer Federation of America’s Annual Financial Services Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, stated that the housing finance system remains “the great unfinished business” of financial reform. He noted that the Administration stands behind a set of core principles for housing finance reform:Those core principles include:Providing broad access to long-term, fixed rate lending in all communities through all economic cycles.Limiting taxpayer exposure to an explicit, appropriately-priced guarantee to ensure against catastrophic risk.Maintaining a level playing field for community banks and credit unions, which know how best to serve their customers.Weiss noted the most significant bipartisan legislative effort at comprehensive finance reform, introduced in 2014 by Senators Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), passed out of the Senate Banking Committee but never received a full floor vote. While Weiss said he believed this bill embodied several of the core principles laid out by the Administration, at the same time he noted that many have expressed concerns about the bill.“Chief among them was a concern that it would not do enough to meet the needs of traditionally underserved markets,” Weiss said. “While the GSEs’ business model is flawed, much of what they do to promote access and affordability is effective. FHFA has reflected a commitment to these important priorities, including their promulgation of duty-to-serve requirements, an essential catalyst to do more to address borrowers with low to moderate income. We believe a new system should build upon the existing policies that are already working.”Weiss said others believe the bill should have done more to ensure a level playing field between smaller firms and larger financial institutions. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily “We recognize that prospects for achieving a bipartisan path forward in the near-term are dim. But we still must lay the groundwork for a future system.”Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Treasury Secretary“Expanding a future housing finance system to include smaller institutions has benefits beyond safeguarding the economy,” Weiss said. “Community banks, credit unions, and local lenders are closer to many borrowers outside the purview of the largest lenders. They are in a unique position to assess and address the credit needs of their customer base. This can lead to more effective risk assessment, and better outcomes for borrowers and investors.”Weiss reiterated his stance against Treasury allowing for the recapitalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and releasing them from the FHFA’s conservatorship, stating that “This approach is simply a bad deal for taxpayers and homeowners alike.” Weiss published an editorial in Bloomberg View in October insisting that the so-called “recap and release” of the GSEs would not happen during the final year of the Obama Administration and that it was a bad idea because it would not increase access to the housing market for creditworthy borrowers, taxpayers have not been fully repaid for the $187.5 billion bailout the GSEs received in 2008, and the cost of obtaining a mortgage would go up since it would take decades for the GSEs to build safe and sound levels of capital.Until housing finance reform that is built on those core principles can occur, the Administration and FHFA have engaged in a series of “administrative actions” to reduce the risk to taxpayers in the housing market, one of which is winding down the legacy investment portfolio of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Weiss also noted the “steady progress” the GSEs have made in implementing risk-sharing transactions that “aim to reduce taxpayer risk and revive the role of private capital in the housing market.”“We remain committed to working with Congress on housing reform that meets our core principles,” Weiss said. “We recognize that prospects for achieving a bipartisan path forward in the near-term are dim. But we still must lay the groundwork for a future system.” December 4, 2015 1,029 Views Previous: What Changes Are Coming to the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database? Next: Will 2016 Bring Unwelcome Surprises for the Housing Market? 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China envisions a global electricity grid not unlike the Internet

