73rd annual Jewell Corn Show this weekend
The 73rd annual Jewell Corn Show begins today (Thursday) and
continues through Sunday. This year's theme is "Find Your
If you have never attended, or have skipped a few years, or are a yearly attendee, you will not be disappointed in making a stop to either view or enter the exhibits that will be set up in the Jewell Community Center. These exhibits are entered by young and old, area farmers, wives, daughters and sons, who have been eyeing their crops to find the Best of Show heads possible to bring to town for the displays. Area women, husbands, sons, daughters, have worked all year on their gardens, homemade items, and creativity to enter for a chance to be named Best of Show or champion of a category. The winner has the distinguished bragging rights for the year and will be discussed several times at coffee times held between now and next October when the 74th annual Jewell Corn Show rolls around.
All exhibits may be entered from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. today (Thursday) with the doors open to the public from 3:30 to 6:30 this afternoon. Exhibit doors will be open Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. to the public; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The flower show and fine arts show will find the J-Janes in charge of the entries. The Artistic Design listing all categories have all been changed.
All horticulture specimens must be grown by the exhibitor and shown in clear containers. Specimens should be conditioned and foliage should not be stripped. One stem per container. Potted plants must be grown by the exhibitor for a least three months. Blooming potted plants must be in bloom at show time. If there is not a category for the specimen one will be made for the entry. All entries receive a ribbon.
Categories expected are: asters, berried branch, cosmos, dahlias, daisies, gladiolas, herbs, live forever, marigolds, mums, ornamental grass, petunias, roses, tame sunflowers, wild flowers, zinnias, other, non-blooming potted plants, blooming potted plants, patio planters, cactus.
Artistic Design. No artificial flowers or foliage. Adult division: adventures in the outdoors (bouquet of something from nature); adventures in finance (green bouquet); adventures in the kitchen (bouquet in a kitchen utensil). Junior division: adventures in Toyland (bouquet in a toy); adventures in fashion (bouquet in a shoe, hat, purse, etc.); treasure hunt adventure (gold or yellow bouquet).
Fine Arts exhibitors will find two divisions, adult, and junior which is for 16 years and under exhibitors. Entries must have been completed since the last Corn Show. Entrants may enter as many items as they want. Ribbons will be awarded in each class. A "collection" can be any number of items that fit in a 30"x30" space and are for display only. Exhibitors must provide their own display materials. Categories are: ceramics, collections display only, crafts crochet, food canning, knitting, needlecraft, painting, photography, quilts, woodworking, other, corn art (anything made out of corn). Photo books may be displayed but will not be judged.
Booths will be judged and ribbons awarded. Prizes are first $25; second $20; third $15; fourth $10; and fifth $5. Advertising and political booths are welcome but will not be judged. To reserve a booth notify Darrell Bohnert.
Rock Hills FFA is in charge of entries for the farm and garden portion of the exhibits. Individuals are limited to one entry per class but may enter as many classes as desired. Ribbons will be awarded.
There are several classes under farm crops. Corn five ears. Designate one ear to be broken by judge. Wheat, one quart jar. Milo, five heads. Mixed entry, two heads milo and two ears corn. Largest ear of corn. Tallest stalk of corn. Tallest stalk of feed. Best individual head of milo. Soybeans.
Sunflowers will have two classes, oil and edible. Under the oil two categories are listed: largest head and best entry. Under edible are largest head and best entry.
Garden crop exhibitors may display: cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, onions, parsnips, okra, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, turnips, and mixed plate. Three of a kind constitutes an entry. A mixed plate must have three types of vegetables, two of each represented on the plate. One of a kind entries are cabbage, squash, eggplant, pumpkin and watermelon.
Friday evening at Emerson Lake, located at the west edge of Jewell, come join Kickoff with Kevin from Jewell Grocery. Kevin will be serving a hamburger meal with drink or a shrimp meal with drink starting at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. Live music entertainment will start at 6 p.m. provided by Country Jewells and will continue until? Attend and find out.
Saturday will have a full day of activities.
Starting at 8 a.m. will be the Corn Show Triathalon that will consist of a one mile run and walk, 5K bike ride, 100 meter corn haul. Starting point is in front of the Guaranty State Bank in Jewell.
Also at 8 a.m. and available until 12 noon, the Jewell County Health Department will be distributing flu vaccines (nasal mist and shots) at the community center. A high dose for 65 and older. Patients are to bring Medicare or insurance card.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be vendors located throughout Maag Park.
The second annual "Show Off Your Wheels" car, motorcycle, antique farm equipment and tractor show will be held starting at 9 a.m. or after the parade around 10:30 a.m. on Main Street on the north side of Maag Park. Displays will be available until around 3 p.m. Stop by and see the displays and winners receiving trophies for Best of Show.
