Gasconade County SWCD announces dormant seeding signup period

    The Gasconade County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced the signup period for the Permanent Vegetative Enhancement practice (DSL-2) and the Grazing System Lime (DSP-3.4) and Overseeding Legume (DSP-3.5) practices.  

Use sacrifice pastures now to spare best cattle grazing pastures for later

If not managed properly, muddy pastures can affect grazing the rest of the year, says University of Missouri Extension regional livestock specialist Patrick Davis.
“Cattle producers need to evaluate their pastures,” Davis says. Identify pastures that are thin and in need of renovation and consider using those as sacrifice pastures. Davis recommends consulting an MU Extension agronomist to grade pastures and make decisions on pastures that need renovation.

MU Southwest Center studies 'double' stocker calf operations on fescue

Researchers at University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon are starting their third year of studying if beef producers can improve profits through a “double” calf stocking and grazing plan.

MDC recommends early blooming native trees for spring landscaping

Trees with white blooms are too common this spring in many Kansas City area fence lines, parks, and meadows, because non-native Callery pear cultivars planted as ornamentals have hybridized and become very invasive. They invade where they’re not wanted and choke out valuable native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that nurture songbirds and butterflies. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges gardeners and landscapers to consider planting native trees with colorful spring blooms as ornamentals.

Missouri 4-H career-readiness programs get $75,000 boost from Healthy Blue's affiliated Foundation

Missouri 4-H has received $75,000 from Healthy Blue’s affiliated Foundation to help young people across the state explore colleges and careers.

Do spring safety check on and off the farm

Planting season brings increased risk of physical injury and mental stress among farmworkers and families, says University of Missouri Extension safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch.