SW Missouri Beef Conference Nov. 9

 The SW MO Beef Conference is just around the corner so please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for. 


This year’s program will have a special emphasis on the future of the beef industry.  It will be Nov. 9th at the Sacred Heart Church - McKenna Hall  from 4:30 to 8:30 PM and will once again be a joint meeting with the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association as their regular monthly meeting.


 Speakers include Dr. Scott Brown speaking about what our marketing system for cattle might look like in 25 years, Joe Horner discussing the recent developments of hoop structures and confinement beef production, do they have a place in Missouri, and Dr. Will McClain will be speaking about how to manage our forages differently throughout the changing seasons of the year.  In addition to an excellent lineup of speakers there will once again be a trade show with vendors from throughout Southwest MO who serve the beef industry. Dinner will be served at approximately 6 pm. The cost to attend is only $5/person if you RSVP by Nov 6th   and this includes the beef briscuit dinner.  So please plan to join us on Nov 9th and call 417-326-4916 to reserve your spot.


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.  There is a charge of $12 for the Manual unless you currently have a manuel.

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 $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 2016 Annual Report



Southwest Missouri News provides timely articles from the past 90 days about MU Extension programs in the region and informational articles from specialists located in southwest Missouri.