Services

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.

Soil tests are $15 per sample during the first full week of the month and are $16.50 per sample otherwise. Six or more samples are $12.50 each. A soil probe and auger are available for check out. There is a $50 refundable deposit on the probe.

Additional testing services

Other services include chemical analyses of foods, feeds, fertilizers and water.

We do send lagoon samples and manure samples off for testing. The basic test for these usually runs $36 additional charges for other tests. Proper packaging is required for sending these to the lab. Lagoon samples need to be placed in a clean empty soda bottle with the lid taped shut and placed in two Ziploc bags and taped shut. Manure samples also need to be double bagged and taped shut.

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.

Costs vary.

Plant disease diagnosis

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

Costs vary.

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.

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 training may be scheduled by calling the extension office.

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.)

We do offer pressure canning tests in our office for a donation. We also have packets and publications available on canning, freezing and drying.

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. 

Publications are available in our office for a minimal charge, there are some publications that might need to be ordered that we can get in a couple of days, again there will be a charge for these publications.

Public-access computers

Public-access computers are available at the extension office.

Distance education test proctoring

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

Meeting room rental

Meeting space at the MU Extension office is available to local community groups.

The annex meeting room has chairs and tables for about 30 people. The cost is $10 with a $50 refundable deposit. Contact the extension office to make arrangement.