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Agriculture

Stalk rot in Corn (09/15/14)
As corn matures and seed fill progresses, the plant will mobilize or move sugars from the stalk and leaves to fill the kernels. This process is referred to as stalk cannibalization and causes disintegration of the pith cells. This process in turn results in weakened stalks which are susceptible to physiological stalk lodging and stalk rots. ...
Aflatoxin in Corn (09/08/14)
Aflatoxin in corn has been a problem in the past. In scouting fields in the area, I have found some ears with what appears to be aspergillius fungus on the tips of the ear. I did not see much evidence of earworm damage in those fields. The fungus was primarily showing up on the tips of ears that had grown past the end of the shucks. At this point in time the amount of aspergillius does not seem to be a problem...
Attorney General Koster endorses Amendment 1 (07/14/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Accompanied by representatives of Missouri's major agricultural organizations, Attorney General Chris Koster today announced his support for Constitutional Amendment 1, also known as the "Right to Farm" amendment. In stating his support for Amendment 1 Koster said, "The Right to Farm Amendment will ensure that agricultural production in Missouri is always economically competitive with other states across the country. ...
SCCC class present trailer for Saline County Ambulance District (12/09/13)
Randy Plattner, the instructor of ag construction at Saline County Career Center, finally got to present a trailer that were two semesters in the making. Along with the students of his class this semester, he presented the 16-feet-long by 6-feet-wide trailer requested by the Saline County Ambulance District Thursday, Dec. 5, at SCCC...
Houston E. Mull Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Auction has great turnout (10/28/13)
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the 9th Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship event was enjoyed by many. The local FFA Chapter, along with members from Slater, Sweet Springs, Santa Fe and Malta Bend, sponsored the event held at the Saline County Fairground...
ASA debuts redesigned SoyStats.com site (10/28/13)
According to Missouri Farmer Today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) recently unveiled the redesigned SoyStats.com. It is home for SoyStats, the ASA's annual publication of statistical data on the U.S. soybean industry. The site provides information on planting data, yield, production, market value, uses, exports and global competitors...
September broke temperature records in Missouri (10/21/13)
September in Missouri was uncharacteristically warm for the beginning of the fall season. "The heat wave that started in August spilled over into September," said Pat Guinan, climatologist for the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program. "There were places in the state that saw triple-digit heat in September, including several locations in the northern and western parts of the state."...
Malta Bend FFA Chapter donates sweet corn to Marshall Food Pantry (08/30/13)
"Small in numbers, big in actions." The Malta Bend FFA Chapter certainly lived up to their motto on Friday morning, Aug. 16. As a big way to kick off the year, some members of the chapter, along with school Superintendent John Angelhow and a few volunteers, picked 725 pounds of sweet corn from one of Mid-Missouri Energy's donated food plots. ...
Malta Bend FFA Chapter kicks off fruit sales (08/30/13)
The Malta Bend FFA Chapter kicked off their annual fruit sales fundraiser Aug. 29. Chapter members will be selling products from LC Produce, which is a Missouri-based company. They guarantee top quality products. This is the one and only fundraiser that the Malta Bend FFA Chapter puts on during the calendar year, so any and all support is greatly appreciated!...
Marshall FFA Chapter earns national honors for second year (08/13/13)
The Marshall FFA Chapter has proven its value once again after being selected as a 2013 Top 10 Model of Excellence Chapter, second year in a row. This is a prestigious accomplishment because they are one of 10 chapters out of almost 7,500 chapters, nationally...
Show-Me-Select Heifer meeting set for Feb. 26 (02/07/13)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist The Show-Me-Select Heifer Development Program (SMS) is a statewide program designed to improve the quality of replacement heifers added to beef herds in Missouri. This University of Missouri educational program outlines specific practices, which have proven to be a benefit in developing a replacement heifer that will have a long and productive life in a Missouri herd...
End Rows for Feb. 5, 2013 (02/07/13)
Enbridge pipeline If the Enbridge pipeline is going to go through your CRP ground, please contact the FSA office administering the contract as soon as possible. There is some action required on your part if you want to continue that area in the CRP contract...
Soils and Crops conference on Feb. 6 in Richmond (01/31/13)
The Annual Soils and Crops Conference is an event that gives producers the opportunity to hear the latest information and ideas from University of Missouri specialists; allowing them to make pivotal management decisions from research-based data. During the seminar, state MU Extension specialists will make presentations and answer questions on the following topics: Missouri Drought, Management Techniques to Increase Yield Stability, Cover Crops, and a Crop Pest Update...
Alternative forages may help (01/31/13)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist Alternative forages are an important topic in light of the 2012 drought. Many beef cattle producers need to assess what plants currently comprise pastures and hay fields and decide if changes are needed. Producers can use the winter months to gather information on forage options in order to be prepared to act when early spring conditions allow agronomic practices to occur...
Workshop to focus on pasture renovation (01/31/13)
The summer of 2012 brought one of the worst droughts Missouri has had since the 1980's and pastures suffered immensely. Dr. Rob Kallenbach, Professor and State Forage Specialist at the University of Missouri, will give suggestions on making pastures more productive or doing a total pasture renovation...
Santa Fe Agri-leaders symposium set for Jan. 24 (01/21/13)
Glen Waters of Purina spoke to members of the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders on Thursday, Jan. 17. He covered feeding cattle during current drought conditions. He covered other timely topics including aflatoxin in corn. The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders sponsor weekly winter meetings. This week their annual Global Ag Symposium is set for Jan. 22 at the Concordia Community Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the keynote speaker begins at 9 a.m...
Global Ag symposium will be Jan. 24 (01/21/13)
Once again, the Santa Fe AgriLeaders Global Ag Symposium will help local farmers learn more about the global influences affecting their livelihood. The Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 S. Gordon Street...
(Updated 8:45 a.m.) Missouri Director of Ag speaks to Agri-Leaders (01/03/13)
Missouri's Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler was the keynote speaker at the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders annual dinner meeting on Jan. 3 at Santa Fe High School. Hagler noted that agriculture has been the bright spot during the nation's recent recession. "Agriculture was the only sector of the economy that continued to do well," he said. "People continued to invest in agriculture. We saw exports expanding and growing."...
Malta Bend FFA members combine greenhouse and goldfish (12/26/12)
More than 1,600 gallons of water, 300 fish, 13 students, hundreds of hours of hard work, a re-habbed greenhouse and unlimited trial and error produced Malta Bend FFA's newest project. The chapter, led by president Danny Kiehl, has recently built an elaborate aquaculture and hydroponics system in their school greenhouse...
Marshall FFA heads to National Convention as one of nation's elite (10/23/12)
As they head to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Marshall FFA members are still trying to grasp the enormity of their accomplishments thus far. Last spring, the chapter exceeded their goal of moving up in the standings as Missouri's top chapters, by being named number one in the state. Their awards continued when they learned in August they had been named one of the top 10 FFA chapters in the nation as Models of Excellence finalist...
Marshall FFA heads to National Convention as one of nation's elite (10/23/12)
As they head to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Marshall FFA members are still trying to grasp the enormity of their accomplishments thus far. Last spring, the chapter exceeded their goal of moving up in the standings as Missouri's top chapters, by being named number one in the state. Their awards continued when they learned in August they had been named one of the top 10 FFA chapters in the nation as Models of Excellence finalist...
Slater FFA dedicates new shop annex (10/18/12)
The Slater FFA Alumni and others helped contribute funds so the chapter could add onto the FFA shop. On Oct. 10, Slater school board members and others gathered for the annex dedication.
End Rows for Oct. 16 (10/18/12)
New crop reporting deadlines for 2013 pasture and wheat All producers are reminded that the acreage reporting date for fall seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest. The new acreage reporting deadline for biennial and perennial forage crops is Nov. 15, 2012...
