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The St. Clair County Extension Center can provide you with research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, farm management, financial education, home and garden, horticulture and nutrition and health.

Looking to Start a Garden? Classes Just For You!

If you are looking at growing vegetables or fruit, sign up for these sessions taught by Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist.  Pat will offer three sessions: April 15 - Preparing a Spot and Amending the Soil; April 22 - Vegetable Growing; and April 29 - Growing Fruit.  Sessions will be held at First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut Street, Osceola, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The cost is $30 for the three-class series.  Please register by April 11 by calling the University of Missouri St. Clair County Extension office at (417) 646-2419.  Let us know one week prior if you need any special accommodations. 

 

 Horticulture and Agriculture Tips to Prepare for Spring Planting

The University of Missouri Extension offers many news articles, publications and newsletters to help beginning or seasoned farmers and gardening enthusiasts get the maximum yeild from pastures and gardens.  Some of those include:

 

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife.

Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established:

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings
MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree

Popular MU Guides/Extension Publications:

MU Ext. Publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates/Farm Services in MO
MU Ext. Publication G427, 2011 Cash Rental Rates in MO
MU Ext. Publication G810, Fencing Laws of Missouri
MU Ext. Publication G6201. Vegetable Planting Calendar
MU Ext. Publication G6705, Lawn Maintenance Calendar

Don’t guess; soil tests save time, money

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample. Soil testing publications

The Affordable Care Act in Plain English

So much of the information that is crowding the media about The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) can seem overwhelming and confusing.  Financial experts and advisors at University of Missouri have created an article to help separate fact from fiction labeled The Affordable Care Act in Plain English.

 

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