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.

Farm Bureau offers farm lesson grants to teachers

Ag/Outdoor

November 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Farm Bureau program designed to teach children about agriculture is opening the process for teachers to apply for grant money. The Teacher Supplement Grant program was established in 2003 and this year will award $200 to teachers in language arts and science who develop classroom programs that help students learn about agriculture. Farm Bureau has awarded nearly $100,000 to teachers in the last three years of the grant program.

The organization says with one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, there’s a great need to bring creative agriculture education to Iowa’s elementary students to help them understand how farming is part of their everyday lives.

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate lessons of food safety, seed genetics, and environmental practices in their current curriculum.

Iowa Farm Bureau to conduct Farm Income Tax webinar

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Annual farm income tax preparation is a real challenge with changing tax codes and regulations. To help farmers through this process, the Iowa Farm Bureau is hosting a farm income tax webinar this Friday, November 15th, at 1:00 p.m.

Event speakers will draw on their experiences to provide useful, timely information for participants. Speakers include Roger McEowen, Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT) at Iowa State University, and Charles Brown, President of AgriFinancial Services, LLC. The event will be available live, online to anyone wishing to attend. The webinar will also be recorded and available exclusively to Farm Bureau members online, along with webinar handouts.

Farmers can access the webinar from their home or farm office by going to www.iowafarmbureau.com, finding the webinar banner and entering the forum as a guest on the day of the event. Local sites are also being organized where farmers will gather to view the event together. In Southwest Iowa, the Cass County Extension Office in Atlantic and the Adair County Extension Office in Greenfield are the two local viewing sites. Other locations are set up around the state, and interested farmers are encouraged to visit the Farm Bureau website for an updated list of local viewing sites. No pre-registration is required for online or local viewing sites.

USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – This year’s corn crop is the largest the nation has ever seen, and exceeds earlier government projections.  In its first report since the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it expects 13.99 billion bushels of corn. It had forecast 13.8 billion bushels. The previous record was 13.1 billion in 2009.

Heavy rains delayed spring planting and drought conditions returned to parts of the Midwest. Some analysts thought there would be a subpar harvest. But adequate rain and cooler temperatures at pollination time produced exceptional results, especially in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Prices dropped below $4.20 a bushel Friday, the lowest since 2010.

That means some farmers see lower profits, but chicken, pork, and beef producers will have lower feed costs. Grocery prices won’t be impacted.

Shelby County Fire Danger “Low”, but be aware of windy conditions

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says they will keep the Fire Danger warning signs in the county in the “Low” category. Even though signs are in the low position, EMA Coordinator Bob Seivert says the winds will be gusty today (Thursday) and Friday, so anyone planning to conduct an open burn should consider that, and possibly consider postponing open burning until the weekend. The fire danger warning signs will be updated again on Monday.

Leash on Life 11-07-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Andrea Farrior and Chris Parks discuss the latest news from the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

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Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 11-07-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

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Researchers looking at soybean varieties best adaptable to climate change

Ag/Outdoor

November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is the top soybean producing state in the nation and researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hoping to help growers by determining which soybean varieties react the best to a changing climate. James Bunce is a Research Plant Physiologist with the USDA. “We’re looking for variation among soybeans in how they respond to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration,” Bunce says. Rising CO2 tends to stimulate yields of many different kinds of crops, according to Bunce, including some soybeans.

“What we’re trying to do is just optimize that stimulation by finding the varieties that respond best when grown at high CO2,” Bunce says. “And ultimately we’re trying to find the genes that are responsible for that, but the first step is just to find varieties that respond better than others.” Bunce says finding the most CO2 adaptable soybeans is important because it will help maintain an abundant and affordable food supply. He notes the U.S. is “remarkably lucky” in terms of our natural resources.

“The amount of money that we spend per capita for food is very low compared to most other places in the world, just because we have such abundant food crops and resources to grow them,” Bunce says. “This is just trying to keep that favorable balance of food supply intact as the climate changes.” Iowa farmers grew 414 million bushels of soybeans last year. Soybeans are increasingly used for human consumption and alternative fuel, but are still predominantly used for animal feed.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Extension Report 11-06-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

November 6th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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Fumigation CE course offered in Harlan

Ag/Outdoor

November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County will host a Fumigation Continuing Instructional Course for commercial pesticide applicators on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment program.

The local site for the Nov. 19 CIC is 906 6th St., Harlan. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Nov. 12 and $45 after Nov. 12. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the Shelby County Extension and Outreach office in by phoning 712-755-3104.

The 2013 course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7C (Fumigation) and 10 (Demonstration and Research). The course will cover topics including safe handling of phosphine, pest identification, effective grain fumigation, and laws and regulations.

Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered through the PME Program can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PME.

 

People can vote online for Iowa travel guide cover

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa tourism officials are using the Internet to help determine the cover of the state’s next travel guide. The Iowa Tourism Office says people can vote between three cover options on the department’s Facebook page. The photos were chosen from more than 600 images submitted by people. The guide is Iowa’s trip-planning publication. It lists from more than 700 attractions, 750 hotels, 200 bed and breakfasts and 350 campgrounds.

The covers either show one destination or several. They range from an image of motorcycling in the Loess Hills to an image of tubing on the Mississippi River. People have until Friday to vote. The winning cover will be announced on Nov. 12. The new guide will be available in early 2014.