Agriculture

You may not get to take a tropical vacation this year, but you can bring the tropics inside your home.   With the right light and temperature, it is possible to keep tropical patio plants indoors for another summer of enjoyment.   "The colorful flowers, ability to tolerate hot...
American Small Farm webinars feature the topics of specialty crops, protected culture, and value-added production.   Register for one, two, or all three webinars. The webinars are free-of-charge, but you must register in order to receive the connection information to attend via Zoom from your...
American Small Farm webinars feature the topics of specialty crops, protected culture, and value-added production. Register for one, two, or all three webinars. The webinars are free-of-charge, but you must register in order to receive the connection information to attend via Zoom from your...
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 precipitation...
"My philosophy on the farm is that the three things that I truly enjoy are kids, cattle and Christ, and they all come together here in his creation," said Deb Thummel. "Anytime that I can involve kids, cattle and Christ in the same thing, I'm a very happy person."   Thummel's faith is planted...
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host a free pesticide collection event Sept. 19 at Heritage Tractor, located at 3285 N. U.S. Hwy. 63 in West Plains. The event is open to all Missouri farmers and households. To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, all participants are...
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 their weekly teleconference on...
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 we excel in is '...
Missouri corn growers should scout for two emerging corn diseases: bacterial leaf streak (BLS) and tar spot, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. These diseases appeared for the first time in Missouri in 2019. They have caused severe economic losses in...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing up a new team that will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers. To institutionalize support for beginning farmers and ranchers and to build upon prior agency work, the 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to...

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