Farm & Agriculture

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the...
Missouri haymakers face unusual spring weather challenges. More problems are ahead.
Making hay is more than working between rains, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. Grass seed heads have a bigger impact on hay quality than wet weather. For best nutrition, hay must be cut before grass transfers nutrients from the leaves into the seed, Roberts...
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds...
Bred heifers averaged $2,236 at Joplin Regional Stockyards.
CARTHAGE, Mo. – Quality beef heifers showed price strength in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sale, Friday, May 20. The 291 bred heifers averaged $2,236 at Joplin Regional Stockyards. The sale high was $3,200 per head. “There’s never been a larger spread in prices paid for heifers carrying AI...
Too much can cause “slobbers.”
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Legumes make good additions to livestock pastures, up to a point. Too much can cause “slobbers.” “So far this has been a white clover spring; that can bring problems,” says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. When livestock, especially horses, eat too...
Fifth Boar Stud Managers Conference (BSMC) will be held Aug. 3-4
The fifth Boar Stud Managers Conference (BSMC) will be held Aug. 3-4 in St. Louis. In the 1990s, producers quickly embraced artificial insemination (AI) of hogs, but most of the training offered focused on sows and gilts. “We found that as AI became popular, more semen came out of studs,” says Tim...
Monarch Butterfly Habitat Program
(COLUMBIA, MO) March 21, 2016 -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds across 10 states, including Missouri, for financial and technical assistance through the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project. Missouri farmers, ranchers and landowners can apply for...
Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist
Source: Craig Roberts, 573-882-0481 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nitrogen makes grass grow. Spreading fertility produces more pounds of forage, which cows convert to protein: beef and milk. Adding nitrogen to pastures would be a no-brainer, except for toxic tall fescue. “I get lots of calls in spring asking how...
“Fescue cattle” retain their winter hair into summer.
Source: Craig Roberts, 573-882-0481 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Beef producers take pride in their cattle. When replacing toxic-fescue pastures, they can take pride in grass, says an extension forage specialist. Novel-endophyte fescues make cattle perform and look better, says Craig Roberts of the University...
Two timely and important topics will be addressed at an upcoming meeting for beef cattle producers in Smithville on March 14. Regulations regarding the use of certain antibiotics in livestock production will bring significant changes to producers and others in the livestock industry. These changes...

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