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Cass County Extension Report 07-29-2015

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July 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


Iowa dad, son die after being overcome by manure pit fumes

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July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CYLINDER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 58-year-old Iowa man tried to rescue his son who was overcome by fumes in a hog manure pit, but both men later died. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon in the northwest Iowa community of Cylinder. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says Gene Opheim and his 32-year-old son, Austin, were making repairs when Austin was overcome by the gases. His father then entered the pit to save his son but also was overcome.

Fire and rescue personnel were called to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says the men were removed from the pit and taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where they were pronounced dead.

Cass County Fair Beef selection show results from Mon. evening

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July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The prelude to today’s big livestock sale at the Cass County Fair was held Monday evening, with the Parade of Champions and Grand Champion Beef Selection Show.  Among the big winners during Monday’s event were Lindsey Dinkla and Hannah Carlson. Carlson exhibited the Grand Champion Market Heifer, which weighed 1,388-pounds. Hannah is the daughter of Mike and Pat Carlson. Lindsey Dinkla, the daughter of Gary and Beth Dinkla,  exhibited the Grand Champion 4H Market Steer, which weighed-in at 1,326-pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Heifer was shown by Caroline Pellett, with the Pymosa 4H Club. She is the daughter of Brad and Kristi Pellett. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer was shown by Haley Carlson, with the Pymosa 4H Club. Haley is the daughter of Mike and Pat Carlson. Haley also exhibited the Grand Champion FFA market heifer.

Marshall McDermott, of the Atlantic FFA displayed the Reserve. Marshall is the son of Mike and Melanie McDermott. Eric Plagman showed the Grand Champion FFA Market Steer. Eric is the son of Mike and Kristi Plagman. The Reserve went to Nate Moen, of the Atlantic FFA. His parents are Clint and Laura Fruend.

The livestock sale gets underway at 8-a.m. and will conclude when all the animals are sold. Breakfast will be served at the Foodstand from 6:30-until 10-a.m.

IA Ag Sec Northey comments on latest crops report


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Monday), commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. Northey said “The continued pattern of rain showers and storms moving across the state means crops generally have plenty of moisture, which is not usually the case in late July. While there are certainly areas that have seen some crop damage due to the weather, in general both corn and beans are in good condition across much of the state.”

A dry start with rain near the end of the week allowed Iowa farmers 5 days suitable for corn fieldwork for the week ending July 26, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were reports of crop stress due to the hot, dry weather, as well as weed problems in soybeans. Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Northwest Iowa was the driest area of the State with one-quarter rated very short to short on topsoil moisture. Eighty-three percent of the corn crop had reached the silking stage or beyond, with 11 percent reaching the dough stage. Corn condition rated 83 percent good to excellent.

Soybeans blooming or beyond reached 78 percent. Thirty-seven percent of soybeans were setting pods, slightly ahead of average. Soybean condition rated 76 percent good to excellent this week. Oat acreage turning color or beyond reached 96 percent, with 57 percent of the oat crop harvested for grain or seed, 5 days ahead of last year. Oat crop condition rating increased to 81 percent good to excellent.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay neared completion, while the second cutting reached 68 percent, one day behind last year, and nearly a week behind the average. The third cutting of alfalfa hay got underway this week. Hay condition was rated at 68 percent good to excellent, while pasture condition rated 77 percent good to excellent. Livestock saw some stress during the day, but generally recovered at night.

Reward grows in connection with chainsaw carving thefts

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July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Photos provided to the Atlantic Police Dept. courtesy Laura Bacon with the Atlantic News Telegraph.

A group of concerned area citizens is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of two chainsaw carvings taken sometime Sunday night from the Cass County Fairgrounds.  The pig and goat head carvings were created over the last couple of days by Doyle Chainsaw Artist and are to be auctioned off tonight (Monday) at the fair as part of a fund raising effort for the fair.IMG_7494

A reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the carvings. Anyone who might have any information about the theft is asked to contact the Atlantic Police Department, the Cass County Extension Office, or any Fair Board member. Anyone wanting to contribute to the reward fund can contact Bill Simons (249-9503) or Allen Zellmer.

Outdoors woman workshop set for Sept-18-20 in Guthrie Co.

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July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Women can work on developing their wild side by registering for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop coming up Sept. 18-20. The weekend workshop is held at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie County. Julie Sparks, DNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman coordinator, says “This workshop is an excellent opportunity for women 18 years or older to try a wide variety of activities they may never have had the chance to experience. We have top-notch instructors, our class sizes are kept small and the setting at Springbrook is beautiful, particularly in the fall.”

Workshop topics include basic fishing, fly fishing, birdwatching, archery, beginning shooting, basic motor boat skills, kayaking, survival skills, stand up paddling, Dutch oven cooking, basic camping and much more. The $150 registration fee covers food, lodging and materials for the workshop.

