Alert: Fall Armyworm in pastures

Producers should be scouting for fall armyworm in grass pastures; there have been several reports of armyworm damage across Missouri.

Numbers of fall armyworm larvae often peak in late summer and early fall resulting in substantial damage to grass and legume crops.  Fall armyworm larvae tend to feed on all tender green plant tissues which give infested pastures the appearance of drought.  If heavy feeding occurs, grass plants may become severely defoliated, stunted or killed.  Damage may occur on 60 different hosts with tall fescue and orchardgrass being favored host plants. Damage in newly seeded alfalfa can be severe with complete stands of seedling alfalfa destroyed in a matter of a few days. They may also feed on soybeans.   

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Crabtree Family represents Barton County as State Fair Farm Family

Crabtree Family 2016 State Fair Farm Family

Front row:  Paul, Annabelle, Sami Jo, Lauren, Theo, and Tanya Crabtree.  Back row:  Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement, MU Extension; Sherry Jones, State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, MO, State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau.

Paul and Tanya Crabtree and family of Liberal were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Crabtree family was selected as the Barton County Missouri Farm Family by the Barton County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Paul, Tanya, Theo, Annabelle, Sami Jo and Lauren.  The Crabtree family operates a cow-calf, hay and row crop operation.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.  This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

September 21 - High numbers of Sugarcane Aphid in milo

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted soybeans near Arcola and south and west of Golden City on Sept. 22.

Scheidt observed soybeans in the seed development and full seed stages. “Defoliation pressure from grasshopper and blister beetle was at three to ten percent,” said Scheidt. Threshold level for foliage feeding insects is twenty percent defoliation after bloom. “One to three percent pod feeding was seen, the threshold level is five percent; however, the feeding was old and no pod feeding insects were seen. 

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Sugarcane Aphid

Sugarcane Aphid

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The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension.  To receive the 2016 weekly scouting reports, print the 2016 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form, complete and return with payment to Barton County Extension, 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO 64759 or contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, 417-682-3579.

The cost of the program is only $35 per phone number, $95 for three numbers and $30 per phone number for those with four or more.

2016 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF)

Previous 2016 weekly crop reports


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This app allows you to view a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, produce information, recipes and an easy-to-read colorful chart that shows when produce is in season. A comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets will lead you to locally grown produce anywhere in the state.

To download, simply go to the App Store or Android Market and search "seasonal and simple".

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Visit University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Facebook page for updated nutrition information, healthy snack ideas and fitness suggestions.  

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Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar