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Real time weather

Real time weather is provided as a service to the community with the collaboration of the Butler R-V school district, the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service and Bates County University of Missouri Extension.

For weather information, click the weather logo.

Regional hay school scheduled

Saturday, February 6 (snow date Feb. 13)
9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.                                                                      

Vernon County Fairgrounds, Nevada, MO

Registration fee: $25 per person
Lunch will be provided.
Must have a minimum of 20 participants for class to meet.

To register contact the Vernon County MU Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or by email at vernonco@missouri.edu.
Registration deadline is February 2.

Topics to be covered:

Economic and budgeting
Livestock and hay nutrition
Fertility management
Testing and quality issues
Storage and feeding management
Hay and baleage harvest systems

 

Private pesticide applicator trainings 

February 15...10 a.m., Sheriff's Conference Center, 13 W. Dakota, Butler (call 660-679-4167 to register)
February 22...10 a.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada (call 417-448-2560 to register)
February 29...10 a.m., First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola (call 417-646-2419 to register)
March 14.........2 p.m., Bates County Health Dept, 501 N. Orange, Butler (call 660-679-4167 to register)
March 17.........6 p.m., Cedar County Library, 717 East St., Stockton (call 417-276-3313 to register)
March 29.........6 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada (call 417-448-2560 to register)

Reservations should be made one week prior to call meeting.  In case of bad weather, classes may be rescheduled.  Attendees are required to purchase a $12 manual (M7) unless they bring a 2007 copy with them.

Let the Extension Office know at time of registration if special accommodations are needed.

Workshop opportunity
Your farm, your business, your future 

Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 1            
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Healthy Nevada Innovation Center (2nd floor Nevada Public Library, 2012 West Walnut, Nevada

Registration fee: $125 per person or $150 per couple (Registration fee must be paid prior to February 1)
Dinner provided

You've worked hard your entire life to provide for your family.  Now it's time to make plans to ensure they are taken care of in the future.
This workshop helps simplify succession, estate and retirement planning.  It covers the basic steps of each type of planning and provides case studies to help you explore the issues that can arise.  Much of the information is Missouri specific.

For more information, contact the Vernon County Extension Center at 417-448-2560.

Stay strong, stay healthy class scheduled

Mondays and Fridays, February 11-April 8
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bates County Memorial Hospital Education Center, 615 W. Nursery St., Butler
Registration fee: $40   Registration deadline: February 15
Contact Bates County Extension Center to register.  660-679-4167
Some participants may need a doctor's approval to participate in this class.

Advanced stay strong, stay healthy class in Adrian

Mondays and Fridays, February 11-April 8
7:45 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.
Adrian United Methodist Church, 202 E. Main, Adrian
Registration fee: $40  Registration deadline: February 15
Contact Bates County Extension Center to register.  660-679-4167
(Class minimum: 7; class maximum: 20)
Some participants may need a doctor's approval to participate in this class.
 

Winter ag meetings scheduled

February 15...2 p.m., Sheriff's Conference Center, 13 W. Dakota, Butler (call 660-679-4167 by Feb. 11 to register)
February 22...2 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada (call 417-448-2560 by Feb. 18 to register)
Topics:
Soybean Cyst Nematodes...Old Pests, New Options?  Pat Miller (Agronomist) presenter
Planning for Farm Retirement, Farm Succession and Dividing Your Estate Among Your Heirs.  Mark Jenner (Ag Business) presenter

February 29...2 p.m.,First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola (call 417-646-2419 by Feb. 25 to register)
Soybean Cyst Nematodes...Old Pests, New Options?  Pat Miller (Agronomist) presenter
MO Farmland Leasing Laws; Protecting Your Interest   Nate Cahill (Ag Business) presenter

Registration fee: $10 per session  

For more information, contact Pat Miller at 417-448-2560.

Organic gardening class

February 15...6 p.m., Sheriff's Conference Center, 13 W. Dakota, Butler (call 660-679-4167 by Feb. 1 to register)
February 22...6 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Centennial Blvd., Nevada (call 417-448-2560 by Feb. 18 to register)
February 29...6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola (call 417-646-2419 by Feb. 25 to register)

Registration fee: $10

This class will help you get started with organic gardening.  Come and learn the principles of organic gardening such as soil amending and pest control.  Pat Miller (Agronomy Specialist) is the presenter.  Please let the Extension Office know one week prior to the class if you need special accommodations.  For more information, call Pat Miller at 417-448-2560.

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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