December 13 2005

Posted by Nicole


Charles Bowar displays the instruments used in recording precipitation for the NWS.

December 13 2005

[b]Kennebec man records daily weather data [/b]

Posted by Nicole

By Lucy Halverson

Everyday at 6:00 PM Charles (Charley) Bowar, Kennebecs National Weather Service Observer, reads and records the high and low temperatures for the previous 24 hours and determines the amount of precipitation received, if any. Bowar has been doing this for the past 36 years.

Advancements in technology may have changed the procedure slightly over the years but Bowar, or on the rare occasion he is out of town a substitute, must record and reset the weather instruments everyday.
The temperature is displayed electronically on a screen installed inside Bowars home. The machine records the high and low for a 24-hour period. Precipitation in whatever form it takes, from rain, sleet, or snow is collect in large metal container 2 feet tall by 8 inches wide, with a funnel top, much like an ordinary KELO-Land rain gauge only bigger; a glass tube about 2 inches in diameter fits inside the container.

December 13 2005

[b]Grazing Seminar planned for January[/b]

Posted by Nicole
A grazing seminar will be held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Cedar Shore Resort sponsored by Brule Buffalo Lyman Bootstraps, Brule Buffalo Conservation District and South Dakota Grassland Coalition.
The featured speaker will be Terry Gompert. Terry is a Univ. of Neb. at Lincoln extension educator who is also cattleman with an interest in low cost production using grass to keep costs down. He is a very innovative person and has done research on grazing green corn for cattle finishing, using skim milk as a soil amendment, and advocating soil testing to sweeten soils to help increase grass energy levels.
Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to the following:
The importance of litter
Year around grazing, filling the gap
Grass finishing considerations
Grass monitoring
Low cost cow/calf ideas
Let the animals do their work for you
Irrigated forages/pasture
Pasture establishment
Curt Morrow and EJ Haybrock with K line Irrigation Systems will give a short talk on their small systems for people interested in grass finishing.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Cedar Shore with the seminar starting at 9:30 AM. Lunch will be a soup and sandwich bar and is included with your meeting fee. The cost is $ 30 per person if you are a Bootstraps or SD Grasslands Coalition member ($ 50 per person otherwise). You may join either at registration to qualify for the lower rate. (SDGLC is $ 15 per year and Bootstraps is $ 20.)
Pre-registration is not mandatory, but will greatly help the resort prepare the correct amount of food and have seating in meeting rooms ready. To pre register call Dr. Julie Williams at (605)234-6562 during the day time, or leave a message anytime at (605)894-4363 or email at wagner©midstatesd.net.

December 13 2005

[b]Pheasants Doing Well After Storm[/b]

Posted by Nicole
PIERRE, S.D. - Game, Fish and Parks officials say that some pheasant losses were documented from the recent blizzard and subsequent 10 days in the deep freeze; however, the loss of birds appears to be minimal. Areas with marginal habitat became inundated with snow from the storm, and any pheasant that did not move to better cover most likely perished, said GFP Wildlife Program Administrator Tony Leif of Pierre. Leif noted that since the storm, people have been seeing large flocks of pheasants wherever good habitat remains, and this indicates that most pheasants moved to or were already using the better habitat, like large wetlands, Conservation Reserve Program fields and shelterbelts, to escape the elements.

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