Northwest Missouri Horticulture
Northwest Missouri has a diverse landscape, well-suited to many types of horticulture. From the Missouri River flood plain, to the Green Hills of Grundy and Mercer Counties, you will find almost any type of setting for your horticultural enterprise. We have orchards, vineyards, commercial vegetable production, and nursery operations.
Marketing opportunities are good, since our region is within a few hours of Kansas City.
The North Missouri Produce Auction, located near Jamesport in Daviess County is pictured at the top of the page on Pumpkin Day in 2008. Photo by Tim Baker.
|Northwest Missouri counties are served by three University of Missouri Extension Horticulturists
Tim Baker is the Horticulture Specialist based in Gallatin in the Daviess and Caldwell Counties MU Extension Center. Tim covers Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Mercer, and Worth counties.
Tom Fowler is the Horticulture Specialist based in St. Joseph in the Buchanan County MU Extension Center. Tom covers Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, Holt, and Nodaway counties.
Kathi Mecham is the Commercial Horticulture Specialist based in in Carrolton in the Carroll County MU Extension Center. Kathi covers Caldwell, Carroll, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties.
Great Plains Growers Conference
One of the premier conferences for fruit, vegetable and cut flower growers is found northwest Missouri. Held in St. Joseph, the Great Plains Grower’s Conference is put together every January by Extension educators from four states: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. This conference is open to everyone, from backyard gardeners to commercial produce growers. For further information, please vist our web page: http://www.greatplainsgrowersconference.org/
University of Missouri Extension offers diagnostic assistance and educational programming for Missouri commercial producers, homeowners, and Master Gardeners in all aspects of horticulture.