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Drought Meeting

TUE, AUG 21 AT 6:00 PM  at the Keller Building in Fayette, MO

MU Extension offers free talk event on drought management for beef cattle producers

Fayette, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension specialists will headline several 2018 drought management options for beef cattle producers at the Keller Building, Conference Room 3 (600 West Morrison Street), Fayette.  This free event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

MU Extension State Beef Nutrition Specialist, Eric Bailey will cover feeding through the drought, including hay and corn silage.  Livestock specialist, Heather Conrow, will cover nitrate toxicity, culling decisions, and lasting effects on reproduction. Agronomy specialist, Todd Lorenz, will cover pasture management and alternative forage options.  Agriculture economist, Brent Carpenter, will cover drought-related financial decisions.  Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, Megan Felten and Brian McDonald with Farm Service Agency will be on hand to discuss drought assistance programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring forage plant samples to qualitatively test for the presence of nitrates.  It is best to cut the plant at the ground level within 3 hours of the meeting.

Register for the event by calling the MU Extension Office in Howard County at 660-288-3239 by Aug. 17.  For more information, contact Heather Conrow at smithheather@missouri.edu or (660) 248-2272.


2018 Farm Tour August 30 - Salt Creek Tree Farm - Fayette, MO 

Division of Rost INC.

THU, AUG 30 AT 5:30 PM
Informative evening with demonstrations on pruning and care of trees and shrubs

4-H Junior Council will provide activities for the kids

Meet at 1409 St. Rt. W, Fayette at 5:30
Meat will be prepared by Howard County Cattlemen’s Association
Please bring a side dish to share

Please R.S.V.P by calling 660-248-2272

The annual Howard County Farm Tour will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  The event is organized by University of Missouri Extension in Howard County in cooperation with the Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Howard County Cattlemen’s Association. 

Participants will meet at Salt Creek Tree Farms, a division of Rost, Inc. located at 1409 St. Rt. W, just outside of Fayette at 5:30 pm.  The tour will continue at the Salt Creek Container Lot located 740 County Road 421.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Participants should dress appropriately for hot weather and some walking. 

Larry Henneke will be providing a tour of Salt Creek Tree Farms.  Tim and Toby Rost (owners) established Salt Creek Tree Farm in 1985.  With 400 acres of growing fields, they are able to supply many of their own trees to the distribution lot and Superior Garden Center.  Salt Creek Tree Farms grows almost 50 varieties, specializing in crabapples and maples. 

In the past few years, they have also expanded into growing a selection of shrubs on their Salt Creek Container Lot.  This allows them to have a constant supply of more frequently used shrubs and perennials.  Their homegrown plants are grown in larger containers than what is most common, for those customers wanting an immediate impact in newly planted landscapes.  Plants will be available for purchase.

The tour will conclude with a meal.  The Cattlemen’s Association will be cooking burgers, tour participants are asked to bring a side dish to share. 

There is no cost to participate in the tour, but an RSVP is requested by calling the Howard County Extension office at: (660) 248-2272 or by emailing HowardCo@missouri.edu.

*Attendance gives permission for photos to be taken and used for promotional & educational purposes.
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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. 


Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops

Brochure on:   How to take a Soil Sample 

Brochure on: How to interpret Missouri Soil Test Results  


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.