“Partners in Pasture” Tour to be Held Near Stockton August 28, 2017

Partners in Pasture is a group of west central Missouri forage producers who meet at different farms and discuss the grazing management and livestock needs. The August Partners in Pasture is Monday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at the Ervin and Regina Scharff farm northeast of Stockton.  This farm will feature both cool and warm season grasses. The host will provide burger and hot dogs and participants should bring lawn chairs and a potluck dish.  University of Missouri Extension will provide water and paper supplies. They will have a trailer with hay bales to ride across the pastures.  Please call the Vernon County Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or e-mail Pat Miller at millerpd@missouri.edu to let them know that you are coming.  Directions.pdf

Food Preservation Class Scheduled for August 31st at Greenfield High School

Home food preservation has changed since our grandmothers put food up many years ago. This is especially the case when it comes to how we destroy microorganisms during the canning process. University of Missouri Extension food preservation classes can help consumers learn how to combat this threat of food-borne illness and preserve their harvest safely.  “The pickling class will provide step-by-step instructions on how to do food preservation using the most current researched recipes and procedures for water bath canning high acid foods,” said Lindsey Stevenson, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, and class instructor.  Participants will have opportunities for hands-on learning. Each attendee will also receive a current set of MU Extension guides on food preservation so they can follow along on their own at home after the class.  “The goal of this program is to provide participants with the confidence they need in home canning and preserving, and to direct them towards tested and trusted resources,” said Stevenson. “Canning safely is more than simply sealing food in a jar.”  University of Missouri Extension classes are for beginners to food preservation, but can also be a good refresher course for those with experience. This program will be held at the Greenfield High School FACS room on August 31, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $15 per person.  For more information or to pre-register, contact Lindsey Stevenson at 417-682-3579 or e-mail stevensonlk@missouri.edu.  Pack A Pickled.pdf 

Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf

Don't guess....Soil test!

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land, as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification.     License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.  Call 417-637-2112 to schedule an appointment on Monday or Wednesday’s at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)