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.

IA DNR asks for your help in curbing illegal hunting activity

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are calling on the public’s help in bringing illegal hunters to justice. The DNR’s Mick Klemesrud says people are tracking deer and other animals from their vehicles and communicating with other hunters by cell phone. “This type of activity has taken hold in certain counties in western and southwestern Iowa,” Klemesrud said. “Our officers are aware of it and it’s something we don’t like to see.” Recently, the DNR charged three men with multiple hunting violations in Cass and Audubon Counties. The men — from Adair, Stuart, and Denison — are accused of illegally shooting two buck deer.

“We think we’ve got one of the most valuable natural resources in our deer herd — it’s world renowned and people come from all over the country and the world to hunt our deer. We want them to do it by the rules,” Klemesrud said. “There are rules we have set up that say you can’t use vehicles and two-way radios to pursue deer.”

The investigation into the illegal activity in Cass and Audubon Counties was launched after the DNR received calls from the public. The three men charged in the case are scheduled to make their initial court appearance on January 7.

(Radio Iowa)

Manure spill in Taylor County Thu. afternoon

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January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say a manure overflow at a small hog finishing farm about three miles southwest of Lenox was being investigated Thursday evening. A passerby noticed that the pit at the facility appeared to be overflowing and alerted the DNR on Thursday afternoon. The buildings at the site have shallow under-building pits.

When the pits are full, they are drained into an outdoor concrete tank. It is believed that employees emptied the shallow under-building pits at the facility on Wednesday, December 30th, causing manure to overflow from the tank. The tank was not overflowing on Thursday afternoon, but a path where manure had flowed was still visible and field tests indicated slightly elevated levels of ammonia in water flowing into an unnamed tributary of the East Fork of the One Hundred and Two River.

The operator contacted a commercial manure hauler to land apply manure from the tank in order to prevent further overflows. The DNR is continuing to investigate the incident and will consider appropriate enforcement action.

Survey shows very little Iowa farmland sold to NEW farmers

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December 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The recently released Iowa State Extension land value survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state. Iowa State University extension economist Wendong Zhang oversees the survey.  “About three-quarters of the land sold in Iowa is bought by existing farmers, so it’s more typical that Iowa farmers are buying Iowa land,” Zhang says. Zhang says the 2015 information keeps with the trends seen through the years in land sales. He says it continues to be tough to try and get land to start a new farm operation.

Zhang says only three percent of the land sold in 2015 was sold to new farmers, and that is something that’s been consistent going back to 1986. “So there are some concerns about the access to land by beginning farmers.” Part of the problem is the cost of land. The average value of farm ground in the state fell by 310 dollars in 2015, but still averages seven-thousand-633 dollars an acre.

“When the land price is high, rent is also high, which creates additional difficulty for the beginning farmers without a lot of financial assets to get into the market,” Zhang explains. “So, I do think the beginning farmers might be better able to better start livestock production as opposed to row crops, given how the land market is playing out.” I-S-U extension has put together a new website that combines the findings of the U-S-D-A, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Realtors Land Institute in determining the land values.

“Farmers, land owners and agricultural professionals could view the land visually. So it is a visualization tool that allows people to analyze and see how changes over time and how land values vary across space, Zhang says. You can see the new tool at www.card.iastate.edu/farmland.

(Radio Iowa)

USDA Report 12-31-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

December 31st, 2015 by Jim Field

w/ Denny Heflin

Play

Cass County Extension Report 12-30-2015

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December 30th, 2015 by Jim Field

w/ Kate Olson

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Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4 billion gallons in 2015

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa ethanol industry trade group says the state’s refineries produced more than 4 billion gallons of the corn-based fuel additive this year, a new record. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says Iowa provided about 27 percent of the nation’s ethanol. Plants increased production enough to surpass last year’s 3.9 billion gallons by increasing efficiency. Several refineries that make ethanol from corn leaves, stalks and other plant parts also began making the fuel additive.

