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Missouri's Complex Fence Law Class, January 23, 2018 from 6:30PM-8:45PM at the Randolph County Extension Office.

Pre-registration is required. $15 per person to attend then $5 for each additional family member. Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that 2 separate laws cover the state. Topics will include: State law changes of 2016, comparison of both laws, defining a legal fence, which landowner(s) pay for construction and repairs, who is responsible for what portion of the fence, disputes, and much, much more. To register, call 660-269-9656. (PDF)


2018 Randolph County Soils and Crops Conference

This free class will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 8:30AM-2:00PM at the Lion's Den in Cairo. To register, please call 660-269-9656. To receive lunch, you must register by January 22nd. (PDF)

Dicamba Training

Upcoming in-person training dates and locations are listed below.  This same training and certificate of completion can also be obtained via online training at the same fee, which will open on January 4, 2018.  Follow this site for more information on the upcoming online training option.

  • The in-person training will run from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at each location.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am in the convention center lobby.
  • At the conclusion of the training, you will receive a certificate of completion.  You must attend the entire training.
  • The cost of training is $30.00.  Space will be limited at each location, pre-registration is required.

January 10, 2018- Springfield, Missouri
Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, 2546 North Glenstone, Springfield, MO  65803

January 22, 2018-  Blue Springs, Missouri
Adams Pointe Conference Center at the Marriott Courtyard, 1500 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, Missouri  64014

February 9, 2018-  Columbia, Missouri
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 26
01 Providence Road, Columbia, MO  65203

February 12, 2018-  Hannibal, Missouri
Quality Inn & Suites, 120 Lindsey Drive, Hwy 36, Hannibal, MO  63401

February 13, 2018-  Sikeston, Missouri
City of Miner Convention Center, 2610 E. Malone Avenue, Sikeston, MO  63801



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:



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 $15 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 2 cups 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