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.

Drought: Half of US counties now disaster areas

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday added 218 counties in a dozen states as disaster areas. That brings this year’s total to 1,584 in 32 states, including Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa. The latest additions make drought-affected farmers and ranchers eligible for federal aid including emergency loans. The USDA also announced ranchers may access some 3.8 million acres of conservation land for haying and grazing, and crop insurance companies have agreed to provide farmers a penalty-free grace period on insurance premiums in 2012.

Antlerless Deer Bow Hunting Qualifications Set for Aug. 18th in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In his report to the Atlantic City Council Wednesday night, Councilman Chris Jimerson announced the Atlantic Police Department has the necessary forms and information available for an upcoming Deer Depredation hunt, designed to reduce the deer herd within the City limits. Jimerson said persons interested in bow hunting the deer will need to attend  qualifications tryouts to be held at 10-a.m. Sat., August 18th, or 6-p.m.  August 22nd at Sunnyside Park near the old school house.

Councilman Steve Livengood clarified this is NOT an organized hunt arranged by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He said bow hunters will need to have a license, tags, permission to hunt on private property and Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, to hunt within the City limits. Prospective hunters must also be able to prove their competency to handle their archery equipment responsibly. The City received permission from the Iowa DNR to hold the special antlerless deer hunt, to reduce the deer population, which has grown substantially since the last study was conducted a couple of years ago. An Urban Deer Control Ordinance was approved by the Council in June.

In other business, Councilman Dana Halder reminded residents about the need to remove your posted signs about garage sales. Halder said there is an ordinance prohibiting such signs on Public property. At the very least, he implored residents to “Have the courtesy to go pick up your garage sale sign…“  Some of the signs he says, are still posted, more than two-weeks after the sale was held.

Atlantic Police Chief said there is a $250 fine for posting signs on City property, such as light and telephone poles, school property and on private property, where permission was not received to post those signs.

California-bound Iowa hogs stranded in Nebraska


August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) – Central Nebraska authorities have found themselves the unintended caretakers of more than 100 hogs from Iowa that had been bound for California.  North Platte television station KNOP-TV reports that North Platte animal control officers struggled Tuesday to hose down the hogs that were stranded in a broken-down semitrailer for more than 13 hours. The truck broke down along U.S. Interstate 80 in North Platte around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the driver’s log books were out of date. He was cited for several violations, including suspicion of animal cruelty. Chief Deputy Jim Agler says the hogs are now his department’s responsibility. Authorities planned to get the hogs fed and checked by a veterinarian and will try to recover the cost of caring for the hogs from their out-of-state owners.

2012 drought worse than 1988′s, Iowa expert says

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa state climatologist says the 2012 drought is even worse than the 1988 event and the worst since 1936. Climatologist Harry Hillaker told The Gazette that the heat and dry July has pushed this year’s drought above ’88 drought for breadth and severity. Hillaker says the 1936 drought in Iowa also was fueled by a torrid July, the hottest and second-driest in 140 years.
Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., says “heat makes droughts drier, and droughts make heat hotter.” Fuchs says a high-pressure system that has kept many storms from watering the nation’s grain belt has strengthened and could remain as a rain barrier for two more months. The center reported last week that the drought covers two-thirds of the continental U.S.

Cass County Extension Report 08-01-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 1st, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


Survey: Drought dragging down Midwest economy

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The ongoing drought – combined with the global economic turmoil – is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states and increasing worries about the possibility of another recession.  A report released today (Wednesday) says July’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged below growth neutral for the first time since 2008. The index hit 48.7, compared with 57.2 in June. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the drought will hurt farm income and the strengthening dollar hurts exports.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

2012 Beef Show Champions at Cass County Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 31st, 2012 by Chris Parks

The 2012 Cass County Fair Grand Champion Beef Selection Show was held Monday night at 7:00pm at the Livestock Show Ring at the Cass County Fair.

In the 4-H Heifers the Grand Champion was shown by Drew Ticknor of the C&M Champions.  The Reserve Champion was shown by Duke Zellmer of the Pymosa 4-H Club.

