Second Annual Summer Lovin' Health Challenge gearing up for registrations 

The Summer Lovin’ Health Challenge will kick off May 11 from 7 am to 1 pm at the Barton County Health Department. If you have any questions, feel free to call Stevenson at 417-682-6379 or email, or Sheat at 417-682-3363 or email


Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

May 17 - Nitrogen loss possible

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted fields west of Lamar for the May 17 crop scouting update.

She reported that wheat in that portion of Missouri was in the milk stage and will probably be nearing or in the soft dough stage by next week.

“No armyworms were seen, but should be scouted for,” said Scheidt. Threshold for armyworms in wheat and fescue is four per square foot. “Rodent feeding was still being seen; if no armyworms or leaf feeding is seen, rodents are likely clipping stems,” said Scheidt.

Scheidt observed Fusarium head scab on a few kernels, but not enough to affect yield.

Read entire report.

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.

Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF)

Previous 2017 weekly crop reports


Free "Seasonal and Simple" app available

This app allows you to view a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, produce information, recipes and an easy-to-read colorful chart that shows when produce is in season. A comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets will lead you to locally grown produce anywhere in the state.

To download, simply go to the App Store or Android Market and search "seasonal and simple".

"Start Younger, Live Longer"

Visit University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Facebook page for updated nutrition information, healthy snack ideas and fitness suggestions.  

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Southwest Region News Service

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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