Farm & Agriculture

Mark Kennedy, owner of Kennedy Grassland Services of Reeds Spring, Mo., says the right livestock watering system improves herd health and efficiency. Kennedy, who is also a retired NRCS state grazing lands specialist, outlines the reasons in a slide presentation, “Livestock Watering Systems,”...
For my last column in this series on plant propagation, I thought I would cover some of the more challenging methods of this art: grafting, budding, and tissue culture. Grafting involves joining separate plant parts together to form one plant. There are two parts to the graft. The first part is the...
The Pembertons use a mix of cool- and warm-season annuals in their grazing system. Each paddock offers access to water and shade. Photo by Linda Geist.
Source: Daniel Mallory, 573-985-3911 MADISON, Mo. – Twenty-five years ago, Brian Pemberton bought acreage filled with thorn trees, scrub brush and multi-flora roses. The only water source was a frog pond. The land needed four things: a road, buildings, fences and water. Thanks to hard work and cost...
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain and flooding prevented many Missouri farmers from planting corn and soybean this year. Now farmers want to protect these unplanted fields by seeding a cover crop. Cover crops do just that: The plants cover the ground, and their roots stabilize the soil. Cover crops provide a...
By Diane Olson Parades, carnivals, fireworks, food, family and friends are part of traditional 4th of July festivities. As we commemorate the independence of our country, consumers can add stable food prices as another cause for celebration. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)...
By Diane Olson Parades, carnivals, fireworks, food, family and friends are part of traditional 4th of July festivities. As we commemorate the independence of our country, consumers can add stable food prices as another cause for celebration. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)...
In my last column, I started a series on plant propagation, discussing seed production. This week I will cover some of the methods of vegetative propagation, sometimes referred to as cloning. The reason we refer to them as “clones” is that they are exact genetic copies of the plant you are trying...
2019 soybean planting progress and five-year average.
Source: William Wiebold, 573-673-4128 (cell); 573-882-0621 COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold often touts soybean as an amazing, resilient crop. This could be a year when Mother Nature tests its resilience. Wiebold says Missouri farmers got a triple...
Source: William Wiebold, 573-673-4128 (cell); 573-882-0621 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Several management practices may add a little extra yield to late-planted soybean, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. Record-breaking wet weather set back soybean planting greatly in May....
Source: Jim Humphrey, 816-324-3147 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Motorists should exercise patience and caution as they travel rural roadways this summer, urges Jim Humphrey, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist based in Andrew County. In areas hit by historic flooding this spring, travel...

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