Workshop Deals With Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

Calumet, Iowa — Weeds. Since the fall of Adam, they’ve always been a problem for farmers.

Since modern herbicide was invented, farmers have had a weapon against weeds. And herbicide-resistant crops were thought to be the answer — just spray your fields with a certain herbicide and since the crops themselves are resistant — no weeds, and the crops are fine.

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However, another problem appears to be “cropping” up — weeds that are herbicide-resistant.

In response, ISU Extension and Outreach is offering workshops across Iowa during the first week of August to take a closer look at how this problem can be combated. It’s called “Weeds Week.” The date in northwest Iowa is Thursday, August 6th at the ISU Northwest Research Farm near Calumet in southern O’Brien County. Workshops will be educational programs for farmers and retailers with a focus on understanding weed resistance and a hands-on, practical approach to developing long-term weed management plans that work.

Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist Angie Rieck Hinz says Weeds Week is all about herbicide resistance.

She tells us what people will get out of the workshop.

The session costs $25 and registration is due by August 2nd for the northwest Iowa session, which again is on August 6th at the ISU Northwest Research Farm near Calumet.

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Teens Allegedly Shot At Dogs

Hawarden, Iowa — Social media is seeing a lot of activity after a post made by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
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In the 7 PM hour on Monday, July 27th, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office posted that deputies were looking for “a white 4-door car with two teenage white males shooting at dogs in the Hawarden area.”

Seventeen hours after the initial post, it had been shared over 500 times on Facebook.

The Sheriff’s office released more information on Tuesday. They report that the call came in about 7:30 PM on Monday. They say the incident occurred near a home on 440th Street, two miles east of Hawarden.

They say the firearm was reported to be a BB gun, and the dogs were not injured.

However, the Sheriff’s Office is still looking for more information. If you have information about this incident you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-3307. Their web site is

Plane Crash Near Pipestone Claims Three Lives

Holland, Minnesota – Three people have died in a plane crash near Holland, Minnesota.
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The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office says that reports started coming in about a downed aircraft about 8 PM on Monday night, July 28, 2015.

Emergency responders located the small, fixed-wing plane about a mile south of Holland.

The pilot, 59-year-old Steven Christensen of rural Pipestone and two passengers — 18-year-old Marcos Favela of Torreon, Mexico, and a 13-year-old unidentified girl from Guadalajara, Mexico were all pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office continue the investigation.

Iowa Farmland Down Over 5.5% In 6 Months

Omaha, Nebraska — According to Farm Credit Services of America,  prices and demand for farmland continue to moderate in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. They say the average value of farmland in Iowa and Nebraska declined during the first six months of 2015. In South Dakota and Wyoming, they say prices increased but at a slower rate compared to the last half of 2014.corn field

For the first time, farmland values in eastern Kansas are included in the benchmark study that Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) conducts each January and July. The addition of eastern Kansas is the result of a strategic alliance between FCSAmerica and Frontier Farm Credit and brings the number of benchmark farms tracked by appraisers to 71.

The average change in benchmark farm values is shown below, with the number of benchmark farms by state in parenthesis:

As a whole, benchmark farms decreased in value 1.4 percent in the first half of 2015. FCS says the overall decline was driven by reduced prices for cropland. Pastureland in all five states, by comparison, increased, offsetting some of the impact of lower cropland values.

The change in value by land type is below:

They say the increase in pastureland values was the result of strong livestock prices. The overall decline in cropland values reflected lower grain prices compared to previous years, according to FCS. Profitability on higher priced land remains top of mind for many producers, and the lower grain prices and they say decreased margins will continue to put pressure on land prices, as well as cash rents. A 2015 survey from Iowa State reported a one-year decline of more than 5 percent in average cash rents for Iowa cropland. Iowa’s average cash rent has dropped nearly 9 percent compared to 2013’s high of $270 an acre.

