Good weather for farmers so far; rain needed soon

Dry and hot conditions helped crop development and fieldwork progress during the week ending June 11, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork, the highest number of days suitable so far this year. However, Iowa could use rain in the next week, as some crops are showing signs of stress due to the dry conditions. Activities for the week included cutting and baling hay, spraying herbicides and side-dressing corn with nitrogen, and planting and re-planting. Continue reading Good weather for farmers so far; rain needed soon

Dedication of bells and observation deck, awards presented at Festival opening ceremony

The opening ceremonies Friday evening of the 37th annual Bell Tower Festival were preceded by the history-making premier concert on the full four-octave, 47-bell carillon atop the Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower.

Retired newspaper publisher and previous winner of the Bell Tower of Fame Award Rick Morain had the honor of performing the first live concert on the bells. Morain selected “America” as the first piece, followed by “America, The Beautiful.” Continue reading Dedication of bells and observation deck, awards presented at Festival opening ceremony

Paton farmer killed in rear-end accident

A Paton area farmer was killed Tuesday morning when the tractor he was driving was struck in the rear by a semi tractor-trailer.

Pat Fields, 46, of rural Paton was eastbound at 11:20 am in the 2400 block of County Road E-18 (130th St), driving a 1965 Farmall 656 tractor when he was struck in the rear by an eastbound 1996 Freight Liner Semi pulling an empty grain trailer. Both vehicles went toward the north ditch. Fields’ tractor entered the ditch and rolled on to him. Fields was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading Paton farmer killed in rear-end accident

Fireworks still illegal in Jefferson without a permit

Jefferson chief of police Mark Clouse reminds residents of Jefferson that although the state legislature “legalized” the sale and use of fireworks in Iowa, Jefferson still has an ordinance in place prohibiting them.

City Ordinance 41.12 prohibits the sale or use of fireworks inside the incorporated city limits of Jefferson. “This ordinance has been, and is still in effect at this time,” Clouse said. Continue reading Fireworks still illegal in Jefferson without a permit

Business transition topic of Business After Hours June 19

Business transition – The words “transition” and “succession” are used for businesses looking at their plans for change at the time of their choosing. A formal business transition plan puts the goals, priorities and strategies in place for a successful transition. Without a clearly defined plan, business owners are leaving their personal and financial future to chance. Planning ahead is key. Continue reading Business transition topic of Business After Hours June 19

Ninety percent of corn and 60 percent of soybeans are up

Dry weather conditions allowed farmers to make good progress on spring planting during the week ending June 4, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork, which were the most Iowa has had all season. Field activities for the week included planting and re-planting, applying herbicides, and harvesting the first crop of alfalfa hay.  Continue reading Ninety percent of corn and 60 percent of soybeans are up