Hay Bought to Off-Set Loss Due to Drought Contained Red Imported Fire Ants

Drought and Red Imported Fire Ants in Found in Hay

Taken from University of Missouri Extension press release, an Ozark County farmer got more than he bargained for when he recently bought hay from Florida,. The hay contained Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). In accordance with USDA regulations hay in areas with established populations of RIFA must be inspected and certified prior to shipment out of an area under quarantine.

For more information see Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) alert and the RIFA Community of Practice of eXtension.

 

Kim Cassel

Extension Information on Cover Crops to Mitigate Drought Effects

For centuries, farmers have been using cover crops to prevent soil erosion, improve nutrient cycling, and sustain their soils. However, conditions in 2012 have renewed many growers interest in cover crops to help mitigate the effects of the drought by: 1) Trapping residual nitrogen that went unutilized by the current corn crop; 2) Building organic matter, and 3) Decreasing the risk of soil erosion. Listed below are selected cover crop extension resources, some of which were written in specific response to the 2012 drought:   

Additional drought resources from over 23 state Cooperative Extension Services are available through the Extension Disaster Education Network.