Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, was in a fescue field June 7 near Mount Vernon and he found a few sclerotia (ergot) of the parasite fungus growing in place of the seed on fescue plants.

The calendar says it is summer but it really isn’t acting like it in some places and in some respects. I’m currently in Montana where the longest day of the year is impressive with sunrise shortly after 5:30 a.m. and sunset after 9:30 pm. The long days help but hay production here in the sho…


If the extent of your plant identification repertoire is lightly reminding yourself that “sedges have edges” as you admire a bunch of butterfly milkweed in passing then some brief investigation into the world of wildflowers can teach you a lot about pasture and prairie plant communities.


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making it the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval.

After beating out 135 other applicants, Kansas City is slated to become the new home to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The move will bring about 550 jobs to the Kansas City region.

I have just made my periodic trek from Oklahoma to western Montana. The many miles (nearly 1,600 miles!) provide an opportunity to see conditions across a wide swath of country. There are no major drought conditions in the U.S. though emerging dry conditions are evident in the Pacific Northw…

FORT GIBSON — "There's not going to be a corn crop," Fort Gibson farmer Dick Sheffield said. "The Arkansas River claimed everything up and down the river."

Cattle and beef markets have decreased from April highs with uncertainty in a variety of factors weighing on markets the past month. The latest threat of additional tariffs on Mexico rattled many markets last week, including cattle and beef markets. It appears that the threat was removed ove…


Floodwaters, delayed plantings, tornado damage and more have left Kansas in June 2019 almost unrecognizable from June 2018, and the changes have made this year’s growing season a whole new ball game. During the annual Spring Crops Field Day at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in P…

BUTTERFIELD — On a muddy spring day, Brian Romsdahl brings a couple of visitors for a ride in his side-by-side recreational vehicle. It's the kind of machine he always coveted but could never justify buying, but he won it at a sportsmen's event.

WEST LAFAYETTE – As inclement weather continues to delay planting of corn and soybeans across Indiana, Purdue Extension and the College of Agriculture’s Center for Commercial Agriculture have created a series of videos to assist producers with decisions related to delayed planting and crop management.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. soybean farmers remain frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in resolving the trade war, which continues to immediately threaten soy prices and, if not resolved, farmers' ability to stay in business. The American Soybean Association (ASA) has consistently opposed using unilateral tariffs to address U.S. trade deficits with China and other countries. Instead, ASA supports the negotiation of trade agreements and other measures that can increase U.S. agricultural exports, including soybeans.

The strong smell of smoke filled the airplane cabin as we began our descent into Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, last week. After a momentary panic that the plane had serious problems, I realized that the atmosphere was thick with smoke from many large wildfires burning in northern Alberta. While…


Utilizing an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality, dairy farmers facing financial challenges have held tight to their roots in labor and love. On Earl Dotson’s southwest Missouri dairy, family roots, community support and hard work have allowed the farm’s survival.


A 75-head dairy in northern Oklahoma is going directly from “ridge to fridge” with their milk in an effort to create a more profitable future, while providing the public with access to fresh, locally sourced dairy products.

Northeastern Oklahoma has the telltale signs of wine country — from the rolling hills providing elevation to the abundant water sources — locals have a longstanding tradition of producing high-quality spirits. Over the last decade, Oklahoma laws have made it easier and more profitable for Ok…

May is the season of severe storms in Oklahoma. The week leading up to Memorial Day included numerous severe storms and several tornadoes in the state with lots of damage and, most regrettably, several injuries and fatalities. A bit more unusual this year is the persistent pattern of wet weather.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan's longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States' top global beef market.

The Trump Administration recently announced plans to lift the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent duty on aluminum imports imposed last year on Canada and Mexico. Both countries subsequently retaliated against a host of U.S. products.

The latest Crop Production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service included the May 1 hay stocks for the U.S. and states. Total U.S. hay stocks were 14.9 million tons, down 2.9 percent year over year.

10. The guy bidding against you at the farm sale is stricken with a weird temporary paralysis.

Third generation baker Jay Fernandez knows bread. His hands can shape and score rolls like a well-oiled machine. By touch he can intuit when to add more water or flour to get the perfect dough. But he admits to knowing virtually nothing about the wheat required to make his artfully sculpted loaves.

Fed cattle prices matched March seasonal peaks with another peak in late April but appear to be declining seasonally now. From the April peak just over $128 per hundredweight, fed cattle prices this past week dropped to around $120 per cwt., the lowest fed prices since last December. Choice …


From inclement weather to dealing with dystocia cases, spring calving season has felt longer and more difficult in 2019 than in previous years combined, and thanks to unforeseen nutritional deficiencies, cattlemen’s tough luck is more reality than perception.

The wet and cold start to this year's corn planting season bodes poorly for yields, based on research from the University of Missouri Extension.

Cattle prices are derived from the total value that consumers place on beef products. Final consumer demand for beef determines beef carcass values and sequentially, fed cattle prices, feeder cattle prices, and calf prices. Supply works in the opposite direction as cow-calf producers act on …


This year’s Four State Farm Show won’t soon be forgotten as an unprecedented amount of rain fell prior to the show, which created muddy conditions for the “Mall of Agriculture” near Pittsburg, Kansas.

FarmHer can be described in multiple ways: as an online community for women in agriculture, as an advocacy campaign highlighting an often-overlooked facet of agriculture or as the creative mission of an energetic entrepreneur who worked for a dozen years in the crop insurance industry before…

Does May bring flowers … or more showers? The question of whether April showers continue into May will become important in terms of crop production. The next few weeks will determine whether planting intentions for major crops will be realized. From a feed perspective, there appear to be amp…

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