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.

Dayton Rodeo founder died in fire, authorities say

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one of the founders of the Dayton Rodeo has died during a fire at his Dayton home. The Webster County medical examiner pronounced 98-year-old Allen Porter dead at the scene Thursday. Dr. Dan Cole told The Messenger that Porter’s body was found in a hallway. An autopsy has been ordered.  Fire officials say Porter’s caretaker escaped through a window. The fire cause is being investigated.

A Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club account of the rodeo’s history says Porter helped started the event in 1937 with Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson. They began with rope trucks in the city park. Porter will be honored during an empty saddle ceremony at the rodeo. It’s scheduled for Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Authorities say chemical that rained down was fungicide

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARION, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say the chemical that rained down on a northeast Marion neighborhood was a fungicide. Several people called 911 Tuesday night after noticing a white substance on vehicles and houses. The Marion Fire Department said in a news release Thursday that tests show the substance has components commonly found in a field treatment used by farmers.

Iowa public health officials say that after 12 hours, lawns or vegetation exposed to the fungicide weren’t expected to pose health risks to people. Officials say exposed hard surfaces should be cleaned with soapy water, and all clothes and bare skin that were covered by the substance should be washed. The incident is still being investigated.

POSTED COUNTY GRAIN PRICES 7-29-16

Ag/Outdoor

July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $2.95, Beans $9.48
Adair County: Corn $2.92, Beans $9.51
Adams County: Corn $2.92, Beans $9.47
Audubon County: Corn $2.94, Beans $9.50
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $2.98, Beans $9.48
Guthrie County: Corn $2.97, Beans $9.52
Montgomery County: Corn $2.97, Beans $9.50
Shelby County: Corn $2.98, Beans $9.48

Oats $2.17 (always the same in all counties)

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

National Balloon Classic set to lift off in Indianola

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Dozens of hot air balloons will be flying over south-central Iowa over the next 9 days and nights. Indianola has hosted the National Balloon Classic, billed as “one of the largest and longest hot air balloon events in the Midwest,” for over 40 years. Jim Fromm, who serves on the National Balloon Classic board, says spectators will watch nearly 100 balloons decorate the sky.

“We had 86 registered pilots, so around 90 or so balloons will be here,” Fromm said.Natl Balloon Classic This year’s event launches tonight (Friday) and runs through August 6. There are evening flights combined with live music each night beginning at 6 p.m. The morning launches are scheduled each day at 6:30 a.m., but balloons will also fill the sky even earlier in the morning on both Saturdays and next Wednesday morning.

“There’s ‘Dawn Patrol,’ which is an unusual happening with balloons. Typically, we don’t fly with any aircraft lights on, but for (dawn patrol) we do hang lights on…and launch before sunrise, in the dark,” Fromm said. “We launch and fly for an hour or two, until the sun comes up. Everytime we hit the burner, the whole balloon lights up and that is very impressive.”

Similarly, “Nite Glow” events are scheduled after sunset this Sunday, next Wednesday (8/3), and next Friday (8/5). Learn more at: nationalballoonclassic.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic Parks & Rec to host FREE Movies in the Park

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Area residents have several opportunities to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie over the next few weeks, complete with popcorn. Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Seth Staashelm says the first movie will be held tomorrow (Friday) night beginning at 8 o’clock. The movie “Inside Out,” is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film, set in the mind of a young girl named Riley Andersen, where five personified emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – try to lead her through life as her parents move from Minnesota to San Francisco, and Riley has to adjust to her new surroundings.

Staashelm says there are fun things taking place before the film is shown. There’ll be a Scavenger Hunt at 6:30-p.m., for the kids, where they will search for characters from the movie, and a chance for them to use the new playground equipment. The movies will be shown just down the hill from the Kiddie Korral Shelter at Sunnyside Park.

Seating for the movies will be on the grass, so bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. You can also sit at the picnic tables in the shelter to view the movie. And, bring your soft drinks to wash down the popcorn. Movies will be shown on Friday nights for four weeks. The next movie is “Big Hero 6,” on August 5th. Seth says they hope kids – and adults — dress-up for the movie as their favorite “Super Hero.”

The remaining movies in the park include, on August 12th: “Little Giants,” and on August 19th, “Despicable Me.”  The movies are hosted by the Atlantic Parks & Recreation Department. Staashelm says also, the new Kiddie Korral and nearby playground equipment, as well as some finishing touches put on the Schildberg Park Connector Trail by KJAN, are just a few of the improvements that are continuing to be made in the Atlantic Parks System.

For more information, or questions about the summer movie series, or anything to do with the Atlantic Park system, call 712-243-3542.

USDA Report 07-28-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

July 28th, 2016 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin from the FSA in Audubon

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Unidentified chemical rains down on eastern IA community

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARION, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an unidentified chemical has rained down on a northeast Marion neighborhood. Several people in the eastern Iowa town  called 911 Tuesday night after noticing a white substance on vehicles and houses. No injuries have been reported. Officials initially thought the substance may be a weed killer accidentally dropped by a crop-duster. But Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill said Wednesday afternoon the substance may be a fungicide that’s also sprayed on crops.

Iowa State Extension agronomist Meghan Anderson says that, to be extra cautious, people in the area should destroy any produce in their gardens.  Authorities are still investigating.

Alliant Energy announces $1 billion wind project

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy has announced it will invest about $1 billion to expand its wind energy operations in the state. Alliant executives and Gov. Terry Branstad made the announcement Wednesday.

The Iowa utility said in a news release that it is seeking regulatory approval to expand its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and possibly develop wind energy in other areas of the state. Utility spokesman Justin Foss says the project will also generate more than 1,500 jobs in Iowa. Foss said it is not yet clear how many turbines the project would see erected.

The company says the five-year project will produce 500 megawatts of energy.

Hunter Safety education Online Field Day

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July 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Conservation Board is sponsoring a Hunter Safety Education Online Field Day, Sept. 3rd, from 8-a.m. until Noon, at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area. Registration is required, by going to www.iowadnr.gov/huntered. Persons born after Jan. 1st, 1972 must complete a hunter safety education course, in order to obtain an Iowa Hunting license. You must be at least 12 years old to take the class.IA DNR Outdoor logo

Participants in the Hunter Safety Education Online Field Day must complete the online class (at the web site mentioned), before coming to the field day at Nishna Bend, and you must bring your online completion voucher in order to be admitted to the Field Day course. The Nishna Bend Rec Area is located 1.5-miles southeast of the Harlan Municipal Airport.

If you have any questions, call Nick Preston, Shelby County Conservation Board Director, at 712-744-3403.

Cass County Extension Report 07-27-2016

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July 27th, 2016 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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