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Ragweeds are flowering plants in the genus Ambrosia in the aster family, Asteraceae. Ragweeds are erect, single stemmed, summer annual weeds primarily found in pastures, hayfields, right-of-ways, timberlines, and roadsides. Several species have been introduced to our region, some have naturalized, and many have become invasive species over time. These plants can cause allergy sufferers major problems (Hay Fever) during the summer and fall times of the year. Ragweed, depending on which one it is, can germinate and grow through the entire summer months as well as late into the fall. Pastures which are overgrazed, thin, low in fertility, and abused will most likely contain Common and Lance Leaf Ragweed. Giant Ragweed prefers a more fertile soil to grow. Ragweed seeds are often brought to and spread on the farm through low quality/cheap hay, which was put up to late in the year. more
“Native warm season grasses can be an important forage as cattle operations move to the summer months,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. more
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri corn and soybean growers are reporting growing numbers of Japanese beetles in crops in recent weeks, says University of Missouri Extension state entomologist Ivair Valmorbida. more
Stockton, MO- “Summertime brings factors that lead to anaplasmosis in cattle operations,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. Anaplasmosis can negatively impact cattle operation performance due to calf abortions, decreased weight gain, bull infertility and animal death. Davis will discuss anaplasmosis and management strategies to reduce its negative impact. more
Perilla Mint (Perilla frutescens) is an erect, herbaceous annual weed originally from eastern Asia. It may also be known as the beefsteak plant, common mint, or Chinese basil. more
The proclamation ceremony took place Monday, June 10, in Jefferson City. more
Many farmers across the state have just made or will soon make their first hay of the season. While making hay, it is important for growers to notice and remove any poison hemlock from their hay or pasture fields. more
NAME: Brynley Waters more
For 77 years the Polk County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair has been bringing people from all around the surrounding area to enjoy a weekend of livestock shows, tractor pulls, auctions, contests and so much more. more
Stockton, MO – “Warm weather brings on environmental factors that can lead to pinkeye in cattle,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. Pinkeye can lead to reduced cattle performance, which negatively impacts cattle operation profitability. Davis will discuss management strategies to reduce cattle herd incidence of pinkeye. more
Hagg Angus Ranch LLC, Bolivar, Missouri, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri. more
Hermitage, MO – Pokeberry, or similar names such as pokebush, pokeweed, dragonberries, or pokeroot, is a common pasture weed found throughout the Ozarks. American pokeweed is a species of open or edge habitats, especially where birds roost, as the seeds of this plant are a good food source for several species during the fall and winter months. It is often found in forest edge, fence rows, under power lines, pastures, old field, forest openings, and other open wastelands. more
Polk County Fair Association board members recently gathered to accept a $2,000 grant from the MFA Charitable Foundation. From left are Bill Bob Kallenbach, Bolivar Farmers Exchange general manager Jody Boles, 4-H enthusiasts Evan and Avery Jones, Valerie Noblitt, Curtis Dahlberg, and Michael Jones. The grant will be used to build permanent pens in the hog barn. more
The Missouri 4-H Foundation marks its 75th anniversary this year with plans to highlight impacts from decades of dedication to nurturing young leaders and fostering community development across the state. more
The third annual Missouri Beef Days is officially finished, but organizers say the work continues and dates are set for 2025. “Coming off such a fun, successful Missouri Beef Days this year, we’re excited to announce plans for next year,” says Missouri Beef Days Executive Coordinator Katie Roweton. “The final activities of this year’s event really set the stage next year for an even bigger and better Beef Days.” Roweton says the fourth annual Missouri Beef Days will be held May 3-10, 2025. more
MCE FFA will be hosting their Junior Livestock Show on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. more
Folks have just a couple of days left to enjoy this year’s Missouri Beef Days in Bolivar. more
This year’s Missouri Beef Days continues through Saturday but is already off to a strong start with several successful events from the weekend. more
Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 24-05, extending Missouri’s drought alert to Sept. 1, 2024. The action directs continued coordination of resources and combined response efforts across state government until conditions improve in drought-impacted areas. more
MCE FFA will be hosting their Junior Livestock Show on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. more
The Marion C Early Class of 1964 will hold a 60th anniversary class reunion from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the FEMA Building of the MCE Campus from 4 to 7 pm. more
Because no celebration of the cattle industry could ever be considered complete without a recognition of the faith that is so prevalent in the heartland of America, Missouri Beef Days is proud to host a non-denominational community cowboy church service on Sunday, at 4 p.m., May 5 in the Diamond S Indoor Arena at 2029 E. Buffalo Street in Bolivar. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. more
Everywhere, Bolivar has the BEEF! The cows are proof that Missouri Beef Days is ready to kick-off. Get ready to enjoy events like a Street Festival, Boots & Bling, Cowboy church, cook-offs, an art walk, sampling booths, rodeos, an ag expo, a parade, and much more! Fun for all ages! more
If you thought that last year’s Missouri Beef Days rodeo action was intense, just wait until you see the action at a brand-new competition this year – the Missouri Beef Days Celebrity Chef Showdown! more
In recognition of the importance of the beef industry to the economy and the more
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