Candidate Santorum Coming To Our Area

Orange City, Iowa — Another 2016 Presidential candidate is coming to northwest Iowa.

This time it’s 2012 Iowa Republican front runner Rick Santorum. This Friday, July 31st, Santorum will start off the day with an appearance in Onawa.
Rick Santorum
From there it’s on to the Plymouth County Fair in Le Mars. He’ll be there at 5 PM and will be joined by Iowa State Representative Chuck Soderberg.

Then it’s on to Orange City for an evening stop at 7:30 PM. Santorum aides say it will be a “pizza-and-politics town hall meeting” at the Orange City Pizza Ranch on Highway 10 East.

Aides also say it’s possible that more stops may be added as well.

Poker Run Raises Funds To Fight Cancer

Sheldon, Iowa — Fifty-Six semi trucks stopped in Sheldon on a poker run against cancer on Saturday.

The trucks were on what’s called the Chaos For a Cure Poker Run. The run is part of the larger fundraiser, Chaos for a Cure.
It began in Sioux Center, and truckers went to Inwood, Rock Valley, Hull and Sheldon, receiving a card at each stop, and then they finished in Sioux Center. The organizers looked at the cards and whoever had the best poker hand won a prize. The Sheldon stop was in the parking lot of Sheldon Livestock Company.
Chaos For a Cure is a benefit for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, and is the brainchild of Paul Schelling. Schelling thought up the fundraiser while he was waiting for chemotherapy. When he and his wife Stephanie found out he had beat cancer, they decided they wanted to give back to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in this way, and the fundraiser was born.IMG_1323

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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Tall Waterhemp seedling

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.

Contact your local Extension and Outreach office for more details or check out the information page online at

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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.