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.

Iowa poultry producers plan for possible return of bird flu

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa poultry farmers are bracing for the possibility that bird flu will return this fall when wild birds migrate, but they hope the disease won’t return. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the industry that had to slaughter more than 35 million chickens and turkeys earlier this year is just starting to recover. But agriculture officials say migrating birds might bring the disease back.

The Iowa Poultry Association’s Randy Olson says the industry is doing everything it can to prevent another outbreak. Tony Halsted says he’s grateful that his hatchery near Rudd escaped bird flu in the spring. Halsted says he has divided his birds up and moved some flocks into Missouri to make sure that a bird flu infection at one location wouldn’t cripple his operation.

UDSA Report 08-13-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 13th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin


Master Hoof Care Program offered in southwest Iowa


August 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a beef cattle lameness clinic to be held on September 10th, from 9-a.m. to 4-p.m. The event takes place at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis. The one-day Master Hoof Care Workshop for beef cattle producers, feedlot operators, feedlot personnel, and veterinarians features Dr. Jan Shearer from the Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Participants receive a copy of “Lameness in Cow/Calf and Feedlot Cattle” manual and will learn through classroom discussion and a hands-on lab session. Chris Clark, ISUEO beef field specialist, says “The lab session will provide an opportunity for participants to practice some hoof care skills. The agenda will include classroom discussion in the morning followed by demonstrations and some active learning in the afternoon lab session”

Topics will include diagnosis and treatment of common causes of lameness in beef cattle, basic hoof trimming and hoof knife sharpening, appropriate use of antibiotics in the treatment of bovine lameness, and the application of foot blocks and wraps. Clark says “The material should be helpful for anyone involved in the day to day management of beef cattle. Lameness cases can sometimes be challenging. Dr. Shearer will offer insights that will help producers better manage feet and leg issues.”

The registration fee is $50 per person and includes lunch. Preregistration is required. The workshop is designed for a limited number of participants so please register early to secure a seat. To register or for more information, contact Chris Clark at 712-769-2650 or by email at caclark@iastate.edu.

(Press Release)

USDA sees 13.7B bushel corn crop, 4 percent less than 2014

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, down 4 percent from last year’s record. It will be the third highest annual production on record in the U.S. Farmers are expected to harvest 81.1 million acres, down 2 percent from a year ago.

The USDA monthly crop update released Wednesday says Iowa, the nation’s top corn producer, expects to harvest 2.43 billion bushels, up 2.8 percent from 2014. Nebraska’s corn production will increase 3.8 percent to 1.66 billion bushels. Illinois corn production will fall nearly 15 percent.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.92 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last year. Production will drop 2.5 percent in Illinois, the nation’s leader. Iowa production will increase 2 percent.

Public hearing set for Aug. 27th in Cass County on hunting proposal

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is considering a resolution to open the east half of the Turkey Creek Wildlife Area to public hunting. The Turkey Creek Wildlife Area is located between Atlantic and Lewis, just off Highway 6. The area is currently not open to public hunting, and the Conservation Board feels the area is underutilized.

A public hearing will be held August 27th beginning at 5-p.m. to address the matter.Cass Co Conservation Board The hearing takes place at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Office at Cold Springs State Park, at Lewis. Input will be taken at that time with regard to a proposal to open the area to public hunting.

If you have any questions, please call Micah Lee with the Cass County Conservation Board, at 712-769-2372.

Annie’s Project Provides Agriculture Business Education to Iowa Farm Women

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Shelby County say a networking program that empowers women in agriculture to become better business partners and owners is being offered to area women, beginning Aug. 25th, in Harlan.annieswebx8 “Annie’s Project” is a six-week course designed especially to help farm women develop their management and decision-making skills. Online registration is available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu or at the Shelby County office.

Farm women participating in Annie’s Project courses become better business partners and owners by learning to manage and organize critical information for their own farms, while establishing networks with other farm women and agriculture business professionals.  According to ISU Extension and Outreach farm specialist, Shane Ellis, Annie’s Project covers five areas of agricultural risk management: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by Iowa State Extension and Outreach, 47 percent of Iowa’s farmland is owned by women. Annie’s Project supports these women by providing an agricultural business education program that empowers farm women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises.

