Agriculture

At this point, we are all dreaming of warmer weather and looking forward to spring.  If you’re anything like me, you’re already looking through seed catalogs or planning out your vegetable garden.  Growing vegetables is an important step in understanding and appreciating where food comes from.  The...
MAYSVILLE, Mo. – Located just south of the DeKalb/Gentry County line on Route A, the North Fork Lost Creek Bridge has been serving motorists since 1935. This bridge is included in Gov. Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program passed by the Missouri General Assembly during its 2019 session. The program...
Some years March 1st sneaks up on us. Last year winter hung on and it was easy to forget that it was time to clean out and repair your nest boxes. This year the weather was pleasant  and the bluebirds were already starting to show up.  Their arrival means spring is not far off.  It’s always good to...
Missouri's Otter Story Part 3            In our first two articles on Otters we learned about their re-introduction and their rapid re-populating of their former habitat.  In fact otters were a little too successful at finding food sources, especially when it came to farm ponds and Ozark streams....
We will conclude the three part series on otters next week. We need to take time out this week for a timely announcement. The skunk mating season will commence this week, so plan accordingly. If you have a hole under a step or back porch that you have been meaning to plug up, better do it this week...
Last week after the overnight temperatures got to near zero for a couple of nights, the area streams froze partially over. With snow falling , the conditions were perfect to look for signs of river otters. On a branch off of Grindstone on route EE , I noticed the tell tale slide an otter had made...
Praire Chicken
It's probably been 20 years ago now, but I remember the only time I ever saw a Prairie Chicken in the wild in DeKalb County. It was late in the day during the firearms deer season. I was working an area in the northeast part of DeKalb county just west of the Daviess county line.  Just at sunset the...
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Don’t put up your hunting rifle just yet. The colder days of Mid winter are a good time to hunt predators in northwest Missouri. Coyotes in particular are sought buy predator callers this time of year.  Coyotes are found statewide in Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation...
From left Amelia Welch announces the FFA’s plan to provide 50,000 meals for area families.
  Students with the Cameron High School FFA announced they will attempt to provide 50,000 meals to needy families as part of their Feeding our Friends program.  With a goal of raising $12,500 to purchase 50,000 meals, which they will assemble March 27, students Thomas Robinson, Amelia Welch,...
While visiting with my folks last week near Weatherby, I noticed a flock of a dozen or so birds land on their high bush cranberry’s. The shrubs still had several red fruits on them and the birds were really working them over. Dad had a pair of 10 x 42 binoculars handy so I checked out the berry...

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