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Emergency haying extended for Cass, Audubon & Guthrie Counties

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September 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon county FSA office reports emergency haying on CRP acres has been extended until September 20th. Denny Heflin, FSA Director, says  “Farmers can come into their FSA office after they get the work completed, they just need to remember when they get it done they have to go in and certify it and agree to the terms and conditions. The payment reduction is still the same 10% and bales have to be removed within ten days after completing the harvest.”

The measure came about because of the extended period of dry weather. The emergency haying on CRP acres includes Audubon, Guthrie, and Cass Counties.

(Update 9:16-p.m.) 1 killed in Omaha crash of pickup; Neola teen escapes injury

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September 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a passenger in a pickup that careened off an interstate ramp in Omaha has died of his injuries. 19-year-old Matthew A. Doty, of Council Bluffs, was one of three people in the pickup that crashed about 6:15-p.m. Friday. Doty was thrown from the truck and declared dead at the scene. Police say the driver of the truck, 30-year-old Evan Shiplett, of Zanesville, Ohio, lost control as he exited Interstate 480 in eastern Omaha, and the truck rolled.

Police say Shiplett was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said another passenger, 18-year-old Jacob R. Levene of Neola, walked to a nearby store to call for help. He was transported to a hospital by a third party. His injuries are not life-threatening. None of the three men were wearing their seat belts.

Authorities say alcohol, speed and reckless driving were contributing factors in the crash. Charges are currently pending.

USDA: Iowa farmland rent averages $255 an acre

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September 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new survey of Iowa farmers says renting an acre of land to grow crops costs a state average of $255 an acre. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that’s an increase of $20 an acre from a year ago and is the highest since the department began compiling comparable records in 2008.

Farmers in Grundy County are paying $316 an acre and those in Ida County $314 an acre, the two highest. The lowest cash rents were paid in southern Iowa with Appanoose County listed at $150 an acre and Van Buren County at $156. Fifteen counties had average rent less than $200 per acre in 2013, compared with 20 counties in 2012.

Cash rent paid for pasture in Iowa, at $49 per acre, was up $3 from 2012.

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Omaha Man Shot from Vehicle in Council Bluffs

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September 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a shooting at approximately 1:35am Saturday (9/7) morning near the intersection of 34th Avenue and South 24th Street.  Shots were fired from an unknown vehicle which was traveling north on South 24th Street and one of the rounds struck 31-year-old Leo Guajardo of Omaha, NE as he was driving his vehicle in the same direction as the unknown shooter.  The round struck Guajardo in the left side of the face.

Guajardo was transported to University Hospital by private vehicle and is currently in critical but stable condition with non life threatening injuries. Witnesses reported hearing 6-7 shots during the incident as the vehicles sped towards Interstate 80. The investigation is ongoing.

Rollover accident in Montgomery County, Friday

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September 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a rollover accident Friday afternoon, in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 17-year old Jacob Ballard, of Red Oak, was traveling north on J Avenue at around 3:50-p.m., when the vehicle went out of control and into a ditch before rolling onto its top. The accident happened as Ballard was attempting to turn east onto 160th Street. Officials say the pickup was traveling too fast when the accident occurred.

Damage to the pickup, owned by Chad Harold, of Red Oak, was estimated at $5,000. Ballard was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and for Violating the terms of his instruction permit. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Red Oak Fire and Rescue.

Updated/Corrected info.on plane crash

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September 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects earlier info. from Bill Ayers w/regard to aircraft owner/operator)

A 24 year old Rock Port, MO., man was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic following the crash of  biplane single engine aircraft about 4-miles west of Atlantic, Friday. Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Ayers told KJAN News Christopher Peeler walked away from the scene of the crash at 3:25 pm one-quarter of a mile west of 570th Street and north of Highland Road. The man’s clothes was smoldering as he walked to the nearby gravel road and got a ride from a citizen to the Atlantic Airport, before getting another ride to the hospital.

A report on his condition is not available, but Ayers said his injuries were not life threatening. The 1971 aircraft, registered to Shenandoah Flight Service and based in Atlantic, is owned by Bob Pettis. It was doing aerial seeding when it crashed. The aircraft was a total loss. The FAA has been contacted and an investigation into the accident continues. Ayers said the wreckage will remain in the field until the FAA can investigate.

Pictures from the airplane crash near Atlantic Friday

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September 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Breaking News! Plane crash west of Atlantic (Update)

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September 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The pilot of a single engine aircraft, which was apparently a crop duster, was transported by private vehicle after the plane crashed into a soybean this (Friday) afternoon, west of Atlantic.plane crash 6-6-13 004 The accident happened at around 3:25-p.m., just west of 570th Street, between Galveston and Highland road. plane crash 6-6-13 002

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Atlantic Police Department, and Cass County Emergency Manager Mike Kennon also responded. The pilot was out of the plane and in a vehicle shortly after the crash.

A report on the pilots condition and other details are not currently available.

Carstens Farmstead Days

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September 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Carstens Farmstead in Pottawattamie County is the site for a family fun weekend as the 1880 Farmstead Days are here. This is the 31st year for the Carstens Farmstead Days featuring horse, steam and gas power exhibits. Over two hundred restored antique tractors will be on hand. Terry Torneten, member of the 1880 Carstens Committee, says the event starts out with the most important meal of the day.

He says  “The activities start right on Saturday morning with a breakfast by the Shelby Fire Department. The thresher breakfast will starting at 6:30 in the morning.” The breakfast will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night is highlighted by the Staley’s chicken supper at 5:30pm with proceeds going towards the maintenance of the farm. This year the Carstens days plans to feature Case IH tractors. Torneton says We have the Heartland JI Case collectors club looking to invite people to bring their tractors to display. They want to make sure this is the biggest turnout of Case IH tractors ever at Carstens.”

As far as entertainment, Carstens has invited Cloggers to perform at 12:30pm on Saturday, Country Kickers America performs on Sunday at 12:30 and a few local bands will play a variety of music during the entire celebration. The 2013 Carstens 1880 Farmstead Days will also have a quilt show, crafts galore and several vendors selling antiques. Admission is $5 per day for everyone nine years or older. The Carstens farm is located off I-80 exit 34 south of Shelby where signs will be posted.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)