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This monthly publication that offers up-to-date research, techniques and news for Central Missouri region's ag producers.  If you do not receive it now and would like to, contact the Howard County Extension office at:  HowardCo@missouri.edu or call (606) 248-2272.


Pest Alert:  Japanese Beetles are Active in Howard County Home Horticulture

Japanese beetle adults are beginning to emerge, so it is time to get your frustration level in check and decide on your approach.  Click here for full article. 


 

Make your voice heard through the 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:  https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01k9LfYMwumdUiN

 

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). 


 

Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops

Brochure on:   How to take a Soil Sample 

Brochure on: How to interpret Missouri Soil Test Results  

Food Preservation Online Class 

How to sign up for class


 

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

The rates reported in this guide are based on a statewide survey conducted by mail in the winter of 2017. Farmers, agribusiness firms, aerial applicators and land improvement contractors responded to questions on the rates they were charging or paying in 2016 for custom services, excluding the cost of materials being applied. There is no assurance that the average rates reported in this guide will cover your costs for performing the service or that you will be able to hire a custom operator in your area for the rates shown. Calculate your own costs carefully before deciding the rate to charge or pay. Before entering into an agreement, discuss with the other party all the details of the specific job to be performed. Custom rates cover the cost of machinery, fuel, labor and, occasionally, a product such as lime or bale wrap. The USDA reports that machinery values and labor costs have increased by about 10 percent since our last custom rate survey in 2012. However, diesel prices have decreased by almost 50 percent. Our University of Missouri custom rate survey responses indicate that Missouri farmers were paying more for almost every activity in 2016, relative to 2012.

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri PDF Printout



 

Fencing law Information

MU Extension publication G811, Missouri's Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws


Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.