Wednesday News, November 11
Gehlen Catholic Honors Veterans
(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic School honored local veterans Tuesday morning during their annual veterans program. Kingsley native, Colonel Jeff Hagen was the featured speaker. Hagen is a highly decorated marine and currently has the big responsibility of supervising the Pacific fleet.
Colonel Hagen wants people to know it's important to serve our nation.
The U-S Marine says he is grateful for Gehlen Catholic, and other such programs that honor veterans and the current military.
In addition to Colonel Hagen's address, the program consisted of various patriotic music as presented by the Gehlen choirs and instrumental bands. Gehlen students read the names of the veterans and current military service personnel featured on the "Wall of Honor", as attendees of the program viewed photos that were projected on a movie screen.
The Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion, based in Le Mars, presented a plaque of appreciation to the entire Gehlen Catholic schools for their work in honoring the local veterans. Post Commander Wayne Schipper presented the plaque. Accepting the award on behalf of Gehlen Catholic Schools were Lisa Niebuhr and Alissa Schipper.
Jervik Honored As Chamber's "Employee Of The Month"
(Le Mars) -- Wireless World employee Britt Jervik was honored Tuesday morning as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce November "Employee of the Month" Steve Harrington submitted the nomination. He says Jervik has been serving the people of Le Mars and Plymouth County for over ten years with Verizon Wireless Cellular Service. Jervik has been providing superior customer service consistently for all of those ten years. Harrington says you will not find a single customer that has not been impressed with his customer service. Harrington says Britt Jervik is soft-spoken, and delivers customer service with a sincere sense of caring. He is honestly one of the finest men I have ever met. Harrington says of Jervik, he is honest, sincere and works with complete integrity. His customers often rave about his demeanor and caring (attitude). Britt is diligent and responsible, and is the ideal employee and person to have on any staff. Not only is his customer service outstanding, but he is gifted in technical and organizational skills. He covers the whole spectrum of what a great employee should be. Harrington says he knows of no one more suitable for this award. Our congratulations go to Britt Jervik for being recognized as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce November 2015 Employee of the Month.
Plymouth County Fair To Hold Annual Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Agricultural Society, other wise known as the Plymouth County Fair, will hold its annual meeting and election of fair board directors on Thursday evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The county fair annual meeting will be held at the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center. Directors will review the 2015 Fair. There will be award presentations, and directors welcome comments and suggestions for the upcoming 2016 fair. Membership to the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society is open to any county resident that pays a one-time $5.00 fee. The membership fee must be received before 4:30 p.m. at the Plymouth County Extension and Outreach office on the day of election in order to vote that evening. Following the annual meeting will be the regular monthly meeting of the Plymouth county fair board.
Warm Temperatures Help Farmers Nearly Complete This Year's Harvest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Agriculture officials say an unusually warm start to November has helped Iowa corn and soybean farmers nearly complete this year's harvest.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says statewide temperatures were about nine degrees above normal last week, making it the warmest start to November since 2008.
That allowed farmers to get 93 percent of the corn crop out of the fields, nine days ahead of last year's harvest and two days ahead of the five-year average.
Agriculture officials say they've received reports of piles of corn on the ground at some ethanol plants and local elevators.
Soybean farmers have 98 percent of the crop harvested, a week ahead of last year.
2015 Crop Production Nears Record Levels
(Washington) -- The U-S-D-A issued its projection for this year's crop production on Tuesday. Corn production is forecast at 13.7 billion bushels, up less than one percent from the October forecast, but down 4 percent from last year's record production. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 169.3 bushels per acre, up 1.3 bushels from the October forecast but
1.7 bushels below the 2014 average. If realized, this will be the second highest yield and third largest production on record for the United States.
Soybean production is forecast at a record 3.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent
from October and up 1 percent from last year. Based on November 1 conditions,
yields are expected to average 48.3 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from
last month and up 0.8 bushel from last year.
Iowa farmers are expected to produce close to two and a half billion bushels of corn which figures out as an average of 189 bushels per acre. The Hawkeye state once again leads the nation in soybean production with nearly 550 million bushels averaging 56 bushels per acre.
Turkey Official Says Consumers Should Find Bargains When Buying Thanksgiving Turkey
(Ames) -- In just two short weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. But will there be a turkey on the table as the center piece entrée? Many people may wonder if after the devastating bird flu that struck the nation's poultry industry this spring, and consequently wiped out millions of turkeys, if there may be a shortage of turkey's for the Thanksgiving meal. According to Gretta Irwin, the executive director of the Iowa Turkey Federation, there is no need to worry as grocery stores and supermarkets have ample supplies of frozen turkeys ready for the holidays...and at bargain prices.
Gretta Irwin, Executive Director, Iowa Turkey Federation
There was some good news given to the poultry industry this week, as Irwin says, all turkey and egg laying farms that were infected with the bird flu earlier this spring, have been tested, and are cleared to again re-stock their barns with new birds.
Irwin says it takes about 21 weeks for a turkey to be full grown to 48 to 52 pounds. and ready for the dinner table.