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Website has information for farmers affected by wet weather in 2015

Frequent and heavy rains this spring and summer have resulted in challenges to plant, crop and animal agriculture. This website contains our best information to assist those impacted. 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

Biological Control: Using Worms to Control Grubs

Nematodes are unnoticed, microscopic roundworms that dominate our living world. While minute, their overall numbers are not. Four out of every five animals on earth is a nematode. Read more

Against the grain

If you don't work on a farm, a bin full of grain may not look dangerous. Watch the video. Read more

Ridding farm of toxic fescue begins on infected hay fields

Renovate hay fields first when replacing toxic fescue with new novel endophyte varieties. Read more

Program to reduce bee kills

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

Sugarcane aphids may be problem for sorghum growers in 2015

Missouri sorghum growers may find white sugarcane aphids gumming up harvest equipment and reducing yields this fall. 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

Land prices peaking; cattle still on the rise

Farmland prices depend on interest rates and returns that can be generated by that land. Interest rates are steady but returns per acre have declined as crop prices have dropped. 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

Different distillers grains may change feed rations

Ethanol plants are getting more efficient at extracting fuel from corn, and that can affect the quality of distillers grains, a byproduct of ethanol production often used as an economical feed alternative for hogs and poultry. Read more

Power take-off devices can rip safety out of a farm

In the time it takes a person with average reaction time to hit the off button, a 540 rpm PTO can wrap the operator around the shaft. Read more

