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Private pesticide applicator training

February 23, 6:00 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Nevada
Call 417-448-2560

February 25, 1:00 p.m., Bates County Health Dept, 501 N. Orange, Butler
Call 660-679-4167

March 4, 1:00 p.m., 1st Baptist Church, 505 Walnut St., Osceola
Call 417-646-2419

March 5, 6:00 p.m., Library, 717 East St., Stockton
Call 417-276-3313

March 11, 10:00 a.m., Bates County Health Dept, 501 N. Orange, Butler
Call 660-679-4167

March 12, 1:00 p.m., Fairgrounds Diner, Nevada
Call 417-448-2560

Call to make your reservation to the local Extension Center one week prior to the class.  In case of bad weather, the classes may be rescheduled.  Let us know at registration if you need any special accomodations.  Attendees are required to purchase a manual (M87) for $12 unless they bring a 2007 copy with them.

Quickbooks classes scheduled for Bates County

Quickbooks for Beginners, Wednesday, February 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.(lunch on your own)
Bates County MU Extension Center, SE Corner of the Courthouse
Cost: $69 per person  Registration deadline: February 16  (minimum of 6 for class)

Advanced Quickbooks, Wednesday, February 25, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Bates County MU Extension Center, SE Corner of the Courthouse
Cost: $69 per person  Registration deadline: February 23  (minimum of 6 for class)

Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Call 660-679-4167 to register.

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's new 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.

Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928

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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