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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.  Sarah Traub, human development specialist, offers Focus on Kids workshops and ADR Education (mediation) monthly in Henry, Cass, Pettis and Johnson counties. Here is the July to December 2017 Schedule (PDF). Read more about Focus on Kids workshops.

 

Popular Publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
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