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):In Laos, in Brazil, in central Africa and most of all in China itself, ultra high-voltage cable technology that allows power to be commercially transported over vast distances with lower costs and increased load is justifying the construction of massive power projects. It is dubbed the “intercontinental ballistic missile” of the power industry by Liu Zhenya, its biggest backer and for a decade the president of State Grid, China’s powerful transmission utility. UHV allowed China to binge on dam building in its mountainous hinterland, then transport the power thousands of kilometers to its wealthy, industrial east coast. But by enabling this, and other projects, UHV has left western China with such a glut of power that Mr. Liu in 2016 proposed using the technology to export power as far away as Germany. Now Mr Liu is promoting UHV internationally through his Global Energy Interconnection initiative. Designated a “national strategy” and championed by Xi Jinping, China’s president, the initiative feeds into one of China’s most ambitious international plans — to create the world’s first global electricity grid. “All of this fits in with Beijing’s goals of expansion and being a global standard setter,” says Erica Downs, an expert on China and energy at Columbia University. “It is also linked to China’s intention to become an advanced industrial superpower. There is a big prestige element in this.” Advocates stress that this does not mean China would control the resulting grid but networks would be linked to allow better cross-regional allocation of power surpluses. It is no coincidence that this would resolve the problem of “trapped” power resulting from some of China’s mega construction projects in countries like Laos that lack a big enough domestic market. Some western observers see a geopolitical strategy on a par with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a grand design that seeks to boost Chinese-led infrastructure investment in more than 80 countries around the world. “While there is certainly a commercial explanation for China’s rapid expansion in the power sector, it should also be recognized that Beijing is known to intertwine its economic, diplomatic and strategic initiatives,” says Andrew Davenport, chief operating officer at RWR Advisory, a Washington-based consultancy. “Part of the explanation for its expansion in this area is, therefore, likely the influence — and soft power gains — that accompanies increased control over an industry so fundamental to the everyday lives of citizens.” Chinese companies have announced investments of $102bn in building or acquiring power transmission infrastructure across 83 projects in Latin America, Africa, Europe and beyond over the past five years, according to RWR. Adding in loans from Chinese institutions for overseas power grid investments brings the total to $123bn. Throw in all power-related Chinese deals overseas, including investments and loans to power plants as well as grids, and the number almost quadruples. Between 2013 and the end of February 2018, total overseas power transactions announced reached $452bn, up 92 per cent from 2013 levels, according to RWR, which strips out of its calculations deals that are announced only to be subsequently cancelled. Officials and power industry analysts in China insist that it would be too simple to assume that such investments are all slated to be rolled up into a single international grid to achieve the GEI goal, which Mr Liu recently described as similar to the internet: global but not controlled by a single country.More ($): China eyes role as world’s power supplier China envisions a global electricity grid not unlike the Internetlast_img read more

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Half-dose flu shots could help prevent shortages