McReynolds honored at reception (09/27/12)
Longtime Saline County Soil Conservationist Wayne McReynolds was honored at a reception on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Wood and Huston Community Room. McReynolds,73, has worked at the Saline County Natural Resources Conservation Service since it was formed 1974. He has spent more than 52 years working in civil service...
Getting cattle through the winter (09/27/12)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist It is about 200 days until mid-April 2013 when producers can normally expect spring green-up in pastures. Recent rains have provided some relief from drought conditions and many pastures are producing some fall growth...
FFA chapters express appreciation (09/12/12)
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Marshall FFA president Abrea Mizer and Sweet Springs FFA president Mikalah Vogelsmeier presented a plaque of appreciation to Central Missouri AgriService. The chapters were rewarding the business for their generous contribution to the FFA Jackpot Show held on Memorial Day weekend each year...
(Updated 9:50 am.) Marshall FFA chapter among elite in the nation (08/19/12)
The Marshall High School FFA chapter found out on Friday, Aug. 17, they had been selected Marshall as a National Models of Excellence finalist. "We are just super ecstatic," said Jason Price, one of the Marshall's FFA advisors. Only 10 FFA chapters in the United States -- from among 7,489 chapters -- were selected for the designation...
WB Young puts finishing touches on bin at ethanol plant (08/15/12)
Workers from WB Young Company of Marshall are putting the final touches on a 730,000 bushel grain bin at Mid-Missouri Energy ethanol plant near Malta Bend. Using a 165-ton and a 210-ton crane from Scotts Crane Rental in Holt Summit, Mo., workers hoisted a 40,400-pound drag conveyer and catwalk onto the 120-foot-tall bin early Tuesday morning, Aug. ...
Low yields and early corn harvest result of 2012 drought (08/15/12)
In year of record high temperatures and record low rainfall, Saline County's corn harvest may break another record for the earliest start. Some area farmers started shelling corn the first week of August, at least three weeks earlier than normal. "We've been getting some in. There are three or four people picking and hauling to town," said John Fletcher, general manager of Central Missouri Agri-Service of Marshall. "It's certainly not a feverish pitch yet, but there is some stuff going on."...
Low yields and early corn harvest result of 2012 drought (08/15/12)
In year of record high temperatures and record low rainfall, Saline County's corn harvest may break another record for the earliest start. Some area farmers started shelling corn the first week of August, at least three weeks earlier than normal. "We've been getting some in. There are three or four people picking and hauling to town," said John Fletcher, general manager of Central Missouri Agri-Service of Marshall. "It's certainly not a feverish pitch yet, but there is some stuff going on."...
Farmers discuss aflatoxin and insurance at annual plot tour (08/08/12)
High temperatures and drought took its toll on the annual Santa Fe Agri-Leaders plot tour on Aug. 7, prompting a move indoors to the Alma Community Center. However, a large number of farmers still gathered to hear seed company representatives describe their different varieties available now and in the future...
Emergency program to provide water for livestock approved (07/31/12)
Livestock farmers faced with immediate water shortages due to the 2012 drought could get help through a recently approved federal Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). Funding for the program has not yet been approved, according to Jared Singer, Saline County's FSA executive director. However, they are taking applications now until Sept. 28...
Another hot, but successful Central District FFA Fair (07/17/12)
Another hot, but successful, Central District FFA Fair wrapped up on Tuesday, July 17 at the Saline County Fairground. Roughly 52 of the Central District's 66 FFA chapters participated in this year's fair. Although entries were down slightly from last year, Lee Crabtree, ag adviser for Crest Ridge FFA and chairman of the Central District Fair, was pleased with the way the fair turned out again this year...
First day of Central District FFA fair wraps up (07/16/12)
Hundreds of FFA members from across Missouri and their projects converged on the Saline County Fairground on Monday, July 16 for the annual Central District FFA Fair. Several area students did well in the first day of shows, according to preliminary results...
(Updated Thursday, June 28) Boat tour gives reporters up-close view of Jameson Island (06/22/12)
A sketch of the Missouri River channel in the late 1800s shows a striking familiarity with a current three-mile long shallow-water habitat chute cutting through the Jameson Island unit of the Big Muddy Wildlife Refuge located below Arrow Rock. Two small boats ferried a small group of reporters, along with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, up river to view the site at the center of a controversy between river stakeholders...
Farmers testify in front of Missouri Clean Water Commission (06/12/12)
By MARCIA GORRELL Staff writer At a joint public hearing on Monday, June 11, 2012, the Missouri Clean Water Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listened for more than four hours as approximately 40 speakers addressed the Corps' request for a water quality permit...
Farmers testify in front of Missouri Clean Water Commission (Update 11:15 a.m. June 12) (06/12/12)
At a joint public hearing in Jefferson City Monday, June 11, the Missouri Clean Water Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listened for more than four hours as approximately 40 speakers addressed the corps' request for a water quality permit that would enable it to dump soil from a new chute extension at Jameson Island into the Missouri River...
"Ladies Day Out" provides passport to a special day (05/31/12)
Three wineries and a landscape company, along with a chartered bus and happy hour are on tap for "Ladies Day Out" on June 23. The day, sponsored by the Santa Fe Agri-leaders, will give women a chance to enjoy a day catered to their interests. "Our chapter does a lot for the farmers and the producers, so we just wanted to do something especially for women this time," said Brittany Hemme, advisor of the Agri-Leaders...
Missouri's number one chapter holds annual banquet (Updated 8:40 a.m. May 18) (05/07/12)
Fresh off being named the number one chapter in the state, the Marshall High School FFA had plenty to celebrate at their annual banquet on May 4 in the school commons. Representative Joe Aull (D-Marshall) presented the FFA members and advisors with a proclamation regarding the top Missouri Chapter Activity Award they received at the 84th Missouri FFA convention...
Sweet Springs FFA holds annual banquet (05/07/12)
The Sweet Springs FFA once again celebrated a long list of accomplishments during their annual chapter banquet on May 2 in the school gymnasium. After a chapter carry-in dinner, the officer team announced awards, including $5,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors...
Marshall FFA ag issues team wins district (04/16/12)
The Marshall FFA Agriculture Issues team recently attended the Area 6 FFA Contest held in Higginsville on March 20 and received first place out of three teams competing. Last week they competed at District FFA Contest in Warrensburg and won first place. ...
Malta Bend FFA to hold plant sale on Saturday, April 7 (04/05/12)
The Malta Bend FFA will be holding a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the school's greenhouse. Flowers, pots, planted pots, hanging baskets and various vegetables will be for sale. There will also be various planted items available for bid. Bids will close at noon...
Malta Bend FFA to hold plant sale on Saturday, April 7 (04/05/12)
The Malta Bend FFA will be holding a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the school's greenhouse. Flowers, pots, planted pots, hanging baskets and various vegetables will be for sale. There will also be various planted items available for bid. Bids will close at noon...
National firm's bankruptcy sends ripples through Saline County (04/04/12)
The bankruptcy of a New York-based brokerage firm and the subsequent disappearance of up to $1.6 billion in customer funds has affected some in the agriculture community, including a few in Saline County. On Oct. 31, 2011, MF Global, a major commodities and futures brokerage firm filed for bankruptcy. As the drama unfolded, it was discovered an estimated $500,000 to $1.6 billion of customers' funds was missing...
(Updated 10:27 a.m.) Farmers hear from Corps officials in Richmond (04/02/12)
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, area farmers, members of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association and Army Corps of Engineers officials met in Richmond on Monday, April 2 to discuss Missouri River issues. Cleaver said after touring area farm fields and hearing farmer's frustrations during the flooding of 2011, he wanted to facilitate a meeting before this spring...
