• Top five tips to get your CRP contract bid accepted

    DES MOINES—Landowners who want to submit a successful contract bid for the federal Conservation Reserve Program can take some tips from DNR biologists.
    The program provides landowners with financial assistance to establish cover that benefits soil, water and wildlife habitat; and offers rental payments to offset the income lost from reducing agricultural production.

  • Local 4-Hers compete in national event

    KERRVILLE, Texas — Four Montgomery County 4-Hers attended the 2010 National Shooting Sports Invitational in Kerrville, Texas as part of the Iowa 4-H shooting sports team.  
    They were Collin Strickland in muzzle loading, Braden Quist in Compound Archery, Dalton Larson in Recurve Archery, and Matthew Hanson in Recurve Archery.  They are all members on the Montgomery County 4-H shooting sports Program.

  • County fair pet show results released

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Fair held their open class children’s pet show at noon on Sunday, July 18th at the show arena on the fairgrounds.
    Here are the results, as submitted by the Iowa State Extension Office:
    Longest Tail: first, Grant Collins, son of Kyle and Tricia Collins
    Shortest Tail: first, Katie Carlson, daughter of Brian and Mary Carlson; second, Julia Smith, daughter of Mike Smith

  • Sioux Center manure basin flooded

    SIOUX CENTER – A concrete manure storage basin near Sioux Center was inundated by flood waters of the West Branch of the Floyd River on Friday.
     The concrete basin was used for an 800-head building at a hog operation located southeast of Sioux Center and owned by Farmers Cooperative Society.
    Rising waters of the West Branch of the Floyd River covered the concrete structure by Friday evening, but did not reach the building where the hogs were located.

  • Women marketing grain course to take place in Glenwood

    GLENWOOD — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension is offering Women Marketing Grain, Post-Harvest in Glenwood.

    The course will be from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 16, 23, and 30 at the Glenwood Library at 109 N. Vine St.
     Women Marketing Grain, Post-Harvest is designed to help farm women understand market signals.
    With this knowledge, they will be able to sort through the market chatter and decide how much grain to sell at harvest and how much to store.

  • Pork producers hosting regulatory conference

    AMES — The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer regulatory information for pork producers and industry representatives Sept. 7.
    Interested individuals are invited to attend the conference from 1–4:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building in Ames. Pre-registration is requested.
    Eldon McAfee, IPPA legal counsel with Beving, Swanson & Forrest, will discuss current regulations, nuisance cases as well as ongoing rule making and policy procedures affecting Iowa pork producers.

  • Schuler retiring as Montgomery County FSA Director

    RED OAK — After more than 27 years of service, Warren Schuler will retire as the County Executive Director (CED) of the Montgomery County Farm Service Agency (FSA). 

    The Montgomery County FSA Office employees will host an Open House to bid farewell on Friday from 1-3:30 P.M. at 2505 N Broadway St. in Red Oak.  The public is invited.

  • Master Gardener class offered

    RED OAK — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in Montgomery County will be hosting a Master Gardener course starting in September.
    “Iowa Master Gardener” is an educational and volunteer service program of the ISU College of Agriculture and ISU Extension.
    Through the Iowa Master Gardener program, interested volunteers receive advanced training in horticulture and environmental topics of special value to the home gardener.


    RED OAK — Just a few minutes after leaving the Junction Days celebration, a 61-year-old Red Oak man was killed Saturday afternoon in a collision with a tractor.

    Milton Lantz Jr., was driving a 2008 Vittacci Motorcycle when he collided with a 1961 John Deere tractor at the intersection of 2nd and E. Corning Streets, just a few blocks from Fountain Square.