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OCTOBER 2012

Much more precip needed for next year’s crop by Gordon Wolf As farmers harvest their last acres of corn and soybeans, their thoughts turn to next year’s growing season and their eyes turn to the sky with the hope and prayers that rain falls and replenishes the moisture-depleted soil. In his latest weather summary (emailed October 15), Iowa Department of Agriculture State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said over the weekend of October 12 through 14, most of the southeast two thirds of the state received more than an inch of rain. Unfortunately, the northwestern quarter of the state completely missed the weekend rain, he wrote. Light rain also fell over the northeast twothirds of Iowa on October 8 and October 9, with some additionally very light rain showers over the extreme northeast on October 11. “A few areas saw weekly rain totals exceed three inches such as Fairfield (3.98 inches), Red Oak (3.52) and Bloomfield (4.15),” Hillaker stated. “The highest total was reported near Waucoma in Fayette County with 4.22 inches.”

The statewide average precipitation was 1.65 inches while normal for the week is 0.58. Hillaker said the week of October 7 through 13 was the wettest week in 24 weeks (since early May). Much more precipitation is needed, however. Mark Licht, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist who serves Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, Dallas, Guthrie, Polk, Jasper and Warren counties, said soils across central Iowa are depleted of moisture. “It will take 15 to 20 inches of rainfall for soil moisture reserves to reach adequate levels,” he commented. Paul Kassel, ISU Extension field agronomist who serves Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Clay, Palo Alto, Hancock, Buena Vista, Pocahontas and Sac counties, said lots of moisture is needed to replenish topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. “Probably in the 10- to 12-inch area, before next June,’ he stated. “I am not sure what the odds are that could happen.”

Limit tillage to reduce loss of moisture, use safety when handling anhydrous ISU Extension field agronomists Mark Licht, Paul Kassel, Joel DeJong and Clarke McGrath all advised farmers to limit their tillage as much as possible this fall. “It helps to maybe catch more snow and reduces the loss that comes with each tillage pass,” DeJong explained. “Plan to make certain all of your details are done well next year – little things can make a big difference if we are short of moisture, like being certain soil fertility levels are good.” Licht advised farmers to keep crop residue intact and on the soil. The soil surface will have increased water infiltration abilities and will reduce moisture evaporation from the soil surface. “Keeping residue intact on the surface also helps trap snow, which, when it melts will help replenish moisture reserves,” said Licht. Standing residue and good soil structure maximize water infiltration and limit runoff, McGrath stated. Kassel commented that attention will soon turn to fall anhydrous ammonia (NH3) application. SOIL . . . Page 3A

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MOISTURE, from Page 1A ISU Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong said in his area (Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida and Monona counties) some areas need 16 inches of moisture. “Twelve inches would do a lot of good for most areas. The top five inches of soil holds about 11 inches, and I know that the roots went well below five inches in many areas, using the water from greater depths, too,� he stated. ISU Extension field agronomist Clarke McGrath, who is the crops team co-lead and also serves Shelby, Audubon, Crawford, Harrison and East and West Pottawattamie counties, said the answer to how much moisture is needed to replenish the soil isn’t as simple as it may seem. “Some factors that impact this: how deep did your crops root down and deplete the soil of plant available moisture? We typically say crops root five to six feet deep; this year, reports from growers and agronomists who dug pits reported corn roots up to nine feet deep. No doubt soybeans could root almost that deep in similar situations. But to stay within agronomic norms, we'll talk more about the top five to six feet here,� he stated.

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“We often say that our soils can hold two inches of crop available water per foot, so we'd like to see about 10 to 12 inches of plant available water stored in the rooting profile (five to six feet) by planting time,� McGrath explained. “We often get a lot of this recharged with fall rains, and to some degree spring rains. “We are way behind so far this fall as most are aware, and as soils freeze up this winter, not much moisture is getting in the profile. So we may be counting on replenishing a six-, eight- even 10-inch plant available moisture deficit with late fall rain. If those don't materialize, we are counting on spring rains, yet hoping if the rains do come that they don't delay planting, cause a lot of erosion, denitrification, flooding,� he continued. “You can see that getting this moisture back in time to help and not hinder us is a long shot, and so we have concerns about moisture for the 2013 crops,� McGrath stated. He continued that, as moisture falls, not all of it ends up soaking into the soil profile. “How much depends on soil structure, slope, duration of the weather event, residue in the fields and many other factors. So, let's say that three-fourths of the rainfall soaks in - you can see that we need substantial moisture, at the right time, at the right rate, to dig us out of the deficit,� McGrath said.

SOIL, from Page 1A “Dry soil may 'chunk up,’ making the application process difficult,� he stated. “Agronomically speaking, these are ideal conditions for fall application of NH3 - the surface soil conditions may or may not provide good conditions for the NH3 application to seal.� McGrath commented, “I am guessing we will start fall NH3 in the coming weeks, so guys can talk to their fertilizer dealers about best management practices with that.� He advised farmers and those applying fertilizer to keep safety in mind when handing anhydrous ammonia. “I managed a co-op for nine years and had several customers and employees injured by NH3,� McGrath continued. “One of them was nearly permanently blinded; his safety training and quick thinking while in incredible pain made it possible for him to feel his way back to the safety water and save his eyesight. But the one part of his training that he didn't implement at that particular moment - always treat a hose as if it is charged and wear your gloves and goggles.�

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From trash to natural treasure Crawford County Pheasants Forever competing for national grant Would turn old landfill into habitat and recreation area by Greg Forbes The Crawford County Pheasants Forever is in contention for a $25,000 grant. Sportdog Brand, a hunting products company, is sponsoring its annual Future Forward Fund Contest. The grant will be awarded to one of seven national projects that aim to create, restore or preserve natural habitat. Pheasants Forever decided to pursue the grant to continue to transform old Crawford County Landfill property into a safe nesting habitat as well as a public recreation area. K.R. Buck, of Crawford County Pheasants Forever, said the money would be used to install a parking lot, an open education center, planting of trees and shrubs for habitat, the construction of geese nesting boxes and other elements to create a natural habitat and recreational haven.

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Buck explained that food plots and trees have been planted throughout the property. The goal of the planned project is to encourage public as well as generate and stabilize wildlife, particularly pheasants. “We want people to use this for walk-

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Iowa No-till farming critical for preventing loss Farm & of soil moisture during drought conditions Ranch Your source for agriculture news in and around Western Iowa __________________

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Farmers should consider no-till farming as the most important tool to prevent loss of soil moisture, especially during the current drought conditions in Iowa, according to Barb Stewart, state agronomist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa. “Drought management is a top concern right now. With the drought conditions in Iowa, and across the Midwest, many producers are concerned about the next planting

season,� she said. “And with the extremely early harvest, many producers have more time on their hands for soil tillage operations. NRCS is recommending farmers use that time for something else more productive.� Soil tillage reduces soil moisture in several ways. The first is reduced water infiltration. Tillage reduces water infiltration by breaking up the large pores in the soil structure, which act as large diameter pipelines for water to soak into the soil profile.