New Area officers chosen (04/02/12)
Several local students were elected to serve as 2012-2013 Area VI officers. From left are: Historian Jillian Bertz - Odessa; Parlimentarian Taylor West - Wellington-Napoleon; Vice President Danny Kiehl-Malta Bend; Sentinel Kaylee McEachern-Slater; Treasurer Jack Lang -Boonville; Secretary Mikalah Vogelsmeier-Sweet Springs; Chaplain Kendall Kelley-Orrick; President Nora Faris-Concordia and Reporter Brian Bueker-Higginsville...
Warm weather may mean more insects (03/20/12)
By WAYNE CROOK University of Missouri Extension agronomy Specialist The warm weather we are now experiencing is a lot more enjoyable than the snow and cold we had last year. But along with it are some changes in what is happening in the field. ...
It pays to supplement cows during calving (03/13/12)
Welcome to March. New calves are arriving daily. Winter is past, for the most part, and spring is just around the corner. Pastures are beginning to green up. March is a difficult time to feed beef cows, however. Cows are beginning to chase the new grass, even though there isn't enough available to meet their nutrient needs. ...
(Updated Monday, March 12) Women in Ag wraps up another successful event, gives glimpse of 2013 line-up (03/09/12)
Approximately 275 women and men from surrounding states and more than 30 Missouri counties were in Marshall on Friday, March 9, for the ninth annual Women in Agriculture regional conference at the Martin Community Center. "We were delighted with the number of people who came to the conference," said Cynthia Crawford, University of Missouri Extension Specialist. ...
Several things to check if using young bull (02/28/12)
By GENE SCHMITZ University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist Many cow-calf producers purchase new bulls in March and April. Managing these young bulls between now and the beginning of the breeding season is critical to their longevity in your herd...
Fairground fundraiser a success (02/22/12)
By all accounts, the first Denim and Diamonds dinner and auction to benefit the Saline County Fairground was a success. "I was very pleased overall," said Jill Lilleman, one of the event coordinators. According to unofficial results, about 194 tickets were sold for the dinner and fundraiser. Proceeds will be used for improvements to the bath and shower house on the fairground...
Annual Women in Ag conference set for March 9 (02/22/12)
Like many things, Saline County's Women in Agriculture Regional Conference, set for March 9 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall, seems to get better with age. "We think this one is going to be the best one yet," said Cynthia Crawford, Family Financial Education Specialist for University of Missouri-Extension in Saline County...
Impressive list of speakers show up for annual Missouri levee meeting (02/13/12)
With a large number of security present, approximately 250 farmers, levee sponsors, government and Army Corps of Engineer officials spent an afternoon and evening listening to an impressive lineup of speakers at the annual Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association meeting Feb.11, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia...
Global Ag Symposium set for Jan. 26 (01/19/12)
Area farmers can learn more about local agriculture and its international impact at the Global Ag Symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 South Gordon Street in Concordia. "We are really excited about the program," said David Lueck of Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, which is presenting the conference for the second year...
Good news coming for levee districts (01/10/12)
After record flooding this summer, area Missouri River levee districts recently received good news from Washington, D.C. and Jefferson City. On Friday, Jan. 6, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced more than $3.3 million in Community Block Development Grants would be available to assist seven districts along the Missouri River to rebuild damaged levees...
Calving Clinic for women set for Jan. 17 (01/09/12)
The University of Missouri Extension will be holding a free "Calving Clinic -- Especially for Women" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Saline County Extension Office in Marshall. The clinic will teach women how to care for the mother and newborn calf, kid, lamb or foal, especially after a difficult birth...
National FFA stuff (12/07/11)
Prepared by Kent Schescke, National FFA Organization, and Jay Jackman, National Association of Agricultural Educators, to Assist School-based Agricultural Educators Hazardous Occupation Order #1 The department seeks to "retain and expand" Ag HO1 by removing the 20 PTO horsepower threshold; requiring that tractors operated by 14- and 15-year old student-learners be equipped with roll-over protective structure (ROPS); mandating seatbelt use by student-learners; requiring student-learners to have a valid state driver's license if operating tractors on public roads; and prohibiting use of most electronic devices.. ...
Corn growers statement (12/07/11)
Missouri Corn Battles Onerous Regulations Dec. 6, 2011, from mocorn.org Traveling down a familiar road, a government agency has once again proposed a measure that would inhibit farm productivity. If approved, the recent proposal by the Department of Labor (DOL) would place strict limitations on youth working on farms, creating serious negative impacts on production agriculture. ...
Grange news release (12/07/11)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Grange recently took a stand against proposed regulations by the U.S. Dept. of Labor that would limit the ability of teenagers to assist in farming operations across the country, calling the proposal "destructive" to the agriculture industry...
10 new Century Farms honored (Updated 9:20 a.m., Nov. 11) (11/10/11)
Saline County has once again kept the distinction of having the most Century Farms in the state of Missouri. On Thursday, Nov. 10, ten more area farms were honored at the annual Century Farm Recognition and Celebration at the courthouse. "We realize this is a special recognition for the families to say, 'Hey, this farm has been in our family for 100 years.' So with that, congratulations," said Vince Buck, president of Saline County Farm Bureau, after an opening performance by the Marshall Community Chorus.. ...
Farmers, landowners meet with Corps, Fish and Wildlife officials (11/10/11)
"If the river gets 35 feet we'll deal with it, but we just don't like you doing things to make the rock dikes erode...," Kelly Thorp, Grand Pass.
Steak dinner and auction concludes 7th Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship trail ride (Updated 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8) (11/05/11)
More than 300 people attended a steak dinner and auction at the Saline County Fairground on Saturday, Nov. 5, to conclude the 7th Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship Trail Ride. Although the final total hasn't been tallied yet, organizers said they were very pleased with the turnout. All proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for local FFA students...
Corps to hold public information meeting on Bakers Bend (11/01/11)
The United States Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the Bakers Bend Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation -Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project on Nov. 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Baker's Bend Mitigation site...
National Young Farmers Institute and tours to be held in Kansas City (Updated Oct. 31) (10/28/11)
organized the event. Attendees will be able to attend delagate sessions and two days of touring agriculture-related business...
(Updated Thursday, Oct. 27) Large crowd comes out for agriculture town hall meeting (10/26/11)
Standing together as an industry and getting the word out about threats to agriculture was the main theme of an town hall meeting held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. Approximately 100 people from as far away as Lebanon, attended the meeting which was sponsored by Missouri Farmers Care and the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders...
Missouri levee board of directors meets in Boonville (Updated Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.) (10/25/11)
Repairing levees, loss of farmland and contacting legislators were among the subjects discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association (MLDDA) Board of Director's meeting in Boonville. Approximately 30 farmers, along with representatives from levee districts and federal and state agencies, gathered in a conference room at the Isle of Capri Casino. ...
Sweet Springs FFA member wins national FFA speaking event (Updated Oct. 24 ) (10/21/11)
INDIANAPOLIS- It is just starting to sink in to Sweet Springs' sophomore Heath Snider that on Friday, Oct. 21, out of the beginning pool of over 100,000 students, he was named the National Creed Speaking champion at the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Marshall to host town hall meeting on agriculture issues tonight (Updated Oct. 26) (10/21/11)
Marshall will be hosting the second in a statewide series of town hall meetings focusing on current threats to agriculture. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Martin Community Center, is sponsored by Missouri Farmers Care, and the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders...
Town Hall meeting focused on threats to agriculture (10/17/11)
Standing together as an industry and getting the word out about threats to agriculture was the main theme of an town hall meeting held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. Approximately 100 people from as far away as Lebanon, attended the meeting which was sponsored by Missouri Farmers Care and the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders...
