Fall Herbicide

Winter annual weeds cause problems for row-crop farmers across Missouri every spring. There’s still time to make herbicide applications this fall to control weeds before they cause you problems next planting season.

A winter annual weed is a weed that generally germinates in the fall, goes dormant over the winter, then resumes growth and completes its life cycle in the spring. A number of producers have asked whether or not they should use a residual herbicide in their application.  This largely depends on the timing of the application and next crop to be grown. Read the full story>

Forage Testing

Know your nutrient and nitrate levels
as well as pounds per head requirements
to insure maximum herd health this winter.

Soybean Sprouting in Pods

Rains throughout the region over the past two weeks have provided relief from the drought we endured throughout the summer. While ponds and pastures were able to benefit from the moisture, soybeans in the field were past the point of benefitting from the rain, and may suffer yield losses as a result. To see the full article>

Cercospora Leaf Blight

Producers may be surprised this fall when they look in their hoppers and see soybeans with large purple spots. This is the result of a fungus called Cercospora kikuchii, which can infect soybean seeds, pods stems and leaves. It is commonly referred to as Cercospora leaf blight or purple seed stain. Full article>


Several farmers in the area have been concerned about aflatoxin levels in their corn this year. While I have not heard reports of aflatoxins being present yet, weather conditions this summer do increase the possibility that this could be an issue during harvest. Full article>

Herbicide Carryover

As we near the end of August we are getting to the time of year when many producers begin to plant cover crops on their farms. Cover crops can prevent soil erosion, supply nutrients to the following crop, suppress weeds and reduce soil compaction at a time when most fields are fallow. If you are going to plant cover crops on your farm, be aware that some herbicides used during the previous crop cycle may still be present in the field and may prevent your cover crops from becoming established. Full article>

Baling Soybeans-Fall Fertilizer

The prolonged drought in Northwest Missouri has forced many farmers to consider baling their soybeans as a forage crop this year. While soybeans are an excellent feed source for cattle, producers need to take into consideration the herbicides that were sprayed on the soybeans throughout the growing season. Some herbicides such as Roundup and Sencor have pre-harvest application intervals of less than 30 days, allowing the soybeans to be cut or grazed after this time period. Most herbicides though, such as Liberty, dicamba products and most residual herbicides are not allowed to be grazed or harvested for forage or hay. Be sure to read and follow all label directions before harvesting soybeans that have been treated with herbicides. More

NEW Position is now Open

The CES/Ag Business Community & Economic position based in Harrison County is now open. The position number is 27249 and can be found at, https://extension.missouri.edu/about/jobs.aspx.

There you will find all career opportunities with MU Extension, the application process, and MU Extension policies.

We are very excited to bring this new position to Harrison County and look forward to meeting those qualified individuals to round out our current MU Extension team.

Japanese Beetles

Recent trappings of Japanese beetles indicate that numbers are extremely high in the region and across the state. High Japanese beetle captures do not mean that treatment is necessary, but do indicate that fields should be scouted for damage. For more information>

Don't Can in an Electric Pressure Cooker

Electric pressure cookers are a hot item. A top-five seller during the past holiday season, sales of electric "multicookers" have risen 79% in the last 18 months to more than $300 million, according to the NPD Group Inc., a market research firm. Read the full story here>

2018 Missouri Cash Rental Rate Survey


Whether you are a landowner or a tenant, your response to this survey provides valuable information to Missouri farmers. Farmers seek and use the University of Missouri cash rental rate survey results to make business decisions. This survey seeks information about cash rental rates for cropland, pastureland, grain bins, and hunting leases.

Survey results will be summarized and reported online. You can see past cash rental rate survey results at https://extension2.missouri.edu/G427.

This survey is anonymous and should take about 5 minutes to complete. You only need to complete the sections of the survey that apply to you.

Click on the link to take the survey: 2018 Cash Rental Rate Survey




If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Randa Doty at the Nodaway County Extension Office at 660-582-8101 or Katie Neuner at the Lafayette County Extension office at 660-584-3658.


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: 


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). 


2018 Northwest Missouri Management
Intensive Grazing School

When: June 26-28, 8:30 am-4:00 pm all 3 days
Where: MU Hundley-Whaley Agricultural Research Center, Albany MO
Cost: $120.00 per person(second person with paid full registration $60)
Send checks with registration form to: 
Buchanan Co SWCD,
      3915 Oakland Ave, Suite 102,
      St. Joseph MO 64506

The registration fee covers the cost of seminars including meals, speaker fees,
refreshments, on-farm tour equipment, fence and water demonstrations,
materials and the following references; 

  • Missouri Grazing Manual
  • Forages and Weeds of Pastures
  • Grazing stick   

You also receive these free publications:

  • Electric Fencing for Serious Grazers
  • Water Systems for Serious Grazers
  • Soil and Pasture Health Guide for MO
  • Extending and Reducing Stored Feed Needs

For more information and to register, download and send this form.
For questions contact Nathan Bilke at Nathan.Bilke@mo.usda.gov.

Teens Caring for Kids
2018 Babysitting Clinic

This clinic has been canceled due to low registration numbers. We will try to offer it again this fall.

MU Soil Testing Lab fee Increase

Due to an increase at the MU Soil Testing Lab and increased postage rates,
the Harrison County Extension Center will now charge $20 per soil sample effective February 1, 2018.

We also offer plant, compost, water, growing media and manure testing. For a complete list of services, visit us at http://soilplantlab.missouri.edu/soil. 

Online synthetic auxin herbicide applicator 
training is now open. (Dicamba & 2-4-D products)

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) requires certified applicators to complete online or in-person training before buying or using dicamba. MDA has designated MU Extension as the sole source for dicamba training. Only certified applicators may purchase or apply dicamba.

Visit agriculture.mo.gov/dicamba to learn more about Missouri's requirements. For more information
contact Andy Luke, Regional Agronomy Specialist, 660-425-6424 or LukeA@missouri.edu or go to 
For questions about in-person training, call 573-882-7216.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Updating History of Extension in Harrison County

Recently a booklet was found about the first 50 years of extension in Harrison County Missouri. The report titled "Excerpts From History 1919-1969," contains numerous entries that are amusing and gave some perspective about how the Extension service has impacted Harrison County. You can find some of the entries here on our website, http://extension.missouri.edu/harrison/exthistharrison.aspx.  We wish to update the history of the extension center, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. If you have any stories or information about the history of MU Extension in Harrison County in specific, please contact us by phone (660)425-6434 or email harrisonco@missouri.edu.

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