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Private pesticide applicator training

Feb. 25, 1 p.m., Bates County Health Dept, 501 N. Orange, Butler
Call 660-679-4167 for more information.

March 4, 1 p.m., 1st Baptist Church, 505 Walnut St., Osceola
Call 417-646-2419 for more information.

March 5, 6 p.m., Library, 717 East St., Stockton
Call 417-276-3313 for more information.

March 11, 10 a.m., Bates County Health Dept, 501 N. Orange, Butler
Call 660-679-4167 for more information.

March 12, 1 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Nevada
Call 417-448-2560 for more information.

Call to make your reservation to the local extension center one week prior to the class. In case of bad weather, the classes might be rescheduled. Let us know at registration if you need any special accommodations. Attendees are required to purchase a manual (MU Extension manual M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual) for $12 unless they bring a 2007 copy with them.

Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

The publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings your reliable and relevant information.

Don’t guess — soil tests save time and money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan says.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she says. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample. For more information, see these soil testing publications.

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