first_imgDec 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Half-dose influenza shots generate nearly as strong an immune response in young adults as full-dose shots do, suggesting that cutting the dose in half may be a good way to cope with vaccine shortages, according to a study published this week.Among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, immune responses in those who received a half dose were not substantially weaker than in those who received full doses, and the responses in women were especially strong, according to the report, published in Archives of Internal Medicine.In the event of a flu vaccine shortage, using half doses could stretch the supply, write the authors, led by Renata J.M. Engler, MD, of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. The study was sponsored by the Army, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”Half-dose TIV [trivalent inactivated vaccine] represents a viable alternative strategy for managing supply shortages to optimize delivery, particularly to critical personnel such as first responders and service members,” the report states. TIV vaccine targets three flu strains.The study is not the first to test the possibility of using half-dose flu vaccines. In a study conducted in the 2000-01 flu season, investigators found that a half-dose shot in adults between 18 and 49 generated immune responses that were “not substantially inferior” to those generated by full-dose vaccine, the new report notes.The new study was designed to test half-dose vaccination in another season with a different vaccine formulation and in a group that included 50- to 64-year-olds as well as younger adults.The investigators recruited 1,114 volunteers who had received at least one flu shot in the previous 3 years. The volunteers were enrolled through the US Military Health System in the Washington, DC, area in the fall of 2004. They were grouped by age (18 to 49 and 50 to 64) and sex and randomly assigned to receive a half dose or a full dose of injectable vaccine.The primary outcome measured was the development of serum hemagglutination inhibition antibody (HAI) titers of 1:40 to the three flu strains used in the vaccine. The researchers also looked for fourfold or greater increases in HAI titer and geometric mean titer, vaccination side effects, and flu-like illnesses resulting in medical encounters.The percentages of volunteers who had HAI titers of 1:40 or higher after vaccination were somewhat higher for the full-dose group than for the half-dose group. Among the 18- to 49-year-olds, the respective percentages for full dose and half doses of the three flu strains were as follows: influenza A/H1N1, 54.0% and 42.3%; A/H3N2, 75.5% and 67.3%; and influenza B, 82.5% and 77.5%. In the 50- to 64-year-olds, the percentages were as follows: A/H1N1, 38.9% and 23.2%; A/H3N2, 72.5% and 63.0%; and B, 70.7% and 62.0%.Despite these differences, the statistical standard used by the investigators—the proportion of volunteers with an HAI of 1:40 reduced by no more than 20%—showed there was no “substantial reduction” in immune response for the half-dose volunteers, except in the case of the H1N1 vaccine in the 50- to 64-year-olds.Further, the researchers found that women tended to have higher responses than men in the same age and dose group, and the geometric mean titers for women given a half dose were about the same as those for men who received a full dose.As for vaccine side effects, injection-site redness or swelling and joint or muscle pain were more common in the full-dose group than the half-dose group, but other side effects didn’t differ by dose group. However, a number of side effects, including injection-site symptoms, joint pain, headache, and fatigue were more common in women than men.The authors found no differences among the dose and gender groups regarding flu-like illness, medical encounters, and antibiotic use.The researchers write that their results add to earlier evidence that a 50% dose reduction would be unlikely to generate “substantially inferior” immunity in adults under age 50. The results in the older group were generally similar, but because the geometric mean titers were on the edge of the acceptable range, more research is needed in that area.The report adds that, in view of the stronger responses in women compared with men, “guidelines for vaccine use during shortages should take sex as well as age into consideration.”In an editorial accompanying the report, Ann R. Falsey, MD, writes that the results support the idea of using half-dose flu vaccines in young women as a way to extend the supply in a shortage.Falsey says that an antibody titer of 1:40 is “relatively protective,” but higher levels are associated with stronger protection from infection and less severe illness. “If more antibodies are better, how much is ‘good enough’ in a time of critical vaccine shortage?” she writes.”In trying to stretch vaccine supplies to protect the largest number of persons,” she adds, “we must use care to not waste vaccine by using low doses, which will ultimately not be protective. This study clearly shows that half-dose TIV in young healthy women is a rational way to extend vaccine supply in a time of critical shortage.”Flu vaccine is commonly sold in multiple-dose vials and single-dose syringes. John Treanor, MD, of the University of Rochester, senior author of the study, told CIDRAP news that it would not be difficult to provide half doses of flu vaccine when using multi-dose vials.He said the dose vials contain 5 mL of vaccine, enough for 10 doses of 0.5 mL each. “If you just drew up a quarter of a milliliter, you’d get 20 [half] doses,” he added.”My guess would be that if we were ever in a scenario where we’d have to do this, it would be done by manipulating multi-dose vials,” Treanor said.Engler RJM, Nelson MR, Klote MM, et al. Half- vs full-dose trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (2004-2005): age, dose, and sex effects on immune responses. Arch Int Med 2008 Dec 8;168(22):2405-14 [Abstract]Falsey AR. Half-dose influenza vaccine: Stretching the supply or wasting it? (Editorial). Arch Int Med 2008 Dec 8;168(22):2402-3 [Portion]last_img read more

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Solskjaer makes instant impact, Pogba shines

first_img– Rashford gives United perfect start –It was Pogba who was felled on the edge of the Cardiff area early on and he stepped over the ball for Rashford to take aim with a dipping effort that deceived home goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and nestled in his bottom left-hand corner.Solskjaer won only three of his 18 Premier League games in charge of Cardiff during an ill-fated spell that ended with relegation in 2014.But a winning return to Wales rarely looked in doubt thereafter as the visiting fans enthusiastically chanted the Norwegian’s name throughout.The travelling hordes were enjoying their side moving the ball around with a speed and accuracy more reminiscent of Solskjaer’s days as a player at Old Trafford when United dominated English football.Pogba was at the heart of it and his intelligent pass picked out Herrera, whose shot flicked off Greg Cunningham to loop over the helpless Etheridge.If Solskjaer’s side were fortunate then, it was Cardiff who got a break nine minutes later when the assistant referee adjudged Rashford to have handled rather than control the ball with his shoulder inside the area.Camarasa’s perfectly-taken penalty could have sparked a collapse for a team short on confidence in recent times.Instead, United responded resoundingly with a fantastic team goal as a quick interchange of passes between Pogba and Lingard freed Martial to score his ninth goal of the season.Lingard took responsibility from the spot just before the hour mark after another soft penalty was awarded for a foul by Sol Bamba on the England international.And the England international was the beneficiary of another defence-splitting pass from Pogba a minute from time as he rounded Etheridge and slotted into an empty net.Share on: WhatsApp Cardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an instant impact as Manchester United caretaker manager with Paul Pogba to the fore in a transformed performance from the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign in a 5-1 thumping of Cardiff on Saturday.Solskjaer has been put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday and could not have asked for a better start in the Welsh capital thanks to Marcus Rashford’s third-minute free-kick.The visitors also had a slice of fortune when Ander Herrera’s strike deflected in to double their advantage.But United shrugged off Victor Camarasa’s penalty, awarded for a dubious handball call on Rashford, with the sort of free-flowing play that appeared so scarcely under Mourinho as Anthony Martial started and finished a fine move also including Pogba and Jesse Lingard.And Lingard struck twice more in the second half to secure United’s biggest win of the season so far. As well as getting Solskjaer off to a flying start, victory also sees United crucially close the gap on the Premier League top four to eight points thanks to Chelsea’s 1-0 home defeat by Leicester earlier in the day.Pogba was forced to watch the full 90 minutes from the bench last weekend as Liverpool inflicted the final blow to Mourinho’s time in charge with a 3-1 win that left United 19 points off the top after just 17 games.The French World Cup-winner was restored from the start for the first time in four league games and looked far more like the player United splashed a then world-record £89 million ($113 million) on in 2016 than the one that clashed with his former boss off the field and disappointed on it for much of the past two seasons.last_img read more

