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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Ag News for Mid Missouri
Arlene Gieselman
The flavor and texture of a black walnut makes it one of the most popular nuts used by cooks throughout the country....
Tall tales and yield totals
My mother-in-law had a saying: "The first liar doesn't have a chance." She was usually referring to harvest time when...
Missouri ag students receive new curriculum
JEFFERSON CITY -- Agriculture students in Missouri high schools and junior colleges are learning from a new curriculum this school year. Funded by FCS Financial through a grant to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Ag Management, Economics & Sales curriculum is the first curriculum developed as a partnership between the public and private sectors...
Mizers chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Saline County (10/08/14)
Paul and Brenda Mizer and family of Marshall were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair's Farm...
Stephens named 2014 pork industry environmental stewards (10/08/14)
The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected two pork farms to be honored as...
Through the grapevine: Baltimore Bend's path leads from vine to glass (09/24/14)
On a dewy, unseasonably cool Saturday morning in early September, a group of approximately 15 family, volunteers, FFA...
John Pat and Justin Samson (Marshall) (09/24/14)
John Pat Samson has been farming in the Saline County area all his life as he took over for his father. He hasn't had...

FFA: Martha Cowherd
"Agriculture is a very broad term used in today's world. Most people think of agriculture as being animals and crops, but it is not just all agriculture is. Agriculture also includes food you eat every day and many of the necessities you use. There is not a job out there in the world that does not use agriculture. We need agriculture to live, and that is what agriculture is to me!"...

FFA: Dustin Neal
"Agriculture means ... LIFE. Without agriculture there would be not LIFE." Dustin Neal, 2014-2015 Reporter, Concordia FFA Chapter

FFA: Kimberly Michaels
"I think agriculture is really important because it is everything. Agriculture is all around us and it affects everything we do, even though some people don't think agriculture affects everything we do, but it does, because it is our life. People need to take agriculture more seriously."...
Using cover crops for feed or grazing
By Wayne Crook/Agronomy specialist ~ 10/24/14
The use of cover crops as a means to improve soil health and reduce erosion and to some degree for weed control is increasing in the area. Some producers see this crop as an additional source for forage. Agencies have lifted some restrictions on the use of cover crops. ...
Grain storage bags
By Wayne Crook/Agronomy specialist ~ 10/24/14
The 2014 crop is producing a bumper crop. A record corn crop, rail transportation delays, long lines at elevators, and low commodity prices are resulting in a need for alternative storage solutions and a way to expedite harvest. One storage solution that has been around for a while is grain storage bags. ...
Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck of Apple
Story by Tim Baker/MU Extension and horticulture specialist ~ 10/24/14
This fall, I've have been contacted on several occasions by homeowners who were worried about the apples from their orchards. Their apples had black, sooty-looking blotches all over. The blackened material was just superficial, and did not penetrate the skin. It seemed to rub off with a bit of scrubbing. Were these safe to eat?...
Crowds gathered on the Missouri State Fairgrounds to Celebrate Kids in Agriculture - Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Saturday, Aug. 16. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, with record-breaking prices, raising $152,600... >>
Simeon Buie, son of Dan and Rebecca Buie, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. He is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club. Buie's prize-winning chickens weighed an average of 5.95 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens honor also went... >>

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John's Q&A
With low grain prices, my farming costs are too high ... What do I do?
With low grain prices, my farming costs are too high ... What do I do? In the last issue I discussed a new way to apply fertilizer that enables you to recover some of the fertility that exists in your soil, but that is unavailable to your plants because of it being bound up. ...
Fertilizer: Do you want to lower your fertilizer costs?
Fertilizer: Do you want (and need) to lower your fertilizer costs? And are you getting what you're paying for? Today I want to discuss a newer practice that I'm seeing that involves biologicals and dry fertilizer. Biologicals offer growers a way to free up nutrients in their soil and take their fertility to the next level. Below I will show you how to do more with less on your next fertilizer application...
Today's soybean and consumer demand
Today's soybean and consumer demand In my last two articles I've been focusing on Biologicals and the what's and why's of how important they can be to your farming operation. Today, I want to step back a little bit and look at the bigger picture. I want to tell you why all of this will impact your future and how your farming business can benefit from the changes that are taking place today in our culture...
Farm Safety
You can start by increasing your awareness of farming hazards and making a conscious effort to prepare for emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires, and chemical...
A lightning protection system consists of the following five parts: air terminals (lightning rods), conductors, ground connections (electrodes), bonding and lightning arrestors. Air terminals, or lightning rods, are metal...
Never use frayed power cords Power cords are used extensively on farms. From powering tools to powering machinery, extension cords see a lot of wear and tear. Check your power cords constantly for frays and exposed wiring....