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G9401, Managing Missouri Fish Ponds During an Extended Drought
Many Missouri ponds are watershed ponds that rely on surface runoff to maintain proper water levels (Figure 1). Continued drought combined with high temperatures can have devastating effects on fish ponds. Drought conditions tend to reveal poor pond construction and magnify the potential for a fish kill. Even ponds that have been properly designed and constructed within a watershed can have problems.
related information: Agriculture > Fisheries and aquaculture

G9478, Managing Ponds and Lakes for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Missouri: Controlling Nuisance Aquatic Vegetation
Aquatic plants are important components of the ecosystem of a pond or lake. Aquatic vegetation provides food and cover for fish and beneficial invertebrates, such as insects and snails, and serves as the primary source of dissolved oxygen in pond water. However, overabundant plant growth can hamper fish production and interfere with fishing, swimming and boating (Figure 1).
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G9476, Managing Ponds and Lakes for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Missouri: Pond Dynamics and Water Quality Considerations
More than 300,000 privately owned ponds have been constructed across Missouri to serve a variety of purposes. When properly managed, they can add value to a property (Figure 1). However, ponds are complex ecosystems that require the owner’s commitment to ensure they remain productive. Knowledge of a few basic ecological concepts is important whether you are managing a pond for aquaculture enterprise or for recreational activities such as sport fishing.
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MX391, Making Plans for Commercial Aquaculture in the North Central Region
Aquaculture in not a new concept. Japanese, Chinese, Romans, Egyptians and Mayan Indians farmed fish for food and recreation prior to 2000 BC. Ponds were constructed and fish were raised much in the same manner as fish are raised today.
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G9400, Controlling Nuisance Muskrats in Missouri Ponds and Lakes
Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) are medium-sized, brown rodents with a thick body and short legs (Figure 1). An adult typically weighs about 2.5 pounds and is 22 to 25 inches long, including its 11-inch black tail. The vertically flattened tail, which is scaly and practically hairless, is used as a prop when the animal is on its hind feet and as an aid to swimming. The large, broad hind feet are partially webbed and well adapted for swimming.
related information: Natural resources > Wildlife > Nuisance wildlife

G9474, Managing Ponds and Lakes for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Missouri: Pond Construction and Management Considerations
A properly planned and constructed pond or lake can be a great asset on your property (Figure 1).
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M99, Aquatic Pest Control (Category 5)
This manual is part of Missouri's Pesticide Applicator Training Program. It prepares pesticide applicators for a Category 5, Aquatic Pest Control, certification test given by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
related information: Agriculture > Pests and diseases > Pesticide safety

G9418, Managing Ponds and Lakes for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Missouri: Pond Management Calendar
Managing a pond or lake for sport fishing takes time, resources and a year-round commitment. Timing is crucial to many pond and lake management practices. The pond management calendar in Table 1 can help you plan management activities. It is not a comprehensive list of management activities, but rather an overview of the most important ones. Some might not be necessary each year, and some might not be appropriate for your pond.
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G9439, Biology and Management of Wood Ducks in Missouri
Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) are one of Missouri's most beautiful water birds (Figures 1a and 1b) and are found throughout the state.
related information: Natural resources > Wildlife > Conservation

AF1009, Establishing and Managing Riparian Forest Buffers
Agroforestry is an integrated set of land management practices that helps land and forest owners to diversify products, markets and farm income, while simultaneously improving soil and water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat and sustaining land resources for long-term use. The five practices of agroforestry — alley cropping, silvopasture, riparian forest buffers, forest farming and windbreaks — offer a landowner opportunities for short-term income from areas that may not be currently utilized, like the alleyways between crops or stream side forests.
related information: Natural resources > Forestry > Agroforestry