Herbicide dicamba training

Online synthetic auxin herbicide applicator training opens

Online and in-person training on synthetic auxin herbicides, such as dicamba, is now available, says University of Missouri Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley. Bradley and MU researcher Mandy Bish teach the online, self-paced class. For more information, go to extension2.missouri.edu/synthetic-auxin-herbicide-applicator-training-program. The Missouri Department of Agriculture requires certified applicators to complete online or in-person training before […]

Temple Grandin

Tickets now available for Northwest Missouri State University lecture featuring Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University who has established herself as a pioneer and globally recognized authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, will deliver Northwest Missouri State University’s 2017-18 James H. Lemon Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled […]

Environmental Protection Agency EPA

EPA extends deadline for poultry and livestock facilities

University of Missouri Extension agricultural engineering specialist Teng Lim advises poultry and livestock producers to be aware of an approaching deadline that could affect their operations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended its deadline to Jan. 22 for producers to notify public agencies if their poultry and livestock facilities emit (air release) more than 100 […]

Dicamba

Missouri Department of Agriculture has collected first round of fines resulting from 2016 Dicamba investigations

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators, all from Dunklin County, as a result of investigations of complaints during the 2016 growing season. Civil penalties, ranging from $1,500 to $62,250, were issued for pesticide misuse (off-label use and drift). “It is important for appropriate enforcement action […]

Missouri Farm Bureau

Dawn couple win Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence award

A couple from Dawn won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award at the organization’s 103rd annual meeting. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst recognized Dylan and Meredith Lange for their involvement in the Farm Bureau, agriculture, and their community. The award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have not […]

Cow Calf

Plentiful feed, good calf-price outlook support adding pounds after weaning

Cow-calf herd owners can send more pounds of beef to market by feeding calves after weaning. It’s called backgrounding to prepare calves for the feedlot. Speaking at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville, December 2, Eric Bailey asked producers to think bigger. Adding more pounds to calves makes sense in Missouri with plentiful feed and […]

Typical pen style CAFO ( Photo by Darrell Hoemann - Investigate Midwest)

Hickory Neighbors United of rural Grundy County: Odor remains an issue with CAFO’s

An attorney for Hickory Neighbors United of rural Grundy County has issued a statement claiming Governor Greitens’ administration is preventing the Missouri Air Conservation Commission from considering requests for air pollution regulations impacting CAFO’s or concentrated animal feeding operations. The requests, through the filing of several petitions that site health concerns, were submitted in September. […]

Cattle at Sale

Beginning bidders step up action; Kingsville heifers average $1,968

First-time buyers took charge of the Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale at Kingsville, Nov 25. Average price for 241 bred heifers hit $1,968, a season high in the third of six fall sales. The heifers were from 13 consignors enrolled in the University of Missouri Extension heifer development program. “First-time buyers took home two-thirds of the […]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary’s NAFTA concerns intensify Missouri farm organization leader’s concerns

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says withdrawal or failure to reach a NAFTA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico would be an economic disaster for U.S. agriculture. He says current tariffs on the state’s exports to Mexico are zero, but they would increase an average of 15%.     After five rounds of discussions, […]

Soil Test

Inexpensive soil tests can save farmers thousands

Soil tests can save farmers thousands of dollars, says Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory. Too often, farmers follow routine fertilization schedules and end up applying too much fertilizer to fields, Nathan said. A simple soil test gives the farmer accurate information to guide nutrient management decisions. Two […]

Missouri livestock symposium

Owners of sheep, goats share topics at Livestock Symposium in Kirksville

Sheep owners and meat goat owners have their own sections in the Missouri Livestock Symposium, December 1 and 2 in Kirksville. But, they also gain from topics in forages and stock dog tracks. Concurrent sessions, from beekeeping to horses, run all day Saturday, Dec. 2, says Garry Mathes, chair of the planning committee. Lead speaker, Ray […]

Tractor in field

Growing-season problems are topics at MU Crop Management Conference, Dec. 14-15

Problems growing crops provide topics for talks at the Crop Management Conference, Dec. 14-15 in Columbia, says Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weed scientist. Answers go beyond problems faced this year with off-site herbicide drift. Bradley says the wise use of dicamba will be covered. With registration open, organizers urge early sign-up. “These topics […]

Dicamba

Audio: More special use labels to be finalized soon on Dicamba products

Missouri agriculture director Chris Chinn expects more special use labels to be finalized soon on dicamba herbicide products – following the special label for BASF’s Engenia for 2018.   Missouri will have special cut-off dates for application of Engenia, based on the timing of dicamba drift damage in 2017. The Ag Department has received about […]

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Audio: Missouri farms join research project to boost production, protect the environment

Six Missouri farms have joined a research project aimed at bringing more benefits to farmers and the environment. Darrick Steen represents both the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the state’s Corn Merchandising Council. He says the Show-Me state famers in the project will concentrate on the use of cover crops, which are planted during the […]