Missouri agribusiness experts get the latest on weather and crops

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, July 28 2015 Jul 28, 2015 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:08:00 PM CDT July 28, 2015 in News
By: Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The weather is playing a big role in state agriculture this year.

Tuesday's Crop Injury Diagnostic Clinic at the Bradford Research Center in Columbia examined specific ways that crops are being affected now and what can be expected the rest of the year. 

The annual clinic is targeted towards the people in agribusiness that advise the state's producers.

Those in agribusiness can get crop information from magazines and the web, but at the clinic they can get current information and hands-on experience.

"Most all of these 70 folks here are going to go out and work with farmers, so these 70 people will maybe help manage half to two-thirds of the crops in the state of Missouri," the center's superintendent Timothy Reinbott said. "We're training the trainer. Their influence ripples effects from here."

One of the major challenges focused on was the amount of rainfall this summer.

"If there's a hunch that it's been wet, it's been very wet," said MU Extension Climatologist Pat Guinan.

Guinan said based on records that go back to 1895, only in 1981 was there a wetter May through July.

"When we combine May, June,and July together we're running over 22 inches of rain and that's a lot of precipitation to fall," Guinan said.

Although the data may change slightly, Guinan said this year is only running about a third of an inch under the 1981 record of 22.5 inches.

"What's unusual is not only the amount of rain but just how well distributed throughout Missouri," Guinan said."There's not one area in Missouri, there's not one county that is running unusually dry. We're all very wet."

This statewide rainfall totals are similar to this timeframe in 2008 and 2009, but the affects on the crops are more than delayed planting.

"It's going to change our insect spectrum, it's going to change our disease spectrum, so these different weather conditions really can affect conditions," Reinbott said.

Guinan said the stress of wet conditions has impacted nutrient loss in the soil.

"Our soil here in Missouri are very very poorly drained and that's a big looming factor that really raised its ugly head this year," Reinbott said.

Guinan's seminar Tuesday focused on a newer tool, Useful to Usable, that allows producers and consultants to compare things from climate data to yield data over states, counties, and years.

By researchers sharing their information, the consultants in agribusiness can make management tools that are good for the farmers.

Travis Belt, a regional agronomist for Mycogen Seeds, has been coming to the clinic for more than ten years.

"You can read about it but you don't get the one on one experience and the clarification," Belt said.

As someone who manages people who deal with consumers and growers, Belt said the information at the clinic provides the sound science behind the decisions producers make.

"We need to be aware of what this is and what's going on down the road and how we can advise as crop advisers the farmers and the general public about what to do," Reinbott said.

He said one positive side of all the rain is the decrease in insects.

"All the rain drowned some of them out.  Also it causes them to have disease problems and it killed some of those, but at the same time we see a rise in other ones like Japanese Beetle," Reinbott said.

Reinbott said he predicts soybean crops may experience diseases later in the summer.

The weather affect on yield, Reinbott said, will affect the prices for the farmer a lot.  But due to the number of middlemen, consumers will not immediately be affected but there may be some long range affect.

Wednesday's seminars include topics on how to get rid of the excess water farmers may be facing.

 

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - Inspirational speaker and former Minor League Baseball outfielder Chris Singleton, who lost his mother in a shooting at... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, January 18 2020 Jan 18, 2020 Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:01:00 AM CST January 18, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The city of Columbia reporter hundreds of residents were without power Friday afternoon in east central Columbia, in... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 6:03:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 5:24:21 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - Another week in January, and another winter storm. This time around it will likely all happen in one... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 4:46:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in Weather
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Fire Department is reminding residents to make sure their home is safe during these cold temperatures. ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 4:03:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center will hold a job fair specifically for former employees of Pinnacle Hospital on Tuesday. The... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 3:12:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
FULTON - Police took one suspect into custody after responding Friday afternoon to a burglary in progress call near W... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 3:05:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The last flight to land at Columbia Regional Airport Friday touched down at 10:00 a.m. Those departing the... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 2:52:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Sleet and freezing rain hit across mid-Missouri throughout the day Friday. Jefferson City Public Works director... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 2:52:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia is reporting more than 1,000 people are without power in east central Columbia, in... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 2:26:12 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
FULTON - Officers took two suspects into custody after investigating a report of a stolen package in the residential area... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 2:03:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the 2017 death of Benjamin Renick. ... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 12:03:00 PM CST January 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - With colder temperatures expected to arrive in mid-Missouri, shelters are preparing to care for those in need. ... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One Missouri lawmaker's bill could create new curriculum for schools in the state. House Bill 2153, sponsored... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:21:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he plans to fight efforts to expand the number... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:06:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
NEW FRANKLIN — In a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, New Franklin police chief Mike Wise announced plans to step down.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:14:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The announcement of Pinnacle Regional Hospital's closing came suddenly this week, even catching residents off guard who expected... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:57:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:35:15 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
11am 27°
12pm 27°
1pm 27°
2pm 28°