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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, October 3

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 3rd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .06″
  • Massena  .26″
  • Elk Horn  .13″
  • Audubon  .05″
  • Manning  .09″
  • Woodbine  .34″
  • Logan  .33″
  • Missouri Valley  .43″
  • Carroll  .04″
  • Red Oak  .3″
  • Corning  .04″
  • Denison  .17″
  • Underwood  .07″

Delegation from South Korea explores Iowa’s farms, ethanol plants

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A delegation of grain buyers, scientists and government officials from South Korea recently visited several farming operations in Iowa, including the row crop and hog farm of Denny Friest, in Radcliffe. Friest is a fourth generation farmer and says the international visitors got a good look into Iowa agriculture at his family farm near Garden City.
“We were just sharing how our farms work and what our farm is like,” Friest says. “I gave them a general farm tour to show how we grind feed on our farm, utilize corn, soybean meal and dried distilled grains into our rations. We showed them how we do things to encourage them to be buyers of our corn, buyers of our ethanol, buyers of our distilled grains, buyers of our soybeans.”

Friest is a director on the Iowa Corn Growers Association and says the organization focuses on finding global markets for unused commodities. “Twenty-five percent of the corn, 25% of the soybeans, roughly 25% of the hogs, and 25% of the beef that we grow in this country, we have to find another home for because we cannot consume that,” he says. “We work real hard as corn growers to develop markets overseas.”  Friest says the delegation of South Koreans was taken aback by Iowa’s agricultural capabilities. “They were suprised at how much independence we have as producers on how we did things,” he says. “We touched on all kinds of things we do to be conservationists and economists. They were surprised about the investment in the machinery and the value of some of the machinery we had to be able to be a farmer, too.”

Other stops included at the Iowa Corn Office in Johnston, a cow and crop farm, the Quad County Processors ethanol plant in Galva and the Golden Grain Energy ethanol plant in Mason City. South Korea is the third largest importer of U.S. corn and distillers dried grains, and also purchased more than 42-million gallons of ethanol in the past year.

(Radio Iowa)

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Monday, October 2

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 2nd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .59″
  • Massena  .43″
  • Audubon  .88″
  • Avoca  1.1″
  • Oakland  .4″
  • Underwood  1.55″
  • Guthrie Center  .8″
  • MIssouri Valley  .68″
  • Logan  .73″
  • Neola  .9″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .58″
  • Denison  .9″
  • Red Oak  .3″
  • Carroll  .71″
  • Manning  .81″
  • Sidney  .19″
  • Council Bluffs  .87″
  • Corning  .05″

REAP program plans 18 meetings in Iowa this month to talk conservation

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

October brings a month-long series of assemblies across Iowa for REAP, or Resource Enhancement and Protection. Tammie Krausman, the REAP coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says they focus on issues like habitat, water quality and preservation of cultural heritage. “REAP is one of the most popular conservation, natural resources and historic development programs in the state,” Krausman says. “One of the reasons it stays so relevant is because every few years, we get out and hold 18 meetings across the state to talk to Iowans about what they really want from those types of programs.”

The assemblies cover a wide range of topics centered on outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources, land management and more. “We get together in a room, we give a brief history of REAP so everyone is on the same page, and then we open it up for questions,” Krausman says. “We talk about all of the local things that have happened with REAP in that area. We ask people what they really want to see with these programs in the future.”

Also at the meetings, delegates are elected to attend the REAP Congress. It will be held on January 6th in the House chambers of the Iowa State Capitol. “All of the delegates who were elected at the individual REAP assemblies come together and we really hard-core debate REAP policy, natural resources policy, conservation, outdoor recreation,” Krausman says. “Then, we make those recommendations to the governor, to the general assembly and to the Natural Resources Commission.”

The assembly meetings run about 90 minutes. The first of the 18 assemblies is planned for Wednesday in Spencer, with another on Thursday in Lehigh. Other meetings will be held this month in: Ventura, Chariton, Maquoketa, Shenandoah, Iowa City, Burlington, Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Calmar, Carroll, Afton, Neola, Waterloo, Correctionville, West Des Moines and Muscatine. See the complete schedule at: www.iowareap.com

(Radio Iowa)

Bow hunting deer offers a different experience with nature

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

October 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Several thousand hunters will take to the woods with a bow looking to bring home a deer in the next several weeks. D-N-R wildlife biologist Jim Coffey says the bow season has become more and more popular because of what it offers to hunters. “Probably the most unique thing about archery season is the hunting experience itself and the fact that a lot of people will hunt individually. It’s not quite as social as the shotgun season with the party system. And this gives people a chance to get that one-on-one relationship with nature,” Coffey says.

The season opened Sunday (Oct 1) and some 62-thousand hunters are expected to take part. He says on a slow deer day, there’s still plenty to see. “If there’s not deer then you are observing the squirrels and you’re observing the woodpeckers and all of the other parts of nature. It’s just a very solace type of feeling that connects you back to nature,” according to Coffey. ” A lot of bowhunters are hunting from tree stands, and that puts you right up there in intimately in the habitat itself.”

