Agriculture

Missouri farmers should be on the lookout for soybean gall midge.  University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice confirms that the insect is present in two Missouri counties. The soybean gall midge feeds on soybean stems and causes yield loss. Rice reports that the midge...
Offspring of heat-stressed cows show health problems in future generations, says University of Missouri Extension dairy field specialist Reagan Bluel. Bluel highlights research from Jimena Laporta at the University of Florida in the third edition of Dairy Science Digest, a podcast for dairy...
Drought increases the chance of nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning. High concentrations in plants and water can harm or even kill animals. High nitrate, mostly concentrated in grass stems, causes quick death, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Jill Scheidt. Nitrate in the...
“Go Farm” Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8, 2020.  In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have been scrambling to continue operations for the farmers and communities that...
How does your garden grow? No grow or slow grow? It could be your H2O.   How and when you water your garden often makes the difference between healthy or diseased plants, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Tom Fowler.   Fowler offers some simple watering tips that can...
The public is invited to submit information to help local, state and national decision-makers assess drought conditions and impacts in Missouri. You may submit information about conditions in your area to a new national survey called Drought Condition Monitoring Observations and Reports at arcg...
3 days. That’s all it takes for a potato to reach the grocery store shelf from a field in Charleston, Missouri. Jim Browning, a first generation potato farmer, manages Black Gold Farms, which provides potatoes that will soon be made into bags of chips. “This time of year, we are ramped up...
University of Missouri Extension specialists warn livestock producers to be on the lookout for ergot this year. A cool, cloudy and wet spring with a prolonged flowering period was followed by high temperatures and humidity, setting the stage for infection, says Tim Schnakenberg, field...
Norfork Lake is hot. Literally the lake temperature went from 72 plus last week to 85 degrees today. It might cool down a little with coming rains but don't expect much. From now thru September it is advised to not throw back any legal stripers. Studies have shown that 75% of stripers caught in...
America's meat industry has consolidated dramatically in recent decades. Missouri Farm Bureau and many farmer and consumer advocates are calling for investigations into the industry. A reliable and affordable meat supply is important, and market consolidation can harm both of these goals. Today...

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