Monticello to host emerald ash borer meeting

Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Emerald ash borer, that kills all species of ash trees, has been identified in nine counties in Iowa since last summer. Jones County Extension and Outreach will host an informational meeting concerning the presence of emerald ash borer on Thursday, May 8. The meeting will held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm at the Youth Development Center, 800 North Maple Street (at the fairgrounds) in Monticello.

The informational meeting is for people working in the green industry, home owners, and concerned public. Topics to be discussed include identification of emerald ash borer, signs of tree infestation, regulatory information and treatment options.

Speakers will be Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist; Mike Kintner, EAB outreach and regulatory coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land

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    Northey: Farmers are engaged in water initiative

    GUEST COLUMN

    By Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

    Many Iowa farm fields are turning green earlier than normal this spring as a rapidly growing number of farmers are using cover crops to help better protect the soil and water they depend on to make their living. Farmers are always looking for new and better ways to raise crops and livestock, and cover crops is a promising tool starting to catch on as way to prevent erosion, improve soil health and limit nutrient loss.

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    ISA responds to projection of more soybean acres this spring

    Iowa soybean acres are projected to increase 3 percent this spring, contributing to a record crop nationwide, according to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Prospective Plantings Report.

    “Producers with corn-on-corn acres are more likely to switch to more beans,” said Brian Kemp, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) president who farms near Sibley. “I’d anticipate seeing soybean acres in my area increase by 5 percent.”

    Iowa soybean plantings are projected

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    MAL and LDP commodity requests are being accepted

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans (MALs) and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for eligible 2014 commodities. Notice of the authorization is published in the Federal Register.

    MALs and LDPs for the 2014 crop year become available to eligible producers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a specific commodity’s final loan availability date.

    Sugar commodity loans for 2014 crop will be available to sugar processors

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    Nominations sought for conservation awards

    CONSERVATION CONVERSATION

    Each year, the Jones Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recognizes individuals who are making a difference towards soil and water conservation. These individuals are acknowledged at the annual conservation awards banquet. The SWCD is now accepting nominations from the public.

    There are many landowners and operators in Jones County that are good stewards of our natural resources. They are helping to conserve our soil, keep our water clean, and protect and create wildlife habitat. A few of the categories are: Conservation Farmer of the Year (outstanding conservation farm), Windbreak Awards, Teacher of

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    Poll: Farmers are concerned about impact of soil compaction

    As tractors, combines and other farm equipment have become larger and heavier, Iowa farmers’ concerns about soil compaction and its impacts on crop yields have increased as well, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. Combine and grain cart axle loads are some of the heaviest on row crop land, with axle loads for larger grain carts easily exceeding 75,000 pounds, said Mark Hanna, an extension agricultural engineer with Iowa State University.

    “The 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll results show

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    Early signup is encouraged for FSA programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia has recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15.

    Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will begin by April 15.

    “We expect

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    Conservation awards presented

    The Jones Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Jones County Conservation Board held their annual Conservation Awards Dinner Nov. 21 in the Sill Barn at Camp Courageous in Monticello.

    Both organizations presented plaques to award-winners based on their contributions to conservation within the past year.

    The SWCD awards were as follows:

    Ruth Wagner Assistant Commissioner Award – Rose Rohr, for dedicating much of her time in helping the Jones SWCD commissioners.

    Teacher of the Year – Roanne Willie, first grade teacher in the Midland Community School district, for teaching first graders about conservation.

    Farmer of the Year – Ron and Jackie Schneiter, for

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