Newton County Extension Center has moved
Our new office building is at 18728 Hwy 59 in Neosho.
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Farm Celebration and Centennial, October 11
2014 is the 100th year of Extension.
Newton County is planning to celebrate this fall. Are you, or do you know, a former 4-H member or club leader (here or elsewhere)?
We are also looking for former Extension Council Member, and Family Extension Club members. We would like to send you a special invitation to a 4-H reuntion and centennial celebration.
Please contact the Newton Councty Extension Office a to give us your contact information.
Hold the date of October 11, at Neosho High School.
Test pressure canner gauges now and get prepared for home canning
It is time to get canning supplies and equipment checked and ready to use. It is also a good time to brush up on safe canning techniques.
Before using it, be sure to get the dial gauge of your pressure canner tested. The spring in the dial gauge can get worn out or stuck, so it needs to be tested annually.
Any low acid foods, like vegetables, meats and some tomato products, need to be canned under pressure in order to reach the temperature required to destroy the disease-causing microorganisms that could be present.
If a pressure gauge is not accurate, it could create an environment inside the canning jar that is not only unsafe but is instead the perfect breeding ground for growing the pathogens. The contamination cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, so the only way to ensure that the food is safe is to preserve it in the correct way.
Pressure canner gauges can be tested at the Newton MU Extension.
MU Extension has guides and publications explaining how to get started canning and step-by-step instructions on how to use a pressure canner online and at most offices.
MU Extension guide sheets cover topics like canning vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies, tomatoes and tomato products, pickles and pickled products, and meat, fish and poultry.
For more information on nutrition contact one of the following nutrition specialists: Christeena Haynes, in Dallas County, 417-345-7551; Dr. Lydia Kaume in Barton County, 417-682-3579; Dr. Pam Duitsman, in Greene County, 417-881-8909; or Cammie Younger in Texas County, 417-967-4545. Information is also available online http://extension.missouri.edu.
It's time to test your soil
Whether you are planting a garden, an orchard or thinking of hay and pasture a soil test can help you know what you will need to amend your soil for the best results possible. Call our office for more information. Cost is $13 per sample.
Soil testing provides an estimate of the plant-available nutrients in the soil and is an essential tool for a sound fertilization program. Periodic soil testing will help to correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn, garden or cropland.
related information: Lawn and garden
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Newton County Annual Report
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Southwest Region Expert Guide
A reference guide to the expertise of University of Missouri Extension specialists in Southwest Missouri: 2011 Expert Guide (PDF).
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