KJAN Ag/Outdoor

From County extension to conservation to grain prices, we provide lots of information every day on KJAN.  Here is some of that information on the web too!  We hope you find it useful.

Conservation Report 08-29-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Host Bob Bebensee and Brian Smith, Conservation Officer for Cass and Adair Counties.

1,800 Farmers commit $3.5 million to water quality practices

Ag/Outdoor

August 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that $3.5 million in cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices have been obligated to farmers in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer.

“Farmers continue to show they are willing to invest in practices focused on limiting nutrient loss and improving water quality. To consider that this program went from zero to more than 1,800 farmers over the past three years shows that farmers are committed to action and willing to invest in water quality,” Northey said.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received applications covering 187,000 acres from more than 1,800 different farmers seeking to participate in the program. Farmers in each of the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state received funding.

Participants include 980 farmers using a practice for the first time and more than 830 past users that are trying cover crops again and are receiving a reduced-rate of cost share. The first-time users cover 79,000 acres of cover crops, 7,450 acres of nitrification inhibitor, 7,150 acres of no-till and 3,950- acres of strip-till. The past users will use cover crops on nearly 89,500 acres.

Farmers not already utilizing the practice were eligible cost share rate for cover crops of $25 per acre, $10 per acre for trying no-till or strip till and $3 per acre for using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer. Farmers that had used cover crops in the past were eligible for $15 per acre in cost share. Cost share was only available on up to 160 acres.

Farmers are encouraged to still reach out to their local Soil and Water Conservation District office as there may be other programs available to help them implement water quality practices on their farm.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received $9.6 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative in fiscal 2016. These funds will allow the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to continue to encourage the broad adoption of water quality practices through statewide cost share assistance as well as more intensive work in targeted watersheds.

Posted County Prices for the grains, 8/28/2015

Ag/Outdoor

August 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.29, Beans $8.74
Adair County: Corn $3.26, Beans $8.77
Adams County: Corn $3.26, Beans $8.73
Audubon County: Corn $3.28, Beans $8.76
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.32, Beans $8.74
Guthrie County: Corn $3.31, Beans $8.78
Montgomery County: Corn $3.31, Beans $8.76
Shelby County: Corn $3.32, Beans $8.74

Oats $2.05 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

Call AnswerLine for safe canning advice

Ag/Outdoor

August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa — Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family. Today’s recipes have been scientifically tested to ensure a safe product. So before trying any of those old family canning recipes, call AnswerLine, the home and family hotline at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“If great grandma’s recipe isn’t safe, AnswerLine will tell you,” said hotline coordinator Elizabeth Meimann.

“Callers sometimes are a bit frustrated with us when we answer canning questions. We often have to tell a caller that the old family recipe for a canned product is not safe. We must advise our callers that oven canning, canning low acid vegetables in a water bath canner and using ‘any old recipe’ for pickles are not safe practices,” Meimann said.

“We aren’t the ‘canning police.’ Our main goal is to help you keep your family safe for years to come,” Meimann said.

AnswerLine has become a highly trusted resource for the people of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota, providing information and resources on home and family questions regarding everything from child development to cleaning to food safety, nutrition, laundry and much more.

At this time of year many people contact AnswerLine to get answers to canning questions or tested recipes they can try at home, said Barb Fuller, MA, RD, LD a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

AnswerLine uses a number of research-based resources, Fuller said, including ISU Extension and Outreach’s “Preserve the Taste of Summer” series of recipes. The AnswerLine specialists also consult the University of Georgia’s National Center for Home Food Preservation and the USDA Home Canning Guide.

“The recipes and procedures in these books have been scientifically tested in a laboratory to ensure the coldest part of a canning jar gets hot enough long enough to kill the botulism bacteria if present. We don’t want you to cut corners and put your family at risk,” Fuller said.

“Botulism can be a deadly disease and those at the greatest risk are those who are often most dear to our hearts; the elderly and the very young. Pregnant women and people with a compromised immune system also are at great risk,” Fuller said.

AnswerLine, 800-262-3804 in Iowa, is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. AnswerLine also has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as a twice-weekly blog at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/answerline/. Barb Fuller can be reached at 641 202 1843 or bfuller@iastate.edu

USDA Report 08-27-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks

Officials investigate wastewater discharge in Lake Panorama

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Officials say they’re investigating the cause of a wastewater discharge that entered Lake Panorama in central Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it’s unclear what caused a pump to fail Saturday night at a lift station managed by the South Panorama Sanitary District. Officials reported the problem Sunday morning, around the time officials believe the discharge ended.

DNR officials say it wasn’t clear to the agency that there was a wastewater discharge until Monday night. The sanitary district believes it was likely a small discharge.

It’s unclear what caused a pump to fail, since all pumps at the lift station appear to be functional.

Officials for the sanitary district are considering the construction of a new lift station, where discharges would be less likely to reach the lake.

Cass County Extension Report 08-26-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Cumberland couple take top prize at Outlaw Truck Pull at Iowa State Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Rainfall in the Des Moines area delayed the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulls at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Wednesday but a local couple are glad they waited it out.  Dean and Cheryl Christensen of Cumberland along with their son Nick travel around the Midwest competing in Outlaw events and Dean came away with a top prize this year.

Dean Christensen rode his 1988 Ford Ranger “Red Hot” to a first place prize in the Modified 4-wheel division.  He pulled a distance of 328.3 outdistancing the next place finisher at 327.27.

KJAN news spoke with Cheryl Christensen and she was thrilled with the win and talked about the history of the truck which used to belong to a driver out of Omaha.  Their son Nick also ran Dean’s old truck “Nuttin Honey” in the event.

This is the third time the Christensens have won at the state fair.

USDA Report 08-20-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

Cass County Extension Report 08-19-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 19th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson