Farm & Agriculture

The value of a farm business plan becomes clear when family members need to get on the same page or when sudden illness strikes, says Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist. A farm’s business plan formalizes what is in owners’ heads, Horner says. Writing a farm business...
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Now is a good time for beef producers to take advantage of stronger than normal prices for culled cattle, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Wesley Tucker. Fat trimmings become a value-added product for hamburger. Demand for hamburger increased...
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Persistent dry conditions may trick plants into dormancy and blooming with a second, sparser round of flowers, says University of Missouri Extension field horticulturist Patrick Byers. Re-blooming generally happens when the plant experiences stress followed by mild weather and...
Fire in a combine is the last thing farmers want to encounter during harvest. While fall fires can’t be totally eliminated, a few precautionary steps can greatly reduce the likelihood that fire will ignite inside in your combine or the field you’re harvesting. “As a 38-year volunteer firefighter...
The late Toby Gottman was active in FFA, 4-H, church and sports before his suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Photo courtesy of Tim and Lennie Gottman.
Source: Karen Funkenbusch, 573-884-1268 COLUMBIA, Mo. – It is almost harvest time on the Gottman farms in rural northeastern Missouri. Trees blushed with shades of scarlet, saffron and sage edge mouse-brown soybean fields. The air is crisp; the sky a palette of blues. From the combine cab, Tim...
ATVs (all-terrain-vehicles) are a convenient way to move around a feedyard. Since their design differs greatly from other motorized vehicles, operators may not realize how a combination of speed, sharp corners, potholes, etc. can quickly lead to rollovers or other serious ATV accidents. Each year,...
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Weigh, test and sample hay before buying or selling, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. Beef producers rely on good-quality hay to boost profits. “Unfortunately, our hay production is not always the greatest quality,” Cole says. “The category...
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension agronomists reported during their weekly teleconference that sudden death syndrome (SDS) is showing up in soybean fields across the state. MU Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette says she is not surprised that the yield-robbing disease has...
No matter how much horsemanship experience a feedyard cowboy has, working cattle in that environment is far different from working them on the range. Identifying pen rider safety principles is one of the aims of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH). This University of...
Source: Kevin Rice, 573-882-2838 Scout now for spider mites, says University of Missouri Extension field crops entomologist Kevin Rice. Dry weather throughout the state creates ideal conditions for spider mite outbreaks. MU Extension agronomists reported mites in fields across the state during...

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