Agriculture

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With so many Missourians stuck at home, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering teachers, parents, students, and others its free Discover Nature Schools (DNS) nature-based curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school online. Find DNS information and...
Citizen Observers Weekly Agriculture page
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Spring greens from the woods can add variety to your diet. Wildcrafting—the gathering of plants from their natural habitats—is a throwback to the days of our distant ancestors, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Our ancestors’ winter diets lacked...
Romanesco is related to broccoli and cauliflower. Photo by Jacopo Werther.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Create some interest in your garden patch by adding unique vegetables this spring”, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “One of the joys of gardening is trying something new each year,” Trinklein said. Less common vegetables can challenge your...
Wood Ducks
If you have spent any time outdoors in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that one of Missouri’s most beautiful residents has returned. The Wood Ducks are back.  Pairs of wood ducks are now looking for nest sites along our creeks and ponds. Our only cavity nesting ducks have paired up...
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The stage is set for more spring flooding in Missouri, said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. “A lot will depend on the weather patterns that set up over the region in the next few weeks,” he said. Missouri farmers, still reeling from 2019 weather woes, face...
The first turkey that ever came to me on the ground did it a long time ago. I sat there with my hands shaking and my breath short and my heart hammering so hard I could not understand why he could not hear it. The last turkey that came to me last spring had exactly the same effect, and the day that...
A month of transition would probably be more accurate. Up and down on temperature and back and forth between winter and spring, with longer days and warmer temperatures the trend.  When March arrives it’s still winter. Birds are still flocking to the feeder. Northern migrants for the most part are...
Shatto Milk Company recently brought home fourteen awards from the 2020 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition – up considerably from the five awards earned at the 2019 competition. The competition takes place annually at the Fairplex Fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif., which is also home to the L....
SPRINGFIELD — The increased feral hog elimination efforts by the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) underway on public and private land in southeast and south-central Missouri is the latest chapter in Missouri’s long fight to defend the state against the nuisance animals....
TRUXTON – Milo planted for grazing cuts winter feed bills by half and keeps nutrients on the farm, says Rusty Lee, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. Nutrients stay on the land when cattle and sheep recycle manure by stomping it into the soil during grazing, Lee says. Milo’s strong root...

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