Donations for Flood Victims

If you are donating for the relief efforts to recent flood victims the donation center is open from 9am-5pm.  The donation center is located at the old Poplar Bluff Regional South hospital building downtown at 621 W. Pine Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.


Cleaning Mold from Hard Surfaces

To prevent mold from returning, you must first eliminate the moisture sources that caused the mold.  For personal protection, especially if the mold growth is extensive, wear a respirator with an N-95 or P-100 rating (to avoid breathing airborne mold spores), goggles without ventilation holes, and gloves made of natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC.

Clean the surface with a solution of 1/3 cup low-suds household cleanser or laundry detergent (no ammonia) per 1 gallon of water, using a brush or sponge. Rinse with a solution of 1 cup of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per 1 gallon of water. Scrub with a brush. Rinse again with clean water and let dry. You can use a fan to speed drying.

As a preventative step to keep the mold from growing back after cleaning it off, mix a solution of 2 cups of borax laundry booster in 5 gallons of hot water.  Stir until the borax dissolves and then add 1 pint of isopropyl "rubbing" alcohol.

Apply this solution with a sponge, pump sprayer or pressure washer. There is no need to worry about toxicity or what it will do to nearby plants and building materials.  The benefits are that you don't have to rinse, and the residual borax left behind is a potent fungicide that will not harm pets or children.  The alcohol smell after applying should dissipate quickly, especially when outdoors. The alcohol is a necessary antiseptic and drying agent.


Flood Resources

MU Extension Flood Resources    

MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home    

Rehabbing Flooded Houses: A Guide for Builders and Contractors

MU Extension publication GH5928, How to Prevent and Remove Mildew

Humidity gauge source list (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension

Mold removal from hard surfaces (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension

Odor neutralizers (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension

Mildew removal from siding (PDF) — University of Missouri Extension

Mold control resources  

Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees

Flooding Q & A (while not all of these questions are germane to spring-time flooding, there are several good bits of advice that apply to the current situation)

Design Storm Alert System (tracks accumulated precipitation and helps with managing stored manure or domestic wastewater)

MoDOT road travel conditions   

Extension Flood Resources

Flood Recovery for Cropland

Frequently Asked Questions About Handling Flooded Produce

Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption

Twilight tours

Experience Horticulture in Southeast Missouri.  Twilight tours will offer an opportunity to visit diverse horticulture enterprises and practices. Growers/farmers will be available to answer questions and provide hands-on learning experiences.  Tours are open to all.  Tours are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. on the date noted for each event, see flyer (PDF).  Tours are $5 unless otherwise noted, Pre-registration is required.

Pesticide Applicator Training

A grower can currently obtain a Private Applicator License by scheduling training through the Butler County Extension Center 573-686-8064.  Training is done from 9:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and requires three hours.

Horticulture Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Advanced Level Training Opportunities for Master Gardeners.  Classes are open to the public.  Click here for 2017 options (PDF).


Regional newsletters

Missouri Ag News (PDF)

The Garden Spade (PDF)

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