Agronomy News and Tips

Sixth Annual Soil Fertility School To Be Held At Oregon

Growers are invited to participate in an in-depth school focused on understanding and increasing ones knowledge in fertilizing crops. There will be a series of ten evening meetings in January and February on Monday and Wednesday evenings covering all primary, secondary and micro-nutrients, fertilizers, recommendations and understanding of soil testing. The first meeting will start Monday, January 29th and will finish Wednesday, February 28th.

We are limited to 20 participants because of space and pre-registration is required before the event. There is a fee to cover school expenses.  The meetings will be held at the Extension office in Oregon and will start at 6 and end at 9:00 p.m.

Wayne Flanary, Regional Extension Agronomist, will be teaching the course. Sign up now by calling the Holt County Extension office at 660-446-3724.

Andrew County Private Pesticide Applicator Training & Ag Update Scheduled

Private pesticide applicator training will focus on the use of dicamba resistant soybean technology. The new dicamba formulations are restricted use and so require a private applicator license. A training manual is required for licensing. If you have an old manual, please bring it to the meeting. All meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Andrew County Ag Update will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Clasbey Center in Savannah, MO.

Following applicator training, the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension staff will present “Tips to Reduce Input Costs without Reducing Yield,” “Dicamba Injury and Insurance” and “Minerals and Vitamins for beef cattle: meeting requirements without breaking the bank.”

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.


MU To Offer Dicamba Training

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dicamba application has presented challenges for Missouri agriculture, and the University of Missouri recognizes the importance of preparing our communities for managing this and similar technologies in the future.

Beginning in December 2017, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer web-based and in-person training for those wishing to use or purchase dicamba in 2018. More information will be available at

On Oct. 13 the Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to minimize the potential for off-target movement of dicamba and further ensure effective use of three pesticides: DuPont’s FeXapan, BASF’s Engenia and Monsanto’s XtendiMax. The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reviewing these requirements as preparations are made for the 2018 growing season. The department is also working with MU and other researchers to strengthen education and training specific to dicamba and other auxin herbicides.

The full news release from the EPA is available at

More information about dicamba is available at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba.

Agronomy Newsletter

MU Variety Testing Program

The Missouri Crop Performance corn and soybean test results are available at your local extension office for free. When using the data, look at the sites across northern Missouri which represent different yield environments. Different yield environments provide an opportunity to see how a hybrid or variety will perform with different weather risks. Stop by your local extension office and pick up your free copy. For more information, contact MU Extension regional agronomist, Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724.

Crop performance results are also available online from the MU Variety Testing Program.

Agronomy Technical Bulletin

MU Extension Agronomist Wayne Flanary discusses how to estimate crop yields prior to harvest: