Tag Archives: University of Missouri Extension

Bumper Crop May Cause Storage Woes for Local Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent crop production report estimates corn production up by 11 percent over last year. while forecasting a 3 percent increase in soybeans, meaning crop producers will have more grain to sell at lower prices in 2016. Storage might become tight after this year’s excellent wheat yields, says University of Missouri […]

New Cash Rental Survey Shows Some Downward Trends

The latest USDA cash rental survey shows decreasing rental rates in some areas of Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Joe Koenen. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual survey September 9th. Atchison County in extreme northwest Missouri topped the state report with rental rates of $192 an acre, with […]

Chris Kempke Completes First Year with Missouri Extension Office

by Andrea Brassfield This time last year, Chris Kempke made the transition from college graduate to full-time employee when he was hired by the Missouri Extension Office in Scotland County to serve as Program Director for Scotland County and Community Development Specialist for Scotland County, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Clark and Lewis Counties.  Chris started his […]

Dry June Has Scotland County on Brink of Drought Designation

Crops need rain and lower temperatures soon for relief. Most crops are “just a few days away from difficult times,” says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. “We can go from ‘not so bad’ to ‘pretty bad’ quickly,” Wiebold says. Crops need up to 1-2.2 inches of rain weekly to grow well. In […]

El Nino Causes Wet November, Warm Start to Winter

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Winter is upon us. Will it be cold and snowy or will there be a mild winter this year in Missouri? That’s not an easy call, even though December is off to a warm start. The current strong El Nino, which is warmer than normal sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific, […]

Almond Milk: Healthy Or Hype?

Growing numbers of hipster millennials are choosing plant-based milks such as almond milk over traditional dairy milk. Before switching, however, it’s important to consider the nutritional value of plant-based milks, says University of Missouri Extension nutrition specialist Kelsey Jeter. Almond milk brings several beneficial nutrients to the table, Jeter says. It contains no cholesterol or […]

Dry Weather in August May Decrease Yield of Missouri Crops

It’s the worst-case scenario for crop yields—a wet spring and a dry August. After abundant rains in spring and summer, late-planted crops now face droughtlike conditions, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. Typically, July weather affects corn yield and early to mid-August weather affects soybean yield, Wiebold says. Not so this year. “With […]

Grazing School to be Held in Clark County

A two day Management Intensive Grazing School will be held in Clark County, Missouri, on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29th.  It will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.  The school is one of several regional grazing schools held in Missouri each […]

Soggy-Bottom Blues Killing the Green

by Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension Rain continues to reign in Missouri’s corn and soybean fields. The type and location of flooding determines damage to planted crops, says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. An understanding of flooding can help farmers consider options and risks. According to Wiebold, three factors determine how […]

Brown Patch Lawn Disease Could Erupt In Yards This Summer

Debbie Johnson University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brown patch is a fungal disease of turfgrass that loves two things: heat and moisture. “I’ve noticed a fair amount of brown patch starting to develop over the past two weeks and with the wet weather and warm temperatures that we’re seeing now, we’ll see a […]