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Thank you to the Randolph County Commission for your continued support of Randolph County extension programs and staff! 

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2017 Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale, Saturday May 6 at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park, Moberly Mo. Available for purchase will be plants of all kinds....Natives, Annuals, Vegetable, Succulents, Trees, etc.


2017 Grazing School to be held June 9-10, 2017 in Randolph County in the Renick School cafeteria. Click here for schedule and registration form. (PDF)

Mark your calendars now! Grazing School, June 9 and 10, Renick School Cafe, Renick, MO. Cost of the two-day regional grazing school is $100.00 for the first person and $40.00 for the second person per farm/firm. Pre-registration and payment is required by June 2, 2017. The fee includes one set of grazing management materials specific to the Midwest. Registration will be open to the first 50 individuals. Also included in the registration is the Friday evening meal, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and refreshments.


2017 40th Annual Craft/Gift Show November 10 11am-6pm and November 11 9am-3pm at the MACC Activity Center. Admission is $1 for ages 13 and older. A food stand will be available and door prizes will be given away.


New Publication For History Buffs

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on, or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. More information | Order link






MU Extension Publications Quick Connects:  Food Preservation/Canning guides

It's a great time to join 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact  Vickie Troyer at 660-269-9656 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kid groups for 5 to 7 year olds are forming now.

Enrollment for new 4-H year began October 1st, you can register in — 4HOnline. If you have ever created a profile in 4HOnline, you must log into that account to re-enroll.  If you can't remember your log-in name, contact the county office.


 Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Randolph County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Randolph County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Randolph County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Randolph County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive. 4-H, Excel, Master Gardeners, and FCE all work with Extension.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.


Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum


Here's what Extension can do for you!

  • Soil Testing for lawns, food production, farms
  • Plant and Forage Diagnosis Clinic Services
  • Positive Youth Development Programs such as 4-H
  • Career and Distance Education for High School and College
  • Gardening and Lawn Information and Master Gardener Training
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Information and Services
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Classes and Information
  • Focus on Kids....parenting class for divorcing parents required by Missouri Law
  • Pesticide Applicator License Training
  • Value Added Agriculture Programs
  • Missouri Business Development Program, Small Business Start Up
  • Food Circles...Connecting Farmers, Consumers and Communities
  • Exceed...Community Economic & Entrepreneurial Development


Answers to Common Questions 
About Pond Construction and Management


MARSHFIELD, Mo. - Bob Schultheis is a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Nearly every week he gets questions about pond construction and management.

Q: What are some of the benefits and common problems you see with ponds?

A: "Ponds offer many benefits by providing recreation, helping control soil erosion, and storing water for livestock, irrigation and fire protection. Typical problems are the pond won't hold water, the dam erodes away, there are too many weeds, the water quality is bad, or the fish are dying," said Schultheis.

Q: How does one deal with leaky ponds and dam erosion?

A: "First, size the pond to the watershed by allowing one surface area of water for each 10 to 15 acres of land area that flow into it," said Schultheis. Prevent leaks by building the pond on a suitable site with moist, clay soils compacted in several six-inch lifts, and keep the soil moist after construction. Additives such as bentonite clay or soda ash may need to be mixed with some soils to keep them from leaking.

Q: Are bulldozers a good way to compact the soil?

A: No. While bulldozers are big and heavy, they have a large footprint that spreads out the weight too much. A better choice is a wheel tractor and disk, or a sheepsfoot roller (like the spiked drums the highway department uses when building roadbeds).

Q: What causes the weeds and how do you control them?

A: "Weeds are often caused by too many nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) getting into the pond, or by transfer from wildlife," said Schultheis. Limit runoff from fertilized fields, maintain vegetation around the pond and exclude livestock. Control options include cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical. "Chemicals should be a last resort and should be matched to the weed problem," said Schultheis.

Q: Where can a person get more information on building and maintaining a pond?

A: "Soils information, available free through the federal USDA Service Center serving your county, will help identify good pond building sites and soil properties at depth," said Schultheis. This information is also available online at

The Missouri Pond Handbook, available from the Missouri Department of Conservation, is an excellent reference for developing and managing both new and old ponds for fishing.


Resources on fixing pond leaks, maintaining dams and controlling aquatic weeds are available through your county University of Missouri Extension Center.

Missouri Hay Directory

These listings are a joint venture of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri.  The listings include sellers names, cities, counties and phone numbers. Sellers can be listed by either region or forage type. Bale type is included: small square, large square, small round, large round, baleage, or other. The number of bales and approximate weight of each bale of hay is included, and if the hay has been analyzed, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, relative feed value, and percent total digestible nutrients may be included. A final area for notes catches information such as "first cutting", or "don't call before 6 p.m."

To list hay you wish to sell:

  • enter a new listing via the menu options on the AgEBB Hay Market Page
  • call the Missouri Department of Agriculture at 573-751-5633

  • visit your county extension office and have them list your hay

Hay listings will be left on the AgEBB system for 60 days unless updated.  All listings will be included in the Missouri Hay Directory. You can access this at  If you have any suggestions to improve the service or usefulness of the hay listings, please send an e-mail message or call (573) 882-4827.

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 2012. Farmers, agribusiness firms, aerial applicators and land improvement contractors responded to questions on the rates they were charging or paying in 2012 for custom services, excluding the cost of materials being applied.

MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services

Check Out the Seasonal and Simple App

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you find, select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The great variety of colors, flavors and textures of fruits and vegetables makes eating them a pleasure.

Make your own rain barrel

Capture the spring rains for your garden by making your own rain barrel.  Click on the guide title to get instructions on how to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Flood and Severe Weather Resources

MU Extension flood resources page, includes information for flooded basements, flooded cropland, dealing with propane tanks, sandbagging, and more.
MU Extension guidesheets for dealing with severe storms, such as generator safety, controlling snakes, first-aid for storm-damaged trees, and more.

2016 Grazing Schools

Missouri grown

The climate, soils and population base of Missouri are conducive to growing of certain fruit and vegetable crops. However, if there is to be a significant increase in commercial production of high value horticultural crops, potential growers will need to learn which crops are best suited to Missouri conditions, how they are grown and what techniques and market niches will make them most profitable. Through workshops, newsletters, field days, grower conferences and other methods, potential growers such as existing row crop and horticultural crop producers will receive information that will allow them to be successful in growing and marketing high value crops such as tomatoes, melons and small fruits. The resulting increase in production will increase the profitability of small farms and enhance the viability of small, farm-based rural communities. Increased availability of safe, high quality locally produced vegetables and fruits will benefit citizens in all regions of Missouri, especially those living in our urban areas.

2012 Field to Table Guide (PDF) A directory of northeast Missouri producers and their farm-fresh products.

Want to be in the next edition? Complete the Field to Table directory information form (PDF), and submit it online or mail it to the Randolph County Extension Center at

The Missouri Strip Trial Program

The Missouri Strip Trial Program is a new, grower-focused program for 2016, designed to help Missouri farmers and crop advisors compare on-farm management decisions and practices in a low-cost, low-risk setting. This program will use on-farm and field-scale research to provide growers with farm-specific data and information they can use to guide decisions and evaluate best management practices while protecting or improving their bottom line. The program tools and personalized summary report will be available at no cost for Missouri growers involved in the strip trial program. To learn more go to  To print an enrollment form, click here (PDF), print,  and send the form to the Randolph County Extension Office, PO Box 655, Moberly, MO 65270.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015 are available now at  

Missouri Small Business Development Program

Federal, state and local governments spend billions of dollars annually on various products and services and a large percentage is spent with small business. Government buyers are looking for responsible suppliers offering quality products and services at competitive prices. Are you ready to be one of those companies?

MO PTAC's mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Missouri firms. Extra revenue from government contracts means more stability and potential growth for your firm. MO PTAC provides no cost, confidential, one on one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state and local government.

Once you identify the specific agencies that buy your product and how they buy it, determining the best way to communicate with government buyers will save you time and money and lead to quicker success in the market. To learn more go to or call Chris Shoemaker, Extension Procurement Specialist, Macon, MO at 660-385-2173

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information.

2015 Wheat yields good in MU variety tests

Despite heavy rainfall and widespread reports of disease, wheat yields were good at most test sites in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program.  Take a look at the MU Variety Testing website and see how wheat varieties fared in your area.  Be sure to bookmark the page and get  the latest test results on corn and soybeans yields this fall.

Pesticide Application Training

The Randolph County Extension office offers Private Pesticide Training for no cost to anyone interested. Call 660-269-9656 to set up a time for this 2 hour training.

Cover Crops in Missouri: Putting Them to Work on Your Farm

Sunlight powers agriculture and, fortunately, is free to all farmers. The challenge is to harvest as much sunlight as possible. Because commodity crops might be in the field for only four to five months, fields receive untapped sunlight for several months each year. To tap this free resource the rest of the year, consider planting cover crops. Cover crops protect the soil while improving soil health and providing living roots to feed the soil microbial community.

A multipurpose tool on a farm, cover crops can help you accomplish several goals:

  • Keep soil from washing away.
  • Keep expensive fertilizers in the field and out of the water supply.
  • Produce nitrogen (with a legume cover).
  • Farmers are finding that cover crops also offer several other benefits:
  • Reduce soil compaction.
  • Improve soil moisture management.
  • Allow more rain to soak into the soil.
  • Control challenging weeds.
  • Improve commodity yields over time.

