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.

Posted County Prices 08-15-2012

Ag/Outdoor

August 15th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.66, Beans $16.38

Adair County: Corn $7.63, Beans $16.41

Adams County: Corn $7.63, Beans $16.37

Audubon County: Corn $7.65, Beans $16.40

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.69, Beans $16.38

Guthrie County: Corn $7.68, Beans $16.42

Montgomery County: Corn $7.68, Beans $16.40

Shelby County: Corn $7.69, Beans $16.38

Oats $3.67  (always the same in all counties)

Western Iowa food products company files for bankruptcy

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A company in western Iowa that makes corn-based products for cooking has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, citing high grain prices and transportation cost. Dave Hoffman of the Plymouth Oil Company says the board felt this was the best move to pay off their debts. He says they have put together a plan to make the company profitable and have changed the management. Hoffman says the problems are due in part to high grain prices, but more so due to the high cost of transportation. Hoffman says Plymouth Oil had hoped to obtain corn germ from their neighbors next door, Plymouth Energy, but those plans fell through. The company had to truck in the corn germ from Jefferson, Wisconsin to its plant near Merrill, which ended up being more expensive.

Hoffman says it is 380 miles or about 42-dollars a ton to truck in the material they need. “We makes it very tough for us to succeed,” Hoffman says. He says they are trying to get some new quotes from suppliers to cut the costs. Hoffman says the plan is to keep operating, and to keep paying bills. The plant started operations in February of 2010. It specializes in producing food grade products from corn, such as corn oil for cooking purposes. The plant employes 25 to 30 people.

(Radio Iowa)

Posted County Prices 08-14-2012

Ag/Outdoor

August 14th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.76, Beans $16.45

Adair County: Corn $7.73, Beans $16.48

Adams County: Corn $7.73, Beans $16.44

Audubon County: Corn $7.75, Beans $16.47

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.79, Beans $16.45

Guthrie County: Corn $7.78, Beans $16.49

Montgomery County: Corn $7.78, Beans $16.47

Shelby County: Corn $7.79, Beans $16.45

Oats $3.70  (always the same in all counties)

Crop report, and holding corn to meet ethanol contracts

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cooler temperatures and rain last week helped some of Iowa’s crops. The latest U-S-D-A crop report says the heaviest rain fell in the northeast and southwest portions of the state. The report says that helped soybean conditions improve for the first time in seven weeks. Thirty-seven percent of the soybeans are now rated in very-poor or poor condition, while 38-percent are rated fair and 25-percent are in good to excellent condition. The corn crop saw a slight decline in its condition, with 51-percent in very-poor or poor condition. Thirty-three percent is rated in fair condition and just 16-percent in good to excellent condition.

(Radio Iowa)

Obama says Ryan is blocking the Farm Bill

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At a grassroots campaign event held this morning at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs,  President Obama discussed how Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for his Vice Presidential running mate,  is blocking the farm bill that Congress needs to pass in order to provide relief and certainty to U.S. farmers and ranchers. The President also highlighted his Administration’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the current drought – including purchasing livestock to provide assistance to those who need it.

Here are some excerpts of the President’s prepared remarks….

“Right now folks here in Iowa and across the heartland are suffering from one of the worst droughts in 50 years. Farmers and ranchers depend on a good crop season to pay the bills and put a roof over their heads, and I know that things are tough right now.

“The best way to help these states is for leaders in Congress to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters, but also makes necessary reforms and gives them some long-term certainty.  But right now, too many members of Congress are blocking that bill from becoming law. Now, I’m told Governor Romney’s new running mate might be around Iowa these next few days. And he’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away.

“But the folks suffering from this drought can’t wait for Congress to do its job.  So in the meantime, I’ve made sure my Administration is doing everything we can to provide relief to those who need it. Last week, we announced $30 million to help farmers and ranchers, get more water to livestock, and rehabilitate land affected by the drought. Today, we’re announcing that the federal government will help livestock producers by purchasing over $150 million worth of meat and fish now, while prices are low, and freeze it for later.”

Hunter Education Online Field Day set for Sept. 8th

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Persons who are at least 12 years of age and interested in hunting, are encouraged to sign-up for an online Hunter Safety Education Field Day, set to take place on September 8th, from 8-a.m. until Noon. The Field Day will take place at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area, about 1.5-miles southeast of the Harlan Municipal Airport.

Anyone who was born after January 1st, 1972 must complete a hunter safety education course, in order to obtain an Iowa Hunting license. Go to www.iowadnr.gov to sign-up. You must complete the online class before coming to the Field Day, and you”ll need to bring your online completion voucher with you, in order to be admitted to the Field Day event.

Posted County Prices 08-13-2012

Ag/Outdoor

August 13th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.83, Beans $16.42

Adair County: Corn $7.80, Beans $16.45

Adams County: Corn $7.80, Beans $16.41

Audubon County: Corn $7.82, Beans $16.44

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.86, Beans $16.42

Guthrie County: Corn $7.85, Beans $16.46

Montgomery County: Corn $7.85, Beans $16.44

Shelby County: Corn $7.86, Beans $16.42

Oats $3.72  (always the same in all counties)

USDA expects drop in Iowa corn, soybean crops

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – During a summer of drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa’s corn crop likely will plunge 19 percent below last year’s production. The crop is forecast at nearly 1.92 billion bushels, based on Aug. 1 conditions.  A USDA report released Friday says the yield is forecast at 141 bushels an acre, which would be the lowest figure since 1997.  Soybean production is forecast at 406 million bushels, which would be nearly 13 percent under last year’s figure.  Soybean yield is forecast at 43 bushels an acre, which would be 7.5 bushels under last year.

Third Annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities program/contest underway

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Corporation have once again launched their America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organization. This year, the program, which in its third consecutive year, and is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, expands to 26 new counties, and will provide an online platform to aid community involvement.

With more than 90 percent of the U.S. corn and soy production currently impacted by the drought, a farmer’s ability to invest in his or her community is affected. To help, the Monsanto Fund will provide additional financial support. Winning farmers from counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the USDA will have an opportunity to direct an additional $2,500 donation to a local non-profit to address community needs that have surfaced due to the drought. To date, more than 660 counties have been declared disasters areas within the 1,271 eligible Grow Communities counties.

Since the inception of America’s Farmers Grow Communities, thousands of farmers have nominated their favorite local nonprofit groups, such as FFA chapters, schools, fire departments, local food pantries or other civic groups.  This year, rural community members can suggest an idea or initiative that needs funding in their local community. Eligible farmers may review the ideas and consider them in their application. Community members who wish to plant an idea and encourage farmers to support their cause can do so at www.growcommunities.com.

Now through November 30, 2012, eligible farmers can apply online, and rural community members can submit their ideas at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332. The Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random from each of the eligible counties and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2013. Farmers in all of Iowa’s 99 counties are eligible to participate in Grow Communities.

Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, giving farmers the opportunity to nominate their local public school district to apply for a grant up to $25,000. Winners of the first annual Grow Rural Education program will be announced on August 28. For more information about these programs and to view the official rules, visit www.americasfarmers.com.

(Press Release)

Posted County Prices 08-10-2012

Ag/Outdoor

August 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Cass County: Corn $7.85, Beans $16.11

Adair County: Corn $7.82, Beans $16.14

Adams County: Corn $7.82, Beans $16.10

Audubon County: Corn $7.84, Beans $16.13

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.88, Beans $16.11

Guthrie County: Corn $7.87, Beans $16.15

Montgomery County: Corn $7.87, Beans $16.13

Shelby County: Corn $7.88, Beans $16.11

Oats $3.66  (always the same in all counties)