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Volume VIII, Issue 1

January 2014

A battle over renewable fuels by Gordon Wolf A proposed change in the renewable fuel standard (RFS) has agriculture groups and ag leaders in Iowa going to battle with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On November 15, the EPA proposed setting the corn ethanol standard at 13 billion gallons for 2014, a decrease from the 13.8 billion gallon standard for 2013, and proposed that the biomass-based biodiesel level remain at 1.28 billion gallons. The EPA also proposes to set the cellulosic biofuel standard at 17 million gallons, which the EPA said was significantly lower than the Clean Air Act target of 1.75 billion gallons. The total proposed volume of renewable fuel to be blended in 2014 is 15.21 billion gallons. A week after the announcement, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, Representative Steve King, and Iowa Secre-

tary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined the Iowa Renewable Fuels Coalition to urge the Obama Administration and the EPA to restore strong blending levels for 2014 at a “Defend the RFS” event at Lincolnway Energy near Nevada. Monte Shaw, director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said the EPA’s proposal would lead to higher gasoline prices and lower farm income. Branstad later brought together a bipartisan group of six governors to sign on to a letter to President Barack Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in expressing their support for a strong RFS. The letter said, “More than 400,000 Americans depend on renewable fuels for good-paying jobs that support rewarding careers in our states. According to the Renewable Fuels Association and LMC International, 44,500 of these jobs could be lost due to the EPA proposed rule.

“This proposed rule would greatly hinder our states’ efforts to foster policies that create jobs, grow family incomes, and revitalize our economies. “If the EPA’s currently proposed rule becomes final, the negative impact would be disproportionately felt by rural America. According to an Iowa State University estimate, corn prices alone could drop nineteen cents per bushel based on the proposed rule, which could bring corn prices below the cost of production for many farmers. The proposed EPA rule could also cause a ripple effect on agri-business, our communities, and the entire economy.” On January 7, announced it was launching a television ad in Iowa, aimed at protecting the RFS, spending nearly $110,000 for one week of time in the Des Moines market as well as in Washington, D.C. The ad features Iraq War Veteran Michael Connolly making the case that gutting the RFS would allow for a greater flow of oil dollars to U.S. enemies, who use that money for weaponry that has targeted

U.S. troops. Connolly served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, lived in Glenwood from 2010 to 2012, and now lives just across the border in Nebraska. In its November 15 announcement, the EPA said nearly all gasoline sold in the United States is now E10 and that while the production of renewable fuels has been growing rapidly in recent years, “advances in vehicle fuel economy and other economic factors have pushed gasoline consumption far lower than what was expected when Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007.” The EPA reasoned that the United States is at the “E10 blend wall,” the point at which the E10 fuel pool is saturated with ethanol. The agency said if gasoline demand continues to decline, as currently forecast, continuing growth in the use of ethanol would require greater use of higher ethanol blends such as E15 and E85. Comments about the EPA’s proposal for the 2014 RFS standards can be posted online at Comments can also be emailed to The comment period closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 28.

Governor to address IRFA annual summit The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will address the eighth annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 28 at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. The IRFA said the governor’s support of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and Iowa’s renewable fuels industry has helped Iowa remain the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. The Summit is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To learn more and register to attend, visit: php. Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol projects currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

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Extremely cold wind chills provide frigid start to 2014 by Greg Forbes Monday, January 6, was a perfect day to stay inside as temperatures fell well below zero throughout the state of Iowa. According to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker, Cresco, in Howard County, reported the unofficial lowest temperature at 23 degrees below zero. Despite the frigid temperatures, Hillaker said the icy readings are normal for this time of year. “As far as actual temperature, it’s not really all that unusual at all,” he said. “Most winters, we have some places getting down to 23 below zero.” In fact, Hillaker mentioned that two lower temperatures have already been recorded this winter with 24 below in Elkader, Clayton County, last week and 27 below in Osceola, Clarke County. Hillaker said that while actual temperatures are fairly normal for winter weather, wind chills have been remarkably low. Oelwein, Fayette County, on Monday reported a wind chill of a frigid 51 degrees below zero. Wind chill temperatures that low, Hillaker said, are much less usual than the actual temperatures experienced throughout Monday. “Roughly every four or five years we have a reading that low,” he said, add-

