Laclede County Agriculture Conference

This agriculture educational conference will be held on March 26, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Laclede Electric Cooperative Meeting Room, 1400 East Route 66, Lebanon, Missouri.  This will be an opportunity for anyone involved in agriculture in Laclede County to be able to hear about programs that are available concerning livestock and agronomy production and what programs are available to producers.
Speakers and topics will include:

  •  Terry Halleran, agronomy specialist with MU Extension speaking about hay production
  •  Andy McCorkill, livestock specialist with MU Extension speaking about feeding livestock
  •  Updates on county-wide programs including the Farm Service Agency, MU Extension, Department of Natural Resources, and the Laclede County Soil and Water District.

To register or for more information contact Mary Jo Tannehill at or call 417-532-6305 ext 101 or Sam Lower at or call 417-532-7126

A dinner prepared by Chuck Simpson and the Lebanon FFA will be provided if you pre-register by Friday, March 20th with Laclede County Extension 417-532-7126  or Laclede County Soil and Water District 417-532-6305 ext 101

Drawing for door prizes following last presentation.

Laclede County Agriculture Conference Registration (pdf)

4-H Third Annual "Run for the Clover" 5K

Laclede County 4-H is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  This event takes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities through the neighborhood south of Atchley Park in an effort to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices in the youth of our community.  This family-oriented event attracts people of all ages and abilities.  Participants and spectators will enjoy an awards ceremony and refreshments at the completion of the event. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Laclede County 4-H youth.  4-H is a non-profit, positive youth development program that inspires youth ages 5—18 to make healthy and responsible choices in life.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, we will display your business name on the back of the race t-shirts, race poster, and you will receive your own 5K t-shirt.  In order to display your name as a sponsor, we will need your donation by May 1st.  For more questions about this event, please contact Nicole Stowe, 5K Committee Chair at 417-588-1325 or the Laclede County Extension Office at 417-532-7126.

"Run for the Clover" 5K Registration form (pdf)  
"Run for the Clover" 5K Sponsor letter (pdf)

Don't Guess - Soil Tests Save Time and Money

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. See additional MU publications on soil testing.

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