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Private pesticide applicator training
March 4 6:00 p.m.
Cedar County Health Complex
807 Owen Mill Rd., Stockton
March 6 6:00 p.m.
Centennial Blvd., Nevada
March 7 10:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church
505 Walnut, Osceola
March 12 10:00 a.m.
Bates County Health Dept.
501 N. Orange St., Butler
Call in your reservation to your local Extension Center one week before the class is scheduled to meet. In case of inclement weather, the classes may be rescheduled. Let us know at registration of any special accommodations needed. Attendees are required to purchase a manual for $12 unless they bring a 2007 copy with them.
Century farms application period open
Long-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments. This was evident during the Centennial Farm program held in Missouri during the American Revolution Bicentennial Year of 1976. In that popular program, 2,850 Missouri farm owners in 105 of Missouri’s 114 counties were recognized as owning a "Centennial Farm."
Interest in the program continued after 1976. Several Missouri farm owners asked about having their farms recognized, so the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and the University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. During this update, 1,080 additional Missouri farms were recognized.
Long-term family farm owners who were not able to take part in the 1976 or 1986 events still wanted recognition, so the College and MU Extension planned for annual updates. Since 1987, an additional 4,441 farms have been recognized. The program has continued each year with approximately 100 or more farms being recognized each year. In 2013, there were 251 farms recognized. In 2008, Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Late applications cannot be accepted. Apply here ⇒ Missouri Century Farm application
Bates County 2013 Century Farm families
Trees add value to your landscape
Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife.
Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established:
MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings
MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree
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, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri 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 said.
“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “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. Soil testing publications
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