Farm & Ranch

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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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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