More Dicamba Lines Drawn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela Smith DTN Crops Technology Editor and Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff ReporterDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — Illinois farmers and applicators will join the ranks of those facing additional regulations aimed at limiting off-target movement of dicamba herbicide this summer.The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced Friday it will require Special Local Needs (SLN) labels, including new restrictions that include a firm calendar cutoff date and additional definitions for sensitive areas, for the use of the herbicide dicamba on soybeans in Illinois for the 2019 growing season.On Feb. 15, IDOA notified the manufacturers of the three dicamba-containing products approved for over-the-top application to dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans that additional application restrictions will be required for the 2019 growing season. The affected formulations of dicamba are Engenia by BASF, XtendiMax with Vapor Grip Technology by Bayer, and FeXapan plus Vapor Grip Technology by DuPont/Corteva.The EPA reregistered the three dicamba herbicides in October — adding to the already lengthy and complex product labels. However, unprecedented pesticide misuse complaints associated with the technology have caused some states to question if the agency went far enough.This week, Arkansas also finalized a cutoff date and other additional application precautions beyond the federal dicamba label. Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota have made adjustments to the label, while Indiana abandoned its plans for a cutoff date.Here are more details for each of those states.ILLINOISThe additional restrictions beyond federally-approved labels are:1. The implementation of a cutoff date of June 30, 2019, for application to dicamba-tolerant soybeans.2. Prohibiting application when the wind is blowing toward adjacent residential areas.3. Required consultation of the FieldWatch sensitive crop registry before application, as well as compliance with all associated record-keeping label requirements.4. Maintaining the label-specified downwind buffer between the last treated row and the nearest downfield edge of any Illinois Nature Preserves Commission site.5. Recommendation to apply product when the wind is blowing away from sensitive areas, which include but are not limited to bodies of water and non-residential, uncultivated areas that may harbor sensitive plant species.The intent of these additional restrictions is to reduce the potential for off-target movement of these products, thereby reducing the potential for possible adverse impacts to dicamba-sensitive crops/areas, stated an IDOA news release. The decision to pursue state-specific SLN labels was made in response to the record number of misuse complaints IDOA received during the past two years, the release said.In 2017, IDOA received 430 total complaints, 246 of which were related to the use of dicamba on soybeans. Those numbers rose to 546 total complaints, including 330 dicamba-related complaints, in calendar year 2018. Prior to the 2017 introduction of these new formulations of dicamba for use on tolerant soybean varieties, total pesticide misuse complaints average 110 per year from 1989 to 2016.Because of this significant increase in alleged pesticide misuse complaints, IDOA reviewed special needs labels currently in place in other soybean-production states. IDOA also worked with several Illinois stakeholder organizations before making the decision to require state-specific labels for Illinois.“We now have two years of data showing how dicamba has the potential to drift off target,” said IDOA Acting Director John M. Sullivan. “It’s obvious measures need to be put in place so farmers can continue to effectively use these products, while also protecting surrounding property and crops.”The Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association presented supporting statements for the additional measures in the news release.“Illinois Farm Bureau supports the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) in their administration of pesticide rules that they deem necessary to limit adverse effects to the environment,” said Richard Guebert Jr., Illinois Farm Bureau president. “Dicamba-based products are useful and necessary tools in the fight against problematic weeds, helping farmers to remain productive and profitable. Illinois Farm Bureau will continue to work with IDOA and other partners into the future to find workable solutions for crop protection products.”Southern Illinois double-crop producers are likely to feel the cutoff date most. However, worries of volatility climb as the calendar date advances to a period of potentially higher temperatures.“The Illinois Corn Growers Association supports on-label use of crop protection products, along with farmer or applicator adherence to any additional label requirements issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. We know that Acting Director Sullivan takes seriously his obligation to protect the interests of many stakeholder groups, along with the preservation of public trust and transparency. We understand how the department came to this conclusion. It will no doubt cause difficulty for some farmers in certain areas and we are sensitive to that issue but encourage full compliance as per the 24(c) labels,” said Ted Mottaz, Illinois Corn Growers Association president.Also evident in responses was a statement from the Illinois Environmental Council. “Volatilization and drift of pesticides are environmental issues that can impact our natural areas, water, and soil as well as Illinois’ growing specialty crop industry,” said Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council. “I appreciate the efforts by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and industry stakeholders to reduce drift from dicamba. These rules are a step forward to address these issues. We are looking forward to working with stakeholders to research and monitor the results of the new labels.”Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), focused on the importance of coexistence in her statement. “This proactive step demonstrates Illinois agriculture’s commitment to stewardship, and IFCA will educate our commercial applicator members regarding these pesticide label changes to ensure the continued legal and judicious use of this soybean production tool.”The three product registrants — BASF, Bayer and DuPont/Corteva — have each submitted formal SLN labels for their respective dicamba-containing products to IDOA, which include the additional restrictions noted above. IDOA has submitted the resulting 24(c) registration packages for each product to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The SLN labels will be distributed in addition to the already federally approved labels with all Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan products sold for use in the state of Illinois for the 2019 growing season.ARKANSASMost recently, Arkansas lawmakers approved the state plant board’s proposed May 25 cutoff date for dicamba applications in the state. That proposal was reached after a contentious, 9.5-hour plant board hearing on Feb. 20, during which proponents of dicamba use in the state clashed with specialty crop farmers, organic growers, environmental groups and concerned citizens, who were pushing for a more restrictive April 15 cut-off.Last year, Arkansas banned in-crop use of dicamba from April 16 to Oct. 31, but still saw roughly 200 complaints of off-target injury. This year, Arkansas growers will be able to make applications to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton until May 25, while observing a half-mile buffer around fields of sensitive row-crop fields and a 1-mile buffer around specialty crops, organic crops and research fields.Arkansas applicators are also not permitted to tank mix dicamba with glyphosate, given growing university research showing that this practice significantly increases dicamba volatility. See a complete listing of Arkansas’ dicamba rules here: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/….INDIANAThe state of Indiana has done a fast reversal on 2019 dicamba regulations in the state. In December 2018, DTN reported that pesticide regulators from the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) were submitting a 24(c) label to EPA with a June 30 cutoff date, based on the recommendations of a work group appointed by the Indiana Pesticide Review Board.The work group also recommended 1/4- to 1/2-mile downwind buffers for applications near sensitive crops and residential areas. The group believed these additional restrictions could cut dicamba complaints in the state by 50%.However, after state pesticide regulators met with several agriculture industry groups, including the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 24(c) application was abandoned.“Subsequent consultation with Indiana agricultural leaders has caused OISC to conclude that postponing implementation of any state-specific restrictions may be a prudent concession for 2019,” state regulators wrote in an OISC fact sheet. The ag industry groups urged OISC to prioritize the needs of farmers who were planting dicamba-tolerant technology, given that most of the state’s dicamba complaints in 2017 and 2018 were related to non-DT soybeans, not other sensitive crops and plants, state regulators said.So, for now, Indiana applicators will face no additional restrictions beyond the federal dicamba labels for XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan. See more details here: https://www.oisc.purdue.edu/….NORTHERN PLAINSThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture went with a June 20 cutoff date for 2019, using a 24(c) label. While similar to the restrictions in place in Minnesota last year, the new 24(c) for 2019 will not include the 85-degree temperature cutoff that was in place in 2018. See more details here: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/….The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has submitted a 24(c) label to EPA with a June 30 cutoff date, but is still waiting for EPA to approve it, according to Tom Gere, assistant director for the agricultural services division of the agency.The North Dakota Department of Agriculture also went with a 24(c) label with a June 30 cutoff date for 2019 applications. See more details here: https://www.nd.gov/….A handful of other states are forgoing cutoff dates, but are adding additional uses or requirements, such as in-state training sessions. Growers should be sure to check with their local state department of agriculture for additional state requirements on dicamba use in 2019.Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_UnglesbeePamela Smith can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: 5 Must-Haves For A Successful Hybrid Cloud Implementation

