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Montgomery County Fair Queen Contest

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Montgomery County, report the Montgomery County Fair Queen Contest, sponsored by the Montgomery County Fair Board, will be held July 9th, at 4 pm. All judging will take place July 9 in the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Conference Room. The Fair Queen will be crowned Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 pm in the Fairgrounds Auditorium.

To qualify, contestants must be 16 to 21 years of age, have not been married, be enrolled in or graduated high school and be an active member of a community organization.

The Fair Queen and all other contestants are expected to help and take part in many activities throughout the week of fair, July 16 through July 23. Candidates will be asked to help hand out ribbons and awards at livestock shows as well as attend events sponsored by the Fair Board.

As Montgomery County Fair Queen you will receive the opportunity to represent
Montgomery County at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. If interested in competing for Montgomery County Fair Queen please stop by the Montgomery County Extension Office for an application. Along with the application form we ask you attach a head and shoulder picture, a current school picture is ideal.

If you have any questions please contact Dawn LeRette at 712-623-2525 or the Extension Office at 712-623-2592. The fees for service will be used to offset direct expenses and to support the 4-H Youth Development County Extension Program.

New pork processing plant in Sioux City slated to begin operations in September


June 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the new Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Sioux City say the plant will be operational by early September. Seaboard Foods president and CEO Terry Holton says about two-thirds of the hogs going through the plant will come from Seaboard and Triumph facilities. “Seaboard will provide one-third and Triumph Foods will provide a third,” Holton said, “and then, whether it’s through contracts from local producers or some spot market, we will buy one-third from local producers that exist today.”

The plant is designed to process 21-thousand hogs per day. “One question several people have asked is, ‘What impact are you going to have on hog prices?’ Well, we’re probably going to raise them, because it’s new capacity. That just how it works,” Holton said.

Officials say the plant will feature the latest in robotics and automation. It will employ 11-hundred people by the end of this year. The addition of a second shift in 2018 will add another 1,000 workers.

(Radio Iowa, w/reporting by Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News)

DeSoto Wildlife Refuge to host family fishing clinic

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

June 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a family fishing clinic. The clinic is this Saturday (today) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Refuge volunteers will share fishing lessons and organizers will provide fishing poles and tackle. Participants can meet at the South Gate Recreation Area. Those under the age of 16 can fish without a license.

Visitors at the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge can go on a guided nature hike on June 17 at 10 a.m. The theme of the hike will focus on pollinators in recognition of the upcoming National Pollinator Week. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the outdoors, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bug spray and take plenty of water.

The nature hike will begin at the kiosk in the main parking lot.

Farmers Market coupons available for older Iowans & eligible WIC recipients

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Friday) announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans. The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through October 31, 2017.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are administered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging.  For more information contact Stephanie Groom, Program Administrator, at 515-725-1179 (or at Stephanie.Groom@iowaagriculture.gov.)

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program:

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each. WIC FMNP checks will be distributed statewide on a first-come, first-served basis.  Eligible individuals may pick up checks at arranged appointments or at regularly scheduled clinic appointments. A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 16,800 eligible WIC recipients this year.  Eligible individuals include children ages 9 months through 4 years, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and post-partum women that participate in Iowa’s WIC Program. The state’s twenty local WIC agencies have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information.  WIC recipients interested in obtaining the benefits are encouraged to contact their local WIC clinic or visit https://idph.iowa.gov/wic/families  for more information.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program:

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with ten checks for $3 each.  In addition to produce, locally produced honey can also be purchased with Senior FMNP checks.  Applicants throughout the state are offered the checks on a first-come first-served basis and the checks are available through Area Agency on Aging offices. A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 18,600 eligible seniors this year. Eligible seniors must be sixty years of age or older with a household income less than $22,311 if single or $30,044 for a married couple.  Iowa seniors will be asked to complete a one page application verifying their eligibility, by providing their birth dates and the last four digits of their social security numbers.

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information.   To find an Area Agency on Aging near you, contact the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) toll free at 866-468-7887 or at www.i4a.org.

Officials: Chemicals likely cause of sick oak trees in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Nearly 1,000 Iowa residents have contacted a state agency about sickly oak tree leaves, and officials say the problem was likely caused by farm chemicals and made worse by weather fluctuations.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources district forester Mark Vitosh tells The Des Moines Register that little can be done to stop the deterioration of the oak leaves besides stopping the use of herbicides. The condition, called leaf tatters, causes leaves to appear as if they’ve been eaten down to the veins.