In the 4-H Purchased Steers the Grand Champion selection belonged to Morgan McDermott of The Bear Grove Blazers.  Reserve Champion was shown by Macy Ticknor of the C&M Champions.

The FFA Heifer Grand Champion was shown by Walker Mundorf of Griswold FFA.

Also the FFA Steer Grand Champion was shown by Brady Runyan of the CAM FFA.  Reserve Champion was shown by Tanner Potter of the Griswold FFA.

“Breakfast with the Birds” Program in Cass County


July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is sponsoring aBreakfast with the Birds” Program. Officials say the program will be held at Sunnyside Park, Camblin Addition Shelter in Atlantic, on August 11th 2012, beginning at 9 am. Free will donations will be accepted.

The event serves as a sort of  kick-off to the Atlanticfest celebration on that same day(www.atlanticiowa.com) , by learning about birds of prey. Christina Roelofs, Shelby/Audubon County Naturalist will lead the presentation of birds. Christina will show and discuss several of her permanently injured education birds, and offer you an opportunity to  check the birds out, close-up.

Advice for chopping failing corn fields for silage


July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa livestock farmers who’ve seen their pastures dry up and their hay supply dwindle may be able to find another source to feed their animals. Corn stalks can be chopped up and turned into silage. Daniel Loy, a livestock specialist with Iowa State University’s Extension Service, says the corn stalks must have about 60 to 70 percent moisture and stalks that look dry often have that much moisture inside. “The key to quality harvest of silage is to exclude the oxygen…cover it with plastic or other material so that they can exclude as much oxygen as possible, and then it goes through a fermentation process which is almost exactly like pickling,” Loy says. That pickling process takes about three or four weeks.

“It will develop enough acidity and drop the pH to a level that actually will fight off the microorganisms that might cause it to deteriorate,” Loy says. “It becomes stable at that point and that’s why, if you’ve ever smelled corn silage, it has that sweet/sour aroma which is very much similar to what you would find in your pickle jar.” You can’t just go out in a field and start chopping with a mower, however. It takes special equipment to cut silage. “There are custom operators that will bag silage and put it into a big plastic bag which is kind of a silo-on-the-spot and there are also custom operators that will do the chopping and delivery,” Loy says, “so if producers aren’t really set up to harvest and store silage, there are opportunities for custom operators to help them do that.” But not every corn field that’s judged a total loss for the farmer who wanted to harvest the corn in bushels can be sold as tons of silage.

Some crop insurance policies bar farmers from chopping the corn plants for resale as silage. In other fields the nitrogen content of the corn stalks may be too high to be fed to livestock. But Loy says that four-week process of converting the chopped corn into pickled silage cuts the nitrogen levels. “That can reduce the nitrates that (are) in the plant material by 30 to 80 percent, depending on the quality of the fermentation,” Loy says. “So between diluting with other feed stuffs, between the reduction in nitrate that occurs during the ensiling process, the risk can be decreased quite substantially.” Loy advises farmers to visit with an expert if they’ve never chopped silage before and to check with an advisor before feeding silage to their livestock for the first time. Go to www.radioiowa.com to find a link to I-S-U Extension resources about silage.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa crops decline in long, hot summer

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The condition of Iowa’s crops continues to decline as the drought persists. Even with some rain last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 46 percent of the corn crop is now in poor or very poor condition. Last week, it was 40 percent.  The USDA says in Monday’s report that 34 percent of Iowa’s soybeans are in poor to very poor condition. Last week, it was 30 percent.
Thunderstorms hit on Wednesday and over the weekend, with a statewide average of .70 inches. But Audubon hasn’t had any measurable rain in 36 days. In Atlantic, the last measurable rain was on June 28th, when we received just two one-hundredths (.02) of an inch.

The high temperature for the week was 107 degrees in Donnellson, Fairfield and Keokuk.  Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says July could be the third hottest and fifth driest July among 140 years of state records.