Author Archives: Logan Jackson


Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in Missouri. “The…

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Scouting Success

The Fisher Delta Research Center Crop Scouting School offers high-quality curriculum

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Fisher Delta Research Center unveiled its Crop Scouting School in 1981. At that time, only 5 percent of cotton fields in the Missouri Bootheel region were being scouted for insects. In just 15 years, that number had grown to 76 percent. The school celebrated its 36th year of teaching students, farmers and co-op…

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Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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‘A Whole New Game’

Crop Water Use App helps farmers with their irrigation scheduling

With technology ever changing, University of Missouri Extension professor Gene Stevens knows how important it is to keep up with the latest trends. Stevens, who is located at the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo., has developed a program to help farmers do just that. Stevens, through MU Research and Extension, has developed the Crop Water Use App which can assist farmers with…

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‘Preparing for the Xtend Trait’

Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weed scientist, spent a good portion of 2016 traveling across Missouri to discuss the dangers of dicamba drift with landowners. Dicamba is a common herbicide but unlabeled and illegal dicamba formulations were used last year on dicamba-tolerant soybeans, creating a dangerous drift that damaged thousands acres of crops across the…

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Preparing For Planting

Winter months provide opportunity to clean, repair and mend equipment

With the harvest season wrapped up and colder weather settling in, the time is perfect to revisit the farming equipment that was so vital during the past year. The winter months provide an ideal opportunity to not only clean, repair and mend equipment, it gives landowners a chance to prepare for the upcoming planting season. “Right now, it’s important to check all the different parts of each…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners

New changes go into effect on Jan. 1

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble antibiotics that have a claim on the label,…

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Strengthening the Soybean Team

Pengyin Chen hired to lead MU Fisher Delta Research Center soybean breeding team

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Fisher Delta Research Center soybean breeding team has gained national recognition for developing improved soybean varieties. The group, led by Grover Shannon, releases four to six new varieties into the market every year – and they just got a whole lot stronger with a key addition. Pengyin Chen, a soybean breeding…

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