"Summer Lovin' Health Challenge" continues through July 1


University of Missouri Extension and the Barton County Health Department will be promoting a healthy living challenge that will start with a kick-off event on May 20 and will last through July 1st. The goal of the challenge is to encourage all Barton County citizens to make little changes in their lifestyles to help them eat healthier and be more active. These little changes add up over time and can lead to weight loss and an all-around healthier lifestyle.

Each week will have a different area of focus, including eating more fruits and veggies or getting out and walking. There will also be weekly challenges and weigh-ins that will help you accumulate points, with a prize given away each week, as well as a grand prize at the end of the challenge.

The kick-off event on May 20th will be held at the Barton County Health Department. If interested, come by between 7:00 and 8:00 am or between 11:00 and 1:00 to learn more about the challenge and sign-up to join others on the journey to better health!

Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

June 15 - Corn looks healthy, Soybeans at first trifoliate stage 

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted corn and first crop soybeans west of Lamar and near HH Hwy on June 15.

Scheidt observed corn in the 12-14 leaf and beginning tasseling stages.

“Corn looks healthy at this point. It has common rust on the leaves, which normally doesn’t require a fungicide treatment in Missouri unless a large percentage of the leaf area is covered,” said Scheidt.

Scheidt advises those who have not applied nitrogen, it is not too late.   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


Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Applicants certified as owners of a 2016 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2016, to be considered.

For application forms and information, call MU Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.


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.  

Start Younger Live Longer


Southwest Region News Service

Southwest Missouri News provides articles on timely topics to the media and citizens.  Southwest Missouri News 

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Links to other resources:

Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every five minutes and can be found at http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/realtime/lamar.asp

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