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Cass County Extension Report 8-31-2016

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August 31st, 2016 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


Iowa pheasant population similar to 2015, quail highest in 27 years


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State officials in Iowa covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall? A repeat of last year.

“The good news is pheasant hunters had their best season in five years last year and they should expect to have pretty good hunting again this year,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who coordinates the August roadside survey.2016_pheasant_survey_map_web

The survey found an average of 21 pheasants per 30 mile route statewide, with higher counts coming from counties crossing the state diagonally from northwest to southeast.  The statewide average in 2015 was 24 pheasants per route.

“To put it in perspective, our population is similar to 2007 when we harvested 630,000 roosters. Last year we harvested 270,000 roosters. The difference is, we had twice the hunters in 07,” Bogenschutz said.  “If we had 100,000 hunters last year we would have doubled the harvest. The birds are here, we need hunters to return.”

Population patterns tracked the weather. Parts of northwest Iowa had declines due to heavy snowfall which likely reducing pheasant survival. Parts of southwest Iowa had declines due to heavy spring rains likely reducing nesting success. Other regions had more favorable weather and saw similar or slightly higher numbers.

“Hunters can expect bird numbers similar to last year statewide, where the right habitat exists,” Bogenschutz said. “We need hunters to come back if we are going to see the harvest increase. If nothing else, they should come back for the quail.” Iowa’s quail population index has been increasing recently and is now at its highest since 1989 after experiencing increases again across south central and southwest Iowa this year. “To put it in perspective, in 1989, we had 80,000 hunters harvest 400,000 quail. With today’s modern agriculture and landscapes, this is likely the best quail numbers we can hope for,” Bogenschutz said.

In 2014, 6,500 hunters shot 10,000 quail. In 2015, 10,000 hunters shot 28,000 quail.  “This is the best opportunity we’ve had to hunt quail in 27 years,” he said.  “For anyone who has ever had an interest in quail or who hasn’t hunted quail recently, this is the year to go.” Surveyors also record the numbers of cottontail rabbits and Hungarian partridge.

Rabbit numbers were down some from their record level of the past two years but remain above their ten year average, with better numbers in southern and eastern Iowa. Partridge were unchanged with their best numbers in northern Iowa, he said.

The August roadside survey is available at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey

Local Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, August 30

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 30th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .8″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic, 1.19″
  • Elk Horn  .98″
  • Avoca  .45″
  • Oakland  2″
  • Audubon  1.12″
  • Guthrie Center  1.2″
  • Irwin  .26″
  • Underwood  .88″
  • Neola  .25
  • Red Oak  .28″
  • Clarinda  .95″
  • Villisca  .5″
  • Glenwood  .45″
  • Missouri Valley  1.71″
  • Woodbine  1.75″
  • Logan  1.13″
  • Council Bluffs  .73″
  • Bedford  .95″
  • Creston  .66″
  • Shenandoah  2.51″

Farm Progress Show opens in Boone, drawing thousands


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The central Iowa town of Boone is gearing up to welcome many thousands of visitors to the 63rd annual Farm Progress Show. Event spokeswoman Dena Morgan says the nation’s largest outdoor farm show is scheduled to open this morning (8 A-M). Morgan says it will feature the latest ag technology, including new products to be unveiled by many of the industry’s largest manufacturers.

“We’ve got a great lineup, of course, lots of things happening out in the demonstration fields,” Morgan says. “We’ve got corn combining at 11 every day, tillage at 1. If you’re a livestock producer and you’re in the market for a chute or some other kind of cattle-handling equipment, we have working cattle demonstrations every day at 10 and at 2.”

The show will host more than 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, seed and crop protection products, farm supplies and services. Since the last day of the 2014 show had to be cancelled due to lightning, Morgan says there are two ways you can be updated, by using the website Farm Progress Show-dot-com, or by using a free smart phone app.

“All you have to enter is ‘Farm Progress Show 2016’ and that should bring up the current year app,” Morgan says. “You can search for exhibitors, you can look at the show fields, all kinds of things.” For about 50 years, the show rotated between locations in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, but now, it’s held every other year in Boone or Decatur, Illinois.

“We started the rotation that we have now in 2005 when we moved the show up into August,” Morgan says. “It used to be later in September and we moved it almost a month earlier and went to the rotation of just two sites and then having permanent sites.” The show runs three days, closing on Thursday.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa crops progressing ahead of schedule

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, on average, are ahead of their normal stages of growth. The USDA’s latest crop conditions report (issued today/Monday) states above normal rainfall last week left Iowa farmers with just over four days that were suitable for field work. Record flooding occurred in portions of northeast Iowa as more than eight inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period in a few locations.