first_imgrww sponsor 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web Editor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Businesses have spent millions of dollars to create optimized data centers that contain important business policies and corporate data. At the same time, functional users are racing to adopt the cloud model for application dev/test, migration, training and IT sandbox purposes. IT leaders are often faced with the pressures of enabling users with cloud-based architectures while allowing for secure and safe access to corporate data and policies.Hybrid cloud computing can relieve those pressure points, deliver business agility and reduce operating costs. However, implementing a successful hybrid cloud requires a careful and thoughtful approach. Below are five must-have requirements for a successful hybrid cloud implementation.Self-Service InterfaceEnterprises have a wide range of functional users that require cloud resources for ad-hoc use cases including development and testing, application migration, software evaluation, consulting, support and training. Solutions like Skytap Cloud provide users with a self-service solution so that they can be agile, productive and effective. At the same time, IT owners are provided with self-service admin capabilities to set-up approved templates, security rules, VPN access policies, budget visibility and control.Before you choose a cloud service, be sure to try the self-service aspects so that both IT and functional users can use the service effectively. The promise of cost savings and agility associated with cloud computing can only be realized if a cloud solution meets both needs.Before you choose a cloud service, be sure to try the self-service aspects so that both IT and functional users can use the service effectively. The promise of cost savings and agility associated with cloud computing can only be realized if a cloud solution meets both needs.Secure Cloud ArchitectureEnabling a hybrid cloud solution requires a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to security. The solution must include operational security measures across data center security, physical security, access security, virtual data center security, compute (virtual machine) security, network security, storage security, and operations security. In addition the data transport between the cloud and your data center must be secured with an iPSec VPN connection. Last but not least, the solution must allow for OS file system level data encryption so that your user data is secured at rest.Configurable Role-Based User Access Control (UAC) Enabling sophisticated user access control (UAC) is a key requirement for enterprise adoption of Hybrid cloud based solutions. Users within an enterprise often have different permission levels depending on their role. An administrator may have the right to view a complete audit trail of activity in a virtual data center, whereas an offshore tester may only have access to a sandbox test environment to complete specific test cases. Most cloud providers only offer a limited set of user access controls. Make sure the solution you evaluate offers a rich UAC model with the ability to set fine-grain permissions for different levels of access to a virtual data center. In addition, you should be able to create sandboxes and publish for vendors or consultants with no access to the corporate network.Cloud Policies, Quotas and Charge-backsThe ability to enforce enterprise IT policies with cost controls and charge-back billing to internal groups are key requirements for most IT organizations. Most infrastructure providers offer no advanced cost control capabilities or the ability to isolate usage to internal groups for charge-back. Make sure the solution offers cost control capabilities, such as auto-suspending resources when not in use to save costs. In addition, the solution must ensure quotas can be applied to individuals and organizations to cap usage. Finally, the solution should enable IT policies to be enforced globally, such as approved subnet ranges for virtual data centers and the ability to prevent assignment of public IP addresses to virtual machines.Snapshots and CollaborationMost enterprise applications comprise of multiple interconnected services. Providing the ability to snapshot an entire virtual data center becomes important to encapsulate these applications and enable entire IT environments to be replicated accurately and quickly. Snapshots are especially useful when diagnosing performance issues, architecture change or software bugs, as an entire application stack can be suspended at the point of failure for debugging. It is also useful to save a “golden image” for rapid deployment at a later date.In a hybrid cloud configuration, the VPN connections and associated security policies that these applications use must persist across snapshots. Without this capability, users and IT will spend a lot of time on manual set-up and change management work. Cloud-based virtual data centers are not only dynamic in nature but can be used by distributed teams for collaboration. IT professionals can be prototyping a new network installation and need to share it with a security expert for review, or a tester can find a bug that’s very hard to replicate, snapshot the VDC and share it with a developer for debugging. Hybrid cloud solutions should include collaborative sharing and workflow capabilities. Without a doubt hybrid cloud computing architecture holds a lot of potential to deliver agility, cost savings and IT productivity to all enterprises. By paying a close attention to these five must have requirements, IT organizations can ensure their cloud journey is secure and successful.Sundar Raghavan is chief product and marketing officer at Skytap, a leading provider of cloud automation solutions. Sundar is responsible for overall product direction, marketing strategy and execution. He is an industry veteran with a successful 18-year career in product and marketing roles at Google, Ariba, Arbor Software (now part of Oracle), and Microstrategy.Photo by avanzero 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Watch to be sold alongside Aetna health insurance plans

