Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Basic soil tests with recommendations: $16 per sample. Additional cost for extended-nutrient tests and evaluation. Soil tests are mailed to the laboratory each Friday morning.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

No charge. Call ahead.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Allow 2.5 hours for training. Call for appointment.

Consultation for community groups

MU Extension provides assistance to community organizations in obtaining federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status, strategic planning, board and resource development, organizational management, working with volunteers and enhancing teamwork.

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.

Notify us when you list our office as a proctoring site. Appointments may be necessary.

Hay testing

Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available as a convenience to our clients. Probes/samplers are recommended to get a proper sample.

Samples are sent to MQT Lab Services in Kansas City Mo. Cost is $16 plus $2 postage. Turn around usually within 48 hours during work week. Forage NIR - DM,Cp,SP, RDP,ADICP, NDICP, Est. Lysine and Methionine, ADF, NDF, lignin, starch, WSC, ESC (simple sugars), NFC, Fat, Ash, RFV, RFQ+Milk2000 Values (w/48hr NDFD), TDN, NEI, NEm, NEg, ME, DE, Ca,P,Mg, K, S, Cl. Silages also receive lactic acid, aceticacid, ammonia CPE and VFA score. Optional - select either NDFD 24hr, 30hr, 48hr free of charge. Each additional NDFD time point at $4.00. Grain NIR - DM, CP, SP, RDP, ADICP, NDICP, est. lysine and methionine, ADF, NDF, Ignin, starch, NFC, fat ash, TDN, NEI, NEm, NEg, ME, DE, Ca, P,Mg, K, S,. Available for (dry, high moisture, or wet): shelled corn, ear corn, barley, oats, triticale, wheat, distillers and brewers grains. TMR NIR - DM, CP, SP, ADF, NDF, Lignin, starch, NFC, fat, ash, TDN, NEI, NEm, NEg. Soy NIRDM, CP, SP, RDF, ADF, NDF, Fat, and Ash. Grain Mix NIR- DM, CP, ISP, ADF. NDF, Fat, Ash, and Starch.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

On-site visits may be arranged. Call for an appointment.


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