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.

USDA Report 10-04-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

October 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Dave York

Shelby County Fire Danger Index “Extreme” today and tomorrow

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has moved the Fire Danger Index in the County into the “Extreme” category today (Wednesday), and tomorrow. Low humidity and winds shifting to the NW today and tomorrow, will create dangerous fire conditions. NO open burning of any kind is allowed in Shelby County, and farm equipment operators should be extremely vigilant in making sure their equipment is free of debris, and pay close attention to their surroundings, especially when combining acreages. Shelby County is included in a Red Flag Warning that is in effect from 1-p.m. today through 7-p.m.

DNE Asks Rural Iowans to be Vigilant, Report Hidden Marijuana Grow Operations

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, say their agents, in partnership with local officers, have discovered and eradicated three large, outdoor marijuana growing operations in Southwest and South Central Iowa, and in Northwest Missouri over the past three-weeks. All of the pot growing sites were found in dense timber areas.

On September 14th, law enforcement officials eradicated a 3,850 plant marijuana growing operation that had been abandoned in Taylor County.  And on September 25th, a 571 plant marijuana growing operation in rural Decatur County, Iowa, along with a 1,124 plant marijuana grow in rural Worth County, Missouri.

Officials say some common trademarks of a marijuana growing operation include:

  • The use of private land owned by individuals unaware of the grow operation;
  • Marijuana growers living full- or part-time at the grow site in small, make-shift camps;
  • And, those Grow operators will abandon the site for several weeks if they suspect the operation has been discovered

There have been no reported violent encounters with marijuana growers, however public safety remains a priority. Authorities say rural land owners, farm workers, and hunters who may be traversing remote and seldom-visited areas in the coming month are advised of the recent marijuana plant seizures. If you encounter a location or items that appear suspicious, law enforcement encourage you to leave the area immediately to ensure personal safety.  Be sure to avoid disturbing the area, as items of evidence may be present.  Once at a safe location please call your local law enforcement agency to report what you’ve seen.  Do not take action on your own.

Law enforcement officers from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Taylor, Ringgold and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Lamoni Police Department, and Worth County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri, assisted in the eradication of the marijuana grow operations.

Cass County Extension Report 10-03-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

October 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Meetings planned to discuss future of Iowa state parks

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a dozen public meetings to discuss the future of Iowa’s state parks. Kevin Szcodronski, state parks bureau chief with the DNR, says the forums will help the agency develop a five-year plan to improve the parks’ amenities. The meetings are taking place this month at 12 state parks. “It’s just an open book meeting, if you will, to get a good idea of what the people who use that park are thinking about that park’s future,” Szcodronski said. Two of the public meetings were held Monday in Creston and Tuesday in Boone. Ten more meetings remain – including two forums Thursday night at Gull Point State Park near Spencer and Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point.

Although improvements at state parks can be costly, participants are encouraged to bring all their ideas. “We specifically ask people in attendance, if money was no object, what would you like to see in that park? We’re thinking into the future quite a ways, so you really can’t let finances deter you,” Szcodronski said. At the same time, park users are being asked to be reasonable with their requests. “After they get done with their wish list…then we ask them, ‘O.K., given money is a factor, what should we focus on?’ We kind of bring them a little back to reality and talk about some of the top priorities that are within reasonable means,” Szcodronski said.

Upcoming meeting dates/locations:
Oct. 4 Gull Point
Oct. 4 Backbone
Oct. 8 Stone
Oct. 9 George Wyth
Oct. 9 Rock Creek
Oct. 9 Pleasant Creek
Oct. 11 Wapello
Oct. 11 Bellevue
Oct. 15 Waubonsie
Oct. 18 Prairie Rose (meeting to be held at the First Baptist Church in Harlan at 6pm, not at the Park itself)**

Learn more at www.iowadnr.gov

(Radio Iowa)

Survey: Iowa economy still doing well but may be in for fall soon

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is among three “shining stars” in the Midwest, according to the latestly monthly economic survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says Iowa, North Dakota and Oklahoma are all energy-producing states and their economies are prospering. Goss predicts Iowa and some of the other farm states in the region may soon take a big hit.
“Agricultural equipment sales are still doing reasonably well but I don’t see that can hold up,” Goss says. “That’s going to come down and punch some of the growth we’re now seeing in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, pulling that down, Kansas down as well.”

