The drought of 2012 has brought more challenges to Missouri farmers than most can remember. And in true Missouri fashion, producers haven't slowed down a bit - they've continued working hard to make the best of the situation for their families, crops and livestock.
Today, we learned of yet another example of Missouri agriculture "Thinking Outside the Barn" - as pasture and hay conditions continue to decline and the corn crop uncertain, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and the Missouri Catllemen's Association are working together to ensure producers have the opportunity to explore alternative forages at workshops scheduled throughout September.
During the workshops, producers will have the opportunity to learn about a process called ammoniation. Through ammoniation, at a cost of approxiamtely $25 per ton, farmers can turn corn stover (the dead stalks and leaves) into a nutritional feed to help compensate for the shortage and poor condition of drought stricken hay. The process can also improve the digestability what would normally be a lost crop by 15 percent and double the protien content of the resulting feed.
A list of the scheduled workshops is below, and more information is available by contacting Missouri Corn, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the University of Missouri CAFNR team.
Sept. 11 at Joplin Regional Stockyards, 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Brent Martin's farm in Anutt, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at the MU Thompson Research Center Field Day near Spickard, 9 a.m.
Sept. 20 at the MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm in Columbia, 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 at the MU Forage Systems Research Center Field Day near Linneus, 9 a.m.
Sept. 27 at Triple V Farms in Perryville, 6 p.m.
To learn more about these workshops contact the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council at (800) 827-4181.
Photo Note: A corn grower examines stover during a field day in Rhineland, Mo., earlier this year. Credit: Missouri Corn Merchandising Council