Master Gardener Intensive Core Course for the Lake Ozark Area—Summer 2019

Have an interest in gardening?  Would you like to learn more about working with plants or become a part of University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners? Please join this special educational opportunity to become a Master Gardener.  Call the Miller County MU Extension Center at 573-369-2394 to sign up for the Master Gardener Core Training program.  Classes are held on Mondays from June 3 through July 1.  Class times are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.Training will be held at the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District training room, 1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark MO 65049.   Orientation will be Monday June 3.  Topics to be Covered: Plants & Propagation, Turf, Soils & Composting, Landscaping & Flowers, Woody Ornamentals, Vegetables, Fruit, Insects, Pest & Diseases, Herbs & Natives, and more.                             

Registration Due By: May 28th, 2019

Questions Call: Patricia Barrett or Janet Johnson at Miller County University of Missouri Extension. Our address is PO Box 20, street address is 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia, MO 65082. Phone: (573) 369-2394, Email


Master Gardener registration

Century Farm Applications Open

Applications for recognition as a Missouri Century Farm are due May 15.

Farms owned by the same family for 100 or more consecutive years as of Dec. 18, 2019, are eligible. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, or nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. Farms must be 40 acres or more and contribute to the overall farm income.

University of Missouri Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Missouri Farm Bureau sponsor the program. Local MU Extension councils help with the sponsorship.

Miller County MU Extension center will accept applications through May 15.

A $75 fee covers processing, a certificate, a booklet and a metal sign. The fee is payable by May 1 at the Miller County MU Extension center in Tuscumbia, MO. The program dates back to 1976 and more than 9,000 farms hold this honor.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 800-292-0969 or email, contact Miller County MU Extension center at 573 369-2394, or visit the program website at and search for Century Farms.

Nitrate Testing

Nitrate testing of forages can be done in the Miller County Extension office located at 134 2nd St. Tuscumbia, MO. Call 573 369-2394 first to confirm availability of tester.  Appointments are required. 

Business Hours 

Open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We are closed from 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch. The office is closed on Friday.

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Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Miller County Extension at or at 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, 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. Soil tests cost $17.50 per sample . Six or more tests are $15.00 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and an auger can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications