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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.

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.

2014 Annual Report

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Ag Connection Newsletter

April 2015

Calling all High School Students interested in an Art and Science Summer Camp July 12-16, 2015

Sponsored by: MU Extension Community Arts Program (CAP), MU's Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center and 4-H Center for Youth Developments. CAP is offering one full residential camp scholarship ( a $500 value) for a Missouri high school student. See attached flyer for details. (PDF)

Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals: Order Form

Missouri Century Farm Program

If your farm has been in your family since Dec.31,1915, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet certain guidelines. Get those guidelines and more information at

6th Annual Plant Sale

Friday, May 1 from  4pm - 7pm and Saturday, May 2 from 9am - 1pm at the James Youth Center, 220 Rothwell Park Rd. Come visit us as we share our bounty! We sell and talk plants. Sponsored by Magic City Master Gardeners. For more information please contact us at 660-269-9656.  A flier is available to print. (PDF)

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


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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Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program

In light of recent declines of honeybee populations worldwide, representatives of Missouri's agricultural producers and beekeepers have developed a set of standard practices that will encourage cooperation and communication among growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers.

The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program ( seeks to minimize economic losses for both farmers and beekeepers by adequately managing row-crop pests while minimizing the effect of pesticides on honeybee colonies.

This voluntary program encourages cooperation and communication between bee-keepers and farmers. This program will provide a platform for this communication by mapping the number and locations of beehives on and adjacent to farm property. For more information please visit

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:

Reducing Pond Seepage

Donald L. Pfost
Department of Agricultural Engineering
Don Williams and Richard Koenig
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Excessive seepage from farm ponds is a serious problem in several areas of Missouri. Seepage can be caused by many conditions, such as highly permeable soils, continuous sand or gravel seams, highly permeable bedrock and residual rock layer, and in a few areas, sinkhole collapses in the pond pool area. This publication focuses primarily on seepage that results from permeable soils.

Proper planning often can prevent locating a pond or lake in an unsuitable area. A soils investigation using a backhoe should be considered for any questionable site. A site investigation by a geologist or soil scientist may result in early detection of limitations before construction dollars are spent on the site.

Sometimes no completely satisfactory sites are available, or a landowner's desire for a pond outweighs the problems of construction on a site with known limitations. It may still be possible to construct the pond if extra care is taken to counter the problems. Here especially, a site investigation is needed. Reducing seepage is difficult after a pond is partially filled. Click here for more information.