• 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.

  • County Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

    The Montgomery County Extension celebrated their 100th anniversary with a Chamber Coffee Wednesday at the Gold Fair Building.

  • County Extension celebrates 100 years

    by Beth Beeson
    Special to the Red Oak Express

    “People Advancing People” is not a motto that just began with the hiring of Cathann Kress, Vice President of Extension and Outreach, it officially began in Montgomery County in 1912 but was in progress for years before that.  Extension in Montgomery County has played a vital role in the history of this rural farming community and the leaders within this county have implemented great events, learning opportunities and educational presentations that have improved the life of the residents of their county.

  • Five running for four Extension Council seats

    Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Montgomery County Extension Council from a slate of five candidates at the Nov. 6 general election.

    “The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Montgomery County for the next four years,” Alan Ladd, Regional Extension Education Director said. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Montgomery County educational programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.