Farm & Ranch

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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Farmers get latest research at MU soybean symposium

Tight crop profits cause farmers to plant more soybean acres. On April 4, growers can learn latest research at a soybean symposium in Columbia. “Plant breeding progress leads to more beans at lower cost,” says Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri soybean specialist and director of the Missouri Soybean Center. “Genetics plays a bigger role in

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Taste feeds growing demand for beef, says MU economist

Livestock owners increasing their herds must grow demand for meat. Current herd size expands meat supplies and domestic meat consumption to record levels. With more supply, expect lower prices, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown told the Womack Agricultural Outlook Conference in Columbia. But that didn’t happen as forecast in 2017. Growing beef demand worked

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NRCS offering second round of grants

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) anticipates having up to another $500,000 in grant funds available for promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities. State Conservationist J.R. Flores said Missouri is looking for opportunities to collaborate with natural resource conservation partners in promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill

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