Lawyer dubbed ‘Mr. Loophole’ wins speeding case for Beckham

first_imgSpotlight will be on Mbappe’s behavior as he returns for PSG Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Beckham’s lawyer Nick Freeman — nicknamed “Mr. Loophole” — argued that the notice arrived at Bentley Motors on Feb. 7, a day outside the statutory 14-day window.District Judge Barbara Barnes said the notice had been sent Feb. 2 and “more likely than not” did not arrive within the 14 days. She said therefore “the defendant in this case cannot be convicted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBeckham, the former Manchester United and England soccer star, did not attend Thursday’s hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Former England footballer David Beckham speaks during a promotional event where he appeared as the global brand ambassador for insurance company AIA in Hong Kong on September 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACELONDON — A London speeding case against former football star David Beckham was dropped Thursday after his lawyer successfully argued that notice of the intended prosecution had not been served within the legal deadline.Beckham was accused of driving a borrowed Bentley at 59 mph (95 kph) in a 40 mph (64 kph) zone in the Paddington area of London on Jan. 23. He had pleaded not guilty.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

$11M allocated to QC rehabilitation

first_imgFollowing reports in Guyana Times of the facilities and other infrastructure of Queen’s College being in a dilapidated state, education officers from the Department of Education along with an engineer appointed by the Education Ministry have visited the school.Coming out of the visit, assessments were made, which exposed that the institution is in need of a facelift.Following an inspection, it was announced that the structure will be subjected to routine repairs and maintenance works, which are needed. Additionally, the roofs of the east and west wing and the administrative building will be repaired. Maintenance is also scheduled for the playground which has been invaded by bushes.The science lab, which was considered by the teachers as “not conducive” to lab experiments, will be repainted, cupboards will be installed, and the dilapidated walls and ceilings will be repaired.With these rehabilitative works set to commence in the August vacation, a decision was made to allocate $11 million for the works that are pending.This publication had reported earlier that students and teachers were raising complaints about the difficulties which they face on a daily basis, as a result of poor structural facilities. Calls were made for the labs to be redone, which was one of the main challenges being faced by Guyana’s premier institution.Sources had revealed that in respect to the quality of students that are produced every year, the institution requires at least one state-of-the art laboratory.“Structurally, we think that the lab should be done over. In terms of the quality of students and the calibre of the examination practical component, we definitely need a state-of-the-art lab because this is not conducive to lab experiments,” a source stated.It was revealed that in the past, moderators that were dispatched to the school would comment on the state of the laboratories utilised by the students.“It’s not that we are totally responsible for the practical part. We have an external moderator that has to come to check how the labs were conducted. Every year they come to check how we’re conducting our labs and there’re always comments about how they thought the lab was much better than it is.”While it was stated that they try to make do with the necessary resources that are available in the laboratories, the walls and other sections are unadorned with diagrams due to the fact that the walls are gradually crumbling.Additionally, the unmaintained playgrounds were one of the main reasons that their sports activities were diverged to the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) Ground.With the decision to rehabilitate the structural aspects of the school, students and teachers will be able to perform effectively without any disturbances.last_img read more

