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Success of Edgewood Dairy and Creamery starts with grazing school

In 1997, Charles Fletcher attended a management-intensive grazing school at MU’s Southwest Research Center. Dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton and the MU dairy team led the three-day seminar. Read more

Prepare for disease outbreaks in livestock operations

A written plan to respond to disease outbreaks for your livestock operation is like insurance. You hope you never need it. You may never need it. But if there is an outbreak, the economic survival of your livestock operation might depend on having that plan. Read more

MU part of $6.6 million research project on cover crops

MU will receive $200,000 for cover crop germ plasm screening and evaluation at MU's Bradford Research Center in Columbia. Read more

Toxic tall fescue resists herbicide but smothers under a cover crop

Killing old stands of tall fescue pastures takes an all-out assault. Kentucky 31, the toxic tall fescue, doesn't die easy. Read more

Second Youth Leadership Academy seeks applications

Twenty high school students with an interest in agriculture and the livestock industry will attend the May 31-June 3 event. Read more

Pig disease on upswing in U.S.

Disease outbreak workshop offers new information on how to prevent and control spread. Read more

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. Read more

Freezing cows die from fescue foot; no known cure

In severe cold weather, cows eating toxic fescue, a widely used pasture grass, suffer frozen feet with lost hooves. In one case a Missouri a producer lost five cows out of a herd of 30. Read more

New irrigation app from MU Extension helps increase yields

In several watersheds in Missouri, the application will help growers qualify for financial incentives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service by adopting weather-based irrigation scheduling. Read more

FDA changes coming for livestock owners

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to prepare for Food and Drug Administration rule changes on antibiotics that go into effect Jan. 1. Read more

Here's your guide to weed identification and herbicide injury

In corn and soybean cropping systems throughout the Midwest, weeds represent an economically significant threat to yield. Read more

It's all about the slime: Building living soil

A teaspoon of living soil can contain billions of bacteria, protozoa and fungi. When those soil microbes do what they do best — feed, reproduce and live — they produce mucilage or biofilm, which are nice words for slime. Read more

Online tool offers farmers information about land parcels

A farmer just has to locate and outline his field, click one button and get a report about their soils, their waters, how many people were living close by and many other things about that property, Read more

As beef prices fall, herd owners should check risk management

In spite of easing in calf prices, good prices can still be locked in. Read more

Easy-to-understand beef genomics now on eXtension website

Beef herd owners facing genetic data overload at breeding time can find help. A new website, eBEEF.org is live. Read more

MU Extension offers help to reduce atrazine runoff

Atrazine, which is a popular and inexpensive weed control herbicide, is used on approximately 85 percent of the state's cornfields. It is one of the most effective water-soluble herbicides on the market. Read more

Label changes eliminate over-the-counter availability

According to the FDA, this rule is part of an overall strategy to ensure judicious use of feed-grade and water-soluble antibiotics in food-producing animals. Read more

Reduced-cost farm energy audits available through MU Extension

Have an energy audit before making a big investment in energy efficiency on your farm. Read more

Program to reduce bee kills

The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program offers beekeepers new ways to protect hives from pesticide drift. Read more

The sky's the limit for UAVs in agriculture

The next generation of farmhands might be able to leap over barbed-wire fences and towering cornstalks in a single bound. Read more

Free online tool helps growers with nitrogen application decisions

The tool combines historical weather data and fieldwork conditions with economic considerations to determine the feasibility and profitability of post-planting nitrogen application. Read more

Pasture-based dairies provide management and lifestyle choices

Since switching to pasture-based rotational grazing 17 years ago, dairy farmer Charles Fletcher has expanded his operation, increased his bottom line and has more time to make music. Watch the video. Read more

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