News

  • Friday, July 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – At the end of July, Missouri fell a few raindrops shy of having the wettest May to July on record. Before the final tally of the average, the rain totaled 22.41 inches. The wet record was only 0.14 inch more at 22.55 in 1981.
  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite heavy rainfall and widespread reports of disease, wheat yields were good at most test sites in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program.
  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year’s record-breaking rain and continued wet weather has led to serious problems in wheat fields.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sharing is at the heart of the Master Gardener program.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    SEDALIA, Mo. – Missouri State Fair attendees can learn how to guard against common dangers on the farm and in the home at the Show-Me Farm Safety booth in the Agriculture Building.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – 4-H members from across the state will compete in livestock judging, public speaking and horse demonstrations Sept. 12 at the University of Missouri.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    HURDLAND, Mo. – Poor eyesight and light sensitivity don’t dim Lee Howerton’s vision for a bright future as farmer and rancher.
    Media available: photos
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It might sound weird, but all the rain we’ve had in Missouri has primed plants, trees and shrubs for drought damage.
    Media available: audio
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following two cases of avian influenza early this year, Missouri has been influenza-free. Other states have not been so lucky.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Record rainfall in the Midwest has kept farmers out of the field, leaving thousands of acres of row crops unplanted due to the weather.
  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Beef herd owners facing genetic data overload at breeding time can find help. A new website, eBEEF.org, is live, says Jared Decker, University of Missouri Extension beef geneticist
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension agricultural systems management specialist Willard Downs and Missouri AgrAbility Project director Karen Funkenbusch offer the following tips for farmers and ranchers with arthritis:
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    WELLSVILLE, Mo. – Arthritis is like Gene Langford’s garden. Hard work, time and the right weather make it grow.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many Missouri home gardeners made a horrible discovery this year. The compost they worked into their garden soil is contaminated with persistent herbicides.
    Media available: photo
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain continues to reign in Missouri’s corn and soybean fields.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The worse corn looks now, the more it needs nitrogen fertilizer to boost yields, says a University of Missouri plant scientist.
    Media available: photos
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain and temperatures are making it “party time” for the fungus that causes brown patch.
    Media available: photo
  • Friday, June 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your beautiful tomato plant is setting fruit and soon has nice green tomatoes. Then, to your horror, a dark, sunken spot shows up at the bottom of the fruit. You might think an insect or disease has attacked your plant. But that’s not the case. It’s actually a physiological disorder called blossom-end rot that is caused by a calcium imbalance.
    Media available: audio; photo
  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Are you thinking about replacing your grain dryer with a more energy-efficient model? Or installing an alternative-energy system?
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain, weeds and plant disease continue to worry farmers in northwestern Missouri, says Wayne Flanary, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist in Holt County.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to spot a married farmer.
  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The second week of June is when chiggers begin digging into Missourians, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Richard Houseman.
    Media available: photo
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    ST. LOUIS, Mo.– The emerald ash borer has officially arrived in the city of St. Louis.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    MOSCOW MILLS, Mo. – Students at the Lincoln County R-III Ninth Grade Center are learning about the weather.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The colorful sweet pepper is the Christmas ornament of the vegetable garden, bearing fruit that ranges from red, orange, yellow and white to purple and chocolate black.
    Media available: photos
  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of spring’s routine home maintenance jobs—tree trimming—can quickly cut your ability to hear.
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – While not a leading star on the ornamental stage, gaillardia can comfortably fill the supporting actor role in your garden.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Now is the time to kill toxic tall fescue,” says Craig Roberts, forage specialist.
  • Monday, May 4, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coleus, which produce exquisite leaves that come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, can add sparkle to any landscape.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and homeowners in Missouri should be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug this year.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Cattle prices remain high, though they are down from the record set last October. Beef prices, however, are still breaking records at the grocery store, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain told the 2015 MU Spring Ag Marketing Outlook Conference on April 22.
  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension is offering educational programs throughout the state on energy efficiency and alternative energy for the home, farm and small business.
  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Dean Volenberg is a new viticulture and winery operations specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Scout alfalfa now for alfalfa weevils, says a University of Missouri Extension entomologist. Weevil larvae defoliate plants and reduce the quality and quantity of hay.
    Media available: photo
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The University of Missouri has announced its participation in the recently launched National Land-grant Impacts website, http://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu, a centralized resource that highlights teaching, research and extension efforts by land-grant universities.
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Missouri sorghum growers may find white sugarcane aphids gumming up harvest equipment and reducing yields this fall, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey.
    Media available: photo
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Farmland prices have likely peaked, but expect cattle prices to continue upward.
    Media available: photo
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    PURDY, Mo.– Dairy farmer Charles Fletcher is a musician at heart. Since switching from a traditional dairy system to pasture-based rotational grazing 17 years ago, he has expanded his operation, increased his bottom line and has more time to make music, playing harmonica with a local bluegrass group called Ozark Mountain Revival.
    Media available: video
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– When farmers choose one of the 2014 farm bill’s safety-net programs this winter, they are locked in for the next four years. A new online tool can help them evaluate which program is best for them.
    Media available: video
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Dairy producers are coming off a tremendously profitable 2014, and the outlook for 2015 is promising.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Commodity prices both in the U.S. and worldwide are under pressure and likely to remain so for quite a while.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Ethanol plants are getting more efficient at extracting fuel from corn, and that can affect the quality of distillers grains, a byproduct of ethanol production often used as an economical feed alternative for hogs and poultry.
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Crop prices have fallen sharply while livestock prices have reached record levels in 2014. Next year could see some moderation in livestock prices and continued low crop prices.
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Weed control at spring planting, an increasing challenge with herbicide-resistant weeds, presents extra concerns when temperatures stay low, day and night. Weather bears watching more than usual.
  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to grow lettuce in container gardens, says Kim Martin, manager of Tiger Garden, the student-run floral shop on the University of Missouri campus.
    Media available: photos
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    ALBANY, Mo. – Fertility needs following a drought, safely stretching forage supplies and improving soils and boosting yields are a few of the topics farmers can learn about at Hundley Whaley Research Center’s annual Field Day Aug. 29, 2012.
    Media available: photos
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
    Media available: video
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    NOVELTY, Mo. – Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.
  • Friday, August 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
  • Friday, August 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers are reporting that in spite of prolonged drought and hot temperatures their soybean plants appear amazingly green for this time of year.
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – Building on more than 51 years of service to the agriculture industry, the University of Missouri T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research Center will host its annual Field Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31.  
    Media available: photos
  • Monday, July 30, 2012
    ROCK PORT, Mo. – From flooding last year to wide-spread drought this season, northwest Missouri producers have faced challenging seasons recently.
    Media available: photos
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Americans eat 5.6 billion pounds of turkey each year, and all those Thanksgiving meals and other turkey dinners add up to a mountain of feed for fattening out those birds.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Monday, August 16, 2010
    More and more urbanites are getting interested in the Earth.
    Media available: video
  • Friday, August 13, 2010
    Rock Port, Mo. – As its field day approaches, researchers and specialists at the Graves-Chapple Farm are excited to address some of the most pressing ag issues that farmers in the area face.
  • Thursday, August 12, 2010
    LINNEUS & NOVELTY, Mo. – Byproduct feeds from ethanol plants offer beef herd owners a way to supplement bad hay being baled for winter feed this year.

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