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Soybean Test Yields Strong

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University of Missouri 2014 Variety Testing Program soybean yields topped state and national averages. MU Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold said MU test sites topped statewide averages of 50-plus bushels and national averages of 44 bushels per acre. Missouri’s five-year state average is 37.8 bushels per acre. Sudden death syndrome (SDS), a fungal disease, hit two test locations this year. ... Read More »

The Push for a More Efficient Rural America

More Efficient Rural America

Addressing the need to improve resource management on the farm and across rural America, USDA has launched a loan program designed to encourage rural electric cooperatives to help consumers reduce energy bills through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA has funded the first two loans under the new Energy Efficiency and ... Read More »

AgWay Days Awards Ceremony

AgWay Days Awards Ceremony

Dale Ludwig and Leon Busdieker talk to local FFA chapters at the AgWay Days Awards Ceremony. Read More »

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Promo

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Promo

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2014 Crop Management Conference Adds ‘Big Data’

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The Crop Management Conference in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 17-18, starts the University of Missouri winter meetings. Farmers and their crop advisers will find 33 sessions on research and practical advice. Topics include cover crops, nutrients, pests, and soil and water. The crops include grain, oilseed and forages. The latest Extension and research are included from the MU College of Agriculture, ... Read More »

Transportation Board Sides With FAA on UAV Ruling

UAV in Agriculture

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday sided with the Federal Aviation Administration in a case that questions whether federal aircraft regulations apply toUnmanned Aerial Vehicles or “drones.” The Board referred back to an administrative law judge the case of Raphael Pirker, a UAV operator who the FAA claims violated federal aircraft rules by allegedly flying a UAV recklessly over the ... Read More »

Record Harvest of Corn, Beans Crimps Grain Elevators

Record Harvest Crimps Grain Elevators

Grain elevators across mid-Missouri have been struggling to handle the incoming waves of grain from a bumper harvest. Local elevators and co-ops have had a tough time not only storing corn and soybeans, but also transporting it for processing or to market. It is the first time since 2004 that corn and soybeans together have exceeded storage capacity in Missouri, said ... Read More »

USDA Boosts Soybean Crop but Lowers Corn Harvest

Lower Corn Harvest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting the size of this year’s record soybean crop as farmers in several states report per-acre yields surpassing earlier expectations. The corn crop is reduced slightly but will still be a record. In Monday’s update of this year’s crop, the USDA says soybean farmers are now expected to harvest 3.96 billion bushels, up 31 ... Read More »

Soybeans Plot Harvest 2014

Soybeans Plot Harvest 2014

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Snow Could Reduce Corn Harvest in Upper Midwest

Snow Could Reduce Corn Harvest

The first snow of the season is never a welcome sight, but it’s particularly bad news for farmers in a few states in the Upper Midwest where a significant portion of the corn crop remains in fields. Parts of South Dakota already have received between 4 and 8 inches of snow, while some areas of Minnesota have seen 11 inches. ... Read More »