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Extension workshops focus on hot topics in farming

A Pest Management Field Day and a beef cattle reproduction workshop are planned in July.

Mindy Ward

June 28, 2022

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MU Extension plant pathologist Mandy Bish
IN FIELD TALKS: MU Extension plant pathologist Mandy Bish will cover crop pathology topics, including foliar fungicide applications in soybeans, and offer data from four growing seasons at the Mizzou Pest Management Field Day on July 7.Logan Jackson, University of Missouri

Two University of Missouri Extension events in July offer farmers a chance to learn the latest crop and livestock management practices.

The Mizzou Pest Management Field Day will be July 7 at the MU Bradford Research Farm. Sam Polly, MU Extension state director of pesticide safety education, will discuss the protection of endangered species.

“Recent changes in U.S. EPA policy have made endangered species one of the hottest topics in agriculture,” Polly said in a news release. “Knowing these changes and some of the species at risk is paramount to keeping your operation, and our industry at large, moving forward.”

Polly will highlight the importance of beneficial management practices such as vegetative barriers to comply with federal regulations and new labeling requirements.

Farmers will hear about pest predictions for 2022, including management of late-season stinkbugs in soybeans.

Other research to be presented includes:

  • new herbicide products

  • herbicide-resistant weed update

  • weed electrocution research

  • soybean cyst nematode research

  • tar spot of corn

  • foliar fungicide applications in soybeans

Hands-on opportunities

A drone demonstration on pesticide applications and spreading cover crop seeds will offer farmers an up-close look at this latest use of technology in crop management.

MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic representatives will discuss new and common corn and soybean diseases farmers may see in the state. Attendees can bring crop samples to the field day for diagnosis.

After lunch, attendees can walk plots showcasing a variety of herbicide treatments and weed management programs for corn and soybean. Plots will be clearly labeled and mapped for easy viewing.

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A $20 registration fee helps cover costs associated with lunch and refreshments. The site is located about 8 miles east of Columbia. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with opening remarks soon after 8 a.m. Tour wagons will depart by 8:30 a.m.

To register, email Kevin Bradley at [email protected] by June 30. Continuing education units are available for certified crop advisers.

Cattle reproduction focus of meeting

MU Extension will host a workshop on the management of reproduction in beef cattle to help producers learn about management practices to improve profits.

MU Extension beef reproduction specialist Jordan Thomas and beef nutrition specialist Eric Bailey will lead the event July 7-8 at North Central Missouri College’s Barton campus in Trenton.

The two will discuss nutrition, genetics, health and management, focusing on beef reproduction as a system that requires planning and adaptive management.

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Thomas says that by managing reproduction with a multiyear perspective and taking a whole system approach, cow-calf producers can manage both proactively and reactively to achieve profitable reproductive outcomes.

He notes that reproductive technologies such as synchronization and artificial insemination will be covered, but the emphasis during the event will be on “yearlong management of the overall system.”

Topics at the beef reproductive event include:

  • ultra-short calving season in the cow herd

  • managing cow body condition economically

  • heifer selection and building a profitable heifer development enterprise

  • maintaining cows in positive energy balance in variable forage conditions

  • minimizing effects of stress on reproduction

  • bull management in and out of season

All participants receive a copy of the manual Whole System Management of Beef Cattle Reproduction, released in 2021 by MU Extension.

To register, visit cvent.com/d/6kq4cx or contact Eric Bailey at 573-884-7873 or [email protected].

University of Missouri Extension contributed to this article.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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