Farm & Agriculture

 A new milk price safety net for dairy producers is in place.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new milk price safety net for dairy producers is in place. To take part farmers must rush to their local USDA farm service center. Milk producers must sign up for the first time or re-enroll by June 1, say University of Missouri Extension dairy economists. Most dairy farmers don’t...
Andrew McCorkill spoke at a recent MU Extension alfalfa tour.
by Linda Geist “Cows and horses think alfalfa looks like candy, smells like candy and tastes like candy,” says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Andrew McCorkill. However, alfalfa’s proof is in the pudding. Not all hay that looks good is good hay. Not all good hay looks good....
Richard Fordyce
(Washington, D.C., May 11, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Richard Fordyce to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). In his role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission...
Growers who sell over $25,000 of produce covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) must attend one of these workshops.
Last year, we started a series of workshops to train produce growers about food safety. Growers who sell over $25,000 of produce covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) must attend one of these workshops to comply with the law. Covered growers must be trained at one of these...
Genetic selection takes a giant step forward with new DNA tests.
SPICKARD, Mo. Bred beef heifers, replacements at the University of Missouri Thompson Farm cow herd, lined up at feeding looking like peas in a pod. They came from 20 years research on fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI). Jon Schreffler, MU farm manager, showed the herd at an advisory board...
The winter grain mite, a pest of small grains and grasses, has a black body and distinct reddish-orange legs. Photo by Jill Scheidt
LAMAR, Mo. – An unusual pest—winter grain mite—has appeared in southwestern Missouri wheat fields. “I was scouting wheat fields and saw a small black insect with red legs and thought it was a nest of spiders at first,” said University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Jill Scheidt. “Then I...
Damage on crops from herbicide.
Throughout my career with University of Missouri Extension, there have been many occasions where I have seen herbicide injury on horticultural crops.  Some of these were slight, but many were very serious, with significant crop loss. There are several types of herbicide injury.  One is carryover. ...
ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain...
University of Missouri Extension specialist Ted Probert, left, says compost-bedded pack barns provide many benefits for dairy cows. Dwight Fry, right, says one of the benefits has been reduced somatic cell counts, an indicator of higher milk quality. Photo by Linda Geist
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. – Brothers Dwight and David Fry remember the day that they decided to build bedded pack barns for their dairy cows. They visited neighbor David Gray’s barns on a winter day when sleet was pounding down. “His cows were lying there in the barn chewing their cud and making milk,”...
Garden peas tolerate light frosts and can germinate in relatively cool soil.
Source: David Trinklein, 573-882-9631 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few things match the culinary delight of fresh peas from the family garden, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Peas are tastiest immediately after being picked, before too much of the sugar converts to starch....

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