Removing residue through tillage operations also leads to more soil erosion. The eroded particles of soil can then clog the smaller pores or pipes, further preventing infiltration and causing more soil runoff. “Iowa State University research shows that initial water infiltration rates are reduced from 5.67 inches/hour under no-till farming to 2.60 inches/hour under a soil tillage system,� said Stewart. Other reasons to con-

sider no-till farming as a great soil moisture management tool include: Every tillage pass can cause available plant moisture to drop .25 inch. Crop residue moderates soil temperatures, reducing soil moisture evaporation, especially in the top two inches. Corn stalks can help trap snow, which can add up to 2 inches of soil moisture after snow melt in the spring. Stewart says many concerns farmers use to justify soil tillage are minimal

this year. “Under the dry conditions this season, soil compaction due to equipment traffic was minimal. Additionally, Gross’s Wilt was not an issue in 2012, so there is no need to use soil tillage to minimize risk for that disease,� she said. Farmers concerned with soil moisture should visit their local NRCS office to discuss methods to help conserve and enhance the water holding capacity of their soils. Some of these practices include no-till, strip-till and cover crops.

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Farmers reminded to wait until soil temps are 50 degrees and falling before applying anhydrous Farmers are encouraged to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. With the record early harvest this year, officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach said that waiting can help reduce nitrogen loss and better protects the environment. “With farmers finishing harvest earlier than normal, it is important that they still wait for cooler soil temps to apply anhydrous so that there is a better chance the fertilizer stays put and will be available to the crop next spring,� said Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. “Soil temperatures, like air temperatures, can change quickly so it is important that we wait with applications until soils are likely to remain below 50 degrees.� “Historically, soil temperatures at a four-inch depth cool below 50 degrees in the northern third of the state during the first week of November,� said Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach climatologist. “In central and southern Iowa, soil temperatures cool below 50 degrees during the second week and third weeks of November.� ISU Extension and Outreach maintains a statewide real-time soil temperature data map on their website that ag retailers and farmers use to determine when fall applications are appropriate. The website can be found at http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/NPKnowledge/. Farmers should also be mindful to pay special attention when applying anhydrous ammonia to very dry soil. Dry soil can hold ammonia, but if they are cloddy and do not seal properly, the ammonia can be lost at injection or seep through the large pores between clods after application. Farmers and applicators should assure proper depth of injection and good soil coverage when applying into dry soils. If following a round of application in the field the ammonia can still be smelled the applicator should make adjustments or wait for better conditions. Farmers with questions about timing of fertilizer applications can talk to their local ISU Extension and Outreach specialist or their ag retailer for more information.

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FCIC hit with flood of crop insurance claims due to summer drought Companies will have money to quickly pay out claims in 2012 As the drought spreads and attention turns to worsening crop conditions in farm country, the nation’s crop insurers reassured farmers that companies will have the money necessary to quickly pay out claims in 2012, even amid record payouts last year. According to a release from the National Crop Insurance Service (NCIS), for every dollar of premium that insurance companies write, they have a regulatory requirement to have the private financial backing to cover catastrophic losses. Each year, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) reviews and approves every company’s plan of operations to ensure that adequate capital is available, explained Tom Zacharias, president of NCIS, the industry’s trade association. “We’ve always been there for our farmer customers when they’ve faced tough times in the past and we’ll continue to be there,� he said. Zacharias said 2011, which was marked by widespread weather-related loss and a record $11 billion in indemnity payments, should serve as a good model for what farmers can expect this year. In 2011, most payments to farmers on the policies they purchased were processed within 30 days of claims being finalized. Such efficiency required a highly trained and skilled force of agents and claims adjusters, Zacharias pointed out. There are about 5,000 certified crop insurance adjusters in the country who are already visiting farms and assessing damage. More than 2,000 of these adjusters are expected to attend NCIS sponsored training sessions this summer where part of the focus will be on this year’s droughts. Although indemnity payments on the 2012 crop are already being made, NCIS is unable to predict the extent of likely damages this year because reliable information about the number of policies sold in 2012 and the acres covered by those policies will not be available until mid-August. With the vast majority of the U.S. corn, cotton, soybean and sorghum crops yet to be harvested, crop insurance companies have already paid out nearly $2 billion in indemnities to farmers who have suffered losses this year. Final indemnity estimates will take even longer to filter in. In the meantime, Zacharias offered advice for farmers who are facing weather disaster. If producers think

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Giving history a new home Arcadia Presbyterian church to be restored, used as a living room and kitchen

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by Greg Forbes After seeing two centuries pass on the city streets, a piece of Arcadia’s history has a new purpose and point of view. The Presbyterian Church was built in 1879 and had a congregation until church headquarters shut it down five to seven years ago. Joe and Laurie Blum purchased the church in the fall of 2007 to preserve an important part of Arcadia and Carroll County history. “She is the oldest church in Carroll County. We both love antiques, history and a good project,” Laurie explained. “It’s pretty important for us to restore her.” The restoration process began in early September when Ron Holland Housemoving Inc., Forest City, lifted the church off of its crawlspace and onto the trailer bed. “It was hard for the Arcadia residents to watch the church leave because it has been a part of the community for so long,” Laurie said. “But people are excited that someone is going to take care of it.” In order to provide adequate room for the church to safely be lifted and moved, Arcadia’s power had to be

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to resemble its era. “We want to make it look like it did in 1879,” Laurie said and added that the church would not look like a modern, 2012 model home. When contractor Mitch Hoffman Construction tore the steel and slate siding off of the church, the original wood and patterns were well preserved. “We were very happy to see all of the original siding still on the church,” Laurie said. The church still possesses its original door and bell as well as windows installed nearly 70 years ago. Before the wood can be repainted, the building must be insulated which requires each individual slab of wood to be removed and sprayed with the foam insulation. On the inside, the first order of business was to rewire the church to prevent electrical fires. Next, Joe and Laurie will con-

shut off for nearly four hours. “The entire town of Arcadia lost power but the people were so great. They understood why the power needed to be shut off,” Laurie said and added that Holland Housemoving’s service was overwhelming. “They were just the best. They did so many other things they didn’t have to do.” Once the church was secured, the Holland crew moved the church to its current location. The entire process took two days and now, it sits on support beams, waiting for a foundation to be installed underneath by McLaughlin Construction of Manning. Laurie explained that McLaughlin was scheduled to begin construction October 1, but began early and are now nearly completed with the foundation. With the foundation complete, the Blums can now begin restoring the church

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vert the area to a living room and kitchen. A bedroom and garage will be added to the left and the right sides of the church. The church shares the five-acre area with a newly constructed house where the Blums moved from their Carroll home. Laurie said she and Joe pursued the project to not only protect a valuable artifact of Arcadia’s past but to also fulfill their dream of living in the country. They purchased the property after acquiring the church because it provided a perfect location for the church as well as a home. “We have always wanted to live in the country and we absolutely love a good project,” Laurie said. She added that the reception of the project from the people of Arcadia has been positive. Because the church had been in town for more than 130 years, citizens are pleased that someone elected to provide the time and energy to save it. In fact, residents will make trips out to the acreage to

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observe their town’s gem in its new location. Laurie explained that before they came into possession of the church, the remaining seven members of the congregation had cared for the church on their own dime. The dedication of the seven Presbyterian women as well as the respect of the citizens of Arcadia towards the church helped make the restoration project possible. “A lot of people really loved the church. If they hadn’t, she would not still be standing,” Laurie said. “We feel very fortunate to own her, get her back in to shape and let her hopefully see another 100 years.” As the project advances ahead of schedule, Laurie and Joe expect to be using the church by next summer. Laurie explained that in all of her collecting in antiques, this one tops them all. “We love antiques and now, we have the biggest antique of them all,” she stated.