“When we get temperatures like this, chances are they are affecting places way south of us as well. That’s a pretty big air mass.” ~ Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker

ing that the last sub-50 wind chill was recorded on January 2, 2010 when Estherville reported 53 degrees below zero wind chill. A year earlier, Cedar Rapids reported 52 degrees below zero. Hillaker said a state record wind chill is not available as wind chills are not kept as record events, but wind chills at 50 below zero are few and far between. “I’m suspecting those are the only two in the minus 50s since 1996 when we had minus 56 in Mason City,” he explained. The wind chill formula, Hillaker explained, is an index to measure what the temperature feels like compared to the actual temperature on thermometers. He continued that without the wind,

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actual temperatures may have been significantly lower. “With that wind, it mixes the cold air up and you get uniform readings,” he said. “The classic scenario for the very lowest actual temperatures would be to have clear skies, low wind and a deep snow cover. “We really only had one of the three and it wasn’t even completely clear,” he added. Hillaker identified a jet stream traveling north to south across the middle of North America as the source of the recent cold snap. “That’s giving polar air masses a good, quick push in our direction,” he said. “The

source region is up north and it’s moving pretty quickly. It’s kind of the ideal set up as far as where the air is usually from.” Iowa has not been the lone recipient of brutal cold as Hillaker said the jet stream has extended near Texas as well as Florida. Hillaker explained that, to his knowledge, a cold blast with this large of a radius is rather uncommon. “In 2010 and 2009, we had conditions similar in Iowa but I don’t recall either of those being quite as wide spread,” he said. “In 1983, we had a nasty week ending in Christmas…that was more widespread than this. “When we get temperatures like this, chances are they are affecting places way south of us as well,” he added. “That’s a pretty big air mass.” The extended forecast beginning January 12 from The Weather Channel on shows the jet stream moving out of the area, yielding to higher temperatures near 40 degrees. Hillaker said the pattern of sub zero temperatures to above normal temperatures has been fairly prevalent since October and could not say whether warmer weather would be here to say. “You never know,” he said. “It will be interesting to see if it (the jet stream) is going to come back.”



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First report of Emerald Ash Borer found in western Iowa by Greg Forbes A pint sized pest with the potential to wreak havoc on an abundant species of Iowa’s trees has been spotted in western Iowa. On December 16, 2013, the Iowa Emerald Ash Borer Team publicly confirmed the presence of the bug in an ash tree on a residential property in Creston, in Union County, just the fifth case in Iowa. Previous reports of the emerald ash borer (EAB) have been confirmed in Allamakee (May 2010), Des Moines (July 2013), Jefferson (August 2013) and Cedar counties (October 2013). Mike Kintner, EAB Outreach and Regulatory Entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, said an arborist reported the initial alert during a routine tree trimming on an older ash tree. He and an investigation team followed up the report and initially found symptoms of EAB damages on the tree which included d-shaped exit holes in the bark and s-shape galleries under the bark. A subsequent investigation yielded half of an adult beetle, enough for federal firms to confirm the case. Kintner said the team then contacted local governments and municipalities, as well as the homeowner, who are now devising a plan to locate, isolate and eliminate the pest in Union County and prevent additional spreading. He added that the affected tree is still standing as no state or federal mandate exists that requires removal of the tree. “That’s up to her to decide what she wants to do with it,” Kintner said. Possible measures to prevent new cases include setting up a quarantine area in Union as well as surrounding counties to restrict the movement of certain ash products from county to county. Paul Tauke, forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said in quarantined areas, the movement of ash, as well as any hardwood firewood,

