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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

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

News

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    FORISTELL, Mo. — Even the smallest of farm chores is a chore for Kim DaWaulter of Foristell.
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  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Wet” and “wetter.” Those words set the theme of an Aug. 2 teleconference for University of Missouri Extension agronomists.
  • Friday, July 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Current high heat puts the public at risk.
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  • Friday, July 15, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cornfields in northeastern Missouri this spring were more uneven following prevented planting acres. Typically, they were phosphorus-deficient and had slower early growth than fields following soybean. These are symptoms associated with corn fallow syndrome, which is known to stunt corn and cause purple, phosphorus-deficient leaves and poorly developed roots.
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  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – How late in the growing season can rescue nitrogen be applied to corn and still be profitable?
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Off-target herbicides may be invisible, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Don’t mow when it doesn’t grow. Don’t mow when it’s extremely wet.
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Yes, June in Missouri was hot and dry, excessively so in spots. Preliminary data indicates the monthly average will be eighth- or ninth-hottest on record since 1895, says state climatologist Pat Guinan.
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Editors: With flash flood watches in effect in portions of Missouri this weekend, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to readers:
  • Friday, June 24, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. ­– Pigs can’t cool themselves through sweating and need special attention during heat waves, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutrition specialist Marcia Shannon.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    MARSHFIELD, Mo. – Maintaining farm roads and driveways saves you time and money, says University of Missouri Extension specialist Bob Schultheis.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Homeowners who usually leave decisions about watering the lawn to the whims of the weather might be having second thoughts as summer gets off to a dry start.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and rural residents can use simple tips to conserve water in the home during drought, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Monday, June 20, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan urges Missourians to report the impact of drought in their areas to the Drought Impact Reporter (DIR) at droughtreporter.unl.edu.
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation has launched a $1.3 million campaign to establish the Missouri 4-H Environmental and Natural Resources Endowment Fund. This fund will provide a permanent base of support for a state 4-H youth specialist position to implement and manage the Missouri 4-H Outdoor Education program.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Spring and fall can be anxious times for gardeners. At the beginning of the growing season, you want to start the garden as early as possible, and at the end you hope for a few extra harvest days.
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  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The clock is ticking for livestock producers as new Food and Drug Administration rules go into effect in December governing all feed-grade and water-soluble antibiotics that are considered medically important.
  • Friday, December 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The human body is more than 70 percent water and it needs to be replenished every day. But how good is the water you’re drinking?
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Resources threatened by this year’s drought include ponds that depend on surface runoff for water. Fish are at risk from high water temperatures, oxygen depletion, increased disease potential and other problems as water levels drop in ponds through lack of runoff and evaporation, said Bob Pierce, University of Missouri Extension state fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • 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.
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  • Friday, June 29, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—Wildfire season in Missouri typically runs from late March to early May, but hot, dry conditions this year puts the state at heightened risk of wildfire into summer and perhaps beyond, says a University of Missouri Extension state forester.
  • Thursday, June 28, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drought-stricken forages that accumulate nitrates can kill grazing livestock, quickly, warns a University of Missouri plant scientist.

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