• Learn about wind energy, soil health at McGrew Brothers Farm field day in Emerson

     EMERSON — A wind turbine might not be the first investment that comes to mind when looking for ways to cut farm business costs, but according to Steve McGrew, it might be worth considering – especially if you live in a reliably windy part of Iowa.

  • Identification signs placed for new trees by students

     Red Oak High School students dual enrolled in a biology class at Southwestern Community College recently made identification signs for the Red Oak Park and Tree Board. The 60 signs will be placed by each tree planted last May during a program where 160 Red Oak students helped plant, mulch and water the trees. 

  • Farm leasing meeting to focus on affect of dropping prices

     The corn price used for the August 2013 leasing meetings was $4.75 per bushel. At that time, December 2014 corn futures were $5.15. 

    On Aug. 4 of this year, the corn futures price for December 2014 was $3.68, and the harvest delivery price at a nearby elevator was $3.19. The pie has shrunk.

    The Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Shenandoah will focus on strategies for landowners and tenants to manage their financial relationships with declining crop prices. 

  • 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.