damage to other trees in the area is alis prohibited and subject to a simple mis- but is in the planning process to do so. Where Creston’s EAB came from exact- ready underway. Eventually, if a problem demeanor. “With hardwood, a lot of people may ly is unclear. Reports have surfaced from is not addressed, the community may face not know ash from oak or any other spe- the five communities in eastern Iowa economical and ecological disaster. cies,” he said. “Movement is the empha- but some specimens have been found in “If it’s already killing trees, you’ve got Kansas City. Kintner said, however, he is five or six years before every tree is dead sis.” Another step Kintner identified was an certain this particular EAB did not travel or needs to be treated,” he said. “You’re inventory and assessment of current ash here on its own. putting yourself on the clock if you aren’t “It’s safe to say it got here from trans- doing some pre-planning.” trees in the area. The Forestry Bureau staff has spear- porting,” he said, adding that the closest Some potential repercussions to the headed a project to conduct inventories in Iowa county in which it was previously economy he and Hanigan identified were communities with less than 5,000 people. found is more than half the state away. lawsuits from injuries or property damTauke said these inventories compile “That is a significant jump.” ages connected to rotting tree branches. Though the distance between cases is the number of ash trees within the comHanigan explained that removal costs munity and help develop a community considerable, Tauke added that he is not of trees on city streets varies from $500 management plan to determine cost of surprised by the find. to $1,000 and as high as $2,500 depend“Where it’s going to be located is as ing on the size of the tree as well as costs removal and identify trees that are most random as how people move firewood,” of replacing those trees. With 3.1 million susceptible. He added that the plan also sparks he said. “It doesn’t surprise me that it urban ash trees in Iowa, Tauke said total discussion of what to do with remaining showed up in Union County.” removal costs would be an estimated $3 Tauke elaborated that the find may billion. healthy trees and with what species to rehave been a matter of time, as ash trees place removed ash trees. “That cost is either going to fall on com“An effective management plan de- typically do not show effects of the pest munities, municipalities or to the homepends on a good inventory, good plan- for two or more years. owner,” he said. The difficulty in detection, according ning and good decision making about Hanigan emphasized that such an what you want to retain and remove and to Tauke, is what makes the ash borer a abundance of ash trees exist because of major threat to Iowa’s ash trees. look to replace those trees,” Tauke said. its ability to grow in stressed conditions “In areas we found it, we know it’s and the benefits it provides to an environA release issued by Iowa State University Extension explained that as of been there for at least two or three years,” ment. Ash trees provide shade, increase December 19, 242 communities had con- he said. air quality and curb storm water runoff. He continued that the process of deducted inventories through the forestry In order to keep the benefits ash trees bureau’s team and other, larger commu- struction is accelerated up by the ash provide in communities, Iowans are adborer’s alarming rate of reproduction. nities have also completed their own. vised to be vigilant and keep an eye out When the eggs hatch, Tauke explained, for warning signs. Emma Hanigan, urban forester with the Iowa DNR, said communities that the insect begins at the upper canopy of Indications of possible EAB presence conducted inventories in the past have the tree and works its way down. The in- include heavy woodpecker damage, drecently reviewed and incorporated plans sect then lays eggs underneath the bark shaped exit holes, deterioration in the as more cases of EAB popped up in Iowa after it has eaten enough and the lifecycle tree’s general health and a thinning canbegins again at a rapid pace. late in 2013. opy. “I think we’re seeing that point where “We’ve been hearing a lot more from Though quarantines have seemingly communities that have had plans done… the populations are building,” said Tauke. helped curb the spread, Kintner and “You start off with two offspring…then Tauke agreed that the ultimate prevenand are now pulling it back out,” she said. “We help them with their budget and one you reach a point where the offspring tion was use good judgment when transthing we often see is they introduce the increases exponentially. Now that we’re porting wood or raw logs. plan to the (city) council and talk about seeing tree mortality in those areas, we’re “We just encourage citizens to try not to the possibilities of a budget increase to on the verge of those populations taking move fire wood out of the county,” Kintoff.” deal with it.” ner said. The time it takes for trees to show signs Kintner explained that the City of Cres“We strongly discourage that because IA-2-65310-PERR0-CARR0-NONE, base creative version 2, IA, 6.5310 x 4.50, 4ASVQSDA2Z, number of ton has not yet conducted an inventory of infection, Tauke said, may mean that that’s how an infestation starts.” papers 1


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Nieces and nephews

Cold weather means a grumpy husband having to do chores in the arctic air and snow. His mood can be changed depending up on who may be helping him that day. With the kids, it doesn’t change much because they are a bit grumpy about having to be out in the cold frigid air (or the roasting temperatures of summer) as well. When the nieces and nephews visit, however, everyone’s mood changes significantly. All of our nieces and nephews live in town. Not in our town; they are spread around the Midwest and California in larger cities. Last weekend my college-age niece was able to come and spend a few

days with us. Since she earned her driver’s license a few years ago, she’s visited the farm every once-in-awhile for a little mini vacation. We love having her and her friend at the farm. The boys get to spend time with an older cousin, and they get to do fun stuff that we normally don’t do in our day-to-day farming operations. On the flip side, she gets to do things that we normally do every day ... and they are fun for her! In the summer time, and during the fair, she pitches in walking the cattle around, washing them, and helping feed them. I have several photos of the city girl leading around the boys’ calves during the last couple of fairs and cat-

tle shows. They also like to take the four wheelers out and roam around the countryside for the afternoon. Unfortunately, the air was so brutally cold last weekend that they all weren’t able to take them out. The little kid was thrilled when school was called off on Monday. The clan went bowling for the afternoon for fun. At some point during the day, the kids also discovered that the creek was frozen and the cattle didn’t have any water, so they all spent some time outside trying to fix that situation. What could have been a tiring, cumbersome task turned into an adventure. I think they all had at least a bit of fun, until the little