Women thinking about participating are encouraged to sign up soon, as many classes fill quickly. Brochures and registration forms are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/bow or by contacting Julie Sparks, at 515-725-8285 or julie.sparks@dnr.iowa.gov.

Final, full day of activities at the Cass County Fair

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July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Fair wraps up the last, full day of activities in Atlantic, today. Tomorrow, breakfast will be served at the Foodstand from 6:30-to 10-a.m., and the livestock sale will take place beginning at 8-a.m. On tap for this morning, is the Best of Show in the Outdoor Show Ring, Best of Iowa show at 9:30 in the Community Center, and at 11-a.m., the Watermelon Feed in the Outdoor Show Ring. As always, the commercial exhibit building will open at 10-a.m. for you to check out the various vendors and artisans.

Today’s Noon Special at the Foodstand is Roast Beef, with hot beef being sold this evening at 5.  The Foodstand is open until 10-p.m.

This afternoon, the Style Show will be held in the Community Center, beginning at 4-p.m., with Building Awards being presented at that time, as well. At 6-p.m. is the Parade of Champions in the Outdoor Arena. The Grand Champion Beef Selection in front of the Grandstand starts at 7-p.m., and Mud Volleyball in the Horse Arena gets underway at 8-p.m.

Cass County Fair Schedule – Sunday, July 26th 2015

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July 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

There are just two full days left for you to get out and enjoy the totally free, 2015 Cass County Fair, in Atlantic. Today’s activities include the 7:30-a.m. Swine Show at the Indoor Show Ring, and a Modified Poultry Show at 10-a.m.

The Poultry Show was changed because the State is not allowing any live birds to be exhibited at county fairs due to the threat posed by the Avian Influenza. Exhibitors at the Cass County Fair are getting around that, by bringing pictures of their birds and showing them, just as if they were there live. Participants will also have to explain to the judge how they raised the bird and provide other information, just as if the animal was there with them. In addition, a Quiz Bowl, with general poultry questions, and egg judging, will be featured.

The Commercial Exhibit Building will open as usual, at 10-a.m., the same time there’s an Antique Equipment Demonstration. Other activities today include:

Decorator’s Showcase at the Cass County Community Center (Noon-to 4-pm)
Clover Kids Animal Show in the Outdoor Show Ring, at Noon.
• Today’s Noon Special at the Foodstand is Windsor Chops.
• A Ventriloquist and Hypnotist will be available for your entertainment at the Grandstand, beginning at 1-p.m., 3:30-p.m. and 8-p.m..
Share The Fun activities will be held at the Community Center, beginning at 5:30-p.m., the same time the Cow/Calf Show gets underway in the Outdoor Show Ring.
• At 6-p.m., there’s the Feeder Calf Show in the Outdoor Show Ring.
• At 6:30, check out the Horse Fun Show in the Horse Arena.

Don’t forget to watch Doyle Chainsaw Artistry at 10-a.m., 3-p.m. and 5-p.m.; and, let the kids explore the Kids Barn Activities in the Commercial Building, from 10-am until 5-pm. The Cass County Fair runs through July 28th, with no parking or admission fees. Check out the daily schedule and get more information about the Fair at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass And, follow the fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theCassCountyFair.

Listen for our live broadcasts every day of the fair from 1-until 7-pm, on AM 1220 and FM 101.1, KJAN.

Poultry industry, government meet in Iowa on bird flu

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July 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bird flu that resulted in the deaths of 48 million chickens and turkeys has finally waned, but industry officials and government researchers will gather this week in Des Moines to discuss next steps if the virus returns this fall or next spring.

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Des Moines are coordinated by the Georgia-based U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. The trade organization represents egg and meat chicken companies as well as businesses handling turkeys, ducks and breeding stock.

Organizers closed most sessions to the public and media, saying they wanted participants to talk freely about what caused the outbreak and how to respond more effectively to future problems. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad are scheduled to talk Tuesday morning.

Atlantic man honored for his work with the Cass County fair and more

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July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A rural Atlantic man who has been heavily involved in the local saddle club and numerous events throughout the County, was honored Friday afternoon for his dedication and service. Larry Randell presented an award to Bob Bebensee during a ceremony held in the horse show barn on the Cass County Fairgrounds.

Larry Randell (Left) presents Bob Bebensee with the award (Photo courtesy Carol Bebensee South)

Larry Randell (Left) presents Bob Bebensee with the award (Photo courtesy Carol Bebensee South)

Bebensee said his association with the Cass County Fair began about the same time he and his wife Dee moved to Atlantic in 1958. He says it’s been his honor to have worked with fair officials and volunteers, and to have carried the colors of the U-S Flag during the various county parades and at other events.