It has certainly been a newsworthy couple of months in wheat markets, with prices reaching record levels in September.The markets have also been characterised by volatility, especially in futures markets depending on weather reports and the activities of investment funds. We can expect more of the same in coming weeks. However, it is now in some senses academic – with growers having sold an estimated 80% of their wheat, high prices are locked into the system.Meanwhile, there are concerns about some aspects of the quality of this year’s UK crop. Certainly there is more variability in grain specific weight and lower Hagberg falling numbers than last year, but these are relatively minor issues. Of greater concern is the level of protein, which appears to be lower than last year, and more importantly its quality. Millers and bakers have been working hard to overcome the resulting difficulties in managing the transition from old crop to new. However, it is not always simple and costly grist adjustments have been required in some cases.At this stage, we do not know why this quality issue has arisen. The popular view is that it is linked to the extreme conditions experienced this year with drought in April and May followed by a miserable summer. Perhaps this affected the ability of growing plants to capture nitrogen and lay down quality protein.In summary, it is a more complicated crop than we have recently experienced in terms of quality, availability and price.
WhatsApp Twitter By 95.3 MNC – June 17, 2020 1 370 Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana announces better access to funds, grants for small businessesNext articleCinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka will reopen July 10 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Twitter Google+ F.O.P. Survey: 80% SBPD officers have considered leaving the department (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A survey of South Bend Police officers shows 80% say they’ve considered leaving the department as morale is at an all-time low.The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 released the following results of a survey they conducted:Today, the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 announced results from a survey given to all police officers this week.“Today, the South Bend Police Department is already facing a double-digit officer shortage that’s threatening the department’s ability to operate effectively,” Harvey Mills, South Bend Fraternal Order of Police lodge #36 President said. “Our survey this week showed that a stunning 80% of current officers have recently considered resigning or transferring from the South Bend Police Department. If even 10% of those officers left the force it could cripple the department and lead to the elimination of units that investigate sexual assault and homicide.”The anonymous online survey was sent to all 220 current officers in the South Bend Police Department and 191 of those officers completed the survey. Nearly 80% of the officers surveyed said they’d considered resigning, retiring, transferring to another department, or otherwise leaving the department.When asked to rate the morale within the department a majority of officers (40%) said morale was “as bad as it’s ever been” with another 39% rating morale as “poor.” Less than 3% rated morale as good and not a single person said morale was great.The survey was given to all South Bend officers shortly after the South Bend Common Council reversed a preliminary vote and decided to indefinitely table an increase in a residency stipend and a 2.5% raise for all officers proposed by Mayor James Mueller. That decision, made in response to calls from some protestors to defund the police, further damaged morale. At least one police officer has already retired from the department since that decision.The South Bend FOP has indicated its willingness to work with the Mayor and the community to improve the department and strengthen its relationship with the community as the city continues to deal with rising gun violence and crime. The FOP has previously said that it’s open to the idea of a citizen’s review board. IndianaLocalNews Pinterest