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.

Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 11-22-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

USDA Report 11-22-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks

Cass County Extension Report 11-21-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Pigs worth more than $38,000 stolen from NW Iowa farm

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are searching for several hundred pigs and hogs that were stolen from a northwest Iowa farm last weekend. KMEG reports the animals that were taken from the Dekker family’s farm last Saturday night were worth more than $38,000. The Dekkers say 220 feeder pigs and 195 fat hogs went missing.

Tina Dekker says she and her husband have no idea who took the animals, but they are installing an alarm system on their hog barn to prevent future thefts. Investigators say the burglars broke into the back of the hog barn and loaded the pigs onto a semitrailer truck. Dekker says it’s common for many hog farmers to load animals at night, so a neighbor may not have noticed the theft.

Norwalk fruit distributor recalls cherry tomatoes

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes. They were shipped to retail stores from Nov. 14 to Nov.18 and sold in stores in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

No illnesses have been reported. Capital City Fruit on Wednesday says it asked retailers to remove the product from their store shelves. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

White-tailed squirrels spotted in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rare creatures were spotted in two regions of Iowa in recent months. White-tailed squirrels have been seen near the Minnesota border in the town of Osage, and now in central Iowa in Des Moines. Vince Evilsizer, a biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says they’re not albino squirrels, as only the tail is white.  “If it was albino, it would likely be all white,” Evilsizer says. “Genetically, it’s probably a recessive trait just expressing a different color pattern. It’s pretty interesting and it must just be a recessive gene that’s showing up.”

Witnesses say the squirrels’ bodies are the typical brown while their bushy tails are pure, snowy white. “I am not sure what’s causing it to show up right now,” Evilsizer says. “I would guess it’s not weather but I’m not sure. I would guess something that emerged in maybe one or a few squirrels. It may stick around and become more prevalent or may kind of melt away again.” Evilsizer says he has never seen a white-tail squirrel, and anyone who does, should consider themselves lucky.

(Radio Iowa)

Posted County Prices: Nov. 20th 2012

Ag/Outdoor

November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $7.09, Beans $13.53

Adair County: Corn $7.06, Beans $13.56

Adams County: Corn $7.06, Beans $13.52

Audubon County: Corn $7.08, Beans $13.55

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.12, Beans $13.53

Guthrie County: Corn $7.11, Beans $13.57

Montgomery County: Corn $7.11, Beans $13.55

Shelby County: Corn $7.12, Beans $13.53

Oats $3.55  (always the same in all counties)

Posted County Prices: Nov. 19th 2012

Ag/Outdoor

November 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $7.07, Beans $13.59

Adair County: Corn $7.04, Beans $13.62

Adams County: Corn $7.04, Beans $13.58

Audubon County: Corn $7.06, Beans $13.61

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.10, Beans $13.59

Guthrie County: Corn $7.09, Beans $13.63

Montgomery County: Corn $7.09, Beans $13.61

Shelby County: Corn $7.10, Beans $13.59

Oats $3.54  (always the same in all counties)

Posted County Prices 11-16-2012

Ag/Outdoor

November 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Cass County: Corn $7.11, Beans $13.90

Adair County: Corn $7.08, Beans $13.93

Adams County: Corn $7.08, Beans $13.89

Audubon County: Corn $7.10, Beans $13.92

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.14, Beans $13.90

Guthrie County: Corn $7.13, Beans $13.94

Montgomery County: Corn $7.13, Beans $13.92

Shelby County: Corn $7.14, Beans $13.90

Oats $3.53  (always the same in all counties)

Missouri River levels to drop soon in prep for longer drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is ready to move the Missouri River into what it’s calling “drought reserve mode” and it’ll mean much less water flowing downriver. Corps spokeswoman Monique Farmer says water levels will drop by the end of the month. Winter releases from Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, South Dakota, will be dropped to minimum levels, averaging around 12-thousand cubic feet per second (CFS) starting on December 1st and running through the end of February. Current release levels from the dam have been running more than three times that level, at 38-thousand C-F-S.

Farmer says the Corps’ forecast for next spring has the reservoirs down drastically. They’re expecting to be about 8-million acre feet below the base of the annual flood control and multiple use zone, so the three major reservoirs in the system may be drawn down 8 to 12 feet lower than what would normally be seen at this time of year. It was just last summer that reservoirs and releases hit record high levels during the spring and summer flooding. Releases from Gavins Point hit just over 160-thousand C-F-S. Farmer says they will step down releases gradually to allow downstream water users to adjust.

They’ll cut the releases initially to around 18-thousand C-F-S and hold for a few days. That will give cities and individuals who have their water intakes in the river the chance to see how they may be impacted. After a few days, water levels will be cut further to the projected 12-thousand C-F-S, where it should remain until March. The plan is raising concerns. Leaders in the state of Missouri fear such a drop in water levels on the Missouri River will impact the Mississippi River so much, barge traffic may have to be halted.

(Radio Iowa)