Farm & Agriculture

Spring 2020 flood outlook. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Source: Pat Guinan, 573-882-5908 The stage is set for more spring flooding in Missouri, said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. “A lot will depend on the weather patterns that set up over the region in the next few weeks,” he said. Missouri farmers, still reeling from 2019...
Source: David Trinklein, 573-882-9631 COLUMBIA, Mo. – It is difficult to think about gardening in the midst of sweater weather. “However, now is the perfect time to start seeds of certain garden plants indoors so they will be ready for transplant when warmer weather arrives,” said University of...
Sheep and goats appear less enthusiastic than cattle about grazing on milo because they cannot see predators over the milo heads. Farmer Harry Cope finds that sheep graze from the outer field edges to the center. He says he sees benefits to rotational grazing of milo pastures for his herd. Photo by Linda Geist.
Source: Rusty Lee, 573-564-3733 TRUXTON, Mo. – Milo planted for grazing cuts winter feed bills by half and keeps nutrients on the farm, says Rusty Lee, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. Nutrients stay on the land when cattle and sheep recycle manure by stomping it into the soil during...
Source: Heather Conrow, 660-248-2272 COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, in partnership with Select Sires, will host a beef artificial insemination school March 27-28 the MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm, 5151 Old Millers Road, Columbia. The class is $350 and...
Sugarcane aphid infestation on Sudan grass leaf in Stone County, Mo., in 2016. Credit: Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri.
Source: Tim Schnakenberg, 417-357-6812 GALENA, Mo. – Insect invasions advanced more slowly when ships and wagons moved crops. Today, pests can hop aboard an airplane and infest a new area in short order. That makes it more important than ever to watch for agricultural insect pests, says Tim...
Source: Kaitlyn Bissonnette, 573-882-3001 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Test for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in the spring before planting, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. Data from MU researchers shows SCN field populations are becoming more virulent on commercial...
Some years March 1st sneaks up on us. Last year winter hung on and it was easy to forget that it was time to clean out and repair your nest boxes. This year the weather was pleasant and the bluebirds were already starting to show up. Their arrival means spring is not far off. It's always good to...
One year-old Kali Carroll (Johnston) feels the fur on a mounted river otter on display at the river otter release near Kingston in April of 1985. Photo by Bill Bennett
Two weeks ago we learned that after hovering at an almost extirpated level of 35-70 animals for almost 50 years, Missouri’s otters got a second chance when the Missouri Department of Conservation embarked on a reintroduction program. Otters obtained in a baseball like three state trade were trucked...
STOCKTON, Mo. – Now is the time to seed oats and clovers to improve spring cattle grazing resources and reduce costs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “Feed is a major cow-calf operation cost,” says Davis. Oats and clovers are forages to seed now to improve...
Honeyberry bushes bear their teardrop-shaped fruit early in the spring, even before strawberry. Photo courtesy of Patrick Byers.
ELKLAND, Mo. –Blueberry is singing the blues. There’s a new berry in town. Berry lovers might say “pretty is as pretty does” applies to the flavorful honeyberry. Easy-growing and easygoing, it grows well in a variety of soils, sun and shade. It resists disease and pests. University of Missouri...

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