Home Garden Tomatoes
In almost every survey, tomatoes always come out on top as the favorite vegetable of home gardeners. And why not?...
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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Property
by Sarah Denkler and Robert A. Pierce II ~ 05/25/16
The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of several species of hummingbird that frequent North America. The rufous hummingbird and few other western species are casual migrants that can be seen in the western half of Missouri during late summer and fall, but the ruby-throat is the species most commonly observed across the state. Hummingbirds are neotropical migrants, which means they spend winters in Mexico and Central and South America but nest in more temperate climates...
It's all about the slime: Building living soil
by David Trinklein, Associate Professor of Horticulture, MU Extension ~ 05/11/16
A single teaspoon of living soil can contain billions of bacteria, protozoa and fungi. When those soil microbes do what they do best--feed, reproduce and live--they produce mucilage or biofilm, which are nice words for slime. That slime is absolutely necessary to build good soil structure and maintain living soil...
Don't wait too long to plant cool-season vegetables
By Jennifer Schutter ~ 04/08/16
Radishes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower all grow best in cool weather. That's why they're called cool-season crops. If they're not planted early enough, they won't have enough time to grow before Missouri's heat arrives. Too often, inexperienced gardeners will plant cool-season crops in May...
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Bigger Yields May Demand More Micronutrients
Among crop producers, harvesting a high-yielding crop is a benchmark for success. Various practices and tools are evaluated based on whether they maximize yields and improve profitability potential. At BigYield.us, we view supplementing micronutrient levels as one -- in many cases, untapped -- strategy to maximize yields. ...
Condition Soil to Optimize Organic Matter Levels
Soil serves as the foundation for growing plants. Conditioning it and optimizing soil health can pay dividends because healthy soil creates conditions for producing high-yielding, high-quality crops. We at BigYield.us recently introduced a soil conditioner made from humic and fulvic acids. ...
Support Soil, Plant Health with Biological, Sweetener Applications
For a crop to perform well, it needs the right balance of genetic potential, sound management practices and environmental conditions. In other words, choosing seed that performs well gives producers a start for growing a good crop, but producers must also adopt good management practices and provide crops with the right environmental conditions...
Farming is a dangerous job. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers in the top 10 civilian occupations with high fatal work injury rates. One of the hazards...
For young workers, a job on the farm can be rewarding, but also hazardous. It's important to educate our future farmers about proper methods and safety. Whether it's teaching them to use an extinguisher to minimize fire...
You've finally decided to cut down some of those bothersome trees in the back 40. Grab your chain saw, safety glasses, a helmet, and earmuffs. Then analyze how to follow through on your project before you make a cut. John...