Farm Talk


  • U.S. soybean exports to China soar

    U.S soybean exports to China are taking off for the 2013-2014 market year.  As of December 10, China had purchased 26 million metric tons of U.S. soy, primarily for use in China’s growing edible oil and feed market.

    December 24, 2013

  • Keeping nitrates on the field

    Keeping nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields, to support optimum crop growth, and out of streams and rivers is no simple formula. It’s complex.

    December 10, 2013

  • Cleaning, maintenance extends machinery life

    Farm machinery care, such as proper cleaning, maintenance and storage not only increases equipment reliability and performance, it can also improve resale value.

    December 10, 2013

  • 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

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