Farm & Agriculture

Purdy, Mo., dairy farmer Charles Fletcher, left, works with MU researcher Danny England, center, and MU Extension dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton, right to learn how to measure and manage forage through the Grazing Wedge. USDA recently awarded MU a grant to create an affordable mobile app to help farmers better manage their forage inventory. Photo by Linda Geist
University of Missouri Extension has received a $444,000 grant to create a mobile application to help farmers manage forage better. The Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is one of 33 nationwide. It provides seed money to implement new ideas and...
Hog prices remained stable in 2017.
This year, hog farmers dodged lower prices when they expanded sow herds and grew the second-largest pork supply since 2008. Prices stayed above expectation, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Growing exports and consumers’ love for bacon helped demand for growing supply. However, the...
Butter prices easily surpass the last record-high price in 2014.
As consumers relearn to butter their toast, they help dairy prices at the farm gate. Despite growth in the U.S. dairy cow herd, milk prices have stayed above year-ago levels this year, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Looking for causes, they see growing demand for butter, say Scott...
The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic recently confirmed sclerotinia stem rot in northwestern Missouri. About 160 acres of soybean show the disease, which is rare in Missouri. Photo by Wayne Flanary
University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwestern Missouri show symptoms of sclerotinia stem rot. The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed the disease, which can cause large losses in fields with high yield potential. Also known as...
Highest yielder was 121 bushels.
The 2017 soft red winter wheat trials conducted by University of Missouri Ag Experiment Station are available at your local Extension office. The booklet has four north Missouri sites. Many of the varieties did quite well. The highest yielder was 121 bushels. The publication includes multiple year...
Dicamba drift affects crops throughout Missouri.
“Earlier today the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced a series of steps to address the problem of Dicamba drift.  This problem is worst in the southeast part of Missouri, but has affected crops throughout our state.  Director Chinn and her staff have been on top of the situation since the...
One small breach of protocol can lead to a disease outbreak and financial loss for livestock producers. An MU Extension team teaches livestock producers throughout Missouri to follow protocols that protect animal and human health, food, and the environment. The team received USDA Extension...
By Kalena Bruce Farming is a tough job that shows no mercy. Whether facing a drought or flood, unreasonably high interest rates or unbelievably low commodity prices, farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to produce food, fiber and renewable fuels for the world. While most of the factors that affect...
Japanese Beetle
Japanese beetle emerge from the soil from June to August. We have received several producers’ calls asking questions regarding this pest. Japanese beetles continue to expand the area they are found. This is quite alarming to growers as they find a pest they are not familiar with in their fields....
Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat.
Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat. Heat deaths are 100 percent preventable with water, rest and shade, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. That is why she encourages everyone to support the “Summer 2017...

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