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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. 

Get Your Kids To Do Chores!... handouts (PDF's)

Focus on Kids 

Focus on Kids co-parenting classes teach parents how to nurture and support their children during and after their divorce.  Sarah Traub, human development specialist, offers Focus on Kids workshops and ADR Education (mediation) monthly in Henry, Lafayette, Bates, Cass, Pettis and Johnson counties. Here is the 2017 Schedule (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 our office with questions, 660-885-5556.

Newspaper Articles from our Specialists

The Value of a Written Farm Lease (PDF) by Nate Cahill
Clean, Separate and Chill! (PDF) by Holly Jay
Money! A Common Stress for most Americans (PDF) by Dedra Thomas
Cranberries (PDF) by Holly Jay

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