The group’s executive director Monte Shaw says a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that’s helping to install fuel pumps to further distribute higher blends of ethanol than the typical 10 percent is expected to push consumption higher next year.

Iowa, the nation’s leader in renewable fuel production, has 43 ethanol refineries and 12 biodiesel plants.

Iowa lifts ban on poultry exhibitions at fairs, auctions & more

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today (Tuesday) announced that the order cancelling all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, livestock auction markets, swap meets, exotic sales and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza will be lifted on January 1st, 2016.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said “This is very good news and another sign that we continue to recover from this devastating animal health emergency. We know the ban on exhibitions caused some real challenges for those anticipating showing or selling birds, but we appreciate everyone cooperating as we worked to stop the disease and then allow the industry to recover.”

The Department issued the order prohibiting poultry exhibitions on May 21 in the midst of the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The ban was put into place to minimize spread of HPAI and protect the state’s domestic bird population. Lifting the poultry exhibition ban comes as a result of no new cases of HPAI in Iowa since June and the lifting of the final quarantine on December 1. Iowa is now considered free of HPAI.

Total of 77 premises and 31.5 million birds were affected with the disease in Iowa. There are 35 commercial turkey flocks, 22 commercial egg production flocks, 13 pullet flocks, 1 chicken breeding flock, 1 mail order hatchery, and 5 backyard flocks.

More information about the avian influenza situation in Iowa can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to hold educational forums

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December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an effort to provide continuing education to Iowa’s beef producers, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will hold 3 educational forums in January, 2016, two of which will be held in western Iowa.

On January 19th, ICA will partner with the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension to offer a Feedlot Forum in Sioux Center,  at the Terrace View Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The event will focus on defending agriculture, sustainability, competitiveness, antimicrobial usage and profitability. The cost to attend is $25 and $10 for students. Registrations are due Jan. 12 to the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County. 

The third event, another feedlot forum, held in Carroll at the Carrollton Inn on January 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will offer a market outlook and discussion on the quickly approaching Veterinary Feed Directive. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to area producers share their environmental compliance stories and learn from state officials the state’s response plan during a Foreign Animal Disease outbreak. The event is free and includes lunch. Contact ICA at 515-296-2266 to RSVP.

ICA will also hold pasture walks and other educational events around the state later this year in order to provide each segment of the cattle industry information on critical topics to them.

Investigation continues into cow butchered in a Guthrie County field

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December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County are continuing to investigate the death and butchering of a cow, the remains of which were left in a ditch in the southern part of the County. Deputies were investigating a rural farm site burglary in Southern Guthrie County Christmas Day, and while checking neighboring farms North of Menlo, they came across blood on the snowy roadway and noticed raw cow flesh and hide in the ditch next to a cattle corral.

A gate to the corral was ajar. After walking into the adjoining pasture, deputies discovered a cow had been butchered behind the corral. A person or persons unknown had killed the cow and gutted it. The cows head had been removed and the cow had been cut into two pieces dividing the front and rear quarters of the animal. The rear quarters of the animal were missing.The loss was estimated at about $2,000.

Authorities say the act was committed by a human, and was executed very precisely. Those involved in the crime could face possible misdemeanor charges of trespassing and livestock abuse, as well as felony theft and felony criminal mischief charges.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training January 6th

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December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Pesticide Applicators with a private license can choose to re-certify by attending a continuing instruction course (CIC) each of the three years during their renewal cycle.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach—Montgomery County will be hosting two CICs on Wednesday, January 6th. They will be held at the Stanton Community Room; participants can choose to attend the two hour session at either 1:30 or 6:30 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee. Pre-registration is not necessary. Questions? Call 712-623-2592

If this date doesn’t work for you, applicators can attend in another county. In addition, certification can be renewed via testing every three years. Please check the IDALS Pesticide Bureau website for testing dates and locations at www.iowaagriculture.gov/pesticide/pesticidetesting.asp