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Missouri’s 2014 early teal hunting season will run from Sept. 6 through 21.

Early teal season set, outlook bright

 Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

The outlook is bright for Missouri’s early teal hunting season but state officials say some hunters will need to make different arrangements than in years past to buy federal duck stamps. The length of the early teal season depends on the number of blue-winged teal (BWT) counted in early-summer breeding bird surveys. If the BWT breeding population index is below 3.3 million, the season is closed. If the BWT breeding

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  • Deep tillage buries seeds of weeds that can’t be killed by herbicides

     Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:07 am


    Deep-six weed seeds to control pigweeds and other herbicide-resistant pests in soybean fields. “I’m not advocating a return of moldboard plowing,” said Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri weed scientist. “Burying weed seeds with deep tillage does provide one more tool in dealing with resistant pigweeds.” Bradley spoke at Pest Management Day at the MU Bradford Research Center on July 16. He was preparing crop producers for extreme controls needed for

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  • Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT

     Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Slade Pritchett

    Slade Pritchett Offices Held: 2014-2015 Elsberry FFA Sentinal Parents:  Leon and Jennifer Pritchett FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA FFA Advisors: Mr. Jason Vandivort, Mr. George Neiters, and Mr. Mike McCrory How are you involved in agriculture? I raise swine on my family’s farm.  My dad and I work together and because he knows a lot about raising hogs, I am always learning about the best way to take care of them.

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  • Wanted: Governor’s Christmas Tree

     Posted on August 16, 2014 at 10:56 am


    If you have a 40-foot evergreen tree that you would enjoy seeing on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Conservation would like to talk to you. Forestry Field Programs Supervisor Nick Kuhn said the Conservation Department is on its annual quest for a tree to adorn the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion during the holiday season. To qualify, candidate trees must be at

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  • The Benefits of Missouri Agriculture, by Alex Boedeker

     Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Elsberry FFA Treasurer Alex Boedeker

    In the beautiful state of Missouri, chances are that if one drives down any particular state highway or road, eventually they will come across a farm of some kind, whether it’s a family farm, such as my family dairy, or a larger, corporate farm, with many farmhands and laborers. According to the Missouri Farm Bureau, the agriculture and agribusiness industries made up about 11.4 billion dollars of Missouri’s economy in

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  • Turkey Production, by Paige Parker

     Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Elsberry FFA Historian Paige Parker

    The turkey is a unique bird, its head goes bobble-bobble and all he knows is the phrase “gobble-gobble”! For my Supervised Agricultural Experience as part of my participation in FFA, I am raising turkeys using traditional methods including open range grazing. My turkeys are allowed to roam between woodland and open field habitats as they would in the wild. Raising turkeys in a more natural environment gives my family peace

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  • Aid for ailing plants

     Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Clinic director Patti Wallace looks at ailing tomato plant.

    If you have the sniffles or a bad infection, a visit to your doctor can usually put things right. Plants can get sick too and the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic is where you can turn for help. “Homeowners can put a lot of time, energy and care into choosing plants for their yard and garden. So if those plants get sick, the clinic is a good place to

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