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kid decided that he wanted to jump into the creek that they had just broken through. That wasn’t a

very good idea, as I believe he ended up sopping wet. Luckily, I didn’t know about it until I got home from work. My nephews from the Chicago area have visited us during the last couple of summers too. They also love riding on the fourwheelers and helping with the cattle chores. Because we have to the chores every day, I don’t think we look at it as an adventure. But, that is why we have nieces and nephews, to get us to occasionally look at farm life from a city person’s point of view. Then, we all remember how blessed we are being able to live on a farm with fresh air. That is, until they go home and the snow starts blowing again.


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“Loos Tales” star keynote speaker The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) will conduct the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress on January 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The nation’s largest winter swine tradeshow and conference will be in Hy-Vee Hall with show hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 22 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 23. “The Iowa Pork Congress has established a tradition of excellence over the years and it attracts several thousand producers and others involved in the pork industry, as well as most of the top companies who serve the pork industry,” said IPPA President Greg Lear, a Spencer area producer. “We offer timely and informative seminars facilitated by some of the industry’s leading experts, great social functions and attendees have an array of networking opportunities. It really is a show for anyone who is involved in pork production, including our young swine enthusi-

asts.” The IPPA said interest in the Iowa Pork Congress remains very strong among pork industry vendors and nearly 300 Iowa, U.S. and international companies will fill the Hy-Vee Hall tradeshow floor. Products ranging from equipment and nutrition to genetics and pharmaceuticals will be on display. Several exhibitors are rolling out new or enhanced products during Pork Congress. IPPA will welcome attendees to the Pork Information Plaza on the north tradeshow floor where guests can visit with producer leaders and representatives from the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and other affiliated organizations. Attendees will again have a wide range of seminars to choose from. An update on what’s happening in Washington, the latest on PEDV, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers are among the scheduled sessions. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy also will be discussed. Sixth generation farmer and agriculture advocate Trent Loos brings his passion and wit to the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress as the keynote speaker. In “Tell that to the Crunchy Momma,” Loos will address the need to re-ed-

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of farmers, who have different challenges as well as opportunities due to their experience in the military and eligibility for different veteran programs,” said Cox, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. “The veterans in attendance covered the agricultural spectrum and are very diverse. Some are returning to family farm operations, while others are looking for land and capital to start growing specialty crops or value added enterprises. The thing they all have in common is a history of service and a desire to continue that service by providing secure, healthy food to their communities.” About 40 percent of military service members are from rural communities, and interest from Iowa vets in finding jobs in agriculture has been high. Given a higher than average jobless rate for young vets, and the need for economic development in rural communities, Cox said the farmer veteran assistance program offers a win-win situation for Iowa. Farmer veterans had an opportunity to connect with more than 20 veteran and agricultural service providers who also attended the

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Women in Denim conference next week in Storm Lake The tenth annual Women in Denim conference will take place January 17 and 18 in Storm Lake, Iowa. The conference blends sessions on agriculture with a variety of other topics of interest to women today. Women in Denim is sponsored by numerous organizations and businesses and is conducted at Siebens Forum on the Buena Vista University campus. Pre-conference activities begin at 3 p.m. on January 17 and include demonstrations and vendor shopping

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West Central Iowa cattle forum January 22 in Arcadia The West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum will take place Wednesday, January 22, at the American Legion in Arcadia. Chris Clark, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the conference agenda will include several timely topics and will include information for feedlot, stocker, and cow/calf producers. “I am excited about the agenda that we have put together. We plan to cover some really important and timely topics and hope to provide some very valuable information.” Clark said. “We have a variety of topics this year. Rather than develop a specific theme I wanted to touch on several hot topics in the industry. There should be a little bit of something for everyone.” Aaron Saeugling, ISU Extension and Outreach agronomist, will provide information on the use of cover crops as alternative forage sources and will focus on practical tips and expectations for cover crop use in west central Iowa. Jan Shearer from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine will speak about cow/calf and feedlot lameness issues, and Grant Dewell from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine will give a presentation about the veterinary feed