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ISA says USDA report signals continued strength of Iowa soybean industry The most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop report increased U.S. soybean production by approximately nine percent. Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders noted that the increased supply was matched by raised expectations for export demand as well as domestic use. The USDA’s October crop report pegged Iowa soybean production at 399.5 million bushels, up from the September estimate of 368.1 million. Iowa yield estimates are for an average of 43 bushels per acre compared to last month’s estimate of 39 bushels. “Having heard reports from farmers as they were harvesting, we expected the soybean crop to be larger than the USDA estimated last month,” said ISA President Mark Jackson of Rose Hill. “This is a tribute to soybean farmers’ ability to raise a crop despite challenging weather conditions.”

The Mahaska County farmer continued, “ISA continues to work closely with all sectors of agriculture to lessen the impacts of the extreme fluctuations we experienced in the 2012 crop year.” Nationally, the USDA forecast soybean production at 2.86 billion bushels, compared to the September estimate of 2.63 billion bushels. The average soybean yield for the United States is now estimated at 37.8 bushels per acre, up from the September forecast of 35.3 bushels per acre. Kirk Leeds, ISA’s chief executive officer, stated, “We are pleased at this news as it means we can meet more of the growing demand for soybeans. The world needs more soybeans and Iowa producers are working hard to meet the needs of our livestock farmers and other customers.” ISA’s Director of Market Development Grant Kimberley added, “We’re also

Practical Farmers of Iowa announces line-up for “Fall Farminar” series The end of harvest is a good time to take stock of crop and animal performance, challenges and management strategies and start making plans for next year. It’s also the perfect time to brush up on skills and focus on professional development. Practical Farmers of Iowa has developed a free autumn online seminar series in an effort to help farmers learn from other farmers without having to travel. The interactive webinars – called Fall Farminars – occur live each Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. CST, from November 6 through December 18, and are open to everyone. Enterprises span livestock, vegetable and row crop production. Any computer with an Internet connection may be used to participate. Farminars are led by farmers, and many are presented in a “fish-bowl” format where attendees listen as an experienced farmer answers a beginning farmer’s questions. To participate or see upcoming farminars, go to www.practicalfarmers.org/farminar. All archived farminars and audio podcasts of past farminars are also available at this link. Topics featured will include labor law for hired laborers, retail meat sales, producing fresh greens, plan-

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Uncle LeRoy Childress, owner of Uncle LeRoy’s Pumpkin Patch, informs a group of students from Dunlap that they may each pick one pumpkin. Childress said the summer had some effects on his crops but he still has plenty of pumpkins available for anyone that wants to pick one out. Photo by Greg Forbes

Pumpkins persevere for fall fun Denison pumpkin patch stressed from drought but still produced a quality crop by Greg Forbes The season of changing leaves, warmer clothes and spooky decorations, fall has finally arrived after what seemed like an endless summer void of rain and comforting breezes. However, some of the pleasantries associated with autumn have been crippled by the drought. Corn is already out of the fields and some trees are rid of their vibrant oranges and yellows. But while the tough summer ran rampant on crops, the comical and creepy faces gracing front door steps will still be a prevalent presence. Jack-o-lanterns and whole pumpkins are staples of fall and Halloween décor. LeRoy Childress, commonly known as Uncle LeRoy, said his pumpkin patch on Highway 59 south of Denison persevered through a hard summer but did show some effects. “The pumpkins ripened about a month too early so we

got half of a pumpkin crop,” he said. “We’ve got pumpkins but not like we used to.” Because pumpkins grew so early, Childress had to water his five acres of pumpkins, which took a full week. “We drove along with the tractor and watered each plant,” he stated. “But once they get growing and vine out, we can’t get to them any more so they only got watered once.” Despite the early ripening, Uncle LeRoy’s Pumpkin Patch has specimens ready for the public and the pumpkins that survived the drought seem to meet last year’s standards. He explained that pumpkins would be available to anyone who would like one to display, paint or carve. “We have pumpkins but people are just going to have to search a little harder for them,” he said. “Some are soft but there are some really nice, solid ones out there.” Childress explained that if need be, he will purchase pumpkins from another provider. But no matter the means of maintaining a pumpkin stock, the patch will be open through Halloween. Now that the stress of the summer heat is behind Childress and his pumpkins, he can focus on the fall activities associated with rural Iowa.

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Livestock feed manufacturer keeps safety, quality under a microscope by Greg Forbes Quality and safe feed production for an Arcadia plant begins when ingredients arrive and ends well after a hog is sent to market. Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company (FAC), which began as a small coop in 1937, is currently a premier feed supplier of Central Iowa. FAC produces and ships nearly 250,000 tons of feed each year with almost 99 percent of products sold to swine producers. When the shipments of corn, soybean meal, antibiotics and other materials arrive at the Arcadia plant, they are carefully unloaded by FAC staff and stored into secured warehouses. Jary Quandt explained that all ingredients received by FAC have to meet their approved supplier specifications before being produced into feed. “All of our suppliers follow our stringent guidelines,” he said. All ingredients are kept protected from the elements to keep out bacteria and exposure to sun or water damage. Before feed is produced, each ingredient is tested in the onsite lab. Ken MacGregor, lab technician, explained that ingredients are tested for moisture levels two or three times a day and checked for nutrient levels. Only ingredients meeting specific nutrient guidelines are allowed to be included in a formula. Meal is pelleted and MacGregor once again analyzes the feed values and moisture levels of the completed product. A sample of the pelleted feed is run through a machine that tests its durability and each batch of feed is examined and recorded on a computer database. Aside from testing the beginning and end products, he is also responsible for monitoring paper work and ensuring the sizes of ingredients are correct. “Basically anything we say we are going to do, we have to do it right,” he said. “If anything is out of compliance, it’s our job to fix it.” As each formula is developed, the inventory is closely monitored. “When we pull orders across to start manufacturing our feed, we will keep an eye on the orders and what they take from inventory,” Quandt said, and explained

that FAC uses as much as 800 tons of one ingredient per week. Every bag of each antibiotics has to be reconciled to prevent a problem. Any time an antibiotic is used, it has to be reconciled to the current balance. After the feed order is completed, it is loaded onto a specialized FAC truck and weighed in one of the inside ingredient bays. Quandt explained that the buildings are completely sealed to prevent the wind from interfering with the load out process as well as eliminating all potential outside contaminates. “We take great pride in our system during the load out process,” Quandt said. Each shipment on each truck is monitored as it leaves the FAC facility. Drivers are given a driver ID and a truck ID. Each load is tracked so in the event of a delivery error, spill or other complication, FAC staff can identify the driver and see what happened. However, Quandt explained the driver ID system is another precautionary step. “We have a professional group of delivery drivers,” Quandt said. Quandt added that the step-by-step process is fueled by nearly constant dedication by employees. On an average week, staff will begin a shift at midnight on Sunday and complete the week around midnight on Friday. Because of the quality, care and devotion by staff, FAC was recently named a HACCP certified feed facility. Essentially, HACCP is a process control program focused on preventing biological, chemical and physical hazards from reaching the consumer. Quandt explained that the accreditation process took nearly a year and required a large monetary commitment but it will ensure and reinforce the attention to quality and feed and food safety FAC strives for. “What this does is put us as a global player,” Quandt said. Quandt explained that FAC is undertaking expansion projects to include a four-ton twin shaft mixer which will increase production capacity by 100,000 tons. FAC is also updating other equipment throughout the

The FAC facility in Arcadia produces more than 250,000 tons of feed a year. Currently, 99 percent of FAC’s feed is supplied to swine producers across the country. Photo submitted

FAC’s feed trucks are loaded in specialized stations to guarantee no foreign objects enter the product before it gets shipped out. Photo submitted

production process which also includes installation of a Gyro feed cleaner that furthers their commitment to feed quality. FAC is also looking into adding more pellet capacity to meet increased demands in the future which will eventually expand their connection with more customers. “A production facility like this requires quality employees,” Quandt said. “As it takes quality facilities to get a quality product. We want to make sure we do everything right for our customers which eventually could be the consumers.”

