Clinton County Extension Office

Clinton County residents as well as visitors can easily find the extension office in Plattsburg. The University of Missouri's black and gold spirit on display highlights our location. Just look for the TIGER! We appreciate the support from our city and county residents and encourage those with questions to please contact our office at 816-539-3765 or visit us at 101 S. Main, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Here's what extension can do for you!

  • Soil Testing for lawns, food production, farms
  • Plant and Forage Diagnosis Clinic Services
  • Positive Youth Development Programs such as 4-H
  • Career and Distance Education for High School and College
  • Gardening and Lawn Information and Master Gardener Training
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Information and Services
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Classes and Information
  • Focus on Kids....parenting class for divorcing parents required by Missouri Law
  • Pesticide Applicator License Training
  • Missouri Business Development Program, Small Business Start Up
  • Food Circles...Connecting Farmers, Consumers and Communities
  • Exceed...Community Economic & Entrepreneurial Development


2016 Clinton County Horse Show 

Due to the heat, the horse show has been postponed until September 24.

Horse Show Registration Form

Horse Show Schedule - rescheduled from July to September 24.

2016 State Fair - August 11-21

For detailed information, visit Missouri State Fair website.

4-H Contest Rules and Information

"The Power of the Wind" 4-H Project

You will learn what creates the wind, and why it blows the way that it does. We will then cover how the wind can be harnessed to produce electricity, and different variations of wind turbine generators. This will be a mostly hands on project that will hone your engineering and design skills, as well as allow you to better understand the wind industry. The project is scheduled for June depending on the amount of interest. You do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to participate. Please click the link below for the flyer.

1st Annual 4-H Day with the Kansas City Royals

Missouri and Kansas 4-H members, parents, volunteers, supporters, and alumni will gather at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for the 1st annual 4-H Day with the Royals.  The World Series Champion Royals will be playing the White Socks in a 6:15 p.m. game.  Tickets for the game will be $35.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Royals emblem on the front.

Pre-game ceremonies will include one 4-H member joining the Captains Club to represent 4-H prior to the game.  As an added bonus, the Royals give-away item for the game is an adult Royals pullover.  The first 15,000 fans age 16 and older will receive this one-of-a-kind item.

Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Royals order form.  Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or on the web at or for credit card orders at  Ticket orders must be postmarked by August 1, 2016.  Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline, so families are encouraged to order early.  4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to be seated together must send their orders on the same form.

Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Royals raffle to win prizes. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Royals raffle is on the ticket order form. 

Art and Science Camp In July For High School Students @ MU


Missouri Reverse Transfer

Do you have some college credits from 2- year and 4- year Missouri colleges but still no degree? Would you like to use your college credits from a Missouri 4- year university to complete an Associate degree at a Missouri community college? ?  If so, now is the time to think about completing that degree through Missouri’s hottest education initiative, Reverse Transfer.  Go to  to learn about Reverse Transfer and then contact the 4-year college Reverse Transfer Coordinator to see if and how you can earn your Associate degree.  

Any time is a good time to join 4-H

MU Extension 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H accepts new members year round. 4-H prepares young people to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, attend conferences and much more. Clubs and activities are open to kids ages 5-18 and Clover Kids for children ages 5-7.  4-H helps young people make new friends, create memories and build leadership skills. 4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 project categories expanding out to more than 500 individual projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision-making — skills applicable to every facet of life both now and in the future. For more information,see the contact Debbie Davis at 816-539-3765 or  To enroll go to  or  the state 4-H website,

Current Missouri Cash Rental Rates for Agriculture

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015 are available now at or view the PDF guide. 

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 $20 per sample. Soil testing publications.

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Private Pesticide Applicators Training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Clinton University of Missouri Extension office and watch a 2 to 3 hour training video. The training is free, except for $12 for the Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, if you already have the manual, then you will need to bring it to the training. Family members can share one manual. 

Private Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years, at which time the individual may renew their certification by attending another Private Pesticide Applicator Training session. If you already have an Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, you must bring the manual with you to the training.

Private Pesticide Applicator training is available by appointment at the Clinton County Extension Center.

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife. Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established.

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees

MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings

MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens

MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree


Northwest Missouri Extension News you Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

Agronomy News and Tips

Potential Impact of Dry Weather on Corn

High temperatures and lack of rain have caused many corn fields to roll in afternoon. Water is transpiring through leaves and the roots are not able to take up enough moisture. Leaf rolling only in the afternoon hours is probably not significant enough to reduce ear size. However, leaf rolling that occurs from shortly after sunup to after dusk will signal severe drought and impact yield.


As far as growth stages, corn is entering critical stages of growth where dry weather and heat can impact yield. The potential ear size is from V-5 through V-16. Early season, the number of rows of ear are being determined and later, potential number of ovules that can be fertilized are determined within the kernel row.


Drought stress two weeks before and after tassel can significantly impact corn yield. During pollination, the potential number of ovules fertilized will impact yield. Heat and drought can reduce fertilized kernels. If stress continues, drought stress may cause the ears to abort kernel tips. The actual number of kernels surviving can be determined following kernel set, which is a couple of weeks after pollination.


The next few weeks will be very important in determining the impact that dry weather will have on corn yield. Hope we receive a nice gentle rain soon.


For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Extension Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.


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