At 10:15 a.m. the Children's Parade will be held with line up at the corner of Colson Plumbing. Prizes will be awarded.
At 10:30 a.m. the 73rd annual Jewell Corn Show parade will be held. Registration will be at the old high school starting at 9 a.m. The parade will be led by the Color Guard followed by Grand Marshals Sally and Bob Engel. There will be floats entered from churches, organizations both in school and out of school, clubs, individuals, businesses, antique cars and machinery, horses along with unusual entries, There will be prizes for first, second, third and other ribbons.
Following the parade there is a barbecue at the old Jewell High School area.
Starting at 12 noon and running until 3 p.m. there will be games and other activities at Maag Park for all ages. Games will include pop-a-shot, slide, grand prize game sand dig, duck pond, corn dart throw, football tarp, cake walk, drink ring toss, lollipop tree, mini golf, cream can toss, fishing game and others. Also offered will be buggy and trailer rides.
From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. a Star Search will be held. Individuals are invited to find colored stars and receive gifts from the designated business. There will be 12 different colored stars, two each, hidden in or near Maag Park. Lucky Star holders are asked to bring their star to the gazebo located in the park by 3 p.m. to receive their prize. Businesses participating are Jewell Implement, Bohnert Welding, Guaranty State Bank, Jewell Grocery Store, Bourbon Trucking, Jon Hajny Trucking, Citizen State Agency, Jewell City Library, The Scoop, Snap-On Tools, Smith Harvesting and Smith Repair, and Randall Co-op.
The Road Rally starts in front of the old high school at 3:30 p.m.
The final event of the day will take place at the old High School Auditorium. At 7 p.m. the program, KORN Presents Hee Haw, will be presented. Following the program, probably around 8 or 8:30 p.m. a karaoke and dance will be held featuring Kenny Rhea.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a soup dinner at the community center. Served will be vegetable, chili, broccoli and cheese soups as well as pies.
The final event for the 73rd annual Jewell Corn Show, a trap shoot, will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Jewell Gun Club location north of Jewell about a mile on the east side of Highway 14. Both youngsters and adults may participate.
Co-Chairs for this year's event are Debra Bohnert and Gaye Daniels. The event is sponsored by the Jewell Chamber of Commerce.
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slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent
Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Mykel Taylor, Kansas State University agricultural economist.
The value of cropland in Kansas as of Aug. 15 had slipped to an average $2,210 per acre, down 2.2 percent from the comparable period last year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Speaking at K-State's recent Risk and Profit Conference, Taylor said she expects cropland values to soften in the coming months.
Average pasture values, however, were 6.9 percent higher at $1,390 per acre, according to the USDA, which reflected the continued historically high prices for cattle, she said. Taylor's presentation is available at http://www.agmanager.info/events/risk_ profit/2015/Papers/2_Taylor_Land Values_2.pdf.
In her work studying land values, she uses data from the Kansas Property Valuation Division of the Kansas Department of Revenue, which includes information from actual sales transactions rather than surveys conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. While general trends typically run the same for both, average prices reflected by the sales transactions tend to be higher than those reported on surveys.
In 2014, according to property transaction data, overall Kansas agricultural land was worth $3,320 per acre. The value of non-irrigated cropland was $2,990 per acre, compared to the average value reflected by USDA's NASS surveys at $2,150 per acre. Irrigated land was valued at $5,169 compared to the survey value at $3,280. The average value of pasture land according to sales data was $1,802 an acre, above the $1,300 average reflected on surveys.
Taylor's "land model" derived from the transaction data takes into account such factors as location, including average rainfall and taxes, productivity by soil type, whether the land is enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program and if the land is irrigated, dryland or pasture.
"Land enrolled in CRP generally has not been considered as valuable as some other farmland, because producers have perceived the CRP designation as limiting regarding what they could do with the land," she said, adding that she expects that to change in the coming years. Because CRP prevents farming on that particular land, when farming is more profitable, CRP rents are relatively low. When growing crops is not so profitable, CRP rents are relatively higher.
The price trend for irrigated and non-irrigated land for 2010-2014 went up, but slowed in 2013-2014.
The value of irrigated land in south-central Kansas averaged $6,008 per acre in 2014, compared to $3,389 in southwest Kansas, $5,413 in west-central Kansas and $5,970 in the northwest part of the state. Because south-central Kansas typically receives more precipitation, irrigated cropland in that part of the state is worth more than in western counties that usually have less precipitation, Taylor said.
Non-irrigated land values in 2014 ranged from an average high of $5,133 per acre in northeast Kansas to an average low of $1,472 per acre in the semi-arid southwest Kansas.
Non-irrigated land in southeast Kansas was valued below land in northeast Kansas, Taylor said, because soils in the southeastern part of the state do not have the moisture holding capacity that northeast Kansas soils do.
