Test forage to avoid nitrate toxicity
Hot dry summer weather brings about heat and drought stress on summer annuals, wherein stressed plants such as the forage sorghums can occasionally accumulate dangerous concentrations of nitrates for cattle grazing them.
Ark. hay situation: “Critical Code Blue”
Phil Sims, Extension staff chair in Pope County for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, had just three words Tuesday for the hay situation in Pope County: “Critical. Code Blue.”
Weather, grass, and the hay market
Dry weather during the spring and early summer of 2012 has had mixed effects on Missouri hay producers. On the bright side, the dry weather has provided hay producers with relatively wide windows of opportunity to cut, rake, and bale their hay crop. Generally, dry weather results in a greater number of available field days during which hay producers can make hay.
MU Field Scouting Report for June 6: Corn producers should watch for worm damage and rust
Corn scouted this week was between stages v-12 and v-16. It is likely that several fields will be tasseling by next week. A few fields in the county contained hail damage, but this should not affect yields.
K-State researchers discover shattering gene in sorghum
A study by a team of university and government scientists led by a Kansas State University researcher, indicates that genes responsible for seed shattering (the process by which grasses disseminate their seeds) were chosen in a similar, but independent manner during sorghum, rice and maize domestication.
Understanding the impact of wet hay
The timing of the rains may represent a challenge to cattlemen that are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply. All producers that harvest hay occasionally will put up hay that “gets wet” from time to time. Therefore, ranchers and hay farmers need to understand the impact of “wet hay” in the tightly wound bales.
Hay show entry time for southwest Mo.
Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show. The entry deadline is July 10 and entry forms are available online at www.ozarkempirefair.com or at the nearest University of Missouri Extension center.
Area crops way ahead of schedule
Weather always plays an important role in agriculture. This year, however, it has given area producers and specialists a chance to witness things for a first time. On May 26 in Montgomery County a report was made of tasseled corn.
MU Website helps ID common weeds
The MU Weed ID Guide—available in desktop and mobile versions at weedID.missouri.edu and weedID.missouri.edu/mobile—has information on more than 400 plant species that can show up as weeds of field and horticultural crops, pastures, lawns, gardens, and noncrop or aquatic areas in Missouri and surrounding states.
Stem rust found in Mo. fescue fields
Late last week, rust on tall fescue was observed in fields from Preston to Weaubleau in Hickory County, in addition to cases reported in neighboring counties.
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