2015 Wurdack Field Day (PDF)

The Wurdack Field Day will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8:30 AM-Noon at the Wurdack Research Farm in Cook Station, MO.  Reservations are not necessary and there is no cost to attend.

Introduction to Silvopasture (PDF)

This free workshop will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 3:00-5:30 PM at the Wurdack Research Farm in Cook Station, MO.

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop (PDF)

This workshop will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Wurdack Research Farm in Cook Station, MO.  The cost of the workshop is $20 and includes lunch and an inoculated log to take home.

Innovate Ozarks 2015 Conference (PDF)

Regional businesses can take advantage of a day of professional development close to home on Friday, October 23 from 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM.  Innovate Ozarks 2015 is a one-day business conference at Salem Community Center designed to provide area business owners, managers and employees an opportunity to pick up some new skills and resources, and network with other area businesses to learn about what's happening in our regional economy. The $40 registration fee includes all materials and lunch.  Early bird discount ($35) if registering by October 2. Call Dent County MU Extension at 573-729-3196 by October 20 to register.

Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn’t from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records.  MU Extension’s new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels.  Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928 or through your county extension center.  The cost of the publication is $15.

Wellness Blog

This blog includes articles on health, wellness, physical activity, healthy eating and food safety. 

Plan to grow enough to preserve

Instead of tending to a garden that only will provide fruits and vegetables during the season, consider growing enough to preserve. By planning now to preserve the harvest of the garden, you will be able to enjoy the fruits and vegetables from the garden far beyond the growing season. MU Extension offers a quick guide for gardeners to decide how much to grow for fresh and processed consumption. MU Extension Publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar.

More than just canning

Food preservation is more than just canning. It includes freezing and drying. Many fruits are commonly frozen for easy access far beyond the productive period of the plant. Food preservation publications

Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904,  Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics

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.

Soil testing

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 underapplication, 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 $15 per sample and results take about two weeks. Soil testing publications