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AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

first_imgIn this June 11, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s played second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield.Harrison did not have a great 2018 at the plate, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a hand injury and ended up playing just 97 games.The Tigers could end up replicating Pittsburgh’s up-the-middle-combination of Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer, who signed with Detroit earlier in the offseason .Harrison hit a career-high 16 home runs in 2017, and he batted .315 in 2014, but he’s never played more than 143 games in a season. If he plays well for Detroit, the rebuilding Tigers may be able to trade him for a prospect or two.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports DETROIT (AP) — Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.last_img read more

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Rockall agreement labelled ‘unconstitutional’ in Seanad

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that a 2013 agreement between Ireland and the UK on Rockall should be void.A agreement, co-signed by Ireland at the UK, recognises the exclusive economic zone of the UK. That includes Rockall, the tiny rock which lies some 400km off the coast of Donegal.Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Mac Lochlainn claimed that the agreement was in contravention of the constitution as it was not brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas. He said that the Irish government should fight for rights to fish in the waters around Rockall.“I’m not so brazen as to claim far away territories but we certainly must insist always on the right to everything, the fishing resources or whatever resources that are around Rockall, as a shared resource,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said to Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed.He asked why Ireland is not uniting with Iceland and Denmark to contest the bilateral agreement to the UN to ensure that Rockall is a shared space.“My fear is, whatever about the EU Fishery Policy, after Brexit, we’ve got a serious problem on our hands,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. The debate was raised more than once this week in the Oireachtas. On Tuesday, Tanaiste Simon Coveney stated that the issue of Rockall did not arise in the 2013 agreement on the exclusive economic zone.  He told Pat the Cope Gallagher TD that sovereignty over uninhabitable rocks such as Rockall is irrelevant for the purposes of establishing boundaries between continental shelves and EEZs of neighbouring states.Rockall agreement labelled ‘unconstitutional’ in Seanad was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:rockallSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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Twenty five gardaí assaulted in Donegal since 2015

first_imgIt has been revealed that 25 garda members have been assaulted in the Donegal division in the last four years.New figures revealed by the Irish Sun show that nearly one in 14 gardaí were assaulted across Ireland between 2015 and 2018.Dublin had the highest number of assaults in this period, where attacks were reported on 264 members. The Garda Representative Association has said the figures may be much higher, as the totals revealed today only reflect the incidents reported to the health and safety section of the Garda Siochána and attacks such as spitting and assault causing minor injuries may not be reported.Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/4353254/garda-assaults-ireland-county-breakdown-ireland-district-figures/Twenty five gardaí assaulted in Donegal since 2015 was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Sharks pass ‘big test’ with top grades: ‘we’re one of the favorites’

