Polk County Fair June 18-20
Polk County Fair Book pdf
The fair has many new events and activities for 2015. New events include, Kids Zone with hay maze, corn box, farm set, butter making, checkers, tic-tac-toe and more; open show for youth 8-18 with categories of cookies, duct tape, Legos, photography; activities and talent show on Sat. sponsored by My Country 99; Karli Chayne concert Sat. evening and more. All Entries are due by June 8.
Credit Basics Class June 4
A workshop focusing on what is credit, types of credit, your credit report, your credit score and what a FICO score means to you. You will also learn ways to improve your credit score, why credit is important and how to best use it.
It will be held Thursday, June 4 at the University of Missouri Extension Center of Polk County, 110 E Jefferson, Bolivar, MO from 7-9 pm. Cost is $5 per person. Please call 417-326-4916 to register for this class.
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 underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”
Cost for soil testing in Polk County is $15 per sample.
Trees add value to your landscape
Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife.
Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established.
MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings
MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree
View the Polk County 2014 Annual Report
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