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Controlling nuisance aquatic vegetation

Aquatic plants are important components of the ecosystem of a pond or lake. Aquatic vegetation provides food and cover for fish and beneficial invertebrates. Read more

Emerald ash borer found in St. Charles County

The destructive insect's first known infestation in the St. Louis area, was discovered by an employee at an industrial park on Highway N, a few miles south of Interstate 64. He noticed a declining ash tree in the parking lot. Read more

Paddlefish snagging at Lake of the Ozarks

These fish aren't biting. Paddlefish never do. They eat by filtering plankton as water passes through their gills. Watch the video. Read more

What is agroforestry?

Forests and farms may seem like two completely different things, but agroforestry puts them together. Listen to the audio. Read more

High-grading brings down health, value of woodland

Unsuspecting woodland owners selling timber often fall victim to a practice known as "high-grading" — cutting the best trees and leaving the rest. Read more

News

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ten easy, cheap tips from University of Missouri Extension housing and design specialist Michael Goldschmidt will chill your budget-busting bills this winter.
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella), often called the “weather worm,” is said to predict what Old Man Winter has in store. Folklore says the narrower the reddish-brown band on the caterpillar, the more severe the winter. But the width may be a better indication of the previous winter and spring than a prediction of the upcoming winter.
    Media available: photo
  • Friday, October 17, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – With potential record yields still in fields, crop farmers fret with wet weather in October, especially in northern and mid-Missouri areas that also had a wet September.
  • Monday, June 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– If you use well water for cooking and drinking, you should regularly test the water for contamination, says a University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County, marking the destructive insect’s first known infestation in the St. Louis area.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The black walnut curculio is a small insect that can have a big impact on black walnut crops.
    Media available: photos
  • Monday, June 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The long, harsh winter coupled with last fall’s drought caused a lot of damage to evergreen trees.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, April 28, 2014
    WARSAW, Mo.– These fish aren’t biting. Paddlefish never do. They eat by filtering plankton as water passes through their gills. But here on the Osage Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, paddlefish do put up good fight after being hooked.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Monday, February 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–MU Extension has compiled a list of websites, extension publications, news releases and other online resources for coping before, during and after winter storms.
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    MARSHFIELD, Mo.–Mobile homes are less expensive than site-built houses, but it is more challenging to improve their energy efficiency, says a University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineer.
  • 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

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