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Duane Dailey
Senior Writer

July 27, 2017

Howard County Farm Tour, Aug. 3,
visits sites along Missouri River

FAYETTE, Mo. - The 2017 Howard County Farm Tour, Aug. 3, will show water issues in the Missouri River bottom. Stops include Franklin Island Conservation Area and nearby Hammes Farms, corn and soybean producers. Local beef producers will cook burgers for the evening meal.

Tourgoers will gather at the courthouse square in Fayette to leave at 6 p.m. sharp, say organizers. Or they can meet at 6:15 at the first stop, Franklin Island. That stop is 2 miles east of New Franklin off Highway 40.

Tour sponsors are University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, the Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the local cattlemen's association.

Carpooling is encouraged. Tours include some walking, so dress appropriately for hot weather.

At Franklin Island, wildlife biologist Steven Noll with the Missouri Department of Conservation will lead tours. He'll show levee management and an artificial wetland. There are sunflower and pollinator plot demonstrations. Plus, there's bottomland hardwood tree planting.

The second stop is Hammes Farms, where manager Troy McDonald will show the farm's irrigation systems. The 4,300-acre farm has 16 center pivots. This year, crops include half-corn and half-soybean acres. McDonald will tell of changes in that rotation.

An end-of-tour meal will be at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 112 W. Church St., New Franklin.

The beef is provided and cooked by the Howard County Cattlemen's Association. There is no cost, but participants should bring a side dish to share.

For meal planning, the group needs an RSVP. Contact MU Extension in Howard County at 660-248-2272 or

Source: Heather Conrow, 660-248-2272

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