The report places 83 percent of the state’s corn and 82 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, which is eight days ahead of the five year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 96 percent, or about four days ahead of the five year average.

The report notes heavy rain and winds last week damaged some Iowa crops, while sudden death and white mold are causing problems in some soybean fields.

(Radio Iowa)

Branstad says state patrol could deal with pipeline protests

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll authorize the Iowa State Patrol to deal with protesters who could try to stop construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline. The Des Moines Register reports Branstad told reporters at his weekly news conference, held this Monday in Pella, that the state patrol would ensure the safety of those building the pipeline, and that could helping local law enforcement respond to protests. The Iowa Utilities Board has approved construction of the pipeline, which will run 1,172 miles through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The route will cut through 18 Iowa counties. Pipeline opponents have promised to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction, but Branstad says they should accept the board’s approval of the project and not break the law.

Local Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Monday, August 29

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 29th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .01″
  • Massena  1.67″
  • Elk Horn  .26″
  • Villisca  1.2″
  • Red Oak  .11″
  • Clarinda  .05″
  • Shenandoah  .06″

Trump says ‘family farms are the backbone’ of US

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says agriculture is a “vital component” of the U.S. economy and he’s promising to protect the ethanol production mandate and reign in federal farm regulations. “Family farms are the backbone of this country, remember that,” Trump said Saturday. “And I know what’s happening to you.” Trump used part of his speech at Senator Joni Ernst’s event this weekend to speak directly to farmers.

“We’re going to make America grow again. Grow — that begins with supporting our family farms right here in Iowa. Do we have any farmers in the room? Stand up! Beautiful,” Trump said, as the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. Trump is singling out the Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it “a disaster” that must be eliminated. “We are going to end the EPA intrusion into your family homes and your family farms for no reason,” Trump said. “What they’re doing to you is a disgrace and we’re going to get rid of a lot of those regulations that don’t mean anything except cost you a lot of money and a lot of the time and in many cases you lose your farms over the regulations.”

And Trump is accusing President Obama of “lying” about his support of the Renewable Fuels Standard. “You can trust Hillary Clinton far less,” Trump said. “…Hillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms just like she wants to shut down the miners and the steel workers…She will do this not only through radical regulation, but also by raising taxes on family farms.”

Clinton has proposed raising the federal estate tax and people would have to pay if they inherit from any married couple whose estate is worth more than seven million dollars. According to Bloomberg Politics, Clinton’s estate-tax proposals would affect four out of every thousand estates in the country. A Clinton spokesman also says a year ago Clinton offered “a comprehensive plan” to “build a more vibrant rural America” and “Donald Trump will only work to build an economy that works for people like himself.”

On August 26th of last year, Clinton called for “strengthening” the Renewable Fuels Standard and reducing federal regulations on community banks that serve farmers and rural customers. She also promised to “change the formula” for key federal farm programs so “family operations” get crop insurance subsidies, but “big businesses” don’t.

(Radio Iowa)

Conservation Report 08-27-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 27th, 2016 by Chris Parks

w/ Bob Beebensee and District DNR Supervisor Brian Smith


Insects and diseases threaten some Iowa soybean fields

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August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Some common August threats are showing up in Iowa soybean fields. That’s according to agronomist Randy Kool, with Syngenta, in Adel, who says spraying for insects is coming to an end for most growers. “Usually R5.5 to R6 (development stage) is about the end of any application treatments for insects. We’ve had some spraying for soybean aphids and we’re starting to hear about the second generation of bean leaf beetles,” Kool said. Kool’s territory includes parts of western Iowa where excessive rainfall has disease pressure mounting.

“I would say (we’re starting to see pockets of) SDS in the western half of Iowa, but it’s not as prevalent as on the eastern side of the state.” Kool says variety selection and seed treatments are ways to manage Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases moving forward. And late emerging weeds like water hemp are causing problems again. “That’s a little bit more of an issue this year since beans were a little slower to canopy. We’ve got good bean height now, but its been a challenge to take care of some of those weeds earlier,” Kool said.

Kool recommends cleaning harvest equipment before switching fields to limit the spread of weed seeds. The most recent report from the USDA placed 82-percent of Iowa’s soybean crop in good or excellent condition.

(Radio Iowa/Brownfield Ag News)