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.

Volunteers needed for flower planting this Thursday, in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help plant flower beds in the downtown City Park and downtown area. The Atlantic Beautification Team is set to plant flower beds this Thursday, May 16th, at 4 p.m. with the help of their new Adopt-A-Bed Partners and many additional volunteers. Steering committee member Emily Kennedy says they have  secured nearly 20 businesses, organizations, 4-H Clubs and individuals to adopt the flower beds and help volunteers to maintain them, but additional volunteers are still encouraged to sign up to help with the planting,  as they have in the past.

If you would like to lend a hand, contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017, or e-mail chamber@atlanticiowa.com. Volunteers will be assigned a bed to plant,  and will need to sign up in advance to find out the location for planting night. Volunteers are also needed to haul flowers, mulch and equipment during the day preceding the planting. Materials used will be preset at each corner, with help needed in getting those items to the proper location.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own shovels, gloves, rakes and any other equipment they like to plant with.

SW IA Fire Danger is “High” today (May 13th)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE, says today’s Grassland Fire Danger Category in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, is Very High. The next two days will be hot and dry, leaving conditions for rapid fire development extremely high. If you plan to burn remember to plan ahead and take all necessary precautions as winds and low humidity levels will create conditions for fast and out of control fires.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index: “High”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says due to forecast low relative humidity and high wind conditions, along with the presence of dry fine fuels, the fire danger rating in the County is being upgraded to HIGH. Controlled burns should be avoided for the next couple of days. Notify your local fire chief if outdoor burning is planned.

Officials are asking participating agencies to place their “Fire Danger” signs in the High category. The rating will be re-evaluated on Thursday, May 16th, or before as conditions dictate.

IA DOT Launches Iowa Travel Planning Websites for Byways & Bicycles

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced the release of two new interactive websites for planning travel adventures on Iowa’s byways and bicycle trails.Officials say the full-feature sites are ideal for planning trips to explore Iowa’s two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways along with Iowa’s many bicycle trails that crisscross and complement the byways. The byways website is: http://www.iowabyways.org; the bicycle website is:  http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm. 
Iowa byways website and tour guide
Discover your Iowa adventure at the Iowa byways interactive website. It is loaded with information about the byways, including a route description and its history, contact information, and listing of local events, attractions and travel services. The stunning photography will undoubtedly draw visitors to discover Iowa’s scenic, natural, historic and cultural resources. The website is updated regularly by local byway organizations. Come see what Iowa’s nationally recognized byways have to offer. You can plan, map and share your adventure, save notes or even send an e-postcard. 

The Iowa Byways website offers several unique features: 

  •          Customize your search: This is not your ordinary search option. Visitors can search the site by type (event, attraction or travel service); category (arts and culture, dining, events and festivals, historic sites, natural areas, recreation, and shopping); or cost. The search results can be added to the user’s trip; saved as a favorite; or shared using social media.
  •          Plan your trip details: Sign up for free and then create trips by selecting events, attractions and travel services of interest; or add something from your list of favorites. Once you’ve finished, you can print an itinerary for your trip; share your trip plans via Google Plus™, email or as a tweet; export the information; or save it for later use. 
  •          Share an e-postcard: Choose a postcard photo from one of the byway galleries. Then add a personalized message and email it to a friend or family member.  
  •          Create your favorites list and make notes: Once you’ve discovered an interesting attraction or event on the site, save it as a favorite. Then you can add it to a trip, print a list of your favorites, come back to it later or retrieve the information en route using your smartphone. 

You can also order a free copy of the Iowa Byways travel guide, or simply print a copy.  

Iowa interactive bicycle map
One of Iowa DOT’s most popular publications, the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, is now online. Explore this interactive map to plan your trip and find bicycle trail routes and amenities, right down to available rest stops and restaurants.

 
Features include trailheads, parking, rest rooms, bicycle shops and other key features.  
  •          Plan your bike trip ahead of time: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
  •          Discover Iowa’s bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, sidepaths and bicycle-friendly roads.
  •          Locate bicycle amenities: Features such as trailheads, restrooms, and water fountains along trails of 5 miles or longer.
  •          Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown.   

You can also request a free Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists.

(Press Release)

Frost Advisory update

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1016 AM CDT SAT MAY 11 2013

AN AREA OF CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE OVER THE MISSOURI VALLEY BY SUNDAY MORNING. THE COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH ALONG WITH CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS SHOULD ALLOW FROST TO FORM OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN IOWA.

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-

…FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM CDT SUNDAY…

* TEMPERATURE…LOWS WILL BE IN THE LOWER 30S.

* IMPACTS…WIDESPREAD FROST WILL THREATEN TENDER VEGETATION IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR

PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

USDA: Despite late start, record corn crop likely

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they’re still likely to bring in a record crop. In a report released today (Friday), the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.

