Farm & Ranch

Agriculture moves from being an art to a science

The rate of technological advancement that we witness in our day-to-day lives is amazing. Cell phones do more today than personal computers could do 10 years ago. Self-driving cars, packages delivered by drones are not ideas for the future, but a reality today. “Agriculture, though a traditional way to make a living, is on the

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Missouri NRCS sets April 15 application deadline to apply for easements

March 11, 2019 — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has set an April 15 deadline to apply for wetland and agricultural land easements in Missouri. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts and other groups protect valuable lands through easements. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) focuses

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Selling beef direct to consumers can help keep families on farm

When it comes to selling beef on the farm, there are a lot of different ways to achieve success and profit. Three of those approaches were presented as part of a “Making Beef Profitable for the Farm” panel discussion at 96th Annual Greene County Ag Production Conference held at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, held

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March can be brutal on beef cattle

March could be the hardest month of the year on beef cattle according to Eldon Cole, field specialist in livestock with University of Missouri Extension. “I’m not aware of any official statistics on death losses in Missouri by anyone, but it seems there are numerous deaths of both young and old cattle during those 31

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Treated hay demo: “Show, Tell and Smell”

A small, but interested audience visited the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center south of Mt. Vernon on a cold, late January day to learn about feeding anhydrous ammonia-treated fescue hay.  Attendees were shown the hay, told about the process and also smelled it according to Eldon Cole, field specialist in livestock with University of

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Producers can add value to good heifers

The Missouri Show-Me-Select (SMS) Beef Heifer Development Program is an excellent example of a program designed to add value to a good heifer or yearling.  “If you sell her as a feeder, weighing around 600 to 650 pounds she’ll bring around $850 to $900 per head, based on late January, southwest Missouri markets,” said Eldon

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Local food on the table at regional Farm to Fork Summit

More business for farmers. More good food for all. These are the paired goals of the regional Farm to Fork Summit to be held Jan. 15 in Osceola. Registration is open now for farmers, eaters, educators, community organizations, and others interested in building local food connections in west central Missouri. Early bird tickets are $20

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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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