Each ingredient is carefully weighed on an electronic scale before being produced into feed. Photo by Greg Forbes


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AUCTIONS

SALE CALENDAR Ask your Auctioneer to List Your Sale Here. Or Call Iowa Farm & Ranch at 800-657-5889. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Š Household Goods, Tools, Antiques and more 12:00 p.m.. 519 First St., Schleswig, IA (1 block north of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Myrl (Kurly) & Syliva Hight, owners. Korner Auction Service. Curtis Korner, Auctioneer. (D)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Š Gail Christiansen 226.43 Acres m/l Real Estate Auction, Schaben Real Estate, Dunlap, IA (D) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 Š 226.43 Acres M/L Real Estate, Section 23, Otter Creek Township, Lucas Co., IA. Gail Christiansen, owner. Schaben Real Estate, auctioneers (D)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Š 79.50 Acres, Adams County Iowa, Absolute Lane Auction 10:00 a.m. Sale Location; Nodaway Community Bldg, Nodaway, IA. Bergren Real Estate & Auction, Steve Bergren. (D) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 Š 280 Acres m/l, located North and East of Mondamin, IA, all land located on bottom. Godden and Sweezey Farms, owners. Sale managed by Schaben Real Estate & Auction Service, Jay, Jim Jr. & Jon Schaben. (D) Š Special Calf & Yearling Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š Construction Equipment selling at www.purplewave.com 10 a.m. bidding closes. (D)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Š Special Feeder Calf & Yearling, Dunlap Livestock Auction, Dunlap, IA. (D) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Š Special Cattle Sale, 11 a.m. weigh ups and 12:30 feeders, Anita Livestock Auction, Anita, IA. Bernard Vais and Jesse Vais, auctioneers. (AUD) Š 160 Acres Carroll Co Farmground, 11:00 a.m. Terry F. Stapleton Etal. Dean Olson, Auctioneer/Broker. (D) Š Special Weigh Cow Sale 11:30 a.m.. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Š Machinery Consignment Sale Carroll Machinery Auction, Carroll, IA, John Scharfenkamp, Mike Green, Tom Pauley. (D) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Š 200 Acres M/L of Ida County Farm ground 7:45 a.m. NOTE TIME, Dan Tank, Robert Tank, JR and Christine Aus, owners. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 320 Acres M/L Crawford County Farmground, 8:00 a.m. Seven Cedars Farms, Owners. (Former Leonard Crouch Farms) Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 163.5 Acres M/L Pottawattamie County Farmland 10:30 a.m. Schmitt Family Farm. Auction at Fire Hall, Avoca, Iowa. Gary Wendelin and Dave Theis, Auctioneers (D) Š Jim Danker Tool, Vehicle, Lumber & Misc. Auction, Schaben Real Estate Auction, Dunlap, IA (D) Š Large Antique Auction, Oakland Historical Society, 10 a.m. Ed Spencer Auction Co. & Real Estate. (D)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 Š Livestock & Acreage Equipment, 12 Noon, From I-80-Take Exit 8 off of I80 onto Hwy 6 go West to North Broadway and turn Right onto L-29; Follow L-29 to Mudhollow Road (Warden Farm). From I-29: Take Crescent Exit off of I-29 and go East to Old Lincoln Hwy; take a Right on Old Lincoln Hwy; take left on L-29 and follow L-29 to Mudhollow Road (Warden Farm). Doc Warden, Owner. Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š Acreage Equipment Household & Firearm Auction, 24999 Sycamore Rd., Neola. Ed Spencer Auction Co. & Real Estate. (D) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Š Section 20 Jackson Township, Crawford Co. 80 acres, 10:00 am Vail Community Center, Chris Ludwig and Steve Seidl, Auctioneers. (D) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Š 160 Acres m/l, Shelby County, IA. Robert Schiltz Family, owners. Sale managed by Schaben Real Estate & Auction Service, Jay, Jim Jr. & Jon Schaben. (D) CONTINUED . . . Page 15

1087.92 ACRES OF CLEVELAND & HIGHLAND TWP. BRULE COUNTY LAND, TILLABLE & PASTURE, OFFERED IN 6 TRACTS at AUCTION In order to settle the Trust, we will offer the following land at auction. This auction will be held at the Kimball VFW Legion Hall on Main St. Kimball, SD on:

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AUCTIONS ADVANCE NOTICE

Ed Spencer Auction Company & Real Estate THE ISELDRT TIMES Dirt sales for the Spencer team continue to be fantastic - we have been selling land auctions in the Western 1/2 of Iowa and throughout Southern Iowa. Below are some recent land sales. Recently we have also made several private treaty sales and those sales continue to be very strong. When we receive a farm inquiry we usually explain the merits of the auction method and that competitive bidding is hard to beat. Every once in a while the clients feel more at ease with the listing method. Right now both methods work very well, but the auction method brings quicker results and gives all neighbors and investors an equal shot there by assuring the seller the full extent of the market, and that nothing was left on the table. When you give us a call, you will find that we will keep all correspondence in strict confidence. We will do a detailed and realistic value assessment on your farm and we will explain what our methods are, and how our methods differ from other land sales companies and why we can deliver unparalelled results. We have built our business on confidentiality and trust. ~ Ed Spencer , Auctioneer/Broker/Owner 402.510.3276 ~ Steve Christiansen, Ringman 712.643.2160 ~ Luke Spencer, Auctioneer/Salesperson 402.510.5853 ~ Jason Smith, Auctioneer/Salesperson www.edspencer.com ***** Don’t forget - Luke’s Machinery Consignment Sale in BeeBeeTown on November 3rd! Good clean machinery equipment, to consign call Luke 402.510.5853. Consignments needed. ******** *****OH, I ABOUT FORGOT ABOUT EXTREME MIDGET WRESTLING AT THE TWISTED TAIL IN BEEBEETOWN ON FRIDAY NOV. 2ND 9:00 P.M. CONTACT HANNAH FOR TICKETS 712.644.2151**** FEATURED ACREAGE 566 Dogwood • Persia, IA 3.45 acres with 3BR, 2BA, 1-1/2 story updated home. Corian countertops, 24x32 garage. $155,000. Call Ed 402.510.3276