To learn more go to

Increasing Beneficial Insects in Row Crops and Gardens

Beneficial insects can be useful in integrated pest management of row crops and gardens. They are a form of biological control in that their activity reduces the activity of certain pest species. For many pest insects, the most important check on their populations is the activity of beneficial insects. If populations of beneficial insects are allowed to increase throughout the growing season, they can reduce pest populations of moths, aphids, mites and bugs by 20 to 40 percent. The more diverse the habitat surrounding a field or the more diverse the plants — especially flowering plants — in a garden, the greater the number of beneficial insects that will be present. Mixed plantings attract a larger variety of beneficial insects because many of these insects use nectar and pollen as supplemental food. To learn more click on

AgrAbility Project

The purpose of the AgrAbility Project is to help increase the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and farm family members who are limited by any type of disability or chronic health condition employed in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations become more successful. It’s about cultivating success in agriculture, employment, and rural life for people with disabilities and their families. The AgrAbility mission is to enhance and protect quality of life and preserve livelihoods. The AgrAbility philosophy represents the very ideals that define American agriculture. It’s about supporting and promoting growth and independence. It’s about no-limit thinking and the can-do spirit. Ultimately, AgrAbility is all about hope! AgrAbility links the Extension service at a land-grant university with a nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and direct assistance that promotes rural independence. Our staff offers practical solutions to individuals who work on small or large operations as well as services to hobby, part-time, farm workers, or seasonal operators. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers the AgrAbility Project.    


Ergot, caused by the fungus Claviceps puprurea, is a disease of cereal crops and grasses. The disease causes reduced yield and quality of grains and hay and also causes a livestock disease called ergotism, if infected grains or hay are fed. The most common sign of ergot is the dark purple to black sclerotia (ergot bodies) found replacing the grain in the heads of cereals and grasses just prior to harvest. Ergot is toxic to animals.

Wild for Monarchs

Plant a Native butterfly garden or Monarch Waystation and create your own moments to remember. Click to view a brochure of what to plant for Monarchs in your garden. (PDF)

Reduced-cost farm energy audits available through MU Extension

Are you thinking about replacing your grain dryer with a more energy-efficient model? Or installing an alternative-energy system? Have an energy audit before making a big investment in energy efficiency on your farm, says University of Missouri Extension specialist Don Day.Farms and rural small businesses can receive energy audits at a reduced rate through MU Extension. Ordinarily, audits cost $450, but a grant from USDA Rural Development will cover 75 percent, lowering the price to $112.50.An energy audit can help determine what upgrades will bring the biggest cost savings, Day said.An energy audit is also required if you intend to apply for incentives through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).Grants are available for up to 25 percent of the cost of a renewable energy or energy efficiency project. REAP also provides loan guarantees for up to 75 percent of a project’s cost.Eligible energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digesters and renewable biomass. Energy efficiency improvements include grain drying and handling, lighting, refrigeration, heating and cooling upgrades, and motor replacements.Missouri has almost $2 million in grant funding available for REAP. To be eligible, at least 50 percent of a farm’s gross income must come from agricultural operations, and small businesses must be in an area with a population under 50,000.

For more information about MU Extension energy audits, contact your local extension office at 660-269-9656. To learn more about REAP, go to

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.


Fruit Spray Schedules for the Homeowner

Fruit plantings can be a source of beauty as well as fresh produce. However, for the inexperienced grower, they also can be a source of frustration and expense. Nursery catalogs are full of brightly colored advertisements depicting bountiful harvests of unblemished fruit. Harvests like these are possible, but only with careful selection of the fruit cultivar (cultivated variety) and diligent pest management. Weather conditions in Missouri , such as high humidity, abundant rainfall and warm temperatures, increase disease and insect populations. With few exceptions, home fruit plantings require treatment with pesticides to control a variety of serious diseases and insect pests. Pesticides needed and frequency of application depend on the cultivars planted, location of the planting, weather conditions and cultural practices.

Fire Blight

Fire blight is a bacterial disease affecting apple, crabapple, pear, hawthorn, pyracantha (firethorn) and related species. The bacteria commonly overwinter in cankers (sunken diseased areas) on the tree, which produce a sticky exudate in early spring.The bac­teria are usually spread from the cankers by insects and by wind-blown rain. Careless pruning practices may also spread the bacteria. Click here to learn what you can do to stop this disease.

Century Farms

Missouri Century Farm Program

Missouri Century Farm Program

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture which was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director,  Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms which have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor. 

Century farms and ranches have shaped the nation. Amidst every kitchen, behind every faded barn door, and in every soiled and calloused hand lie untold stories of those who feed our nation. As an industry, we are called to discover these stories and share with consumers everywhere the contribution farmers and ranchers have made to our American heritage. It is time to redefine sustainability and put a face to the farmer who fills our cupboards and clothes our backs.   A Century Farm application can be downloaded at


Get Your Soil Tested by the University of Missouri Extension

Why should you have your soil tested?

  • Soil conditions have a big effect on plant health
  • pH and nutrient levels can change over time
  • You may be over-fertilizing your lawn or garden
  • Testing is the only way to tell which nutrients might be missing

For more information please contact our office at 660-269-9656

Relevant MU Extension publications


Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping good records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels.

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Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Are your Ash trees dying? A small green beetle could be the culprit. The Emerald Ash Borer Beetle is a small metallic green beetle, 1/2 inch long. It is native to Asia and attacks only ash trees. The beetles leave small, D-shaped holes on the trunk. The larvae feed under bark, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients to the tree. They travel in infested firewood and nursery stock. If you believe your Ash Tree is infested with the EAB, call a certified arborist or forester for help. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation Web site for tips on how to hire a qualified professional in your area. For more information about EAB and other tree pests, visit the following cooperative Web site:


Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

Pasture Weed and Brush Control Guide (PDF)

2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)