Pressure canner testing offered

It is recommended that pressure canners be tested every year.  Testing only takes 15 minutes to ensure that you have a properly working pressure canner.  A free pressure canning testing event will be held at the MU Extension in Camden County on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.  Amy Bartels, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist will perform the testing.  For additional information, call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.  Testing will be done at the MU Extension Center located at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton.

Pressure Canner Testing flyer (PDF)

Pasture weed workshop scheduled June 14, 2016

What is that and how do I get rid of it?  This seems to be the top two questions about pasture weeds.  To help, the MU Extension in Camden County will be hosting a Pasture Weed ID and Control workshop on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.  Workshop will be held at the Mid-County Fire Protection District Station 1 meeting room at 184 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.  The workshop will begin at 6 p.m and end at 7:30 p.m..  There is a $5 charge for this workshop.  Light snacks and educational handouts will be available.  For more information or to register, contact MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.

Pasture weed control flyer and registration form (PDF)

Soil testing

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 under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)

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