Crabtree Family represents Barton County as State Fair Farm Family

Crabtree Family 2016 State Fair Farm Family

Front row:  Paul, Annabelle, Sami Jo, Lauren, Theo, and Tanya Crabtree.  Back row:  Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement, MU Extension; Sherry Jones, State Fair Commissioner; Mark Wolfe, MO, State Fair Director; Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner; Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau.

Paul and Tanya Crabtree and family of Liberal were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.  The Crabtree family was selected as the Barton County Missouri Farm Family by the Barton County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Paul, Tanya, Theo, Annabelle, Sami Jo and Lauren.  The Crabtree family operates a cow-calf, hay and row crop operation.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.  This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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

September 14 - Green Stinkbug and Velvetbean Caterpillar in soybeans

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted soybeans near Mindenmines, west of Ash Grove and north of Miller on Sept. 14

Scheidt observed soybeans in the seed development stage; some fields were close to full seed. 

“There were a lot of pods on the plants in all the fields that were checked. Some fields had around 20% defoliation, but fields in Barton County had 7-10% defoliation,” said Scheidt. The threshold for any foliage feeding insect is 20% defoliation during or after bloom. Scheidt observed the following foliage feeding insects: grasshopper, cloverworm, soybean looper and Velvetbean caterpillar.

Read entire report.

Pod worm/soybean looper/green clover/fall army worm differences

Picture of pod worm, soybean looper, green clover worm and fall army worm differences.

University of Florida Velvetbean Caterpillar information.

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