Large bale of hay

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 […]

Corn in Beginning Stages of Drought

Farmers seek forage options as drought cuts grass growth

Shortage of cattle forage is forcing some Ozark herd owners to chop trees to feed leaves. That method was used in big droughts of the 1930s and 1950s. Damage comes from more than an intense drought, said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist in a weekly teleconference. Regional extension specialists update state staff on […]

“Old Time Harvest Days” set for this weekend

The 30th annual “Old Time Harvest Days” show is slated to begin this September 23 and 24 at the Livingston County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, with a church service and quilt raffle scheduled for Sunday. Items and activities expected to be on the grounds this coming weekend include classic and antique tractors, cars, and trucks; antique […]