Farm & Ranch

Farmers asked to respond to land rent survey

Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, says University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates. The survey is issued only in electronic form this year. It takes about five minutes to complete.

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Tips for shade and cattle

According to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, shade for beef cattle in southwest Missouri is vitally important. Research findings on cattle and shade, including tests in Missouri and Arkansas, confirm that natural shade from trees gave better animal performance than shade from constructed shades. “Twenty-five square feet per adult cow is

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Modern farming practices gaining more believers

by Eric Bohl A major American food company recently announced its strong stance in support of genetically-modified ingredients, commonly referred to as GMOs. General Mills, maker of such varied foods as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Chex Mix and Hamburger Helper, announced in May that it was standing with the “broad global consensus among food and safety

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Cover crop field guide now available as mobile app

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently reformatted its popular field guide as an app for smartphones and tablets. The Midwest Cover Crop Field Scout app lets farmers, crop advisers and conservation professionals access vital cover crop information from mobile devices. The app improves on the printed guide by providing additional photos and links to

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Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame inducts George Washington Carver

Missouri native George Washington Carver was named the second member of the Missouri Soybean Center Hall of Fame during the third annual Soybean Symposium in April. “We can be proud that Missouri produced this great person. He was an agronomist with a mission,” said Bill Wiebold, director of the Missouri Soybean Center. In his role

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Cattlemen finish year strong

The Cedar County Cattlemen’s have wrapped up a busy spring. On Saturday, April 14, the cattlemen held their annual banquet and auction at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. The evening was sponsored by Crown Power and the Cedar County Cattlemen. Members and guests enjoyed dinner catered by The Boathouse restaurant and had

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Cows going bald?

May is a good time to score your cow herd for hair shedding according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Hair shedding is around 35 percent heritable.  That means you can select cattle that shed off more quickly than others,” said Cole. Early shedders wean off heavier calves, suffer less heat

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Family farmers file brief against Department of Agriculture for unlawful withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices rules

Administration Unlawfully Withdrew Rules that Would Have Helped Level the Playing Field Between Farmers and Agribusiness New Brief is Latest Development in Suit Against the Trump Administration for Siding with Big Ag over Small Farmers Washington, D.C. — On behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets and individual farmers, Democracy Forward filed a new brief

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Turner keeps it simple in large heifer replacement operation

by Linda Geist Denis Turner keeps his southwestern Missouri heifer replacement operation simple. For the most part, it is one man for 500-1,000 heifers at Turner’s Heifer Haven, a pasture-based operation where Turner raises heifers for others. “Make sure every task can be carried out by one person,” Turner says. “Two-man jobs are accomplished on

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Planning and patience lead to better forage and cattle

Patience pays off for cattle producers who wait for fescue to grow some before turning cattle out for spring grazing, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “After a long winter of feeding hay, producers are anxious to turn cattle into the fescue pasture,” Davis says. “However, it is better to wait until

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