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RECENT SALES 80 Acres . . . . . . . . . . .Brock Farm, Adel, Dallas County $10,500 per acre 383.36 Acres . . . . . . .Akron Iowa $9,400 per taxable acre 169.38 Acre . . . . . . .Dehn Farm - Blencoe $8,100 per acre 153.54 Acres . . . . . . .Oakland Iowa - $8,900 per taxable or $9,750 per tillable 120 Acres . . . . . . . . . .Oakland Iowa - $8,950 per taxable acre, approx. $10,740 per tillable acre 178.53 Acres . . . . . . .Harrison County Iowa - $9,200 per acre 151.19 Taxable Acres Oakland Iowa - $7,550 per taxable acre 80 Acres . . . . . . . . . . .Harrison County Iowa - 46 CSR $9,000 per acre, $195 per CSR point 240 Acres . . . . . . . . . .Portsmouth Shelby County Iowsa - $7,100 per acres, $140 per CSR point CURRENT LAND ACTION 104 Acres . . . . . . . . .Harrison County Iowa , 56 CSR $8,250 per acre. Sale Pending 254 Acres . . . . . . . . . .Shenandoah Iowa, Fremont County Auction on November 9th, 2012 175 Acres . . . . . . . . . .Shelby County Auction Pending , Details to follow 34 Acres . . . . . . . . . . .Harrison County Recreation Farm 2491 Tampa Ave , large pond, $350,000 34.75 Acres . . . . . . . .19020 Gilliat Avenue, 2 story home with 30 x 100 shed and 24 x 30 curvette building, 21 acres tillable. 2013 possession $359k 114 Acres . . . . . . . . . .Harrison County Missouri Valley Iowa - 28 acres tillable, pipe fenced yards - great outbuildings. Contact Ed 402.510.3276 41.5 Acres . . . . . . . . .20772 Husker Lane Council Bluffs - 4 BR cement home, great outbuildings, large pond - beautiful property. Mo. Valley . . . . . . . . .1681 335th St - 1.79 acres m/l with 3 BR, 1 3/4 bath split entry built in '77. Jason Smith listing agent.

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AUCTIONS CONTINUED, from Page 13 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (cont.) Š Preconditioned Sale 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 139.12 Acres, Montgomery County Farm Ground, 10:00 a.m. Sale Location: Stanton Community Bldg, Stanton, IA. Bergren Real Estate & Auction, Steve Bergren. (D) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Š Special Calf/Yearling Auction, Dunlap Livestock Auction, Dunlap, IA. (D) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Š 105 Acres M/L Shelby Co Farmground, 8:00 a.m Fred & Mary Gruhn, owners. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 162.15 Acres M/L Shelby Co Farmground, 8:15 a.m Heirs of Virgil and Bernadine Wiley Irrevocable Living Trust, sellers. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š Consignment Auction, Beebeetown, Iowa. Contact Luke to consign your farm equipment 402-510-5853. Spencer Auction Company, 322 East 7th St. Logan, IA 51546 712-644-2151 (D) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Š 5 Parcels of Crawford County Farmground, 10:30 a.m. Sale location: Denison Livestock Auction Bldg, Ielene & Larry Steffes, Owners. Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Š Real Estate Auction, 240 Acres m/l, Sec 26, Jefferson Twnsp, Shelby Co., IA, Lillian Juhl Estate, owner. Sale managed by Schaben Real Estate & Auction Service, Jay, Jim Jr. & Jon Schaben. (D) Š Special Calf & Yearling Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 379 Acres, 10:00 a.m. Sections 1 & 2, Greeley Twp., Audubon County, to be sold in 2 tracts. Sale to be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, Audubon. Petersen Family Farm, owner. Bruce A. Christiansen Auctioneer/Broker, associated with Southwest Iowa Real Estate, Co.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Š Land Auction, 10:00 a.m. Location: Oakland Community Center, Kenzer Family Trust, 74 acres E of Oakland. Randy Pryor Auctioneer. (L)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Š Western Iowa Preconditioned Feeder Cattle Auction, Dunlap Livestock Auction, Dunlap, IA (D)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Š 152.7 Acres Shelby County Farmground, 1:00 p.m. Mathiasen Estate, Alma Mathiasen Trust. Selling at C.G. Terkildsen Center, 706 Vistoria St., Harlan, IA. Osborn Auction, LLC, Jack Osborn (D)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Š 300 Acres Aububon County Farmland. 10:00 a.m. Located from west edge of Manning: 5 mi. south, 1/2 mi. east, 1/2 mi. south. Auction held on the premises. Charles Escher Estate, Bill Ranninger, closing atty, Keith Kerkhoff, Dave Kerkhoff, Dave Kerkhoff, Marty Kerkhoff, Kody Kerkhoff, Auctioneers. (AUD) Š Jim Danker Estate Household Auction, Missouri Valley, IA. Schaben Real Estate, auctioneers. (D)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Š Preconditioned Sale 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Pauley Family. Auctioneers (D) Š 60 Acres Sec 3, Exira Township, Audubon County sale to be held at 10:00 a.m. Exira Rec Ctr., Exira, IA. John and Kelli Burgin, owners. Bruce A Christensen Auctioneer/Broker, associated with Southwest Iowa Real Estate Co. (AUD)

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Greiman continues family tradition with pork operation

by Gordon Wolf Roots in the pork industry run deep for Cassi Greiman, so it probably was no surprise to others that, just more than a year ago, she started a show pig operation near Denison. Greiman herself was perhaps the only one amazed that she re-entered the field of swine production. After spending her formative years helping with the family farm’s 250-sow, farrow-to-finish hog operation near Hudson (in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area), Greiman left for Iowa State University, where she earned a degree in Agriculture Studies. At that time, she be-

Cassi Greiman started her show pig operation near Denison with a herd of sows purchased from neighbors and second-hand equipment. The 2005 Iowa Pork Queen, a native of rural Hudson in eastern Iowa, Greiman said raising show pigs is hard work and a commitment but is rewarding. Greiman is pictured above with a couple sows from her sow herd. Photos by Gordon Wolf

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“I’m not from the area so it is a little bit more difficult to build a reputation, but to some degree that’s good. I’m away from home so I’m not riding on the shirttails of my family.” ~ Cassi Greiman

lieved at some point, she wanted to work with livestock again. “I was very much a part of my family’s farm operation,” she commented. Her father Chris, ran the farrow-to-finish hog operation, up until about six years ago, when he sold the sows. “I always had chores, but when I

left home to attend Iowa State University, I didn’t have livestock chores to do. It was kind of nice not having that responsibility. “But it gets in your blood,” she added. After college, Greiman ended up in Denison, working for

Amaizing Energy ethanol plant, now named The Andersons Denison Ethanol LLC after the sale of the plant earlier this year. She is the Distiller’s Merchandiser, which means she sells modified wet and dry distiller’s grain. After she decided to enter the niche market of raising show pigs, Greiman found secondhand hog equipment from a variety of sources, including on Craig’s List, the Farm Bureau Spokesman, and on the local KDSN radio trading post show, and took over a sow herd from neighbor Denise Reiser. GREIMAN...Page 2B


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Greiman’s pigs were shown at many shows last year GREIMAN, from Page 1B Finding the secondhand equipment was a key to a successful start to the business. “You can’t get by breeding just 12 sows with brand new equipment,” she commented. Greiman had no illusions about what would be involved in building a show pig herd. She knew well, from her rural background, that farming is a lot of work. She worked hard in 4-H and FFA, showing not only hogs, but other livestock. And she competed in ag-related contests. In 2005 Greiman was crowned Iowa Pork Queen, following in the footsteps of her mother, Soo, who won the state title in 1972 and then went on to become the National Pork Queen in 1973. Other experience came from working for Eden Farms, a coalition of independent family farmers and the largest American

supplier of 100 percent pure heirloom Berkshire pork. Setting up the operation involved many hours of hard work. The goal was to make it easy and efficient to feed and care for the livestock. “When you’re working in town, you want it set up to make the work easier,” said Greiman. She added if she’s ever out of town, then it will be easier for the person who comes in to do the chores. Greiman also knows that with show pigs, reputation is important. “Reputation is hard to acquire. I’m not from the area so it is a little bit more difficult to build a reputation, but to some degree that’s good,” she stated. “I’m away from home so I’m not riding on the shirttails of my family.” Besides the 12 sows, her operation includes one boar, which is mainly used to detect which sows are in heat. All sows are artificially inseminated.

