Gasconade County Fair - July 26-29, 2017
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Time is running out if you plan to show in the Gasconade County Fair!
You must be 4HOnline with an "active" status and have attended five 4-H Club meetings to be eligible to show your market animal in the Gasconade County Fair July 26 - 29, 2017. Contact Brenda Humphrey, 4-H Program Assistant for more information on how to enroll or re-enroll in 4HOnline in Gasconade County.
Gasconade County has a strong tradition of support for the programs of University of Missouri Extension, and local partnerships are vital to our success. As you review this annual report, we want to recognize the many contributions of volunteers, county leaders, local organizations and businesses that make these accomplishments possible.
Missouri Century Farms
The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
For a 2017 application and information go to: http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/apply.aspx
2016 Gasconade County Century Farms
Century Farm signs and certificates were presented to the following during our annual Extension Council Picnic/4-H Recognition on November 17, 2016.
- William J. and Esther M. Boettcher Family Farm Trust - Hermann Boettcher (grandfather of Glen Boettcher and Lois Wyman) established in 1904
- Jerry Fritzmeyer Farm - Frederick Hesemann (great-great-grandfather of Jerry) established in 1865
- Dorothy Segelhorst - John Frederick Wolbrink (great-great-grandfather of Dorothy) established in 1852
Popular extension publications
MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar
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.
Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample with results received in about two weeks. Soil testing publications
Private pesticide training
If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office at 573-437-2165 to schedule a time to view the video. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.