The program will be held at the Shelby County Extension Office: August 25th, Sept. 1st, Sept. 8th, Sept. 15th, Sept. 22nd and Sept. 29th. They begin with a light supper at 5:45 p.m., followed by the program from 6-until 9-pm.

More than 33 states have implemented Annie’s Project sites since its inception in 2002. For more information, contact Amanda at 712-755-3104. Annie’s Project in Iowa is supported by Farm Credit Services of America and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Cass County Extension Report 08-12-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 12th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


Iowa State Fair opens this week, an excellent showcase for Iowa agriculture

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One of the state’s top summertime tourist attractions, Thursday marks the start of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Besides the concerts, midway rides and deep-fried foods on a stick, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says the fair serves as an excellent opportunity to educate consumers about Iowa’s number-one industry: agriculture.

“It is really important,” Northey says. “We have a million people come through there in the 11 days of the fair and an awful lot of those folks don’t have much exposure to agriculture except maybe at the state fair. It’s important to take that opportunity, offer them a taste of it, and maybe even meet somebody who raises some of the food they eat every day.” Northey says there are plenty of examples of animal husbandry and animal welfare seen at the fair, which serves as another form of agricultural education for consumers.

“From the Animal Learning Center where you can see baby calves and chicks and pigs being born, that’s one of the busiest buildings at the fair,” Northey says, “to being able to walk into the exhibitions where you see the showing (of livestock) going on and being able to go into the barns and see animals being cared for and families and kids working together to take care of those animals.” Northey says many commodity organizations distribute information to fair attendees, and the state ag department will feature two exhibit booths, one in the Agriculture Building and the other at the Varied Industries building.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic 1 of 25 cities to receive “Branching Out” grants from Alliant Energy

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic, Massena, Clarinda and Creston are among 25 communities from across Iowa to be awarded “Branching Out” grants for tree planting this fall. The grants from Alliant Energy amount to $132,000 altogether, and is in collaboration with Trees Forever. The funds will allow for the purchase of trees and their planting by volunteers. Experts from Trees Forever make sure the projects improve energy efficiency, as well as teach volunteers to plant and care for trees correctly.

Atlantic received a $2,800 grant to plant trees near the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center. Massena received $1,000 for planting on donated, vacated land from the City of Massena. Clarinda will use its $4,600 in funds to plant trees along a new trail in the main city park, and Creston received $10,000 for planting of trees on the campus of Southwestern Community College, Highlakes Gun Club, Graceland Cemetery, a walking and biking trail, and Crowmell City Park.

Ethanol producers work to “rebrand” gas pumps nationwide

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa and Nebraska, the nation’s two largest ethanol-producing states, are launching a joint effort to “rebrand” gasoline pumps nationwide with stickers promoting the American Ethanol brand. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says the project stems from the past five years of partnership with NASCAR and the pro stock car racing circuit’s use of E-15 fuel.

“This American Ethanol brand has really started to stand out as a very recognizable brand within NASCAR,” Brunkhorst says. “As states work in partnership with NASCAR through this, we thought this was a great opportunity to continue that brand awareness, now on pumps.” The plan is for stickers with the red-white-blue and green logo to be placed on gas pumps nationwide that offer the ethanol blends. Brunkhorst says this initiative will help provide consumers with a consistent experience at the pumps, whether they choose E-10, E-15, E-30 or E-85.

“As consumers pull up to the pump, they can see that American Ethanol brand and that American Ethanol label and understand the value it brings to them,” he says. “As they travel across the United States, they’ll be able to consistently see this label on blends, especially in states that require labeling such as Nebraska and Iowa, and they’ll know the consistency of a home-grown, renewable-based biofuel that’s grown right here in Nebraska and Iowa.” Brunkhorst says the stickers are already going out to hundreds of retailers.

“For those retailers who haven’t submitted their requests for those new, updated American Ethanol labels, they can just go to Nebraska-Corn-dot-org,” he says, “and there’s a form they can fill out and submit to us and we’ll get them sent out.” Iowa is the nation’s leading ethanol maker, producing 3.8 billion gallons a year, while Nebraska is second with more than two-billion gallons a year. Iowa has 42 ethanol plants and Nebraska has 24.

(Radio Iowa)