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Beef Producers Seminar Set for November 13 in Stanberry

Beef producers are encouraged to attend the 2014 Beef Producers Seminar on Thursday, November 13, at the St. Peter Catholic Church, parish hall in Stanberry, Missouri. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. with the seminar to start at 6:00. Cost of admission to the event is $20 per person and includes a beef dinner.

Jason Nickell, native of Stanberry, Missouri and DVM with Bayer Animal Health will be discussing Replacement Heifers-"Modeling" for success. Following dinner, Dr. Don Bliss, Veterinary Parasitologist and consultant for the pharmaceutical industry will discuss "The Most Practical Deworming Strategies for Your Operation".

Area agriculture businesses and organizations will have booths set up at the meeting for attendees to visit before, during and after the program.

For more information regarding the Beef Producers Seminar or to pre-register (which is requested for the meal count), please contact the Andrew County MU Extension Center at 816-324-3147 or humphreyjr@missouri.edu. Pre-registration is requested by November 10. If you need any special accommodations due to a disability, or if you need materials in an alternative format, please contact us before November 7.

The Beef Producers Seminar is a cooperative effort of University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and is sponsored by the American Angus Association and University of Missouri Extension. 

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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 positon 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 and Mercer/Grundy County 

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has two position openngs for 4-H Youth Program Associate; Buchanan County and Mercer/Grundy 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 overivew of each position, go to Career opportunies with MU Extension.

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

The Mercer/Grundy YPA position is 1.0 FTE, Job Opening ID #14636

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 

Fall Herbicide Treatments 

Growers choosing to control winter annuals can apply herbicides from now to Thanksgiving. When hard freezes occur, then weed control becomes a problem. Fall is a good time to control weeds such as henbit. 

Fall weed control generally targets growing weeds. Often growers would like to apply a residual that will provide adequate weed control into spring planting so only a glyphosate application would be needed after planting. Often residual herbicides will not last that long. But if you have had good experience with residuals, then this approach may work for you. We have found problems with consistency influenced by weather. 

Many fall herbicide programs begin with the use of 2,4-D as a base then add other herbicides to increase control. Many other herbicides are labeled for fall weed control but mixes should be added to target control of particular weed species. 

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. 

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. 

Missouri Winter Wheat Crop Performance Trials 

Growers who are considering planting soft red winter wheat can obtain a copy of the 2014 testing results from your local Extension office or on-line at “varietytesting.missouri.edu.” The northern sites tested include Trenton and Novelty.  Highest wheat yield at Trenton was 75 bushels per acre. Also, there were a total of ten varieties that yielded over seventy bushels.  In Novelty, the highest yielding variety was 78 bushels per acre. Also, there were eight varieties yielding over seventy bushels. 

Other measurements include test weight, plant height and plant lodging. All of these are important traits for variety selection. 

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 

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.

Congratulations to Judy Elling 

Judy Elling, Lafayette County MU Extension Center, has been awarded the 2014 Senior Clerical Award.  This award is granted to an county office manager with more than eight years of service.  Judy has devoted full-time service to MU Extension for 40 years.  

The recognition selection committee considers the following criteria when choosing clerical award recipients: 

1) Conduct and courtesy within the Extension Community.
2) Service to the University of Missouri Extension, the University of Missouri and Lincoln University, exclusive of job responsibility.
3) Pride in work.
4) Outstanding performance in one or more job related areas.
5) Dependability and reliability.
6) Human relations skills.
 

Thank you for your excellent service, Judy.  

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. 

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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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