River continues to erode levee in Grand Pass bottoms (10/04/11)
Even as the Missouri River recedes from the Flood of 2011, members of the Saline-Lafayette Levee district found out Tuesday, Oct. 4, their fight isn't over. On Tuesday morning, they discovered another large piece of a private levee located in the Grand Pass bottoms, had sloughed off into the river...
National Saler cattle tour features Saline County livestock (10/03/11)
About 60 ranchers and farmers from across the United States were in the area on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the 2011 National Salers tour. A Saline County farm, M&S Salers, located in the Houstonia area, had several of their cattle on display during a stop at Lindenhill Farms north of Sedalia...
Corn harvest begins in county (09/16/11)
Weather and location are making a big difference in area yields as Saline County farmers begin the 2011 corn harvest. Area elevators are reporting anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of area fields have been harvested. "The last couple days have picked up, but it's not like we're in full harvest yet either," said Willa Wiese, grain accountant at Farmer's Grain Terminal near Slater...
Saline County Farm Family of the Year: The Bolands (08/31/11)
Going to the Missouri State Fair is nothing new for Rene and David Boland and sons Brent and Austin. They are usually there with pigs a few days before it opens and spend all 10 days it is open each summer, showing up to 12 different pigs in various classes...
Saline County Farm Bureau holds annual dinner meeting (08/17/11)
A large crowd attended the Saline County Farm Bureau annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Saline County Fairground Multipurpose Building. Local president Vince Buck introduced the speaker for the evening, Missouri Farm Bureau Vice President Todd Hays...
SF Agri-Leaders to host golf tournament and farm tour (07/29/11)
The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders will host a golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 4 and a mini-crop and farm tour on Friday, Aug. 5. The tour will conclude Friday evening with a meal at Fahrmeier Family Farms and Vineyards near Lexington. "It should be a really great tour," said Brittany Hemme, adult agriculture education advisor at Santa Fe High School...
Several youth show at Slater Purple Ribbon Livestock Show (07/25/11)
Slater's Purple Ribbon Livestock Show was held on Saturday, July 23 at the livestock facility near the Slater City Park. A large number of exhibitors from Slater, as well as other neighboring towns, braved the warm temperatures and exhibited hogs, sheep, goats and cattle...
FFA chapter donates corn to Marshall pantry (07/21/11)
Approximately 14 members of Malta Bend FFA picked sweet corn Wednesday evening to donate to Community Food Pantry in Marshall. Thursday, July 21, the chapter delivered nearly 1,100 pounds. From left to right are Tyler Jenkins, a Malta Bend freshman and FFA chapter officer; Danny Kiehl, a Malta Bend junior and FFA chapter president; Terry Jenkins, Malta Bend Ag Advisor; Kelsey Forquran, State FFA secretary; and Ron Duvall of the food pantry...
District FFA fair wraps up with three more livestock shows (07/12/11)
The Central District FFA Fair wrapped up a hot, but successful two-day event on July 12 at the Saline County Fairground. In all, approximately 60 schools, representing Areas 6, 7 and 8, participated in at least one event...
Area FFA members shine at Central District Fair (07/11/11)
Although flooded roads, meant a little longer travel time for some, FFA members, animals and exhibits representing over 60 schools came to the Saline County Fairground on Monday, July 11 for the annual Central District FFA Fair. During the day, hundreds of exhibits ranging from vegetables to barbecue grills were judged. FFA members also exhibited hogs, rabbits, poultry, sheep and horses during the day...
Volunteers no longer needed in Grand Pass bottoms on Tuesday (Updated 3:15 p.m. Monday) (07/11/11)
Update: Levee officials say they have gotten enough help for Tuesday, but thank everyone who considered pitching in.
Private levee overtops in Malta Bend bottoms (Updated 10:20 a.m. Monday) (07/08/11)
For the first time since the Flood of 1993, a private levee in the Malta Bend bottoms started overtopping on Friday evening, July 8, after workers spent countless hours and over 10,000 sandbags trying to hold it. However, with the Missouri River rising over six inches in the last two days and over a foot in the past week, they finally had to give up, said Jim Backes, who owns part of the levee...
MoDOT thinks U.S. 65 will soon close between Waverly and Carrollton (07/08/11)
On Friday, July 8, the Missouri Department of Transportation issued an alert concerning U.S. Highway 65 between Waverly and Carrollton. They are "carefully watching an area along U.S. 65 in Carroll County between Waverly and Carrollton. A levee has failed and water is approaching the highway. It is not closed this morning, but eventual closure is expected for an almost 10-mile stretch in the river bottom between the two towns," the alert said...
Area levee districts using automatic sandbagging machine (07/05/11)
With the Missouri River rising over the weekend and no end in sight, a few Saline County levee districts are taking advantage of a sandbagging machine brought in by the Army Corps of Engineers this week. A large group of farmers and volunteers gathered near the Saline-Lafayette Levee in the Grand Pass bottoms on Tuesday, July 5, to use the machine. In assembly-line fashion, a large pay loader filled the machine with sand, while volunteers filled the bags, passing them down the line for others to tie and stack on pallets.
End Rows for June 7, 2011 (06/06/11)
FSA targets funds for socially disadvantaged farmers
Farmers keep a wary eye on the Mighty Missouri river (06/06/11)
Saline County farmers and levee district members along the Missouri River are bracing for a record water release upstream at Gavins Point. The Army Corps of Engineers has warned that the release of water is expected to reach a peak of 150,000 cubic feet per second around June 14. They predict that it could cause river levels as high or near the 1993 flood levels. According to Corps predictions it could take up to six days for the crest to hit Saline County...
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The Missouri Department of Conservation will be holding a Wild Turkey Management Workshop for land managers on Thursday June 30th @ 6 pm -- 9 pm at the Commercial Trust Building 119 North Main Street in Fayette, MO The topics to be covered will include...
End Rows for May 3, 2011 (05/02/11)
CRP -- Primary nesting season The primary nesting season runs from May 1st through July 15th. During this period, no mid-contract management or maintenance activities may be performed on CRP contract acres. If special circumstances require maintenance activity during this time, special permission must be requested in writing from the FSA county committee...
(Updated 7:43 p.m.) Saline County FFA members doing well at state convention | Freshman wins state Creed Speaking contest/ 3 chapters in top 25, with Sweet Spring No. 1 for 4th year (04/14/11)
Saline County is being well represented at the annual Missouri State FFA Convention, with two chapters being ranked in the top 10 and a local girl being named state secretary. The convention is taking place today and tomorrow, April 14 and 15 in Columbia...
End Rows April 12, 2011 (04/12/11)
CRP GENERAL SIGNUP ENDS APRIL 15 The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup period ends this Friday, April 15, 2011. Landowners enrolled in the CRP program receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland...
Malta Bend Horse judging team takes first in district (04/02/11)
It started out as a simple wager between three Malta Bend FFA students and their ag teacher before the Central District contests. But in the end it meant two first-place individuals, a third place individual and a district team champion for the school, as well as the loss of a 20-plus year mustache...
Several Marshall FFA members heading to state competition (04/01/11)
The Marshall High School FFA has been busy participating in several contests across the state this month. On Tuesday, March 29, several of Marshall's CDE (Career Development Event) teams competed in the Central District contest at Warrensburg. Eight of the teams qualified for that state that day and two teams, became alternates...
Plenty of anhydrous expected this spring (03/30/11)
Last spring tempers flared and long lines persisted as farmers across the entire corn belt were scrambling to put on anhydrous ammonia in a nation-wide late corn planting season. Although, it looks like another late spring for Saline County, Gabe Ramsey, sales manager at Central Missouri Agri-Service in Marshall said he doesn't think the same problems will happen this year as more anhydrous was put on last fall in the area and across the corn belt...
