Regional Grazing School to be held September 27 thru October 4

Barton County University of Missouri Extension will host a Regional Grazing School September 27, 29 and October 4 from 6-9 pm at the Barton County Extension office in Lamar and Saturday October 1 from 9 am-2 pm at the Massa Ranch. The MU Extension and NRCS partnership enables producers to more efficiently graze pastures by providing knowledge on plant and soil fertility, matching forages to livestock, livestock nutrition, fencing and watering systems and their layout, economics of grazing management, farm tours and hands on paddock allocation exercises.  Attendance of all 4 days qualifies participants for grazing system state cost share.

Registration is required, $100 per person; deadline is September 20. Call Barton County Extension, 417-682-3579, to register and for more information.

Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

August 17 - Podworms at threshold level in soybean fields

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted corn and soybeans near Lockwood on August 17.

Scheidt observed corn in the ¼ black layer to full maturity stages. “Determine how close corn is to black layer by breaking the cob in half and examining how far down the kernel the milk line has moved. You can also scrape the tip of the kernel that was attached to the cob and look for a black coloration on the tip,” said Scheidt.  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.

2016 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF)

Previous 2016 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".

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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