Services

Soil testing

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.

Soil tests provide personalized results that are generally available in 10 or fewer days. We recommend bringing at least of pint of soil to our office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. We will complete the paperwork and package it for testing. We prefer getting soil samples on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Effective Feb. 1, 2013, soil tests in Greene County cost $29.50 for the first sample and $24.50 for second and subsequent tests.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

We will test gauges any day of the week and we charge $2 per gauge tested.

Consultation for community groups

MU Extension provides assistance to community organizations in obtaining federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status, strategic planning, board and resource development, organizational management, working with volunteers and enhancing teamwork.

Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Group process moderation

MU Extension faculty can assist communities and organizations in facilitating group and community discussions to plan for the future and address local issues.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Most services are at no cost. Any lab costs are additional.

Professional consultation

Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.

Publications

MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Resource library

A variety of print, video and audio materials are available for check out to local residents.

Resources focused on horticulture are made available in partnership with the Master Gardeners of Greene County, Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

The Private Pesticide Applicator Training is 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. License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.