Farm & Agriculture

Produce Growers have been monitoring developments in food safety for many years. There have been a number of tragic episodes, where some type of produce became contaminated with a dangerous microorganism, which led to illness and even death in the people who consumed the product. Produce growers...
Corn specialist Greg Luce is among the MU Extension staff working with farmers on the Missouri Strip Trial Program. MU Extension is seeking farmers to participate in the 2018 strip trials. Photo courtesy of John Lory.
Farmers are being sought to participate in the 2017-2018 University of Missouri Extension Strip Trial Program, which helps farmers and crop advisers compare on-farm management decisions and practices. The program uses on-farm, field-scale research to give growers farm-specific data to guide...
The USDA is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the ARC and PLC programs.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that over $9.6 billion in payments will be made, beginning this week, to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. The United States...
Winter rye, or cereal rye, is a great cover crop to plant in the fall or early winter.
“You don’t need a green thumb to be a good gardener, but it certainly helps to have good soil,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Unfortunately, many of us are burdened with soils that need help,” he said. One of the best ways to help soils be more productive is...
Cash rent rates dropped overall in many Missouri counties, according to a Sept. 8 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rates for cropland and pastureland dropped overall from the previous year, said University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist Joe Koenen. Koenen leads...
Purdy, Mo., dairy farmer Charles Fletcher, left, works with MU researcher Danny England, center, and MU Extension dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton, right to learn how to measure and manage forage through the Grazing Wedge. USDA recently awarded MU a grant to create an affordable mobile app to help farmers better manage their forage inventory. Photo by Linda Geist
University of Missouri Extension has received a $444,000 grant to create a mobile application to help farmers manage forage better. The Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is one of 33 nationwide. It provides seed money to implement new ideas and...
Hog prices remained stable in 2017.
This year, hog farmers dodged lower prices when they expanded sow herds and grew the second-largest pork supply since 2008. Prices stayed above expectation, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Growing exports and consumers’ love for bacon helped demand for growing supply. However, the...
Butter prices easily surpass the last record-high price in 2014.
As consumers relearn to butter their toast, they help dairy prices at the farm gate. Despite growth in the U.S. dairy cow herd, milk prices have stayed above year-ago levels this year, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Looking for causes, they see growing demand for butter, say Scott...
The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic recently confirmed sclerotinia stem rot in northwestern Missouri. About 160 acres of soybean show the disease, which is rare in Missouri. Photo by Wayne Flanary
University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwestern Missouri show symptoms of sclerotinia stem rot. The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed the disease, which can cause large losses in fields with high yield potential. Also known as...
Highest yielder was 121 bushels.
The 2017 soft red winter wheat trials conducted by University of Missouri Ag Experiment Station are available at your local Extension office. The booklet has four north Missouri sites. Many of the varieties did quite well. The highest yielder was 121 bushels. The publication includes multiple year...

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