KJAN Ag/Outdoor

National park tourism in Iowa creates $11.4 million in economic benefit

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 200,000 visitors to Iowa’s national parks in 2013 spent $11.4 million and supported 172 jobs in the state.NPS Patricia Trapp, acting director of NPS’s Midwest Region, which includes Iowa and 12 more states, said “The national parks of Iowa attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Whether it’s a day trip of a long family vacation, they come for a great experience — and they end up spending a little money along the way, too.” Iowa’s national parks are Effigy Mounds National Monument and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

According to the national report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent), food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), and admissions and fees (10.3 percent). Souvenirs and other expenses accounted for the remaining 10 percent. Nationally, the largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To learn more about Iowa’s national parks and how the National Park Service works with communities in the state to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/iowa.

Blast reported at northwest Iowa ethanol plant

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ARTHUR, Iowa (AP) – No injuries have been reported after an explosion at an ethanol plant in northwest Iowa. The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.

The plant will remain out of operation until the explosion is investigated and damage is repaired. Reint says it’s unclear how long that will take. The plant employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day.

A company website says Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources bought the plant in September 2013. The plant began operating in 2008 and produces 110 million gallons of ethanol a year.

Audubon County Fair Queen crowned

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(corrects earlier post)

The Audubon County Fair continues through Monday at the fairgrounds in Audubon. Thursday night marked the crowning of the 2014 Fair Queen, the title of which went to Cassie Irlmeier, daughter of Kenneth and Sandra Irlmeier, of Elk Horn. She received her crown from 2013 Queen Jan Asberry. Cassie is a Medic with the Iowa National Guard. She plans to study Criminology at UNI this fall.

First Runner-up for the Fair Queen title was Mary Wede, daughter of Mark and Sue Wede, of Audubon.  Mary plans to study Early Childhood Development at DMACC this fall. And, the second Runner-up was Sarah Mosinski, daughter of Donald and Jennifer Mosinski, of Audubon. Sarah plans to pursue an education in either teaching or cosmetology.

Today’s Schedule at the Fair:

8:30 AM Future 4-H’er Sheep/Goat Show
9:00 AM 4-H/FFA Sheep & Goat Show
9:00 AM Judging Open Class Static & Antiques Entries
9:00 AM 4-H/FFA Horse Show
1:30 PM Knowledge Bowl-Show Barn
2:30 PM Livestock Judging Contest Sign up
3:00 PM Livestock Judging Contest 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Open Class Rabbit Check in 4:30 PM Future 4-H’er Rabbit Show
5:00 PM 4-H/FFA & Open Rabbit Show
6:00 PM 4-H/FFA Youth Volleyball Tourney Registration – Pavillion
6:30 PM 4-H/FFA Youth Volleyball Tourney – Pavillion
7:00 PM Farm Bureau Cook Off Contest Judging

Royalty crowned at the Pott. County Fair

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Royalty at the 2014 Potttawattamie County Fair were crowned Thursday evening, at the fairgrounds in Avoca. Officials say 17-year old Kyra Martens, of Oakland, won the title “2014 Pottawattamie County Fair Queen.” The teen, who will be a senior this fall at Riverside High School, is the daughter of Mark and Mischa Martins.

Runner-up for the Fair Queen title was Delaney Carroll, of Avoca. Jessica Wise, of Avoca, received the title of “2014 Miss Congeniality.”

Also at the Pott. County Fair, Thursday, Olivia Kock was honored with the title of “Junior Fair Queen.” She was competing against Lydia Wede, of Treynor.

Stuart teen crowned Queen of the Adair County Fair

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A young lady from Stuart was crowned Queen of the 2014 Adair County Fair in Greenfield, Wednesday. Adair County Fair Board Secretary Brenda Meisenheimer reports the honor went to 16-year old Hailey Gross, the daughter of Cindy and H.A. Gross, of Stuart.

Hailey Gross, 2014 Adair County Fair Queen.

Hailey Gross, 2014 Adair County Fair Queen.

16-year old Shelly Soper, the daughter of Clint and Mindy Douglas, of Adair, was named Runner-up.

