Services

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Fee $15 per sample. Allow two weeks for results.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

A clear photograph of large samples are acceptable. Most identifications can be made locally at no charge. A $15 fee is charged for samples sent to the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic in Columbia.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

There is no charge for plant samples diagnosed locally. A $15 fee is charge for samples sent to the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia. Fees vary according to tests performed.

Professional consultation

Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

The cost is $1 per lid.

Publications

MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Hay testing

Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available as a convenience to our clients. Probes/samplers are recommended to get a proper sample.

Samples brought to the extension office are sent to Custom Laboratory Inc. Fees vary by test. Samples should consist of a handful hay taken from the middle of the bale and placed in a gallon bag.

Veterinary lab services

MU Extension accepts test samples for the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab. Fees vary by test.

Call the office for information on tests and fees.