Missouri Farm Labor Guide

This guide is meant to share general information about developing an approach to human resources management. The material in the guide should not be used in place of legal, accounting or other professional opinions. Agricultural employers are encouraged to engage an attorney, accountant and other necessary professionals to ensure that their specific policies and human resources systems satisfy all necessary labor laws and business standards.

This guide can be found at the Harrison County Extension Office and on the web at: agebb.missouri.edu/commag/farmlabor.

FREE 2018 Farmer's Tax Guide

We have just received the 2018 Farmer's Tax Guides. They are available at the Harrison County Extension Office during regular business hours.
Mon-Fri 8 am -12, 1 pm - 4:30 pm.

Also available are the 2018 Farm Tax Record Books - $6.50
and Four Year Farm Depreciation Record Books - $3.50

2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 35 percent of Missouri farmland is rented. That means that about 9.8 million acres of Missouri agricultural land is rented. To help both landowners and farmers, the University of Missouri has periodically surveyed landowners and farmers to detect trends in rental rates. The latest survey was taken in the summer of 2018. MU Extension Publication G427

Fall Herbicide

Winter annual weeds cause problems for row-crop farmers across Missouri every spring. There’s still time to make herbicide applications this fall to control weeds before they cause you problems next planting season.

A winter annual weed is a weed that generally germinates in the fall, goes dormant over the winter, then resumes growth and completes its life cycle in the spring. A number of producers have asked whether or not they should use a residual herbicide in their application.This largely depends on the timing of the application and next crop to be grown. Read the full story>

Forage Testing

Know your nutrient and nitrate levels
as well as pounds per head requirements
to insure maximum herd health this winter.

Soybean Sprouting in Pods

Rains throughout the region over the past two weeks have provided relief from the drought we endured throughout the summer. While ponds and pastures were able to benefit from the moisture, soybeans in the field were past the point of benefitting from the rain, and may suffer yield losses as a result. To see the full article>

Cercospora Leaf Blight

Producers may be surprised this fall when they look in their hoppers and see soybeans with large purple spots. This is the result of a fungus called Cercospora kikuchii, which can infect soybean seeds, pods stems and leaves. It is commonly referred to as Cercospora leaf blight or purple seed stain. Full article>

Aflatoxins

Several farmers in the area have been concerned about aflatoxin levels in their corn this year. While I have not heard reports of aflatoxins being present yet, weather conditions this summer do increase the possibility that this could be an issue during harvest. Full article>

Herbicide Carryover

As we near the end of August we are getting to the time of year when many producers begin to plant cover crops on their farms. Cover crops can prevent soil erosion, supply nutrients to the following crop, suppress weeds and reduce soil compaction at a time when most fields are fallow. If you are going to plant cover crops on your farm, be aware that some herbicides used during the previous crop cycle may still be present in the field and may prevent your cover crops from becoming established. Full article>

Baling Soybeans-Fall Fertilizer

The prolonged drought in Northwest Missouri has forced many farmers to consider baling their soybeans as a forage crop this year. While soybeans are an excellent feed source for cattle, producers need to take into consideration the herbicides that were sprayed on the soybeans throughout the growing season. Some herbicides such as Roundup and Sencor have pre-harvest application intervals of less than 30 days, allowing the soybeans to be cut or grazed after this time period. Most herbicides though, such as Liberty, dicamba products and most residual herbicides are not allowed to be grazed or harvested for forage or hay. Be sure to read and follow all label directions before harvesting soybeans that have been treated with herbicides. More

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