End Rows for March 29, 2011 (03/28/11)
FSA eAlerts In an effort to save money, the Missouri FSA will no longer be mailing postcards to producers for deadline reminders and other program information. As an alternative, producers can now sign up to receive program reminders through FSA eAlerts via e-mail and/or text message...
End Rows for March 22, 2011 (03/24/11)
Notice to hispanic or women farmers and ranchers If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic or because you are female, you may be able to apply for compensation...
More than 800 FFA members in Marshall for CDE contests (Updated 3 p.m. March 17)) (03/16/11)
More than 800 FFA students, representing 24 schools from as far away as Milan, converged on Marshall Wednesday, March 16, for the Marshall FFA Alumni Contest Day and Testing Skills Assessment Test.
End Rows for March 15, (03/14/11)
CRP general signup #41 CRP General Signup #41 started March 14 and will run through April 15, 2011. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and develop wildlife habitat...
(Updated 2:08 p.m.) Record breaking crowd attends annual Women in Ag conference (03/11/11)
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders get $2,500 Monsanto grant (03/09/11)
Local farmer Jeff Bergman (center) won the $2,500 "America's Farmer Grow Communities" grant. On Thursday, March 4, Jami Deters (right), Monsanto local field advisor for Lafayette County, was on hand at Santa Fe Agri-Leader's last winter meeting to present the check to the club. ...
County 4-H benefits from $2,500 grant (03/09/11)
Mae Durham of Saline County was technically the winner of the $2,500 check from the 2011 "America's Farmers Grow Communities" grant. However, the real winners are the Saline County members which Durham chose to benefit from the annual grant. Although she said she gave it some thought after learning she had won, Durham from rural Marshall, said she decided to give it to 4-H because her children and grandchildren had been members...
'Made a little history' as Saline County farm goes for $10,700 per acre (Updated 12:40 p.m. Monday) (02/18/11)
Women in Ag Conference: Eighth annual event promises fun, info, variety (02/16/11)
The eighth annual Women in Agriculture Regional Conference, set for March 11 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall, again promises a full-day of entertainment and information for all. "Each year after we finish we wonder how we can top that year's conference," said Cynthia Crawford, University of Missouri Extension specialist in Saline County, who along with other committee member, helps plan the conference each year...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders winter meeting schedule (02/14/11)
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. - Concordia Meeting Missouri Department of Conservation/Steve Hoell, Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry - and Paul Whitsell, Burr Oak Woods CNC Two topics rolled into one, this will be a class full of information like quail habitats, wildlife management, conservation, pricing timber on your farm, and much more...
End Rows for Feb. 15, 2011 (02/14/11)
Asparagus revenue market loss assistance payment (ALAP) program FSA's Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment (ALAP) Program compensates producers for marketing losses resulting from imports during the 2004 through 2007 crop years. Sign for ALAP began February 7, 2011 and continues through April 8, 2011...
Snowfall predictions for Snowpalooza 2011!! (01/31/11)
Just for fun let's predict the total snowfall amounts for Saline County. I don't have any prizes, but it should be fun nonetheless! Also if you have pictures of snowy farm scenes (safely taken) please send them to me at mgorrell@marshallnews.com and I will post them on the Ag page...
End Rows Feb. 1, 2011 (01/31/11)
WEATHER VARIANCE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN HELC COMPLIANCE Many landowners and operators were forced to complete their farming practices under extremely wet conditions during the 2010 growing season. The excessive rainfall caused producers significant loss of residue which could jeopardize compliance with their farm's conservation plan...
Global Ag Symposium gets off to a good start (Updated 11:45 a.m.) (01/25/11)
"We're excited. We are definitely going to make this an annual event," said Brittany Hemme, adult educator for the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders. Hemme was speaking shortly after the inaugural Global Ag Symposium wrapped up on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Concordia Community Center...
End Rows for Jan. 11, 2011 (01/10/11)
2009 SURE program sign-up begins on Jan. 10, 2011 The sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program began on Jan. 10, 2011. SURE is one of five standing disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders hold kick-off dinner (01/06/11)
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders winter meeting schedule (01/05/11)
End Rows for Jan. 4, 2011 (01/03/11)
1099G's due January 31 Producers' CCC-1099-G statements showing payments they received in 2010 will be issued from Kansas City by January 31. If you have questions about your payments, you may contact your local FSA office for more detailed information...
Conservation Stewardship Program application ends January 7 (01/03/11)
The end of the application period to be considered in the 2011 funding period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is fast approaching. It ends on January 7, 2011. Although applications can be accepted at any time, in order to be considered for this ranking period, a completed application needs to be signed and submitted to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by the end of the business day on January 7. ...
Global AG Symposium will be held on Jan. 25 (01/03/11)
A Global Ag Symposium, "Equipping Today's Producer for Tomorrow's Demands" will be held on January 25, 2011 at the Concordia Community Center, 802 South Gordon Street in Concordia. Sponsored by the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, the symposium will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and coffee and end at 3:30 p.m...
Wanted: Stories about Saline County agriculture (12/27/10)
Have an interesting story to tell about agriculture in Saline County? Or an interesting neighbor, who would make a good feature story? A Century farm? A unique crop you are growing in or a unique way of growing crops here? If you do we are interested in learning more about it...
Wanted: Stories about Saline County agriculture (12/20/10)
Have an interesting story to tell about agriculture in Saline County? Or an interesting neighbor, who would make a good feature story? A Century farm? A unique crop you are growing in or a unique way of growing crops here? If you do we are interested in learning more about it. Any agriculture news tip can be emailed to mgorrell@marshallnews.com or called in to (660) 886-2233, extension 23.
End Rows for Dec. 21, 2010 (12/20/10)
Commodity loans If you are planning to request a commodity loan before the end of the year, don't wait until the last minute. It can take a few days to process a loan request, particularly if you would like a measurement service done. We now have less than two weeks before 2011...
Changes to estate tax requires planning for family farmers (12/20/10)
Farm families across the country have been closely watching politics in Washington, D.C., lately, knowing that if the current tax law was allowed to go into affect, passing on the family farm to the next generation could become much more complicated...
End Rows for Dec. 14, 2010 (12/17/10)
County committee election results On December 9th, ballots from the recent County Committee election were counted. Donald Boland of Sweet Springs was elected to his second term on the Committee. Boland will continue to represent producers in the Saline County townships of Elmwood, Salt Pond, Liberty, and Blackwater...
End Rows Nov. 16, 2010 (11/16/10)
Soil tests for new CRP contracts Producers with new CRP contracts that were offered during the recent General CRP sign-up are reminded that soil tests are required to determine nutrient needs for their CRP practices. The minimum requirement is one soil sample for each 20 acres, or portion thereof, OR one per field...
End rows Nov. 2, 2010 (11/02/10)
November interest rates The Farm Storage Facility Loan program is a program that provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. Interest rates for Farm Storage Facility Loans approved for November 2010 are as follows,...
Gorrell, Mizer place first in fall contest (11/01/10)
The Area 6 FFA Fall Speaking Contest was held on Oct. 27 in Sweet Springs. Marshall High School FFA members took two first place wins as Rob Gorrell placed first in the Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives category, while Abrea Mizer won first place in Missouri Pork. Both will advance to district competition set for Nov. 10 in Warrensburg...
End rows Sept. 14, 2010 (09/14/10)
September 30 deadline for SURE  applications The deadline to submit USDA Farm Service Agency 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) program payment applications is close of business on September 30, 2010. Applications not filed by September 30, 2010, will not receive a payment...
Corn harvest underway in Saline County (09/13/10)
Helped in part by hot August weather to speed plant maturity, corn harvest has begun earlier this year than in 2009 for some Saline County farmers. "I talked to one guy yesterday that was half done on corn," said John Fletcher of Central Missouri Agri-Service, adding the farmer was from the Blackburn area...
