Agriculture

Elizabeth Picking, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in southwestern Missouri, sees the effects of severe drought in her area – dwindling hay supplies, poor-quality hay, high prices and ponds going dry. Under these conditions, cattle producers need to be more efficient...
With dry weather and short pastures, Missouri cow-herd owners face tough culling decisions. One way to match cows' needs to available grass is to sell cows. Give careful thought to which grass eaters go first, says Eric Bailey, University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist. Under drought...
Livestock producers in the southern half of Missouri face many challenges because of the drought. To help ease their stress, University of Missouri Extension is holding free in-person meetings in August at various locations. On Aug. 10 in Crawford County and Aug. 11 in Pulaski County, extension...
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Farmers, livestock owners and gardeners across the state report that blister beetles are appearing in large numbers this summer, says Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist. Blister beetles produce a toxin that can harm livestock. The toxin, called cantharidin, can...
Drought throughout much of Missouri has renewed interest in how to price silage. An updated University of Missouri Extension publication looks at silage costs and revenues. Given current corn and input prices, MU Extension economists Ray Massey and Joe Horner say that farmers should reconsider...
During an emergency meeting last week to discuss drought assistance measures for Missouri farms, the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission has approved the following four actions in response to Governor Parson's Executive Order 22-04 Drought Alert. These variances apply to counties that...
The Missouri Organic Association is excited to be spreading the word about the upcoming workshop and field day focused on organic weed management happening Thursday, August 25 in Hartsburg, MO. This event will include a field trip to three certified organic farms located in the Hartsburg river...
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"It's not a good situation" for agriculture in the southern two-thirds of Missouri, where scant rainfall and high temperatures have led to worsening drought, said Pat Guinan, associate extension professor of climatology with University of Missouri Extension. The ample moisture in northern...
We're nearing that point of summer when the dreaded words start to slip out of kids' mouths all over the country: "I'm bored!" For many places, school has been out for over a month. With another six to eight weeks of summer remaining, many parents are trying to come up with fun ideas for their...
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...

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