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Farmers hopeful for soybean crops despite drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The worst drought in the United States in decades may already have done its damage to the nation’s corn crop now being harvested. But growers say their soybeans may turn out far better. Near Coulterville in southwestern Illinois, Dean Campbell concedes that Tropical Storm Isaac’s remnants “blessed us with some water.” But that won’t save his 900-acre corn crop that’s averaging just about one-tenth of his normal yield with harvesting less than halfway done.  But he says he expects “a reasonable crop” from his still-maturing 1,100 acres of soybeans.

Near Corning, Iowa, Ray Gaesser got nothing from Isaac for his 3,000 acres of corn, which he foresees producing about 60 to 70 percent of normal. But he believes his soybeans could yield some 90 percent of what he’s typically get.

Forecast for Cass & areas Counties: Fri., Sept. 7th 2012

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September 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

359 AM CDT FRI SEP 7 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…COOLER. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. SHOWERS LIKELY BEFORE NOON…THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 60 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 80. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.

MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. HIGH

IN THE UPPER 80S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Sept. 6th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Sept. 6th,2012

Weather

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

352 AM CDT THU SEP 6 2012

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW AROUND 60. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COOLER. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sept. 5, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties

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September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Wed., Sept. 5th 2012 – from the National Weather Service in Des Moines…

Early this morning: Mostly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Today: Mostly sunny. Not as warm. High in the lower 80s. West wind 10 to 15 mph shifting to the north in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Cooler. Low in the lower 50s. North wind near 10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 80s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 50s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Breezy. High in the lower 70s.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s.

Saturday And Saturday Night: Mostly clear. High in the lower 70s. Low in the upper 40s.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index remains “Extreme”, TFN

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Extreme” category in Shelby County, at least until the next update, on Thursday. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says field work is beginning in the County, and there are typically three or four combine fires each harvest season. Seivert says while the short grasses have greened-up thanks to recent rainfall, the major fuel source for explosive fire growth…corn, beans, and tall grasses.. continue to dry-up due to the sunshine and wind.

Extra precautions should be taken while farmers are out in the field, to ensure their machines are free of debris and that fires are not started behind those implements while the harvest is underway.

Hazardous Weather Outlook: Tue., Sept. 4th 2012

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Counties: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON

551 AM CDT TUE SEP 4 2012 National Weather Service/DesMoines

TODAY AND TONIGHT: THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY LATE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING ACROSS WESTERN IOWA. THESE STORMS WILL SPREAD EAST OVERNIGHT WITH A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE AS THEY PASS THROUGH IOWA. THE MAIN THREAT AT THIS TIME WILL BE DAMAGING WINDS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF LARGE HAIL AS WELL.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., Sept. 4 2012

Podcasts, Weather

September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Tue., Sept. 4th 2012

Weather

September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

352 AM CDT TUE SEP 4 2012

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COOLER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW AROUND 60. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S.