Pasture Plant Identification Classes August 30 and September 5

Do you graze cattle, sheep, horses, and or maybe goats? Do you know what type of forages you are utilizing in your farming operation? Are there any poisonous plants growing out there that might affect you overall livestock operation? How good are you at identifying the different type of plants growing in your area?  Do these things affect the overall profitability of your farming operation?  Learn answers to all these questions and more at a two-night course on Pasture Plant and Weed identification in Bolivar at the Polk County Fairgrounds August 30 and September 5 from 6:30-9:30 pm. Topics include how grassland plants are classified, woody type plants, how location and soil type affect where plants grow, plant id, weed control, how you make grasslands viable for livestock and wildlife habitat and more.   The cost of the course will be $20 for both nights per person.  Funds will cover handouts, travel, and snacks provided at the meeting.  If you attend as a couple, coming from the same farming operation, the second person will be free. Contact the Polk County Extension office for further details and to register at 417-326-4916. 

2018 Cash Rental Rate In Missouri now Available

The latest edition of the Cash Rental Rate guide is now available.  Contact us at 417-326-4916 to obtain your copy.

Private Pesticide Applicators Certification

Is available at the Extension office.  We prefer you call the office at 417-326-4916 to set up an appointment.  It takes approximately 2 hours 20 minutes to view the DVD to become certified.  Cost of the training is $25 per person.

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 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 $18 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

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