Farm & Ranch

Overwidth hauling permit extended through March 1, 2023

No-cost extension to aid farmers and ranchers as statewide drought conditions continue Missouri Department of Transportation has extended the special overwidth hauling permit for hay at no cost through March 1, 2023 in an effort to aid the agricultural community as statewide drought conditions continue. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. Permits

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MoDOT extends overwidth hauling permit to aid hay movement

Continued drought conditions through much of the state have prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation to extend the special overwidth hauling permit for hay at no cost through Dec. 1. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. Permits can be requested online using the MoDOT Carrier Express online service. To have the fee

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From farm to table: Share the Road this harvest season

Watch out for slow-moving farm equipment This harvest season, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding motorists to keep a watchful eye for slow-moving farm vehicles. Being patient, driving carefully and respecting boundaries are all equally important when driving around farm vehicles. “It can be easy to forget that farmers are simply doing their

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Managing input costs

High feed, fertilizer, and chemical prices are currently main topics of conversation. Many times, the initial reaction to price increases is to cut back or eliminate particular inputs. While this can be an effective response, there are consequences to consider. In many regards, managing increased input costs are very similar for forage production and livestock

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Southwest Missouri spring forage conference Feb. 22

The 38th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield, Missouri. This year’s keynote speaker will be Corbitt Wall.  Corbitt is a native of eastern New Mexico and Western Texas and currently lives in Canyon, Texas. He

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Prepare for a successful fall calving season

Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Davis will discuss strategy and management suggestions to prepare for a successful fall calving season.  “Heifers are the most susceptible to calving difficulties so pay special attention to them,” says Davis.  Davis advises for heifers to be located near the calving barn in case intervention during the calving process is

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Think hard before converting pasture and hay land to crops

Higher crop prices may have producers looking to expand acres.  Some producers are taking old pasture or hay fields and putting them into crop production.   It seems pretty simple:  spray burn down herbicide, no-till plant herbicide-resistant beans and then spray again.  But this doesn’t deal with some of the other issues that may occur

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Tips on how to store farm chemicals safely

Proper inventory management of farm chemicals saves money and protects animals, people and the environment, says University of Missouri Extension specialist Sam Polly. “With the cost of pesticides, letting a product degrade in your storage shed is not a mistake anyone can afford to make very many times!” says Polly, who teaches private pesticide applicator

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Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop

Hand N’ Hand Livestock Solutions and University of Missouri Extension are partnering to bring you techniques to reduce handling stress on the livestock and you. Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hankins Farm County Road 12 in Arcola. Cost is $35, pre-registration required as space is limited. Lunch included in cost.

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Celebrating Missouri agriculture at the 2021 Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is back this year for another 11 full days, while celebrating Missouri’s 200th birthday. And the Missouri Pork Association is proud to highlight the pork industry and the dedication of Missouri’s FFA and 4-H youth in their projects. Between August 12 and August 22, fairgoers will have many opportunities to learn

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