Local highlights

Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day 2014

The field day will be held August 26, 2014 with tours beginning at 8:00 a.m. Graves Chapple is located 3 miles north of Coirning, MO on I-29; exit 99 to the East Outer Road. Four tours are being offered: Nutrient Management, Pest management, Crop Management and Water Quality. Contact Jim Crawford for questions 660-744-6231, crawfordj@missouri.edu or graveschapple.cafnr.org

Northwest Master Gardeners present: TOMATO FEST, Thursday, August 28th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Master Gardeners, Horticulture, and Nutritionist Specialists from the University of Missouri Extension will be on site to discuss producing, preparing, and preserving tomatoes and will offer taste testing of up to 25 varieties grown on site. There is no cost to attend. Location: Buchanan County Extension Office, 4125 Mitchell Avenue, St. Joseph. (816) 279-1691

Show-Me Market Showdown July 14 - September 19, 2014

Farmers, agriculture professionals, and other interested parties are wanted to compete in the Show-Me Market Showdown, an online grain marketing game hosted on CommodityChallenge.com.  The game provides players with an opportunity to learn about grain marketing strategies in a low-risk, fun, and friendly competition. All players are given the same grain production scenario and asked to market his or her virtual grain using real-time cash, futures and options quotes.

View the Show-Me market Showdown PDF and visit http://extension.missouri.edu/lafayette/ShowMeMarketShowdown.aspx to sign up to participate. Call or email your questions to Whitney Wiegel, Agriculture Business Specialist, 660-584-3658 or wiegelw@missouri.edu.

Test Your Soil for Better Lawns and Gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $13.

If you would like information on growing grass in shady areas, call or stop in at the Buchanan County Extension Office and ask for guide sheet G6725, "Grasses in Shade: Establishing and Maintaining Lawns in Low Light." You can also find the Horticulture Tip for August at:  http://extension.missouri.edu/nwhort/Hort-Tips-August2014.aspx

Preparing for Canning

With gardens finally taking off, now is a good time to look ahead to the harvest and think about food preservation by preparing for canning season. Specific information on recommended jars and lids can be found in the MU Publication GH 1452, Quality for Keeps:  Steps to Success in home Canning at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/GH1452.  Before canning this season, have the pressure gauge on the canner tested for accuracy. Bring it in to the Buchanan County Extention office. The testing is free of charge.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2013 are available now at http://agebb.missouri.edu/mgt/cashrent/index.htm or view the PDF guide.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

http://extension.missouri.edu/nwregion/newsletter.aspx

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