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East/West Nishnabotna River Watershed management plan meeting set for 7/19

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) say a planning meeting has been set for 9-a.m. Wednesday, July 19th, at the Oakland Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to further discuss the creation of a Watershed Management Plan for the East and West Nishnabotna Watersheds.

Project Coordinator Cara Markey-Morgan, says cities, counties, soil and water conservation district representatives, and all other interested parties are welcome to attend to learn more about participating in this important organization.  

For more information about the East and West Nishnabotna watershed meeting, contact Breanna Shea (breanna-shea@uiowa.edu), Kyle Ament  (Kyle.Ament@dnr.iowa.gov) or Cara Morgan (cara.morgan@goldenhillsrcd.org).

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Thursday, July 13

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 13th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .05″
  • Massena  .1″
  • Elk Horn  .04″
  • Corning  .54″
  • Missouri Valley  .38″
  • Woodbine  1.38″
  • Logan  .34″
  • Emerson  .83″
  • Villisca  .75″
  • Glenwood  .6″
  • Clarinda  1.75″

Northey says Chinese here in Iowa today to buy more US soybeans

Ag/Outdoor

July 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A delegation from China is scheduled to sign an agreement in Iowa today (Thursday) to buy another big batch of American-grown soybeans. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says China previously bought a billion bushels of beans from the U.S. “So that’s somewhere north of $10 billion worth of soybeans already this year,” Northey says.

Northey, Governor Reynolds and other commodity group leaders from Iowa will meet the Chinese delegation in downtown Des Moines at 9 a.m. this (Thursday) morning. A midday ceremony is planned to formalize China’s latest purchase of U.S. soybeans. “It’s their way of reminding everybody that they’re going to buy lots of beans and a lot of people don’t even realize it happens,” Northey says.

About half of the soybeans harvested in Iowa LAST year were exported to foreign buyers and Northey says up to 70 percent of those exports went to the Chinese. “Twenty years ago China was either a net exporter or no an importer at all. Now they buy two-thirds of all the soybeans that are traded in the world,” Northey says. “Not just ours, but South American beans as well.”

Northey says the Chinese process soybeans just like we do. The beans are crushed. The oil is taken out and the soybean meal that’s left is incorporated in livestock feed. Northey made his comments during an appearance Wednesday morning at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic School Board action

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic School Board Wednesday evening, held the first regular session that featured new Superintendent Steve Barber and Finance Director Sarah Sheeder. During their session, Sheeder was also officially appointed Board Secretary. Barber, as you may recall was hire to replace former Superintendent Mike Amstein, who has retired, and Sheeder was hired to replace Mary Beth Fast, who accepted a similar position with a central Iowa school district.

Atlantic School Board (From left to right: Kristy Pellett, Jenny Williams, Ali Bruckner, Superintendent Steve Barber, Dr. Keith Swanson and Finance Director/Board Sec. Sarah Sheeder (Josh McLaren on the phone for this meeting)

The Board Wednesday, by a vote of 3-to 2, split a fuel bid recommendation between Pelgas and Olsen Fuel Supply. The original recommendation from Transportation Director Dave Eckles and Superintendent Barber, was to accept the low bid from Olsen’s for the district’s propane, diesel and gasoline needs. Both propane bids were adjusted to reflect a 30-cents per gallon state gas tax, which will be refunded at years’ end. There is also an Alternative Fuels Excise Tax credit available in the amount of 37-cents per gallon.

Olsen’s net bid on propane was lower by about 4.5-cents per gallon over Pelgas, but Board members Josh McLaren and Christy Pellett thought it would be more wise to “share the wealth” so to speak, in providing business to both companies. Last year, the Board went with Olsen’s for all the fuel needs, even though they were higher on the cost of propane. Pelgas does not supply number 1 and number 2 diesal, or unleaded regular/ethanol blends. The Board voted to contract with Pelgas for the propane, and Olsen’s for the other forms of fuel. Dr. Keith Swanson and Alison Bruckner were the two No votes for dividing the services.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board heard from Food Services Director DeeAnn Schreiner, about the summer lunch program, that runs from May 31st through August 4th. Schreiner said Breakfast is averaging 50 kids daily, and lunch 158 students daily. She said also they have been giving away food on a daily basis, with each child able to take home up to four items per day. That includes canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, fruit snacks and individual lunch/dinner items.