Show pigs raised by Cassi Greiman end up at junior livestock shows, county fairs and the Iowa State Fair. Some have even been purchased for livestock shows in Texas. Greiman is pictured with some of her show pigs.

Greiman has replaced the sows that came from Reiser’s herd, although some of the replacements are offspring of the original sows.

She is concentrating on what makes a good show pig – the genetics and blood lines. “A show pig is still a market hog, but a little

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es are a cross among Hampshire, Yorkshire and Duroc. For a hog semen supplier, Greiman looks for top-rated boars. “I pay attention to who wins the shows and who the sire was,” she commented. Raising show pigs also means staying a step ahead of trends. The industry and show judges may look for something different in a pig next year than they do this year. “Eighty percent of the operation is in the genetics,” said Greiman, “and 20 percent of it is feeding and taking care of the pigs.” Her sows produce two litters a year. A good litter for show pigs is eight to 10 piglets. Last year, in her first year, Greiman had more demand for her show pigs than she had supply. “That was good, but it won’t always be that way,” she commented. The pigs she raises end

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up in regional swine shows, county fairs and the Iowa State Fair. Some were also purchased for shows in Texas. Shows in Texas are in late November and December, which is the off-season for shows in Iowa, Greiman explained. “Junior livestock shows are a great way of becoming involved in something as a family,” Greiman said. Greiman’s show pigs are raised in a pen, which allows them to roam around and root in the corn stalk bedding. “I like to see them on the corn stalk bedding. They get good exercise. It’s the way pigs are supposed to be raised,” she stated. Although well educated in raising livestock, Greiman has learned much about raising show pigs and herself. Her advice to others contemplating the same path is that the work is challenging and it is a commitment. “Don’t give up,” she stated. “A couple times I thought, ‘What have I got

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October is National Pork Month by Rose Koester, CSIF Intern With harvest underway and cooler weather coming, there’s no better month to celebrate pork than October. National Pork Month is a special time to recognize pork producers’ hard work and dedication to raising safe, nutritious pork while protecting and promoting animal well-being, safeguarding natural resources and working to better the quality of life in their community. Pork is a major part of the national, state and local economy. Iowa became the nation’s leading pork-producing state in the 1880s and it continues today with approximately 30 million hogs raised each year. More than 39,000 jobs are directly related to raising and caring for hogs in Iowa, generating nearly $950 million in household income. Pork production alone contributes nearly $5 billion to the state’s economy. Hogs are also the single largest consumer of Iowa’s

corn and soybeans, eating almost one-third of Iowa’s grain production. Hog farmers have made great improvements and changes in genetics, feeding and management practices, resulting in pork that is 31 percent lower in fat than 20 years ago. “Pork production has a significant economic impact on the state of Iowa and has provided a way for many young people to return to the family farm,” said Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF). “Today’s pork producers have respect for the land, pride in their work, and a commitment to their family and community.” Besides being good for Iowa’s economy, pork is a good protein source for our bodies. Pork is a very lean and nutritious source of tasty protein. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) analysis found that pork tenderloin contains only 2.98 grams of fat per three-ounce serving. Pork tenderloin now

Hog farmers have made great improvements and changes in genetics, feeding and management practices, resulting in pork that is 31 percent lower in fat than 20 years ago.

meets the government’s “extra lean” guidelines. Pork can be incorporated into a person’s diet in many ways, so be inspired in the kitchen. Another recent success story in the industry is the

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temperature will remain constant or rise during the three-minute rest period, killing any pathogens. The 145 degree temperature guidelines will help consumers enjoy pork at its most flavorful, juicy

and safe temperature. This year for October Pork Month, take the time to express your appreciation to the pork producers that provide you with a safe, nutritious and sustainable protein source. For more information about pork, go to www.iowapork.org. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock responsibly and successfully. It is a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association. The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.

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Rhythm and blues My oldest son bought a drum. To be fair, I provided the funds for this purchase. Our music department had an auction during band class to separate itself from old and damaged instruments. Kids could bid on the instruments, but they had to settle the payment that day. I was hopeful I would be able to get a soprano saxophone, because that is what I played for some of my solos in jazz band in high school. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a soprano. I asked my son if they had a flute for sale, because I had played that too. No such luck. I guess our family will just have to settle with a drum. At first I was a bit afraid of the ensuing noise, I mean music, that would be wafting through the house. This morning, though, I discovered a most wonderful use for the drum: waking up the teen. Oh, yes, I did a nice little rhythm until the teen decided he should get out of bed. But then it backfired

on me and he said he had a headache. Oops. Bad parent. After a shower, though, he felt better. But, it served as a reminder of why he should wake himself up in the morning, or at last jump out of bed right away when I have to remind him to get up. The big kid also had his first vocal concert this week, with a parents’ meeting for show choir afterwards. The director broke the news to us parents that the kids will have practice for show choir either two or three mornings each week beginning at 7:15 a.m. For those of you doing the math, that means we have to leave the farm at around 6:45 a.m., so he won’t be late and can grab breakfast on the way in. That also means that we’ll have to wake up around 5:30 a.m. every morning. For those of you who have had teens, you know that this is fuzzy math, as they don’t really want to wake up that early in the

morning, unless they are a kid with a calf going to a show. Then they can surprisingly jump out of bed at 3 a.m. and and be somewhat chipper loading the truck, before they fall asleep on the road. Getting back to the OhMy-Goodness-It’s-Early call time for show choir, I’m kind of fortunate that that would leave me a little extra time in the morning of quiet before starting my work day. It’s a good trade-off I think. Last night my family spent some time at the church washing and wrapping thousands of potatoes for our church’s annual steak supper. OK, it was probably around 200 for me because I had to go pick up the little kid from football practice, but it seemed like thousands. My husband and I trade off on our jobs for the supper. He works at the meal, and I take care of the kids and the middle school class for our youth group which is combined with another

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Inspiring greater trust in today’s farms A strategic partnership supported by Iowa’s pork producers is bringing farming to life for thousands of Iowans and creating greater understanding and trust in today’s farms and food system. The Iowa Food & Family Project, launched last year by the Iowa Soybean Association, is a purpose-driven initiative that unites consumers and farmers through personal engagement and advocacy. It involves nearly 35 partners including the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “Iowa farmers have long sought to rally a diversified group of food and ag stakeholders around the value of maintaining strong and vibrant farms,” said IPPA President Bill Tentinger of Le Mars. “Since its launch just 18 months ago, the Iowa Food & Family Project has taken this concept and made it a reality.” “Seeing is believing” is the essence of the Iowa FFP. As presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa, the Iowa FFP engages more than 125,000 Iowans about the continuous improvements in farming and the dedication of farmers to providing wholesome food for everyone. In July, more than 4,000 Summer Iowa Games participants attended the Iowa FFP “Fields of Champions” Cookout in Ames.

