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CAFNR Grad’s Ranch a Hub for Education and Fun

Greg Buckman will take the reins of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in January

Greg Buckman, B.S.E. 1976, just wanted to farm when he graduated from high school. College was far from his plans of riding John Deere tractors and working in the family dairy barn. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” he says. He also liked buying and restoring John Deere equipment and decided he wanted to work for Deere.…

Great Wines and Whiskey Begin in Missouri White Oak Forests

Missouri rolls out the barrels for spirits industry

Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. University of Missouri Extension forester Hank Stelzer shared Missouri’s role in wine and spirit production during the recent White Oak, Whiskey & Wine tour. Due to popular demand and positive reviews, Stelzer plans to make it an annual event. Tourgoers visited the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at…

Fall is Best Time for Soil Sample Testing

MU Extension Soils Testing Lab offers inexpensive results with quick turnaround

Soil tests can save farmers thousands of dollars, says Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory. Too often, farmers follow routine fertilization schedules and end up applying too much fertilizer to fields, Nathan said. A simple soil test gives the farmer accurate information to guide nutrient management decisions. Two Lawrence County farmers shared their…

Holden Turns to MU Extension for Help with Vineyard

Former governor led the way for Norton to become state's official grape

When problems arise with the ex-governor’s vineyard, he calls University of Missouri Extension viticulturist Dean Volenberg. Former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden grows Norton grapes at his weekend hideaway in Fredericksburg. Volenberg regularly visits with Holden as the ex-governor learns the nuances of growing grapes on rolling hills overlooking the Gasconade River. Stone Hill Winery uses the grapes to make the…

Soybean Disease Shows in NW Missouri

Rare white mold can cause large yield losses

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwest Missouri show symptoms of sclerotina stem rot. MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed the disease.. Also known as white mold, the disease is rare in Missouri. It can cause large losses in fields with high yield potential. The stem and root disease is usually found…

Blindness Doesn’t Stop Sixth Generation Farmer

District supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind serves on MU Extension's AgrAbility team

Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential. Brinkmann helps people with visual impairments succeed in agriculture, says Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility Project state director and University of Missouri Extension specialist. Brinkmann serves with Funkenbusch on the AgrAbility team. He is mid-Missouri district supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), one…

MU Extension Master Gardeners Build Mini-Greenhouses

Low-cost, low-maintenance greenhouses fund activities throughout the year

Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners know that good things come in small packages. That is why mini-greenhouses are growing throughout the Lake of the Ozarks region. The mini-greenhouses are the brainchild of Dan Britton, president of the Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners chapter in Morgan County. University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Joni Harper says members appreciate the convenience of the greenhouses. Master…

Growing Knowledge Among Hmong Farmers

MU Extension teaches beginning bi-lingual Hmong farmer

More than vegetables grow in Fue Yang’s high tunnels. It is where opportunity grows for area Hmong farmers. Yang runs a teaching farm for University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University and the Webb City Farmers Market. The collaborative effort is part of a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. MU Extension horticulturist Patrick Byers said the group helps Yang…

Weather Stations Help Farmers Know When to Spray

Research links off-target herbicide movements to temperature inversions

Nine Missouri weather stations recently received updates to help farmers and chemical applicators know when to spray herbicides to avoid off-target movement caused by temperature inversions. The Extension Commercial Agriculture Program of the University of Missouri operates 24 real-time weather stations throughout the state. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council recently funded updates for stations in Monroe City, Vandalia, Albany, Columbia,…

Bee Workshops Lead to More Hives, Honey and Crops

More than 300 people began beekeeping after workshops

Beehives in the Lake of the Ozarks are buzzing, thanks in part to University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. MU Extension specialists and beekeepers Travis and Joni Harper have coordinated beekeeping classes for more than 800 Missourians during the past three years. More than 300 people began beekeeping in more than 1,100 hives after attending beginning…