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True Armyworms Reported in the Region

True armyworms can be identified by the stripes that run the length of the body and the dark spots on the abdominal prolegs. (Photo taken by Stacy Hambelton from a farm near Gainesville, Mo.)

True armyworms (Mythimna unipuncta) have been found in grass pastures, wheat, and corn fields in the area.  The major damage to tall fescue and other grass pastures is destruction of plant foliage along with some cutting of seed heads.  Heavy ...

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Pesky Flies Cost Cattlemen Money

MT. VERNON – It is difficult to estimate how many dollars a year flies cost the cattle industry per cow or yearling but it’s substantial. “It’s worth spending money to control horn and face flies because fly numbers are building ...

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True Armyworms Appear in SW Missouri

COLUMBIA – Armyworms that can strip pastures and hayfields have begun their march through Missouri’s tall fescue fields, warns University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey. Farmers should scout for true armyworms now, especially in southern Missouri, Bailey said. MU ...

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Pointers For Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

SPRINGFIELD – Pumpkins are the centerpiece of fall décor according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension. Yet, picking the right pumpkin is, in many ways, a matter of personal preference because beauty is in the eye of ...

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Goats: ‘Don’t Fence Me In’

JEFFERSON CITY – Goats are curious animals and their gregarious social skills and healthy appetites know no boundaries, or fences. However, new types of fences make it easier for goat owners to dissuade their “don’t fence me in”bleating, according to ...

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