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Apr

Birth announcement: Hutson


Seth Roderick Hutson

N. Josh and Nicole Hutson of La Crosse, WI announce the birth of their son, Seth Roderick Hutson, born March 27, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. He weighed 7 lbs. 4.2 ozs. and measured 20-1/4 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Mia (19 months).

Grandparents are Steve and Robin Oden of Waukon, Jean Hutson of Olympia, WA and Jim and Sandra Hutson of Olympia, WA. Great-grandparents are Phyllis Kubitz and Bob and Jo Oden, all of Waukon.

Wed
19
Apr

WHS Class of 1961 to meet

The Waukon High School Class of 1961 will meet Friday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Gus & Tony’s in Waukon for lunch and social time. All classmates are invited.

Wed
19
Apr

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive  Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season - No Mid-Contract Management Activities on CRP acres   
• May 31 - Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• August 1 - ARC/PLC Sign-up

CRP Participants Must Maintain Approved Cover on Acreages Enrolled in CRP and the Farm Programs
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants are responsible for ensuring adequate, approved vegetative and practice cover is maintained to control erosion throughout the life of the contract after the practice has been established. Participants must also control undesirable vegetation, weeds (including noxious weeds), insects and rodents that may pose a threat to existing cover or adversely impact other landowners in the area.

Wed
19
Apr

Allamakee SWCD hosted Cover Crop Field Day with area producers


During the Cover Crop Field Day, NRCS Area Agronomist Neil Sass and Waukon NRCS District Conservationist LuAnn Rolling view the root structure of a rye cover crop. Submitted photo.

Cover Crop Field Day attendees discussing cover crops in the field. Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a cover crop field day on Thursday, April 6.  Area producers had the opportunity to stop by three different sites and drive by two additional sites to view cover crops.  All of the fields also had manure applied before or after seeding the cover crop.  The field day offered producers the opportunity to view different methods of cover crop establishment and manure application and see that the two practices can work together.  This field day was funded through a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.   Speakers included project coordinator, Sara Berges; NRCS Area Agronomist, Neil Sass; Scott Nelson from the Iowa Soybean Association; and the producers (Scott and Dylan Ness, Nick Rolling, Mike Johanningmeier, and Derek Bentien).

Wed
19
Apr

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey shares tips to help producers manage cover crops this spring

As the number of Iowa farmers using cover crops continues to grow, it’s important to help make sure these farmers have a successful experience. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today shared a number of spring management tips for farmers new to growing cover crops.

Northey also encouraged farmers that are using cover crops to share photos on social media.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FarmersCoverIowa.

Wed
19
Apr

Benefits of rotational grazing

Pastures represent an important land resource, but many pastures are overgrazed resulting in uneven forage stands, low yields, higher weed pressure, and erosion issues due to bare ground. Continuous grazing doesn’t allow forage time to rest and recover and high-quality species die out from selective overgrazing.  Rotational grazing occurs when a pasture is divided up into segments and only a portion of the pasture is grazed at one time.  Cattle are rotated between the paddocks giving forage time to regrow and build deeper root systems.

Wed
19
Apr

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I watched this morning the swearing-in of the new Supreme Court judge, Neal Gorsuch.

I also watched large portions of his time before senators considering his nomination.

Except any sort of consideration in those hearings seemed lacking. Republicans knew that, thanks to former senate leader Democrat Harry Reid, they had the final word if necessary in the so-called nuclear option. Democrats, still angry over the Electoral College loss to President Trump, and the failure of their court candidate, Garland, in 2016 to even get a hearing in the senate, stayed firmly opposed.

Personally, I think the person who benefited most as a result of the actions is Garland! Democrats argued loudly and long that he should have at least been called before the senate.

They have a point.

Wed
19
Apr

Word for Word 4/19/17

As a Lenten practice I’ve been trying to read poetry for my morning meditation and was recently moved by “Blessing for a Broken Vessel” by Jan Richardson. It reads: Do not despair. You hold the memory of what it was to be whole.

It lives deep in your bones. It abides in your heart that has been torn and mended a hundred times. It persists in your lungs that know the mystery of what it means to be full, to be empty, to be full again.

I am not asking you to give up your grip on the shards your clasp so close to you,

But to wonder what it would be like for those jagged edges to meet each other in some new pattern that you have never imagined, that you have never dared to dream.

Wed
19
Apr

Letter to the Editor: More to consider with proposed abortion ban

To the Editor:

My name is Emily Garrett. I was born and raised in Waukon. I count myself blessed to have been raised in such a warm Iowa community.

I have since moved away to pursue a medical degree and to train as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I have delivered babies to happy couples, troubled teenagers, sexual assault victims and even grieving mothers after the intrauterine death of their child. In fact, as I type this I am working 80 hours per week at night, while eight months pregnant with my first child, delivering babies and helping mothers have safe pregnancies and healthy newborns.

This is not meant as a complaint, but rather an illustration of the time and emotional and physical energy I’ve invested in caring for women. I hope someday to return to my home state to take care of Iowa women during and outside of their pregnancies.

Wed
19
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Has Big Foot ever been found?

To the Editor:

The April 5, 2017 issue of The Standard featured an article about the search for “Big Foot” in the Yellow River State Forest area. My interest perked when I got to the “Local Insight” section of the article and read the question about the area in Allamakee County which is called “Big Foot” and is located in the county’s Paint Creek and Linton Townships.

I grew up on a farm a half mile east of Rossville on Highway 13 (now Highway 76) and just “up the road” was the Crossroads. Turn north and the road goes to Waterville and turn south the Big Foot Road leads to Volney. I  was very disappointed that no one thought to ask some of the local historians about the origins of how Big Foot got its name.

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