The value of the state's pasture land varied widely in 2014. Values ranged from an average high of $3,095 per acre in northeast Kansas, which receives more pasture-sustaining precipitation, to an average low in southwest Kansas of $887 per acre, which generally receives less precipitation.
When it comes to farmland rental rates, Taylor said survey results tend to lag the market, because they don't take into account when the rates were negotiated and may include non-market activities. In addition, they only reflect average rents that are paid, which may mask land quality differences.
She projected rental rates, based on such factors as county-level yields from a 20-year trend and expected cash prices, based on futures and the local basis.
Rental rates for irrigated land in northwest Kansas were projected to average $112.75 per acre in 2015, down 37.1 percent from $179.13 in 2014. Rates for southwest Kansas in 2015 were projected at $71.62 per acre, down 48.7 percent from $139.54 in 2014. Rates for south-central Kansas irrigated land were projected to average $77.45 an acre, down 47.5 percent from $147.64.
Rates for non-irrigated land are also expected to fall, for example averaging a projected $119.50 per acre in 2015 in northeast Kansas, down 28.7 percent from $167.65 in 2014.
Not all farmers have dropped their cash rents, Taylor said, but if commodity prices remain low, more will.
"The concern many farmers have is whether the low grain prices we are seeing today will continue and cause a drop in land values similar to what was experienced in the 1980s," she said. "As long as interest rates stay low and farmers are conservative with their production costs, I think we can avoid another farmland crash, but it all depends on how long we have these low grain prices."
Annual Monarch butterfly migration underway
By Kerma Crouse
The black and orange Monarch butterfly is an amazing insect. Monarchs are the only insect to migrate as birds do. Though weighing just a gram, some of the butterflies will travel 3,000 miles in their migratoryl trek from north to south.
The Monarchs were are now seeing in Jewell County began their journey in the southern parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.
The Monarchs now flying south through Kansas are headed toward a mountainous area west of Mexico City, Mexico. There they will overwinter by roosting in oyamel fir trees. These trees live only on 11 or 12 mountain tops in a shrinking habitat that is high in elevation but cool, cloudy and moist.
The butterflies roost in such large numbers in the trees that they, though individually small, can break branches. The large numbers serve to help them stay warm and not freeze if the weather is unusually cold.
It must be noted that these butterflies have never been to those mountains or those trees. Their great-grandparents were the ones beginning the migration cycle.
The butterflies flying south now, will not reproduce until next spring. With the coming of warm weather the Monarchs begin the cycle of reproduction: egg, pupa, chrysalis and finally butterfly. They will begin but not finish the migration north. That is up to the next generations of Monarchs. As succeeding generations are hatched, they too reproduce and move further north in the migration pattern.
The butterflies that hatch in fall are in a non-reproductive state called diapause. They are different physically and behaviorally. Scientists think this is related to the change in the length of days. This change, in some way, tells the butterflies to begin the long trek back to the oyamel fir trees in Mexico. A totally unique migratory cycle found in no other population on Earth.
Northcentral Kansas well-represented at state fair
Northcentral Kansas was well represented at the 2015 Kansas
State Fair in the open class agricultural exhibits, which were
held Sept. 11-20 in Hutchinson. Eleven area producers exhibited
60 entries of corn, honey, grain sorghum and soybeans. The exhibits
were entered on the first day of the fair and were displayed throughout
the 10 day event.
Two producers received grand champion or first place on their corn, grain sorghum and soybean entries under each of the specific classes. Those producers receiving grand champion or first place entries were:
Emily Roush: grand champion soybean plant (LG 3111), and first place corn (LG 5618).
Kelly Roush: first place milo (Heartland Genetics 45C).
The following is a complete listing of the other open class agriculture entries and their placing (only the top five in each class were recognized and ranked unless otherwise stated):
Theron Haresnape: fourth place corn (Pioneer 1151), fourth place soybean plant (Mycogen 5N385).
Steve Kuhlmann: second place milo (Dekalb 44-20).
Wyatt Rhoades: second place milo (Pioneer 85G46), third place corn (Pioneer 1498).
Emily Roush: third place corn, longest ear; fourth place milo (Heartland Genetics 45C).
Kaden Roush: third place corn (LG 5618), third place milo (Heartland Genetics 45C).
Kelly Roush: second place corn (LG 5618), fourth place milo, longest head, (Heartland Genetics 45C).
Sue Roush: second place soybean plant (LG 3111), fifth place corn (LG 5618)
Larry Wilson: fourth place milo (Dekalb -37-07).
Tim Wilson: second place milo, longest head, (Dekalb 51-01); fifth place milo (Dekalb 37-07).
Other exhibitors included Ross Ifland, youth, honey; and Brent Harzman, Downs, soybean plants.
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