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Black Cutworms and Wheat Disease Update

Wheat Disease Update

Entomologists in Indiana, Missouri and Ohio have noticed higher than normal moth catches this spring. With the recent weather fronts moving through the upper Midwest, black cutworm trap catches have increased dramatically in several areas over the past weeks. The catches signal that we may see some feeding activity this growing season. The moths can lay eggs in any number ... Read More »

Armyworms Appear in Southwest Missouri

Armyworms Appear in Southwest Missouri

Armyworms that can strip pastures and hayfields have begun their march through Missouri’s tall fescue fields, warns University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey. Farmers should scout for true armyworms now, especially in southern Missouri, Bailey said. MU Extension agriculture business specialist Stacy Hambelton reports that true armyworms populations are two to three times the economic threshold in fescue fields ... Read More »

Planting a Soybean Test Plot at The Farm Research Center

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We recently planted a seed variety test plot here at The Farm Research Center. For this test, every four rows we switched the seed variety. At harvest time, we will see which variety produced the highest yield. Enjoy! Read More »

Rain Brings Hope to Some While Others Persist in Drought

Rain Brings Hope to Some

I drove home from Commerce, Texas, last Monday in a driving rain. I don’t recall as long as a five-minute respite from rainfall during the two-hour trip. At times the rain was windshield-wiper-at-full-blast heavy. This particular rain event followed at least two other recent ones, each featuring some hard rain and one splashing down as much as 6 inches on ... Read More »

Northeast Texas Wheat Poised for a Good Crop

Wheat Poised for a Good Crop

Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife integrated pest management specialist at Commerce, Texas, pulled a handful of wheat stalks together, examined the heads, looked at the disease-free leaves, the near perfect stand and declared this could be one of the best test plot crops in some 30 years. He said some of the earlier maturing varieties in the plots were set back ... Read More »

Record Crops, Lower Prices Ahead

Record Crop and Lower Prices

The estimated 2014-15 corn crop is slated to be record large at 13.935 billion bushels, up slightly from last year’s 13.925, according to USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). With decent weather, soybean production, too, will bust bins at a record 3.635 billion bushels, according to the estimates. “Compared to the February Ag Forum numbers, this report look a bit ... Read More »

Wheat Slides as Rain Comes to Plains States

Wheat Slides

Rainfall in Kansas and other growing areas is helping send the price of wheat sharply lower. The actively traded July contract for wheat lost 19 cents, or 2.7 percent, to settle at $6.90 a bushel Wednesday. Wheat is still up 14 percent this year as traders worry about dry weather jeopardizing the crop. Corn also fell. The July contract slipped ... Read More »

Early Corn at The Farm Research Center

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Corn is coming up here at The Farm! Here is a look at some of the young corn. Enjoy! Read More »

Corn Research Plot at The Farm Research Center

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This is one of the many research plots we have set up at The Farm Research Center. This particular plot is divided into 17 foot test strips. We will be doing different tests on each strip, and collecting data on it throughout the year. Read More »

Plant Soybeans in Early May for Best Yields

Plant Soybeans in Early May

Missouri soybean producers can increase yields by planting the first part of May, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. The May 5 USDA Crop Progress Report shows only 4 percent of Missouri soybean planted, slightly below the five-year average of 6 percent. Typically, soybean producers wait until the second week of May to get beans planted, but ... Read More »