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Cass County Extension Report 10-12-2016

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October 12th, 2016 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


Final plea reached in poaching case involving 10 from Iowa and Nebraska

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October 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Fort Dodge man who is the last of 10 people from Iowa and Nebraska charged in a nine-month poaching investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has pleaded guilty. Twenty-three-year-old Kyle Alstott of Fort Dodge pleaded guilty to numerous charges. Iowa conservation officer Matt Bruner says the investigation started when he noticed online videos from Fort Dodge-based hunting and filming company A-T-M Outdoors. Bruner recognized Alstott from a previous encounter.

“He’d been charged in the past with a deer-hunting violation and it peaked my interest and we dug into it a little bit deeper,” Bruner says. Alstott co-owns the company with 22-year-old Roman Thompson of Omaha, Nebraska and they had several photos and videos of deer, deer hunts, fishing and other outdoor activities on their website. “We started comparing pictures and stories and hunts with licenses that were issued with the Iowa and some of the surrounding states to match up whether…these hunts had been done legally,” Bruner explains. “We discovered that there were some discrepancies and the fueled our investigation…to get several search warrants for that information.” The search warrants led to the eventual charges.

He says the search open up a treasure trove of other information on illegal hunting activities. Bruner says the investigation led to the 10 people being charged with numerous violations. “Hunting deer, hunting turkeys without valid licenses…or using licenses issued to other hunters who were not there. We had issues of the illegal use of bait to attract the animals in illegally, also using a spotlighting to lure them in at night, using illegal weapons and those types of violations,” Bruner says. He says it appeared they wanted to show the hunts online and sell videos of them.

He says the end goal would have been to sell the videos of the hunt, but they never got that far as things stopped with the investigation. Officers collected phones, computers, video equipment, deer and turkey mounts, meat and equipment used to harvest the game animals when they executed the search warrants. The 10 individuals were charged in December 2015 and plea deals began in January.

Kyle Alstott pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer, hunting deer with aid of bait, hunting with the aid of artificial light, unlawful use of two-way radio transmitter while hunting, making false claim for hunting license/tag by non-resident, failure to tag harvested deer, failure to report harvested deer, hunting deer without a valid deer tag, taking whitetail buck without a valid tag, unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer in 2014 season and unlawful possession of illegally killed wild turkey in 2014 season. He was fined 19-hundred dollars and assessed four-thousand dollars ($4,000) in liquidated damages and restitution.

Roman Thompson pleaded guilty to hunting without a nonresident hunting license and habitat fee, hunting without a nonresident antlered deer tag, unlawful use of another’s deer tag, unlawful use of two-way radio transmitter while hunting, and unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer in 2014 season. Thompson was fined 17-hundred-60 dollars and assessed two-thousand dollars ($2,000) in liquidated damages plus 80 hours of community service.

Forty-four-year-old Michael Alstott of Fort Dodge pleaded guilty to making a false report, hunting deer without a valid license or tag, unlawful use of two-way radio transmitter while hunting, unlawful tagging of illegally killed buck deer, unlawful transportation of deer without tag, taking doe deer without valid license or tag, and unlawful use of out of county deer tag. Michael Alstott was fined 15-hundred-57 dollars.

Fifty-three-year-old Randy Vaught of Algona, pleaded guilty to hunting with aid of artificial light, shooting/discharging rifle over highway, and failure to report harvested deer. Vaught was fined 369 dollars and assessed two-thousand dollars ($2,000) in liquidated damages plus 80 hours of community service.

Twenty-year-old Tanner Dawson of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to unlawful taking and possession of whitetail doe deer and failure to report harvested deer. Dawson was fined 282 dollars and assessed 15-hundred dollars in liquidated damages. Twenty-two-year-old Mariah Thompson of Omaha, Nebraska pleaded guilty to hunting deer without a valid non-resident license or tag. Mariah Thompson was fined 667 dollars. Forty-four-year-old Matthew Alstott of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a non-resident taking deer unlawfully and unlawful use of deer tag by another and was fined 390 dollars. Forty-five-year-old Travis Miller of Monroe pleaded guilty to hunting with the aid of artificial light and unlawful transportation of illegally taken deer and was fined 390 dollars. Thirty-one-year-old Brendon Nicholas of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to unlawful tagging of whitetail buck deer and failure to report harvested deer and was fined 282 dollars. Thirty-six-year-old Mike Kenyon of Clare, pleaded guilty to failure to report harvested deer and was fined 87 dollars.

Kyle Alstott, Roman Thompson, Michael Alstott, Randy Vaught and Tanner Dawson all face license suspension in Iowa and 44 other states that are part of the wildlife violator compact. Roman and Mariah Thompson are also facing charges in Nebraska.

The Iowa D-N-R worked in conjunction with the Webster County Attorney’s Office, Boone County Attorney’s Office, Nebraska Game and Parks, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.

(Radio Iowa)

Judge denies Tyson’s request for new trial in pay dispute

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October 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Tyson Foods’ request for a new trial in a case that awarded $5.8 million to thousands of employees at the company’s pork plant in Storm Lake, Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Tyson lawyers filed a brief in June saying a new trial was necessary to address liability and damages issues and ensure workers included in the suit are entitled to a share of the award.

Storm Lake employees sued Tyson in 2007 to collect pay for the time they spent putting on and taking off protective work clothes and equipment before and after their shifts. U.S. District Judge John Jarvey said in his ruling Thursday that the payment method ensures workers not entitled to damages won’t receive a portion of the award.

