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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!

Beef Cattle Outlook Meeting To Be Held In Osceola

Cattle prices are maintaining their high prices, and according to the USDA NASS Crop Reports 73% of Missouri pastures rate from good to excellent.  Everything is looking up and there are no worries right?

Just because the cattle business is in a period of higher prices doesn’t mean you can let management basics slide.  Production risks are still all to real, and when you decide to sell, cattle prices could take a downward spiral.

At this Industry Outlook & Risk Management meeting for Beef Producers, timely topics will be discussed.  Is this the right time to expand the herd? And how can we be prepared to mitigate the many challenges and risk involved in beef production? Nathanial Cahill, Agricultural Business Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, will discuss the outlook of beef production and mitigating risk with livestock and forage insurance.

This meeting will take place at the First Baptist Church in Osceola, MO (505 Walnut St.) on July 27th.  There is a fee of $10 per person when pre-registered and $15 at the door.  This fee will cover all materials and refreshment costs.  Pre-registration is suggested to be completed by July 24th with the St. Clair County MU Extension Center at 417-646-2419.  For more information or special accommodations, contact Nathanial Cahill, Agricultural Business Specialist in Johnson County at 660-747-3193 or by email at cahilln@missouri.edu.

4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland

Please accept our invitation to join us for the 2nd annual 4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway – Saturday, August 29, 2015.

4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for the second annual 4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway, Saturday, August 29, in Wheatland, MO. Races for the evening include Late Models, Factory Stocks, A-Mods and B-Mods. You won’t want to miss this FUN filled evening. Gates open at 5:00pm and hot laps start at 7:00pm. A tailgate beach party will begin at 10:00am with swimming, fishing and grilled hotdogs and s’mores, the races will follow the full day of fun! Those who order a ticket on this form may purchase a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H emblem and the Lucas Oil logo as a race day keepsake. Tickets and t-shirts will be distributed at the gate the day of the races.  Free camping on-site, water/electric hook-ups $25.00.

You could be the lucky person to win a special prize package including a behind the scenes tour, a family 4-pack or other great prizes! Those who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to win great prizes. Each 4-H member or child who attends the races wearing their 4-H Day at the races t-shirt will be entered in a drawing to win other random prizes including Lucas apparel.  Each person who completes section B of the order form will receive one chance to be selected for every $1 they donate to the 4-H Day at Lucas Oil Speedway Raffle Fund. You must order tickets to participate in the raffle. See the attached order form for details and a list of prizes.

Hope you will join us! 

Click for Ticket Order Form and more information.

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

2014-2015 4-H Enrollment 

We are excited to announce Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development is transitioning enrollment to Missouri 4HOnline beginning today!  Please log on at http://mo.4honline.com.  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.

In order to assist families with this transition, Justen McCarter, Youth Program Assistant, is in the University of Missouri Extension St. Clair  County office at the following times for families to receive assistance setting up their accounts and ask any questions.

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We look forward to a great year and appreciate your support and patience as we work together to Make the Best Better for St. Clair County 4-H!



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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