Diplodia and other corn rots rear ugly ears in parts of Missouri

Diplodia ear rot is a common corn disease that occurs when there is excessive moisture during and immediately after corn silking and a dry period. That is what much of Missouri experienced this season. Read more

Lawn and garden
Autumn crocus: A touch of spring in fall

As the gardening season begins to wane, a plant with crocus-like flowers comes into bloom, seemingly out of nowhere. The result is an unexpected appearance of spring in the fall of the year. Read more

Natural resources
Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Property

Hummingbirds are the smallest native bird in North America at only 3-1/2 inches long and a weight of less than 1/4 of an ounce. The rapid movement of their wings creates a humming sound. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
Why be a part of Osher@Mizzou

We are dedicated to making Osher membership and participation affordable and accessible to Columbia area residents over 50 who wish to be involved. Register online. Read more

Community and leadership
Arts can favorably impact local and regional economies

Join us for this two-day training, CDA Explores the Arts and Economic Development, to learn how culture can be an addition and diversification of traditional community and economic development practices. Read more

Nutrition and health
Fall is a good time to plant garlic

Today, we recognize two main types of garlic: hardneck and softneck. Hardneck varieties are more flavorful and easier to peel than softneck, making them the choice of most chefs. Read more

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inducts 54 members

“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 54 volunteers joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 13 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Read more

Emergency management
Reduce your risk of injury or death from lightning

If you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder, then divide by five. This is the distance in miles the lightning is away. Any distance less than 10 miles puts you in danger. Seek shelter immediately. Read more

Families and relationships
Car seat safety

Car crashes kill more children 1 to 14 years old than any other cause, so adults need to know which child safety seats to use and how to install them correctly. Read more

Home and consumer life
Jump-start your savings

Money is so easy to spend; it slips through fingers like water. Even with the best intentions to put a little money aside every month, we often find there's nothing left when the month comes to a close. Read more

Business and careers
BDP Pollution Prevention Intern Program helps MEM save energy

Taylor Sizemore, who graduated from the MU College of Engineering in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in biological engineering decided she wanted hands-on experience in energy efficiency. Read more

Protective gear helps prevent respiratory problems

Without protective gear, working around grain dust can cause severe respiratory problems, Read more

Reduce risks to prevent falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in adults age 65 and older. Read more

Myths and facts about food safety

We shares some myths and facts about food safety from Fight Bac!, the Partnership for Food Safety Education. Read more

Registration open for women in agriculture event, Nov. 4 and 5

The annual Pearls of Production offers hands-on training to women in livestock production. Read more

Good soil makes for green thumb gardening

Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening. Read more

Cellphones and rural roadways do not mix at harvest

Farmers move large equipment from one field to another during harvest. They make wide turns, and large equipment reduces visibility. School buses make frequent stops on their morning and afternoon runs. Read more

Beef field day set for Sept. 20 at MU Thompson Farm

The work was begun to improve artificial insemination (AI) in cow herds. But it became much more than breeding. Read more

Tiny aphids can cause big harvest problems

Sugarcane aphids appeared in sorghum fields as far north as Boone County in the last week. Read more

Continued growth in meat supply hurts livestock prices

Many factors affect the sharp decline. That includes weather, dollar strength and exports. Read more

Suicide is the most preventable cause of death

Sadly, suicide has become a common cause of death. In Missouri, there are 16.3 attempted suicides each day and many of those attempts are made by young people ages 15 to 19. Read more

Missouri cornfields escape bacterial leaf streak disease

USDA confirms disease for first time in U.S. Read more

How much rent should I get for my farm?

MU Extension agriculture business specialists discuss issues such as when a tenant should pay part of the rent, how and when to terminate a lease and how much rent is fair at the Farm Lease Program, Sept. 20. Read more

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