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Construction begins soon on Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir

After approximately 30 years of hard work and persistence, Little Otter Creek Reservoir is becoming a reality. The final permits to begin construction were issued in late October 2020. Bud Motsinger, Presiding Commissioner of Caldwell County credits the success of this endeavor to the patience and support of the Citizens of Caldwell County and the […]

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Crop review for December 2020

Grain bids surged throughout December. Overseas feed demand, the worker strike in Argentina, and weather conditions in South America were significant factors in soybean and corn prices gaining so much ground. Dry conditions in key growing areas in South America have put yield potential into question, however, the true range of crop loss is still […]

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University of Missouri Extension entomologist lists pests farmers should watch for in 2021

University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice says Missouri soybean and corn growers should be on the lookout for growing populations of yield-robbing insects in 2021. Soybean gall midge MU Extension found soybean gall midge in two northwestern Missouri counties in 2019. Soybean gall midge larvae feed internally in the base of soybean […]

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Audio: Climatologist says Missouri is in an unprecedented warming and wet pattern

Missouri is in an unprecedented warming and wet pattern – especially in the winter and spring, according to University of Missouri climatologist Pat Guinan.     He points out Missouri weather can change quickly – as shown by the drought in 2012, however, Guinan (guh’ Nan) says the state’s climate has become warmer and wetter. […]

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Rain earlier this week not enough to relieve drought conditions in northern Missouri

Northern Missouri is currently experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. The United States Drought Monitor map of Missouri released November 12th shows abnormally dry conditions in all of the Green Hills. Moderate drought was reported for portions of Adair, Macon, Chariton, Knox, Shelby, and Scotland counties. Moderate drought was also shown for all of […]

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USDA is investing $8M in North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, announced that the USDA is investing $8,017,000 to North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission. “Reliable access to clean, safe drinking water is an absolute necessity for a rural community’s ability to attract businesses, retain residents, improve economic conditions, […]

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USDA announces changes to emergency haying and grazing provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers. “FSA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres under certain […]

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Natural Resources Conservation Service announces March 30th application deadline for financial assistance

The Missouri USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced March 30th as the cut-off date to apply for Fiscal Year 2020 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program -Environmental Quality Incentive Program (RCPP-EQIP). EQIP allows farmers, ranchers, forestland managers, and landowners an opportunity to conserve natural resources by […]