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  • FARM AND FIELD: Buy local foods during the winter

    FARM AND FIELD: Buy local foods during the winter

    Monday, December 22 2014 11:41 AM EST2014-12-22 16:41:15 GMT
    We often don't think of local food during the winter months, as the growing season has ended, but that may not be quite the problem that we think. There are several vegetable crops that are still being harvested, there are stored crops that can be sold (potatoes, squash), and we still have the meats and eggs.
    We often don't think of local food during the winter months, as the growing season has ended, but that may not be quite the problem that we think. There are several vegetable crops that are still being harvested, there are stored crops that can be sold (potatoes, squash), and we still have the meats and eggs.
  • Cropland prices peaking, but pastureland costs continue to rise

    Cropland prices peaking, but pastureland costs continue to rise

    Sunday, December 21 2014 1:04 AM EST2014-12-21 06:04:20 GMT
    Farmland prices likely have peaked, but expect cattle prices to continue to rise.
    Farmland prices likely have peaked, but expect cattle prices to continue to rise.
  • CROP UPDATE: Take note of how garden grew

    CROP UPDATE: Take note of how garden grew

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 9:35 AM EST2014-12-16 14:35:12 GMT
    This past growing season was a good one for most gardeners. Crop farmers harvested one of the best corn crops on record, and vegetables responded positively to the great growing conditions as well. This year, we had moisture throughout the summer, and July was one of the coolest on record, which undoubtedly led to the bounty.
    This past growing season was a good one for most gardeners. Crop farmers harvested one of the best corn crops on record, and vegetables responded positively to the great growing conditions as well. This year, we had moisture throughout the summer, and July was one of the coolest on record, which undoubtedly led to the bounty.
  • CROP UPDATE: It's time to start garden planning

    CROP UPDATE: It's time to start garden planning

    The following column was written by Kari Houle, our Horticulture Educator. In the near future, Kari and I will be alternating weekly article for this paper. It's that time of year when we'll soon be seeing seed...
    The following column was written by Kari Houle, our Horticulture Educator. In the near future, Kari and I will be alternating weekly article for this paper. It's that time of year when we'll soon be seeing seed...
  • FARM & FIELD: Pasture-based dairies provide management, lifestyle choices

    FARM & FIELD: Pasture-based dairies provide management, lifestyle choices

    Saturday, December 6 2014 7:20 PM EST2014-12-07 00:20:30 GMT
    Rotational grazing lets cattle go out and graze one pasture for a certain length of time, then rotate to another. This way, cattle can eat just the most nutritious parts of the plant, and grass has time to rest and rejuvenate. Stacey Hamilton, University of Missouri Extension state dairy specialist, says pasture-based dairies make economic sense for farmers.
    Rotational grazing lets cattle go out and graze one pasture for a certain length of time, then rotate to another. This way, cattle can eat just the most nutritious parts of the plant, and grass has time to rest and rejuvenate. Stacey Hamilton, University of Missouri Extension state dairy specialist, says pasture-based dairies make economic sense for farmers.

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