Pasture Weed Workshop scheduled Friday, July 21, 2017

What is that and how do I get rid of it?  This seems to be the top two questions about pasture weeds.  To help, your local MU Extension will be hosting a Pasture Weed Identification and Control Workshop on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Mid County Fire Protection District Station meeting room, 184 North Business Route 5, Camdenton.  The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. There is a $5 charge for this workship.  Light snacks and educational handouts will be available.  For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office, 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton or by phone 573-346-2644 or email

Pasture Weed Control flyer and registration form (PDF)

Leadership Camden County seeks participants

The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals who are interested in learning more about our community, expanding leadership skills and networking with other area residents.  Co-sponsored with the MU Extension in Camden County, the twenty-third Leadership Camden County (LCC) class will begin in September.

"LCC offers a cost-effective program with a proven track record of success," a spokesman said.  "For over two decades with a modest investment of time and expense, LCC has graduated 554 business and civic leaders throughout the Lake Area."

The goals of the program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Camden County's future; familiarize participants with the community's opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the community's future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.

LCC will address the following topics during the nine month program:

  • September - Orientation and Team Building - This is an opportunity for the class to meet their other classmates, share information about themselves and for developing the team.
  • October - Leadership Dynamics and Tour of Camden County - The class experiences a leadership panel and develops a vision for Camden County.  The group will participate in the True Colors session.
  • November - Health and Education - Health and education resources are reviewed from available medical services to the elementary/secondary educational systems.
  • December - Law and Order - Class members learn the jurisdictions and structure of the legal system in Camden County.
  • January - Infrastructure - The class learns and discusses infrastructure systems in place and the needs in the future as it impacts the community.
  • February - State Government - A day trip to Jefferson City includes visits with our state elected officials and the opportunity to tour the legislative and executive branches of state government.
  • March - Economy and Tourism - This session addresses the evolution of the Lake economy and the current business climate.
  • April - Natural Resources - This session highlights the natural resources in the area and how those resources shape life as it exists today.
  • May - Active Leadership and Graduation Banquet - The last session will be active leadership engagement with a designated non profit in the region.

Class size will be limited to 30 participants and is open to anyone interested in the future of Camden County.  Tuition for the program is $395 and includes class materials, supplies, meals and graduation banquet.  Application deadline is Friday, August 25, 2017.

For an application, go to the Chambers website at or contact the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227 or MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644.  

2016 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.

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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