Corn in the field

Grain crop review for August 2019

Volatility seems to be the theme for the last several months. Weather forecasts, overseas trade relations, and harvest predictions have been large contributors for the past month. There has been plenty of moisture this year throughout the Corn Belt. However, the excessive moisture paired with the cooling temperatures have raised some concern over potential yields. […]

Brad Tolson and Jacob Schneider

Audio: Brad Tolson: “Not going to be the crop everybody would hope for”

(Brownfield Ag News: Tom Steever) – North Missouri farmer Brad Tolson says he’s not concerned about what he can’t control. Tolson tells Brownfield his soybeans are behind because they were planted a month late. His corn was planted on time but was stunted early and was hit by drought during pollination. “Having said all that, […]

Flooded Farm Grain Bins

August 30th is sign-up deadline for emergency assistance to flooded farms

Farmers affected by flooding have until Aug. 30 to apply for help from USDA emergency assistance programs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow. The USDA Farm Service Agency provides up to 75% of approved renovation costs, to a maximum of $500,000, through its Emergency Conservation Program, says Conrow, who was part of […]

Cows grazing in pasture

Use sound grazing practices to reduce overgrazing and weeds

Weed problems may explode this year thanks to the drought of 2018 and residual problems associated with overgrazing in parched pastures, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Valerie Tate. Last year’s extreme weather conditions created a forage shortage. As a result, many pastures were overgrazed.  When pastures are overgrazed, there is little green leaf material […]

Large bale of hay

High nitrate in hay can, and is, killing beef cows in complex ways

Two years of abnormal weather changed plant growth, which changes livestock digestion and in the end, cows die. The words “it’s very complex” kept popping up in a University of Missouri emergency teleconference of state and regional MU Extension specialists.  This winter farmers find groups of cows dead, often falling on newly unrolled baled hay. […]

Drought

2018 drought report now available online

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted the 2018 Drought Response Report to Governor Parson today. The report provides detailed information about 2018 drought conditions and the state’s response to the drought. “Shortly after taking office, we witnessed one of the worst droughts we have experienced in many years,” said Governor Mike Parson. “As a […]