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Dealing with Drought-Like Conditions

FSRC field day tackles drought issues

Drought was the main topic of interest during the annual Forage Systems Research Center field day, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The event featured eight speakers, the majority of whom were focused on showcasing ways farmers and producers could deal with the drought-like conditions across a good portion of Missouri. Not only did farmers and producers from Missouri…

Engaging with Cattlemen Across the State

Eric Bailey will speak twice during the Thompson Research Center field day

Eric Bailey has hit the ground running since he joined the University of Missouri last year as an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and a state beef Extension specialist. Bailey has been a regular at the Agricultural Research Centers’ field days since he came to MU in June 2017, speaking and engaging with farmers, producers and cattlemen…

Covering Unique Topics

Drought, sustainable agriculture highlight Hundley-Whaley twilight tour

Strong rainstorms didn’t dim Jennifer Miller’s first Hundley-Whaley Research Center twilight tour. Miller was named the Center’s superintendent in April. She brought in a variety of speakers for the annual twilight tour, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Topics ranged from drought to pollinators. “I know that the rain changed our schedule a little bit, but I want to…

Presenting on Timely Agricultural Topics

Rain doesn't slow Graves-Chapple Research Center field day

A little bit of rain didn’t slow the annual Graves-Chapple Research Center field day. Tour wagons were sent out during the first hour of the event, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Rain forced everyone inside after that, and speakers presented to all guests in attendance. “Although our overall attendance was down a little bit from last year, we…

Addressing Big Problems

Hallie Thompson uses the rainout shelters at Bradford to simulate drought

A hard-working attitude was instilled in Hallie Thompson at an early age. Growing up on her family’s beef farm in High Point, Mo., an unincorporated community of around 50 people, Thompson spent much of her early life with her grandfather, learning what it took to operate a farm. That hard-working spirit has served her well at the University of Missouri,…

An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team…

Farm Outlook 2013

Cattle and crop prices lower, a bullish dairy market

University of Missouri agricultural economists predict a mixed bag of cattle, diary and crop prices in 2013.

Another Dry Summer?

El Nino may be coming, but the soil is still too dry for cooling

The culprit for the dry weather that has parched much of the Midwest may be fading, a University of Missouri atmospheric scientist said. But don’t expect much relief, yet.

Stretching Feed Supplies

MU Beef Nutritionist Justin Sexten helps producers extend forage supplies through the winter

For the second year in a row, Missouri farmers endured a significant drought, stressing crops, impacting yields and limiting forage supplies for livestock producers. Justin Sexten, beef nutritionist in CAFNR’s Division of Animal Sciences, partnered with the Missouri Corn Merchandizing Council, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Mississippi Lime to demonstrate how  to improve digestibility of corn stover and lower-quality CRP…

On Call for the Drought

CAFNR experts work to alleviate drought effects, help farmers prepare for next season

The drought and its effects on agriculture have been at the forefront of public discussion this season. In July, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared all of Missouri’s 114 counties primary natural disaster areas. Some parts of the state have experienced the hottest temperatures and driest conditions in the last 118 years. While temperatures have cooled and parts of the…