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2013 land value survey shows another increase

Land values taper off with drop in crop prices by Greg Forbes Iowa State University on Wednesday, December 11, released its annual farmland value survey, which revealed good news to landowners. The survey showed Iowa farmland values at an estimated $8,716 per acre, an increase of more than five percent from the 2012 survey. Michael Duffy, an Iowa State University economics professor who conducts the survey, said while many counties in the western Iowa experienced an increase, the values may have finished slightly lower than initially expected. In May, Duffy said he received value projections at a 14 percent increase but as the growing season progressed, those numbers dropped. The release explained that 76 percent of those who responded to the survey cited low commodity prices as a negative factor against land values. “I think crop prices have been dropping since about June and we’ve seen land values tapering off since then,” Duffy said. “We were a little lower than we thought and I think part of that is because we had land values go up quite a bit the last few years. Now it’s kind of correcting itself. “We always have to remember we were in record income levels and with a little adjustment, it still doesn’t mean we have bad income,” he continued. “This tells me that farm income has slowed the economy but that won’t lead it off the edge of the cliff.” He elaborated on the influence of Iowa’s economy on land values in a news release issued by Iowa State University Extension. “The 2013 land value survey shows a

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Duffy retires after 30 years with Iowa State Last month, Michael Duffy, professor of economics at Iowa State University (ISU), released the results of the annual ISU Farmland Values Survey and presented his findings at a news conference in Ames. Before Duffy began his presentation, however, he announced that this year’s report will be his last. Duffy will retire after 27 years of involvement with the land value survey and 30 years with Iowa State. He said he will help the ISU Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) transition into the role of producing the survey. When the transition is complete, CARD will be responsible for the project. Duffy took over the survey from Bob Jolly in 1986 during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Nearly 30 years later, Duffy revealed Iowa’s farmland to be at an all time high. “I started during one of the worst downturns in Iowa agriculture history and now am leaving during one of the best times,” he said. He continued that he has enjoyed watching the evolution of farming and agriculture throughout three decades of service to ISU. “It has been really interesting to see the changes from a technology standpoint,” he said. Each year he produced the survey, Duffy explained he was pleased to be able to develop the status of ISU’s land value work and maintain its reputation. Duffy said in retirement, he hopes to stay involved with land issues and also help with reading programs. Once he recovers from knee replacement surgery, he said he plans to hit the links for recreation. “I hope I can improve my golf game,” he said.


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From deluge to dry A look back at 2013 growing season

From the Iowa Farm & Ranch files Following a drought in 2012, Iowa farmers welcomed the rain at the beginning of the 2013 growing season. But soon the rainfall became too much of a good thing. Before the 2013 growing season arrived, economists and agronomists cautioned producers to weigh the risks of planting corn on corn acres as this tended to result in lower yields following dry years. But no one could predict the abundance of rain that would recharge the topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. Farm ground received a much welcomed bath in early April. Temperatures were well above freezing and rain fell steadily on April 9 and 10. Before the rain fell, western Iowa fields were sunned with temperatures exceeding 70 degrees. But persistent rains through May pushed fields in Iowa from slightly thirsty to waterlogged. A statewide average of nearly nine inches of rain in May alleviated drought conditions, but saturated soils along with continuing rainfall complicated spring planting. By early May, more than 90 percent of the corn acres had been planted in west central and central Iowa and 95 percent of the corn acres had been planted in northwest Iowa. As much as 20 percent of the corn acres remained unplanted in areas of north central Iowa. While the rain delayed the planting of the final acres of corn, yield potential decreased. By early July, Iowa State University Extension agronomists in western Iowa said while the delayed planting season provided a rocky start to crop growth, respectable yields were still possible with regular rainfall and mild temperatures. Rain became scarce in July and early in August. In fact, some areas of western Iowa recorded lower precipitation totals in July 2013 than during the oppressive conditions of July 2012, and the dry weather put yield numbers in question for the second year in a row. However, the moisture profile of the soil remained at a reasonable level due to

