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.

Reminder: ISU Town Hall meeting in Atlantic this (Monday) morning

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach looking to hear from Iowans about how Iowa State in partnership with counties can best serve citizens, is holding a town hall meeting today (Monday), in Atlantic. The meeting begins at 10:30-a.m. in the Cass County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, located at 805 West 10th Street (next to the Cass County Community Center). It’s one of five such meetings scheduled to occur around the state.  The other meetings will take place in Ames, Storm Lake, Oskaloosa and Waterloo.

Cathann Kress, ISU Extension and Outreach vice president, and Terry Maloy, Iowa Association of County Extension Councils executive director, will participate in the conversations with Iowans. Kress says they want to gather feedback about what they’re doing well, where they need to improve, and what needs to be addressed.  She says  “All Iowans – citizens, community leaders, decision makers, partners, staff and extension council members – are welcome” to attend the meetings.

For more information about the town hall meetings or specific locations, please contact the Guthrie County Extension and Outreach Office at 641-747-2276.

Farmers hopeful for soybean crops despite drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The worst drought in the United States in decades may already have done its damage to the nation’s corn crop now being harvested. But growers say their soybeans may turn out far better. Near Coulterville in southwestern Illinois, Dean Campbell concedes that Tropical Storm Isaac’s remnants “blessed us with some water.” But that won’t save his 900-acre corn crop that’s averaging just about one-tenth of his normal yield with harvesting less than halfway done.  But he says he expects “a reasonable crop” from his still-maturing 1,100 acres of soybeans.

Near Corning, Iowa, Ray Gaesser got nothing from Isaac for his 3,000 acres of corn, which he foresees producing about 60 to 70 percent of normal. But he believes his soybeans could yield some 90 percent of what he’s typically get.

Despite drought, record net farm income is predicted

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Despite the worst drought in decades, a new federal report predicts net farm income will set a record high this year. Back in January, the U-S-D-A projected income at 92-billion dollars. The new projection is 122-billion. U-S-D-A chief economist Joe Glauber says one reason for the increase is big crop insurance indemnity payments due to disaster and drought losses. He says another reason is higher commodity prices. “We have seen much higher prices than what we were forecasting back in January for the 2012 (season),” Glauber says. “That occurred even before the price increases that we saw since June when the drought started emerging. Since June 1, we’ve seen price projections increase substantially, 30-to-40% for soybeans, corn and wheat.”

Many Iowa corn producers are seeing yields significantly reduced from a year ago. Last year, Iowa’s corn growers hauled in 172-bushels per acre, on average. With harvest just getting underway, some farmers report yields this season of 50 to 60 bushels per acre. While there will be a big increase in crop receipts this year, Glauber says conditions are much worse for livestock producers. “Livestock receipts are down a bit, 166-billion dollars,” he says. “Certainly, expenses are up and they’re largely led by higher feed costs this year. That’s mainly a livestock issue. We’ve had a little bit of increase on fuels, a little bit of increase on fertilizer, but the main increase is coming on the feed side.”

The agency’s early projected feed price increase was 13-percent, but after the drought hit, prices bounded more than 30-percent higher.

(Radio Iowa)

“Fields of Flight” takes MICAH House to New Heights

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 5th Annual “Fields of Flight” Hot Air Balloon Festival will welcome more than 20 hot air balloonists from across the country this weekend.  Area residents can enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of Pottawattamie County on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 5:00pm.  The hot air balloons and their pilots will light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held both evenings.

Net proceeds from the annual event will go to purchase food for MICAH House, an emergency shelter in Council Bluffs serving families and individuals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. The funds will support services for more than 760 individuals annually, half of whom are children. For over 26 years, MICAH House has been a haven of shelter and support services for those who are homeless and is the only family shelter in the metro area.

Guests enjoy admission for just $1.00, $5.00 parking (per car), and fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family including competition and fun flights, balloon glows, live music, kids activities, apples, a wide variety of food items unique to the orchard/vineyard, and wine. Spread out your blanket and enjoy a truly memorable experience in one of Council Bluffs most beautiful settings, Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, located at 19475 225th Street.

For more information on this special event or to learn more about MICAH House, please contact Lisa Emken at 712-323-4416

* All balloon flights and displays are weather permitting.

Update: Sept. 6th, 2012: Shelby County Fire Danger Index remains “Extreme”

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said today (Thursday), that the Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Extreme” category in Shelby County. Seivert says his office will continue to monitor any rain that falls over the weekend, to see if there is any impact on reducing the fire danger. Farmers in the area are working on bringing in their crops, and as the amount of available fuel for explosive fire growth…corn, beans, and tall grasses.. are removed from the equation, the threat of uncontrolled fires will continue to diminish as well. The next scheduled update on the fire conditions, is expected on Monday, Sept. 10th.

In the meantime, extra precautions should be taken while farmers are out in the field, to ensure their machines are free of debris and that fires are not started behind those implements while the harvest is underway.

Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 09-06-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Pet Care Tips from Dr. Keith Leonard

USDA Report 09-06-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

Proclamation allows transport of oversized & overweight crop loads in IA

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of oversized and overweight loads  of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation took effect Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 and expires after 60 days.

This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code section 321.463 paragraph “5.b”, by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

The action is intended to allow vehicles transporting soybeans, corn, hay, straw, and stover to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation. The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved.

Cass County Extension Report 09-05-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 5th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Monona County landowners complain of tax hikes

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Landowners in Monona County are complaining about a big increase in their property taxes.  The Sioux City Journal reports the landowners gathered Tuesday at the county courthouse to discuss what they could do about the tax increase and to question county assessor Tim Peters and county board members.  Castana farmer William Brink says his taxes have increased by $9,000 in one year. Officials say the change is because of a new way counties value land based on the ability to produce crops. If soil is more fertile, it’s taxed at a higher rate.  The new system also applies to more land, causing increases on property once overlooked.  Some counties adjust taxes for property not used for row crops, but Monona County is among 50 counties that doesn’t make adjustments.