The market decline that began in late 2013 has been widely reported, and many have looked for comparisons to the farmland crisis of the 1980s. But the two periods are distinctly different, said Mark Jensen, chief risk officer at FCSAmerica. In the ‘80s, high land prices accompanied by high borrowing levels resulted in over-leveraged operations with few financial remedies. Today, Jensen said, producers face a cash-flow challenge generally tied to higher cash rents and equipment and machinery costs and increasing family living expenses.

“FCSAmerica and Frontier Farm Credit have been working with customer-owners to evaluate options specific to their operations to help manage through this cycle of lower commodity prices and tight profit margins,” Jensen said.

Other six-month benchmark farm details, by state:

Iowa: Two farms increased in value during the past six months and two farms showed no change in value.  The 15 farms that decreased in value declined an average of 6.1 percent.

Kansas: Four of the seven farms showed no change; three showed an increase in value.  Benchmark farms in Kansas were appraised beginning in January 2015; historic trends will be available as each milestone year (i.e., 1, 5, and 10) is reached.

Nebraska: Five of the 18 farms increased in value, while two showed no change in value.

South Dakota: Nineteen of the 23 benchmark farm values increased or experienced no change.

Wyoming: Two benchmark farm values increased 6.8 percent.

Woman Dies After Trying To Rescue Boy

Ruthven, Iowa — An attempted water rescue in Lost Island Lake on Friday has claimed the life of a Carroll woman.
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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the 2 PM hour on Friday, July 24th, they were told via the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office of a possible drowning in Lost Island Lake, in Clay County. When deputies arrived, 56-year-old Elizabeth Ann McCorkle of Carroll, was on shore and was receiving medical attention from Emergency Medical responders. McCorkle was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg before being transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, where she succumbed to her injuries Friday evening.

After an investigation, deputies believe that shortly after 2:00 PM, a 13-year-old boy was swimming in Lost Island Lake, when he became distressed and called out for assistance. McCorkle heard or saw the struggling swimmer and entered the lake in a rescue attempt. During this rescue attempt, McCorkle was able to assist the swimmer to the surface, where he again called out for help. Occupants of a passing boat heard the second call for help and an occupant of the boat entered the water to assist, and the boy was secured and assisted into the rescuer’s boat. The rescuer was not immediately aware of McCorkle’s presence in the water, and only learned of it after rescuing the teenager. Upon seeing McCorkle, the rescuer took steps to assist McCorkle but when unable to get McCorkle into the rescue boat, assisted her to shore, where additional bystanders assisted in removing McCorkle from the lake.

Chief Deputy Brad Hawley of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office offered this regarding the incident. “This is a tragic event. Water activities are fun but we cannot lose sight of the eminent danger that water presents. I do not question that the efforts of Ms. McCorkle saved the life of a teenager today, however ultimately, giving her own.”

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public of a common rule regarding water rescue. Whenever possible, “Throw, don’t go!” with regards to assisting struggling swimmers. They say a rescuer remains safest by throwing a rescue device, any flotation device, as opposed to entering the close proximity of a struggling and possibly panicked swimmer.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the Dickens and Ruthven Fire and Rescue squads.

Rock Valley To Break Ground On New Housing Development

Rock Valley, Iowa — The City of Rock Valley and the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation are announcing a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-Family Housing Development next Wednesday at noon. Rock Valley Development Director David Miller says it’ll be called “East Meadows,” and will be marketable to developers who want to build apartment buildings.
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He says Rock Valley has experienced sustained success in its business and industry growth as well as numerous expansions, which has led to a shortage in available workforce over the years. Rock Valley’s unemployment rate is substantially low at only 3.2% as of June 2014.

One of the goals of this project is to attract families to Rock Valley to live and work, he says. The new multi-family development is expected to meet the high demand for rental properties in Rock Valley and Sioux County.

Miller says the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation or RVEDC is glad they could work with the City of Rock Valley and come up with a solution in this time of growth.

He says East Meadows Multi-Family Development Phase 1 will consist of 18 multi-family lots and is expected to be marketable to apartment developers in October 2015. The City of Rock Valley and RVEDC expect to see apartment construction begin prior to the end of the year.

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