The Supreme Court upheld the award in March. Tyson spokeswoman Caroline Ahn declined to comment.

Iowa harvest a few days behind due to muddy fields

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October 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are a little behind getting corn and soybeans out of fields because rain has caused soft ground and in some cases muddy conditions, slowing their progress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop update released Tuesday that 19 percent of the state’s corn is harvested, about three days behind last year and a week behind the five-year average.

Soybean farmers have managed to get 43 percent of the crop harvested, about three days behind last year’s pace. The USDA says 81 percent of corn and soybean crops are rated good to excellent.

Time to guess when the swans will appear in Atlantic…

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October 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board says it’s time once again for the annual Trumpeter Swan arrival contest.  Trumpeter Swans have visited the Schildberg Quarry for, at least, seventeen out of the last eighteen winters. When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?

You can call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if they are not in.  Duplicate dates will not be allowed.Trumpeter Swan  For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date.  So, call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction!

One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of the swans.  The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  Sorry, this contest is only for residents of Cass County.   


Previous Arrival and departure dates of the swans have been as follows:

1997/1998    December 18 – January 2

1998/1999    Nothing on record

1999/2000    December 25 – February 15

2000/2001    November 23 – March 6

2001/2002    December 25 – February 24

2002/2003    November 23 – March 15

2003/2004   November 26 – March 21

2004/2005    November 25 – March 18

2005/2006    November 17 – March 5

2006/2007 October 30 – March 9

2007/2008 November 22- February 14

2008/2009 November 18- March 12

2009-2010 November 19 – January 5

2010-2011 November 5 – February 10

2011/2012 November 17 – February 21

2012/2013 November 24– March 4

2013/2014 November 12- April 7

2014/2015 November 11- April 6

2015/2016 November 22- March 24

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on October 11

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October 11th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .04″
  • Red Oak  .09″
  • Clarinda  .75″
  • Glenwood  .08″
  • Missouri Valley  .13″
  • Neola  .1″
  • Logan  .08″
  • Council Bluffs  .39″
  • Creston  .39″
  • New Market  .42″
  • Bedford  .6″
  • Shenandoah  .3″

Shelby County Fire Danger is “Moderate” this week

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October 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Fire Danger rating in Shelby County has been lowered from “High,” to “Moderate.”  Property owners and/or managers planning a controlled burn of brush or grassland areas are asked to call in and report your burning projects to Shelby County Dispatch at 712-755-2124, and notify your local Fire Chief.

Timing for burns should be morning, or evening hours and extinguished by dark unless authorized by Fire Chief due to possible impacts to roads and health from smoke. Burns must be monitored at all times.Moderate Fire Danger rating

Food prices buck trend and drop, along with commodities prices

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October 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa farmers are still struggling with low commodities prices, but Iowa consumers may’ve noticed some grocery prices are actually coming down. U-S-D-A economist Annemarie Kuhns says the agency’s prediction last year that food prices would rise two-to-three percent this year was wrong, as prices have stayed steady or fallen slightly — which is very unusual.

Kuhns says, “Even after the recession of 2007 and 2009, we still saw food prices increase slightly albeit low rates, but we really haven’t seen deflation since the 1960s.” The U-S-D-A report says consumers are paying lower prices for beef, pork, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products, while the prices Iowa farmers are getting for their products are predicted to drop. Corn is down 11-percent, for example.

“A lot of the costs that make up what we pay at the grocery store include things like food processing, transportation, retail overhead,” Kuhns says. “There’s just so many factors of production that go into the price that we’re actually paying, sometimes these changes at the farm level have a muted effect.” If prices go up overall this year, she predicts they’ll only top one-half of one-percent. The early forecast for 2017 shows grocery prices will rise one to two-percent.

(Radio Iowa)

Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course is Oct. 19th in Red Oak

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October 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Montgomery County office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 2016. The program can be seen at office locations across Iowa through the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

The local attendance site for the Oct. 19th CIC is the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach office located at 400 Bridge St. Red Oak, Iowa. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 12 and $45 after Oct. 12. ISU ExtensionTo register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Angela Silva at the ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County office at 712-623-2592.

The course will provide continuing instruction credits for commercial and public pesticide applicators certified in categories 2 (Forest Pest Control), 5 (Aquatic Pest Control), 6 (Right-of-Way Pest Control) and 10 (Research and Demonstration). Topics to be covered are: recognition of sensitive areas impacted by pesticide applications; restricted entry intervals; pesticide labels for aquatic, forest, and right-of-way products; controlling honeysuckle; poisonous weeds; and long-term thistle management.

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

Pump failure results in wastewater bypass to Storm Lake

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October 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a bypass at the Tyson Fresh Meats pork plant, Saturday (October 8th).  The bypass occurred when a lift station pump failed and caused a power failure at two lift stations.  Approximately 1,000 gallons of wastewater from the yards overflowed into the storm sewer.  Tyson staff shut down production, identified the problem and returned the lift stations to operation.

DNR NewsThe City of Storm Lake responded and were able to contain some of the wastewater and pumped it into the City’s sanitary sewer system however an unknown amount reached the lake.  The wastewater entered the lake near the intersection of Flindt and Lakeshore Drives.  The DNR recommends keeping children and pets away from this area for the next 48 hours.

The DNR will consider appropriate enforcement action.