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

Agroforestry workshop

There will be an Agroforestry workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Allen Project Site, 30118 Old Eight Road, Gravois Mills.  

The following workshops are being offered:

  • Growing Ginseng, Shiitake Mushrooms and other forest products
  • Forest management for forest products
  • Control of invasive species in fields and forests
  • Birds of Prey and Eagle nest viewing
  • Glade restoration and management 
  • Natural beekeeping

The Allen Research and Education site is a highly diverse 560 acre farm located at the head of the Ozark region.  It contains 80 acres of warm-season grasses growing in a valley that dissects rolling hills covered with typical Ozark forests.  A management plan has been prepared for the entire farm.  Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) has been conducted on 60 acres and 70 acres of walnut release as a first step towards placing the farm's forested area under management.  All warm-season grass fields have had "edge feathering" to increase habitat for wildlife.  A nut species orchard consisting of five grafted cultivars (varieties) of pecan, walnut and Chinese chestnut has been established.  An agroforestry alley cropping practice has been established with a pitchpine/loblolly pine hybrid.

Cost of workshop is $10 per person and registration is required by Monday, April 24, 2017.  A hot lunch will be served.  Please submit registration along with your check to:  Caroline Todd, Center for Agroforestry, 203 ABNR, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO  65211.  For more information, call 573-884-2874 or email toddcs@missouri.edu

Agroforestry workshop brochure and registration form (PDF)

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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