Private Pesticide Applicator Training scheduled in Lamar, February 9

Barton County MU Extension will hold a Private Pesticide Applicator’s training Thursday, February 9th at 6 pm, First Baptist Church in Lamar.    This training is 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.  License holders need to renew their license every 5 years.  Cost for pesticide manual is $15 and each producer is required to own a manual.  Call the Barton County office at 682-3579 to register.

2017 Soils and Crops Conference to be held February 14 in Lamar

The Barton County Soils & Crops Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 at Thiebaud Auditorium in Lamar.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Topics will include: Johnsongrass: The Good, The Bad & the Ugly; Preparing Your 2017 Soybean Weed Management Program; Nitrogen Timing for Corn and Pasture; and Soil Health Assessment Update.  There is a $5 fee, please register by calling the Barton County Extension office, 417-682-3579, no later than February 9.

Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

February Update - Check tiller populations before adding nitrogen to wheat

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Jill Scheidt, MU Extension agronomy specialist, reported on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:40 am the current 2” soil temperature was 38 degrees Fahrenheit. To check the current 2” and 4” bare soil temperature in Lamar please visit the MU Extension webpage found at

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More Information
The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension.  To receive the 2016 weekly scouting reports, print the 2016 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.

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

2016 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF)

Previous 2016 weekly crop reports


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Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every five minutes and can be found at

Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar