Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is important to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for Replicated DataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data and help to remove variables that can skew results.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety at regular intervals within the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. The use of a tester minimizes the effect soil type variability has on the plot results to ensure more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance—across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well in 2014 and 2015, in multiple locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical SignificanceOn published data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top 5 or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents varietal performance.
In today’s world, video editors are often expected to have Motion Graphics/VFX Skills. The following resources are beneficial for extending your graphics skill set. Check out the useful VFX freebies as well!The days of ‘just being an editor’ are over. Most editors are now required to wear multiple hats and juggle various video editing, motion design, encoding and color grading applications on a daily basis. On most freelance jobs I am often using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for graphics tasks, Maxon Cinema 4D for 3D work, along with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer for video editing.With the recent free addition of Cinema 4D Lite into After Effects Creative Cloud, more video editors will now be integrating 3D into their work. In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 resources will help you strengthen your After Effects and Cinema 4D skills – free After Effects templates, motion graphics plugins and loads of free training and tutorials!If you’re new to working with motion graphics, start with my previous post on “10 Free After Effects Training Resources” and check out the After Effects section on the Premiumbeat blog. MographMograph is a collection of forums for working in motion graphics.The site covers the art and business of the industry along with forums on resources, jobs, and tutorials. There’s also a reels and portfolio page where the best motion designers share their work – great for inspiration. Mograph is a good place to network to and learn more about the industry.VfxerVfxer is a Cinema 4D & After Effects resource run by a husband and wife team (Simon & Claire). Besides useful AE and Cinema 4D tutorials, they have sections on visual effects news, inspiration and free stuff (weekly mailing list).Be sure to check out their collection of 10 free pre-fractured 3D models that can be used in Element 3D or Cinema 4D.Greyscale GorillaGreyscale Gorilla is the brainchild of VFX guru Nick Campbell. Over the last few years Greyscale Gorilla has become a leading motion design and visual effects force online, with frequently updated tutorials, news and their own 3D and visual effects products.aescripts + aepluginsaescripts + aeplugins offers quality scripts and plugins for a variety of video editing and motion design applications (After Effects, Cinema 4D, NLEs). These are particularly helpful when you are looking to extend what you can do in an app. For instance, need to animate characters mouths in After Effects without losing your sanity? No problem, there is Auto Lip-Sync ($39.99)The scripts are affordable, with some even being ‘name your own price’.ToolFarm/AE FreemartMotion Graphics artist Michele Yamazaki runs/writes for both of these sites. AE Freemart covers cool resources for After Effects, including free After Effects templates and plugins. Toolfarm sells plugins but has evolved into a resource for editors/artists. They cover the latest motion design and visual effects news, as well as having a blog and free After Effects tutorials.LesterbanksLester Banks round ups the best of After Effects & 3D tutorials from the web. Most of these are intermediate to advanced and are aimed at the working editor/artist. This is a ‘must bookmark’ site for anyone that works in motion graphics and video editing on a daily basis.Imagineer Mocha TutorialsWhen tracking motion in your video footage, you can generally get better tracks quicker using Mocha AE (bundled with After Effects), rather than simply tracking inside of After Effects. It is a powerful app but can be a bit overwhelming at first for some editors. Check out these free tutorials for getting started with Mocha AE, as well as more advanced tutorials for their flagship app Mocha Pro (used for the face replacement in the popular TV show Grimm). School of MotionNew to Motion Graphics/VFX? Joey Korenman is a Creative Director who shares his knowledge of creating motion graphics on his website, School of Motion. The tutorials and articles cover most all the software tools of the trade (Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D, & Nuke.)School of Motion is a good resource for those starting to learn After Effects & Cinema 4D. See our earlier post sharing School of Motion’s tutorial on using expressions in After Effects. Motion Graphics ExchangeMotion Graphics Exchange is a motion design resource with free After Effects templates, tips, presets, expressions, and scripts.You can search the site by category or topic – a helpful time saver. Say your looking for a wiggle script. Simply type in ‘wiggle’ and you’ll get a list of wiggle expressions and tips.HelloluxxTim Clapman is an expert on Cinema 4D and teaches classes at FXPHD. He offers advanced tutorials on Cinema 4D for those taking their skills to the next level. His work is high end and really inventive, so a bit of C4D experience is probably suggested before jumping into these terrific tutorials!MotionworksMotionworks combines free After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, with industry news and showcase of great examples of motion design projects. Aside from free training on the site, be sure to check out the in-depth paid training and tutorials for AE and C4D.Do you have a go-to Motion Graphics/VFX Resource?Be sure to add it in the comments below!
The police in Belonia have arrested two people, including a former CPI(M) activist who had switched over to the BJP, in connection with the demolition of a statue of Vladimir Lenin on Monday. Based on video evidence, three others have been sent notice to appear before the police by Friday. Belonia, about 90km from State capital Agartala, is the headquarters of South Tripura district bordering Bangladesh.Video footageThe arrests on Wednesday came amid revelation that one of five people seen in the video footage pulling down the Lenin statue with bulldozer had taken the lead in demolishing a statue of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – also in Belonia.This man, Manik Das, is a contractor who left Tripura during the 1988-1993 Congress rule and returned after the Left Front won the 1993 polls to allegedly terrorise Congress workers.“Manik Das is one of three people we have summoned under Section 41 of CrPC. The others are Suman Mazumdar, owner of the bulldozer and one Uttam Saha. They are expected to report within 48 hours,” Ipper Monchak, West Tripura district Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“We have already arrested the bulldozer driver and Raju Nath on basis of evidence gathered,” he said.