US researcher finds high mercury levels in Mazaruni River

first_imgA Sam Huston State University Professor, conducting research documenting the effects of mercury contamination in freshwater fishes and food webs in the Mazaruni River and tributaries, has found higher than normal levels of mercury in the fishes as well as the water.Dr Carmen Montaña-Schalk from the Department of Biological Sciences has been conducting research in the Mazaruni area for the past two years, and has published some of her preliminary findings over the past week.“Preliminary results by Dr Montaña-Schalk suggest a strong potential for bio-accumulation of mercury in the aquatic food web. For instance, large fish predators contain greater concentrations of mercury.Dr. Montaña-Schalk has also observed that several fishes important in local human diets had Hg (mercury) levels higher (> 1 mg Hg/kg) than the threshold proposed by the World Health Organization (0.5 mg Hg /kg). Therefore, local communities along the Mazaruni River are exposed to dangerous levels of mercury through consumption of fish as well as piscivorous wildlife,” the paper stated.Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) is predominantly a mining region, and mercury plays a large part in gold recovery there. The Mazaruni River houses one of the world’s greatest concentrations of freshwater biodiversity, and contains high levels of species endemism, with a number of Amerindian communities relying on those fishes for their food. The Mazaruni area is home to thousands of Amerindians.Dr Montaña-Schalk has said that a major problem facing the freshwater biodiversity in Guyana is habitat transformation via deforestation for gold mining operations and the release of mercury from alluvial gold mining activities into water bodies. She said that although there are studies documenting the presence of mercury in freshwater fishes and alluvial sediments in rivers of Guyana, very little still is known about the synergic effects of gold mining or mercury contamination in all components of the aquatic food web and the pathways for inorganic mercury to be converted into organic methyl mercury.For the last two years, Dr Montaña-Schalk and colleagues from University of Guyana have been surveying tributaries of the Mazaruni River, and documenting fish diversity and mercury accumulation on fishes inhabiting these rivers. She documented that, every year, the effects of gold mining operations are greater.There are more gold dredges in the main channel operating 24/7, but also high inland deforestation to establish inland mining operations. Gold mining activities significantly alter local habitats and downstream waterbodies.“The most noticeable effects in the ecosystem are high turbidity in the water and sediments accumulation. This is particularly concerning, because some species endemic to the Mazaruni Basin appear highly associated with the main channel habitats…post-mining results are having adverse and detrimental effects on natural resources, including biodiversity and the environment. We have observed severely degraded aquatic ecosystems, decline in fish diversity, and mercury accumulation in fishes used as food resources by locals.All of this is of great concern, and requires immediate attention that involves conservation monitoring and restoration initiatives,” she said.Dr Montaña-Schalk will continue her research to serve first-hand information for policy makers to address the threats on fish species in Mazaruni due to mercury contamination.Last week, the Guyana Water Inc announced that the Kaituma River was found to have a high mercury content. GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles had stated that samples had been taken from the river, and the results have shown levels of 0.016mg/L, which are more than the accepted World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) 0.006mg/L standard.last_img read more

Valverde admits Barca below par despite win over Roma

first_img0Shares0000Jump for joy: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez celebrates his goal © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 5 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted his side were well below their best despite beating Roma 4-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.Two own-goals, from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, and a close-range finish from Gerard Pique, presented the Catalans with a flattering 3-0 advantage at the Camp Nou before Edin Dzeko snatched Roma a late away goal. But, just as the Italians looked to have grabbed a lifeline, Luis Suarez restored the three-goal cushion, by scoring a fourth in the 87th minute.It means Barca will head to Italy next week with a place in the last four firmly in their grasp but this was not a virtuoso attacking display.Instead, they benefited from two fortuitous own goals and some careless Roma finishing. They are unlikely to meet as generous an opponent in the semis.“We did not that have continuity in the game,” Valverde said. “We had some errors and there were times that we rushed into the attack, instead of having some control.”Barca also had referee Danny Makkelie to thank for not awarding Roma an early penalty, after Nelson Semedo pushed Dzeko in the back.Poster boy: Lionel Messi holds a framed poster celebrating his 100th Champions League goal ahead of Wednesday’s game © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE“They are already good on their own, they don’t need help,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said.“Tonight they had help both from the referee and from us.”After Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular bicycle kick for Real Madrid on Tuesday, even Lionel Messi, back from injury, endured a slightly frustrating night, his shots and dribbles for once meeting opponents rather than the net.Messi returned to the starting line-up after recovering from his hamstring complaint, as did Sergio Busquets, back after breaking his toe against Chelsea three weeks ago.But while Messi completed the 90 minutes seemingly unscathed, Busquets had to be replaced by Paulinho midway through the second half.“Busquets has played with some small discomfort for the injury he has,” Valverde said. “In the end he was suffering a lot and we have changed it, but that’s fine.”Barca led at half-time after De Rossi slid to prevent Andres Iniesta’s pass reaching Messi and inadvertently stabbed into his own net.Two goals in four second-half minutes then took the tie away from the visitors as Samuel Umtiti’s finish cannoned off both the post and then Manolas, before Pique sidefooted home from close range.Dzeko’s finish might have given Roma hope had it not been cancelled out by Suarez scoring a fourth, as Barca wrapped up a win that did not wholly reflect a scrappy performance.“The truth is we know that in the game we can and we must improve in several points,” Barca’s Ivan Rakitic said.“But we’re very happy for the work. When maybe you’re not playing at 100 per cent, you have to stay together, to be strong. 5-1 would be better than 4-1, to be more calm, and we know Roma will try to turn it around.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United fans were right to call us s***e

