Natural resources


Natural resources
Implementing quality deer management on your property

White-tailed deer are the most popular game species in Missouri, and the state’s deer population is estimated to be about 1.4 million. The success is a tribute to the science of wildlife management. Read more

Why are multicolored Asian lady beetles in my house?

During October and November, the adult beetles seek out protective sites and congregate at these locations to overwinter (hibernate) in clusters. Read more

Be on the lookout for eastern tent caterpillar

Producers should check their wooden fences and watering tanks for eastern tent caterpillars. Read more

Paddlefish snagging at Lake of the Ozarks

These fish aren't biting. Paddlefish never do. They eat by filtering plankton as water passes through their gills. Watch the video. Read more

What is agroforestry?

Forests and farms may seem like two completely different things, but agroforestry puts them together. Listen to the audio. Read more

High-grading brings down health, value of woodland

Unsuspecting woodland owners selling timber often fall victim to a practice known as "high-grading" — cutting the best trees and leaving the rest. Read more


  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    WARRENSBURG, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension in Johnson County will hold percolation test certification training Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12. This course is for individuals who want to obtain certification to conduct soil percolation tests for determining soil absorption qualities of sites being considered for installation of an on-site sewage system.
  • Friday, November 6, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Good yields from first-harvested soybean surprised Missouri farmers this fall. After rain-delayed planting followed by late drought, growers didn't expect much.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Timely planting played a large part in corn yields listed in the 2015 University of Missouri Variety Testing Program report released at the end of October.
  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – In its Oct. 5 Crop Progress and Condition Report, USDA said the Missouri corn harvest is 67 percent complete, compared to just 42 percent this time last year. The state’s soybean harvest, at 17 percent complete, outpaces last year’s harvest by nine percentage points. In a normal year, this would be good news for those planting wheat in harvested fields.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain needed in September and August to boost corn and soybean yields this year didn’t happen, worsening a growing season fraught with weather woes.
    Media available: photo
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s the worst-case scenario for crop yields—a wet spring and a dry August.
    Media available: photo
  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has released a new guide, “Cover Crops in Missouri: Putting Them to Work on Your Farm” (G4161), available for free download at
  • Monday, August 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – New soybean varieties resistant to weedkillers 2,4-D and dicamba are expected to be available to Missouri producers next year, pending regulatory review.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.– Flooding is a potential threat in many parts of Missouri. And even if your house is not in a flood plain, you may drive through one on your way home, warns a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
    MOBERLY, Mo. – Spending few hours now on spring home maintenance can save you many hours and dollars later, says a University of Missouri Extension housing specialist.
    Media available: video
  • Monday, February 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–MU Extension has compiled a list of websites, extension publications, news releases and other online resources for coping before, during and after winter storms.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
    Media available: video
  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.


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