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Thompson Research Center Field Day

Thompson Research Center Field Day will be held Tuesday, September 16. Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The focus this year will be Management Strategies to Improve Beef Cattle Production.  Thompson Research Center is located at 668 NW Highway C, Spickard.  For more information, calls can be made to 660-485-6576 or go to http://thompson.cafnr.org/

Sudden Death Syndrome Found in Area Soybean Fields

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has caused soybeans to turn yellow and die prematurely.  This disease is found in many of the northwest Missouri counties.

Leaves start to yellow and the areas between the leaf veins will turn bright yellow, and then eventually turn brown. The dead brown tissue between the veins will typically fall out.The disease is caused by Fusarium,   which is a soil-borne fungus that affects the tap root and crown of the soybean plant. The disease will produce a toxin that moves up the plant and kills the leaves. The disease seems to be spreading to other fields and new areas. Infection of soybeans generally starts from germination to early vegetative stages but can occur at any time. Wet weather increases the development of SDS. Yield loss can occur with this disease as pods and seed fill may abort. Yield losses can be more than 20 percent in severely infected fields. 

Choose resistant varieties to plant next year. I would personally suggest planting three to four varieties that are considered resistant to manage risk.  Each may have different levels of resistance and resistant varieties can show SDS symptoms. Improvement of soil drainage and later planting date may reduce damage. But do not plant later than what would compromise soybean yield potential. 

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.

Scout Area Corn Fields for Disease Problems

Area growers should consider early harvest of corn fields where plants have died prematurely. Looking at fields this past week, we found stalk rot in areas within fields that will cause harvest problems. As a matter of fact, one field that died prematurely has already lodged after a storm came through last week. Stalks that died prematurely , when pushed by hand,  collapsed and remained lodged. 

In concerning Goss’s wilt, this bacterial disease has been confirmed by the MU plant diagnostic lab in Atchison and Nodaway counties, along with Holt.  Samples that were taken from Andrew seem suspicious and are at the MU plant diagnostic clinic for analysis. 

Fields infected with this disease seem to have substantial yield as the disease hit late. But with premature death, these fields are now facing injury from stalk rots. Dr. Laura Sweets, State Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Missouri -Commercial Agriculture Program, toured area fields last Monday examining plants.  She commented that the disease was probably in the area before this year, but with the weather conditions and susceptible hybrids, the disease was established enough that it could cause sufficient injury to susceptible hybrids. 

Area seed suppliers are pulling hybrids that are susceptible from their product lines this fall. Resistant hybrids are the best way to manage this disease. 

Not all corn is being injured from Goss’s wilt. We have found fields that have been injured severely from Gray leaf spot, Northern corn leaf blight and drought. Each field should be carefully identified before you begin your corn hybrid selection and early booking. 

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.

Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day

Come, see what is new at Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day on Tuesday, August 26.  Tours begin at 8:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served at noon. 

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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

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 13523.
 

4-H Youth Program Associate positions in Atchison County and Holt County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has two positions open for 4-H Youth Program Associate. 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.  Each of the two open positions is .50 FTE.  To get a full overview, see below.

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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.

Business Development position/Carroll County - apply now

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. 

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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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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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