first_img Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United Louis van Gaal was resigned to agree with supporters’ scathing assessment after the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing defeat to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.Chants of “we’re f*****g s**t” were heard coming from the away stand as the Premier League side fell to a 2-1 loss.Around 800 fans had made the trip to the MCH Arena for a match that cost £71 per ticket.The scoreline from the last-32, first-leg encounter means United still have every chance of securing progress to the round of 16 when they host Midtjylland in return tie at Old Trafford next week.But that doesn’t make up for what is arguably one of the club’s most embarrassing results in their proud European history.And was no less than Van Gaal’s men deserved after they delivered the latest substandard performance of their increasingly troubled season.“The fans can criticise. They can do it because when you see the second half, maybe they are right,” said the Dutch boss, whose position as manager is under ever-growing scrutiny.“We have to improve and then the fans shall support us again.”But the Dutchman disagreed with the suggestion his players’ attitude was a problem.“It’s nothing to do with attitude,” he said.“All the players want to perform in an excellent way. It is not a case of attitude.“We were not winning the second balls – that is my analysis.” 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY OVERCOME NEIGHBOURS TERMON

first_imgThe senior team had a dominant victory over neighbours Termon at the Burn road on Sunday. Goals from a Michael Murphy penalty and Neil Gallagher secured two more league points on a final tally of 2-13 to 0-11.Next weekend both seniors and reserves travel to Dungloe for league games with throw in at 1-30pm for reserves and 3 o’clock for the seniors on Sunday (25/08/13).The 3rd team had on overwhelming victory over Muff in the quarter final of the Junior B Championship on a score of 3-16 to 1-03 in O’Donnell park on Saturday evening past. They now meet letterkenny Gaels in the semi-final, pencilled in for a 4-30 throw in O’Donnell park again on Sunday(25/08/13). Our minor team lost out in the divisional final to Downings last Friday evening on a score of 1-08 to 0-08 played at Portsalon. It was very disappointing for our lads not helped by the absence of key players due to injury. Now the management and players are hoping to bounce back with a victory in the all county semi-final div.2 over Naomh Columba in Ardara tonight Tuesday 20th August, throw in 7 o’clock. All the best boys.The u-16s recorded a victory over Moville on Monday night(19th August) in Glenswilly in a league fixture.The lotto numbers for this week were 5,14,16 and 19. Match 3 winner is Ultan Feely Churchill. Next week seller is Thomas Simmons.We would like to congratulate all our members who sat the Leaving Cert exams and by now have received their results. We wish you all the best in your choices for the future whether it be in search of employment or moving on to third level education. GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY OVERCOME NEIGHBOURS TERMON was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more

Rangers closing in on Croatia full-back

first_img LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Rangers are set to announce the £2million signing of Osijek captain Borna Barisic after being wowed by his displays against them in their recent Europa League clashes.The Croatian international was the stand-out performer from Zoran Zekic’s side as they pushed Gers close before going down 2-1 on aggregate. RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 IN DEMAND moving on Barisic impressed against Rangers in the Europa League Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Now Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has ordered director of football Mark Allen to rush through a deal for the 25-year-old full-back.He was pictured leaving the Light Blues’ Hummel Training Centre on Monday afternoon after completing a medical and Rangers hope to confirm an agreement for their 11th summer signing imminently.If Barisic – who was part of Croatia’s 32-man pre-World Cup squad but missed the cut as his compatriots went all the way to the final of Russia 2018 – does complete his move, he will complete with Jon Flanagan for the left-back slot in Gerrard’s line-up.But it will likely spell the end of Lee Wallace and Declan John’s Ibrox careers, with reports suggesting Swansea are set to offer Welsh international John the chance of a return to the principality. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

