KJAN Ag/Outdoor

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Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

Ag/Outdoor

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) – Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what’s happening in their fields. In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials – along with members of industry and academia – has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer’s time and resources during the growing season.

The public got its first glimpse of the group’s drone at a flight demonstration last month at a research farm in Moultrie, Georgia. By deploying a UAV with a multi-spectral camera to survey crops, farmers could spot water and nutrition issues, insect infestations and fungal infections.

Posted County Prices for the grains 06-10-2014

Ag/Outdoor

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $4.27, Beans $14.37

Adair County: Corn $4.24, Beans $14.40

Adams County: Corn $4.24, Beans $14.36

Audubon County: Corn $4.26, Beans $14.39

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $4.30, Beans $14.37

Guthrie County: Corn $4.29, Beans $14.41

Montgomery County: Corn $4.29, Beans $14.39

Shelby County: Corn $4.30, Beans $14.37

Oats $3.24 (always the same in all counties)

Most crops have emerged, some farmers have to replant

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The lastest U-S-D-A crop report out Monday shows a majority of the corn and soybean crops have emerged, but some farmers are heading back to the fields. Corn and soybean growers in six-county area of southwest Iowa have to replant thousands of acres of crops destroyed by last week’s wind and hail storms. Iowa State University’s Southwest Iowa Extension Agronomist, Aaron Saegling rates the damage that stretches from Oakland to Council Bluffs as- among the worst he’s seen during his 25-year career.

“Those plants are gone. They’re not laying down in the field. They’re gone. They’re just not even in the field,” Saegling says, “And so that tells me there is probably as much wind as hail. We have some fields that are pretty bare.” Saegling says farmers can try to get a crop out of some of the fields.  “There will be a lot of soybean replanting. A lot of the corn I don’t believe will make it. …so a lot of those acres will probably not be replanted because it’s pretty late in the year.”

Saegling says many barren fields will be getting erosion-preventing cover crops. The report says 98-percent of the corn crop has emerged, which is 18-percent ahead of last year and four percent ahead of the five-year average. The U-S-D-A report says soybean planting is nearly complete and 87-percent of the crop has emerged. That’s three weeks ahead of last year and about one week ahead of normal.

(Radio Iowa)

Break-in reported at Papetti Farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating a break-in and theft from Sunbest Papetti Farms, on the southwest side of Villisca. Officials say the incident happened sometime between 4-p.m. Friday, June 6th, and the early morning hours of Saturday, June 7th. Officials say a person or persons unknown broke into the maintenance shed at the egg business, located at 2975 265th Street.

Once inside, more than $3,000 worth of tools were loaded into a Kubota utility vehicle and driven to T Avenue, where they were off-loaded into another vehicle. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Posted County Prices for the grains 06-09-2014

Ag/Outdoor

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $4.28, Beans $14.42

Adair County: Corn $4.25, Beans $14.45

Adams County: Corn $4.25, Beans $14.41

Audubon County: Corn $4.27, Beans $14.44

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $4.31, Beans $14.42

Guthrie County: Corn $4.30, Beans $14.46

Montgomery County: Corn $4.30, Beans $14.44

Shelby County: Corn $4.31, Beans $14.42

Oats $3.25 (always the same in all counties)

No new cases of CWD discovered

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has looked through more than four-thousand samples and did not find any news cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. D-N-R Wildlife Research Supervisor, Willie Suchy, a deer shot in Allamakee County remains the only positive case in the wild deer population. “It’s good news, we wish there were zero, but we knew the day would come when we would end up with a positive given the proximity of C-W-D in other states,” Suchy says. It’s pretty likely since the deer was shot in a border county that the animal was visiting Iowa from one of those other states.

“We think that the most likely scenario is that this is a deer that was probably in Wisconsin — or it could have been Illinois or Minnesota — and migrated over and showed up in Iowa. It was a mature adult buck and those are — when they’re yearling, some of the animals that travel the furthest,” according to Suchy.  Suchy says. “If we don’t detect any new cases, then we would conclude that we are back to just normal surveillance.” The D-N-R held three public meetings in Allamakee And Clayton County on C-W-D, and Suchy says those residents appear willing to help.

