October 16, 2018 - 1:03 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — According to the latest Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report issued by the USDA, since they started keeping records, Iowa farmers have never been this behind on harvesting soybeans. A big part of that is all the excess moisture we’ve received.

Ben Torrance, Agricultural Statistician for the USDA-National Agriculture Statistics Service, Upper Midwest Region Field Office, gives us the stats.

He says the other soybean stats, such as maturity and condition remain pretty good.

Excess moisture has made it tough for farmers to get anything done in the fields, according to Torrance. The average was less than one day available for fieldwork in the last week.

He says the corn harvest wasn’t doing too much better, with less than 20 percent harvested, but that’s closer to normal.

He says outdoor livestock producers haven’t had it much easier.

The weather part of the crop report says that northwest Iowa has been cooler and much wetter than normal. In fact, the coldest temperature recorded last week was in O’Brien County, with both Sheldon and Sanborn reporting a low of 24 degrees on Sunday, which is 12 degrees below normal. On the week, it says northwest Iowa was 6 to 10 degrees below normal. Parts of western Iowa were near normal to warmer than average.

Click here for the full report.

October 15, 2018 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sunday morning’s somewhat surprising snowfall has served as a reminder that snow removal is the next “season” in northwest Iowa.

Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances regarding overnight parking, especially during the snow removal season. So if you routinely or occasionally park a car on the street overnight, here’s fair warning that you’re soon going to have to come up with a different place to park in most cases.

In Sheldon, motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to April 1st. Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine. The City also asks you to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

In Sanborn, no parking is allowed from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., year-round, on Main Street. In addition, from November 1st through March 31st, no parking is allowed on any city street in Sanborn from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

According to Sibley city officials, their overnight parking ban calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from November 1st through April 15th. The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City officials say that no parking is allowed on any of their city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from October 15th through April 1st. The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

In Sioux Center, the situation is a bit different. No parking is allowed on any city street between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. year-round.

Rock Valley’s winter parking ordinance goes into effect November 1st. It states that parking is not allowed for more than 30 minutes between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The ordinance stays in effect until April 1st. The fine is $20 per night.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls. So motorists who park on the street need to keep up-to-date on the weather forecast.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city. However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow. Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials changed their parking ban this year. They say their ordinance now bans parking on all city streets and alleys from midnight to 6:00 a.m. during snow removal operations. The old rule was 2:00 a.m. There is an exception, however. Parking is banned from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Rock Rapids’ downtown area, year-round, and there are signs posted to that effect. The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town they are parking their vehicle. Again, if you have overnight guests for the holidays, we suggest that you be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.

October 15, 2018 - 3:39 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you are a farmer or landowner and you’re interested in reducing soil erosion, improving soil health and water quality, creating or protecting wildlife habitat, and treating other resource concerns, you have until Friday, October 19th to be considered for EQIP. Actually, signup is continuous, but Friday is the last day for this “batch.”

Paul Goldsmith, EQIP coordinator for Iowa for the Natural Resources Conservation Service or “NRCS” tells us about EQIP.

Goldsmith says you can sign up for EQIP any time, but they do have a “batching date” on Friday. He tells us what that means.

According to Goldsmith, there are several practices eligible for funding. He tells us about the more common ones in northwest Iowa.

He tells us about the timeline if you are interested in funding for cover crops.

Their next “batching date” is in the middle of March, according to Goldsmith.

October 15, 2018 - 3:19 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The first snowfall of the season dropped anywhere from less than an inch to 6.8-inches of snow on northwest Iowa Sunday.

The heaviest snow accumulation was reported at Rock Rapids, where they measured 6.8-inches of the heavy, wet white stuff. In southeast South Dakota, Canton saw a 2.5-inch snowfall. To our north, Worthington, Minnesota reported 5-inches, with 5.5-inches falling at Bigelow, and 3-inches at Pipestone.

At the KIWA Studios in Sheldon we measured 1.5-inches of snow, while Orange City saw only around 0.2-inches. Residents of Hull were treated to 1.8-inches of snow, with just an inch falling at Remsen.

With sunny skies and highs in the low 40s Monday, with highs warming into the 50s, with the chance of a 60-degree reading later this week, the snow should be a distant memory by the end of this week.

For a look at snowfall totals for the region, CLICK HERE.


October 15, 2018 - 2:41 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — More than twenty high school marching bands from four states competed Saturday in the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships which were held at De Valois Field in Orange City.

In Class 1A, Le Mars Gehlen took 1st Place, along with Best Hornline Award, Best Drumline Award, Best Colorguard Award, and the Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award. Another area 1A band, South O’Brien, took 3rd in Class 1A.

In Class 2A, the marching band from West Lyon too top honors, as well as Best Drumline, Best Hornline, Best Colorguard, and the 2A Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award.

The Sheldon Marching Orabs took 3rd Place in Class 2A, in what band director Cliff St. Clair called their best performance of the season.

St. Clair says Orab Drum Major Jesse Hickman was named Best Field Conductor of the Class 2A field.

In Class 3A, Sibley-Ocheyedan finished 2nd, and also took home the Best Hornline Award. Spirit Lake finished 4th in 3A, just ahead of Sioux Center’s marching band, which finished in 5th. Le Mars Community School’s marching band took 6th in the competition.