The big news, she said was with regard to a Farm to School grant. The grant application was written by Schreiner and Kate Olsen, with Cass County/ISU Extension and submitted on Dec. 8, 2016. The schools included in the joint application were Atlantic, Griswold and CAM. Only two applications out of the hundreds submitted, came from Iowa, and Cass County is the only one to be awarded the $45,000 planning grant from the USDA, with a $15,000 match coming from all three county schools in the form of “In-Kind” donations of time from Schreiner, Olsen and other staff. The USDA funds will be used to hire a Farm-to-school coordinator to work 20-hours per week to see the process through.

Among the goals, is to create a plan for next year for resourcing locally grown, fresh food sources.

Take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting and enter a chance to win NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor Experience

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting. By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

In Iowa, NHF Day will be celebrated at the DNR’s 9th annual Iowa Outdoor Expo on September 23 and 24. Learn more by visiting www.iowadnr.gov/expo. Attendees can experience hunting, shooting, fishing and general outdoor recreation activities for free in a safe, friendly environment.

“If you are a sportsman, sportswoman or an angler, you can make a difference and support National Hunting and Fishing Day by becoming a mentor,” said Childress. “Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations. Make the commitment to take someone outdoors and show them why you value hunting, fishing and target shooting.”

If any Iowan is interested in mentoring a new hunter, angler or shooter, please contact Megan Wisecup, DNR Shooting Sports at 515-238-4968 or megan.wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov. The DNR is working hard to identify mentors and build a database of mentors. For millions of Americans, time spent hunting and fishing are treasured moments. Hunting and fishing brings friends and family together and provides one of the most immersive outdoor experiences possible.

“Today fewer people are connecting with nature through hunting and fishing,” said Childress. “As outdoorsmen and women, we are one of the keys to reversing this trend. Help a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker learn how to hunt, fish or shoot. Introducing someone to the joys of the outdoors not only enriches their life, it creates a future conservationist.”

Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys a firearm, ammunition, archery equipment or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program. The WSFR is the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America because it brings funding from the sporting arms, archery and fishing industries and sportsmen and women back to state wildlife management agencies. These monies, in addition to hunting and fishing license fees, are critical for conserving fish and wildlife across our nation.

Those who pledge to take someone hunting, target shooting or fishing will be entered for a chance to win two amazing prize packages. The first grand prize is two HOT passes to a future NASCAR race, which includes pit and garage passes, garage and team hauler tours, and an opportunity to meet team owner Richard Childress. The second grand prize package is a trip to America’s Conservation Capital: Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. A passion of Bass Pro Shops founder and Ozarks native Johnny Morris, the destination spans multiple properties and thousands of unspoiled acres, making it the ultimate destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. The package includes a two-night stay in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, and nature-based excursions including guided bass fishing on 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake; Adventure Passes for the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum at Top of the Rock; shotgun sports at Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy; and passes to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive wildlife attraction in the world, opening Sept, 21, 2017.

To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge, visit NHFDay.org or call 417 225-1162.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 12

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 12th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • Corning  .12″
  • Denison  .03″
  • Clarinda  .35″
  • Glenwood  .12″
  • Manning  .03″
  • Woodbine  .17″
  • Shenandoah  .2″
  • Council Bluffs  .22″
  • Creston  .05″
  • Villisca  .7″
  • Elk Horn  Trace
  • Underwood  Trace

Operation Dry Water campaign in Iowa included six BWI arrests

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reporting six people were arrested for boating while intoxicated in the state between June 30th and July 2nd. The DNR took part in a national campaign called Operation Dry Water. Susan Stocker, the DNR’s boating law administrator and education coordinator, says the six drunk boating arrests is down slightly from last year. “During the 2016 campaign, we had 10 boating while intoxicated arrests,” Stocker said.

Law officers stepped-up enforcement efforts over the recent holiday weekend at Okoboji, Clear Lake, Saylorville, Coralville Reservoir/Lake MacBride, Lake Delhi, and both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. During the three-day enforcement operation, 153 officers participated, spending more than 1,800 hours making contact with 1,463 vessels.

