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Become a 4-H volunteer!
Volunteers are the heart of 4-H. See how you can impact our youth and make a difference! Check out the 4-H Volunteers page.
Vegetable Planting Calendar
As the days warm up, thoughts turn to getting the garden in. Check out MU Extensions Vegetable Planting Calendar the best times to plant in our area.
Make your own rain barrel
Capture the spring rains for your garden by making your own rain barrel. Click on the guide title to get instructions on how to Build Your Own Rain Barrel
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.
Private pesticide applicator trainings
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.
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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