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In addition to dealing with the variable weather during the 2013 crop season, farmers in the area of Woodbury County road L25 were affected by a tornado on Friday, October 4. The tornado destroyed livestock buildings, damaged houses and other structures, damaged or destroyed trees and flattened crops. Before farmers could salvage any corn or soybeans, they first had to remove the storm debris from the fields. Iowa Farm & Ranch file photo the heavy rains earlier in the 2013 growing season. As the harvest approached, yield predications for corn were better in 2013 than in 2012. On September 13, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service predicted a statewide yield average of 162 bushels per acre. By the time the crops were harvested, the forecasted yields were better than first expected. Steven Johnson, farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension, told the Iowa Farm & Ranch in early October that corn yields seemed to be slightly higher than expected, even though


it was wetter and corn was being harvested later than usual. The USDA had not issued an October report on the yield forecast due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, but Johnson said private reports and local farmers gave him reason to believe statewide yields would average 162 bushels of corn per acre and 43 bushels of soybeans per acre. By early November, Iowa State University Extension agronomists reported widely varying yields in the counties they served. Mark Licht, who serves central Iowa, said corn and soybean yields were the most variable he had ever seen. He said corn yields


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The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced that Iowa’s 42 ethanol plants produced 3.7 billion gallons during 2013, matching 2011 and 2012 production. Iowa continues to be the number one ethanol producing state, and is estimated to account for roughly 28 percent of national ethanol production in 2013. However, the recent start-up of a new wet mill and three cellulosic ethanol projects slated to begin production in 2014 provide hope for growth in 2014, according to the IRFA. “Iowa ethanol production was up in 2013, but not enough to round the decimal point,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “With the record U.S. corn harvest in the bin and new production facilities coming on line, there is hope that

Iowa can once again expand ethanol production. “But hanging over that potential like a gray cloud is the EPA proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Maintaining the RFS would launch new E15 and E85 markets and Iowa could easily grow to meet the demand. But without a strong RFS, we’ll be looking for export opportunities to drive production. That’s sad when you consider the United States still imports a sizeable chunk of its crude oil.” IRFA is urging all Iowans to contact President Obama and the EPA to urge them to stand behind a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS). Those wishing to submit a comment can do so at www.

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USDA report shows Iowa near top in conservation program enrollments by Jason Johnson, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Des Moines Iowa ranks among national leaders in Farm Bill contracts awarded to farmers and landowners, according to a report released by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The report highlights the value of public-private conservation efforts and record conservation results achieved by farmers, private landowners and USDA since 2009. “This report demonstrates the commitment of Iowa producers to conserve the natural resources on their farms,” said Jay Mar, state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “With pressures growing to produce more crops on the same or fewer acres, we need to emphasize sustainable agriculture for future generations.” EQIP From 2009 to 2012 Iowa ranked fourth nationally for number of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQP) contracts, with 5,364. During that span, NRCS helped farmers treat about 440,000 acres with conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, livestock waste facilities, terraces, grassed waterways, and rotational grazing systems. Iowa NRCS provided nearly $92 million in financial assistance to farmers to plan and install these practices. Only Texas, California and Mississippi awarded more EQIP contracts during that time span than Iowa. NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural, vegetative and management practices on eligible agricultural land through EQIP – the nation’s most popular conservation program. NRCS began accepting applications for the Conservation Stewardship (CSP) in 2010, awarding farmers for existing conservation success and encouraging additional conservation performance through practice enhancements. Since the program’s inception, Iowa ranks third in the nation for the number of CSP contracts with 2,745 – trailing only Minnesota and Missouri. In fact, these three states each awarded more CSP contracts than the lowest 21 states combined.

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Members re-elected to Iowa State Fair Board Members were re-elected to the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors during the State Agricultural Convention conducted in Des Moines in December. The directors and their districts are Bill Neubrand, LeMars (northwest); C.W. Thomas, Guthrie Center (southwest); Alan Brown, Hampton (north central); Randy Brown, Osceola (south central); John Harms, Monticello (northeast); and Bob Schlutz, Columbus Junction (southeast). Delegates from six geographic State Fair Board districts elect two board members each for a total of 12 directors. All terms are staggered two-year terms. Other directors include Dave Hoffman, LeMars (northwest); Gary VanAernam, Exira (southwest); James Romer, Ames (north central); Jerry Parkin, Earlham (south central); Paul Vaassen, Dubuque (northeast); and Gary McConnell, Bloomfield (southeast). A. Brown, Romer and Harms will serve the Board as president, vice-president and treasurer, respectively. Directors by office held are Governor Terry Branstad (represented by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds), Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey (represented by Michael Naig) and Iowa State University President Dr. Steven Leath (represented by Dr. John Lawrence, director of 4-H Extension to Agricultural and Natural Resources at Iowa State University).

