KJAN Ag/Outdoor

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DeSoto refuge to reopen but Boyer Chute closed

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — One of the federal wildlife refuges that straddle the Missouri River north of Omaha will reopen next week as planned, but the other will stay closed because of safety concerns. Both DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges sustained flood damage earlier this year. Officials have decided to keep Boyer Chute closed for now.

But DeSoto will reopen Monday because much of the flood damage there has been repaired. But the visitor center will remain closed for more work. Some hiking trails will not be available. DeSoto will be closed for the Jan. 11-Jan. 18 deer hunt, and people will need to use the U.S. Highway 30 entrance to reach the refuge.

Cass County Extension Report 12-28-2011

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

December 28th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olsen


Dry winter helps pheasants rebuild their numbers

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The lack of snow in December could be big in turning around several years of declinging pheasant numbers. D-N-R wildlife biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says seeing brown fields instead of white snowdrifts is important the pheasant population “This current winter for pheasants is exactly the kind of winter that we’ve been needing…the last couple of winters we’ve had anywhere from 20 to 30 inches of snow by the end of December, and this year is shaping up to be zero. I’d say our pheasant survival to this point is over 90-percent, so that’s awesome,” Bogenschutz says. He says winter survival sets the stage for a good spring hatch. “Winter is pretty critical because it’s the first major crunch time they have to go through,” Bogenschutz says, “and so if we have bad winters and kill most of ‘em, that’s pretty much the end of it. Certainly if they make it through the winter then what happens in the spring is also important.” He says the more hens that survive the winter the more chance there is for success if there is a bad spring. The D-N-R conducts an annual roadside survey in August, and that count found an average of seven birds last year for each 30 miles, down from 11 birds the year before. Bogenschutz says past records show the birds can rebuild the population quickly if the climate is right. He says there are several documented cases where we’ve had mild winters followed by a good spring, and that has led to the bird population doubling. “It’s definitely and awesome start, we’ve still got three months of winter to go yet, but it’s an awesome start for them, that’s for sure,” Bogenschutz said. The current pheasant season runs through January 10th.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Cass County Extension and Friends host an Application Extravaganza

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The public is invited to join former 4-H’ers and Extension staff on Monday, Jan. 2nd, as they explore the best tactics for developing successful material for applications, resumes and more.  Youth attending the event will leave knowing the basics and options to further explore. The event is open to 9th-through 12th grade students, regardless of whether they are involved with 4-H or not.  The Application Extravaganza takes place from 12:30 p.m.-to 4:30 p.m., at the Cass County Community Center, in Atlantic.

Recent graduates from Cass County will share their personal successes with applications and resume building.   Topics to be covered include:  Getting information, organizing information, and finding opportunities to apply for, resume building, 4-H awards and scholarships, and, letters of recommendation.  Information will be general to benefit all young people in grades 9-12, with opportunities for further learning. 

The event will include door prizes, giveaways, refreshments and hands-on learning.  Persons wanting to attend should RSVP by December 30 to xcass@iastate.edu or 712-243-1132.

Branstad opposed to user fee to spruce up parks

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s opposed to enacting a user fee to help spruce up the state’s parks and would rather rely on the Iowa State Parks Foundation to generate donations for park maintenance. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande says Iowans have told him they would be willing to pay such a fee to improve state parks. The Sioux City Journal reports Lande raised the possibility of reinstating a user fee during budget talks with Branstad. DNR funding has declined since 2008 and with it the number of seasonal workers hired to maintain parks. Public complaints resulted in more money for maintenance and the number of seasonal workers should nearly double from 80 in 2011 to 150 for the year that ends June 30.

Wildlife refuges announce Neb., Ia. deer hunts

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December 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges are holding a January muzzleloader deer hunt for Iowa and Nebraska hunters. The hunt will run from Jan. 11 through Jan. 18, and will apply to antlerless deer only. Nebraska hunters need a Season Choice Area 21 permit for the hunt. Iowa hunters will need a January antlerless deer license, but they can use similar permits from Harrison or Pottawattamie counties. Boyer Chute Refuge is open to Nebraska hunters only. DeSoto has land in both the states of Iowa and Nebraska, and hunters from both states may hunt.

Ethanol production in Iowa sets record

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December 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production in Iowa has increased to a record 3.7 billion gallons in 2011. The Des Moines Register says production for the state’s 41 plants has jumped by about 200 million gallons from last year. Monte Shaw, the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, says the industry has relied on export markets for growth. The overall production for ethanol in the U.S. for 2011 is estimated at 13.8 billion gallons,. Foreign sales of U.S. ethanol have added an additional 1 billion gallons of production this year. Much of the foreign demand has come from Brazil. A shortfall in the sugar cane crop caused that nation to turn to imports for domestic use.

USDA Report 12-22-2011

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December 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks


Hunters take fewer deer during 2011 shotgun seasons

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December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Compared to recent years, fewer deer were taken in Iowa during the recently completed shotgun deer seasons. Dale Garner is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife bureau chief. He says hunters harvested just under 69,000 deer, down about 9% from last year and nearly 30% compared to 2006. The DNR has been working to reduce Iowa’s deer population in recent years. Garner said it’s probably frustrating for many hunters. “But, it’s also a good thing for land owners, farmers and motorists because as the (deer) population drops, hopefully traffic accidents and damage to crops goes down as well,” Garner said. Some hunters are concerned the herd reduction efforts have gone too far. Garner said his advice to those hunters is to work with the landowner to see if the deer population is at a desirable level and adjust the local doe harvest accordingly. The DNR will make a recommendation on what direction to take with the deer population next spring.
Antlerless and muzzleloader hunting seasons are scheduled for January. Reductions in the harvest were proposed this year, but were not adopted.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Extension Report 12-21-2011

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

December 21st, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olsen talking about food smarts around the holidays.