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img The Apple Watch could soon be sold discounted or free to Aetna’s 23 million members, as a way to improve health outcomes and lower insurance costs, according to a CNBC report.Apple held a series of meetings with Aetna executives and hospital chief medical information officers, discussing the possibility of a plan that included the Watch. It is not the first time the two companies have met to discuss plans, Bloomberg reported a similar story in September last year.Aetna already offers the Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program, so it has experience using the smartwatch.A number of changes plannedApple has made a number of changes to the Watch since the last reported meeting, including a switch to focus on health and fitness. Rumors suggest Apple will take this further with the next version of the Watch, adding health features that may need FDA approval.The Watch is also expected to have cellular connectivity, more battery life, and a new design.Apple has made significant progress in smartwatch sales over the past year, surpassing Fitbit as the largest wearable seller in the U.S., second in the world to Xiaomi. Sales reached 22 million in the first three months of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics.That said, the company has not yet pushed hard for the health industry. It switched its marketing to focus on fitness and health, but the Aetna discussions are the first move for insurance providers. David Curry Tags:#Aetna#Apple#Apple Watch#fitness#health#insurance#smartwatch#wearable last_img read more

2014 Oscar Nominees VFX Breakdowns

first_imgWhat film deserves to get the oscar for Best Visual Effects? Is there one missing from this list? Share in the comments below. Go behind the scenes in these VFX breakdowns from all 5 Oscar nominated films.The 2014 Oscar nominees have been announced and this year proved to be one of the most competitive years in recent memory. As always, great acting and cinematography takes center stage, but 2014 was also a great year for amazing visual effects. Innovations in software and audience demands for more realistic effects pushed Hollywood to create arguably the best visuals in history. So who really deserves to get the award for best VFX? In the following article we’ve compiled breakdowns from every VFX Oscar nominated film.GravityGravity’s visual effects were primarily created by the effects house, Framestore under the supervision of Tim Weber. The film uses 3D compositing in almost every shot. Framestore stated that to render Gravity on one computer you would have to start rendering from before the dawn of Egyptian civilization – whoa . Over 400 people helped create the VFX for Gravity.The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThe Desolation of Smaug has a very similar look and feel to The Unexpected Journey but as VFX Supervisor Eric Saindon states, “[the Desolation of Smaug] brought new and unexpected challenges”. The VFX team played an active role on set and tried to create a visual representation of what the finished product would look like by the next production day.Iron Man 3Scanline VFX played a primary role in creating the visual effects for Iron Man 3. Scanline also received some acclaim in 2013 for their work VFX on The Wolf of Wall Street.The Lone RangerLed by VFX supervisor Gary Brozenich, the Lone Ranger featured more than 550 shots with visual effects. The team used photographs from Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico to add texture to their environments.Star Trek Into DarknessStar Trek’s VFX’s were created by ILM who had the task of adding in effects to over 1600 shots. The particle simulation was extensive and proved to be a challenge.last_img read more

Vale Scott Snell

first_imgThe touch football community in the ACT is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Scott Snell at the age of just 44. Scott was a key figure in ACT touch for the last two decades as a player, referee and referee coach.He was graded to level 4 as a referee in 2001 and received his level 6 upgrade in 2006, attending numerous tournaments in NSW and several national events. While best known outside Canberra as a referee, Scott had played touch at park level, with ANU teams, with the Canberra City Bears at representative level in the ACT Super League as well as at Australia Cup.Scott was Director of Referees in the ACT from 2008 to 2015, President of the ACT Referees Association and as a referee coach was a key figure in the development of many of the referees to come through the ACT system over the last 20 years.One of the great communicators in the sport, Scott was a fantastic bloke and admired as a true gentleman by all who met him. Scott was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. Scott is survived by his wife Clare and their 3 children, Nicholas, Megan and Ben, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.The funeral will be held at 10:30 on Thursday 4 May at St Anthony’s in Wanniasa. (Words courtesy of James Steinberg)Related LinksVale Scott Snelllast_img read more

10 months agoVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man City

first_imgVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City ­defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto ­Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was ­incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Freed Saudi princes Kingdom Holding firm climbs 10 per cent

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Stocks in Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment firm surged 10 per cent on Sunday, the day after the billionaire investor was released from nearly three months in detention in connection with an anti-corruption campaign.The prince, 62, is one of the world’s wealthiest people, with investments in several major firms, including Citigroup, Lyft, Twitter and international hotel chains. He is chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, which closed 9.97 per cent higher on the opening day of this week’s trading on the Saudi Tadawul stock exchange.The prince’s associates told The Associated Press he was freed Saturday after more than 80 days in detention at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Dozens of high-profile detainees were held there in connection with the anti-corruption sweep that began in early November. Prince Alwaleed was among at least 11 princes detained in the probe, in addition to dozens of businessmen, officials and military officers.Most detainees have since been released after agreeing to hand over substantial financial assets to the government. It was not immediately known if the prince had to relinquish financial assets in exchange for his release, as other princes, ministers and businessmen have reportedly had to do.The government has declined to officially name those arrested in the sweep or disclose the specific allegations against them. Saudi officials could not be reached for comment on Prince Alwaleed’s release.While he was never seen as politically influential, the prince’s penchant for fame and his holdings in Western firms made him one of the most talked about Saudi royals abroad.He told Reuters hours before his release from his luxurious suite at the Ritz-Carlton that no charges were brought against him, saying his detention had nothing to do with politics, economics or corruption. He said he would remain chairman of Kingdom Holding and retain all his stakes in the investment firm.The purported anti-corruption sweep is spearheaded by Prince Alwaleed’s much younger cousin, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Critics say the crown prince has used the purge against high-level individuals to wrangle control of key Saudi companies, sideline potential rivals and silence critics alarmed by his rapid rise to power as he prepares to inherit the throne from his father, King Salman.Saudi authorities say the campaign is aimed at improving the kingdom’s business environment and that sums recovered will be used to fund a cash assistance program for middle and lower-income citizens estimated to cost $8.5 billion this year.last_img read more