TWO SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSEFIRE

first_imgTwo sisters have died in a housefire in LetterkennyBREAKING NEWS: Two sisters have died in a housefire in Letterkenny.The two sisters, aged 27 and 28, were found dead in the house at Ceannan View in the Mountain Top area.The two sisters, who are believed to be from Letterkenny,were sleeping in the one bedroom. A man, who was sleeping at the back of the house, escaped unhurt.It is understood one of the sisters died at the scene but another was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where she died a short time later.Gardai have the scene blocked off and a full examination is underway.There are also a number of fire utility vehicles at the scene.   TWO SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSEFIRE was last modified: January 4th, 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:CANNON VIEWfireletterkennySisterslast_img read more

The world’s biggest cycle race

first_imgThe Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tourmay take riders through some of SouthAfrica’s most spectacular scenery, but it’sstill 100 kilometres of hard work. The race brings out many cyclists’ innerclown. Hollywood actor Matt Damon’sparticipation in the 2009 race lured manyhopefuls out onto the streets of CapeTown. Some cyclepunk. After successfully negotiating the worst ofthe Boyes Drive descent, these cyclistshead towards the bright yellow-coveredhay bales at the bottom of Clairvaux Roadand a sharp right turn into the Main Road. The Argus is as much about the spectatorsas the cyclists. These Clovelly locals madethemselves comfortable on the pavementoutside their house.(Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternThe 32nd annual Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, held in Cape Town on 8 March 2009, had some 25 600 cyclists pedalling the roads of the Cape Peninsula and tens of thousands of spectators lining the route to cheer on friends and strangers. The world’s largest individually timed cycling event, it’s a circuit of over 100 spectacularly scenic kilometres, and a celebration of sport, community and place with a history going back over more than three decades.The 2009 tour was, according to David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust that organises the event, “without a doubt the toughest Cycle Tour ever. Never before have we experienced such gale force winds during a race.”Although 35 000 cyclists entered this year’s race, conditions were such that only 25 600 actually took part. Winds of up to 60 kilometres an hour blew down tents and caused a number of injuries – mostly broken collar bones, arms and legs, luckily none of them too serious.There have been other years that offered an equally tough challenge. In 1987 freezing rain and wind had a number of cyclists opting out, and in 2002 the race was officially stopped because temperatures of up to 42°C made it unsafe. This year, the start was delayed because of the strong wind and – towards the end of the day – people were literally being blown off their bicycles, so the organisers called a halt.One of the race’s most famous stretches, both dreaded and loved by cyclists, is Chapman’s Peak Drive. This long, steep and beautiful coastal drive is a test of mind and muscle, and most of the leisure cyclists are extremely grateful for the granny gear on their mountain bikes.But the road has been closed to traffic for quite a few months because of the risk of rock falls after heavy rains last year. It was a big decision but, after careful consultation, the drive was declared safe and the traditional route could be followed. Well, almost.The Main Road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay on the False Bay Coast is undergoing extensive rebuilding and so it was likely that the single lane would cause a severe bottleneck and, more seriously, the uneven road surface could be dangerous. So the cyclists had to take a short detour over Boyes Drive. This only added a kilometre to the race, but it did include a long, uphill slog and a scary, twisting and steep descent.Recognising the extreme nature of the final little downhill chicane on Boyes Drive, the organisers brought in loads of hay bales, put up warning signs and stationed marshals with loud hailers exhorting cyclists to slow down. It worked. There were a few minor tumbles, but nothing like the potential carnage that cyclist and organisers alike were dreading.A beginning in protestThe Argus started off more as a protest than a race. In1977 