What do you do when it’s hot?

Corn w beach umbrellaWhen it’s hot, do you experience evapotranspiration? If you’re in a corn field, that’s what you’re doing.

This hot, humid weather may seem like great weather for growing corn, but as a Landus Cooperative agronomist Todd Claussen explains, it’s not great weather for growing good corn. Harvest will be early and yield may be less than desired if the hot weather continues. Continue reading What do you do when it’s hot?

Notice

No driver's licensThe driver’s license station at the Greene County treasurer’s office will be closed the week of July 25.

It will reopen Monday, Aug. 1, at 8 am.

Lincoln Highway Day promises a lot of small town fun

Lincoln HighwayGrand Junction will be bustling with activities and entertainment this Saturday during Lincoln Highway Day.

A special task of Lincoln Highway Day organizers this year is to raise funds for repair of the city pool. The pool is closed this summer, pending completion of an estimated $130,000 in needed repairs. About $30,000 is in the fund now, and Lincoln Highway Day organizers hope the fund will be much larger by the end of the day Saturday. Continue reading Lincoln Highway Day promises a lot of small town fun

Landus Coop donates site for Freedom Rock

Veterans group, fair board, county supervisors and Landus Cooperative announce property donation to kick-off fundraising for the Freedom Rock project to honor local military, agricultural history

The start of the 2016 Greene County Fair also marked the official kick-off for fundraising for the Greene County Freedom Rock project, organizers announced this week.

Landus Cooperative is donating its cement silo, known as the Milligan Elevator*, and property adjacent to the bike trail to the Greene County fair’s 501c(3) foundation. The Fair Association will utilize the property as the first major donation to assist the Freedom Rock project. Continue reading Landus Coop donates site for Freedom Rock

Juvenile charges soon in vandalism to Wilber statue

Sculptor Jeff Adams will repair the patina to make the weld indistinguishable.

Charges are expected in juvenile court in the next few days against three juvenile males suspected of vandalizing the bronze Doreen Wilber statue in Jefferson last month.

According to Jefferson police chief Mark Clouse, the offenders are ages 15, 13 and 7. The JPD will seek restitution for the necessary repair, but that decision will be made by juvenile court.

By Iowa Code, the names of youthful offenders cannot be released. The Code was changed as of July 1 increasing the confidentiality of juvenile offenders. Continue reading Juvenile charges soon in vandalism to Wilber statue

City taking applications for hotel/motel tax funded projects

Applications for grants from the city of Jefferson’s hotel/motel tax fund are now available at city hall or at www.cityofjeffersoniowa.org.

Approximately $26,000 is available for projects/events that promote and encourage tourism and convention business in the city of Jefferson. The fund is derived from a tax imposed on the renting of lodging within the city. Continue reading City taking applications for hotel/motel tax funded projects

City removing dead, diseased trees

No ash trees slated for removal this summer

The Jefferson street crew is making headway on taking down diseased trees but they haven’t yet addressed concerns about a possible infestation of emerald ash borers.

According to public works superintendent Dave Morlan, the crew is about halfway through a list of 38 trees for removal, and an outside fire has taken down 15 trees. All the trees being removed this summer are diseased or dying. Continue reading City removing dead, diseased trees

Farmers get needed rain, but some damaging weather, too

USDA, NASSTimely rains this week were beneficial to crops. Statewide there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 17, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, there were isolated reports of damage to crops and buildings caused by high winds and hail. Activities for the week included cutting hay and applying fungicide to corn. Continue reading Farmers get needed rain, but some damaging weather, too

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