There were no 4A schools participating from our immediate area.

Sheldon director Cliff St. Clair says the Dutchmen Field Championships was the final competition of the marching band season, and now the Orab musicians attention will turn to Pep Band and Concert Band.

To view the results for ALL schools competing in Orange City this past Saturday, CLICK HERE.

October 15, 2018 - 1:50 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — An Inwood man has died in a farm accident.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Paul DeBoer of Inwood was driving the tractor in the 1300 block of 240th Street. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says as he understands it, DeBoer was moving a round bale with the loader on the older tractor. He says the ground was wet, and the tractor was on an incline, when it slid and then caught and tipped, rolling over and pinning him underneath it. Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 12 p.m. hour.

DeBoer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the Inwood Rescue Squad, the Inwood Fire Department, the Canton-Inwood Ambulance Squad, and Lyon County deputies responded to the call.

October 14, 2018 - 8:21 am - Posted in News

Ames, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Transportation has implemented a couple of changes as workers prepare for another winter of battling snow and ice on the state’s roads. A former Rock Rapids resident, who’s now the Iowa DOT’s winter operations administrator, says cameras will be installed in ALL snow plows and still images will be posted online. Here’s Craig Bargfrede.

Last winter, about two-thirds of the DOT’s roughly 900 snow plows had cameras. This year, all of them will be equipped with the technology. All plows will also feature blue and white safety lights, along with the familiar amber color.

The Iowa DOT experimented with the blue and white colors for the past several years and, according to Bargfrede, they’ve helped reduce certain types of crashes by nearly two-thirds.

The Iowa DOT sets aside $40 million each year for winter operations. Bargfrede oversees roughly 1,000 full-time employees.

Those part-timers are paid $17.45 an hour. Iowa’s low unemployment rate is making it difficult to find those extra workers, according to Bargfrede. While DOT workers wait for the first significant winter storm, they’re busy with maintenance on the plow trucks, topping off storage sheds with salt, and going through driver training.

The Iowa DOT’s winter season begins Monday.

As you may recall LAST winter, the first big snow didn’t hit Iowa until around Christmas – then, there were several big snow and ice events throughout March into April. Only time will tell how things will pan out in northwest Iowa this year. For more information about the DOT’s winter operations, visit iowadot.gov/performance/winter-operations.

October 14, 2018 - 8:19 am - Posted in News

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Extension offices across northwest Iowa have offered the “Annie’s Project” program a number of times in our area. If you’ve always wanted to learn more, another opportunity to take part in the program for women in the agriculture industry is coming up just outside our area.

South Dakota State University Extension presents the Annie’s Project program beginning on October 22nd in Sioux Falls.

Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist says that if you are a woman and you have ever asked a farm/ranch management question and not understood the answer or if you signed papers at the bank or FSA and didn’t really understand what they were for, or if you been thinking about if you have enough insurance or an estate plan, or if you wished you knew more about marketing your cattle or crops, then she says you are a perfect candidate for Annie’s Project.

Annie’s Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ranch management information and build networks between women.

If this is something that interests you, you do need to rush to register, as registration ends Monday, October 15, 2018.

Over a six-week period women will learn how to develop financial records, learn about key communication skills, gain a better understanding of retirement and estate planning and expand their marketing knowledge – all while having fun in a supportive learning environment.

Classes meet once a week beginning October 22, 2018 at the Sioux Falls Extension Regional Center. The classes continue on October 29, November 5, 12, 19 and 26, and run from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.

The cost is $125 per person and meals will be served at each session.

For more information, you can call the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls at 605-782-3290.

Again, pre-registration is due by October 15. To register, visit www.igrow/events/, select Sioux Falls Annie’s Project.

October 12, 2018 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Many Iowa growers will be storing, not selling, their soybeans this harvest season, given low commodity prices and troubles with international trade.

Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl recommends farmers cool down the storage bin and make sure the moisture level isn’t too high when the beans are harvested.

For soybeans with a higher moisture content, it’s sometimes best to dry them using natural air and to avoid firing up the heaters.

Precautions need to be taken when drying soybeans.

Some growers might want to take their soybeans to a commercial elevator and run them through a corn dryer, but he says the risk of fire is far too great.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sheldon Marching Orabs will be one of more than twenty high school marching band from four states to take the field in Orange City Saturday for the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships.

Normally the Orange City event takes place the same day as the State Marching Band Festival in Orange City, but that was not the case this year. Marching Orabs Director, Cliff St. Clair says it’s going to be nice to not have to rush to make both competitions.

The Dutchmen Field Championships mark the final competitive event of the year for the Marching Orabs. St. Clair says the kids are happy to see the competition season come to an end, and for good reason.

While Saturday’s competition in Orange City may be the finale to the Marching Orabs season, St. Clair says it’s just a transition for the Orab musicians.

Saturday’s Dutchmen Field Championships are hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley, and will take place at De Valois Field, on the campus of Northwestern College. The event is open to the public, for a small charge, with gates opening at 2:15 Saturday afternoon, with the first Class 1A Band, South O’Brien, taking the field at 3:00. The Marching Orabs are scheduled to perform Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

You can view the complete schedule for the Dutchmen Field Championships by CLICKING HERE.