Alfalfa Workshop to be held in Dadeville on August 15, 2019                   “Alfalfa is a warm season legume that provides high quality forage for grazing and hay production in the summer months,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  In addition, alfalfa can be a very valuable hay crop to hay producers.  MU Extension agriculture field specialists will provide the following education and topics: Alfalfa Stand Establishment, Starting Production, and Harvesting - Feeding Alfalfa to Cattle - Economics of Growing Alfalfa. Cost of the event is $35 per person, which covers the evening meal and other workshop expenses.  Fee payment along with registration needs to done by August 14th to the Dade County MU Extension Center (2 N. Main Street, Greenfield, Mo. 65661) at 417-637-2112.  Let us know at registration if you need any special accommodations.  For more information on the workshop, please contact the Dade County MU Extension Center or Patrick Davis at 417-276-3313 or by email at You may also find more information on how to improve your grasslands at Workshop (PDF)

Grain Bin Tour on August 19, 2019 – Register by 8-16-19

A Grain Bin Tour is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm, in Golden City, Missouri.  Charles Ellis, MU Specialist in Agricultural Engineering will discuss Drying Comparisons, DeWayne Hankins, Hankins Grain will discuss Grain Conditioning and Deanna Scheff, USDA-Agricultural Research Service on Pest in the Bin - Preventive Management. There is no cost for this workshop, but please contact Jill Scheidt, MU Specialist in Agronomy at or 417-682-3579 to reserve your spot.  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs are provided by Seed and Farm Supply.  Grain Bin Tour flier (PDF)


2019 Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour on August 20, 2019 Make plans to attend the 2019 Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour Tuesday, August 20 from 6-8 pm at Elder Farms in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.  Elder Farms is a Lawrence County Century Farm specializing in elderberry and elderflower production including honey and premium wellness products. Elder Farms is committed to protecting the environment through sustainable farming practices. For more information on Elder Farms, visit their website at:  No cost or pre-registration required.  For More Information: Call 417-466-3102.  2019.   Twilight Tour (PDF)


Pollinator Habitat Workshop                                                                         A Pollinator Habitat Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in Lockwood, Missouri.  Erin Forsythe, Quail Forever and Rick Rath, Missouri Department of Conservation will present topics on Why Pollinators?, Pollinator Plants and Wildlife Benefits.  There is no cost for this workshop, but please contact Jill Scheidt, MU Specialist in Agronomy at or 417-682-3579 to reserve your spot.  Pollinator flier (PDF)

Estate, Succession & Retirement Planning scheduled for August 23 & 24, 2019 in Mt. Vernon – Register by 8-18-19 Do you want to be in charge of who gets your assets after you’re gone?   Are you concerned about what your estate will cost your heirs?  What are the best tools available to plan your estate?  If you want to address these questions, then plan to attend the Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future class on August 23 & 24, 2019 in Mt. Vernon.  The cost is $120/individual & $60/each additional person from the same farm/family (one set of materials).  (Example: husband & wife would be $120+60=$180) An evening meal on Friday and lunch on Saturday is included. If special accommodations due to a disability are needed contact Jim Spencer Jr. 417-581-3558 by August 19th.  Estate-Succession & Retirement flier (PDF)

Greenfield Grazing School on September 9-11, 2019 – Register by 9-5-19 This “basic” grazing school is applicable to all types of livestock. Completion may help qualify you for cost-share programs (check with your local NRCS).  Management-intensive grazing for Economic and environmental sustainability.  Topics will include: The “Art and Science” of Grazing, Soil Basics and Fertility, Plant Growth, Fencing and Water Systems, Matching Livestock and Forage Resources, Meeting Nutritional Needs of Livestock from Pasture, Layout and Design of Grazing Systems, Economics of Management-Intensive Grazing, Outdoor field exercises and farm tours.  Registration Information: Maximum enrollment is 35 people. Registration is $125 per person and $50 for each additional person from the same operation (sharing one set of printed materials). This fee includes materials, meals and speaker fees. Classes are 9:00am-4:00pm each day.  Grazing School flier (PDF)

Farm, Family & Me! Summit for Women on September 5-6, 2019 Farm, Family, & ME - Summit for Women is an educational conference for farm women. The two day conference consists of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities for women. The Summit is being partially grant funded from USDA.  There is a registration fee of $70, and a $75 late registration fee (postmarked after Aug. 20th). The location is Missouri Farm Bureau Building, 701 S. Country Club Dr., Jefferson City, MO.  For more information, contact Know County Extension Center at 660-397-2179.  Farm, Family, and Me flier (PDF).



SW Research Center “Field Day” on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.


25th Annual Missouri Women In Agriculture Conference on                        September 16-18, 2019 – registration deadline is August 15th.  The Missouri State Women In Agriculture Conference is designed for lady landowners and Ag/Conservation Partners the opportunity to tour various venues on ag related commodities, production and farming. During the three-day conference, ladies will have the opportunity to attend various workshop sessions and network with other lady landowners. There is a banquet with entertainment to enjoy and a fabulous hospitality room and silent auction. This Conference is normally held the third week of September on Monday – Wednesday and is held at a different location throughout the state.                         25th WIA flier (PDF)                25th WIA Registration (PDF)


Greenfield City Garden

If you would like to grow your own vegetables or learn how to, and need a place to hoe a row, join us in the Greenfield City Garden.  Come Grow With Us!


Using Social Media in a Disaster A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster (PDF)


Don't guess....Soil Test 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. The cost is $20 per sample and results are typically provided within two weeks.  Pasture (PDF) , Lawn (PDF) , Hayfield/Row Crops (PDF) 

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)