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Northwest Region News


What another busy year for county fairs.  While 2014 county fairs are being wrapped up, many accomplishments will be long lasting. To keep up-to-date on other livestock events click here.  The 2015 Missouri State Fair held in Sedalia, will be August 13-23, 2015.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use is a monthly newsletter that provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

December 2014/January 2015 (PDF)
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December 2013/January 2014 (PDF)
November 2013 (PDF)
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Agronomy news and tips

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 “” 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.

Scouting Area Crop Fields for Soybean SDS

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has caused soybeans to turn yellow and die prematurely. Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome is the worse that we have seen.  Growers should expect greater than twenty percent yield reduction in those infected areas.  The severity of damage and soybean yield reduction is impacted when soybeans are in grain fill stage including pod set and pod fill.

Currently, some areas of fields are lacking leaves to fill grain. The disease has reduced the leaf area of plants to very little.  These areas will be severely impacted by this disease.

Corn fields are increasingly having Goss’s wilt symptoms. Since the disease is airborne, it is extremely important to select hybrids that have resistance to this disease. We believe it is across most of the northwest Missouri counties.  Just to remind everyone, fungicides will not control this disease.

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.

Watch for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) damages fruit, vegetable and row crops. The insect has spread to forty one states.  The pest was found in Missouri and should be carefully scouted for in Northwest Missouri.

This pest is an invasive insect from Asia. The stink bug has five nymphal stages and the legs and antenna of nymphs are black with white banding. Early stage nymphs have dark reddish eyes and a yellow-reddish underbelly with black stripes. BMSB can over winter as adults and emerge in the spring and are brown with small white alternating black stripes on the rear section of the pest.

Researchers are continuing to learn about this pest. This pest has a wide range of hosts to which it feeds including many trees. Be on the look-out for this pest.

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.

Health and nutrition facts

The latest from Janet Hackert, nutrition specialist.

Take a Pulse to Boost Nutritional Value of Meals (PDF) 
Under Pressure to Can Tomatoes? - Learn How (PDF)
Prevent Buckling Canning Lids (PDF)
Freezing-A Quick Solution (PDF)
Plant/Eat a Rainbow of Vegetables and Fruits (PDF)
GREAT Grilling (PDF)
Make Time to Be Physically Active (PDF)
Check for the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check (PDF)
Discover New Tastes to Promote Bone Health (PDF)
Dark Chocolate and Cocoa - Healthy Treat in Moderation (PDF)
What Else to Do with Apples (PDF)
Can you "Choice Salsa" Safely (PDF)
Eat Well for Arthritis Relief (PDF)
Preserving Tomatoes - Answers to common questions (PDF)
Make the Connection between Health and Learning (PDF)
Beat the Heat when Exercising (PDF)
Storing Fresh Produce Well (PDF)
Berries and Heart Health (PDF)
Understanding Probiotics (PDF)
Garden Grow, Preserve with University of Missouri Extension (PDF)
Nutritional Supplements - only to helpf fill in the gaps
Make Snacking Count (PDF)
Organic Produce - is it the best choice? (PDF)
Choosing a Good Oil (PDF)

Horticulture information

Northwest Missouri Horticulture

Housing & Environmental Design

Connie Neal, NW Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist has knowledge and ideas about caring for a home.  To see her most recent news click here.

NW Missouri stock talk

Welcome to NW Missouri Stock Talk, your source of current information on topics important to the beef industry in Northwest Missouri, brought to you by your regional livestock specialists with the University of Missouri Extension.

December, 2014 (PDF)
November, 2014 (PDF)
October, 2014 (PDF) 
September, 2014 (PDF)
July, 2014 (PDF)
June, 2014 (PDF)
March, 2014 (PDF)
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December, 2013 (PDF)
October, 2013 (PDF)
September, 2013 (PDF)
August, 2013 (PDF)
July, 2013 (PDF)
June, 2013 (PDF)
May, 2013 (PDF)
April, 2013  (PDF)



Northwest Region Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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