Pitchin Community Clean Up Week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City staff are inviting you to show your civic pride and participate in Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week.Community registration forms will be available on May 1st, gearing up for Pitch-In Week which starts May 25th and runs till May 27th.Honorariums will be awarded on a first come first serve basis shares the City and the deadline to register is May 13, 4:30 pm. You can pick up a registration form in person at the Visitor Centre, City Hall or CLICK HERE.Completed forms can be returned back to the Visitor Centre, City Hall or emailed to the Community Development Coordinator at [email protected] Event Page; CLICK HEREFor the City’s webpage; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Facebook to raise pay for contract workers globally

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook has decided to raise minimum wages to its outside vendors in the US to $20 per hour, and would implement the same for contractors in other countries including in India. Content moderators and other contract workers will make at least $18 an hour, up $3 from before. The contract workers at Facebook, employed by outside vendor partners, work either part-time or full-time and provide important services across content review, security, culinary, transportation and other teams. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook is currently paying a minimum of $15 per hour, a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation and for new parents who don’t receive paid leave, a $4,000 new child benefit that gives them the flexibility to take paid parental leave. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. This means a raise to a minimum of $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington D.C. and $18 per hour in Seattle. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The move comes after several media outlets reported on the long-term impact of working as a contract moderator for Facebook, leaving some workers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” said Janelle Gale, Vice President of HR, and Arun Chandra, Vice President of Scaled Operations in a blog post on Monday. For workers in the US that review content on Facebook, the company said it is raising wages even more. “We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C.; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the US. Facebook said it was working to make contracts across its global operations vendor partners consistent. “This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for night shifts and weekends, and healthcare,a said Facebook.last_img read more

Records dont matter coach says of 211 wrestling squad preparing for Big

Although the Buckeyes’ wrestling season might not have lived up to expectations, the team is entering the Big Ten Tournament boasting five seeded competitors. Coach Tom Ryan called this tournament the beginning of the real season. Senior captain Colt Sponseller, 165 pounds, and redshirt freshman Nick Heflin, 174 pounds, were selected as No. 2 seeds for the weekend’s tournament. The two are tied for the most wins on the team at 19 each. Redshirt freshman Peter Capone, 197 pounds, redshirt sophomore captain C.J. Magrum, 184 pounds, and sophomore captain Ian Paddock, 133 pounds, all received seeds for the tournament. Magrum was given a No. 7 seed, while Capone and Paddock received No. 8 seeds. For the Buckeyes (2-11, 1-7 Big Ten), seeds do not mean much. “Seedings don’t matter,” Heflin said. “You have to beat everyone to win it anyway.” Although the Buckeyes’ season has not been great, Ryan said this is where the real season starts for the competitors. “In the competitive world, the season starts now. Records don’t matter; mentality matters,” Ryan said. “I’m sure all our guys are anxious to compete.” The team has been preparing hard for the Big Ten Tournament, and wrestlers said the week following their last dual was filled with two practices per day. “We’ve had a couple of hard weeks,” Paddock said. Capone said the team brought in Tommy Rowlands — who won two National Championships for Ohio State in 2002 and 2004 — to help the team prepare for the tournament. Capone welcomed the chance to train with the former National Champion. “He kills me for 10 minutes straight, then for another 10 minutes,” Capone said, “so I can’t even barely stand.” Capone said he hopes training will make facing someone in his weight class easier as he grows accustomed to wrestling the former heavyweight National Champion. Magrum said he is looking forward to a potential rematch with Iowa’s Grant Gambrall. “That was an upsetting one. I started off winning the match, and ended up getting beat pretty bad,” Magrum said. “I’d like another shot at that.” Sponseller said he’s looking to put the “icing on the cake” of his Big Ten career. “I want to go out there and win,” Sponseller said. “It’s the only thing I have on my mind right now is go out there and win a Big Ten title.” The Buckeyes began the season as the No. 12 team, but injuries and inexperience have contributed to their less-than-stellar record. The team is looking to salvage what it can in the Big Ten Tournament, and send as many wrestlers as possible to the NCAA Championships. “We just really want to go out there and get as many guys to nationals as we can,” Sponseller said. Ryan agreed. “Right now, this thing’s about qualifying for the national tournament,” Ryan said. “Right now, we got to get our guys to the national tournament and represent this program the way it needs to be.” The Big Ten Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday in Evanston, Ill. read more