Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA estimates of U.S. corn acres were 90.9 million acres, soybean acres were 89.5 million acres, and wheat acres were 45.7 million acres. June 1 corn stocks were 5.225 billion bushels, soybean stocks were 963 million bushels, and wheat stocks were 1.184 billion bushels.Soybeans were higher due to less than expected stocks, wheat was higher due to spring wheat acres less than expected, corn was off the highs due to higher than expected stocks.All eyes are upon USDA with two big reports, the June 30 Grain Stocks Report and the June 30 Acres Report. Grain stocks are all expected to be above those of last year. It is just a matter of how big the stocks are for corn, soybeans, and wheat. The trade was looking for corn stocks as of June 1 to be 5.123 billion bushels and compares to 4.711 billion bushels last year. Soybean stocks are estimated to be near 983 million bushels, last year they were 872 million bushels. Wheat stocks in the U.S. should be near 1.137 billion bushels, last year they were 976 million bushels.Trader estimates had U.S. corn acres at 89.9 million acres. The March 31 USDA Planting Intentions Report had corn acres at 90 million acres. Last year the U.S. planted 94 million acres of corn. Traders estimated U.S. soybean acres at 89.75 million acres. The March number was 89.5 million acres while last year the U.S. planted 83.4 million acres of soybeans. Wheat acres should be near 46.1 million acres, the same number from the March USDA report. Last year they were 50.2 million wheat acres. Traders are expecting soybean acres to exceed corn acres for the first time since 1983.Before the report corn was up 7 cents, soybeans down 1 cent, while wheat was up 20 cents or more as weather forecasts next week for the spring wheat areas of North Dakota are currently calling for temperatures of 100 to 105 degrees. That forecast is moving Kansas City and Chicago wheat higher as well. Mid-morning July CBOT wheat was trading at $5.01 which is up 21 cents, the highest level since late July 2016.With the weather doing the typical July 4th holiday of extreme weather uncertainty and huge price volatility, keep in mind that the markets will close early on Monday at 1 pm EDT, no trade Monday evening, Tuesday day or evening. The CBOT will re-open on Wednesday at 9:30 am EDT. Price action at the 9:30 am Wednesday re-open could be up or down big numbers.December CBOT corn prices during June had a range of $4.09-$3.74. November CBOT soybeans had a range in June of $9.58-$9.07 while July CBOT wheat had a range of $5.01 to $4.21. In good weather years prices typically peak in June and move lower into the fall harvest. With corn and soybean conditions below those seen last year, the price volatility in July and August could be swift and extreme.Look for grain prices to quickly return to weather shortly.
Running a multi-camera shoot at a large outdoor event can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep the operation running smoothly.So you make it to your nearest arena to see your favorite band. Great, except the talent themselves are the size of ants. This is where Image Magnification (or more widely known as IMAG) comes in. IMAG is now a staple for almost all large-scale concerts. In this article I’ll go over a few important tips of the trade for anyone getting ready to throw on a headset, hunker down behind a switcher, and direct a multi-camera show for a live concert.Image via Cesare Andrea Ferrari.Camera PlacementYou can always hide an army of robotic cameras around the stage to get specific shots. However, the majority of your show will come down to hiring two or three camera operators. Your first camera should always have the longest lens available, and it should sit on a tripod — dead center — inside front of house. The sole purpose of this camera is to follow the most important person on stage, which is usually the lead singer (if the band is not instrumental). The long lens camera should stay somewhere around the waist up, tight on the talent, following them wherever they may bounce to on stage. This camera can also do some long pulls or pushes, to/from the stage, but 99 percent of the time their job is to solely stick to the lead talent in the band.If you only have two camera operators, the best placement for the next operator is on the downstage edge in the pit, directly in front of the stage. This camera’s purpose is to capture all of the action happening on stage. If a guitarist shreds a lead break or the drummer busts into a solo, this camera needs to immediately focus on that musician to capture these glorious moments.If there is a third camera operator on the show, you can either put them in the pit for more coverage of the stage, or have them on stage with the band. (Note: you must first get permission from the stage/production manager, if you choose this route.) This camera position allows for some interesting angles that even the guests in the nicest seats would never see, allowing the camera the unique opportunity to become part of the production. This usually happens between songs, when the musicians decide to have a conversation with the camera. Not only does this lend the audience the illusion that, through the screens, they are having a personal moment with the musicians, but it also magnifies the visual aspects of the show for those in the nose-bleeds, while including them in the live experience.Cutting CamerasImage via J. Henning Buchholz.As is true with editing video across most media, the two most-used transitions in your arsenal are the straight cut and the dissolve. If your camera operators are lacking video return, make sure to let them know if they have matching or similar shots. You need to avoid this on a straight cut, but especially on a dissolve because it creates the effect that the two matching images are melting together into an amorphous blob mid-transition, which, when displayed on massive screens, can be quite unpleasant.Always let your operators know what shot you’re looking for by providing precise instructions about any camera movement you expect. And consistently place your operators on standby before taking (going to) their camera, unless there is a critical moment that needs to be captured right away. If your operators don’t have a tally light, remind them when you’re holding onto their camera, every few seconds, and be sure to let them know when they are completely clear (this is extremely important during long dissolves between two cameras, so one of your operators doesn’t drop their framing mid-transition).This is not a tax law conference that you’re covering; this is live entertainment with a rhythm that creates the IMAG show. Try as best you can to