Agriculture

University of Missouri Extension is about to take some of the guesswork out of growing lavender in Missouri. The first of three lavender demonstration plots in the state was planted May 14 at the MU Extension center in Ste. Genevieve. Two others--at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and the...
If not managed properly, muddy pastures can affect grazing the rest of the year, says University of Missouri Extension regional livestock specialist Patrick Davis. "Cattle producers need to evaluate their pastures," Davis says. Identify pastures that are thin and in need of renovation and...
In recent years, black vultures have been extending their range into southern Missouri. A cousin of the more-common turkey vulture, these aggressive birds with a five-foot wingspan are now a common sight in our state. Until recently, the average farmer or rancher has had few options to deal with...
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The March South Central Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) meeting was held at the Howell County Extension office in West Plains on March 25. The meeting was sponsored by Neogen with guest speaker Nick Hammett. Bootleggers BBQ catered the event. The meeting began with a blessing on the meal offered...
University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, in partnership with Select Sires, will host a beef cattle artificial insemination school April 9-10. The school will be at the MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm, 5151 Old Millers Road, Columbia. Registration deadline is April 2. The school...
Be mellow until the forsythia turns yellow. That's the advice from University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Lee Miller for applying crabgrass pre-emergent herbicides to lawns. "The forsythia bloom has been used as a phenological indicator on when to apply pre-emergent herbicides and...
Last week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture launched the 12th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest to help kickoff National Thank a Farmer week. The Department is asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs.   The...
University of Missouri Extension wants to know how row crop farmers and others in the Missouri agricultural industry prefer to receive their agricultural information. MU Extension weed specialist Mandy Bish said the brief survey asks farmers and others in the ag industry, such as seed and...
Spring 2021 Show-Me-Select sale dates are set, says Erin Larimore, coordinator of the University of Missouri Extension program. The sales give beef herd owners from across the nation the opportunity to bid on top replacement heifers. Bidders get a guaranteed pregnant heifer and data on her...
Record calf birthdates this calving season to track calving distribution. "Evaluating a calving distribution takes very little time but can provide valuable insight into reproductive performance and productivity of the herd," says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Craig Payne....

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