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Controlling cottontail rabbit damage

Some people enjoy seeing rabbits around their lawns, others wish to keep rabbits away to protect crops, gardens or landscaping. Even those who enjoy rabbits may need to control rabbit damage. 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

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Missouri’s newest automated real-time weather station recently went online at the Southwest Research Center, near Mount Vernon in Lawrence County. University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program operates a network of 31 stations across the state, said Pat Guinan, MU Extension climatologist.
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  • Friday, July 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Rebuilding Soils for a Changing Climate” is the theme of the Aug. 13-14 Soil Health Exposition at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center.
  • Thursday, July 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There were cool days and warm days, but overall June in Missouri was mild as milk.
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – June, noted for the start of the hot, dry days of summer, became a spring-rain month this year.
  • Monday, June 23, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–Water temperatures in the tropical Pacific can end up having a lot to do with the price of corn in Missouri, thanks to El Nino and La Nina, says a University of Missouri atmospheric scientist.
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  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grass grows in June just like it should have in May, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
    FULTON, Mo. – Thirty-nine 4-H members and their families participated in a fishing derby, casting contest and skill-a-thon during the annual 4-H Sportfishing State Event held recently at Little Dixie Conservation Area near Fulton.
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  • 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.
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  • Monday, June 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The long, harsh winter coupled with last fall’s drought caused a lot of damage to evergreen trees.
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  • Friday, May 23, 2014
    GRANITE CITY, Ill.– After Bobby Hutchinson lost his left leg in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, he thought he’d never play golf again.
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  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cool weather this spring slowed growth of cool-season grasses, the main forage in Missouri pastures.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It may be too early to think about replanting corn yet, but it’s a good time to look at guides from University of Missouri Extension or seed dealers, said MU Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri river hills would look beautiful lined with chestnut trees and they’d turn a pretty profit.
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  • 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
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers who lost forages or livestock in the drought of 2012 should prepare to document those losses. The 2014 farm bill includes livestock disaster aid going back to 2011.
    Media available: video
  • Thursday, March 6, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missourians didn’t get a break from the bitter cold weather last month.
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  • Monday, February 10, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri saw an unusually windy January, frozen soil with a deep frost line and temperatures that may make this winter among the top 10 coldest on record.
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  • 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.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    FARMINGTON, Mo.– Renters as well as homeowners can save money by using less energy at home.
  • 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.
  • Monday, September 9, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s a new University of Missouri Extension guide to discuss one of summer’s old pests.
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  • Thursday, June 13, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – No matter where you are, someday you may be able to study more than 7 million insect specimens from the Enns Entomology Museum at the University of Missouri through an online virtual museum.
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  • 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.
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