Alfalfa Webworm

Many growers have noticed damage in their alfalfa fields lately, with leaves being eaten and webs in the top several inches of the plant. These signs likely mean that alfalfa webworms are present in your fields.

Alfalfa webworms are a small, green caterpillar that can infest alfalfa as well as soybeans. As they grow, alfalfa webworm larvae turn dark green and reach 1 to 1 ¼’’ long. They have stripes extending down the length of their back, with three dark spots on each side of their body on each segment. Webworms generally feed in the upper canopy of the plant by encasing the top leaves in a webbing and consuming the leaves within the webbing. As they grow larger, they may feed outside the webbing as well. Telltale signs of an alfalfa webworm infestation are defoliation of the upper leaves and webbing in the upper canopy filled with black specks of fecal matter. Alfalfa webworm infestations can lower the hay quality with webbing and fecal matter while severe infestations can even reduce alfalfa stands.

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Gates Family Scholarship Application

The Gates Family from Daviess and Harrison County, Missouri has graciously donated money to award three annual scholarships. Each scholarship is for $250.00 and will be awarded on behalf of the Gates Family (Daniel G. Gates, Effie W. Gates, and George O. Gates) Applications can be found by clicking this link or at the Harrison County Extension Office, 1505 Main, Courthouse Basement, Bethany.

Completed applications need to be returned by August 1, 2019 to:
Katie Harvey
North Central Career Center

1401 Daily Road
Bethany, MO. 64424

If you have any questions, please call: (660)-425-2196 Office, (660)-833-9511 Cell

Field Specialist, Andy Luke

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Missouri Farm Labor Guide

This guide is meant to share general information about developing an approach to human resources management. The material in the guide should not be used in place of legal, accounting or other professional opinions. Agricultural employers are encouraged to engage an attorney, accountant and other necessary professionals to ensure that their specific policies and human resources systems satisfy all necessary labor laws and business standards.

This guide can be found at the Harrison County Extension Office and on the web at:

2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 35 percent of Missouri farmland is rented. That means that about 9.8 million acres of Missouri agricultural land is rented. To help both landowners and farmers, the University of Missouri has periodically surveyed landowners and farmers to detect trends in rental rates. The latest survey was taken in the summer of 2018. MU Extension Publication G427




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