Farm & Agriculture

Extensions also available to Many Expiring Contracts WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP...
 Symptoms of Fusarium head blight begin as bleaching of single or multiple florets or spikelets (A) or bleaching of whole portions of the head (B). Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Bissonnette.
Source: Kaitlyn Bissonnette, 573-882-3001 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri wheat growers should scout fields and prepare to spray now to prevent Fusarium head blight (FHB), also called scab, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. Bissonnette says it is too late for...
Five-year average showing decline in corn yield by planting date in Missouri.
Source: William Wiebold, 573-673-4128 (cell); 573-882-0621 COLUMBIA, Mo. – The wet and cold start to this year’s corn planting season bodes poorly for yields, based on research from the University of Missouri Extension. But MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold says farmers should not switch from...
Source: Londa Nwadike, 816-482-5860 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cost-share funding is available to help produce growers pay for USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. “These funds are available for Missouri farmers who are applying for USDA GAP certification for the first time or for farms...
Occasionally a vegetable gardener will ask me if closely related plants will cross and affect the flavor of the vegetables they are growing in their garden.  Usually this is not a problem, unless you are saving seed.  Normally even if two plants will cross, the flavor of the vegetable in question...
Initially, the Lee family grew garlic in raised beds and then moved to planting it in fields by hand. The labor-intensive effort pushed them to buy a commercial planter from Poland. Photo courtesy of Rusty Lee.
Source: Rusty Lee, 573-564-3733 TRUXTON, Mo. – Rusty Lee’s quest for a few garlic cloves to plant turned into an unlikely business venture. Suppliers put the University of Missouri Extension agronomist on a waiting list. That’s when Lee decided he needed to sell seed stock to other growers as well...
Source: Craig Roberts, 573-882-0481 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grass growers ask, “Why doesn’t my grass grow this spring?” “It’s the cool weather and a whole lot more,” says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. Delayed crop planting and slow grass growth were common topics in the...
Source: Jennifer Schutter, 660-665-9866 KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Deer might be lovely animals, but not when grazing on freshly sprung tulips or hostas. And tree lovers fear antler rubs on trees and shrubs. “Unfortunately, there are few simple solutions to prevent deer damage without eliminating deer...
Most years, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist Peter Scharf thinks that split application of nitrogen for corn is a fine practice. This year is an exception. Rain and flooding kept many farmers from applying nitrogen at their usual time. Scharf says time is running out...
Source: Patrick Davis, 417-276-3313 STOCKTON, Mo. - Cattle producers see more profit when they add legumes to fescue pastures and manage grazing systems properly, says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. Fescue remains the hardy mainstay of southwestern Missouri...

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