The USDA expects farmers to grow an average of 158 bushels per acre, a 3.4 percent reduction from the 163.6 bushels predicted in February. The downward adjustment is due to delayed planting caused by a cold, wet spring.  Farmers are planting more than 97 million acres of corn, the most since 1936. That’s why even an average yield would result in a record crop.

G&R bankruptcy case update

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trustee in the bankruptcy case of G & R Feed and Grain Co., Inc., in Portsmouth, has provided an update on the proceedings. Deborah L. Petersen says the Court has approved Del Peterson & Associates to auction the real estate, fixtures, machinery and equipment. The public online auction will be held on June 11, 2013. The online auction will open the week of May 13, 2013 and bidding will be available immediately. Details and information at www.delpeterson.com They can be contacted by phone at 800-492-9090.

A meeting to explain the bidding procedure will be held soon. The feed inventory and soybean meal has been sold as approved by the Court and all has been delivered. Petersen says as Trustee, she will be receiving $ 264,900.00 from the USDA for grain receipts from the sale of grain on hand at the time of filing. The Iowa Department of Ag is in the process of issuing their last few checks and amending their claim in the bankruptcy case.

Petersen says she is in the final stages of collecting accounts receivable that were due to G & R and will begin collection action for those remaining unpaid. She has filed an adversary proceeding against Cargill for the proceeds for the grain delivered in December. And, Petersen has started reviewing claims and still anticipates an interim distribution to creditors in late summer/early fall, again subject to the Court’s approval. The analysis of pre-petition preference claims and postpetition transfers will be done after the claims are reviewed.

The deadline for filing claims in the Bankruptcy is May 20, 2013. If you have a claim for a deferred price contract, or any other amount due you, you should take action to timely file a claim with the Bankruptcy Court. The Trustee has a recorded message that will be updated regularly. You can hear the message at 712-328-8808, option 8. If you have legal questions, including how to file a claim, the Trustee advises that you should contact an attorney of your choice.

(12-p.m News)

FSA Announces CRP Informational Meetings in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Iowa, announced that FSA will conduct several Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) informational meetings across the state.  Iowa currently has 1,535,586 acres enrolled in CRP with an estimated 183,399 acres expiring September 30, 2013.  A General CRP signup is scheduled to begin May 20, 2013 and end June 14, 2013.

Landowners with expiring CRP land or land that is not currently enrolled in CRP are encouraged to attend an informational meeting.
If you are unable to attend, consider a free webinar hosted by Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN). This informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CDT.  Register at:  https://womenfoodagnet.wufoo.com/forms/z7p7m5/

(Information on the meetings listed below and other programs administered by FSA can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia)

Local meeting sites: (County/Date/Time/Location)

Madison

Thursday, May 23rd

 6 pm

Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds

Harrison

Thursday, May 23rd

9:30 am

Harrison County Extension Office, 304 E 4th St, Logan, Iowa 

Rain causes worst drought area to retreat westward

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A wet spring continues to soak soil across much of the Midwest, causing the prolonged drought to retreat ever so slowly westward.  Sections of central Iowa, southeast Minnesota and western parts of Wisconsin and Missouri have seen notable improvement in drought conditions. The weekly drought monitor measures conditions up to 7 a.m. Tuesday. The report is released on Thursdays by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

It shows the drought has subsided for nearly two-thirds of Iowa, most of Missouri and Arkansas.  West of those states drought remains. A smaller portion of western Nebraska is in extreme or exceptional drought and southwestern Nebraska improved slightly.  The soil moisture is good news for corn growers who are now dodging rain storms to get seed in the ground.

Farmer Liability bill pending in House Gov’t Oversight panel

Ag/Outdoor

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A newly-drafted bill on the fast track in the Iowa House would provide new liability protection to Iowa farmers. It’s in response to a February Iowa Supreme Court ruling that said a woman injured during a northeast Iowa farm tour had the right to sue the farm host. Representative Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny, says farmers are now reluctant to allow anyone on their property for any activity.  “Something should happen in the legislature this month on that so that we relieve the concern that many folks who hunt, fish and do other recreational purposes have access to private land without it being a liability headache for the landowner,” Koester says. A state law passed in 1967 granted private property owners liability protection if they allowed recreational activities like hunting and fishing.

“There’s concern about whether or not it’s safe regarding the liability of allowing people to do what they’ve always done,” Koester says. The bill will be considered in the House Government Oversight Committee next week and is the result of discussions among legislative leaders. Koester is co-chair of that committee. A bid to address this farmer liability issue was rejected by Senate Democrats in late April. Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who is a lawyer, told his colleagues not to “buy into the hysteria” about the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling.

(Radio Iowa)