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2014 “Excellence in Agriculture” scholarship applications now available West Central’s $1,500 scholarships available to high school seniors pursuing career in agriculture High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture or an ag-related fields are invited to apply for the West Central Cooperative’s 2014 Excellence in Agriculture scholarship. The Excellence In Agriculture scholarship program awards four $1,500 scholarships for any accredited post-secondary program. Applications are available at any West Central location or at www. Scholarship requirements are” Applicant and/or parent must be a voting member, in good standing, of West

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USDA extends CSP deadline to February 7 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is extending the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014, from January 21 to February 7. Producers interested in participating in the program can now submit applications to their local NRCS office. “Extending the enrollment deadline will make it possible for more farmers and forest landowners to apply for this important conservation program,” said Iowa NRCS State Conservationist Jay Mar. “Through their conservation efforts, these good stewards are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run.” CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. Last year, Iowa NRCS

obligated more than $3.8 million through 381 contracts covering 175,346 acres. The program emphasizes conservation performance; producers earn higher payments for higher performance. Through CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil health, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types. To access the self-screening checklist or to learn more about CSP, visit the Iowa NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.



Quilters can sew a project in 2014 Quilters can make a mystery quilt this year. Each month, readers will find directions to make the block of the month. Each unfinished block will measure 12½” (or 12” when finished). Basic supplies needed include a sewing machine in good working order, a cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, and thread to match your fabric. You can choose to make this a scrappy quilt, or just use two-four colors plus background color. If you are using scraps, a light to medium grey or beige thread will work well. You will need a total of 1½ yards each of light, medium, and dark fabric for the blocks (total of 4½ yards), and 2 yards for the sashing and binding. For this month’s block you will need two contrasting colors (unless you are using scraps). 1. Cut two 8” squares of color A (med. to dark) and color B (light). 2. Draw a diagonal line on back side of lighter squares (see solid line on top diagram). 3. Place each set right sides together and sew ¼” on both sides of each diagonal line (see dashed line). 4. Cut square in half horizontally and vertically (see hash line). 5. Cut those squares on the diagonal lines that you first drew on the squares (solid line). 6. Each pair of squares will give you 8 half square triangles. 7. Press to the dark and trim each to 3½” square. 8. Lay out as shown and sew small squares into rows and rows together to make the final block, which should measure 12½” unfinished. 9. Now, store this block (and fabric) until the February Iowa Farm and Ranch arrives with the next one! This series is being submitted by Cindy Kaufman of The Family Quilt Shop in Fort Dodge, Iowa. If you need assistance, please call her at 515576-0295.












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IA:1942 Case Wheatland D tractor, wide front, new front tires, runs good. 712-857-3417

IA: 2 Smidley Fedders, 10 hole with lids, new, priced to sell. 641-590--2815

IA:JD MI (tractor) wide front starts and runs good. 300 IH (tractor) nice tractor good starter and runner 641-425-6139

IA: 14 double disc fertilizer openers for JD or Kinze planters with 2 inch bar, discs measure 15 inches, $50 712-375-5077

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IA: IH 560 gas Fendens fast hitch. NF good rubber Westendorf W130 losfrt zz45,000 515-368-1358

A: C-IH 12R36”Vertical Fold 3 pt, always shedded 308-9955515 IA:Hiniker 6000 cultivator unitslike new 319-521-7220 IIA: JD MI tractor wide front, nice starts, good runner, 300 IH tractor good and starts and run good. 641-425-6139 IA: 1995 Agco Hugger 636 C. H. went to 30 in rows $3800 used on R62. 712-837-4468

Grain Harvest & Handling Equipment For Sale IA:I1997 Case-IH 2188 with 30 ft JD bean head specialty rotor machine in great shape 712880-0484 for details. IA:Demco 550 or 650 gravity wagons. Call 712-210-6587 IA: Combine head movers from 25’ to 40’ wide please call 712210-6587 IA: New Orthman dry bean cutters 308-995-5515 IA: 12 x 72 PECK Auger. Flighting is excellent. 2 years old. 712-270-0735 IA: 1440 combine new price $2,700 IF not sold by July 15 will part out good unit or lots of excellent parts. 712-375-5077 IA: new idea 2 row mounted corn picker. Good shape, $500. 712-246-1847

