Author Archives: Logan Jackson


Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in Missouri. “The…

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Adding Another Tool

Drones are becoming more common in agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), such as drones, are becoming more and more common in the world of agriculture. Over the years, the rules and regulations have become more clear and defined – meaning the potential uses for drones in agriculture continues to grow. The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found a handful of ways to utilize the new…

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Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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Preparing For Planting

Winter months provide opportunity to clean, repair and mend equipment

With the harvest season wrapped up and colder weather settling in, the time is perfect to revisit the farming equipment that was so vital during the past year. The winter months provide an ideal opportunity to not only clean, repair and mend equipment, it gives landowners a chance to prepare for the upcoming planting season. “Right now, it’s important to check all the different parts of each…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners

New changes go into effect on Jan. 1

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble antibiotics that have a claim on the label,…

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Thinking Outside of the Box

Wurdack Research Center Field Day focuses on a variety of topics

The Wurdack Research Center brought a diverse group of topics to its annual Field Day on Friday, Oct. 7, in Cook Station. Topics at Wurdack, one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers, included forage, timber, beekeeping, growing mushrooms and antibiotics. “Topic relevance is probably most important, that and the…

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Managing Forests and Timber

The Wurdack Research Center, in Cook Station, Mo., has nearly 1,200 acres, 260 of which are pastures and forage production fields. The rest of the acreage is made up of upland hardwood forest. The Wurdack Research Center Field Day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. Photo by Logan Jackson. Those two areas of research, along with several others, will be covered…

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An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team predicted the hot June temperatures back in January. El Niño was…

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