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Farmers Brace for Higher Corn Yields Lower Prices

Higher Corn Yields Lower Prices

Despite expecting a 10 percent increase in corn yields this growing season, Dan Jennings said decreased corn prices and other factors are cutting into profits. “It’s going to be really tough to make money this year,” he said. Jennings farms about 5,300 acres — 1,800 of which are used for corn — in the Sikeston, Missouri, area. 2014 could see ... Read More »

Corn Crop Looking Best in Years

Corn Crop Best in Years

“I’ve never seen Missouri corn looking this good,” said University of Missouri Extension corn specialist Brent Myers. In their weekly teleconference on Tuesday, July 22, MU Extension agronomy specialists across the state echoed Myers’ outlook. The July 18 USDA Missouri Crop Progress and Condition report shows 84 percent of Missouri corn in good to excellent condition. Corn silking progressed to ... Read More »

Crop Outlook for 2014: So Far, So Good for the Region’s Corn, Other Crops

Crop Outlook for 2014

Row crops and yields this year are looking good so far, but that could change as soon as the weather does. A slow start on planting because of cool, wet weather doesn’t seem to have affected Missouri farmers’ crops too much, but a wetter-than-usual May brought disease damage to some who farm wheat, experts say. Frank Milde and his son, ... Read More »

UAV Show Draws Interested Visitors

UAV Show

The buzzing sound you heard at Progress City USA this week wasn’t the sound of beehives in action, it was the noise of multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles in demonstrations at the first-ever Precision Aerial Ag Show. Held on the Progress City USA site, this event was focused on this hot new technology and offered one of the few places where you ... Read More »

The Benefits of BP FA by Country Road Distributors

The Benefits of BP FA by Country Road Distributors

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Missouri Winter Wheat Harvest Reaches Midway Point

Missouri Winter Wheat Harvest

While Missouri’s corn and soybean crops showed improvement in the last week, the state’s wheat crop was not so lucky. Winter wheat harvest is off and running with just near half of the acreage harvested. However, the wheat crop condition is not looking as favorable. According to the USDA Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Report, winter wheat condition was rated ... Read More »

2014 Wheat Harvest at The Farm Research Center

2014 Wheat Harvest at The Farm Research Center

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When Should Wheat Be Sold?

When Should Wheat Be Sold

In 1992, my wife and I bought a lot to build our dream home on. The lot had several pecan trees that needed shaped and trimmed. I called Dr. Glenn ‘Cat’ Taylor, (pecan tree specialist) and asked, “Cat, when should I cut the limbs off these trees?” It was August, hot and dry. Cat said, “What are you doing this ... Read More »

Hay and Forage Research at The Farm Research Center

Hay-and-Forage-Research

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Wheat Yields, Quality Better than Expected

Wheat Quality Better Than Expected

Wheat harvest is underway around the area and early reports are looking better than many producers had previously thought. “Producers are quite pleased with the results so far,” said Josh Coltrain, K-State Wildcat Extension agronomy specialist in southeast Kansas. “Yields are higher than expected. People were really worried about how low yields were going to be. We originally expected yields ... Read More »