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Too much heat, too little rain can change crop picture quickly

Crops need rain and lower temperatures soon for relief. Most crops are just a few days away from difficult times. They can go from not so bad to pretty bad quickly. Read more

Watch for farm equipment on roads during planting season

Drivers should pay special attention as they travel rural roads and highways during spring planting time. Read more

It's all about the slime: Building living soil

A teaspoon of living soil can contain billions of bacteria, protozoa and fungi. When those soil microbes do what they do best — feed, reproduce and live — they produce mucilage or biofilm, which are nice words for slime. Read more

Convert to novel-endophyte, end coping with toxic fescue pasture

Over the decades, cattle farmers learned to work around toxins in fescue grass in their pastures. Read more

Growing demand for butter is boosting dairy industry

That's one of the reasons why milk prices didn't decline more for dairy farmers in 2015. Read more

Online tool offers farmers information about land parcels

A farmer just has to locate and outline his field, click one button and get a report about their soils, their waters, how many people were living close by and many other things about that property, Read more

As beef prices fall, herd owners should check risk management

In spite of easing in calf prices, good prices can still be locked in. Read more

Planning important when converting cropland back to pasture

While converting cropland back to pasture may make economic and environmental sense, and offers the chance to improve your forage system, it does take time and planning. Read more

Scaling up to meet demand for local food

The 'Seeds of Prosperity' program, Nov. 5 to 7 in Springfield will help local farmers and producers. Read more

Are you ready for the weeds?

Prevented plant acreage from this season will most likely mean high weed pressure in 2016. Read more

Easy-to-understand beef genomics now on eXtension website

Beef herd owners facing genetic data overload at breeding time can find help. A new website, eBEEF.org is live. Read more

MU Extension offers help to reduce atrazine runoff

Atrazine, which is a popular and inexpensive weed control herbicide, is used on approximately 85 percent of the state's cornfields. It is one of the most effective water-soluble herbicides on the market. Read more

Label changes eliminate over-the-counter availability

According to the FDA, this rule is part of an overall strategy to ensure judicious use of feed-grade and water-soluble antibiotics in food-producing animals. Read more

Reduced-cost farm energy audits available through MU Extension

Have an energy audit before making a big investment in energy efficiency on your farm. Read more

Biological Control: Using Worms to Control Grubs

Nematodes are unnoticed, microscopic roundworms that dominate our living world. While minute, their overall numbers are not. Four out of every five animals on earth is a nematode. Read more

Program to reduce bee kills

The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program offers beekeepers new ways to protect hives from pesticide drift. Read more

The sky's the limit for UAVs in agriculture

The next generation of farmhands might be able to leap over barbed-wire fences and towering cornstalks in a single bound. Read more

Free online tool helps growers with nitrogen application decisions

The tool combines historical weather data and fieldwork conditions with economic considerations to determine the feasibility and profitability of post-planting nitrogen application. Read more

Pasture-based dairies provide management and lifestyle choices

Since switching to pasture-based rotational grazing 17 years ago, dairy farmer Charles Fletcher has expanded his operation, increased his bottom line and has more time to make music. Watch the video. Read more

Different distillers grains may change feed rations

Ethanol plants are getting more efficient at extracting fuel from corn, and that can affect the quality of distillers grains, a byproduct of ethanol production often used as an economical feed alternative for hogs and poultry. Read more

Power take-off devices can rip safety out of a farm

In the time it takes a person with average reaction time to hit the off button, a 540 rpm PTO can wrap the operator around the shaft. Read more

 

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