two keen cyclists, John Stegmann and Bill Mylrea, fed up with the lack of cycling infrastructure in Cape Town, decided to do a long race around the peninsula. It was part of a plan to popularise the sport and get support for the construction of safe cycle lanes and routes throughout the city.It was a great idea, but not particularly successful. A few bicycle lanes appeared over the next few years, but it was pretty ad hoc and remained a small isolated feature of the city’s streets. Fortunately, this is in the process of changing. In March 2006 the signing of the Cape Town Declaration led to the formation of the Non Motorised Transport Forum, which is now managed by the Cape Town City Council.But that first race, which was run on Saturday 26 October 1978, was the start of big things. Originally, Stegman and Mylrea intended to call it the Peninsula Marathon but, realising they needed media backing, they offered naming rights to – at that stage – a rather reluctant Cape Argus newspaper.So the race started off as the Argus Cycle Tour, and soon became simply “The Argus”. This remains its popular name, although today supermarket chain Pick n Pay is the main sponsor.Rapid growthThat first race saw 585 hopefuls lined up at the start, of whom 446 finished in the cut-off time, then set at eight-and-a-half hours. It seems like a long time, but cyclists had to weave through normal Saturday morning traffic. The following year it moved to the now familiar March slot and, in 1990, it was moved to a Sunday as it was getting far too big for a Saturday. By 1997, with over 28 000 participants, it was clear that competitors and cars could not coexist and the route was closed to traffic for the morning.There are many reasons for the immense popularity of this iconic race. First, the scenery is simply gobsmackingly gorgeous. But it’s also the vibe. It’s one of the few races in the world where recreational cyclists can ride in the same event as serious professional competitors – albeit at different times.In fact, most of the serious cyclists are finished and showered and starting on breakfast before many of the “fish and chips” at the back have even got on their bikes. In 1992 it got even more serious with the inauguration of the prestigious Giro del Capo or “Tour of the Cape”, an event made up of four one-day races of which the Cycle Tour is the last leg.Although for most the entrants it’s really all about taking part – and finishing – the serious cyclists are fiercely competitive. This year, the first man home was  Arran Brown (Medscheme), shortly followed by Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) and Nolan Hoffman (Neotel), all within a split second of each other in a time of  02:46:32. Jennie Stenerhag (Alpha Pharm) led the women’s pack in a time of 03:06:01, with Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Telecoms) and Marissa van der Merwe hot on her wheels.While these serious athletes whizz along the route early in the morning in a dazzling blur of colourful lycra, it’s the slower, more relaxed entrants that really embody the character of the Argus. And there are always the weirdos – the people dressed as rhinos, Superman or fairies. Cyclists in lycra shorts and a dress shirt with a bow tie are not uncommon, and even one intrepid Braveheart lookalike has been seen pedalling the route in a kilt – hopefully wearing far more underneath than is traditional.This year there was much excitement with Hollywood actor Matt Damon and his younger brother Kyle taking part in – and finishing – the race on a tandem bike. Damon is in South Africa to film the new Clint Eastwood movie about South Africa’s win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.And then, of course, there are the spectators. Cape Town makes a day of the Argus. Those lucky enough to live on the route set up camp in their front gardens, on their verandas, or on the pavement outside their houses. Deck chairs, umbrellas, picnics, bottles of bubbly and various forms of music all add to the festival air.It is a bit of a mixed blessing as most of them can’t go anywhere until after midday, but it’s only one day a year. And a few thousand travel in from adjacent suburbs to line the route.It’s Cape Town’s biggest party.Related articlesImproving lives with bicycles The Tour de Kruger – a wild ride Bikes for Africa – from bamboo The adventure starts here Useful linksThe Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle TourGiro del CapoPick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challengelast_img read more

