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The Drought Has Ended… Will the Wet Weather?

Does anyone remember the drought of 2012? Or have the recent rains washed your memories away. Here’s a refresher. By August of 2012, 93% of the state was in extreme drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared all of Missouri a disaster area and the governor declared a state of emergency. Ag producers worried about their crops and livestock and water districts and municipalities worried about their water supplies.

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FSA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Crop Reporting Dates

For forage crops and fall-seeded small grains

Daviess County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kirby Payne reminds producers that all 2015 perennial and biennial forage crops must be reported by Nov. 15 and fall-seeded small grains by Dec. 15.

Mr. Payne said all 2015 perennial and biennial forage acres, such as pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported to FSA by the Nov. 15 deadline.

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Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck of Apple

by Tim Baker, horticulture specialist

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?

What these homeowners were dealing with is a fungal disease,

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Survey Shows Land Prices Up in 2014

Despite lower crop prices

Land prices in Missouri increased in the past year at a rate higher than expected.

Results of the 2014 University of Missouri Extension annual land value survey of lenders, appraisers and brokers showed an increase for cropland values by 4.6%, nearly double what survey respondents predicted last year.

“That’s a bit surprising given the weakness in crop prices,” says Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension agricultural

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More About GFG’s Purchase of Area Elevators

Gage’s Fertilizer and Grain Ag Services has purchased the retail elevator located at Jamesport, and has also purchased Hoffman and Reed Inc., a grain elevator, with locations at Trenton and Gilman City.

Aaron Mason of GFG Ag Services said Earth Touch Grainery in Jamesport was purchased by GFG on June 1, 2014, from owners Jack and Kimberly Hennan. Hoffman and Reed was purchased Sept. 18, 2014, from owners Chris and

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USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Key Dates

For new 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

“The ARC

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Missouri Farm Bureau Opposes Amendment 3

Citing it as a “flawed” proposal, the Missouri Farm Bureau has officially opposed Amendment 3 and is encouraging its members to vote NO on Election Day. Their opposition continues the trend of other organizations and school boards coming out against Amendment 3.

Here is the full statement from the Missouri Farm Bureau:

“The Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors at their most recent board meeting voted to oppose Constitutional Amendment

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Tanner Johnson, Family Represent County at State Fair

And beyond

Even before the Johnson family was selected to represent Daviess County at the Missouri State Fair, Tanner Johnson was representing the family, school and neighborhood on two ag related brochures — USDA Youth Farm Loan and Daviess County Extension.

Tanner, 15, applied for the USDA youth loan at age 10 after he had finished showing pigs for a year. He purchased seventeen hogs. His project has since grown

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GFG Purchases Ag Companies at Jamesport, Trenton

GFG Ag Services has purchased the retail elevator located at Jamesport, according to Tracey Wright, vice-president of commercial sales for GFG.

The transaction took place in early June. There are two employees: Jarett Webb, manager, Gilman City, and Gordon Hale, Jamesport, at the location on Hwy 190. The company has a full line of Purina Feed products, chemical, fertilizer, NH3, and provides custom application.

GFG also purchased Hoffman and Reed

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