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.

Otter quota filled, season closed in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

November 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa otter season officially closed at 2-p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, when the quota of 850 otters was reached.  The otter call-in line was updated reflecting the season quota had been filled and the grace period to move traps is underway. Trappers may keep otters captured prior to midnight Nov. 25th.  Otters captured after the grace period must be turned over to the DNR without penalty.
The harvest quota numbers are updated regularly on the DNR website www.iowadnr.gov or by calling the Iowa DNR at 515-281-5918.

Lawsuit aimed at Iowa farm electrical inspections

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lawsuit filed by three farmers is aimed at ending electrical inspections at Iowa farm facilities. The Carroll County farmers are challenging the state Electrical Examining Board’s authority to require inspections and permits for electrical installations on farm property. The lawsuit says farm property is immune from board regulations and those issued the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding the permits or inspections.

In defending the state, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office says the board did not err in determining that electrical installations at farm buildings were regulated commercial applications that weren’t exempt.   Court records don’t show a trial date.

Leash on Life 11-22-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

Information about the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

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


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)