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Seoul, South Korea

Sheraz Mahdi S.,Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology | Hasan B.,DRI | Bhat R.A.,Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology | Aziz M.A.,SKUAST K | And 4 more authors.
Plant Archives | Year: 2011

A field study was conducted to ascertain the impact of nitrogen, zinc and planting density on development dynamics and yield of fodder maize. Application of 120 kg N ha-1 significantly increased all the yield components viz., plant height, leaf area index, dry matter production, chlorophyll content and number of functional leaves plant-1 at different crop growth periods of fodder maize during two years of experimentation. Stem diameter showed significant and consistent increase, whereas leafstem ratio recorded significant and consistent decrease with increasing nitrogen application. Green and dry fodder yield recorded marked increase with increase in nitrogen rates from 60 to 120 kg ha-1. Seed rate of 80 and 60 kg ha-1 being at par, significantly increased plant height and dry matter production of maize at different crop growth periods. Leaf area index increased discernibly with increase in seed rate up to 80 kg ha-1, whereas chlorophyll content and number of functional leaves plant-1 remained unaffected by different seed rates. Increasing seed rate significantly decreased the stem diameter, whereas leaf-stem ratio decreased significantly up to 60 kg ha -1. Green fodder yield increased significantly with increase in seed rate, whereas, dry fodder yield recorded with 60 and 80 kg seed rate being at par, was significantly higher than 40 kg seed rate ha-1. All the yield contributing parameters viz., plant height, leaf area index, dry matter production, chlorophyll content, number of functional leaves plant-1, stem diameter, LS ratio and final yield recorded remarkable increase with zinc application @ 10 kg ha-1 over no zinc application over two years of study. The results revealed that for realizing palatable and higher fodder yield, nutrient management must centre around 120 kg N + 10 kg zinc ha -1 along with seed rate of 80 kg ha-1 under temperate conditions.


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Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2004

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will build a scalable and reliable storage system for network storage environments. This outcome of this project is a revolutionary system that employs a combination of unique ideas to address the main challenges encountered in today's demanding storage environments namely scalability, availability, performance, and manageability. The ideas of this proposed solution are applied as a disk-based solution for the time-consuming network backup/restore problem. With the rapid growth of data-driven network services, traditional storage solutions are not able to keep pace with the rapidly expanding storage requirements. Unlike traditional solutions the proposed solution employs a new architecture that allows for independent and practically unlimited scalability of capacity, file access performance, and namespace access performance. The proposed product utilizes a unique, very fast coding technique called PND to ensure fast, reliable, and highly available access to data. It offers the opportunity of applying a more effective block-level edge caching technique, which enhances the performance and achieves better utilization of the valuable cache memory. It takes advantage of Data Reliability, Inc.'s innovative RAISTM storage engine to cost-effectively aggregate distributed islands of independent storage resources into a single virtual shared pool of storage. Project Phase I has clearly demonstrated the above advantages. Many applications will exploit the competitive advantages of the proposed product including Web server farms; multimedia network services, content management, document storage and delivery, digital imaging, and file transfer services. In addition, the expected solution's ideas can be expanded to build general-purpose file servers that are not subject to performance bottlenecks and capacity limitations. Therefore, these ideas will have an important impact on building next generation NAS devices. The PND technique, pioneered by this project, provides a new class of codes that are expected to result in scientific advances in coding theory. In addition, the PND technique will contribute to enhanced performance and architectures of disk arrays. Applications of PND coding in areas other than data storage include mobile communications, reliable multicasting, audio/video streaming, and digital fountain systems. The company is partnering with Jackson State University (JSU) and will offer JSU students a tremendous educational experience. Since Jackson State University is an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the underrepresented state of Mississippi, the project will foster continuous collaboration and will increase the participation of underrepresented and minority groups in science and technology.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 500.00K | Year: 2005

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will build a scalable and reliable storage system for network storage environments. This outcome of this project is a revolutionary system that employs a combination of unique ideas to address the main challenges encountered in today's demanding storage environments namely scalability, availability, performance, and manageability. The ideas of this proposed solution are applied as a disk-based solution for the time-consuming network backup/restore problem. With the rapid growth of data-driven network services, traditional storage solutions are not able to keep pace with the rapidly expanding storage requirements. Unlike traditional solutions the proposed solution employs a new architecture that allows for independent and practically unlimited scalability of capacity, file access performance, and namespace access performance. The proposed product utilizes a unique, very fast coding technique called PND to ensure fast, reliable, and highly available access to data. It offers the opportunity of applying a more effective block-level edge caching technique, which enhances the performance and achieves better utilization of the valuable cache memory. It takes advantage of Data Reliability, Inc.'s innovative RAISTM storage engine to cost-effectively aggregate distributed islands of independent storage resources into a single virtual shared pool of storage. Project Phase I has clearly demonstrated the above advantages. Many applications will exploit the competitive advantages of the proposed product including Web server farms; multimedia network services, content management, document storage and delivery, digital imaging, and file transfer services. In addition, the expected solution's ideas can be expanded to build general-purpose file servers that are not subject to performance bottlenecks and capacity limitations. Therefore, these ideas will have an important impact on building next generation NAS devices. The PND technique, pioneered by this project, provides a new class of codes that are expected to result in scientific advances in coding theory. In addition, the PND technique will contribute to enhanced performance and architectures of disk arrays. Applications of PND coding in areas other than data storage include mobile communications, reliable multicasting, audio/video streaming, and digital fountain systems. The company is partnering with Jackson State University (JSU) and will offer JSU students a tremendous educational experience. Since Jackson State University is an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the underrepresented state of Mississippi, the project will foster continuous collaboration and will increase the participation of underrepresented and minority groups in science and technology.


News Article
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Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., will acquire Gerdau Long Steel's Bright Bar assets located in Orrville, Ohio, and Cartersville, Ga., for an undisclosed amount. The facilities manufacture cold drawn steel bars for steel service centers and other markets across the U.S. and have a combined production capacity of 75,000 tons per year.  The acquisition is expected to close in late November. Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel—in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh.  Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler. "This acquisition advances Nucor's strong competitive position in cold finished bar and increases our downstream participation in this important channel to market," says John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO, and President of Nucor. "It is another step in the execution of our strategy to produce higher-margin, value-added products and will be highly complementary to our existing cold finish operations."


News Article
Site: www.asminternational.org

Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., announces that its direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in Louisiana will resume operations by the end of January. The plant temporarily suspended production at the end of last year for planned maintenance, and the company decided not to resume production at that time based on market conditions. Nucor's raw materials strategy is built on flexibility, with the company constantly evaluating the market for the lowest cost raw material inputs at the quality levels customers need. Changes in the raw materials market led to the decision to restart plant operations. Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada.  Products include carbon and alloy steel -- in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh.  Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.

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