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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.

Drought hurts rural economy in 10 states

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states continued to look weak in September as the drought weighed down agricultural businesses. A new survey of bankers in the region released Thursday showed that the overall economic index remained in negative territory at 48.3 in September. That was slightly better than August’s 47.1 and July’s 47.9, but any score below 50 on the 1-to-100 index suggests that the economy will contract in months ahead. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the drought is already hurting businesses linked to agriculture like ethanol and farm equipment dealers. The survey covers rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The confidence index was also weak at 43 in September, up from August’s 39.6.

A simple message from Midwestern Farmers

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

It’s national farm safety week

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This is National Farm Safety Week as experts look to try and cut down on the over 300 farm-related deaths that happen each year.Iowa State University extension safety specialist Charles Schwab, farming ranks as one of the most hazardous occupations. “The agricultural industry, as a whole, has a much higher death rate than any other industry, and higher than the whole average, nine times higher, than all the other industries combined. So it’s a huge number of fatalities that we deal with in our population,” Schwab says.

Tractor roll overs account for the most farm deaths, and Schwab says they can be prevented if tractors have roll over protection or ROPS. “The phrase in Iowa which is very viable is we haven’t had a fatality from a roll-over with a tractor with ROPs and all of them have been with tractors without ROPs, and so a good life insurance policy is get the ROPs on the tractor,” according to Schwab. La Vonne Galles is the coordinator for Agri-Safe of Plymouth County, a division of the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Galles says many times farm accidents occur because of fatigue, so she tells farmers to “take a break” from the busy harvest season.

“The main thing is just be careful, to think before we do anything, and try not to be, you know, so tired. I guess if we can take rest breaks and we can go at a pace that is conducive for good, safe, conduct, then that’s what I think we should be doing,” Galles says. She is worried the summer drought may present a new hazard on the farm in the form of aflatoxin mold in grain. “Yeah, its a respiratory issue of course and so that dust or mold that gets into our respiratory track. If we can avoid that by just using a mask, you know I think that is really important,” Galles says. “Think of that first before we enter into those grain bins, or even any close area that has the grain.” Galles warns that combines, grain trucks, wagons, and grain bins can often times be a playground for children, and she reminds farmers to always know the whereabouts of their children before moving equipment.

(Radio Iowa)

USDA Report 09-20-12

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September 20th, 2012 by admin

w/ Max Dirks

Posted County Prices 09-20-2012

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September 20th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.46

Adair County: Corn $7.38, Beans $16.49

Adams County: Corn $7.38, Beans $16.45

Audubon County: Corn $7.40, Beans $16.48

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.46

Guthrie County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.50

Montgomery County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.48

Shelby County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.46

Oats $3.68  (always the same in all counties)

USDA expands counties eligible for disaster loans

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in 22 additional Iowa counties now may qualify for low interest emergency loans from the federal government as a result of this summer’s drought. With the latest designation announced Wednesday, farmers in all Iowa counties now could qualify for drought-related emergency assistance. Six counties added by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as primary natural disaster areas include Clarke, Emmet, Madison, Taylor, Union, and Warren. In addition farmers in 16 contiguous counties may qualify for the loans and other assistance.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The emergency loan interest rate had earlier been reduced to 2.25 percent from 3.75 percent by the Department of Agriculture.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index bumped up to “High”

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says the Fire Danger rating has been bumped up from “Moderate,” to “High.”  Seivert says the local fire danger index is being adjusted due to the wind conditions and low relative humidity. And, while Red Flag warning are being posted for areas to the west, Seivert says he doesn’t expect Red Flag conditions in Shelby County, but because winds are expected to shift to the northwest this (Wednesday) afternoon, they will monitor that component very closely. He says property owners should not conduct ANY open today. The next local fire danger notice will be Monday September 24th, unless an unexpected change in conditions occur.

Authorities seek grader and tractor last seen: 2-years ago!

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports they are currently seeking information on the whereabouts of a 1950’s model road grader and a 1956 John Deere Model 70 tractor. The implements were last seen on a farm in central Guthrie County…about two-years ago. If you have any information on the disappearance of the equipment, contact Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright at 641-747-2214.

Cass County Extension Report 09-19-2012

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September 19th, 2012 by admin

w/ Kate Olson

Posted County Prices 09-19-2012

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September 19th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $7.44, Beans $16.60

Adair County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.63

Adams County: Corn $7.41, Beans $16.59

Audubon County: Corn $7.43, Beans $16.62

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $7.47, Beans $16.60

Guthrie County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.64

Montgomery County: Corn $7.46, Beans $16.62

Shelby County: Corn $7.47, Beans $16.60

Oats $3.72  (always the same in all counties)