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)

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines.  The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years.  The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.  The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart said, "Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of extension more than 100 years ago.  The century farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture."

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

"Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms," said Blake Hurst, president.  "We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations.  They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day."

Applicants certified as owners of a 2017 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located.  Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For applications received by May 1, a $55 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants.  If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $65.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017, to be considered.

For application forms and information, contact the MU Extension in Camden County office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton, call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.

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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