Agricultural business


  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    FULTON, Mo. – The 91st annual Soils, Crops & Livestock Producers (SC&LP) Conference on Jan. 10 offers updates from University of Missouri Extension, the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Monday, December 15, 2014
    PALMYRA, Mo.—Show-Me-Select heifers reached new record prices, averaging $3,208 on 286 head. The sale was Dec. 13 at F&T Livestock Market in Marion County.
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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Farmland prices have likely peaked, but expect cattle prices to continue upward.
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  • Monday, December 8, 2014
     COLUMBIA, Mo. – In an all-time record-setting sale, 168 bred replacement heifers sold for an average of $3,033 at the Fruitland (Missouri) Livestock Auction, Dec. 6.
  • Friday, December 5, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri 2014 Variety Testing Program soybean yields topped state and national averages.
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  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The Useful to Usable (U2U) climate initiative recently launched a new online decision-making tool, Corn Split N, that helps farmers and crop advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage.
  • Monday, December 1, 2014
    KINGSVILLE, Mo. – “Calves from these heifers will be worth a lot next year,” the auctioneer told bidders at the Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale, Saturday, Nov. 29, at Kingsville Livestock Auction.
  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    CARTHAGE, Mo. – Before his Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale, Eldon Cole hoped to top $1.5 million for 521 heifers from area cattle producers enrolled in the University of Missouri beef betterment plan. The MU livestock specialist hit it, with dollars to spare.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – With more than 90 percent of the state’s corn crop harvested, the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program reports yields far exceeding national averages.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
    MACON, Mo. – “Crop farmers have hard decisions to make under the 2014 farm bill,” Scott Brown told 140 growers at Macon, Nov. 11.
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    In this video news story, University of Missouri researchers use GPS technology to understand the complexities of a cow's appetite. This knowledge may help livestock producers graze cattle more efficiently.
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  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Missouri AgrAbility Project a grant to continue its services for another four years, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch, who serves as director of the program.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    FULTON, Mo. – Cody Waters of Fulton is armed to farm. He is one of 300,000 veterans expected to return to Missouri in the next decade, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. She works with the growing number of veterans who want to return because of the quality of life in rural Missouri.
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  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Each year in the United States, there are about 42,000 reported cases of salmonella infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, CDC estimates the actual number may be close to 1 million.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Storage issues for this year’s bumper crop increase the risk of deadly grain bin accidents, says University of Missouri Extension rural safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Early on, Eldon Cole guessed he had 400 Show-Me-Select bred heifers to sell on Nov. 21. With consignments tallied, he has 540.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Land prices in Missouri increased in the past year at a rate higher than expected.
  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    SALEM, Mo. – Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed.
  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    LINNEUS, Mo. –Missouri cash rent prices for cropland could drop in the next few years due to lower corn and bean prices, says Joe Koenen, University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist.
  • 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, July 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The situation for cattle producers is outstanding. That was the message University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain delivered during the 2014 Summer AgMarketing Outlook Conference.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The supply of corn is outracing the demand.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–Is pasture insurance right for your farm? The answer could be yes, no or maybe.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Hog prices in 2014 have been higher than any previous time.
  • Monday, May 5, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Farmers may want to renegotiate cash rental rates on cropland, especially agreements that were negotiated in the past few years.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has released a new Web-based application to help farmers manage soil nutrient needs on farms.
    Media available: photo
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A wet fall harvest and a cold winter might make conditions especially dangerous for grain producers emptying grain bins to fulfill commodity contracts and prepare for wheat harvest.
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  • Thursday, January 30, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – For centuries, farmers have braved the elements to walk their land to check for problems ranging from wind damage and calving cows to pests and predators.
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.
  • 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, Mo. – Farmers are reporting that in spite of prolonged drought and hot temperatures their soybean plants appear amazingly green for this time of year.
  • 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.  
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  • 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.
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