How to help your trees recover from drought

Dry soil conditions can significantly reduce the life span of valuable landscape trees.
“Because they are difficult and expensive to replace, your trees need attention during and after periods of drought,” says University of Missouri Extension state forestry specialist Hank Stelzer.

Drought requires feed efficiency in cattle

Low supplies of hay make feeding cattle a challenge.
Elizabeth Picking, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in southwestern Missouri, sees the effects of severe drought in her area – dwindling hay supplies, poor-quality hay, high prices and ponds going dry.

App helps pork producers secure their biosecurity plans

The Rapid Access Biosecurity app can help in the event of a transboundary or foreign animal disease outbreak in the U.S., said Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri swine extension veterinarian.

Blister beetles reported in large numbers in Missouri

Farmers, livestock owners and gardeners across the state report that blister beetles are appearing in large numbers this summer, says Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist. Blister beetles produce a toxin that can harm livestock.

Drought assistance programs being offered by Gasconade County SWCD

                  On July 25, 2022 the Missouri Soil & Water Commission met to address the Governor’s Emergency Drought Executive Order 22-04, which was signed by Governor Parson on July 21, 2022. 

Tough culling decisions come with drought, forage shortages

With dry weather and short pastures, Missouri cow-herd owners face tough culling decisions. One way to match cows’ needs to available grass is to sell cows.
Give careful thought to which grass eaters go first, says Eric Bailey, University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist. Under drought stress, identifying those cows becomes urgent.