Workshop helps beginning farmers, ranchers, veterans understand ABCs of USDA, other agencies

Openings remain for a free Sept. 18 workshop to help beginning farmers, ranchers and veterans learn about resources offered by state and federal agencies. “Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA” workshop for beginning farmers and ranchers will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Follis Hall, Fredericktown, said Richard Proffer, MU Extension business […]

Sclerotinia stem rot on soybean

Rare soybean disease rears its head in Missouri

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 white mold, Sclerotinia stem rot is rare in Missouri. This […]


Hog farmers defy supply and demand; price outlook stays above expectation

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, says University of Missouri Extension economists. Growing exports and consumers’ love for bacon helped demand for growing supply. However, the economists caution, “At this rate, supply can outstrip demand.” Good times […]

Farm Service Agency

Farm Service Agency candidate nominations deadline is August 1

The deadline to nominate candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees is approaching. U. S. Department of Agriculture FSA Acting Executive Director for Missouri Kimberly Viers reminds farmers and ranchers that they can nominate eligible candidates until August 1st. Eligible nominees must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside […]

Weather Station

Weather stations updated to assist farmers in knowing when to spray

 Nine Missouri weather stations recently received updates to help farmers and chemical applicators know when to spray herbicides to avoid off-target movement caused by temperature inversions. The University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program operates 24 real-time weather stations throughout the state. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council recently funded updates for stations in Monroe City, […]

Corn in the field

Chillicothe farmer places 3rd in state in National Corn Growers Yield Contest

As the American farmer strives to meet the growing demand for corn required to satisfy increasing world demand, one area grower has been honored for their efforts through the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest. The national contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association, recognizes farmers from across the country for their exceptional efforts. […]