Farm field after planting

Cold start to April delays crops

April’s cold start in Missouri has limited fieldwork and delayed planting for farmers and gardeners. The persistent cold “was nothing short of amazing,” said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. Many parts of the state, especially the northern half, averaged more than 15 degrees below normal for the first 10 days of April. Some […]

Industrial Hemp

Audio: Missouri Senate Ag Committee Chair optimistic about industrial hemp legislation

The Missouri House Agriculture Policy Committee has approved Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger’s legislation that would create an industrial hemp pilot program in Missouri. Tuesday’s bipartisan vote was 11-2, and the Williamstown Republican tells Missourinet he’s optimistic.     Munzlinger is referring to World War II. Both chambers have already approved industrial hemp bills, […]

Amish Farmer on Planter

Agriculture professionals face challenges, opportunities working with Amish and Mennonite communities

Research from the University of Missouri has found that agricultural professionals such as conservation agents when working with Plain (Amish and conservative Mennonite) communities face challenges as well as opportunities on issues relating to conservation and pollution. Through interviews with agricultural professionals and Amish farmers, researchers have identified several factors that are vital for improving […]

Soybean

Missouri agriculture official on tariffs: Trump has entered into a high-risk policy

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says it’s hard to remember a “more potentially calamitous week for U.S. agriculture.” He’s responding to President Trump’s second round of tariffs on Chinese imports and China’s proposed tariffs on American goods, including soybeans, pork, beef, aircraft, and automobiles.     President Trump says the U.S. tariffs are meant […]

Grain Bin Safety

Grain bin safety week is April 9-13

Five seconds. That is all it takes for flowing grain to trap a farmer. In 60 seconds, grain engulfs and suffocates the farmer. That is why the University of Missouri Extension, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Grain Feed Association formed an alliance to help to protect farmworkers. OSHA employees will travel […]

Cattle

Planning, patience lead to better forage and cattle

Patience pays off for cattle producers who wait for fescue to grow some before turning cattle out for spring grazing, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “After a long winter of feeding hay, producers are anxious to turn cattle into the fescue pasture,” Davis says. “However, it is better to wait until […]

Crop - Corn Harvest

Grain stocks by position and month from the USDA

Corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2018, totaled 256 million bushels, up 5 percent from March 1, 2017. On-farm stocks totaled 165 million bushels, while off-farm stocks totaled 91.2 million bushels. The December 2017 – February 2018 indicated disappearance is 165 million bushels. Soybean stocks in all positions on March 1, 2018, totaled […]

Grazing School Photo of Cattle in Field

Northwest Missouri Grazing School to be held in June.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Missouri Extension will hold the Northwest Missouri Grazing School in June. The event will be held at the MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany June 26th through 28th. NRSC Contract Specialist Sarah Wheeler says the school will cover inventory and farm resources, soils and topology, plant […]

Industrial Hemp

Audio: Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee approves the Curtman Industrial Hemp Bill

The Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee has voted 4-1 to approve State Representative Paul Curtman’s industrial hemp bill. The Pacific Republican testifies his legislation is an opportunity to introduce “a brand-new economic footprint” to Missouri.     Curtman’s bill would create a pilot program to allow those licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) to […]