Farm Talk


  • Alfalfa economic returns study results

    In a perfect world, alfalfa might be considered the perfect crop. It’s packed with nutrients, is highly digestible, can use precipitation efficiently because it roots deeply into western Kansas soils, and produces high economic returns.

    December 3, 2013

  • Animal ag soybean demand growing

    U.S. animal agriculture’s consumption of U.S. soybean meal increased by 1 million tons, or the meal from 42 million bushels of soybeans, in the 2011/12 marketing year, according to a soy-checkoff-funded report.

    December 3, 2013

  • soybean low rows.jpg Not all fertilizer bands play the same song

    The often used expression, “Same song, different verse,” refers to something that is practically the same as something else.

    November 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Fertilizing pastures: Toxic vs. nontoxic fescue

    According to Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, when fertilizing pastures, it is important to only make replacement applications.

    November 26, 2013

  • Bluestem_control.jpg Old World Bluestem control meeting slated

    Native grasslands are being invaded by yet another menace.
    Surprising many beef producers, Old World Bluestem is reducing stocking capacity in pasturelands.

    November 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • musk-thistle-rosette.jpg Good time to control rosette weeds

    Fall is one of the best times to control rosette-forming weeds and other winter annuals, says Sarah Kenyon, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • Local experts help growers become more seed savvy

    Choosing the right seed for a field is the first critical step toward an abundant harvest. However, seed selection today is much more complex and includes many more factors than it did a decade ago.

    October 29, 2013

  • Fall weed management

    Weeds that form a rosette typically germinate in the fall or early spring. Plants that form a rosette include: Thistles, dandelion, Queen Anne's lace, chicory, spotted knapweed, red sorrel, poison hemlock, and others.

    October 29, 2013

  • Grain bin safety costs little, saves a lot

    It costs less than $500 to make it safer to enter farm grain bins, says a University of Missouri Extension rural safety and health specialist.

    October 29, 2013

  • NCGA’s yield contest deadline is Nov. 22

    With the harvest well underway, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that online harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest are available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 22, whichever comes first.

    October 22, 2013

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