University of Missouri Extension

Beef Farmers Learn From 50 Feedouts

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri beef herd owners learn profits and risks of sending their calves to a feedlot. They’ve entered 50 Missouri Steer Feedouts run by University of Missouri Extension. To cut risks in learning, they enter samples of five to 20 head, said Eldon Cole, MU Extension livestock specialist. The Missouri Steer Feedout for…

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Thanksgiving Favorites Can Be a Challenge to Grow in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD – Cranberries, sweet potatoes and pecans are all favorite Thanksgiving foods that can successfully be grown in Missouri according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture field specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Many consider cranberries to be an essential part of Thanksgiving. Cranberries are native to North America and are often found in bogs or other…

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Local Government, Schools & Organizations: November Board Meetings

Douglas County Commissioners meet each Monday and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Douglas County Courthouse. Ava Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are held at City Hall. Ava R-I School Board reconvenes Tuesday, Nov. 20th.  Meetings are held at the school in the board…

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Buying Bulls 1973 vs. 2018: All-Breed Bull Sale Oct. 29

This is the 92nd sale sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association along with the University of Missouri Extension.  MT. VERNON, Mo. — Another Southwest Missouri All-Breed Bull Sale has been scheduled. This will be the 92nd sale sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association in conjunction with University of Missouri…

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Humor and Ingenuity Evident in Life of Early Ozarkers

By David Burton, MU Extension SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — “The rural and Scot-Irish influence on the Ozarks is seen in the region’s philosophy which has often been couched in humor,” said David Burton, county engagement specialist in community economic development with University of Missouri Extension. For example, in Jim Owen’s manuscript called “Hill-osophy,” there are these…

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How to Send Winter Pests Packing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Six-legged pests want to share your warm home this winter. University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Tamra Reall tells how to send crawling freeloaders packing. These unwelcome visitors are mostly a lethargic nuisance. They do not bite, suck blood or spread disease. They like nice, dry spots, usually between your home’s walls.…

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Breeding Better Black Walnut Trees

By University Communications Abundant in Missouri, black walnut trees are famous for their edible nuts. But most of these trees grow in the wild, making the quality and yield of nuts unpredictable. A Missouri State University research team is addressing this issue. Led by Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang, department head of environmental plant science and natural…

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Douglas County University of Missouri Extension Offers Soil Testing

Did you know your local University of Missouri Extension offers soil testing?  Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from…

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