Propane Prices Low Pre-Harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — With much of the Corn Belt facing a late-maturing, high-moisture crop, some farmers are already making plans to dry their grain this fall. That means they’ll likely need to purchase propane — if they haven’t already — to fuel their grain dryers.Late summer and early fall is the time many farmers lock in propane prices for the grain-drying season. With a wet spring delaying planting this year, especially in the Eastern Corn Belt, there could be a lot of wet grain to dry this fall.Right now, propane prices are low thanks to high production of the fuel, according to propane analysts. But high demand for propane during harvest followed by a cold winter could push prices higher.PROPANE PRICE AT MULTI-YEAR LOWThere is a good supply of propane in the country as fall harvest begins, said DTN Refined Fuels Reporter Alton Wallace. That has been the case in the U.S. since the beginning of the “Shale Revolution” in 2012, which has allowed the country to dramatically increase crude oil and natural gas production, he said.According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics, propane production in the U.S. is now roughly about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd). And production is continuing to increase, Wallace said, growing by 8.3% from 2017 to 2019.“We have a lot of propane right now,” Wallace said.One doesn’t have to be an economist to figure out that if supply outpaces demand, prices will decline, Wallace said. In mid-August, for example, the price of propane at the Conway, Kansas, hub fell to 37 cents per gallon, a three-and-a-half-year low, he said. In mid-September 2018, the price at Conway was near 78 cents a gallon.With propane production at record levels, the market is in an oversupply situation, and prices have been less volatile than in the past, Wallace said.“The U.S. has become an energy superpower because of the Shale Revolution,” he said.While it appears likely that propane prices will be fairly low this fall, there are some factors that could drastically alter that outlook, Wallace said.The propane market can see increased volatility due to the weather, Wallace said. As history has shown, extremely cold winter weather can cause an increase in propane demand and prices can skyrocket quickly. A harvest season in which farmers need more propane to dry down wet crops followed by a cold winter could create a situation where propane prices move considerably higher, he said.Another factor that could affect propane prices is the burgeoning export market.Because of its increased propane production, the U.S. has become a major exporter on the global market, Wallace said. EIA data for the week ended Sept. 13 showed U.S. propane exports at 1.162 million barrels per day.Wallace said companies are building export facilities as this is becoming an important component of the market. The downside to increased propane exports is if export demand for propane rises, those buying propane in the U.S. — such as farmers — are forced to compete for availability with the export market, he said.SOME BOOK PROPANE, SOME DON’TIn August, DTN asked readers about their propane-buying habits. This question was posed in the DTN 360 Poll: “As propane production has increased and domestic demand has been flat, the price of propane has dropped to half its value during the past 12 months. Some farmers may be thinking about their propane needs for the upcoming crop drying and heating. What is your plan for propane this late-summer/fall?”The poll received a total of 171 responses. Of those, 46% said they “Will book propane in August.” Thirty-nine percent said they were “Not going to book propane at all,” while 12% said they “Will book propane in September.” The remaining 3% said they “Will book propane in October.This week, Mark Nowak, a farmer and ag consultant from Wells, Minnesota, told DTN his propane dealer was set to visit him the same day to preorder some of his propane needs. He was set to lock his propane price at $1.08 per gallon, which he said was down from last year ($1.19 per gallon) and 2017 ($1.13 per gallon).There could be a lot of crop drying needed this fall across the Corn Belt, Nowak said. He estimated that most of the corn will black layer by Oct. 1, and thus, the moisture at that time would likely be around 32%.Most farmers harvest corn around 22%-24%, so the crop will need to dry 8% to 10% in October, he said.“I think the month of October is going to be the wildcard here,” Nowak said. “If we continue to see this warm and dry weather, I think the crop can dry down pretty good. But if we see cool and cloudy weather, maybe we will be doing a lot of drying.”CROP MOST BEHIND IN EASTERN CORN BELTCorn and soybean planting was delayed across much of the Corn Belt this spring by wet field conditions, but one region where this was especially true was the Eastern Corn Belt. Areas in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio saw much rain, which pushed planting to as late as the summer in some cases.Brian Scott, who farms near Monticello, Indiana, said his region will see a late harvest this fall. He estimated harvest could be around a month later than normal.“We have a lot of corn that probably won’t black layer until mid-October,” Scott told DTN.Scott said the grain dryers in his region are going to be used this fall. It has been a couple of years since they last used their grain-drying equipment, he said.Scott booked propane earlier this summer — not necessarily because of the amount of drying that could take place this fall, but to take advantage of a summer-fill discounted price. He topped off his 4,000-gallon storage tank like he normally does, he said.There are other farmers who are planning for the increased demand for propane this fall, Scott said. He said he knows of one farmer who built a new propane storage facility so he could get a good price on propane this year. The new facility will allow him to take a full semi-truckload of propane, Scott said.Another farmer who already booked some propane was Mike Cooprider of Howesville, Indiana. He planted his corn from May 18 through June 5. However, he wasn’t able to plant his soybeans until July 15.“Like most farmers, we are praying for a long fall,” Cooprider said.Cooprider said he dries “a lot of corn” every fall, but this year, he could be drying all of his corn crop. For that reason, he has already filled the propane tanks at his bin sites, he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more