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Commission approves hog-hunting ban on MDC lands

Hunting feral hogs will be prohibited on Conservation Department lands effective Sept. 30.

At its meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private

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Advocating for Pollinators: CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers Focused on Aiding Pollinators

mu Pollinator Habitat 1 The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers continue to be advocates for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Thirteen Research Centers planted monarch waystations, beginning in late January. The waystations include milkweed and other nectar sources that benefit all pollinators.

“By establishing a diverse habitat we’re helping the monarch population – and we’re also making an impact on other pollinators,” said Dusty Walter, Agricultural

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High heat and dry conditions can put fish ponds at risk

The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.

“Fish are at risk from high water temperatures, oxygen depletion, increased disease potential and other problems as water levels drop in ponds through lack of runoff and evaporation,” said Bob Pierce.

“Ponds potentially most at risk are those that depend on water from surface runoff within a

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Pretty….and pretty wet

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Thunderstorms with three-to-six-inches of rain swept through the area Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Water covered farm equipment parked along a field south of Hwy. 6. The view of the fields and pastures was taken from a gravel road west of Hwy. 13. Corn was swamped in fields north of Jameson on Hwy. 13.

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Midwest Corn Lawsuit Informational Town Hall in Gallatin

MidwestCornLawsuit.com will be hosting an informational town hall meeting in Gallatin, Missouri at 12 noon on Thursday, June 30, at the Corner Café, 101 North Main. The attorney hosting the meeting will cover the litigation against Syngenta Ag. All corn growers in the area are encouraged to attend.

In 2009, Syngenta released a new strain of corn seed into the United States market before receiving import approval from China. Without

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Women in Ag event set for Sept. 8, tickets on sale soon

The DeKalb County Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and MU Extension are hosting the second annual Women in Ag “Happy & Healthy County Women” Event at the June Conley Building in Maysville on Sept. 8, 2016. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for attendees to visit local vendors, followed by a gardening and flower workshop, a wine making presentation and

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Farm Service Agency County Committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced recently that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American

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Why Tomatoes Don’t Set Fruit

By Tim Baker
Extension Professional & Horticulture Specialist

Occasionally, I will receive a call from a home gardener who has beautiful tomato plants, but little if any fruit. They have spent a lot of time and money and have gorgeous, lush plants. But no fruit. What went wrong?

There are several possibilities that can lead to this problem. One of the more common problems is excess nitrogen. When you see

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Crops face low soil moisture; rain in forecast can mitigate

With low soil moisture going into the growing season, crops will depend on what water falls from the sky.

Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension climatologist, gave a dry weather alert June 8 in the weekly MU agronomy teleconference.

This year, Columbia recorded the driest five months, January to May, since 1992, Guinan said.

However, this year has recorded more cool, cloudy weather in May and higher humidity. That lowers

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