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Trenton entering 4th week without precipitation

Trenton has gone 21 days without measurable rain which is the longest period without measurable precipitation in Trenton in more than two years. There was a 30-day dry spell January 22nd through February 20th in 2017. During the current 21 day dry period, the yearly moisture surplus has decreased by nearly three inches. The surplus […]

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USDA extends deadline to report spring-seeded crops in Missouri

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for agricultural producers in Missouri impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and federal crop insurance agents. “Agriculture operations throughout the state have […]

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Five ways to help cows beat the summer heat

As summer temperatures rise, dairy animals benefit from heat abatement, says Joe Zulovich, a University of Missouri Extension specialist in livestock housing systems. Lactating cows face the most risk from heat, says Zulovich. Dry cows and pre-weaned calves also fare better with heat abatement systems in place. Heat abatement systems are economically beneficial for dairy […]

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Baling wet hay becomes hot news

High-moisture grass baled above 24% moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Overheated bales can burn down a hay barn. Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist, said frequent rains this year help grass growth, but it’s been bad for making hay. He’s part of the team on a weekly MU Extension teleconference between state and regional […]