Sonja Begemann

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Sonja Begemann provides information about seeds, chemicals and anything that affects crop production. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri (Science and Agricultural Journalism), Sonja is excited to help provide farmers with information they need to know. She has a strong background in row crop production and learned valuable agronomic skills in corn, soybeans, sorghum and alfalfa.

Her roots in agriculture began with both of her grandparents, who were corn and soybean farmers and continued to grow throughout her childhood on a small family farm where she raised chickens and pigs for 4-H and FFA. When Sonja looks to relax she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and doing anything outside.
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Recent Stories by Sonja Begemann

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Drought Increases Aflatoxin Risk

Sep 07, 2018 by Sonja Begemann
Hot and dry cornfield conditions are breeding grounds for dangerous aspergillus ear and kernel mold that produces aflatoxins. This toxin is a carcinogen, can harm livestock and can lead to rejection at the elevator.

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Drought Puts Livestock Owners in a Pinch

Aug 07, 2018 by Sonja Begemann
As portions of the U.S. endure scorching drought, livestock owners struggle to locate feed supplies. Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and several more western states range from D0 to D4.
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Making Rain Forecasts More Accurate

Jun 13, 2018 by Sonja Begemann
Rainfall forecasts are flawed. They don’t take into account factors such as evaporation making them less accurate. Meteorologists at the MU have developed a method to help accurately account for evaporation.