New members elected to MU Extension Council

Congratulations are extended to seven new council members who were elected to the MU Extension Council in Camden County following elections held county-wide on Jan. 16 through 22, 2017.

New Council members are as follows:

District I:        Josh Baker, Erica BaumbachShawn Kober, Matt Renkoski and Aaron Salsman         

District II:       Bill Girard

District III:      Tandy Crabtree       

New Council members will serve a two-year term, effective March 1, 2017.

MU Extension aims to extend the education and information resources available through the University of Missouri to members of the local community.  Council members play an important role in this process guiding the direction that programming takes in the county.

The Camden County Extension Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Camdenton.  Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open to all.

The MU Extension in Camden County has professional staff available to assist you with questions in the fields of agriculture, business development, community development, youth development, health & nutrition, financial education, family and human development.  Requests for information can be directed to the MU Extension Office at 44 Roofener Street, P.O. Box 1405, Camdenton, MO 65020, phone 573-346-2644, or camdenco@missouri.edu.

2016 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.  https://www.flipsnack.com/meinkekroll/2016-mu-extension-camden-county-annual-report.html

2016 Farmer's Tax Guide

A limited number of 2016 Farmer's Tax Guides are available at the MU Extension in Camden County Office.  Stop by the office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton and pick one up.  We are here from 8 a.m. to Noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Monday through Friday.  Please call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu if you have any questions.

Missouri Department of Conservation confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in Camden and Miller counties

Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) have confirmed the presence of an invasive tree pest in two new counties in central Missouri.  The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that kills ash trees, has spread to Camden and Miller counties.  The destructive insect has now been confirmed in 33 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

EAB is a species of small metallic green beetles native to the Asian continent.  It attacks all species of ash trees and kills nearly all trees it attacks.  At approximately a half-inch long, the green adult feeds on leaves and does very little damage to trees.  However, in its larval stage, the insect kills trees by feeding on the water and nutrient conducting tissues just under the bark.

EAB first appeared in the United States in Michigan in 2002 - most likely imported in packing crates and pallets made of EAB infested wood.  The pest first appeared in Missouri in 2008 at a campground near Lake Wappapello in the southeast part of the state.

Emerald Ash Borer CSI brochure (PDF)

Soil testing

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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