Agriculture

Agriculture

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

Ever since the mid-1800s roots from Missouri grapes have been grafted on to European varieties, because of their natural resistance to certain pests.

Corn Plantings Still Behind Schedule

May 14, 2013
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
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Chilly temperatures and wet conditions have put farmers behind schedule this year. Only 28 percent of Missouri’s corn acres and 17 percent of Illinois’ have been planted. By comparison, both states’ farmers had planted over 90 percent of their acres at this point last year.

Indi Braden is an agriculture professor at Southeast Missouri State University. She said the weather has not been cooperating.

Soggy Weather Delays Crop Planting

May 7, 2013
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This spring’s wet weather has prevented many farmers from getting into the fields.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported earlier this week that just 7% of the Illinois corn crop has been planted.

In Missouri it’s 22% which is still far below the average.

National Corn Growers Association vice president Paul Bertels says before long the delay will affect farmers’ bottom lines.

“Typically in this area what we say is every day after about May 15 that you delay planting you lose about a bushel per day,” Bertels said.

Aberrant Weather Affects Crops

Apr 24, 2013
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

The weather this year isn’t as beneficial to crops as many farmers would like, but it’s far better than last year’s drought. Though the cold weather is delaying planting, farmers are looking at an excellent year if the weather clears up.

Corn is looking to be the worst affected because the planting window is rapidly closing. If the cool weather continues, many farmers will have to consider planting other crops, such as soybeans. 

Dr. Michael Aide, Chair of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, says the influx of moisture is a boon if it gets warmer.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Between Monsanto And Indiana Farmer

Feb 20, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.

The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought and planted second-generation soybean seeds.

The seeds were intended as animal feed, not to be planted. Most of them still contained Monsanto's genetically-engineered traits.

The high court justices strongly questioned Bowman's argument that patent rights end once seeds are sold and replanted.

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