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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 permit to a farmer…

‘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…

Exploring Medicinal Plants

Eighth annual Agroforestry Symposium a big success

More than 300 guests attended the eighth annual Agroforestry Symposium on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Bond Life Sciences Building on the University of Missouri campus. The symposium, sponsored by the MU Center for Agroforestry, focused on medicinal plants in agroforestry and was titled, “Enhancing Health, Conservation and Livelihoods: Medicinal Plants in Agroforestry.” The symposium was also broadcasted live, reaching…

Extending the Growing Season

South Farm, Jefferson Farm and Garden adding high tunnels

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers are no stranger to high tunnels, also known as hoop houses. High tunnels are unheated greenhouses designed to extend the growing season for landowners and maximize their profits. They come in a variety of sizes, with a focus on aiding fruit and vegetable crop production in…

Collaboration at its Finest

CAFNR teams up with MoSoy, Missouri Corn

Collaboration is at the center of the mission of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. A recent study abroad trip to Argentina showcased that collaboration and its importance. MU Extension specialists Ray Massey and Ryan Milhollin led a group of 10 students who traveled to Argentina to learn more about the agricultural landscape. Representatives from…

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…

MU Extension Launching Innovative Online Program

Leadership Online For Today puts a focus on building better leaders

University of Missouri Extension has developed an innovative online program with the focus on building better leaders. Leadership Online For Today is an interactive program that allows participants to improve communication skills, build relationships and networks, and develop a collaborative project to benefit a community or organization. The first program is set to begin the week of Feb. 6. There…

A Long-Range Look

Tony Lupo and Joe Renken have teamed up to study long-range forecasting

Improved technology has allowed meteorologists to provide weather forecasts for a variety of scenarios. Not only can that technology give warnings about possible severe weather or how likely it is to rain, it can provide accurate predictions about the upcoming weather. Those predictions feature several ranges as well: next-day, three-day, five-day, weeklong, 10-day and season-long forecasts. An area that has…

The Family Genealogist

Thresa Chism has interest in family history

Growing up, Thresa Chism spent each Memorial Day visiting the local cemeteries with her family. Chism grew up near Clark, Mo., a small town 25 miles north of Columbia. Her father has always had a passion for family history. While the Chism family walked through and viewed the headstones, Thresa’s father pointed out their extended family – or anybody else…

Getting Social

Jared Decker uses social media channels to educate beef producers

University of Missouri Extension specialists put a strong focus on interacting with Missouri producers, farmers and ranchers. Jared Decker, a beef geneticist, is taking that interaction one step further. Decker has put forth extra effort on several social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and message boards. He uses those channels to promote his blog, A Steak in Genomics. The blog…