Drought Survival Meetings on August 17th in Springfield and Mt. Vernon

The drought this summer has caused many headaches for livestock producers who are preparing to feed cattle this winter with little forage and hay on hand.  The Lawrence and Greene County Extension Councils are offering meetings on Friday, August 17 at two locations for cattle producers who want to discuss this issue and gain tips for surviving the drought.  The programs will focus on supplementing low quality hay, alternative feeds, herd culling tips, precautions with nitrates and prussic acid, fall forage alternatives and assessing the price of forages.   Producers are welcome to bring lower stems of fertilized Sudangrass, millet, Johnsongrass and Bermudagrass for a quick subjective analysis of nitrates.  For more information, contact Tim Schnakenberg at 417-357-6812.  Drought Survival Meeting 8-17-18.pdf 


Southwest Research Center FIELD DAY 2018

Southwest Research Center will host a FIELD DAY on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There will be more than 30 presentations on a variety of topics. All speakers are accessible to visitors.  Topics include beef production and nutrition; soil health; food preservation; job opportunities; blackberry production; elderflower research.  2018 Field Day flier (PDF)


Dade County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Community Survey

Mitigation is effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Dade county and participating local jurisdictions are working to update the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan - required by federal law to be updated every 5 years and reviewed annually. Why is this important to me? Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace. Human and financial consequences are hard to predict. What we can change is the way we act to reduce the effects of these natural events on our families, our homes, our schools, our places of worship and learning, and the whole community. What can I do? This survey provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. This survey consists of 9 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are requested by August 26, 2018.



Missouri Rural Survey 

The second Missouri Rural Survey is currently underway; its purpose is to solicit input from Missouri residents, business owners, and elected officials on the issues they believe are important in sustaining local communities and building a strong local economy.  The survey is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri Department of Economic Development's Office of Rural Development, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and MU Extension.  The results will be used by each agency to help guide their programming so they can better address challenges facing Missouri’s rural communities.  Link to the survey:  https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01k9LfYMwumdUiN.  The 2017 survey report can be found here:  The Missouri Survey 2017.  If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact Sharon Gulick (GulickS@missouri.edu) or Pat Curry (CurryMP@missouri.edu). 


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. 

Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)