Agriculture

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Corps adjusts Missouri River flood plan … for now

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After this year’s catastrophic flood along the Missouri River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to make a number of changes – albeit only temporarily for the time being.

Growth in AgriMissouri Program means more opportunities, expanded services for buying local

Missouri Department of Agriculture - By marketing Missouri products to consumers at home and abroad, the AgriMissouri program has reached new heights this year offering more connections between farmers and consumers. Since January, AgriMissouri has grown from 350 members to more than 1,300 - which represents thousands of products now at the consumer's fingertips at AgriMissouri.com.

Crop yields fall as rain doesn’t

 

Missouri News Horizon
Jefferson City, Mo. -- The extreme growing conditions of this season have continued on through harvest,” said Gene Danekas, Director, USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics. “Well below normal rainfall the last two months has provided little to improve this year’s crops.”

Missouri corn stocks lowest in 15 years

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– A confluence of invents, including global droughts and high demand from ethanol producers, has driven Missouri corn stocks to their lowest point since 1996.

Inventory of old crop corn in all positions in Missouri at the beginning of September totaled only 17.2 million bushels, down 67 percent from the level a year prior. On-farm stocks accounted for 5.7 million bushels, while off-farm bushels accounted for 11.5 million, declines of 75 and 60 percent respectively.

Stay Alert during harvest time

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that this is the time of year when crops are harvested. Thus, drivers should expect heavier farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways. Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. Safety is important to drivers and farmers sharing the road!

A long summer of high heat and little rain appears to have taken a toll on the state’s corn crop

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gene Danekas, director of the USDA’s Missouri Agricultural Statistics office, says corn yields will be under levels predicted on August 1.

"A challenging growing season is beginning to show its final affect on Missouri's crop production," said Danekas. "Corn yields have diminished from earlier expectations as the results of the extreme July growing conditions become more evident.”

Governor asks for farm damage assessment

Photo by Jeff Berkemeyer
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--Governor Nixon is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin damage assessments of farms in central, western and northwestern Missouri in the wake of severe thunderstorms which bore strong winds and hail between August 18 and 22.

One Local Dairy Farm Brings Agricultural Innovation to New Haven

Pictured above: Eugene Scheer uses a computer to keep track of his herd.

Story and Photos by Brittany Menke -- Technical Writer

Farmers Market every Thursday - You don't know what you're missing


The Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. through the month of September.  We thought we would stop by this evening and see what kind of goodies we could find.

There were a large variety of fresh vegetables, homemade breads, homemade jelly and jam, amazing tasting cinnamon buns, and even fresh flowers.

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