Farm & Agriculture

Several changes have been made to these two disaster programs.
Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who...
Rootless corn syndrome is one of two unusual conditions Missouri farmers might see this growing season because of May’s hot, dry weather. Photo courtesy of Bill Wiebold
Missouri’s record-breaking May heat and lack of precipitation set the stage for two unusual conditions in the state’s top cash crops—soybean and corn, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. He urges farmers to look for rootless corn syndrome and heat canker in soybean,...
Spotted lanternfly. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension.
Source: Kevin Rice, 573-771-7386; Dean Volenberg, 573-882-0476 COLUMBIA, Mo. – An exotic pest that hitchhikes on train cars, trucks and boats could suck the life out Missouri crops. Spotted lanternfly has the potential to establish populations in Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension...
 A new milk price safety net for dairy producers is in place.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new milk price safety net for dairy producers is in place. To take part farmers must rush to their local USDA farm service center. Milk producers must sign up for the first time or re-enroll by June 1, say University of Missouri Extension dairy economists. Most dairy farmers don’t...
Andrew McCorkill spoke at a recent MU Extension alfalfa tour.
by Linda Geist “Cows and horses think alfalfa looks like candy, smells like candy and tastes like candy,” says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Andrew McCorkill. However, alfalfa’s proof is in the pudding. Not all hay that looks good is good hay. Not all good hay looks good....
Richard Fordyce
(Washington, D.C., May 11, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Richard Fordyce to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). In his role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission...
Growers who sell over $25,000 of produce covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) must attend one of these workshops.
Last year, we started a series of workshops to train produce growers about food safety. Growers who sell over $25,000 of produce covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) must attend one of these workshops to comply with the law. Covered growers must be trained at one of these...
Genetic selection takes a giant step forward with new DNA tests.
SPICKARD, Mo. Bred beef heifers, replacements at the University of Missouri Thompson Farm cow herd, lined up at feeding looking like peas in a pod. They came from 20 years research on fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI). Jon Schreffler, MU farm manager, showed the herd at an advisory board...
The winter grain mite, a pest of small grains and grasses, has a black body and distinct reddish-orange legs. Photo by Jill Scheidt
LAMAR, Mo. – An unusual pest—winter grain mite—has appeared in southwestern Missouri wheat fields. “I was scouting wheat fields and saw a small black insect with red legs and thought it was a nest of spiders at first,” said University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Jill Scheidt. “Then I...
Damage on crops from herbicide.
Throughout my career with University of Missouri Extension, there have been many occasions where I have seen herbicide injury on horticultural crops.  Some of these were slight, but many were very serious, with significant crop loss. There are several types of herbicide injury.  One is carryover. ...

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