[Masthead] Fair ~ 65°F  
High: 82°F ~ Low: 57°F
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ag News for Mid Missouri

Rustic Rehab
Rebecca Schnakenberg traced letters onto a rusted piece of corrugated roofing. At her shop, roughly a mile outside of...
The Waiting Game
Some would say farmers are never satisfied, especially when it comes to rain. My farmers would disagree. They would be...
FSA HEADLINES
USDA announces funding availability for biomass material into energy
WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will are accepting applications from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill...
Amendment 1 will keep Missouri farming (06/25/14)
The beginning of June saw several congressmen speak about the "Farming Rights" amendment. Congressman Sam Graves and...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders have successful informational series (05/23/14)
The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders have completed another successful winter educational series for the 2014 year. This year's...
David Hemme (Sweet Springs) (06/24/14)
David Hemme is no stranger to farmer. His family has been farming in Saline County since 1848. "This was the first stop...
FFA HEADLINES

2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members recognized at ceremony concluding the county fair
The 2014 Saline County Fair Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, July 20. A welcome was given by Sam Igo, followed by an introduction of the Senior Fair Queen, Kayla Elson and Junior Fair Queen, Molly Angelhow. The High Point Poultry award was presented to Josey Bartlett, the award was donated by Jerry and Kris Snapp family. ...

2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members show off horsemanship skills
The Saline County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show took place Saturday, July 19. The individual results are as follows: Haley Baker: Horse show, first, second and third place, three red ribbons, one white ribbon and one blue ribbon. Josey Bartlett: Horse show, first place and fourth place, three blue ribbons...

2014 Saline County Fair: Loges, Murphy earn Supreme Champion titles
Taylor Loges took the top honor with her Supreme Champion Chianina breeder cow and Cole Murphy earned the Supreme Champion market steer at the Saline County Fair Cattle Show Friday, July 18. Individual results as follows: Rachel Bagnell: Hereford - Senior Yearling, second place, blue ribbon...
MU EXTENSION CORNER
Don't forget about the water this summer
By Wendy Flatt/MU Extension Livestock Specialist ~ 06/25/14
Although we have had a cool spring, it won't be long before summer temperatures will arrive and with hot weather, livestock owners need to remember that hotter temperatures means increased consumption of water. Water is something most of us take for granted until we don't have easy access to it any longer. ...
Growing Grass in the Shade
By Tim Baker/MU Extension Horticulture Specialist ~ 05/23/14
One common question I frequently receive concerns how to establish and maintain a lawn in the shade. While we like to have shade trees in the yard, it's sometimes difficult to persuade grass that it needs to grow underneath those spreading branches. ...
4-H HEADLINES
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The 2014 Saline County Fair Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, July 20. A welcome was given by Sam Igo, followed by an introduction of the Senior Fair Queen, Kayla Elson and Junior Fair Queen, Molly Angelhow. The High Point Poultry award was presented to Josey Bartlett, the award was donated by Jerry... >>
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The Saline County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show took place Saturday, July 19. The individual results are as follows: Haley Baker: Horse show, first, second and third place, three red ribbons, one white ribbon and one blue ribbon. Josey Bartlett: Horse show, first place and fourth place, three... >>

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Your source for weather, climate and agricultural developments worldwide with detailed charts and tables. (Updated Tuesdays by 4pm CT)
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Hi: 82
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Lo: 63
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Missouri Farms Classifieds
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Waverly
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Miami
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Missouri River
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Wed 7am
John's Q&A
Understanding biologicals and their role in higher yields
Question: If Biologicals are all natural then don't they already exist in my soil, and aren't they already hard at work for me? Answer: The short answer is no... As growers, we are faced with a wide variety of soil types and soil conditions. Unfortunately, the types of beneficial organisms that we're discovering through biological research are not created within your soil under normal growing conditions...

The Fight for Higher Yields
There is a lot of talk among farmers about how to increase yields, while at the same time, lowering costs. One of the more recent technologies that is successfully doing this very thing is the rise of various microbial formulations for row crops. Question: What does the term "Biologicals" mean? Answer: "Biologicals" are living microorganisms that are bacterial or fungal in nature, and that are derived from plant extracts. These are unsynthesized organisms that have not been created from any chemical ...
Farm Safety
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Updated 05/23 @ 5:34 PM
Contrary to the popular image of fresh air and peaceful surroundings, a farm is not a hazard-free work setting. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents. According to the...