2019 Mid America Grazing Conference 

Click this link for the registration form. 2019 Mid Mo Grazing Conference  

Winter Cattle Feeding Program

Stretching short hay supplies and the necessity of using alternative feeds and feeding programs will become more important for beef cattle producers in the upcoming fall and winter months.  A series of meetings have been scheduled from mid-October through mid-November throughout central Missouri to discuss winter feeding options for beef cattle.  Since the 2018 drought has negatively impacted pastures and hay fields, spring pasture management updates will also be presented.  Meeting locations, dates, times, and local contact information is listed below.

·         Eldon High School Ag room; Monday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.; Miller County Extension office (573) 369-2394.

·         Warsaw Ambulance District meeting room; Thursday, October 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Benton County Extension office (660) 438-5012.

·         Hickory County Extension office; Monday, October 29 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Hickory County Extension office (417) 745-6767.

·         Cooper County Extension office; Tuesday, October 30 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Cooper County Extension office (660) 882-5661.

·         Howard County Extension office; Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m.; Keller Building, Conference Room #3 (660) 248-2272.

·         Pettis County Extension office; Thursday, November 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Pettis County Extension office (660) 827-0591.

·         Morgan County Extension office; Monday, November 12 at 2 p.m.; Morgan County Extension office at (573) 378-5358

·         California City Hall meeting room; Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m.; Morgan County Extension office at (573) 378-5358.

MU Extension field specialists Tricia Barrett, Natalie Duncan, Terry Halleran, Joni Harper, Travis Harper, Todd Lorenz, or Gene Schmitz will be presenting at the various locations.  Where listed, the same program will be repeated in the afternoon and evening.

Natalie Duncan is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, having earned both a B.S and M.S in Animal Science. Her master’s work was completed under ruminant nutritionist, Dr. Allison Meyer, and was focused primarily on neonatal nutritional physiology in beef calves and quarter horse foals. Research Ms. Duncan has been involved with has primarily focused on developmental programming including how nutrition in late gestation of both spring- and fall- calving beef dams, impacts neonatal calf metabolic status and health. Other research has included the use of monitoring devices to detect changes in locomotion behavior of cows and heifers at time of calving for future machine learning opportunities in calving detection. Ms. Duncan also has an background in equine breeding and management and served as graduate manager of the MU Equine Teaching Facility. While searching for the next step in her career, she is currently serving as a lab technician for Dr. Allison Meyer's lab and continuing to assist in developing practical strategies to improve neonatal beef calf survival.

Please call the local MU Extension office listed above to register for the location and time you will attend.  There is no cost for this program, but an estimate of attendance is needed to ensure an adequate number of handouts, etc.  There will be additional advertising as the time gets closer.

If you have additional questions about these events or questions about feeding livestock this winter, please contact Heather Conrow by e-mail at or call the Howard County Extension office at (660) 248-2272. 

Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture

Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture is a program designed to provide a leadership and hands-on training opportunity for women involved in livestock production in Missouri. The program is designed to reach women who are playing larger roles and making key decisions in livestock production on the farm.

November 2, 2018
Stoney Creek Hotel, Columbia, MO

1:00–2:00 pm Welcome & Opening Sessions at Stoney Creek Inn
Chris Chinn, Missouri Director of Agriculture

2:30–6:00 pm Tour of Stanton Brothers poultry operation, Centralia, MO

6:00–8:00 pm Dinner & Evening Speaker 

November 3, 2018
University of Missouri Farms, Columbia, MO
Hands-On Breakout Sessions - 8:00am–3:30pm (lunch included)

Beef Cattle 

  • Introduction to Reproduction – anatomy, tract scoring, semen evaluation
  • Advanced session: Nutrition - interpreting hay test results, supplemental feeds, fetal programming

 Shop and Small Equipment

  • Shop safety
  • Tractor handling and horsepower
  • Ergonomics and what tools to use for the job


  • Easy to implement biosecurity tips
  • Poultry/swine housing and biosecurity
  • Battling influenza

We encourage you to use the online registration, but if you do not have email or need to pay by check, please use the Downloadable Registration Form

2018 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

The rates reported in this guide are based on a statewide survey conducted by mail in the winter of 2017. Farmers, agribusiness firms, aerial applicators and land improvement contractors responded to questions on the rates they were charging or paying in 2016 for custom services, excluding the cost of materials being applied. There is no assurance that the average rates reported in this guide will cover your costs for performing the service or that you will be able to hire a custom operator in your area for the rates shown. Calculate your own costs carefully before deciding the rate to charge or pay. Before entering into an agreement, discuss with the other party all the details of the specific job to be performed. Custom rates cover the cost of machinery, fuel, labor and, occasionally, a product such as lime or bale wrap. The USDA reports that machinery values and labor costs have increased by about 10 percent since our last custom rate survey in 2012. However, diesel prices have decreased by almost 50 percent. Our University of Missouri custom rate survey responses indicate that Missouri farmers were paying more for almost every activity in 2016, relative to 2012.

2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Ag Connection Newsletters

This monthly publication that offers up-to-date research, techniques and news for Central Missouri region's ag producers.  If you do not receive it now and would like to, contact the Howard County Extension office at: or call (606) 248-2272.

Pest Alert:  Japanese Beetles are Active in Howard County Home Horticulture

Japanese beetle adults are beginning to emerge, so it is time to get your frustration level in check and decide on your approach.  Click here for full article. 

Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops

Brochure on:   How to take a Soil Sample 

Brochure on: How to interpret Missouri Soil Test Results  

Fencing law Information

MU Extension publication G811, Missouri's Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.