Agriculture

Right after daffodils, tulips and hyacinths have spent their last flowers, many homeowners mow the plants down. That's a bad idea if you want them to keep flowering year after year.   Spring-flowering bulbs need to photosynthesize and produce food in order for the bulbs to enlarge and set the...
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True armyworm moths have been reported in the area. The adult moths will lay eggs that hatch within a few days. Larvae begin feeding immediately and can cause significant damage quickly. Farmers should begin scouting pastures, wheat, and corn fields to avoid damage.   Dusk or dawn is the best...
A recent investigation of illegal tree harvesting on the Mark Twain National Forest that led to the indictment of a southern Missouri man used an uncommon form of evidence—DNA from an illegally harvested log. This case marks the first time that tree DNA was used to investigate a federal timber...
University of Missouri Extension in Howell County is offering a Spring Pasture Walk on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Picking Ranch, located on State Route AD.   Dr. Sarah Kenyon, MU Extension Agronomy Specialist will be discussing pasture weed and forage identification and control....
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After three years of research, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialists are learning how to successfully grow lavender in Missouri.   The popularity of lavender's fresh scent has endured since ancient times. Cleopatra reportedly used it to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony...
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If you mention the word "lily" to most people, they'll think of the Easter lily. Although an attractive potted plant, that pure white beauty struggles somewhat in Missouri's climate if planted outdoors, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension...
The 4-H and FFA sheep, goat, and swine weigh-in for the 2024 Heart of the Ozarks Fair will be Saturday, April 6, at the Heart of the Ozarks fairgrounds. The weigh-in will be from 9.00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.     The sheep, goats, and swine will be weighed, tattooed, and ear tagged at the weigh-in...
University of Missouri Extension will host a freezer beef school March 14-15 in West Plains.   With unprecedented demand for locally grown beef, MU Extension wants to help farmers build and scale freezer beef businesses, said Eric Bailey, extension state beef nutrition specialist.   “Over...
Managing a pond or lake for sport fishing takes time, resources and a year-round commitment. Timing is crucial for many pond and lake management practices.   The approaching spring is an ideal time in Missouri to evaluate and determine if ponds need to be stocked or restocked, said Robert...
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Successful fish farming in Missouri depends on identifying and serving market niches, according to an updated guide from University of Missouri Extension.   "There are a lot of successful aquaculture businesses in Missouri," said Ryan Milhollin, MU Extension agribusiness management specialist...

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