Local residents chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Harrison County

Skylar and Tiffany Cox and family of Bethany were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair's Farm Family Day.
To read more http://extension.missouri.edu/harrison/documents/Agriculture/2014StateFairFarmFamilyNewsRelease.pdf.


Sudden Death Syndrome Found in Area Soybean Fields

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has caused soybeans to turn yellow and die prematurely.  This disease is found in many of the northwest Missouri counties.

Leaves start to yellow and the areas between the leaf veins will turn bright yellow, and then eventually turn brown. The dead brown tissue between the veins will typically fall out. 

The disease is caused by Fusarium,   which is a soil-borne fungus that affects the tap root and crown of the soybean plant. The disease will produce a toxin that moves up the plant and kills the leaves. The disease seems to be spreading to other fields and new areas.

Infection of soybeans generally starts from germination to early vegetative stages but can occur at any time. Wet weather increases the development of SDS.

Yield loss can occur with this disease as pods and seed fill may abort. Yield losses can be more than 20 percent in severely infected fields.

Choose resistant varieties to plant next year. I would personally suggest planting three to four varieties that are considered resistant to manage risk.  Each may have different levels of resistance and resistant varieties can show SDS symptoms.

Improvement of soil drainage and later planting date may reduce damage. But do not plant later than what would compromise soybean yield potential.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Scout Area Corn Fields for Disease Problems

Area growers should consider early harvest of corn fields where plants have died prematurely. Looking at fields this past week, we found stalk rot in areas within fields that will cause harvest problems. As a matter of fact, one field that died prematurely has already lodged after a storm came through last week. Stalks that died prematurely , when pushed by hand,  collapsed and remained lodged.

In concerning Goss’s wilt, this bacterial disease has been confirmed by the MU plant diagnostic lab in Atchison and Nodaway counties, along with Holt.  Samples that were taken from Andrew seem suspicious and are at the MU plant diagnostic clinic for analysis.

Fields infected with this disease seem to have substantial yield as the disease hit late. But with premature death, these fields are now facing injury from stalk rots.

Dr. Laura Sweets, State Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Missouri -Commercial Agriculture Program, toured area fields last Monday examining plants.  She commented that the disease was probably in the area before this year, but with the weather conditions and susceptible hybrids, the disease was established enough that it could cause sufficient injury to susceptible hybrids.

Area seed suppliers are pulling hybrids that are susceptible from their product lines this fall. Resistant hybrids are the best way to manage this disease.

Not all corn is being injured from Goss’s wilt. We have found fields that have been injured severely from Gray leaf spot, Northern corn leaf blight and drought. Each field should be carefully identified before you begin your corn hybrid selection and early booking.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Goss Wilt and Blight

Growers who suspect Goss’s Wilt and Blight in their fields are encouraged to submit a sample through your local Extension office to the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic lab. The Extension service goal is to determine the extent of the disease across northwest Missouri counties.

Look alike symptoms include Stewarts Wilt which is also a bacterial disease. Other look alike symptoms include drought, nutrient deficiencies and chemical injury.

It is important to correctly identify this disease. The fee for lab testing is $15 which will include checking for symptoms and microscopically examining for bacterial streaming. Also, during the rest of the 2014 season, there will be further testing by culturing and serological testing with no additional charges.  Bring samples to your local Extension office for submission or you can directly submit these to the lab. Carefully read directions on the website (http://plantclinic.missouri.edu) on how to properly package and submit samples if you do this directly.

Further information regarding the disease can be found written by Dr. Laura Sweets, MU State Plant Pathologists and Patricia Wallace of the plant diagnostic lab at http://ipm.missouri.edu/ipcm/2014/8/Goss_s-Bacterial-Wilt-and-Leaf-Blight-of-Corn/.  Again, we encourage growers to submit samples to accurately identify the disease and help know the extent of the movement of the disease.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Hay Days at the Fair

The Northwest Missouri State Fair in conjunction with University of Missouri, Harrison County Extension Center, is hosting the First Annual Hay Contest. This contest is designed to help educate our farming community of the benefits to having your hay forage tested for nutrient value. This will help them to make informed decisions needed to maximize their feeding programs. You can find out more by checking out the 2014 Northwest Missouri State Fair Book or by contacting Heather Benedict, Extension Agronomy Specialist, by phone (660) 425-6434 or email harrisonco@missouri.edu.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Watch for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) damages fruit, vegetable and row crops. The insect has spread to forty one states.  The pest was found in Missouri and should be carefully scouted for in Northwest Missouri. 

This pest is an invasive insect from Asia. The stink bug has five nymphal stages and the legs and antenna of nymphs are black with white banding. Early stage nymphs have dark reddish eyes and a yellow-reddish underbelly with black stripes. BMSB can over winter as adults and emerge in the spring and are brown with small white alternating black stripes on the rear section of the pest. 

Researchers are continuing to learn about this pest. This pest has a wide range of hosts to which it feeds including many trees. Be on the look-out for this pest.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond; Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.Cover

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928.

Updating History of Extension in Harrison County

Recently a booklet was found about the first 50 years of extension in Harrison County Missouri. The report titled "Excerpts From History 1919-1969," contains numerous entries that are amusing and gave some perspective about how the Extension service has impacted Harrison County. You can find some of the entries here on our website, http://extension.missouri.edu/harrison/Exthistharrison.aspx.  We wish to update the history of the extension center, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. If you have any stories or information about the history of MU Extension in Harrison County in specific, please contact us by phone (660)425-6434 or email harrisonco@missouri.edu.

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