Farm & Ranch

Farm tour shows how shade improves profits, cow comfort

Cattle producers can learn how to improve profits by using natural shade in their operations during an Oct. 10 tour of the Mingo cow-calf operation in St. James. The tour shows how producer Brian Tomazi uses shade to improve cow comfort and profits. His integrated system uses timber, forages and livestock. The event will also

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Ozark Empire Fair hay results

The 2018 Ozark Empire Fair Hay and Haylage Show had a familiar name win the champion ribbon. Glenn and Toni Obermann, Monett claimed the purple ribbon for the fifth time in the last nine years. The Obermann’s top hay was an alfalfa-orchardgrass mix that was a May 5 cutting. The varieties in the mix were

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How to treat forage with anhydrous ammonia

Here are seven steps to get more value out of poor-quality forage this year. Treatment of low-quality forages like late-cut fescue, wheat straw and fescue with anhydrous ammonia is not a new thing, according to Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. He observed it back in the late 1970s and says it will

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FEEDING CORN SILAGE TO BEEF

FEEDING CORN SILAGE TO BEEF – MU Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz recommends that beef producers use chopped silage rather than balage for beef cattle. As the drought of 2018 continues, farmers are turning to drought-stressed corn as alternative feed sources. Photo courtesy of Gene Schmitz.

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GRAIN BIN CAN KILL IN 90 SECONDS

GRAIN BIN CAN KILL IN 90 SECONDS – Twenty six victims died in grain bins in 2010, a record.  The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) will showcase grain bin safety at the Missouri State Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Mathewson Exhibition Center

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Small grain crops seeded this fall replace dry pastures for cow herds

Seeding winter annual small grain offers fall grazing for beef cow herds short on grass and hay. “Lots of calls are coming in,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. He offers encouraging words and cautions. Interest grew as some local USDA Farm Service Agency offices offer added drought disaster assistance. Drilling wheat,

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Drought making hay prices skyrocket

by Eric Bohl The Drought of 2018 is unfortunately only getting worse across Missouri, and the effects are starting to hit livestock producers hard. The July 12 weekly drought report by the United States Drought Monitor shows over two-thirds of Missouri in some level of drought condition. Unfortunately, with the extreme temperatures and high evaporation,

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Ag economist surveys farmers

Landowners and land renters can help their neighbors by filling out a survey on their cash-rent rates. Ray Massey, University of Missouri Extension economist, Columbia, seeks responses to an online survey. This is something new for the MU guide, which is updated every three years. Respondents should go to crops.missouri.edu and click on “Take the

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2018 Farm Bill Passes the House

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement upon the House’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. “Missouri farmers work hard every day to feed the world, and they need the certainty that this farm bill provides. This bill ensures the American consumer continues to enjoy the safest, most abundant food supply in the world

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MU Extension offers four-day tour for cattle producers

University of Missouri Extension offers cattlemen a bus tour of cattle operations in Kansas and Oklahoma from Aug. 6-9. MU Extension Livestock Specialist Patrick Davis said the tour offers an opportunity to see several cattle operations to help them manage herds better, avoid disease conditions and make herds more profitable. Registration deadline is July 15.

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