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Agri-Line - Le Mars Agricultural Connection

Corn Checkoff Elections

(Des Moines) -- Corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 1...2...4...5...7...and 8 will vote July 10 at their county extension offices for representatives to serve on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB).  Elected directors will serve a three-year term representing corn growers from their respective crop reporting districts.  Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the last year is eligible to vote in the election.  Producers unable to visit an extension office on July 10, may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots are available by contacting the Ioiwa Corn Promotion Board office at (515) 225-9242.  All absentee ballots must be postmarked by July 10. 

Candidates for each district include:

Crop District #1

Kent Harms - George, Lyon County

Gary Small - Rembrandt, Buena Vista County

Crop District #2

Deb Keller - Clarion, Wright County

Chris Weydert - Algona, Kossuth County

Crop District #4

Larry Klever - Audubon, Audubon County

David Leiting - Carroll, Carroll County

Crop District #5

Jon Brockman - Melbourne, Marshall County

Kevin Rempp - Montezuma, Poweshiek County

Crop District #7

Doug Holliday - Greenfield, Adair County

Trevor Whipple - Northboro, Fremont County

Crop District #8

Ray Cook - Seymour, Wayne County

Don Hunerdosse - Milo, Warren County

Biographies for all of the candidates and a list of counties in each crop reporting district are available at




Heat Wave May Be Stressful To Cattle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are being urged to watch their cattle for signs of stress as the heat builds across the Midwest.
     The Iowa Cattlemen's Association says cattle could be at risk with temperatures around 100 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. CEO Matte Deppe says cattle rely on respiration more than sweating to cool down, which means producers must also consider other means to keep them comfortable.
     Some suggestions from Iowa State University Extension include clean fresh water, shade and using a higher percentage of feed in the afternoon.
     If necessary, farmers should begin sprinkling cattle with water if there are signs of heat stress. Officials say producers who use fans or water on their cattle should continue to use the process
until the heat wave breaks.


Corn Needs Moisture

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Topsoil in more than half of Iowa's fields still needs more rain to reach adequate levels.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that topsoil in 54 percent of Iowa's field rated very short or short of adequate moisture. The east-central part of the state
was the driest, with 78 percent of the topsoil moisture rated short to very short.  Roger Elmore, Iowa State University Corn Specialist, says now is the critical time when the corn needs additional moisture.  He says it is likely farmers will see reduced yields if rainfall amounts continue to produce only a tenth of an inch or less.
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Elmore says corn can absorb up to a half an inch of moisture per day during the reproduction stage. 
     The USDA says 68 percent of the corn crop, which is silking in most parts of the state, is in good or excellent condition.
     The soybean crop is rated 63 percent good to excellent.
     The USDA report says 98 percent of the state's oat crop has headed, which is nearly three weeks ahead of normal progression.


Fair Entries Are Due

(Le Mars) -- 4-H and FFA members intending to exhibit at the 2012 Plymouth County Fair are reminded of the upcoming entry deadline of Friday, July 13.  Members planning to enter exhibits in sheep, swine, market and breeding beef, cow-calf projects, feeder calf, horses, poultry, rabbits, dog, pet, cat and dairy, including dairy goats, are required to complete and submit an entry form.

Fair entries are also due July 13 in the communications division which includes Educational Presentations, Working Exhibits, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Share-The-Fun.

Entries should be completed by the 4-H or FFA member and then submitted to the Plymouth County Extension Office by the local club leader or FFA advisor.  The Plymouth County Extension Office is located at 251 12th Street SE in Le Mars.  The office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and then from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information on this or any other 4-H program contact the Extension Office at (712) -546-7835 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


State Fair Entries Due By July 3rd

(Des Moines) -- The 2012 Iowa State Fair is only a few months away.  This year's event, "Nothing Compares" will run from August 9 - 19 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Hundreds of 4-Hers that choose to exhibit their livestock projects at the Iowa State Fair must make an official entry.  Plymouth County 4-Hers will need to complete the necessary entry on-line within the member's 4-H Online records at by July 2, 2012.  Registration fees must be mailed or taken to the Plymouth County Extension Office no later than July 3, 2012.  The Extension Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. til noon, and 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  No late entries will be accepted.  For more information contact the Plymouth County Extension Office at (712) 546-7835 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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