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Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur Conference -- Save the date

March 7, 2015, marks the second annual S.A.L.E conference held at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph.  For details go to Nodaway County Extension Center website.

Lower Crop Prices Cause Growers to Focus on Cost Reduction

As harvest is being finished, growers have reported excellent corn and soybean yields, except where some soybean yields in area fields were reduced due to a soybean disease called Sudden Death Syndrome. The next issue in growers’ minds was the low grain prices. There is a drastic decrease in the prices received from the sale of corn, soybean and winter wheat. As we plan for next year, we should carefully consider prices and manage expenses carefully.

This is a drastic change from applying inputs to increase crop yields and gross revenue to changing our focus to sharpen our skills in managing crop income and expenses. We should carefully identify and evaluate our land, machinery and crop expenses.

Cost reduction is a much different approach than continuing to look at ways to increase crop yields. Increasing crop yields increases gross income;  but as grain prices are reduced,  we want to manage for net income.

Cash expenses such as fertilizer, seed and agricultural chemicals are often the focus of managing costs. However; land costs, cash rent and machinery costs have increased more than many of our other crop inputs.

Cash rent varies greatly across Northwest Missouri and within counties. As growers budget for next year, it would be wise for tenants and landlords to work together to look at flexible cash rents in which both landlord and tenant share in profits. This relationship benefits both parties financially and also the productivity of the land.

When examining crop inputs, one should consider the potential value of each crop input. Corn at $7.00 per bushel will pay for many more inputs compared to half of that price. Many growers consider adding non-typical practices in hopes of increasing crop yields during high prices. Those practices often do not have a high probability of increasing yields. Growers should use research to consider the risk and reward of various agronomic practices.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Extension Offers Farm Bill Educational Meetings

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs.  Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments.  Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC).  To provide information on the new farm bill that will assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host free educational meetings across the state.  To see a list of meetings in Northwest Missouri click here.  You can also view a map of meeting locations.

One meeting is currently scheduled for Lafayette County; it will be held Wednesday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Concordia Community Center in Concordia (802 S. Gordon).  If you would like to attend the Concordia meeting, please call the Lafayette County Extension Center at 660-584-3658 to register.

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Ag Specialist in Livingston County - new job posting

As an ag specialist, this person is  responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating agricultural business educational programs in the support of crop and forage production, livestock production and overall production agriculture. Topics may include, but not limited to, farm leases, tax management, basic estate planning, alternative crops and livestock, marketing and other emerging issues faced by producers and land owners within the assigned area. In addition, apply knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.

The Livingston County position is headquartered in Chillicothe, Missouri and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in Northwest with additional coverage as needed

Go to  http://extension.missouri.edu/about/jobs.aspx  Job Opening ID #14718 for a complete overview of the position and to apply. 

An Equal Opportunity/Access/affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

4-H Youth Development Specialist and County Program Director in Saline County

The 4-H Youth Development Specialist and Co-County Program Director (CPD) position is open in Marshall, Missouri and primarily serves Saline and Carroll counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating positive youth and volunteer development programs through 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs.

To learn more about the position and to apply go to http://extension.missouri.edu/about/jobs.aspx Job Opening ID # 14688.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

4-H Youth Program Associate position openings in Buchanan County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has a position opening for 4-H Youth Program Associate; Buchanan County.

A YPA  is to assist in the planning, management and support of 4-H Youth Development programs in assigned geographic area, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist or Educator.  Application deadlines are October 31, 2014.

To get a full overview of the position, go to Career opportunities with MU Extension.

The Buchanan YPA position  is .50 FTE, Job Opening ID #14580.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Buchanan County

A Nutrition and Health Education Specialist is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in nutrition, health, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity promotion education for low income audiences.

Human Environmental Sciences Extension program promote optimal well-being of individuals, families and communities, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable populations. Nutrition and health education specialists improve dietary quality, increase physical activity, manage chronic diseases and reduce overweight, obesity and healthcare costs for Missourians.

This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For more information and to apply, go to Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Buchanan County NW Region, Job opening ID 11655.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Community arts specialist, Lafayette County

This position is responsible for providing leadership, development and coordination of the community arts pilot project in Lexington, MO with expansion to other communities as identified. In collaboration with the State Community Arts Specialist, develop community arts projects that engage the MU arts faculty and students, local communities, and MU Extension faculty, staff and volunteers.

The Community Arts program works collaboratively with MU Arts Departments and Missouri communities to promote community arts as a recognized and valued strategy for economic development, create capacity for community arts development, build community leaders skills and capabilities, and add value through engagement with communities.

This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For details and to apply online, go to Community Arts Specialist, Lexington, MO/NW Region, Job opening ID 14195.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Business Development position in Carroll County

The Business Development Specialist position will be headquartered in Carrollton, Missouri and primarily serve Carroll, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in the Northwest region with additional coverage as needed.

Primary purpose of this position is to transform Missouri business and industry through education, technical service and collaboration by working with small to medium size companies to improve bottom-line performance. Plan, implement and evaluate business programs and services utilizing research-based knowledge in business growth, strategic planning, technology development, government contracting, marketing, management, finance, capital formation, operations, human resources, business start-up and business growth/sustainability, as well as other timely business related topics to assist existing and new entrepreneurs.

It is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

For details and to apply online, go to Business Development Specialist, Carroll County NW Region,  Job Opening ID #11622.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Measuring Harvest Loss

Corn and soybeans left in the field after harvest represents harvest loss. Growers should measure harvest loss to determine if they are at an acceptable level. Combine loss cannot be reduced to zero.

Ear loss should be determined first. A good rule of thumb is that 3- half pound ears are equal to 2 bushels- per- acre yield loss. Next, kernels also should be counted. Two kernels per square foot equal a 1– bushel-per-acre loss. Then it is important to determine if the grain is lost because of ear loss or kernel loss from separation loss.

Soybean loss can easily be more than 12% by many studies. First, place a rectangular frame across the harvested swath of the combine. This can be made of string. Set boundaries of rectangle to a square foot basis. Count all loose beans as well as the beans in loose and missed pods. An average of 4 beans per square foot equal s 1- bushel- per- acre yield loss.

Again separate pre-harvest loss, shatter, stubble and lodging from separation loss. Record and analyze how your equipment is doing and make adjustments.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Grain Storage and Drying

Growers have reported excellent corn yields and now are considering how they are going to handle all the grain. The University of Missouri Extension service has a website devoted to grain management issues. One can find this site by going to http://extension.missouri.edu then type in the search engine, grain drying. The topics include grain storage management, drying dangers,pests and temporary storage.

If you are drying corn with natural air drying, keep the fan running until the drying front moves through the grain to the top of the grain mass if your fans are directed to blow from the bottom upward.  Once corn kernels dry, they will not rewet. Be sure the drying front moves completely through the grain by testing the surface moisture. Do this safely by not entering the grain bin.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724, Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434 or Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Build your Board

Build your Board is an online training program created for non profit board members by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists. For more information and to register for the course go to http://extension.missouri.edu/nonprofit/build-your-board.aspx.

Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia.  Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.


Community emergency management resources

MU Extension has resources available for emergency management. The resources cover a wide range of disasters. There is information available on how to prepare for a disaster, what to do in a disaster and the recovery.  Do you have a family disaster plan in place?  Make sure you and your family have a supply of safe drinking water after a disaster.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

 

 

Northwest Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
Email: nwrd@missouri.edu
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