Slater FFA members do well at MO state fair (09/08/10)
Dylan Smith once again exhibited the Grand Champion Jar of Honey in the FFA division at the Missouri State Fair on August 12-22. Dylan works with his father and uncle for Smith's Construction where they produce and sell numerous jars of honey each summer and he has reaped the benefits of it quality the last two summers at the Missouri State Fair...
End rows Aug. 31, 2010 (08/30/10)
Non-insured assistance program (NAP) deadlines The NAP program provides coverage on crops that federal crop insurance is not traditionally available for. NAP policies may be required in order to meet eligibility for disaster programs including: --crop losses covered by the Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) program, &...
End rows Aug. 24, 2010 (08/27/10)
Last call for CRP general sign-up The last week of General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program is upon us. This Friday, August 27, 2010 is the last day to submit an offer. General sign-up allows enrollment of entire fields into the CRP program...
McReynolds honored for 50 years of service (08/09/10)
Longtime Saline County Natural Resource Conservation Service employee Wayne McReynolds greeted farmers, landowners, area business owners and former employees during a reception held Monday Aug. 9, 2010 in his honor at the USDA Service Center in Marshall...
End rows Aug. 10, 2010 (08/09/10)
Important reminder for CRP participants Even though the official deadline is September 30, 2010, we are asking CRP participants with mid-contract management activities to complete the practices and turn in their paperwork before September 17. Because of the annual CRP rental payments to be issued in October, we will not be able to access the web-based payment function from September 17, 2010 until after CRP payments are issued...
Over 30 exhibit at Slater livestock show (08/02/10)
On Saturday July 24th, the Slater Purple Ribbon Club held its annual 4-H and FFA livestock show at the Slater Volkfest Building. Over 30 youth from around Saline County exhibited cattle, sheep, hogs, and goats in this year's show. The show was judged by Shawn Varner from Maryville, MO. Shawn is a Malta Bend native, who grew up showing cattle and sheep in 4-H and FFA in Saline County...
More county cost share money available -- deadline Aug. 10 (08/02/10)
The Saline County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been approved for funding through the Conservation Cooperative Partnership Initiative (CCPI) which will provide $500,000 through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for cost share on terraces, underground tile outlets, grass waterways and grade stabilization structures for farmers in Saline County...
Crops growing well despite soggy start (08/02/10)
By WAYNE CROOK University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist With the delayed planting, replanting and weather conditions, corn is in various stages of growth Some fields that I have checked are in the R5 (dent stage) and there are some indications of black layer development...
End rows (08/02/10)
CRP sign-up and informational meeting CRP General Sign-up No. 39 started this week and runs through August 27, 2010. Land that is currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered for enrollment during this sign-up. CRP participants with contracts expiring September 30, 2010 can also submit offers...
End rows (06/23/10)
2009 production required for ACRE participants ACRE producers are reminded that actual farm production for their 2009 crops must be reported by July 31, 2010 on form FSA-658. If the FSA-658 form is not filed, all of the participants on that farm will be required to refund their 2009 Direct Payments and any earned ACRE payments will be forfeited...
Malta Bend students learn about plant growth (06/16/10)
Missouri Farm Bureau donated a $250 grant to the Malta Bend FFA Chapter at Malta Bend R-V School. The grant was used to purchase Wisconsin Fast Plants that grow from start to finish in 35 days. The 7th grade Exploratory Agriculture class started the project at the end of January, beginning with studying the growing process of the Wisconsin Fast Plants...
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Soil temperatures for May 27, 2010 (05/27/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 69 degrees 4 inch depth - 69 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 26, 2010 (05/27/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 67 degrees 4 inch depth - 68 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 25, 2010 (05/25/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 68 degrees 4 inch depth - 69 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 24 2010 (05/24/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 67 degrees 4 inch depth - 68 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 17, 2010 (05/17/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 57 4 inch depth - 58
Soil temperatures for May 13, 2010 (05/13/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 62 degrees 4 inch depth - 62 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 7, 2010 (05/07/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 63 4 inch depth - 63
Soil temperatures for May 4, 2010 (05/04/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 57 degrees 4 inch depth - 59 degrees
Soil temperatures for May 3, 2010 (05/03/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 57 degrees 4 inch depth - 58 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 29, 2010 (04/29/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 55 degrees 4 inch depth - 56 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 28, 2010 (04/28/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 51 degrees 4 inch depth - 53 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 27, 2010 (04/27/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 51 degrees 4 inch depth - 52 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 23, 2010 (04/23/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 58 degrees 4 inch depth - 58 degrees
Tyre learns how to manage work and school in FFA (04/22/10)
Marshall High School senior Wade Tyre joined FFA as a freshman after watching his older brother and sister participate in the organization. "Everybody in my family was in FFA, so they all kind of persuaded me towards it. I saw all the fun my brother and sister had as I was growing up and thought I wanted to do that," he said. "So I gave it a shot and it turned out to be alot of fun."...
Soil temperatures for April 20, 2010 (04/22/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 56 degrees 4 inch depth - 57 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 21, 2010 (04/21/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 55 degrees 4 inch depth - 57 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 19, 2010 (04/19/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth - 54 4 inch depth - 56
Soil temperatures for April 16, 2010 (04/16/10)
In no-till soil 2 inch depth: 60 degrees
4 inch depth: 60 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 15, 2010 (04/15/10)
In no-till ground 2 inch depth - 59 degrees
4 inch depth - 60 degrees
Soil temperatures for April 15, 2010 (04/15/10)
Soil temperatures for April 14, 2010 (04/14/10)
In no-till ground 2 inch depth - 58 degrees 4 inch depth - 59 degrees
Elson excels in Marshall FFA (04/08/10)
Abby Elson daughter of Anita and Mendell Elson of rural Miami joined Marshall FFA as a high school freshman to continue a family tradition. "I joined FFA because our family had an agricultural background already and most of my family has been in FFA," she said, adding that wasn't the only reason however. "But also because a lot of my friends have had good experiences and I wanted to have those kind experiences as well."...
Grain prices: March 30 (04/08/10)
(Posted Tuesday, March 30) Central Missouri AgriServices Soybeans March 229.44 March 239.43...
End Rows for Tuesday, April 6 (04/08/10)
Emergency Conservation program (ECP) reminder Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) participants who are nearing the expiration dates for their repair work need to request an extension, if needed, before the expiration date actually arrives...
End Rows for Tuesday, March 30 (03/30/10)
Program notes from Saline County Farm Service Agency.
Marshall FFA members advance to district competition (03/30/10)
On Tuesday, March 23, several Marshall High School FFA members did well at the Area 6 contest held in Higginsville. The following participated and qualified for district FFA competition set for Thursday, April 1. Extemporaneous Speaking: Sandy Patel Gold rating and first place...
Cost-share available for high tunnel buildings (03/09/10)
Area farmers were in Marshall on Thursday, March 4, to learn more about Seasonal High Tunnel buildings and the more than $1 million available nationwide in cost-share for installing them. "I never thought we'd see anything like this," said Paul Duffner, Resource Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation District...
End Rows (03/09/10)
NAP closing date March 15 March 15 is the application closing date for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage and also crop insurance on most spring-seeded crops. It is especially important for producers to consider having all of their crops covered by crop insurance or NAP in order to stay eligible for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE)...
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Saline County Century Farm: 6th generation tends Townsend family farm (01/05/10)
The Townsend Brothers are the sixth generation of their family to work and farm on their family ground, which came into the family sometime around 1830 when Saunders Townsend settled in the Arrow Rock neighborhood as one of the largest land owners...