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The game lived up to the hype.Two Stanley Cup favorites, the Sharks (5-3-1) and the Nashville Predators (7-2), slugging it out for 60 minutes in a see-saw game decided in the late stages of the third period.With the likes of Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Brent Burns on the ice, Brenden Dillon scored the pivotal goal, going end-to-end on the penalty kill, triggering flashbacks of another No. 4 — Bobby Orr — as he jumpstarted the Sharks come-from-behind victory.Here’s what …last_img

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Raiders’ Alec Ingold a high school legend in Green Bay

first_imgOtis Chambers had finished three guided tours at one of the most sainted locales in NFL history but conceded his emotions were mixed with the thought of the Raiders playing at Lambeau Field.Chambers is Green Bay, Wisconsin, through and through. The Packers, as well as the local school district where he worked for 34 years, are a big part of his life. As an athletic director at Bay Port High, Chambers saw every game Raiders rookie fullback Alec Ingold ever played before taking his retirement …last_img

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Fungicide applications to late planted crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Schoenhals, Pioneer Field Agronomist in northern OhioFungicide applications to corn and soybeans is an important management practice in an “average” year, but what about in 2019, a yearJohn Schoenhals, Pioneer Field Agronomist in northern Ohioin which many corn and soybean acres were planted much later than normal? To answer this question, it is important to understand the role and function of fungicides.Leaves serve as a “factory” for the plant, collecting sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce sugars used for grainfill. Healthy leaves produce sufficient amounts of sugars to meet grainfill needs as well as support plant health.When plant diseases are present, the efficiency of this factory is reduced. If the demand for sugars is greater than what an unhealthy plant can produce, grain yield is reduced and overall plant health will rapidly decline as cannibalization of stalks takes place.When fungicide applications occur, the leaf “factory” is protected from further disease development for a period of at least two to three weeks. Fungicides don’t necessarily add bushels; rather, fungicides preserve yield potential, protecting against yield loss due to diseases. In addition, fungicides can improve harvest standability by allowing plants to remain healthy and not cannibalize stalks at the end of the season.The two corn diseases that consistently pose the greatest risk in Ohio are gray leaf spot (GLS) and northern corn leaf blight (NCLB). These diseases overwinter in residue, which provide a new source of infection every year. Other potential diseases include southern rust, when storm systems blow spores from the south, and tar spot, a relatively new disease found in northwest Ohio in 2018. Tar spot can survive in residue and likely will become a disease of increasing importance in Ohio.When considering fungicide applications to corn, scout fields to get a sense of what is already taking place. Since common pathogens survive in corn residue, no-till systems and corn-on-corn situations will be higher risk areas. In addition, determine the disease ratings of the corn hybrids you have planted, especially for GLS and NCLB. Hybrids with low resistance scores should be prioritized for fungicide applications. Most companies do not yet have scores for tar spot, but your seed supplier may be able to help you with management considerations.The ideal time to apply fungicides to corn for maximum protection is near tasseling/silking (VT/R1). Carefully read product labels, as the use of adjuvants may cause crop and ear damage. For soybeans, applications at the R3 stage, beginning pod development, will provide the best results.Pioneer has conducted over 1,400 on-farm corn fungicide trials since 2007. These studies have shown an average 8.3-bushel per acre increase in corn yields when fungicides are used, with a positive yield response 82% of the time. In soybeans, a fungicide and insecticide application has been shown to average a 5.3-bushel per acre response, with 94% positive yield results.So, with all that in mind, should fungicide applications be made to late-planted corn? As with many things, the best answer is “it depends.” Late planting means grainfill will extend through September and into October. Disease pressure is expected to be more severe due to moderate temperatures, heavy dews, and plenty of disease inoculum building throughout the season.In cases where later-planted corn has high yield potential, and especially if susceptible hybrids were planted and disease is already present, fungicide applications at the proper time will be expected to provide a positive economic response both in terms of yield and stalk quality/standability.In some cases, fungicides result in higher harvest moisture, due to improved plant health preventing premature plant death. Across Pioneer fungicide trials, fungicide resulted in an average grain moisture only 0.39% wetter than untreated. Even if moisture is greater this year due to late maturity of the crop, there are still expected advantages to fungicide applications.While 2019 continues to provide plenty of challenges for Ohio growers, well-planned fungicide applications should still be considered as part of an overall management plan for both corn and soybeans.last_img read more

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