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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.


Krista Chambers Joins the MU St. Clair County Extension Team!


On June 4th, 2015, Krista Chambers joined the MU St. Clair County Extension team as our Youth Program Assistant.  Krista moved to rural St. Clair County some time ago from New Mexico and is happy to now call St. Clair County her home.  Krista is a 4-H Alumni and wants to be able to encourage 4-H members to make and meet goals, and hopes to get to know all of the 4-H families in our county.  There are currently 82 members and 58 families enrolled in the 4-H program.  Krista got to take part in Achievement Day on June 20th and is looking forward to attending the Sac-Osage Youth Fair and Horse Show on June 27th and 28th.  The St. Clair County Extension Council, faculty and staff, welcome Krista.  If you have any questions about 4-H in our county, give Krista a call at (417) 646-2419!

Spring Has Sprung!

With the arrival of Spring, the gardening bug has many scratching away to get started on their vegetable and flower gardens. Easy access to some of our most popular gardening publications is provided below. If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact our office at (417) 646-2419 and together we will find a solution!

   April Gardening Calendar
   March Gardening Calendar
   Vegetable Planting Calendar
   Improving Lawn and Garden Soils
   Steps in Fertilizing Garden Soil: Vegetable and Flower
   Making and Using Compost
   Organic Gardening Techniques
   Starting Plants Indoors from Seeds
   Spring Flowering Bulbs: Daffodils
   Spring Flowering Bulbs: Gladiolus
   Flowering Annuals
   Flowering Perennials
   Raised-Bed Gardening
   Common Diseases in the Home Garden

 Horticulture and Agriculture Tips

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

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