cut your cameras to the beat of the music. I find it helpful to tap my foot to the song’s beat while directing, as it keeps me locked into the pulse of the performance.Quick TipsImage via Anthony Mooney.When each song comes to an end, watch what the lighting designer does. If they are cutting quickly to a blackout of the stage for dramatic effect, you should also immediately cut to black on the switcher, to help make the blackout even more pronounced.Be sure to talk to a production manager — before the show starts — about framing. Certain artists may not want to be shot too tightly, dislike certain angles, or want the operators in the pit to stay to the wings (to avoid distracting the musicians during their performance).Always be open to your operators selling you shots. They are hired professionals, often with a unique vantage that could be a valuable shot for the show.Don’t eat while on headset and keep drinks off the switcher.Never record the IMAG show unless you have been asked to by the artist’s management — or you have permission to do so. If you’re asked to record, make sure you tie into the audio console to get a clean board feed for your video.Double-check all video content that needs to roll out during the show, and make sure you know exactly when each video needs to be played.Have fun and remember to tailor your show to the music. IMAG’s two main goals are to provide a better vantage point for the audience, and to heighten the overall experience of the show.Never let any mistakes, missed punches, or bad calls bog you down. The live experience will continue to move forward, so the faster you recover from any mishaps, the better the show will be from that point on.May your equipment always work, your operators prevail with skill, and may you have nothing but great shows from this blog forward.Cover image via phichet chaiyabin.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Adobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Cheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300
In a major change of strategy to counter red extremists, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will replace the traditional INSAS weapons used by its personnel in Naxal bastions in 10 States with AK series rifles.And to reduce the influence of Maoists in one of their last bastions, the CRPF is moving a fresh contingent of 2,000 personnel in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar area, which it said was its “biggest challenge“. A battalion consists of 1,000 personnel.“South Bastar remains one of their [Naxals] last bastions…in that area we plan to reduce their [Maoists] influence.“We are looking to deploy one battalion in that area soon. While one has just moved, we plan to induct more troops,” CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar told reporters on the eve of the 78th Raising Day of the forceA senior CRPF officer later told PTI that the government has recently authorised the force to replace all its INSAS weapons with the AK series (47 and 56) of assault rifles in the 10 Naxal violence hit states where it is deployed to carry out operations.“It is a generational shift in terms of weaponry. The INSAS has been the standard weapon of the force but the Naxal theatre is very hot and requires quick and heavy fire power.“Hence, all CRPF units in Naxal-hit states will henceforth only have AK rifles. A few INSAS rifles would be kept for special purposes,” the officer said.An AK rifle is considered superior to the indigenously made INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) as its fire is accurate, spews quick bullets and is better to operate in jungle warfare conditions.Talking about the Left Wing Extremism theatre, where the CRPF is declared as the lead operations force, the DG said the area of influence of Maoists in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal has “shrunk” and there has been a sizable impact in the areas they control there.“In the last two—and—a—half years, the incidents of Naxal violence have reduced in all these states,” he said.With the induction of the two new battalions, the CRPF will now establish more camps in the deep jungle areas along the southern tip of Chhattisgarh where the most Naxal violence affected districts of Sukma and Dantewada meet the borders of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.This tri-junction is considered the most deadliest as Maoists cadres frequently move here taking advantage of the difficult terrain interspersed with hills, jungles and small rivers.“Some permanent camps will now be opened in the ‘Madh’ area of the Abujhmaad jungles in Chhattisgarh where there is no presence of government machinery. But, this will take some time to happen,” an official has saidBhatnagar, who took after the CRPF lost 37 men in Sukma district in a span of few days in March this year, said the force has done some “detailed analysis” of these incidents and have found certain factors that need to be dealt with.“We are now having close coordination with the state police…the security of our troops in terms of their preparedness, equipments, rations and others, is foremost.“Some new standard operating procedures have been made.All round efforts are being made to make the jawan safe,” the DG said.We are looking at different technologies for surveillance in these areas, he said adding that these include procurement of smart gadgets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).An official data provided by the force said the CRPF has killed 51 Maoists, apprehended 1,111, got surrendered 834 and recovered 562 arms and 1,180 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the Naxal violence hit states this year.There are a total of 31 CRPF battalions (31,000 personnel) deployed in Chhattisgarh, with the maximum being in the Bastar region.The Central Reserve Police Force was raised on July 27, 1939 as Crown Representative’s Police (CRP) and at present is the largest paramilitary of the world having about three lakh personnel.
NAGPUR: A police inspector from Nagpur was transferred on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after he booked a BJP leader for allegedly abusing policemen.Senior Inspector M.K. Chavan, who was posted in Ganeshpeth police station, was transferred to the special branch on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he had booked BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari, who was caught on camera hurling abuses at officers of the police station, under Sections 143, 145, 186, 294 and 353 of the IPC for threatening police officials, unlawful assembly and obstructing public servants.Nagpur Commissioner of Police K.Venkateshan said the transfer was “credit to merit and seniority”.