Wheat harvest underway/Area farmers dodge persistent storm systems to get crop in (07/03/08)
Wheat harvest underway/Area farmers dodge persistent storm systems to get crop in
Singer settles in as director of FSA (12/24/07)
Jared Singer is starting to settle into his job as the new executive director of Saline County's Farm Service Agency (FSA), which he began on Nov. 13. "I'm still taking everything in and assessing what is going on and what we are working on," he said...
Record-setting corn, soybean farmer urges area farmers to try new ideas (12/18/07)
Missouri farmer and soybean yield world record holder Kip Cullers has become enough of a celebrity that he has started a speaking tour. He's found it impossible to keep up with all the visitors to his large farming operation, K&K Farms, located in Newton and Barry counties...
Fletcher receives Distinguished Fellow of Agribusiness award (11/05/07)
Standing behind, and in some cases, pushing up Missouri agribusinesses is something that sets apart this year's inaugural recipient of the Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG) Distinguished Fellow of Agribusiness award. MO-AG members have honored Walker C. "Butch" Fletcher of Marshall for all he has given to the agribusiness community, according to a MO-AG news release...
The Houston E. Mull Memorial Cattle Drive/'The epitome of everything good in rural America' (11/05/07)
The plan was for radio personality Trent Loos, his "pink" mule and a U.S. flag, that had recently been flown over the American embassy in Iraq, to lead the 55 Longhorn steers and over 300 riders into the corral north of Malta Bend, during the Fourth Annual Houston E. Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship Cattle Drive -- but "Sonny" had another idea...
Loos stands up to those who say agriculture 'stinks'/Annual Houston Mull Cattle Drive is a chance to honor a young man who wanted to make a career of farming (11/02/07)
In 2000, Trent Loos, a sixth generation American farmer, heard a famous actor say he wanted to get rid of animal agriculture in the United States "because it stinks." "It was just the way that he said that, and me understanding that he is going to continue to say that unless somebody gets more aggressive standing up, telling the real story (of modern agriculture)."...
Officials play roles in agroterrorism exercise (12/14/05)
By Mark Lile Staff Writer "What if?" That was the question of the day last Thursday during an agroterrorism awareness and planning meeting held in Marshall as part of a series of meetings around the state sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture...
Family farms celebrated (11/11/05)
Recognizing families that have kept farms for more than 100 years, the Saline County Commission and Saline County Extension Council hosted the annual Century Farm Celebration Thursday night at the Saline County Courthouse. This year, special recognition was given to the Clemens family (above) by officials including Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner. The Clemens family has the oldest registered farm in Saline County...
Huskers from across Midwest gather for national competition (10/24/05)
Although the weather was less than ideal, the 2005 weekend of corn husking championships got under way Friday morning near Van Meter State Park with several spirited contestants competing in the Missouri state championships. Contestants from all over the state arrived at the Hisle/Van Meter family-operated farm that lies just a stone's throw from Van Meter State Park...
Annual youth steer sale brings in $17,000+ (08/30/05)
Paul Dehn's grand champion steer, selling for a premium, sold for $2,000 at the 2005 Saline County Steer Sale, held Aug 23, to a group of buyers including Central Missouri AgriServices, Wood and Huston Bank, attorney Jay Barton, Troy Maupin, American Family Insurance, KMMO, Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Jamie Ulbrich, M.D., John Rector Motors, Gencom, Evans Equipment, Coreslab, Farm Credit Services and Kelly Kelly...
Many hours, handed-down knowledge go into a grand champion steer (08/24/05)
Paul Dehn, whose steer won the title of grand champion at this year's Saline County Fair and was first to go up for bids during Tuesday's annual steer sale, said raising a champion steer is a lot harder than most people who show up at the auction might think...
Annual steer sale also helps youth grow (08/24/05)
When the annual Saline County Steer Sale rolls around in late August, buyers and residents who make their way to the county fairgrounds for the auction see the culmination of each youth's hard work in raising a steer from a calf to a market-ready animal...
Viets' grand champ barrow sets Sale of Champions record (08/22/05)
Bling-Bling is one high-priced porker. Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall was packed with bidders as 9-year-old Kati Viets of Sweet Springs showed him at the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions Saturday afternoon. It was only her second year showing at the state fair, "I've been showing since I was little, though."...
More than meats the eye (08/01/05)
It was bright white and cold inside the meat processing plant. Twenty people huddled around a smoker as Jerry Bublitz explained how it fit into the process of turning a cut of swine into high-end, quality deli goods. Bublitz, manager and CEO of Alma Meats Inc., gave an inside look at the company's new facilities as part of a tour touting innovative businesses adding value to Missouri agricultural products...
MOre drought? Saline County farmers scored by recent heat and extended dry period (07/27/05)
Baked earth, little rain and scorching heat; Missouri crops are taking a beating from uncooperative weather. Meager precipitation and soaring temperatures have reached a level that is putting a major crimp on farmers who, at the mercy of the weather, are struggling to fight back...
MME grand opening Friday (06/01/05)
With this year's corn crop now emerging in fields throughout the area, Mid-Missouri Energy is ready to celebrate its own "home-grown" accomplishments with a grand opening and open house Friday, June 3, at the producer-owned ethanol plant just outside Malta Bend...
Registration open for century farms honor (05/31/05)
Owners of century farms in Saline County, farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more, are invited to register their farms with the University of Missouri Extension office. Farms must have been in the same family for 100 years as of Dec. 31, 2005, passed through a line of direct descendants such as spouses, children, siblings or nieces and nephews. At least 40 acres must be a part of the original farm and must make a financial contribution to the farm...
Experts share ag knowledge with beginning, women farmers (03/29/05)
From those new to the field of agriculture to experienced farmers, Friday's Women and New Agricultural Landowners Conference at Malta Bend had something for everyone. Although the conference's title implied that it was centered around women and new agriculturists, it actually featured sessions for even the most seasoned ag producer...
Forester gives advice on tree selection (03/21/05)
For those in Saline County wanting something tall, leafy and green sticking out of the ground in their yard, a qualified forester's advice may be of use. Those who attended a free workshop on Thursday, March 17, got just that as Missouri Department of Conservation resource forester Susan Troxel gave tips on which types of trees to plant and fielded questions...
Ethanol producer MME holds second annual meeting (02/28/05)
Marvin Oerke proudly held up a small vial for a crowd of farmers to see on Saturday. Inside was a liquid with a powerful smell and powerful repercussions for the area. It was denatured ethanol. Oerke, a member of the Mid-Missouri Energy Inc.'s Board of Directors, showed off some of the substance now being produced just north of Malta Bend at the second annual meeting of MME. Around 200 people, most with a stake in the farmer-owned cooperative, filled the Malta Bend school gym for the meeting...
Australian farmers visit area, refresh friendships (02/28/05)
Saline County has little in common with the Australian Outback, except for some bonds of friendship maintained over the years and refreshed last week. The quartet of Chris Kellock, John Ryan, Greg Holmes and Chris Dowling was introduced at a Saline County Commission meeting last week by Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner after the Australians made a special visit to the area...
Soybean rust disease topic of March 3 meeting (02/28/05)
A grower meeting to discuss the soybean rust fungal disease will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Santa Fe High School in Alma. This event is sponsored by the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders. The discussion is open to the public so all growers and interested persons are invited to attend. ...
Area cattlemen hear update about national concerns at annual banquet (02/09/05)
Remember the highly popular Wendy's commercials that ran over a decade ago and featured an elderly woman whose famous line, "Where's the beef?" spurred the franchise into the national fast-food spotlight? Well, according to Brent Bryant, executive vice president for the Missouri Cattlemen's Association [MCA], "the beef" is all over the state of Missouri...
