Category Archives: AGRICULTURE

Meeting Planned to Provide Input into Federal Conservation Programs

Written on July 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm, by

A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will meet at 2 p.m. July 27th at The Edina USDA Service Center. The working group is comprised primarily of representatives of various local, state and federal agencies with knowledge […]

Missouri Producers Have Until August 1st to Enroll in ARC/PLC

Written on July 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm, by

COLUMBIA – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director (SED) Kimberly Viers reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until August 1st to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year. These programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural […]

Extension Expert Says Delayed Hay Harvest Calls for Testing

Written on June 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm, by

This year’s delayed hay harvest calls for hay testing. University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Anthony Ohmes says farmers benefit from routine hay testing. Hay quality varies based on forage species, maturity, management, harvest conditions, and insect or disease damage. Guessing the quality of hay fed to livestock could result in lower profits, Ohmes says. […]

Cover Crop Residue Can Complicate Nitrogen Management in Corn

Written on June 7, 2017 at 8:46 am, by

Farmers who rely on surface-applied nitrogen may have difficulty if they apply to fields with high surface residue, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory. This is especially true for UAN solution, Lory says. Residue can temporarily tie up nitrogen fertilizer because it is taken up by microorganisms decomposing the residue. “This […]

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

Written on June 6, 2017 at 4:31 pm, by

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly […]

Spring Weather Hurt Fescue Growth, But Second Cutting May Be Possible

Written on May 3, 2017 at 11:07 am, by

This may be the year for two cuttings of tall fescue hay. That’s good news. The bad news: The first cutting will make lousy hay, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage agronomist. Erratic weather caused fescue to set seed early. Under stress, grass made seed instead of leaves. “Those early seed stems must […]

Scotland County Vet Clinic to Host Rabies Clinic

Written on April 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm, by

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. It is important to have your pets vaccinated because, although a majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans […]

Plants and Natural Remedies Used to Repel Insects

Written on April 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm, by

by Andrea Brassfield With threats of a buggy spring and summer, enjoying the great outdoors might be a little trickier, especially if you aren’t a fan of chemical pesticides and bug sprays.  Fortunately, some selective planting in your landscape can also help with pesky, unwanted guests who want to crash your party. Many decorative flowers […]

Johnston, Fellow WIU Ag Students Win National Honors

Written on April 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm, by

MACOMB, IL – Three Western Illinois University School of Agriculture students won awards in the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization Conference March 14 in St. Charles, MO.  Kylee Johnston, a junior agriculture major from Memphis, MO, won first place in the Career Progress Horticulture, Environmental and Natural Resource System category; Brandon Livingston, a freshman […]

Extension to Offer Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Memphis

Written on February 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm, by

Private Pesticide Applicator Training will be offered on Tuesday March 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Memphis Housing Authority meeting room on Cornelius Avenue. Park by the meeting room/office. Each training session will last approximately two hours. In order to obtain or renew private pesticide applicator certification each individual must attend one […]