Agriculture

Both gardeners and their plants need extra care when it's hot outside, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Donna Aufdenberg. She reminds gardeners to take care of themselves first so they can tend to gardens and flowerbeds. Consider gardening in the early morning and late...
Buyers and sellers who need an estimate of the value of a piece of farmland may not always find it feasible to get an appraisal, particularly one that reflects the land's historical value needed to calculate taxes and settle estates. University of Missouri Extension offers a publication and...
It is as if a florist decorated Missouri roadsides, hillsides, and pastures with white spring flowers. But those flowers are poison hemlock, a weed that is highly toxic to humans and animals, says University of Missouri Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley. Poison hemlock is one of the first...
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Edible blooms give flower power to spring meals, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Michele Warmund.  Edible flowers add nutrition, texture and color to your plate, Warmund says. They can be candied, stir-fried, added to butters, steeped for teas and added to breads, soups,...
Have you ever considered diversifying production on the farm? Producing beef cattle and meat goats on the same farm may improve your financials, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Jennifer Lutes. Lutes developed a model that looks at the economics of co-...
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The Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference was back at the Lake of the Ozarks Margaritaville Resort after a one-year hiatus. Considered one of the largest state YF&R conferences in the country, the February 11-12 event attracted close to 600...
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Missouri should submit...
Farms will pay significantly more for operating expenses this year. 2022 planning budgets from the University of Missouri can help livestock, row crop and forage operations quantify how much costs have increased and determine what those higher costs mean for the bottom line. “For crops, fertilizer...
The annual election of council members for University of Missouri Extension in Howell County is underway. Ballots were mailed to voters on the Howell County Extension mail list. If an eligible voter did not receive a ballot, please contact the extension office at 417-256-2391, and a ballot will...
High nitrogen prices make especially important to consider frost seeding legumes this winter, says University of Missouri Extension state forage specialist Craig Roberts. "2022 is different because fertilizer costs have tripled," Roberts says. "Consider legumes as nearly free fertilizer." (See...

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