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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.  http://digitalpubs.extension.missouri.edu/…/4685839319932147

 

Randolph County Extension Fundraiser Banquet- Saturday, October 13th at the VFW in Moberly. Tickets are available for purchase at the Extension Office. (PDF)

 

41st Annual Craft and Gift Show, November 9 and 10, 2018 at the MACC Activity Center in Moberly. Booth registration's can be picked up at the Extension Office.  (PDF)

 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ for listings of hay http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (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).

Farmers asked to respond to land rent survey   

 Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, says University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates.

The survey is issued only in electronic form this year. It takes about five minutes to complete. Massey says he hopes that the new delivery method will encourage landowners and renters to respond.

The survey covers criteria such as cash rent cost for cropland, pasture land and fee hunting property, as well as location of land, average yield and storage facilities.

MU and partner agencies, including Missouri Farm Bureau, FCS Financial and others, work together to obtain information that helps economists on the local, state and federal level to assess supply and demand for land, as well as production costs and market prices. Survey results also help landowners and renters understand market values in their area.

MU conducts the survey every three years and releases a summary online and at its annual ag lending schools.

Results of the 2015 survey are available at extension.missouri.edu/G427

If you did not receive a survey and would like to participate, go to missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKm0QuTUhpiiY4t or contact Massey at masseyr@missouri.edu or 573-884-7788.

 

Mizzou announces full-tuition grants for low-income students

MU has announced that full tuition scholarships for low-income, Missouri residence students will be available in the fall of 2018. Please share this information with your youth, parents and anyone who may qualify. To find out more, follow this link: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/mizzou-announces-full-tuition-grants-for-low-income-students/article_0ab84064-f878-5306-89ea-78d5f50882ed.html.

 

 

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 2015 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, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri.

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 2017-2018 Seedling Order Form

 

 

 

Canning guides in MU Extension publications