2015 Crop Scouting Program enrollment has begun

The Crop Scouting Telephone Update informs producers of pest threats.  A weekly, 2 minute recorded message and an email is sent out containing research based information on: environmental issues, nutrient deficiencies, pest threshold level, pest description, damage description and pest control.  Several fields in Barton County and surrounding counties are physically scouted each week; the report is based on those observations. 

Weekly scouting begins in mid March and ends in November; monthly telephone and email updates run November to February.

The cost of the program is $35 per phone number, $95 for three numbers and $30 per phone number for four or more numbers. 

The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension.  To receive the 2015 weekly scouting reports, print the 2015 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form, complete and return with payment to Barton County Extension, 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO 64759 or contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, 417-682-3579.

2015 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form

MU Extension assisting with Farm Bill

To decide which farm bill option to choose, fill out the decision guide at https://decisionaid.afpc.tamu.edu/.

Information entry is the most time consuming piece of this decision. Before going into the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, enter your information ahead of time, click one button to update options and choose which farm bill program you will be participating in.

If you need assistance filling out the worksheet, call your local MU Extension office to contact an Agriculture Business Specialist who can help you enter your information in WebTool.

Crop Information Worksheet (PDF)

Important dates for Farm Bill

January 30      Final date to apply for 2011 through 2014 losses under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Program

February 27    Deadline for base acre reallocation and yield updates for ARC and PLC program.

March 31        Final date to make ARC/PLC Election for farm.

Applications for City of Lamar Community Gardens

Barton County Extension is currently taking applications for City of Lamar Community Gardens located on 20th street across from the Lamar Plaza Apartments. Three, 5 x 10 foot and three 5 x 5 foot raised beds are available. Past participants with a positive record will be given priority. Participants are expected to care for their own beds. Call Jill Scheidt at the Barton County Extension office, 682-3579, for more information.


Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1915, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Applicants certified as owners of a 2015 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension office in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2015, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension office, 682-3579, or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.


The Crabtree family was honored as Barton County's newest Missouri Century Farm at the 2014 Lamar Fair.

Monthly Crop Report 

Grazing wheat


If you need extra forage for livestock, consider grazing wheat and taking animals off before the joint stage. When you removed livestock from wheat before the joint stage, wheat can still be used for a grain crop. Grazed wheat will usually mature 1-4 days later than ungrazed wheat, but studies show that by grazing wheat, lodging is reduced.

Wheat can provide excellent quality to meet grazing animal requirements. Wheat generally produces more leaves and tillers than needed for maximum grain production, making grazing possible. In the vegetative stage, wheat is high in minerals and vitamins, crude protein content can be 20 to 30 percent, and TDN- 80 percent.

When grazing wheat, nitrogen should be split-applied, with half applied at planting and the remainder in late winter or early spring prior to grazing.

Grazing can begin when pastures are 4 to 10 inches tall. Due to the high quality of wheat, time grazing can be used, allowing animals to graze for only a short period of time. For example, graze wheat four hours per day, then turn animals a perennial grass pasture for water and mineral to reduce trampling and damage to plants and to improve utilization. Avoid grazing during wet weather and extremely cold weather, (< 15 F) as this can damage plants.

Do not turn hungry animals onto cereal grain pastures, high protein in wheat can cause bloat. If producers are worried about grass tetany, supplement with magnesium and calcium mineral. Supplementing with dry hay can help meet dry matter intake needs also.

Contact Barton County University of Missouri Extension at 417-682-3579 for more information.

Links to other resources:

Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every five minutes and can be found at http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/realtime/lamar.asp

Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2009 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar