Agriculture

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...
Poison hemlock, a poisonous plant that can cause death in livestock, is especially toxic in spring, says Gatlin Bunton, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy. It can also cause birth defects in the offspring of pregnant animals. Poison hemlock usually grows in ditches...
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains for all kinds of consumer goods. The first signs of trouble appeared in the form of empty shelving where toilet paper formerly sat. Soon to follow were paper towels, bleach and all manner of cleaning supplies. A few stores ran short on milk and...
Outdoor family time has suddenly become greater now that the coronavirus forced most places to shut down. But as the state is slowly trying to open back up and with temperatures warming a bit, many parents are looking for other outdoor activities. I highly recommend fishing.  Why not continue...
  Buyers from northeastern Missouri, Illinois and Iowa are expected to attend the May 30 Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sale at F&T Livestock Market in Palmyra. The sale begins at 6 p.m. with 110 crossbred and purebred heifers, says Daniel Mallory, University of Missouri Extension...
The COVID-19 crisis has hit livestock farmers particularly hard. First, stay-at-home orders destroyed demand from restaurants and schools - a huge portion of the meat and dairy market. As the pandemic grew and spread, it began to impact the employees at meat processing facilities. This caused...
  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. At its April 8 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved the issuance of five permits for hunting bull elk for the 2020...

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