Goss says there is some weakness in non-durable goods like food production while biofuels and ethanol production are not holding up. “The 2012 drought has yet to put a dent in business activity for agriculture equipment manufacturers in Iowa, but has negatively influenced retail sales,” Goss says.

(Radio Iowa)

11 IA organizations receive grants to promote specialty crops

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Tuesday), announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be awarding $244,000 in grants to Iowa organizations to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. Among the recipients is: The Southern Iowa RC&D in Creston – which received $23,928 to gather economic and social impact data in rural southwest Iowa to support specialty crop production; and, the Golden Hills RC&D in Oakland –  which received $24,000 to support creating, marketing and promoting the Iowa Loess Hill AVA Wine Trail.

The IA Dept. of Ag and Land Stewardship received $271,296.81 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to support the program. Iowa agricultural non-profit organizations, cooperatives, specialty crop industry associations or organizations, and producer groups were eligible to apply for funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

“Specialty Crops”  eligible under the program are fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.  The funds not passed through to Iowa organizations will be used by the Department to administer the grant. The maximum grant award from the Department to sub-grantees is $24,000 and administrative and indirect costs are not allowed. The Department received 29 proposals requesting assistance and the 11 chosen were selected by an independent review committee of nine industry stakeholders.

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey said “Specialty crops are a very important part of Iowa agriculture as they allow farmers to diversify and give customers access to locally grown products. ” Northey says “These federal funds will support a variety of efforts that will make these Iowa grown crops more available and encourage Iowans to choose fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers that are produced right here in our state.”

Iowa harvest ahead of schedule


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s corn and soybean harvests have passed the halfway point as farmers move quickly to get the drought-damaged crops out of the fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 56 percent of the corn and 54 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That’s a week or two ahead of normal. The USDA says in Monday’s weekly report that the condition of the corn improved slightly, with 47 percent rated poor or very poor, 33 percent fair and 20 percent in good or excellent shape. Soybeans are rated 31 percent poor or very poor, 37 percent fair and 32 percent in good or excellent condition. Iowa continues to be dry. The state saw just .17 inches of rain in the past week, below the normal of .77 inches.

State Cost-Share Funds Available for Planting Cover Crops in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Soil & Water Conservation District Commission (SWCD) report they have designated $5,000 of their Iowa Financial Incentives Program (IFIP) funds to offer cost-share assistance to individuals for planting cover crops on cropland in Cass County.  Cover crops are used to reduce soil erosion and capture residual fertilizer to protect soil resources and water quality.

Farmers interested in this assistance should come into the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at the USDA Service Center on 503 W. 7th Street in Atlantic or call the office at 712-243-3180.  Applications will be accepted on a “first come – first serve” basis.  Approved applications will receive a one-time payment of $20.00 per acre on a maximum of 25 acres.  Applications need to be made by Monday, October 8th .

Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Youth ages 12-to 17 can discover pheasant hunting for FREE, during the Pheasants Forever member guided hunt, on Sat., Oct. 20th.

Pictured: 2011 Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. Courtesy Lora Kanning.

The event will be held at Hansen Outfitters in Anita.  Cass County Conservation officials say the group will leave the Atlantic Hy-vee parking lot at 7:30-AM, and will return at approximately 12:30- PM. Lunch will be provided.

There are limited youth spots available. The deadline to sign up is October 17th 2012.  Call Jason Jordahl at 243-7988 to sign up, and for more information.  Interested youth must have taken a Hunter’ Education Course in order to participate in the event. A shotgun may be provided if a youth does not have access to one. If this is the case, you are asked to mention that, when signing up.