Building Materials For Sale IA: Wooden poles 30 - 35” long for sale. 712-210-7680 Lake City, Ia

Irrigation Equipment For Sale IA: WINCO GENERATORS, NEW & USED, 1PH 50KW $4,170. KATO LIGHT NEW 1PH AND 3PH WINPOWER USED 1PH $1,000. CALL WES SEBETKA AT, (641) 990-1094

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IA: Hog oiler round $350, JD 2-row cultivate fits only 50 520 $350 conectible, 14-14-21/4” solid JD tool bar 3 point 712420--3030

IA: Steer and heifer show prospects. For more information and photos, visit our website at or call 515-370-0695. Dana

A:Used Ringsted welding stalk smasher, large unit covers 80038 duals, 1 1/2 years old, like new 641-590-1820 IA:Orthman MP3 Tracker Guidance system, 2 blades, always shedded, $4,700. 641-5902815 IA: Hawkins Fertilizer Units, 16 units and parts, $125 per unit. 641-590-2815 IA: JD Fert. Openers, single disk, frame mounted, 16 units, excellent $570 each unite. 641590-2815

Livestock Wanted IA: Farrowing unit 1,500 to 2,000 sows, can switch to nursery or finishing. In compliance, Ia NC Iowa. Call 641-5902815

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IA: Custom hay hauling; big rounds, big square etx can haul troughout midwest. For Sale Round Big Squares of Alfalfa/ Grass & straight Alfalfa 641640-0492

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IA: “Wanted: Alfalfa, round and square bales, picked up or deliver, call Roy at Pleasant Acres. 620-804-1506

IA: 1995 International 4000 series, 6 cyl,. 13 ton, flat bed, 13,000 miles, dual wheels, Mallard, Iowa 712-857-3432.

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IA:8 ft Shadow Cruiser pickup camper 3 way refrig, toilet, furnace. $1,000 obo. 515-9715487

IA: Watermelon style hog oiler $350, six section John Deere harrow wooden eveners $700 Parker 200 bushel wagon Westendorf gear $2,400. 712420-3030

IA: Dorset Rams fall and Jan born Dorset Ewes and Few southdown Ewe lambs 641-4493226 IA: Minature donkeys any sex any age emailwdbrink@wiatel. net or call 712-353-6730 IA: Leonard Limousin & Angus Bulls for Sale Private Treaty. 70 red, black, polled Limousin and Angus bulls, Holstein, Iowa. 712-368-2611. IA: Registered Gelbvieh Bulls, quality black gentle polled yearning bulls. Hobbs Gelbvieh 641-766-6779 or 641-2030863 IA: AKA Australian cattle dog pupplies (AKA Blue Heelers) Farm family raised. Had shots and de-wormed 712-883-2249

Cars/SUV’s For Sale IA: 1966 Ford Galaxy convertible parts or restore 515-9814067 IA: 1986 Monte Carlo LS fixed up $6,000. 1961 Chevy pickup original 3/4 ton $6,000. 712253-1261

Vehicle Parts/Service IA: 2 11.2 x 24 like new tires on 8 bolt rims $350. 319-9811438


Cars/SUV’s Wanted IA:1950 Ford Crestliner & 1951 Victoria Call 308-876-2515 IA: 1928 Dodge Bros 4 dr sedan good solid stored in barn, very little rust, tacky org int. $4,000 712-229-1735

Antiques For Sale/Wanted IA: Antique oak ice box 39” tal land 27 1/2 “ x 27 1/2” 515295-2903

IA: Steel post. Dennis Becker Bancroft, Ia 515-538-1547 IA: 76’ x 112’ 8512 square foot insulated building that will be available Jan 1, 2014. We would be happy to dicuss your needs. Adams Turkey Farms, Kirkman, Ia 712-766-3318 or 712-579-1355.

Other Wanted IA: Wanted to buy old farm tools, hand woodworking tools, old seed corn items, hand cornsheller, cream separators. Call 515-890-0262 IA: Wanted Detroit Diesel 60 Series motor for 1999 Volvo. Call 712-288-5889 day 712288-5706 evenings.

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