Farm & Ranch

Farmers facing replant still have time to stay with intentions

Corn growers facing replanting decisions because of flooding and saturated soils have time to safely plant corn through the end of May and even into early June. That is the advice from University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Greg Luce. He notes that growers vary in their regional situations and, depending on their circumstances, some

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Deadline July 10 Changes to 2017 hay show should attract more entrants

The 2017 Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show will have changes aimed at attracting more entrants.  The increase in haylage harvest in the region will allow farmers to enter wrapped hay whether the bales were individually wrapped or placed in an in-line wrapper. Another change is to convert the system of evaluation from Relative Feed Value

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Conservation compliance change requires treating ephemeral gully erosion on highly erodible land

Missouri famers who participate in USDA programs will be required to provide additional control of ephemeral gully erosion on their highly erodible fields, State Conservationist J.R. Flores said. Ephemeral gullies are the smaller ditches in fields that farmers often smooth with a disc before planting crops. Flores, who heads the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Spring weather hurt fescue growth, but second cutting may be possible

This may be the year for two cuttings of tall fescue hay. That’s good news. The bad news: The first cutting will make lousy hay, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage agronomist. Erratic weather caused fescue to set seed early. Under stress, grass made seed instead of leaves. “Those early seed stems must

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MDC reports feral hog numbers for first quarter 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the feral hog strike team have tallied up feral hog numbers for the first three months of 2017. The first quarter yielded a total of 2,332 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies, and private landowners, which is nearly half of the total number of feral hogs

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Hay and forage testing equipment available to check out

You may not be aware that your local extension centers offer a variety of soil and hay testing equipment and other items that you can check out.  It is best to call before you stop by to make sure the item you want is available.  Using a soil or hay probe provides you with a

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It’s hard to beat beets for nutrition

Love them or hate them, the beet’s nutritional value is as intense as its striking purple color. Once the Rodney Dangerfield of the garden, beets are finding new respect among nutrition and health advocates. Beets are not just for borscht or pickling any more, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. The granddaddy of

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Preregister by April 21 for pasture walk near Schell City on April 24

Partners in pasture group along with University of Missouri Extension will be hosting a pasture walk on April 24 at Focal Dairy near Schell City, Mo.  The workshop will begin with the educational portion at 5:30 p. m. and that will involve and educational tour where participants will learn about the day to day activities

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Growing potatoes in the Ozarks

If you have never grown potatoes before, then this is the year to try according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with University of Missouri Extension. “Potatoes are easy to grow, they are good producers, and they are delicious,” said McGowan. A successful crop depends on a successful planting. McGowan says planting can begin anytime between

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MU Extension offers farm business class for women

University of Missouri Extension will soon begin a new session of Annie’s Project, a farm management class for women. Farm women and women landowners learn new skills in the six-session evening class, said Mary Sobba, MU Extension agricultural business specialist. Classes in Kirksville, Mexico and Monticello begin March 2. Another class starts in Potosi on

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