MU Extension's centennial

On May 8, 2014, University of Missouri Extension celebrates 100 years of extending university-based research and knowledge beyond the campus into all 114 Missouri counties. In doing so, MU Extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

Happy 100th birthday, MU Extension!  Your centennial gift of $100, $1,000 or an amount of your choosing will help celebrate the milestones of a proud 100-year history and invest in a vibrant MU Extension that is looking forward to the next 100 years. Donate here.


2015 Election for Barton County Extension Council members will be held January 16-31

The 2015 public election of eight new members for the Barton County University of Missouri Extension County Council will take place January 16-31, 2015. The county election will be held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969).

Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county.

Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension. These council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population.

Citizens over the age of 18 who reside in Barton County can vote.  Official ballots have been mailed or citizens can print a ballot from the links below and return to the office or come to the Barton County University of Missouri Extension office at 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO and obtain a ballot to vote.

Four positions on the Council will be filled from District I, which include Barton City, Central, Golden City, Leroy, Milford, Nashville, Newport, Northfork, Ozark, Richland, Southwest and Union townships and four positions on the Council will be filled from District II, which include City of Lamar, Doylesport and Lamar townships. 

District I nominees:  Paul Crabtree, Stacy Endicott, Ted Frieden, Eric Lawrence, Linda Madison, Bradley Morgan, and Dale Robertson.
District I Official ballot

District II nominees:  Jeanette Carpenter, Lee Howard, Debbie Little, Dawn Norwood, Kathy Pace, Belinda Shoff, Jim Stettler and Charles Winslow.
District II Official ballot

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas such as agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, family financial education, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H) for all citizens of Missouri.  For information about the election or how to receive a ballot by mail, call the Extension office at 417-682-3579.


Private Pesticide Applicator Training to be held February 7

“Private Pesticide Applicator Training will be held in Lamar on Saturday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wolf Center located at 801 E 12th

Missouri law requires all purchasers and users of “Restricted-Use” pesticides to attend one training session to be certified for a private applicators license. At the current time, private applicators recertify on a 5-year cycle. This training program will allow individuals, 18 years or older, to renew or receive initial training to be licensed to purchase or use restricted use pesticides and chemicals on their own land. Pest identification, application methods and other pertinent information to use pesticides safely will be covered in this training program.

A $15.00 manual is required for the training.  To register for the class or for more information please contact the Barton County Extension Center at (417) 682-3579 by Friday, February 6.


MU Extension assisting with Farm Bill

To decide which farm bill option to choose, fill out the decision guide at:

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 into the web tool.

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.


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, 417-682-3579, for more information.

2014 Crop Scouting program survey (PDF)

2014 Crop Scouting program survey link

More Information
The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension. For more information on this scouting report, or to learn how to receive it a week earlier by telephone, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, (417) 682-3579.

Links to other resources:

“Scouting for Podworms in Soybeans.”

Measuring and Reducing Corn Havest Losses

Lodged corn

Soybean insects

Scouting for Corn Earworms in corn

Scouting for Armyworms in wheat

"Crop Nutrient Deficiency and Toxicities"

Previous 2014 Crop Scouting Reports

“Managing Nitrogen in Wet and Dry Years” by Peter Scharf

MU Extension Corn Insect Pests Diagnostic guide

MU Extension publication G7112, Black cutworm guide

Corn freeze damage

Spring freeze injury

Frost freeze to corn and soybeans

MU Extension publication M171, 2013 Missouri Pest Management Guide

To receive the 2014 weekly scouting reports, print the 2014 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF), complete and return with payment to Barton County Extension, 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO 64759.

Crop scouting is an essential part of integrated pest management (IPM). Scouting programs are designed to protect and maximize crop yield and quality while minimizing the risk associated with pesticide use.  Each week, extension agronomy specialists and agronomy assistants scout fields in Barton County and then report their findings through an automated phone service and email message. The message will go out to everyone signed up for the program.

The cost of the program is only $35 per phone number, $95 for three numbers, and $30 per phone number for those with 4 or more. For more information about the program, call the Barton County Extension Center at 417-682-3579.


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