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.

Cass Co. Conservation announced Swan Contest winner!

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Conservation service say the sponsors of Trumpeter Swan Arrival contest have determined a winner in the contest. The official arrival of the swans, as determined by the Conservation Board, was November 24th  On that day there were 12 Trumpeter Swans at the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area. The large-winged birds stayed there for more than twenty-four hours. The winner this year’s contest is Alice Brown of Atlantic.

Alice will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  The school contest was won by Mrs. Christensen’s third grade at Washington Elementary The students will receive a trumpeter swan poster and Mrs. Christensen will receive a trumpeter swan 8×10 print! Cass County Conservation would like to thank to all who participated in the annual event.

Free day scheduled at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A day of free admission has been scheduled at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.  First National Bank is the sponsor. Gate admission will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The zoo is located just south of Interstate 80, off Exit 454, South 13th Street, in eastern Omaha. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through February.

AAA calls for regulators and industry to suspend E15 sales

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Triple A (AAA) say their recent survey finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent approval of E-15 gasoline. An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed by the agency say they have not heard of E-15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than five percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected.
Only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads today are approved by manufacturers to use E15 gasoline, based on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. AAA automotive engineering experts also have reviewed the available research and believe that sustained use of E15 in both newer and older vehicles could result in significant problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false “check engine” lights for any vehicle not approved by its manufacturer to use E15.
Unsuspecting consumers using E15 could end up with engine problems that might not be covered by their vehicles’ warranties. Five manufacturers (BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen) are on record saying their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of E15. Seven additional automakers (Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo) have stated that the use of E15 does not comply with the fuel requirements specified in their owner’s manuals and may void warranty coverage.
The only vehicles currently approved by automakers to use E15 are flex-fuel models, 2001 model-year and newer Porsches, 2012 model-year and newer GM vehicles and 2013 model-year Ford vehicles. The approvals extend only to cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs). The use of E15 is expressly prohibited in heavy-duty vehicles, boats, motorcycles, power equipment, lawn mowers and off-road vehicles. Triple A says “Consumers should carefully read pump labels and know their auto manufacturer’s recommendations to help prevent any problems from E15.”
AAA also urges fuel producers and regulators to do a better job of educating consumers about potential dangers before selling E15 gasoline. The consumer agency says it wholly supports the development and use of alternative fuels. More than 95 percent of the gasoline sold in the United States contains up to 10 percent ethanol. Lower ethanol blends according to AAA, should remain available to consumers while the challenges with E15 are addressed.

 

CWD testing will focus on Southern Iowa counties

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The opening of deer season this weekend will also mark the start of another round of testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (C-W-D).  The Department of Natural Resources will be particularly focused on a few select counties this year. The disease which is fatal to deer has not been found in 10 years of sampling of the wild deer population, but this year it was discovered in deer held at private hunting preserves in southern Iowa. D-N-R biologist Willy Suchy says they won’t be increasing the number of tests very much.

“Well, we have to keep the cost about the same, so we not going to take too many more. We sampled about 47-hundred last year. We’re going to do pretty much the same, we’re just going to shift some around to different areas to do our surveillance and to target where we think there’s the highest risk,” Suchy says. They will sample more heavily in Wapello, Davis, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties where the infected deer were found. Most samples of the deer tissue are obtained by wildlife staff.

A majority of the samples are taken received from hunters, but Suchy says they also take some sample from road-kill deer too. “And the most important thing is if anybody sees an animal that appears sick of emaciated, to contact one of our wildlife officers or wildlife biologists to get a sample,” according to Suchy.

The D-N-R has worked with the facilities to contain the infected deer, but Suchy can’t say if that has kept the disease from spreading to the wild population until the check the samples. The heaviest focus on samples in past years has been in northeast Iowa after cases of C-W-D were discovered in the border states of Wisconsin and Illinois.

The state has tested samples from over 42-thousand wild deer thus far and found not positive tests for C-W-D.

(Radio Iowa)

Monsanto invests $100M in seed production capacity

Ag/Outdoor

November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WACO, Neb. (AP) – Monsanto is investing more than $100 million to expand four of its seed processing plants in Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana.  Monsanto officials told the Lincoln Journal Star that the expansion is needed to increase the company’s capacity to product corn seeds.  The St. Louis-based company announced the expansion on Wednesday.

Monsanto’s Shawn Schrader says most of the money will be spent in Waco, Neb., and Remington, Ind., because those projects will have the biggest effect on production. The Iowa expansion will be in Grinnell and Williamsburg.  Another reason why Monsanto is investing in the Waco, Neb., site is that the area is 100 percent irrigated, so the company would be somewhat protected against drought.  The company hopes to have the expanded plants operational by next year’s harvest.

Drought worsens after weeks of improvement

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has worsened for a second straight week, after conditions had improved for more than a month.  The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 62.7 percent of the continental U.S. was in some form of drought as of Tuesday. That’s up from 60.1 percent the previous week.

The portion of the lower 48 states in extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – also rose, to 20.12 percent from last week’s 19.04 percent.   The dry conditions intensified sharply in Oklahoma, where 90.5 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought. That’s up 19 percentage points.

The portion of South Dakota in those two classifications rose more than 8 percentage points, to 63.32 percent.

Leash on Life 11-29-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Info from the Atlantic Animal Shelter

 

Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 11-29-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

USDA Report 11-29-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

DNR & Corps of Enginners to hold meetings on floodplain permits in Hamburg

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR reports an informational public meeting on state and federal floodplain permit processes, as well as post-flood sediment disposal, will be held Dec. 10th, at the Waubonsie State Park lodge. The meeting, jointly hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will take place in the lodge’s meeting room from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The park is located at 2689 State Highway 2 near Hamburg.

A short informational presentation on how to gain appropriate state, federal and local approvals for projects along the river and in the floodplain will begin at 2 p.m. The presentation will provide details on the different types of approvals and the step-by-step application processes.

The Corps of Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have staff available before and after the presentation to answer specific project questions and provide technical assistance as needed.