Agriculture

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...
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...

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