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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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MU Pest Day set for July 7 at Bradford Farm, Columbia

Crop problems, from resistant weeds to herbicide injury, top the topics for the annual Pest Management Field Day, July 7 at the University of Missouri Bradford Farm, Columbia.

Kevin Bradley, MU Extension weed specialist, arranges wagon tours to show research plots, with speakers at each stop.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., Bradley will tell the agenda for the day. Then the wagons roll.

After the lunch, individuals

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USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting

Update Lets Farmers and Ranchers Report Common Acreage Information Once

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.

This new process is

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Fertilizing Tomatoes

By Tim Baker, MU Horticulture Specialist

In my last column, I discussed the decision points in selecting a tomato variety for your home garden. Once you have made that important decision, you next need to select a site where they will thrive.

As with most garden plants, tomatoes do best on a well-drained soil. This not only keeps the soil from becoming waterlogged, but it allows good aeration in the

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Wet weather slows haymakers; seed heads become a problem

Missouri haymakers face unusual spring weather challenges. More problems are ahead.

Making hay is more than working between rains, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

Grass seed heads have a bigger impact on hay quality than wet weather. For best nutrition, hay must be cut before grass transfers nutrients from the leaves into the seed, Roberts says.

“If grass was cut and hay removed, this rainy spell

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Biomass Incentives

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA to accept biomass can begin enrollment between May 23 and June 6. To learn more about BCAP or to enroll in updates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or contact your local FSA county

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Winston FFA Banquet recognizes achievements

Winston R-6 recently held an FFA Banquet in which the following awards were given:

Greenhand FFA Degree: Connor Christensen, Brooke Heldenbrand, Shelby Mason, Ross Nelson, Tyler Turner, Cy Uthe, Steven Youtsey.

Chapter FFA Degree: Logan Caldwell, Jacbob Hullinger, Steven Muessig, Drew Neth.

Career Development Events: Agronomy: Elizabeth O’Dell, Aaron Piburn.

Dairy Foods: Connor Christensen, Brooke Heldenbrand, Shelby Mason, Ross Nelson, Tyler Turner, Cy Uthe, Steven Youtsey.

Entomology: Logan Caldwell, Jacbob

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Night of recognition held for Gallatin FFA

On May 5, the Gallatin FFA Chapter had their Annual FFA Banquet held in the Gallatin High School gym. The FFA Members enjoyed a dinner catered by Bill Engler and sides that FFA members had carried in. After the dinner was served, the awards ceremony started. During the ceremony, several members were honored for their accomplishments throughout the year. At the end of the ceremony, the new officer team was

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MDC offers private landowners payment for public use of land

Rabbit hunters meet with the landowner and run their beagles on MRAP land near Marceline.

Rabbit hunters meet with the landowner and run their beagles on MRAP land near Marceline.

Landowners can apply June 1 – July 15 for new program that pays them to allow public hunting, fishing, or wildlife viewing on enrolled private lands.The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program

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