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Agriculture

  • Showtime in Red Oak

    RED OAK — Weather that was nice, but not too nice, and the return of a popular radio station promotion helped boost attendance and participation at the 11th annual Red Oak Farm and Home Show Saturday. 

    According to the official count, more than 900 people came to the Red Oak High School that featured more than 60 vendors from throughout southwest Iowa. 

  • Montgomery Co. 4-H hosting horse show for fundraiser

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Fairgrounds horse arena will be the site of the 4-H Invitational Horse Show. This event will be held Sunday, Sept. 29.

    Registration begins at 1 p.m., with show time at 2 p.m. Entry fees are $4 per class or $20 for the whole day, per horse, per showman. 

    There will be a total of 35 classes throughout the day. Ribbons will be awarded through sixth place. Helmets are required; Iowa 4-H horse rules will apply.

  • Emergency haying extended in Montgomery County

    Based on the unique circumstances of timing of the release of emergency haying of CRP Aug. 29, with the Aug. 31 deadline for completion, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Mike Schmidt, has approved a request to extend the deadline to complete CRP emergency haying in Montgomery County to Sept. 20.

    This extended timeframe is only authorized for the counties that reached the D2 Drought Severe status Aug. 27 and published Aug. 29, which includes Montgomery County.

  • Baby carrots: Bad or good?

    While an easy snack for little hands, are baby cut carrots healthy or harmful?

    A recent Iowa State Extension press release dispels the Internet rumor that baby cut carrots are anything but an easy, excellent source of vitamins and fiber.

    The rumor claims when a white film forms on the outside of the carrot, it is chlorine coming from the inside of the carrot to the surface, which can be dangerous to one’s health.

  • ISU Master Gardener hosting seminar in Red Oak April 9

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Extension in Red Oak will be conducting a garden seminar on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. 

    The topic will be “All America Selections of Flowers and Vegetables.” 

    All America Selections is an independent, non-profit group that tests and recommends new varieties of the best garden options available. 

    These varieties are proven to be superior performers and a top choice for gardeners.

  • Red Oak FFA receives $5,000 grant from Monsanto Fund

    The Red Oak FFA Chapter has been awarded $5,000 through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program through the Monsanto Fund. 

    The FFA Chapter was chosen by James and Joni Sallach to receive this award.

    The Sallach’s entered a drawing on www.americasfarmers.com for a chance to be one of the farmers selected from Montgomery County for a $2,500 prize for a local organization. 

    They received a call in February from Monsanto stating they had been selected as the winner from Montgomery County.

  • Commercial producers buying bulls at season’s first ICA sale

    BLOOMFIELD – Several commercial cattlemen selected their new herd sires at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) bull sale held at Bloomfield Livestock Market March 18. The sale included Angus, Simmental and Sim-Angus bulls that had been assessed through the ICA Bull Evaluation Program.

  • Registration deadline approaching for annual I-29 dairy conference

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – David Okerlund and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on sustainability and industry perspective topics at the eighth annual I-29 Dairy Conference.

    The 2013 I-29 Dairy Conference will be Feb. 27 and 28 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. Producers should complete the online registration form at http://igrow.org/events/i-29-dairy-conference by Feb. 18, however registration will be accepted at the door. The event is coordinated by extension dairy specialists from the five states in the I-29 corridor.

  • Commercial ag weed, insect plant disease course set for Feb. 13

    RED OAK — Montgomery County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Feb. 13.

    The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

    The local attendance site is Montgomery County Extension. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9-11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 6 and $45 after Feb. 6.

  • #5: SW Iowa faces worst drought in almost six decades

    Persistently dry weather during the summer months plagued crops and livestock in Montgomery County and across the midwest, threatening food and ethanol supplies and fueling fears of higher costs to those commodities.

    Red Oak received just .58 inches of rain by mid-August, according to weather data provided by the USDA Farm Service Agency. It received 1.02 inches in July and 6.4 inches in June — well below monthly averages.