High-moisture grass baled above 24% moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Overheated bales can burn down a hay barn. Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist, said frequent rains this year help grass growth, but it’s been bad for making hay. He’s part of the team on a weekly MU Extension teleconference between state and regional
Market Beef Weigh in was held March 9th. We had 14 heifers and 25 steers total checked in either through photos or physical weigh in. Small market animal weigh in has been postponed and no date has been set to reschedule it.
by Eric Bohl Ninety-one percent of farmers in a recent survey say financial issues are affecting farmers’ mental health. Fear of losing the farm is almost as bad, with 87 percent citing this as a concern. These are the findings of a survey of rural adults, farmers and farmworkers for a recent Morning Consult poll.
by Eric Bohl Small farms are booming in Missouri, and nearly all farms in the state are family-owned. Missourians are proud of our family farming tradition, and new data prove the tradition remains strong. Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a nationwide census. USDA released findings from the 2017 census in early
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
Evaluating bull structural and reproductive soundness prior to the breeding season is important to ensure a successful breeding season. Bulls that have poor fertility and structural soundness can result in excessive number of open cows, economic losses and decreased profit potential for your cattle operation. “To ensure the bull is ready to have a successful
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
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
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
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