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.

Corn planting in Iowa progresses despite rain

Ag/Outdoor

May 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are making good progress on planting the corn and soybean crops, even with all the storms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that corn planting is now 64 percent complete. That’s ahead of last year’s 52 percent and the five-year average of 58 percent.
Seven percent of the soybeans have been planted, which is about the same as last year but behind the five-year average of 11 percent. Rain totals last week ranged from .4 in Dubuque to over 5 inches in Washington. The statewide average was 1.5 inches.
All the rain has improved Iowa’s soil moisture levels, with topsoil at 97 percent adequate or surplus. Subsoil moisture is 81 percent adequate or surplus.

Geocaching 101 class offered in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board says a “Geocaching 101″ class will be held at the Cold Springs Park Campground Shelter, on Saturday May 26th, beginning at 7 PM. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game.

Geocashing

Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

The CCCB invites you to Spend Memorial Day learning about a newer technology (GPS) to help you EXPLORE nature. Time will be spent on “caching” with the Global Positioning System units, which will be available for the class or can bring your own. You’re asked to pre-register by calling 712-769-2372. When you call, be sure to mention whether or not you will be providing your own GPS unit.

The free event is open to the public, and you do not have to be a camper to attend. For more information about Geocaching, go to http://www.iowageocachers.org/ or http://www.geocaching.com/

USDA Report 05-03-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

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Cass County Extension Report 05-02-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 2nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olsen

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NW Iowa packing plant to close by end of year

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Ohio-based company has told employees that its northwest Iowa meat plant in Orange City will close by the end of the year. Shuttering the AdvancePierre Foods plant will eliminate an estimated 300 jobs. Mayor Les Douma says the plant manager told him about the closing late Tuesday. Douma says the plant has “a great economic impact on the entire region.”  The company supplies meat products and sandwiches to food-service, school, retail, club store, vending and convenience store markets.

Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day Scheduled for June 12

Ag/Outdoor

May 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Organizers of the annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day have announced June 12th as the date for the 2012 event. The 5th annual field day will be held at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead again this year, located just south of Shelby. 

Registration and vendor displays will open at 8 a.m. on the 14th; with speakers beginning at 9 a.m. Topics at this year’s field day will include managing planter settings in heavy residue areas, use of cover crops to improve soil structure, a marketing update and weather outlook. 

Keynote speaker Paul Jasa will discuss techniques for success in long term no-till systems for a corn/bean rotation as well as continuous corn on corn. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all in attendance, including steak sandwiches grilled by the Harrison County Cattlemen.  

Anyone with an interest in soil stewardship, whether looking for basic management ideas or a long-time no-till producer, is encouraged to attend the daylong educational event. In addition to the educational sessions at the 2012 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. CCA Credits will also be available for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year. 

There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required by June 7th.  Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations may also be faxed to 712-644-2100 or be mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7th St., Logan, IA 51546.   

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses.

Paving around Lake Anita State Park is almost complete & other area trail news

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Persons attending the Bike and Trails Expo in Atlantic Monday night heard some exciting news with regard to a trail around the Lake Anita State Park. Wendy Wittrock, with the group “Friends of Lake Anita State Park,” said work is about to begin on paving the trail. Wittrock said the contractor is on site, and will be completing the paving of the trail, which will mean 3.3-miles of the trail will be paved altogether, with another seven-tenths of a mile on a roadway. Wittrock encourages everyone to bring their bikes to the Lake area soon, because “you’re really gonna like the new trail.”

Another trail under development is the “Little Mermaid Trail,” which will connect Elk Horn and Kimballton. Bob Mortensen, co-chair of the Little Mermaid Trail Committee, said their current project includes paving of the “Friendship Walk,” which leads from the Bedstemor’s House in Elk Horn, to the Danish Immigrant Museum. Mortensen said they’ll be opening bids for the project this week. He says as part of the fundraising effort for the project, on Monday, May 7th, they will hold an all-you can eat mexican taco bar, for your free will donation. He says “You’ll have to go see the Mermaid for the margaritas.” The cost of the drinks are extra. For more information, go to www.danishvillages.com.

And, Debbie Copic, Chairperson of the 4th Annual “Tour de Tivoli” bike ride May 27th (Memorial Day weekend), announced that there will be two routes this year for that event. The standard route is 26-miles, and will pass by Prairie Rose State Park onto Highway 44 into Kimballton. The longer route is 50-miles, and includes a loop to Hamlin on the T-Bone Trail into Exira and then into Elk Horn. The event coincides with the Annual Tivoli Fest celebration, May 27th and 28th.

The pre-registration deadline for a one-of-a-kind jersey, or t-shirt on the day of the ride, is this Friday, April 27th. For more information, call Deb Copic at 712-249-7257, or e-mail debbiecopic@gmail.com. The registration fee prior is $20 for the ride alone, or $30, which includes a t-shirt, SAG stations & refreshments, chances to win door prizes, and a meal, along with free entertainment at the Danish Windmill. $60 registers you for the ride, and includes the jersey, which features the 2012 Tivoli Fest logo and theme, “A Burst of Tivoli Fest.” The jersey will cost $65 on the day of ride.

Iowa makes good progress on corn planting

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April 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are making good progress on getting the corn crop in the ground. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers took advantage of dry weather early last week and now have planted 50 percent of the crop. That’s up from just nine percent the previous week. The five-year average is 32 percent. The USDA says in Monday’s weekly report that five percent of the corn has emerged, which is 10 days ahead of normal. Farmers have planted three percent of the soybean crop. The week ended with rain and cooler weather from Friday afternoon to Sunday, which put planting on hold. The statewide average rainfall for last week was .83 inch. The rain helped soil moisture, with topsoil at 92 percent adequate or surplus.

Spring brings increased farm equipment movement on roadways

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April 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s warm winter and early spring have farmers more ready than ever to get into the fields for spring planting, meaning Iowa motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways. Data for 2011 shows a total of 198 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in seven fatalities, 15 major injuries, 46 minor injuries and 55 other possible injuries. Of the 198 crashes, 119 resulted only in property damage.

Tips for motorists

  • Be alert and always watch for slow-moving vehicles, especially during planting and harvest seasons.
  • Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle.
  • Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.

Tips for farm vehicle operators

  • Make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn.
  • Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.
  • Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.

New group to promote & preserve Lewis & Clark Trail

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new non-profit group will be devoted to the famed Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail which cuts through Iowa and ten other states. The Lewis & Clark Trust is basing its national headquarters in Omaha. Spokeswoman Stephanie Ambrose-Tubbs says the organization’s mission is to help preserve and promote the historic 37-hundred mile trail. Ambrose-Tubbs says, “If we want it to remain sustained for future generations, we need to promote it, to teach it and to protect it.” One of the Trust’s primary goals will be to nail down funding for the eastern expansion of the trail, known as the Eastern Legacy. She says raising money will be coupled with raising awareness for the historic trail as the top priorities. 

“The Lewis and Clark Trust will focus a laser beam light on the trail through partnerships, educational programs and an outreach to the entire country and even beyond,” she says. Calling themselves the Corps of Discovery, the group led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took a two-year expedition from Illinois to what’s now the state of Washington. Their remarkable journey began in 1804 and is documented along what is now the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Ambrose-Tubbs says the trail is an important part of American history and the story — and the trail — need to be preserved for future generations.  “So that students are continually learning the lessons of the expedition, the ones that it teaches us about teamwork, leadership and enlightenment science,” she says. The trail stretches from St. Louis, Missouri to Oregon.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)