Also at the Adair County Fair: The title of “Little Miss Adair County” went to Ellie Brewer, daughter of Jeremy & Kim Brewer of Fontanelle. Runner Up – MaKinley Edwards,daughter of Tyson & Megan Edwards of Fontanelle.

Jorja Holliday, daughter of Doug and Jodie Holliday, of Greenfield, was named “Little Miss Congeniality”; “Little Mister” honors went to Camden Reynolds, son of Angela & Josh Reynolds, of Greenfield. Runner-up was Charles Rudolph, son of Scott and Danielle Steele, of Casey; and the title of “Little Mister Personality” went to Colt Douglas, son of Clint and Mindy Douglas, of Adair.

For a full list of activities at the Fair, go to www.adaircountyfair.org. The Adair County Fair continues through Sunday, in Greenfield.

USDA Report 07-17-2014

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July 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin


Adair County Supervisors reject hog confinement based on Master Matrix

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July 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) voted against recommending approval to the DNR, plans by two farms near Orient to expand their hog confinement operations. Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer told KJAN News their decision was based on scoring of the Master Matrix. She said the Board didn’t agree with the points taken on the Master Matrix application, and since there needs to be 440 points and 425 were allowed, it falls under the amount required for recommended approval.

The Geidel family wants to double each of two of their farming operations from 2,500 head to 5,000. Schaefer says failure to approve the Master Matrix application doesn’t mean the matter is decided. She says the Board of Supervisors don’t have all that much control over the matter. All they can do is to recommend the DNR approve or reject the application. The DNR can either affirm the Board’s recommendation and deny the expansion plans, or they can reject some or all of the points removed by the Board.

If the final number of points meets the requirement, the expansion plans can proceed.

Cass County Extension Report 07-16-2014

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July 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


ISU Extension and Outreach to hold 2014 farm land valuation and leasing meetings


July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is enjoying a near “normal” growing season this year and crop conditions are conducive to a bountiful crop. Before this year’s crop is even out of the field many farmland owners and tenants will be discussing next year’s rental rate and leasing agreements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach works to bring unbiased information to both land owners and renters to help both parties make successful management decisions.

The land valuation and leasing meetings discuss current land values, rental rates, trends and projections of how values and rents might change in the coming years. Other topics will include: how to calculate a rental rate based on county specific information, the variety of leasing arrangements that land owners and tenants may use, and the expected cost of crop production in the coming year.

There will be a leasing meeting held on July 29th at 9:00 am in Harlan, Iowa, at the Shelby County Extension Office, located at 906 Sixth Street. The cost is $20/person pre-registered, or $25/person without pre-registration. Attendees will receive a land leasing handbook with reference and resource materials. The workshop will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

Shane Ellis, ISU farm management specialist for the west central region of the state will be presenting. To register, please call the Shelby County Extension office at 712-755-3104.

Crop report shows dry days, though NW Iowa still seeing wet corn

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S-D-A crop report issued Monday showed drier conditions allowed farmers to get more work done in the fields last week. The report says there were four-point-two (4.2) days suitable for fieldwork — the first time since mid-June that farmers have had over three suitable days across the whole state to work in the field. Some of that field work included replanting drowned out crops, or adding nitrogen to areas that saw it washed out. Parts of northwest Iowa had more than 20 inches of rain in recent weeks. Iowa State University Agronomist, Paul Kassel, says that continues to create water problems.

“The big issue is there’s some corn that has moisture stress from having way too much moisture and our drainage systems are overtaxed,” Kassle says. He says the water doesn’t drain away and that impacts the corn. “We have some corn that just looks terrible, it’s maybe knee-high, it’s very yellow. The question is how do we manage that, what do we do about that,” Kassle says. He says in some cases farmers are trying to rescue some of their nitrogen-starved corn crop.

“Some of that corn we think is probably worth it — maybe it’s only one stage behind the kind of normal corn,” Kassell says “Some people are side-dressing extra nitrogen on that with high-clearance rigs. Some of that is going on with airplanes with aerial application.” Kassel says the worst areas in northwest Iowa are in Buena Vista, Clay, Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties.

Overall, the crop report says 76-percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week.

(Radio Iowa)