The event included a complimentary pork and beef burger dinner and numerous ag awareness activities. Fifteen farmers, including several pork producers, mingled with participants, sharing information about their farms and encouraging people to submit ag conversation cards. Nearly $4,000 was contributed to the Iowa Food Bank during the event, providing nearly 12,000 meals to people in need. Other signature ag awareness events are coordinated by the Iowa FFP throughout the year. In August, the Iowa FFP hosted the largest food build ever constructed in Iowa at the Iowa State Fair. The “Back to the Farmer” exhibit celebrated the continuous improvements of farmers. To capture the attention of fairgoers, a DeLorean was sculpted from 14,000 canned and packaged food items. Nearly 250,000 fairgoers viewed the exhibit including more than 4,000 people who registered for prizes and opted in to learn more about the continuous improvements of farm families. Following the fair, all food items and $7,000 contributed by fairgoers were donated to Iowa’s food banks. Also this year, the Iowa FFP: Launched “U on the Farm,” a contest

conducted quarterly providing Iowa FFP Facebook followers an opportunity to win a farm tour and experience farm life up close and personal; Partnered with the Machine Shed Restaurant to create “Talkin’ Farming at the Shed.” The event, to be held four times annually, launched in September and offers Machine Shed patrons the opportunity to visit with a farmer and participate in ag-related activities. A family that specializes in pork production will be the featured guests for the December event; Increased its social networking with consumers – during 2012, the number of Iowa FFP Facebook followers increased from 289 to nearly 1,300 (www.facebook.com/ foodnfamilies); and on Twitter, participation doubled from 310 to more than 630 (@foodnfamilies); and Created an 18-member advisory team to guide the organization’s work. The group includes IPPA Consumer Information Director Joyce Hoppes. Research conducted in May with the support of IPPA shows that the Iowa FFP is achieving results. A survey of nearly 500 affluent and highly-educated Iowans measured consumer attitudes toward farming and awareness of

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Balltown restaurant serves Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin After nearly six months of nominations and judging, the Iowa Pork Producers Association has selected a northeast Iowa restaurant as the winner of the 10th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest. Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown was judged the winner by IPPA and will receive $500 and a plaque for having the best breaded pork tenderloin. The restaurant has been in business since 1852 and is Iowa’s oldest bar and restaurant. Mike Breitbach is the fourth generation of Breitbach’s to own and run the establishment. In an average week, as many as 200 pork tenderloin sandwiches are sold, according to Breitbach. “We make each other look good. We make growers look good and they make us look good with the meat,”

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Swine producers moving toward a sustainable future New research shows Iowa swine producers and others across the country are doing their part to work toward a sustainable future. A study released this year shows that though pig farms of the 1950s may be remembered as idyllic, they were not as sustainable as those of today. This becomes clear as the metrics most associated with sustainability are revealed from their 1959 baseline: a 35 percent decrease in carbon footprint, a 41 percent reduction in water usage and a 78 percent drop in land needed to produce a pound of pork. Garth Boyd, Ph.D., an environmental researcher and former university professor, led a team of university and industry scientists who conducted this Pork Checkoff-funded study. Everything affecting pork’s footprint at the farm level was included in the model, including feed, water, energy, land and crop-nutrient resources needed to produce pork. “The study underscores just how much improvement farmers have made over the past half century,” Boyd said. “The pork industry has been very successful in significantly reducing its environmental impact and use of natural resources by nearly 50 percent across the board per 1,000 pounds of pork produced, which is quite an accomplishment.” Sustainability, however, means more to pork producers than just being a good environmental steward. “Many of the gains in efficiency can be attributed to the continuous improvements farmers have made over the years in both crop production and in the care they give their animals through better nutrition, health and overall management,” said National Pork Board President Conley Nelson, a

farmer and pork executive from Algona. This appears to be reflected in the study’s findings that showed a 29 percent increase in hogs marketed compared to 50 years ago with a breeding herd that is 39 percent smaller. Feed efficiency, a major factor that affects the land required for growing feedstuffs, has improved by 33 percent during this period. According to the study, when all of the findings on efficiency gains are totaled, the progress toward greater sustainability is clear with this example: today’s farms can produce 1,000 pounds of pork with only five pigs from breeding to market compared with eight pigs in 1959. “The new research validates what we as farmers have always believed: the production improvements we’ve made in our industry have improved the sustainability of today’s modern pork farms,” Nelson said. “What’s important is the care we are giving our animals and the care we take with the environment.” As an example of continuous improvement, Nelson reported that participation in the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus program has reached record levels. As of July 1, more than 16,755 sites representing 75.38 percent of the U.S. pig inventory - have been independently assessed, and more than 55,500 individual producers are participating in PQA Plus. PQA Plus is a continuous improvement program created to reflect the increased interest consumers have in how their food is being raised. It emphasizes 10 good production practices that demonstrate farmer’s commitment to socially responsible pork production as well as food safety. From Iowa Pork Producers Association (www.iowapork.org)

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Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors training session set for November 19 Individuals who need to be recertified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program are reminded of a November 19 session in Ames. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University is hosting the morning session, which will run concurrently with an initial daylong PQA Plus certification session. James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating both trainings that will be in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. The sessions will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers. The recertification session is limited to the first 30 participants who preregister and pay the recertification fee of $50 per person. Preregistration ensures the necessary materials will be available for each participant, so no walk-ins will be accepted. The registration form for recertification is available at w w w. i p i c . i a s t a t e . e d u / P Q A P R e cert111912.docx and is due with the $50 fee by November 5. Those who wish to become certified for the first time need to download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online at w w w. i p i c . i a s t a t e . e d u / P Q A Papp111912.docx. The form also is available by fax by calling Sherry Hoyer at IPIC at 515-294-4496.

The application deadline is Nov. 5 with the $75 due from approved applicants by the certification session. To be eligible to submit an application for initial certification, people must meet the following qualifications: Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) and Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and swine production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application and Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience. PQA Plus was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition, to be a continuous improvement program. The coalition, made up of pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers, dedicated itself to finding a food-industry solution that would give confidence to consumers that U.S. pork is produced in a way that respects animal well-being. PQA Plus merges the food safety and animal well-being concepts of the original PQA program into three steps: individual certification through education, farm site assessment and the opportunity for process verification that gives customer credibility. For more information on PQA Plus, contact the National Pork Board at 800456-PORK, or go to http://pork.org/Producers/PQAP.aspx?c=PQAP.30-

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Pork Quality Assurance Plus: Ensuring good production practices Iowa pork producers know that consumers rely on them to provide a safe and nutritious product that was raised in the best way possible, both for the animal and the farmer. One way producers show their commitment to these ideals is by becoming Pork Quality Assurance®Plus (PQA®Plus)certified and by achieving PQA Plus site status. To date in Iowa, 15,539 people have been certified through PQA Plus and 5,970 sites have been assessed. Across the country, 56,414 people are PQA Plus-certified and 16,599 sites have been assessed. “PQA Plus is one of the many tools that pork producers use to show their commitment to doing the right thing,” said Conley Nelson, an Iowa farmer and pig-production executive from Algona and president of the National Pork Board. “PQA Plus certification shows producer’s commitment to the industry as well as continuous improvement.”

