Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

A regular soil test $20 each. A discount is offered with five or more regular soil tests at $16 each.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

The manuals are $12 each. Call the extension center to set up a time to watch the video. Depending on the room availability, the video will need to be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

There is a fee if the sample needs to be submitted to the lab.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

$2 per dial lid. We will only test Presto; National; Maid of Honor and Magic Seal canner lid. We are unable to test All American. Call the extension center prior to bringing in lid. We can be reached at 573-634-2824.

Small business development assistance: Transforming Missouri businesses

MoSBTDCMU Extension business specialists provide assistance to those wanting to start, maintain or expand a business through the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC), and via Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), which guide firms interested in doing contract business with federal, state and local governments. MO SBTDC specialized services include assistance with technology and product commercialization, international trade, market research and energy and environmental issues.

Joy Wheatfield may be reached at 804-878-4312

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.

Call for an appointment. The Cole County Office is not set up to proctor online exams. Written tests are administered between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. but students need to set up an appointment by calling 573-634-2824.