Organic Farming: Opportunities, Benefits & Challenges

You are invited to a field day that will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Share Life Farms, 21302 185th Road, Marshall, MO. 9:30am – 1:00 pm. University Professors and Extension Specialists will give talks on issues that are of importance to organic growers. A certified organic grower will also share his experiences with organic farming and results will be shared from research that has been done on sweet potato production. The field day will also include a field tour and on-farm demonstrations.

Speakers and Topics:
Dr. Robert Kremer, University of Missouri -‘Soil Health and Organic Farming’
Dr. Reid Smeda, University of Missouri – ‘The Impact of Organic Herbicides on Weed Control in Organic, Agronomic Crop Production Systems’
Ms. Kathi Mecham, University of Missouri Extension – ‘Pollinators on the Farm’
Dr. Jamie Pinero, Lincoln University – ‘Managing Cucumber Beetles and Squash bugs (and more) in Organic Systems’
Mr. Tim Reinbott, University of Missouri South farm Research Centre – ‘ Experiences with Organic agriculture with success and challenges and the benefit of cover crops’
Waana Kaluwasha, University of Missouri – ‘Sweet potato Production and Effects of Cover Crops in Organic Systems’
Mr. Jim Thomas, Certified Organic Vegetable Grower - Experiences with Organic Farming

Attendance is free and all are welcome. To pre-register kindly call, email or text Waana Kaluwasha (wkz7c@mail.; 573-554-6379).



Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked


When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulism, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Carroll County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $2.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  


 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 can be done through the extension office. The cost is $16 for the first  sample and $12 for each additional sample and then they are mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks.

Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers

Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.  If you would like to view the complete news release please click here

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.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center, or visit the Century Farm program website.


Council Monthly Meetings

The Carroll County Extension Council meets the third Thursday night of each month at 7:00p.m. at the Carrollton Public Library's boardroom, in Carrollton, MO.

NW Regional News and Information

This website contains information on Agronomy News and Tips, Health and Nutrition facts, Northwest Missouri Horticulture, Housing & Environmental Design, and Northwest Missouri Stock Talk.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use is a monthly newsletter that provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

Frequently requested MU Extension publications

MU Extension publication G302, 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

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