Mike Parson Governor of Missouri

Audio: Missouri agencies continue to explore how to help drought-impacted farmers

Governor Parson says southwest Missouri’s Polk County, where he has a farm, is among the counties affected by drought and has ordered all Missouri agencies to examine how the state can assist communities affected by drought and identify ones that could be impacted.     Farmers in the driest Missouri counties are chopping corn that’s […]

Corn in Beginning Stages of Drought

Audio: Producers planning to use corn as silage should have it tested for nitrates

The continuing drought is affecting the corn crop prompting some farmers to use it to feed to livestock. The University of Missouri Extension advises farmers to have corn stalks, including ears of corn, tested for nitrates. Tim Baker is an MU Specialist headquartered in Gallatin and offers insights on nitrate levels.     The Grundy […]

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Audio: Bright Futures Back to School event to be held Thursday, August 9 in Trenton

Bright Futures Trenton will hold a Community Back to School Event Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Activities for the event will be held at held at various locations in Trenton throughout the day. Rissler Elementary School Counselor and Bright Futures Coordinator Terri Critten discussed Pass the Pride on a KTTN Open Line interview this week.     […]

Corn in Beginning Stages of Drought

Soil moisture supplies continue to decline in Grundy County due to drought

This week’s report on crop conditions indicates the soil moisture supplies in Grundy County are getting worse as the extreme drought continues. A report from the Farm Service Agency office shows topsoil moisture as 40 percent very short, 50 percent short, and just 10 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture is only a little better: 30 percent […]

Hype Academy 2018

Missouri’s top 30 FFA members attend HYPE Academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fourth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 26-28, in Columbia The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage in pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council has sponsored and facilitated the academy in […]

Drought

Four additional counties in northern Missouri reach extreme drought status

The U. S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday indicates as many as 26 counties have been classified in D-3 or extreme drought.  That’s an expansion in parts of four more counties from last week’s drought map. Countywide extreme drought conditions exist for Grundy, Sullivan, Daviess, Caldwell, Livingston, and Linn from the Green Hills Region. Also […]

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Small grain crops seeded this fall replace dry pastures for cow herds

Seeding winter annual small grain offers fall grazing for beef cow herds short on grass and hay. “Lots of calls are coming in,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. He offers encouraging words and cautions.  Interest grew as some local USDA Farm Service Agency offices offer added drought disaster assistance. Drilling wheat, […]

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USDA to authorize up to $12 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals […]

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Missouri crop progress and condition report for week of July 23, 2018

Temperatures last week averaged 79.2 degrees, 0.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.81 inches statewide, 0.03 inches above normal.  There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 41 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 23 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 40 […]

Southern Rust

First report of southern rust in U.S. this season reported in west-central Missouri

The University of Missouri Extension confirmed the growing season’s first case of southern rust corn disease in the U.S. on July 10. The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed that southern rust was present in a sample collected from west-central Missouri. This common corn disease usually shows up in neighboring southern states before appearing in Missouri […]