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.

Wet weather slows the pace of planting

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Wet weather slowed the planting process last week. The U-S-D-A crop report shows 57 percent of the corn crop is now planted, which is just 17 percent ahead of the report from last week. Planting had been six days ahead of last year, but the slowdown last week now has farmers just one day ahead of last year at this time. The overall planting is still eight days ahead of the five-year average.

The report finds farmers in north-central and central Iowa making the most headway, with more than three-quarters of their corn crop in the ground. Soybean planting showed up on the report this week, with seven percent of that crop planted. That’s five days ahead of the five-year average.

(Radio Iowa)

Heartbeat Today 5-3-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 3rd, 2016 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with CAM Middle School teacher Sandy Booker about the CAM Greenhouse project.  They have their annual sale this week. They will be open Thursday, May 5th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm,  Friday, May 6th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm and Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  They have hanging baskets and planters, a variety of tomatoes and peppers, some herbs, cabbage and cucumber plants and some flowers along with our silent auction items.  The greenhouse is located in Massena in the bus parking lot and all proceeds from the sales of plants goes into the greenhouse account for next year.

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It’s Tulip Festival time in Pella

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Pella residents are preparing to host thousands of people for their annual Tulip Festival which begins Thursday. Pella Convention & Visitors Bureau director, Jill Vandevoort, says warm weather made the 200-thousand or so flowers bloom early, but there will still be plenty of them to see. “We do plant them over the course of four weeks here in Pella. So we have our early blooms as well as our later varieties,” Vandevoort explains. “Right now I would say we have still probably 60 percent of our tulips still in bloom.” The early blooms led to the unusual situation where Pella planners were happy to see things cool off a little bit.

Pella Tulips“The dampness and rains last week, and the coolness were able to hold the tulips in place longer for us — and we are kind of grateful for that rain,” Vandevoort says. She says the rain is going out in time for people to attend all the festival events. “Each day our guests can enjoy a number of tours, including our city tour. They can climb aboard our open-air wagons and learn a bit about our community, as well as see a number of other tulip-blooming locations around the community,” Vandevoort says. “We also of course have our Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill. The Vermeer Windmill is the largest working grain windmill in the United States. If you haven’t seen that, it’s a very interesting tour to enjoy.”

There are many other activities, including the street cleaning prior to the parades. This will be the 81st festival and Vandevoort says it’s a great celebration of the community’s heritage. She says many of the residents come out to celebrate in their Dutch costumes and she says it is alright to ask to take pictures. “I think it’s just a great way for us to come together as a community. All of us are volunteers, and obviously if we didn’t have all of that volunteer effort that we have in our community, we couldn’t continue to host this event.”

Vandevoort has a couple of things that are at the top of her list when it comes to the Tulip Festival. “Probably the first thing I like to do is eat all of those many things that are available at our curbside vendors,” she says. “There’s a number of Dutch specialties that we don’t get to enjoy year-round either. So, probably eating my way around town is the thing I enjoy most.” She also looks forward every year to greeting the visitors that come into town on tour buses.

“Some of them have been coming for over 30 years, every single year. So, we know that those guests who have come in the past actually very much look forward to coming back on a yearly basis. And a lot of those are from out-of-state,” Vandevoort says. There can be as many as 150-thousand people who visit the festival. For more information, go to www.visitpella.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans may see egg prices drop soon

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowans may soon be paying less for eggs at the grocery store as egg production operations across the state and elsewhere are recovering from last year’s outbreak of bird flu. That outbreak sent egg prices skyward, but the number of laying hens nationally is now approaching pre-flu levels. As a result, U-S-D-A economist Annemarie Kuhns, says retail egg prices are dropping.

Kuhns says, “Really, what we’ve been seeing is just, we’re expecting a recovery more quickly than we initially anticipated, a recovery from the highly-pathogenic avian influenza last year.” She says the U-S-D-A expects retail egg prices to fall nine-to-ten-percent this year compared to the average 2015 price. Some 34-million birds on 77 Iowa farms had to be destroyed after contracting the virus last year.

(Radio Iowa)

Rainfall Totals Ending at 7:00 am Monday, May 2

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 2nd, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic .08″ (1.65″ total for the weekend)
  • Elk Horn  .1″
  • Missouri Valley  .19″
  • Logan  .05″
  • Woodbine  .09″
  • Council Bluffs  .11″
  • Creston  .39″
  • Oakland  1.1″
  • Audubon 2.1 (weekend total)

Heartbeat Today 5-2-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 2nd, 2016 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with Park Ranger Jon Fenner and Jeff Gress of Hancock about the Gress family donation of a rare white buffalo to the Botna Bend Park at Hancock.

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Six area seniors pursuing agriculture related degrees earn $1,500 scholarships

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In one of its last acts as the West Central Cooperative governing body, the Board of Directors has announced the recipients of the West Central Excellence in Agriculture scholarships. Last winter, West Central accepted applications for its Excellence in Agriculture scholarships from children of cooperative members who are area seniors pursuing agriculture-related post-secondary education. This year, six students have each been awarded $1,500.

The Excellence in Agriculture winners are:

* Noah Borkowski, son of Dave & Lisa Borkowski of Carroll; senior at Glidden-Ralston High School.

* Zoey Dinkla, daughter of Dallas & Romonia Dinkla of Casey; senior at Adair-Casey High School.

* Brianna Goecke, daughter of Jim & Kim Goecke of Audubon; senior at Audubon Community High School.

* Andrew Irlbeck, son of Glen & Anne Irlbeck of Templeton; senior at Kuemper Catholic High School.

* Shelby Soper, daughter of Clint & Mindy Douglas of Adair; senior at Adair-Casey High School.

* John Schultes, son of George Schultes & Connie Jessen of Exira; senior at Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton High School.

Brianna Goecke

Brianna Goecke

Zoey Dinkla

Zoey Dinkla

Shelby Soper

Shelby Soper

Andrew Irlbeck

Andrew Irlbeck

Noah Borkwoski

Noah Borkwoski

Nick Schultes

Nick Schultes

West Central’s Excellence in Agriculture program had been in place since 1994. The Landus Cooperative board of directors has not yet determined their plans for the scholarship program in the future. Landus Cooperative’s chief executive officer and West Central’s former CEO, Milan Kucerak said “These soon-to-be-graduates will play a critical role in shaping agriculture in coming decades. As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are privileged to be in a position to consult with producers who are feeding the world as well as support the educational pursuits of those who will positively influence the industry for years to come.”

Rainfall Totals as of 7:00 am Thursday, April 28

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

April 28th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .57″
  • Massena  .52″
  • Elk Horn  .76″
  • 3 miles south of Lewis 3.0″
  • Avoca  .6″
  • Audubon  .54″
  • Missouri Valley  .66″
  • Logan  .54″
  • Council Bluffs  1.24″
  • Irwin  .79″
  • Bedford  .68″
  • Greenfield  1.3″
  • Coon Rapids  1.2″
  • Villisca  .55″
  • Oakland  .5″
  • Clarinda  .52″
  • Shenandoah  1.84″

Cass County Extension Report 4-27-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

April 27th, 2016 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.

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Local Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Wednesday, April 27

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

April 27th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .69″
  • Massena  .82″
  • Elk Horn  .57″
  • Missouri Valley  .98″
  • Logan  .76″
  • Irwin  .74″
  • New Market  1.67″
  • Fontanelle  .4″
  • Audubon  .15″
  • Panora  .39″
  • Adair  .49″
  • Wiota  .7″
  • Council Bluffs  .87″
  • Creston  1.00″