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Agriculture

  • What just crawled in the door?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written by Rich Pope, Harrison County Extension Coordinator
    Last week has been filled with great days with outstanding and enjoyable weather.  Crops in the field are drying down and harvest is underway.  But whether you live in the country or dwell in town one thing is common—there are “friends” who are trying to join us inside!

  • Red Oak hosting PQA Plus training session

    RED OAK—  Mont-gomery County Exten-sion is providing training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQAPlus®) program. 

    A training session of the program has been set for Nov. 3rd in Montgomery County.

    The session will take place at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, in Red Oak.

    The PQAPlus® session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for the session.

  • Warnings issued after rage of manure pit fires, explosions

    AMES — Several manure pit fires and explosions were documented in Iowa last year.

    Not all of these incidents happened during agitation and pumping; nor did all of the pits have foam present when the fires or explosions happened.

    Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say these episodes highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings.

  • Three Iowa legislators honored by farmers

    AMES — The Iowa Farmers Union, at their 2010 State Convention, recognized three Iowa legislators with the “Friend of the Family Farmer” legislative awards Sept. 23.

    These awards are given to individuals who towards helping family farms maintain their place in Iowa Agriculture and efforts to improve the quality of life in rural communities.

    This year’s recipients were:

  • Forage testing open to cattle producers

    AMES — This year’s weather has been one for the record books, and that’s not good news for the state’s cattle producers.

    Dan Loy, interim director of the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University (ISU) said continued rain has made hay baling extremely difficult, resulting in over-mature hays, rain damaged hays and lack of hay supplies in some areas.

  • Red Oak hosting flood seminar Tuesday night

    RED OAK — Iowa’s historic floods of 2008 will be the focus of a seminar Tuesday night at the Montgomery County History Center in Red Oak.

    One of four taking place in the state, the seminar is designed to help people better understand the 2008 floods and how Iowans can better plan and prepare for future flooding.

    The seminar takes from 4-6 p.m., and free copies of the book “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008,” will be distributed after the event.

  • Gillespie receives 4-H scholarship

    AMES — A $500 scholarship has been awarded to a Montgomery County 4-H member. Jared Gillespie, Nod-away, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarship sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

    Gillespie, a nine-year member, is the son of Tom and Michelle Gillespie. He has been involved in the beef, swine, communication, family heritage and clothing project areas.

  • Farm leasing meeting held on Aug. 25

    If cash rents changed very little from 2009 to 2010, will they change from 2010 to 2011? That’s a question to be discussed at the Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Red Oak on Wednesday Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the US Bank building at the northeast corner of the square in Red Oak.
    Tim Eggers, ISU Extension Field Agricultural Economist, will be the presenter. According to Eggers, “The 2010 Cash Rental Survey shows that in Montgomery County the average cash rental rate increased from 2009 to 2010.”

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  • “Creating Value from Precision Ag”

    “Creating Value from Precision Ag” is the topic for the field day scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.
    The field day is sponsored by the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development, Iowa State University Extension, ISU Outlying Research Farms, and Iowa Western Community College.