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Farm Safety Tips Address COVID-19

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• By Linda Geist • Farmers and ranchers face unique safety risks as COVID-19 continues to spread. The predicted peak of the COVID-19 outbreak likely will hit as spring planting season shifts into high gear, says Rusty Lee, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy. Physical distancing becomes difficult as farmers receive seed and chemical deliveries, he says. Shipments ... Read More »

Bootheel couple feels emotional connection to cotton

mayberry farms

Together, siblings Keith Mayberry and Kim Mayberry-Holifield work together to ensure the fourth generation of their family farm continues a tradition of raising cotton near Essex, Missouri. Standing on the same land that their grandfather purchased in the 1940s, they explained how their partnership as brother and sister sustain and innovate their farm. Keith Mayberry farms the land on a ... Read More »

Into The Unknown

carroll smith

One of the big questions in the cotton industry is what does the millennial generation think about farming in today’s economic environment? The market is not that great, inputs are costly, and the global trade situation is iffy at times. If you are a “Facebooker,” or an “Instagramer,” you’ve probably seen numerous videos and comments posted by these young farmers ... Read More »

Lynn Farms

don and betty lynn

Bootheel Missouri Cotton Farmers Don And Betty Lynn Have Chalked Up 62 Cotton Crops And Counting. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Kennett, Missouri, where cotton and other commodity crops flourish in the countryside, is in the southeast corner of the Bootheel, nestled between Arkansas and the Mississippi River. It is also home to Don and Betty Lynn, who have ... Read More »

MU gains part in $10 million USDA cover crop grant

missouri cover crops

Missouri agricultural scientists working in cover crops share in a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will work with colleagues in 30 organizations across the country and around the world. “The five-year project aims to increase crop profitability and sustainability using cover crops and reduced tillage,” says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension cover crop specialist. ... Read More »

Passing The Baton

carroll smith

Looking back on the history of a farming operation can sometimes involve measuring the growth in acreage, comparing yield results from one year to another, and calculating the return on investment for improvements made. Another aspect worthy of contemplation is the human element. Read More »

Motorola Radios, Windowsill Cotton

patrick turnage

When I was a young boy, I went everywhere with my grandfather and daddy, constantly bugging them to let me drive everything. I wanted so badly to be a farmer. One day we were walking through the John Deere dealership. I was following my grandfather like a dog on a leash, asking one farming question after another. Papaw, why do ... Read More »