Department forest health program leader Tivon Feeley says there have been more oak tatters this year because the leaves emerged at the same time chemicals were at peak ambient levels. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service officials say Iowa makes more reports about sickly oak trees than other Midwest states.

USDA Report 6-8-2017

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

June 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Denny Heflin.


Forecast: Missouri River runoff will be above-normal well into summer

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June 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers are predicting the above-normal runoff into the Missouri River basin will continue most of the summer. Kevin Stom, an engineer in the Corps’ Omaha office, says it will NOT mean any widespread flooding along the waterway. Stom says, “The 2017 calendar year runoff forecast for the Upper Missouri Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 29.9-million acre feet or 118-percent of average.”

Now that we’re into the much-warmer weather of June, Stom says the remaining mountain snowpack will melt off quickly. “During June, July and August, above-average runoff is forecast as a reflection of the above-average mountain snowpack and the increased chance for above-normal precipitation in the upper basin,” Stom says. “Runoff during the fall and winter months is forecast to be about normal.”

The Corps has adjusted releases from Gavins Point Dam to make up the difference, boosting the amount of water being released in cubic feet per second, or C-F-S.  Stom says, “Based on this runoff forecast, the June 1 system storage and the tributary projected storage, the service level adjustment of 5,000 CFS which was established after our April 1 runoff forecast will continue through June.”

The monthly report from the Corps says only localized flooding is possible along the Missouri River basin due to heavy rain, mostly in the downstream region.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Extension Report 6-7-2017

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

June 7th, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


Iowa Farm Bureau finds positives in DNR ‘Impaired Waters’ report

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June 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An environmental policy advisor with the Iowa Farm Bureau says a recent Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report shows the number of “impaired waterbodies” in the state is leveling off. Rick Robinson says the report’s two percent increase in impaired waters indicates long-term progress is taking place. And Robinson says it showed other positive trends as well.

“Nitrate levels are trending steady to lower at 18 of 22 sites across the state for the last decade,” Robinson says. “Total nitrogen was lower at 19 of 22 sites the last decade. And phosphorus levels trended steady to lower at 23 of 25 sites over the last decade.”

Robinson credits record conservation practices and collaborative water quality work for the progress. He points to a 2016 Iowa State University poll of farmers in the state. “They found that farmers had invested 2.2 billion dollars in conservation the last 10 years. They found that there were modest to major increases in adopting precision ag, building conservation structure and fine-tuning nutrient management practices,” he says. “So all the things they’re doing are paying off in the long-run and trending the right direction.”

Robinson says it’s also worth noting that 75 percent of untreated water in Iowa streams meets or exceeds the EPA’s nitrate safety standard.

(Radio Iowa, w/reporting by Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News)

Deere launches new ag equipment product lines


June 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is touting its new product lines, which include an S-700 combine series. Randy Sergesketter, a senior vice president at Quad Cities-based John Deere, says the 2018 combines will help farmers “harvest smarter” as they’re designed to make it easier to set up and run the machines to get the best yield.

“Many customers I visit express their challenges in hiring combine operators who can capably adjust the combine during the harvest day, minimizing grain loss and maximizing grain quality,” Sergesketter says. “Our team has listened carefully and developed a new solution that will enable combine operators to optimize and automate and maintain machine settings and performance.”

Deere introduced a universal command center display and control arm in the cabs of combines, tractors and other machines. The goal is to minimize training time by giving operators the same, portable software and display to use in each different piece of equipment. Doug Roberts is Deere’s director of the Global Combine and Front End Equipment Product Line.

“Every time we move into a new model year such as model year 18, we make some changes to the assembly line and tooling but we’re heavily focused right now on improving quality and the safety of our employees,” Roberts says, “and then some moderate changes to the assembly lines due to the new products we’re manufacturing here, mostly related to the corn heads and the drapers.”

Deere also unveiled other 2018 products and services. For example, new front end equipment will be available, such as a more durable corn header and draper. Drapers are used to harvest smaller grains, like canola and wheat, which may require wind rows.

(Radio Iowa)