In addition to the six boating while intoxicated arrests, the DNR reports officers issued 478 various citations or warnings. Six people were killed in Iowa in boat crashes last year. Two of those crashes involved alcohol.

(Radio Iowa)

Helping Iowa cattle handle the heat

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A blistering heat wave has washed over Iowa this week and as temperatures rise, so does the level of concern among livestock producers. Iowa State University Beef Center Veterinarian Grant Dewell says the biggest keys to keeping cattle comfortable is plenty of shade and large amounts of drinking water.

“Their water intake will increase by two to three times during these hot days,” Dewell said. “So, we always want to make sure people’s water tanks are in good shape, the valves are running freely, and they don’t have something stuck or some hard water deposits on there that limit the ability for those tanks to refill.”

Farmers are also advised to use fans and sprinkle cattle with water if the animals are showing signs of heat stress. According to Dewell, cattle in Iowa fair pretty well when temperatures are below 90-degrees. Actual temperatures this week have reached the mid-to-upper 90s in parts of the state.

“If you think about it, most of our cattle we deal with (in Iowa) — Angus, Hereford, Simmentals — are cattle from the north; northern England, Germany, and those types of places where they don’t get this amount of heat,” Dewell said. “They’re really developed for cold weather environments and an Iowa summer is a little bit warm for them.”

There have been no reports of cattle deaths in Iowa due to heat in many years. In the summer of 2011, beef producers in five states reported nearly 20,000 cattle deaths due to an extended period of extreme heat and humidity. According to the Iowa Beef Industry Council, there are more than 3.8 million cows on farms across the state. Iowa is ranked 9th in the country in terms of beef cow production and 12th in dairy cows.

(Radio Iowa)

Japanese beetles causing some angst for homeowners

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July 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Some homeowners are worried after seeing leaves being stripped from trees and plants by Japanese beetles, but an Iowa State University horticulturist says there’s not a lot that can be done. Extension horticulturist, Richard Jauron, says the conditions were right and the beetles apparently came out a little early this year. He says it doesn’t appear to be a statewide issue. “Some areas have huge numbers while other areas have just a few. So, it really kind of depends, it’s more spotty than widespread,” Jauron says.

He says you may see more Japanese beetles in your yard because you have some of their favorite trees and plants to munch on.    Linden trees for example, are a favorite. “If you have a linden tree — and if you have a large population in your area — there’ll be thousands in that tree feeding on the foliage. So, it really kind of depends on the area and the tree.” Jauron explains. “Some plants they love. They like grape vines, they like roses, they like raspberries, they like birch trees.”

There are other trees and plants that they don’t care to eat. “Like maples, oaks, lilacs vibernums. It really kind of depends on the plant,” Jauron says, “so if you have plants in your yard that they really don’t like, you may not see that many.”

The bugs have a green metallic head with copper-colored wing covers. Jauron says there’s not a good way to get rid of the Japanese beetles once they decide to make your tree their meal. “We would typically suggest just to ignore it if you can. And that’s because even though they may eat most of the foliage and essentially defoliate the tree — they are not going to kill it– and that’s the bottom line,” Jauron says. “And trying to control them at this point, it’s basically impossible.”

There are some plastic traps you can buy that will catch the Japanese beetles, but Jauron says they may do more harm than good by attracting more beetles to your area. “So if you have a trap in the yard, you may actually have more in the yard than you would otherwise. So, we typically don’t recommend their use,” according to Jauron.

Jauron says the Japanese beetles will stick around until the end of July or early August. If you had a bad beetle infestation this year, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll return again next year. Jauron says weather conditions dictate their population, as cold weather can kill off the grubs in the ground that emerge as beetles.

(Radio Iowa)

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 11

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 11th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .08″
  • Elk Horn  .72″
  • Avoca  .5″
  • Neola  .5″
  • Audubon  1.3″
  • Guthrie Center  .84″
  • Missouri Valley  .76″
  • Manning  .13″
  • Woodbine  .85″
  • Logan  .82″
  • Irwin  .7″
  • Underwood  .13″
  • Oakland  .05″
  • Carroll  .08″
  • Denison  .3″