Services

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Private pesticide applicator's training includes viewing a two-and-one half hour video. Call for an appointment at the Livingston County Extension Office at 660-646-0811. Walk-ins welcome before 2 p.m.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Crop producers and home gardeners can bring in field or garden samples to have the soil analyzed. Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and effective neutralizing material (EMN). Customers will receive recommendations for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and liming (or acidifying). Tests for nitrate, boron, zinc, sulfur, iron, manganese and copper also are available at additional cost. For information on sampling methods, see G9215 Soil Sampling Pastures. Soil samples cost $15 each for basic testing. A soil probe is available, there is a $50 refundable deposit.

Publications

MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Mizzou Online courses.

Need to take a Continuing Distance final? Contact the Livingston County MU Extension Office at 660-646-0811 to set a date for you to come in to take your test.

Nematode analysis

Tests to examine soil and plants for the presence of parasitic nematodes are available. Results include management recommendations. Before submitting samples, contact the extension office for instructions on proper collection methods.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

Hay testing

Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available as a convenience to our clients. Probes/samplers are recommended to get a proper sample.

The hay probe requires a $50 refundable deposit.

Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

There is a $2 charge.