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What does Extension do in Randolph County?

The University of Missouri Extension Division was founded in 1910 with a vision to be a valued and trusted education solution to improve the quality of life for the residents of every county in Missouri. Our function is to help people learn to solve their own problems by supplying them with the knowledge to do so. Our distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri to each resident in Randolph County. We do this through specialists and materials that provide education/opportunities in the areas of agriculture, business, children and teens, family life, farm management, financial education, home and garden, horticulture, and nutrition and health to anyone who stops by or calls our office. All of our funds for the local office are 100% provided through local support from county appropriations, local fundraising, and fee generation for some education services. Donations of any kind are always appreciated, and all money stays in Randolph County. Extension houses several clubs in Randolph County such as EXCEL, 4-H, Magic City Master Gardeners and FCE. All clubs are open to anyone who would like to join.

Canning Class- September 25 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Randolph County Health Department. The class is $20 to attend. Pre-registration is required. Call the Extension office at 660-269-9656


Interested in joining 4-H in Randolph County?

Registration begins October 1st. Must be at least 5 years old to join.

Take a peek at our first ever digital Clover to learn how to enroll and to see what projects kids would like to participate in.…/4685839319932147



Missouri Crop Resource Guide

Missouri Beef Resource Guide

Missouri Swine Resource Guide

Missouri Specialty Crop Resource Guide

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit for listings of hay (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales price listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs).




Popular extension publications


Don't guess — Soil test and save time and money

Beginning January 1, 2018 soil samples costs will rise from $15 to $18 due to the cost the lab charges. Soil testing is the best guide to the efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable garden in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost for a regular test is $18 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 1 cup of dry soil. Results will be mailed to you in about 10 to 14 business days. See additional MU publications for information on soil testing.


Cash renting farm land

The University of Missouri just released the results of their most recent cash rent survey in the 2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF). These rates were compiled using the survey responses of 226 Missourians who are involved with cash renting farm land. Every rental situation is different, so this guide should be used as a reference in addition to considering other factors in your area, including average yield, soil types, the number of acres available for rent in the area and the demand of rental land. The guide includes rates of crop and pasture land by acre, crop land by yield, pasture by stocking rate and rates for farm buildings.

For more information or a copy of these rates, visit your local MU Extension office and ask for MU Extension publication G427.

Custom rates for farm services in Missouri

The rates reported in this guide are based on a statewide survey conducted by mail in the summer of 2016. Farmers, agribusiness firms, aerial applicators and land improvement contractors responded to questions on the rates they were charging or paying in 2016 for custom services, excluding the cost of materials being applied.

MU Extension publication G302, 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests


Ordering Tree Seedlings in Missouri

What  tree species successfully grow in your area, how many trees can you plant and properly maintain and when do you need to place your seedling order?  These questions and more are answered in MU Extension publication G5006 Right Species, Right Place: Considerations Before You Order Tree Seedlings in Missouri.    If you are interested in ordering tree and small bush seedlings from the Missouri state nursery, the catalog and order from are available at 2018-2019 Seedling Order Form




Canning guides in MU Extension publications