The education component of PQA Plus stresses 10 good production practices that cover all phases of production. Proper handling techniques promote animal well-being, while observing proper antibiotic withdrawal times through medical records helps producers provide safe meat. PQA Plus site status is designated through onfarm site assessments. This on-farm assessment is a way of taking the program an extra step. It gives producers the chance to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to good production practices while doing what’s right for their animals and their farm. Certification in PQA Plus and the achievement of PQA Plus site status helps strengthen trust in producers and their dedication to doing the right thing. “It gives consumers confidence in the care that our animals are receiving and in the safe

meat that we, as producers, are providing,” Nelson said. Youth also are taking the initiative to show their dedication to using good production practices by becoming certified through the Youth PQA Plus®program. The program is taught to people ages eight to 19 and addresses the topics of PQA Plus in an age-appropriate way. Currently, 609 Iowa youth and nearly 31,000 kids around the U.S. are certified through the program. “The PQA Plus and Youth PQA sessions taking place around the country show just how much producers do care,” Nelson said. To ensure that PQA Plus truly reflects what consumers want and what producers are doing, the program is revised every three years. The latest version of the program aims to be more user friendly than ever and will be rolled out at World Pork Expo in 2013.

Iowa pork industry Š At the end of 2008, Iowa had 8,300 hog operations. Š At any one time, there are approximately 19 million pigs being raised in Iowa. Š Approximately 30 million hogs are raised in Iowa each year. Š Iowa producers marketed more than 37 million hogs in 2008. Š The U.S. pork industry marketed more than 121 million hogs in 2008. Š Iowa is the number one pork producing state in

the U.S. and the top state for pork exports. Source: National Pork Board, Iowa Agriculture Statistics Service www.nass.usda.gov/ia/

Iowa pork production economic contributions include: Š The Iowa pork industry generates nearly $950 million in household income for pork producers. Š More than 39,000 jobs are directly related to raising and caring for hogs in Iowa. Š Iowa pork production

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Iowa hog farmers take pride in industry improvements Years of continuous improvement highlighted through National Pork Month October is a time steeped in tradition for swine farmers. Historically, it was the time of year when pigs were just the right size to go to market. Decades later, October is still recognized as National Pork Month. Hog farmers and industry leaders around the country, including Iowa Pork Producers Association President Bill Tentinger from Le Mars, are using October Pork Month to remind consumers of all the great things pork has to offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pork is a versatile and nutritious protein that can be used in thousands of recipes, many of which can be found at www.porkbeinspired.com,â&#x20AC;? Tentinger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pork loin is low in sodium and ounce for ounce as lean as skinless chicken breast.â&#x20AC;? The cooking temperature for pork has been lowered to 145 degrees F with a three-minute rest period. This has

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Number of hogs in Iowa increases slightly September 1 mark was highest inventory on record Iowa farmers had 20.6 million hogs and pigs on their facilities on September 1, according to information released September 28 from the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). The 20.6 million hogs and pigs represented more than a two percent increase in inventory compared to the same time last year and was the highest inventory on record. According to the NASS report, the June 2012 through August 2012 pig crop was 50.7 million head. A total of 485,000 sows farrowed with an average litter size of 10.45 pigs per sow. The report also stated that as of September 1, producers planned to farrow 480,000 head of sows and gilts in the September through November 2012 quarter and farrowing intentions for the December 2012 through February 2013 period were estimated at 475,000.

The NASS report showed that 1,020,000 head of breeding stock was in Iowa on September 1, 2011, compared to 1,000,000 head on September 1, 2012. Market hog numbers for Iowa were 19,080,000 head on September 1, 2011, and 19,600,000 head on Septem-

ber 1, 2012. Total numbers were 20,100,000 head on September 1, 2011, and 20,600,000 head on September 1, 2012. The United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2012 was 67.5 million head, up slightly from September 1, 2011, and up three percent from June

1, 2012. Breeding inventory, at 5.79 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down one percent from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 61.7 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 3 percent from last quarter. The June-August 2012 pig crop, at 29.3 million head, was down slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.89 million head, down 1 percent from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.13 for the June-August period, compared to 10.03 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs. United States hog producers intend to have 2.85 million sows farrow during the September-November 2012 quarter, down 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2011, and down 1 percent from 2010. Intended farrowings for December-February 2013, at 2.82 million sows, are down 1 percent from 2012 and down 1 percent from 2011. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 46 percent last year.

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2007 CIH 8010 - 1300 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto Rl Sp #1251434 (B26062)

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2007 JD 9760STS - 852 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto Rl Sp #1200937 (BK5256) 9, 47

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2007 CIH 7010 - 1108 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto reel spd #1251193 (BL6805)

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2 3, 81 1$ 5

2008 NH CR9070 - 1341 sep hrs, chop, spread, bin ext, HD axle #1196646 (BL6719) 2, 72

52 3, 1$ 4

1$ 4

1$ 4

9, 19

6, 78

6

1

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2010 CIH MX305 - 1550 hrs, 4 remotes, 3pt/quick hitch, wts. #1282291 (BZ2495)

1$ 4

4, 28 1$ 5

1$ 5

1$ 5

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88

92

3

7

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2008 NH CR9070 - 678 sep hrs, contour, AHHC, fore/aft, HD axle #5350595 (BN2101)

2009 CIH 5088 - 667 hrs., FT, AHHC, chopper, spreader #1287242 (BAA196)

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2008 CIH 8010 - 859 sep hrs, Uptime ready, mapping, AX #4811337 (BM0070)

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2007 CIH 7010 - 851 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, auto pilot, fore/aft #5341699 (BI5536)

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2008 CIH 8010 - 760 sep hrs, FT, 4WD, straw chopper, YMM #1280572 (B40119)

1$ 5

2008 CIH 8010 - 565 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto reel sp #1196356 (BV1746)

2009 CIH 8120 - Uptime ready, AHHC, fore/art, chopper, spreader #4888203 (BL6429)

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2008 CIH 8010 - 759 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, rasp bar, chopper, duals #5404987 (BZ2239)

2011 CIH 6088 - 131 sep hrs, 2spd HD feeder drive, chopper 1297590 (BH4213)

1$ 7 8, 76 1

1$ 6 9, 11 7

1$ 6 7, 31 7

2009 CIH 7120 - 569 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto reel Sp #5383848 (BI5584)

2011 CIH 7088 - 363 sep hrs, FT, HD Feeder drive, chopper 1276637 (BH4182)

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2009 CIH 7120 - 267 sep hrs, duals, FT, sharp combine 4524750 (BI5295)

2011 CIH AF6088 - 330 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, rock trap #1278865 (BY1228) 1$ 8 4, 72 6

2011 CIH 7088 - 213 sep hrs, FT, AHHC, fore/aft, auto RI Sp #1254972 (BL6812) 1$ 9 1, 55 2

2009 CIH 9120 - 488 sep hrs., FT, AHHC, HD axle, auto pilot. #4557623 (BR3216)

1$ 6 6, 48 3

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2$ 1 4, 41 8

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2006 CIH 8010 - 1057 sep hrs, HD axle, uptime ready #4811425 (BM0079)

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