Thompson Farm Field Day

Attendees have busy day at Thompson Research Center Field Day near Spickard

Guests attending the Thompson Research Center Field Day near Spickard Thursday received a free dinner, took a farm tour, and heard several presentations. The farm tour included discussion of timber practices by Wurdack Research Center Superintendent Dusty Walter as well as a drone presentation by Hundley-Whaley Research Center Superintendent Bruce Burdick. University of Missouri Animal […]

Pearls of Production

Deadline nears for women in agriculture conference

The deadline for early registration for Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture is nearing. The early-registration discount ends after Oct. 13, said Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri Extension swine specialist and organizer of the fifth annual event, Nov. 3-4. Shannon said the workshop offers women in livestock agriculture an opportunity to learn from other women […]

Farm Tractor land

Rates for cropland and pastureland drop overall in many Missouri counties

Cash rent rates dropped overall in many Missouri counties, according to a Sept. 8 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rates for cropland and pastureland dropped overall from the previous year, said University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist Joe Koenen. Koenen leads sessions on Missouri farm leases to educate landowners and tenants on […]

Leopold Conservation Award

Two area farmers are finalist for Missouri Leopold Conservation Award.

The Sand County Foundation and Missouri Farmers Care named two area farms as finalists for the inaugural Missouri Leopold Conservation Award. Richard and Renee Fordyce, as well as Matt and Kate Lambert, are up for the award, which honors farmer, rancher, and forester achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Richard and Renee […]

Workshop

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 […]

Thompson Farm Beef Field Day

Thompson Farm field day, Sept. 21, looks at profitable beef cow herds

Making profits from beef herds will be taught Sept. 21 at the University of Missouri Thompson Farm field day near Spickard, Mo. Genetics, breeding, feeding, and selling improve profits, say MU Extension specialists. “For a change, the program will be in the evening,” says Rod Geisert, superintendent, Columbia. Sign-in opens at 3:30 p.m. and is […]

Soil Health Partnership

Area farmers farmers join Soil Health Partnership effort

Six Missouri farms have joined the Soil Health Partnership, a move that could hasten the adoption of agricultural practices linked to optimizing crop production and sustainability alike in the Show-Me State.    Often called the next frontier in agriculture, research shows the benefits of nurturing soil health include improved crop yield, enhanced water quality, increased […]

Chickens

Chicken-wing demand helps farm prices; turkeys don’t share consumer taste shift

Chicken wings helped poultry farm prices take off this year. Wing prices ran at least 30 percent above year-ago levels since late May, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Thighs and legs also sold well above a year ago. Dark meat leads demand, say Scott Brown and Daniel Madison. A trend to dark hasn’t helped […]

Hogs

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 […]

Cow and cattle herd

Fed steer prices stay level; consumers and exports help demand

Steep price swings were seen for fed steers in the past year, especially in recent months. Look for more of that in beef in coming months with lower prices ahead. However, the annual average fed-steer price for 2017 can end near that received last year. Declines resume in 2018, says University of Missouri Extension economists. […]

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. […]

Missouri state capitol

Missouri farmers and landowners lobby in support of eminent domain legislation

Missouri farmers and landowners lobbied the State Capitol on Wednesday in support of proposed eminent domain legislation that would give landowners extra protection. House Bills 640 and 795 were proposed by Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville, in response to concerns from his constituents over the Mark Twain Transmission Project run by Ameren. The project was approved […]