Be safe during planting

Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm


• The Safe Electricity, a program of the Energy Education Council, reminds farmers to be alert to power lines during the busy planting season.

Safe Electricity urges farmers to be particularly alert to the dangers of working with tall equipment near overhead power lines. They should avoid raising the arms of planters or cultivators near power lines, and never attempt to raise or move a power line to clear a path.

Simply coming too close to a power line while working is dangerous, the organization says, as electricity can arc or “jump” to conducting material or objects, such as a ladder, pole or truck.

More safety tips are available at

• The Iowa FFA Foundation will host its 18th annual golf tournament Thursday, June 13 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, according to a foundation press release.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The four-person, best shot tournament will distribute $1,400 in cash and prizes to the top three teams in each of two flights.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information call the foundation at 515-965-7370 or visit

• Iowa Swine Day 2013 has been scheduled for June 27 in the Iowa State University campus.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. in the Scheman Building. Registration will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Speakers, lunch and more will be provided, according to a press release from the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

More information and a registration form are available at

• A pasture walk featuring cows crazing over a cover crop of rye and hairy veth, grass finishing, and a new “bird-friendly” marketing opportunity will be held Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m. at the Dan Specht farm, 29742 Pleasant Ridge Road, near Marquette.

“This farm is managed as a grassland ecosystem with fall calving Red Devon cows, and grass finishing of the calves,” said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist.

An Extension press release also noted that there is no cost to attend, and no pre-registration is necessary. The event is co-sponored by ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa.

For information or directions, call Dan Specht at 563-516-1007.

• The Iowa 4-H Youth Conference has been scheduled for June 25-27 on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, according to ISU Extension and Outreach.

Each year, more than 1,000 teenagers converge on the event, which features speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet and community service activities.

This year’s theme is “Unmask Your Opportunities.”

“We thought it really shows that by coming to state conference, you will see all of the opportunities 4-H offers,” said Ashley Smeby, 4-H Youth Conference planning committee co-chair.

The deadline to register is May 24. Information is available at county Extension offices, or online at