The deer movement is a little different this time of year too, as they are still in their summer pattern, moving from their bedding areas to food sources.  “We’re still fairly green,but we’re turning into an early fall mixture. The leaves will be falling, we’re looking at corn be coming out which changes the habitat evaluation — so it just makes for a different experience,” Coffey says. “A lot of times the deer hunter’s going to be looking at the bedding areas and feeding areas and not so much worried about the ruts or the physical activity of the deer that are based the deer social behaviors, they are looking at the actual day-to-day movement of deer.”

Using a bow takes hunters back to the very early days of hunting. Though Coffey says the modern bows used today are the top of the line in technology. “And that’s good, but ultimately you still have to have good woodsmanship skills — you still have got to understand your weapon — just because it’s an expensive or a better weapon doesn’t mean that you know how to operate it,” Coffey says. “You’ve got to be practicing, you’ve got to understand your abilities and distance and judging. You need to practice from shooting from that elevated position because your angles change, which means it’s not the same as shooting at a target in the back yard.”

Coffey says practicing is important to avoid accidents with your bow and he says you need to check all of your equipment to be sure you are safe. “The number one hunting-related accident in Iowa is falling from a bow stand,” Coffey says. “So checking out those bolts and screws and straps on those stands…those are the most important critical things you can do.” He says the great experience of the hunt can be ruined because a piece of equipment wasn’t checked and failed. “Going into the woods and coming out of the woods is the greatest thing you can do — not harvesting a deer,” he says.

Coffey says you should at least get a chance to see a deer. He says deer numbers are about what they were last year and he expects the total harvest from ALL the seasons should be around 100-thousand deer. Bow hunters took nearly 13-thousand of those deer last year. The archery season will close on December 1st for the shotgun seasons, then reopens on December 18th until closing on January 10th.

(Radio Iowa)

Stagnant farm economy slows growth in Iowa, Nebraska

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A stagnant farm economy and its ripple effects on other industries are creating budget problems for Nebraska and Iowa, both of which posted the nation’s weakest income growth in a recent federal report.

Key lawmakers from both states say they’re concerned the agricultural downturn will persist, ripping through other sectors and putting additional strain on their budgets.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says declining farm income was the leading cause of the slowdown in many states, including Iowa and Nebraska. The bureau reports that incomes in both states increased just 0.1 percent in the last quarter, the lowest growth nationwide.

Officials say the sluggishness also hurt agricultural manufacturing, lending, land-rental income and other industries tied to farming.

Iowa DNR hosting first ever State Park Volunteer Day

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 29th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, handed a one-point-two ($1.2) million dollar budget cut earlier this year, is putting out a call for volunteers to help spruce up Iowa’s state parks as the summer camping season winds down. Todd Coffelt, chief of the DNR’s State Parks Bureau, is organizing Iowa’s first State Park Volunteer Day tomorrow (Saturday).

The volunteer activities will take place in nearly three dozen of Iowa’s state parks.

Volunteers could also be removing invasive plants, making building repairs, and painting picnic tables. Iowans who want to help may need to bring tools and supplies.

Iowa’s State Park Volunteer Day is held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day – the nation’s largest one-day volunteer effort for public lands. For more information and to view a list of parks looking for volunteers, go to: www.iowadnr.gov/volunteerday.

Radio Iowa

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Three Wisconsin Counties with Assistance to Producers in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor

September 28th, 2017 by Chris Parks

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 27, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for three counties in Wisconsin. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by heavy rains, flooding and high winds that occurred from July 19 through July 21, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Crawford, Iowa and Sauk counties as the primary damaged area.

Producers in Allamakee and Clayton counties in Iowa are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.

FSA’s low interest emergency loans may be made available to any applicant with a qualifying loss in the counties named above. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.

Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers and ranchers to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agriculture operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

Producers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans for physical losses.

Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at http://offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

(Update) Repairs made to Shenandoah WWTP after system failure

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier report, officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday afternoon (at around 2:20-p.m.), that repairs were made Wednesday to the Shenandoah Wastewater Treatment Plant, which had a system failure earlier that same morning.

The DNR still recommends persons should avoid contact with the East Nishnabotna River at County Road J32 (190th Street) west of Shenandoah for the next 24 to 48 hours after the discharge ends. Farmers downstream should find alternative sources of drinking water for livestock.

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and provide technical assistance, and consider enforcement action if appropriate.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, September 26

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 26th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .72″
  • 7 Miles NNE of Atlantic  .69″
  • Massena  .83″
  • Elk Horn  .92″
  • Missouri Valley  .64″
  • Glenwood  .73″
  • Carroll  .5″
  • Manning  .93″
  • Logan  1.04″