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Yes, It's Soil Testing Time

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. “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.  “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”  Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Regional specialists can give you additional informational recommendations. The cost is $15 per sample. 

Focus on Kids 

Focus on Kids co-parenting classes teach parents how to nurture and support their children during and after their divorce.  Lisa Wallace, human development specialist, offers Focus on Kids workshops and ADR Education (mediation) monthly in Henry, Lafayette, Bates, Cass and Johnson counties. Here are the 2016 schedules (PDF).  Read more about Focus on Kids workshops.

4-H GROWS — Henry County 4-H

Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow - making a REAL difference in their community, country and world.  4-H gives you opportunities to gain leadership, citizenship and life skills through fun and innovative hands-on activities. Build friendships at camps, conferences and events as well as club and project meetings.  Read more about local Fundraising efforts to keep Henry County 4-H strong.  4-H welcomes all young people ages 5 to 19. Contact Taryn Dameron at our office with questions, 660-885-5556.

Newspaper Articles from our Specialists

Traveling with Small Children (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Spring Cleaning with Young Children (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
How to Avoid the Most Common Scams and Frauds (PDF) by Dedra Thomas
A Welcoming Atmosphere (PDF) by Kim Hall
Overindulging (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Budgeting Tips for the Holiday (PDF) by Dedra Thomas
Modeling Good Technology Use (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Food Preservation Safety (PDF) by Holly Jay
Picnic Food Safety (PDF) by Holly Jay
Food Labels (PDF) by Holly Jay
Take Time for 9 or More (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Savvy Shopping Saves you Money (PDF) by Holly Jay
Cranberries are packed with Nutrients (PDF) by Holly Jay
Beating the Battle of the Holiday Bulge (PDF) by Holly Jay
The Value of a Written Farm Lease (PDF) by Nate Cahill
Peace of Mind with your Older Loved One (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Clean, Separate and Chill! (PDF) by Holly Jay
Money! A Common Stress for most Americans (PDF) by Dedra Thomas
Here's to You Dad! (PDF) by Lisa Wallace
Welcome Connie Mefford to Henry County (PDF)
Over-scheduled Children? (PDF) by Lisa Wallace

Popular Publications

MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fence and Boundary Laws
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar
MU Extension publication G6705, Lawn Maintenance Calendar