“Partners in Pasture” Tour to be Held Near Stockton August 28, 2017

Partners in Pasture is a group of west central Missouri forage producers who meet at different farms and discuss the grazing management and livestock needs. The August Partners in Pasture is Monday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at the Ervin and Regina Scharff farm northeast of Stockton.  This farm will feature both cool and warm season grasses. The host will provide burger and hot dogs and participants should bring lawn chairs and a potluck dish.  University of Missouri Extension will provide water and paper supplies. They will have a trailer with hay bales to ride across the pastures.  Please call the Vernon County Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or e-mail Pat Miller at millerpd@missouri.edu to let them know that you are coming.  Directions.pdf

Food Preservation Class Scheduled for August 31st at Greenfield High School

Home food preservation has changed since our grandmothers put food up many years ago. This is especially the case when it comes to how we destroy microorganisms during the canning process. University of Missouri Extension food preservation classes can help consumers learn how to combat this threat of food-borne illness and preserve their harvest safely.  “The pickling class will provide step-by-step instructions on how to do food preservation using the most current researched recipes and procedures for water bath canning high acid foods,” said Lindsey Stevenson, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, and class instructor.  Participants will have opportunities for hands-on learning. Each attendee will also receive a current set of MU Extension guides on food preservation so they can follow along on their own at home after the class.  “The goal of this program is to provide participants with the confidence they need in home canning and preserving, and to direct them towards tested and trusted resources,” said Stevenson. “Canning safely is more than simply sealing food in a jar.”  University of Missouri Extension classes are for beginners to food preservation, but can also be a good refresher course for those with experience. This program will be held at the Greenfield High School FACS room on August 31, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $15 per person.  For more information or to pre-register, contact Lindsey Stevenson at 417-682-3579 or e-mail stevensonlk@missouri.edu.  Pack A Pickled.pdf 

Southwest Research Center “Field Day” Sept. 9, 2017

Take a closer look at research at the Southwest Research Center with presentations and demonstrations on timely topics from agricultural experts and family-focused activities, including a pumpkin patch, grass maze, face painting and fun agricultural-related learning experiences.  Field Day flier.pdf

Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Tour on September 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Topics To See & Hear About: Cow-Calf Management, Stocker Management, Marketing Seedstock & Feeders, Novel Endophyte Fescue, Multi-Generational Operations, Stockpiling Fescue, No Hay Harvesting Or Feeding, McHale Haylage Baler, Bermuda, Retained Ownership, Genomic Use and Freeze Branding.  Cattlemen's Tour flier.pdf 

Regional Grazing School to be held in Early October; preregister by September 22, 2017

The Cedar County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Missouri Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together to put on a regional grazing school in the Stockton area in early October.  The school will begin at 6:30 p. m. on the evenings of October 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 12th.  The final field day portion of the school will begin at 8:00 a. m. on October 14th.  Stockton Christian Church Activity Center at 713 West Highway 32 Stockton, Mo. is the location for the evening sessions.  Raymond and Russell Neill’s Farm approximately 6 miles west of Fair Play on Highway 32 or 9 miles east of Stockton on Highway 32 is the location of the final field day portion of the school.

Presenter for the school will include local MU Extension regional agriculture specialists and NRCS employees.  Education topics covered will include various aspects of a grazing system, including development, management and economics of grazing as well as various aspects of livestock management within a grazing system.  Information learned from the school should help livestock producers cut cost in their operation through better livestock, grazing and pasture management.  In addition to the information gained from the school, people who attend all the sessions of the school will be able to participate in soil and water conservation districts planned grazing system cost-share program.  Furthermore, by attending the school it gives a better chance to participate in the NRCS EQIP program, which provides incentives for implemented soil and water conservation practices.

To register for the regional grazing school contact the Cedar County SWCD and NRCS office at 417 – 276 – 3388  ext. 3.  Cost of the school is $125.00 per person and $25.00 for additional participants not needing materials or certificate.  Please register and pay by September 22nd to the Cedar County SWCD office (208 West St., Stockton, MO 65785) by mail or in person.  No refunds for cancellation after September 22nd.  For questions or more information on the school, contact one of the following people:  Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Center (417) 276 – 3313 or Stephanie Auffert, Cedar County SWCD office, (417) 276 – 3388, ext. 3.   Grazing School Flier.pdf and Grazing School Brochure.pdf

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. Results are typically provided within two weeks. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land, as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification.     License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.  Call 417-637-2112 to schedule an appointment on Monday or Wednesday’s at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)