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.

Nearly 7 pct of Iowa not in drought, officials say

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say nearly 7 percent of Iowa is no longer in drought.    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says in a report issued Thursday that conditions have returned to normal in a swath of southeast Iowa. The U.S. Drought Monitor map from the National Drought Mitigation Center shows the drought conditions are worse to the northwest, culminating in extreme drought in portions of northwest Iowa.

The drought center says that a year ago nearly 61 percent of Iowa had no drought.  March rain in Iowa was a drop or two higher than the historical normal of 2.15 inches. It was the fourth consecutive month for higher-than-normal rainfall in the state.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index upgraded to “Moderate”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management agency says because vegetation in the county is very dry, and fires that start can spread quickly, the Fire Danger Index is being upgraded to the “Moderate” category.

Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says several weather systems will be passing through the area over the weekend. The resulting, shifting winds, will created problems with controlled burns . Seivert advises residents and land owners to develop a burn plan, and check the weather prior to lighting any controlled burns, as well as your local fire chief.

The next, scheduled update on the Fire Danger in Shelby County will be on Monday, April 8th.

Leash on Life 04-04-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

April 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Info from the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

 

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Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 04-04-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

April 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

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USDA Report 04-04-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

April 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

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Iowa State Fair hosts contest for ribbon designs

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of the Iowa State Fair are encouraging people to submit designs that can be used for concrete ribbons on display throughout the fair grounds. The contest celebrates the fair’s blue ribbon winners. The painted concrete ribbons will be 3 ½ feet tall. Participants can be individuals, clubs and companies. Entries must be submitted by May 15, and must include a description and detailed drawing of the paint design. Selected applicants will be contacted by June.

A panel of judges will award prizes on originality, creativeness and overall look. There will be a novice and professional division, for individuals working in graphic design or an artistry-related field. Winners will receive other goodies including a state fair plaque and admission tickets. The Iowa State Fair will be held Aug. 8-18.

Free screening of the movie “Dirt!” to take place in Corning May 3rd

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reports a free screening of the movie “Dirt!” will be held in May, in Corning. The movie, which was inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, “Dirt!,” The Movie, takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. It takes place at 7:30-p.m. May 3rd, in the Corning Opera House (800 Davis Ave, Corning, IA).

According to SWCD Technician Blake Anderson, the movie will be held in celebration of Soil & Water Conservation Week, and is hosted by the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Adams County Rural Development Committee, Conservation Districts of Iowa, and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee.

Concessions will be available.  If you need accommodation, please contact Blake Anderson, by calling 641-322-3116.

Dancing Prairie Chickens

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR says the annual “Prairie Chicken Festival” will be held at Grand River Grasslands Bird Conservation Area, two miles west and one mile south of Kellerton, in Ringgold County, on April 6th. Viewing will begin before dawn and last until the birds diminish their courtship dancing and booming, around 9:30 a.m.

Prairie Chickens have been reintroduced to the area and each spring their courtship dances occur where their booming calls resonate across southern Iowa hills and valleys. The site provides a wildlife viewing platform, and spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.

“It is really quite a show and something that was lost to the Iowa landscape during the 1950s,” said Pat Schlarbaum, with the DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program. Coffee and light breakfast foods will be available.

For more information, contact Ringgold County Conservation Board Director Kate Zimmerman at 641-464-2787.

Cass County Extension Report 04-03-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

April 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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Biodiesel blended into diesel tripled since 2010

Ag/Outdoor

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new report shows the amount of biodiesel blended into diesel fuel in Iowa has more than tripled over the last two years and the renewable fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fat is now blended in more than 42 percent of all diesel fuel sold in the state.   A report released Monday by the Iowa Department of Revenue shows 23.3 million gallons of biodiesel was mixed with diesel fuel last year, up from 7.4 million gallons in 2010.

Ethanol, which is made mostly from corn and mixed with gasoline, was in about 81.7 percent of all gasoline sold down slightly from 82.5 percent in 2010.  Iowa has 12 biodiesel plants and 41 ethanol refineries, more than any other state.