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 09-20-2012

Ag/Outdoor

September 20th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.46

Adair County: Corn $7.38, Beans $16.49

Adams County: Corn $7.38, Beans $16.45

Audubon County: Corn $7.40, Beans $16.48

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.46

Guthrie County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.50

Montgomery County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.48

Shelby County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.46

Oats $3.68  (always the same in all counties)

USDA expands counties eligible for disaster loans

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in 22 additional Iowa counties now may qualify for low interest emergency loans from the federal government as a result of this summer’s drought. With the latest designation announced Wednesday, farmers in all Iowa counties now could qualify for drought-related emergency assistance. Six counties added by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as primary natural disaster areas include Clarke, Emmet, Madison, Taylor, Union, and Warren. In addition farmers in 16 contiguous counties may qualify for the loans and other assistance.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The emergency loan interest rate had earlier been reduced to 2.25 percent from 3.75 percent by the Department of Agriculture.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index bumped up to “High”

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says the Fire Danger rating has been bumped up from “Moderate,” to “High.”  Seivert says the local fire danger index is being adjusted due to the wind conditions and low relative humidity. And, while Red Flag warning are being posted for areas to the west, Seivert says he doesn’t expect Red Flag conditions in Shelby County, but because winds are expected to shift to the northwest this (Wednesday) afternoon, they will monitor that component very closely. He says property owners should not conduct ANY open today. The next local fire danger notice will be Monday September 24th, unless an unexpected change in conditions occur.

Authorities seek grader and tractor last seen: 2-years ago!

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports they are currently seeking information on the whereabouts of a 1950’s model road grader and a 1956 John Deere Model 70 tractor. The implements were last seen on a farm in central Guthrie County…about two-years ago. If you have any information on the disappearance of the equipment, contact Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright at 641-747-2214.

Cass County Extension Report 09-19-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 19th, 2012 by admin

w/ Kate Olson

Posted County Prices 09-19-2012

Ag/Outdoor

September 19th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.60

Adair County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.63

Adams County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.59

Audubon County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.62

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.47, Beans $16.60

Guthrie County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.64

Montgomery County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.62

Shelby County: Corn $7.47, Beans $16.60

Oats $3.72  (always the same in all counties)

State ag leaders want school lunch changes

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to revise new standards for school meals.  North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring introduced the policy statement that was approved by the group during its annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, this week. It says the new standards are well-intentioned but won’t solve the problem of childhood obesity.

The standards approved by the federal Agriculture Department earlier this year set limits on calories and require schools to offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. Critics say the lunches are too light for some active teens and leave them hungry.  Goehring says children from low-income families might be affected most by the new standards because school lunches might be the most nutritious meals they get.

U-P Railroad issues advisory to hunters

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Union Pacific Railroad are urging hunters to resist the temptation to hunt on railroad property this season. Wildlife will migrate and feed along the edges of freshly harvested fields, making these areas prime hunting spots. With many fields adjacent to Union Pacific tracks, hunters find it very tempting to hunt on or near the tracks.

Robert Morrison, Union Pacific Chief of Police says “Too many people have been injured or killed trespassing on railroad property over the years.” Morrison says a part of the “UP CARES” initiative, they want to remind hunters that “Walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along.”

Dale Bray, Union Pacific director of public safety says “It can take a mile or more to stop a train, and, by the time a locomotive engineer sees you on the track, it is too late to stop.” Bray says “Locomotives and rail cars overhang the tracks by at least three feet on either side of the rail. If you are too close to the tracks, you can be hit by the locomotive or a rail car.”

Hunters are not the only ones drawn to railroad tracks – hikers, bikers, fishermen and snowmobilers are, as well. Anyone choosing to walk on or near railroad tracks could be killed or injured by a train, and, people who enter railroad property can be arrested for violating trespassing laws.  They could serve jail time and/or have to pay a fine.

Posted County Prices 09-18-2012

Ag/Outdoor

September 18th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.49, Beans $16.84

Adair County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.87

Adams County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.83

Audubon County: Corn $7.48, Beans $16.86

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.52, Beans $16.84

Guthrie County: Corn $7.51, Beans $16.88

Montgomery County: Corn $7.51, Beans $16.86

Shelby County: Corn $7.52, Beans $16.84

Oats $3.76  (always the same in all counties)

ISU economist says stock up on meat now before prices go up

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University economist says with the drought pushing up corn and soy beans prices, you can expect to pay more for food at the grocery store. Chad Hart says prices in 2013 could go up about one to one-and-a-half percent more than the normal. “It’s going to be distributed across the products that we buy at the grocery story. We’re likely to see more impact in the meats than we will in say the produce or the grain section of the grocery store,” Hart says. He recommends putting some beef in your freezer now before prices go up. “It’s probably not a bad idea, and if you’re also one that consumes pork, buy some pork here during the fourth quarter. These will be some of the lowest pork prices that we’ll see,” Hart says. Hart says food prices normally go up about two-and-a-half percent each year, so you can tack that additional cost brought on by the drought problems to that increase.

(Radio Iowa)