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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.

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April 2015 (PDF)
March 2015 (PDF)
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December 2014/January 2015 (PDF)

Agronomy news and tips

Potential Impact of Dry Weather on Corn

High temperatures and lack of rain have caused many corn fields to roll in afternoon. Water is transpiring through leaves and the roots are not able to take up enough moisture. Leaf rolling only in the afternoon hours is probably not significant enough to reduce ear size. However, leaf rolling that occurs from shortly after sunup to after dusk will signal severe drought and impact yield.


As far as growth stages, corn is entering critical stages of growth where dry weather and heat can impact yield. The potential ear size is from V-5 through V-16. Early season, the number of rows of ear are being determined and later, potential number of ovules that can be fertilized are determined within the kernel row.


Drought stress two weeks before and after tassel can significantly impact corn yield. During pollination, the potential number of ovules fertilized will impact yield. Heat and drought can reduce fertilized kernels. If stress continues, drought stress may cause the ears to abort kernel tips. The actual number of kernels surviving can be determined following kernel set, which is a couple of weeks after pollination.


The next few weeks will be very important in determining the impact that dry weather will have on corn yield. Hope we receive a nice gentle rain soon.


For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Extension 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, or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Health and nutrition facts

The latest from Janet Hackert, nutrition specialist.

Manage Stress (PDF)
Eat Out - Eat Smart (PDF)
Stay Fit at Home or Away (PDF)
Preserve Jam, Jelly and Other Sweet Spreads (PDF)
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

For knowledge and ideas about caring for a home, whether you own or rent, 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.

May, 2015 (PDF)
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December, 2014 (PDF)



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