Family farms celebrated (11/10/04)
Saline County may be able to boast the highest concentration of century farms in the state of Missouri. "You're at least at the top," David Baker, dean of agricultural outreach and extension for the University of Missouri, said Tuesday night as 11 new century farms -- farms that have been kept in the same family for at least 100 years -- were added to Saline County's tally...
Keep them dogies rollin' (11/08/04)
A herd of about 100 exhausted black cow calf pairs plodded down dusty Saline County back roads Saturday, working their way from Marshall Junction to the Mull family farm near Malta Bend with about 130 cowboys and girls rallied behind them. For the cows, it was a 20 mile marathon that they weren't quite prepared for. For the cowpokes, it was a chance to honor the memory of young man in an ol' fashioned western way...
Program to honor area families with farm roots dating back 100 years (11/02/04)
Tilling the land in Saline County is a tradition for many families. Many children have been born on or at least near the same ground that they in turn made a living from; passing the farms down to their own descendants. For more than 75 of these families, sowing and reaping the same soil is a legacy that dates back more than 100 years. ...
Child killed in harvest accident (10/25/04)
Tragedy struck a Saline County farm family Sunday when a 10-year-old died after falling into a truck used for hauling grain. Saline County Sheriff Wally George said the accident was reported around 6:30 p.m., with officers and emergency medical personnel being called to a farm located at Route D and County Road 146. Upon their arrival, they discovered six men in a large dump grain trailer still trying to rescue Travis D. Lunn of rural Slater...
Wet, cold start doesn't slow annual state corn husking competition (10/04/04)
It takes more than a little rain and chilly temperatures to dampen the Missouri State Corn Husking Champion-ships, as weather Friday and Saturday morning proved, though it still took its bite out of attendance at events. The 2004 weekend celebration and competition started off with a drizzle Friday, with a steadier and steadier downpour growing, soaking the parade route as the Marshall High School marching band, floats, teamsters and horses trooped through downtown Friday afternoon. ...
Field lesson (10/01/04)
Students from Slater learn old-fashioned corn harvest techniques from Wayne McReynolds of Marshall, who shows them how machines (above) were used to rip corn from the husk in the process of shelling. McReynolds also showed students what corn looks like at different points of the harvest process (below)...
Scholarship effort receives major start from steer sale (08/30/04)
While youth from across the county groomed steers and parents, businessmen and other residents settled into the bleachers of the livestock barn last Tuesday evening at the Saline County Fairground in Marshall, it wasn't just another youth steer show that attracted so much interest...
FSA disaster loans available (08/25/04)
The Farm Service Agency has announced that 58 counties in Missouri, including Saline, Lafayette and Johnson counties, will have FSA disaster loans for damage done by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding which occurred from May 18 through May 31. Loans for physical losses are available to be used to replace or repair damage to buildings, fences or to compensate the farmer for losses of livestock, stored crops, equipment, etc., that was lost due to the disaster. ...
Skelton presents $500,000 grant to MME (08/16/04)
With an oversized, fake check to the tune of $500,000, U.S. Rep. "Ike" Skelton of Lexington looked a bit like the Publisher's Clearinghouse Prize Patrol as he posed for pictures with the officers, board and representiaves of Mid-Missouri Energy Inc...
Youth steer sale set for Aug. 24 (08/12/04)
The 2004 Saline County Fair Steer Sale will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Saline County Fairground in Marshall. 4-H and FFA members from the county will sell this year's project animals to the public. Businesses, community leaders, civic clubs and individuals are asked to support the youth by purchasing an animal or contributing to the premium...
Duct tape, soda and fun at Junior Barnyard Olympics (07/19/04)
From first-timers like Bryce Allison to veterans like Paige Fifer, this year's Junior Barnyard Olympics featured tough competition. The contest, which took place Thursday, is a staple of the Saline County Fair and includes several unique events such as the egg toss, the sack race, the calf suck and more. Participants completed all events to score points and show their prowess in barnyard skills; with their ultimate goal winning a $15 first prize...
No-till field day set for July 1 (06/29/04)
Those interesting in learning more about no-till farming can attend a free seminar Thursday, July 1, at a demonstration farm east of Miami. Mendell Elson of Miami will talk about his no-till farm on location, and Slater farmer Jim Klasing will join him...
Van Meter garden growing the past (06/10/04)
An unusual-looking garden is growing on a plot of land at Van Meter State Park near Marshall, bearing fruits and vegetables and serving as a glance into the past. Copying the Hidatsa Indians' agricultural methods, a group of Saline County Master Gardeners volunteered to plant, cultivate and harvest an American Indian interpretive garden presenting corn, beans and squash, known by Indians as the life-giving spirits they called the three sisters...
Extension accepting applications for Century Farms Program recognizing families' history and heritage (03/23/04)
A century of farming covers a lot of history and the Saline County University Outreach and Extension office plans to recognize some of that heritage through the 2004 Missouri Century Farms program. Cynthia Crawford, a specialist at the Extension office, said the office has been honoring Century Farms since 1985, and the statewide program has done so since 1976...
Men, lots of women from across Missouri attend landowners conference (03/22/04)
Agriculture landowners from across Missouri attended the Women Agricultural Landowners and New Ag Landowner Partners workshop in Malta Bend Friday. Among those attending was Patty Edwards of Kearney, who took part in sessions on estate planning and negotiating leases. An owner of 163 acres in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program, she wanted to learn of any changes in the rules for her Carroll County land...
Master Gardeners ready to answer calls for help (03/19/04)
Questions about gardening? The Saline County Master Gardeners are ready to answer. A Master Gardeners hot line will be operational starting Monday, March 22, at the Saline County University Outreach and Extension center in Marshall. Using the office's regular business number, (660) 886-6908, volunteer master gardeners will be available from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday to answer all types of gardening questions...
Plant a Row for the Hungry program to begin in county (03/16/04)
Members of the Saline County University Outreach and Extension's Master Gardeners group are looking forward to adding rows and plants to their gardens this year. Some members have already planted a few seeds and are waiting until the weather warms up so they can transplant the seedlings in their outdoor gardens. But what the gardeners are looking forward to most is giving away part of the produce through the Plant a Row for the Hungry program...
Conference to cover landowner planning, legal issues (03/16/04)
For those who have recently acquired agricultural land, who lease land they own in another state or who want to make sure their farm will continue operating through another generation, University Outreach and Extension has organized an informative workshop in Malta Bend Friday...
FFA alumni set second banquet (03/09/04)
The Marshall FFA Alumni Chapter will hold its second annual banquet and silent auction Saturday, March 13, in the Saline County Fairground multipurpose building. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the meal will include pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans, corn and dessert. Donations for tickets are suggested at $8 for adults and $5 for children 8 and younger...
Alma Meats to renovate instead of building new facility (03/02/04)
Alma Farm Fresh Meats has changed its immediate plan from building a new facility to renovating its current one to allow for in-house slaughtering, processing and marketing. Investors wanting to join the producer-owned cooperative must act by April 1, when the co-op will close membership and start accessing the money collected...
Monsanto rep says responsibility comes with biotech development (02/20/04)
Biotechnology focus of speaker during annual farmer appreciation luncheon
Ag specialists to speak at Soils and Crops Conference next week (01/07/04)
Trent Loos to be keynote speaker; focus on how media, public perceive farmers
Missouri agriculture director addresses young farmers in Alma (01/07/04)
Missouri Director of Agriculture Peter Hofherr addressed a crowd of about 60 in Alma Tuesday night during the joint annual meeting of the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders and Central District Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives. Hofherr covered a variety of agriculture topics during his 40-minute speech and said he has three goals for Missouri agriculture: creating entrepreneurial opportunities for producers, changing how people perceive agriculture and creating regulations that don't hinder producers...