Corn in the field

MU Extension agronomist: Stick with corn until end of May

The wet and cold start to this year’s corn planting season bodes poorly for yields, based on research from the University of Missouri Extension. But MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold says farmers should not switch from corn to other crops or early maturing corn varieties because of rain-delayed planting. There is still time to get […]

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Weather observations for Trenton moving to water plant

The location of weather observations for Trenton is changing. Trenton Fire Chief Brandon Gibler reports the National Weather Service picked up the thermometer and rain guage from the fire station Tuesday to transition to a new site at the water treatment plant. Gibler says he believes precipitation observations will start at the plant immediately, but […]

Bridge Work

Opening of Newtown Branch Bridge delayed

The Missouri Department of Transportation reports winter precipitation and freezing temperatures have delayed the planned reopening of the Highway 139 Newtown Branch Bridge. The Newtown Branch Bridge is now expected to reopen in early April. Contractors from Widel, Incorporated, working with MoDOT, closed the bridge for a replacement project in January. MoDOT notes the work […]

Pothole

Audio: MoDOT’s crews staying busy filling potholes

Fluctuating temperatures are causing frequent thawing and freezing conditions which are taking a toll on the area streets and highways. Numerous potholes have been occurring causing issues for motorists who can not avoid them. Austin Hibler is the area engineer for Missouri Department of Transportation and notes the temporary filling in of the potholes are […]

Drone or Unmanned Ariel Vehicle

Researchers use UAVs to track insect dispersal patterns

In a paper to be released soon, researchers tell how they used drones to track migration patterns of pests. “This research will help us quickly determine habitat preference and dispersal patterns for newly detected invasive insect species,” says University of Missouri Extension field crops entomologist Kevin Rice. That information can help farmers decide how to […]

Pothole

Winter weather takes toll on north Missouri roads

Across Northwest Missouri, the effects of winter weather are evident everywhere you look frozen ground, canceled classes, snow-covered fields, and potholes. The Missouri Department of Transportation normally launches its pothole efforts in March, but with the extreme weather we’ve faced this year, the roads are taking a beating. When they’re not out plowing ice and […]