Agriculture
Diplodia and other corn rots rear ugly ears in parts of Missouri

Diplodia ear rot is a common corn disease that occurs when there is excessive moisture during and immediately after corn silking and a dry period. That is what much of Missouri experienced this season. Read more

Lawn and garden
Mum's not the word: Chrysanthemums shout with bold colors

Few flowers signal fall’s arrival more than the cheerful chrysanthemum, mum for short. Mums’ long-lasting blooms show off for weeks, long after other flowers have clocked out for the season. Read more

Natural resources
Stink bugs try to find warm home for the winter

An ounce of prevention is the best medicine for keeping stink bugs and other insect pests such as the multicolored Asian lady beetle at bay. Put screens over windows, doors and vents. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
MU FRTI receives new specialized mobile fire training simulator

The system is incorporated with a trailer to make training as accessible as possible. The institute offers 80 percent of its training in the field to meet career and volunteer fire service schedules and needs. Read more

Community and leadership
Welcome to Alianzas

Our program is here to facilitate and promote an effective intercultural communication. We form alliances with MU Extension specialists, Latino residents and the larger community of Missouri. Read more

Nutrition and health
Sweet potatoes are healthy and tasty

When choosing a sweet potato, you want the skin to be a bright uniform color and firm to the touch. Sweet potatoes and yams look alike but they are not related. Read more

4-H
Linda Jo Turner named '4-H Bridge Builder'

Lorene Trickey, right, wife of former Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee Nelson Trickey, and daughter Linda Trickey, left, present the Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award to Jo Turner. Read more

Emergency management
Reduce your risk of injury or death from lightning

If you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder, then divide by five. This is the distance in miles the lightning is away. Any distance less than 10 miles puts you in danger. Seek shelter immediately. Read more

Families and relationships
Car seat safety

Car crashes kill more children 1 to 14 years old than any other cause, so adults need to know which child safety seats to use and how to install them correctly. Read more

Home and consumer life
MU Extension offers mobile energy education unit

The mobile unit gives homeowners and renters an opportunity to learn different ways they can make their home more efficient, comfortable and less expensive to heat or cool. Read more

Business and careers
Roam Sticks, LLC — La Plata success story

John and Holly Arbuckle own and operate Singing Prairie Farm in La Plata, Their roaming, contented pigs are the foundation of the first and only non-GMO, pasture-raised pork snack stick available nationally. Read more

Winter car care can keep your vehicle running through the cold

A simple checklist starts with the battery. A cold car battery can't deliver as much current. If your car has an aging battery, you might want to have it load tested to see if it will be up to the job. Read more

Heed the labels on food gifts

The gift of food can be a delightful part of the holidays. But before taking the first bite, make sure the food had a safe trip to your doorstep and didn't take a detour into the temperature danger zone. Read more

Safe travels for holiday food gifts

Many people want the gifts they send to be a surprise, but if you're sending perishable food this holiday season, it's better to spoil the surprise than risk spoiling the gift. Read more

Online shopping safety tips

Make sure that you are shopping safely and protecting your private information. Read more

December gardening calendar

Feed rabbits corn or alfalfa, they may leave fruit tree bark unharmed. Read more

FDA changes coming for livestock owners

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to prepare for Food and Drug Administration rule changes on antibiotics that go into effect Jan. 1. Read more

Consumers gobble up heritage turkeys grown on small acreages

There is high demand for Missouri-raised heritage turkeys from Winigan Farms. Read more

Snowbird season for houseplants

Your houseplants may look like they need CPR after you bring them inside to protect them from falling temperatures. Read more

Time for vitamin D

Vitamin D needs can be sufficiently met during the summer months thanks to the sun. Read more

Helpful hints on cooking turkey for Thanksgiving

Cooking a large Thanksgiving turkey can seem daunting, especially to a novice cook, but it's not that difficult, Read more

Turkey tips: Buying and thawing

Don't get stuck with a turkey that's too small for the feast or one that's still frozen solid on Thanksgiving morning. Read more

Holiday entertaining without breaking your budget

With some creativity and planning ahead, you can still make this season fun and memorable. Read more

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