Phelps County University of Missouri Extension Calendar of Events 3rd Quarter 2016

Some reoccurring dates are prescheduled and may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact the Phelps County Extension Center for further information on meetings and programs by calling (573) 458-6260.

22   When Creditors are Predators, Phelps County Extension Office, 12:00-1:00 pm
26   Master Naturalist Chapter Meeting, 6 pm
28-30 Management Intensive Grazing School, Wurdack Farm

2-8 National 4-H Week
4 Focus On Kids, Phelps County Extension Center Meeting Room, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
4 Master Gardener Club Meeting, First Baptist Church, 6:00 pm
6 Leadership Phelps County, Foundations of Phelps County
10 Office Closed - Columbus Day
10 Extension Council Meeting, Phelps County Extension Center Meeting Room, 6:00 pm
16 4-H Recognition Day, Ridgeview Christian Church, 2:00 pm
25 4-H Council Meeting, 7:00 pm
31 Master Naturalist Chapter Meeting, 6:00 pm


Management Intensive Grazing School Sept 28-30

This three-day seminar will be held at the University of Missouri Wurdack Farm in Cook Station, MO on September 28-30, 2016. Seating is limited, RSVP by calling the Dent County Extension Center 573-729-3196.  Click here to view the flyer and registration form.

Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $1.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  

Soil testing

Don’t guess. Soil tests save time and 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. The cost is $15 per sample and mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks. Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers (PDF)

Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904,  Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics. Other flood related resources can be found here.

What is an Extension Center? Brochure (PDF)

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