Farm & Ranch

Lime doesn’t harm K-31 fescue but nitrogen adds to toxicosis

Adding poultry litter or nitrogen to toxic fescue pastures grows more grass, but also boosts toxins in the grass. A three-year study at the University of Missouri shows liming helps grass but doesn’t increase ergovaline. That toxin harms grazing cattle many ways, mostly in lost production. In recent frigid cold, farmers reported cases of fescue

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Farmers needed for Missouri strip trial

Ten years ago, not many farmers were talking about cover crops. That is not the case now, says Greg Luce, University of Missouri Extension corn specialist and research director for the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. He invites farmers to take part in MU’s Missouri Strip Trial Program, which focuses on

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Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may

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MDC invites public to attend grazing workshop in Greenfield

With proper management, grassland pastures that provide high quality forage for livestock can also furnish good habitat for wildlife. Cattle producers can learn more about how the use of native warm season grasses can benefit livestock and native wildlife on March 4 at a grazing workshop at the Greenfield Masonic Lodge, located on the square

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Learn to background cattle Feb. 27

Cedar County MU Extension Center and Council will put on the stocker or backgrounder cattle operation production workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in  the Cedar County Library, 717 East Street, Stockton,. The presenters will be Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist Patrick Davis and Dallas County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist Andy

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Argentinean Agtech company expands in Missouri

AgIdea, a contract research and development (R&D) company based in Pergamino, Argentina, is expanding in Missouri after selecting the state as the home of its North American headquarters. “Missouri is a global leader in agtech, and AgIdea has recognized this by choosing Missouri as their North American headquarters,” Gov. Eric Greitens said. “AgIdea’s decision to

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Young farmers and the future

By Rebecca French Smith Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) members have a long history of being involved. It’s at the very core of why this organization began, but that involvement is only as good as the next generation. By those measures, MFB is on solid ground. In Missouri, MFB members from every county belong to the

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Beef cattle nutrition, ration balancing workshop Jan. 30 in Nevada

The Vernon County MU Extension Center and Council will host a Beef Cattle Nutrition and Ration Balancing Workshop at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Vernon County Fairgrounds Diner at 1488 East Ashland St, Nevada. The speakers will be Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist, and Andy McCorkill, Dallas County MU Extension

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MU Extension offers tips for negotiating new farmland leases

Renters and property owners are negotiating new farmland leases in response to lower farm commodity prices, says University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist Joe Koenen. Communication helps landlords and tenants find a middle ground for new leases, Koenen says. Landlords in tune with lower farm prices recognize that tenants will request rent adjustments. “I

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Eric Greitens announces new Director of Department of Agriculture

Governor-elect Eric Greitens announced his new Director for the Department of Agriculture. He sent the following message announcing his pick via Facebook: Our farmers and ranchers form the backbone of Missouri. Every day, men and women across the state wake up before dawn and do hard work to make quality, affordable food for our families.

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