“People are very willing at this point to work with us to get more samples and find out more and then down the road someday there may have to be some harder decisions if we find more,” Suchy says. He says controlling the spread of C-W-D all depends on how large an infestation there is.  Suchy says it’s possibly that natural mortality and the annual hunting seasons could wipe out the infected deer if the infestation is at a low level.

The D-N-R has taken samples from nearly 51-thousand wild deer and 35-hundred captive deer and elk for C-W-D since 2002. Most of the samples are taken in the 11 counties in northeast Iowa which is the area closest to states that have C-W-D infestations.

(Radio Iowa)

Rep. King skeptical of USDA requiring reporting of PEDV

Ag/Outdoor

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King is raising concerns about the U-S-D-A’s plans for the mandatory reporting of a virus that’s striking hog herds called P-E-D-V, or porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. King, a Republican, says he’s not sure the federal reporting program will achieve the desired results or that all producers will comply. King says, “The regulation has been brought down and to the extent that we can work with our state veterinarian and our vets within the state and to the extent that they can sell this to our producers is the extent it’s going to be effective.”

Producers have supported reporting and control programs for other diseases, like psuedorabies, and the end result was eradication of the disease, so King remains hopeful. He says another concern is the possibility producer confidentiality will be breached and the information collected by the U-S-D-A could be used against the pork industry.”I’m also concerned about the federal records that might be compiled by this order,” King says, “and do we have protection for our producers or are we going to see animal rights people come in here and capitalize on this particular disease.”

U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about the need for heightened border security, which King says may hint that the agency believes that’s how P-E-D-V was introduced into the U-S. King spoke at the World Pork Expo this week in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

Hog farm expansions stimulate debate in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The debate between urban and rural interests in the state continues to play out as hog farms expand to keep up with strong demand for pork and manure. The Des Moines Register reports the debate may intensify in the next year because hog producers may expand herds to replace hogs lost to a deadly disease and take advantage of higher.

At the same time, activist groups like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will continue protesting hog farm expansions because of concerns about the environment and impact on neighbors. In rural Dallas County, Rob Manning is building a barn to hold 2,500 hogs.

Manning’s neighbor Eric Wessels worries about what the new hog barn and its odor will mean for his family’s quality of life.

Vilsack announces money to fight deadly pig virus

Ag/Outdoor

June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says hog producers will be required to report a deadly pig virus to veterinarians as part of an increased effort from the federal government to fight the disease. Vilsack said Thursday at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines that the federal government would pump $26 million into fighting PEDv, also known as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The disease has killed about 10 percent of the country’s hog inventory over the past year.

The Des Moines Register reports producers will be required to report when they’re affected by the disease. They’ll also be expected to develop a biosecurity management plan to monitor and control their respective farms. The funding could include an additional $4 million to research a vaccine for the disease.

Greenfield native awarded conservation internship

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) say Greenfield native Jared Baier will be spending his summer outdoors, helping to preserve and restore Iowa’s natural beauty through a unique internship program. The INHF selected Baier and nine other students from Iowa colleges as statewide land stewardship interns for the summer of 2014. Baier is a graduate of Nodaway Valley High School. He is majoring in forestry at Iowa State University and expects to graduate in December 2014.

INHF looks for college students who possess a passion for conservation and a desire to learn hands-on techniques for preserving Iowa’s natural areas. Baier said “This is a great hands on experience that will help further my career in the future.” INHF chooses its land stewardship interns based on their dedication to conservation and their devotion to restoring the state’s natural places.

Erin Van Waus, INHF land stewardship director, said “The interns help INHF achieve its goal of restoring rare and special native habitats throughout Iowa, and the enthusiasm and expertise each intern brings to the position is priceless.” The internship program allows INHF to increase its capacity to do high-quality restoration while offering the students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

Baier’s internship is sponsored by the estate of Richard “Sandy” Rhodes II, an INHF member from eastern Iowa known as a prairie restoration enthusiast. INHF is a nonprofit, conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 130,000 acres of Iowa’s wild places.