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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.

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

 MU Extension Hay Workshop in El Dorado Springs on March 28th; preregistration by March 25th

Stockton, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will be putting on a Hay Workshop on March 28th at the Land O Lakes Youth Fairgrounds (East 380 Rd., El Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744) in El Dorado Springs, Mo.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 a. m.

Topics covered and speakers will be:

  • Economics and Budgeting – Wesley Tucker, Polk County MU Extension Regional Ag Business Specialist
  • Livestock and Hay Nutrition – Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist
  • Fertility Management – Pat Miller, Vernon County MU Extension Regional Agronomy Specialist
  • Testing and Quality Issues – Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist
  • Hay and Baleage Harvest Systems – Bob Schultheis, Webster County MU Extension Regional Natural Resource Engineer
  • Storage and Feeding Management – Bob Schultheis, Webster County MU Extension Regional Natural Resource Engineer

Food and refreshments will be provided.  Cost of the event is $20.00 and payment along with registration needs to be done by March 25th to the Cedar County MU Extension Center.  There needs to be a minimum of 20 people to hold the workshop.  For questions contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center (113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785) at 417 – 276 – 3313 or by email at cedarco@missouri.edu.   

Take Control of Your Finances - FREE Workshop in Osceola April 20

Osceola, MO. – University of Missouri Extension, Family Financial Education Specialist Doug Scotten will be offering a free workshop, “Take Control of Your Finances.”  The workshop will be held Monday April 20, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The workshop will be at the First Baptist Church  in Osceola, located at 505 Walnut Street.  You must be enrolled with jobs.mo.gov prior to enrolling in the class.

Take Control of Your Finances is a free workshop to help you keep control of family finances while laid off, unemployed, or underemployed.  Managing and budgeting your bills and your money until a new job opportunity appears is less stressful when you have a plan.

The workshop is led by University of Missouri Extension Family Financial Educators and topics include:

  • How to track your spending and how to develop a budget.

  • How to cut expenses.

  • How to prioritize debts and how to maintain good relations with creditors.

  • Understanding health insurance coverage options.

  • How to avoid debt and credit scams that target unemployed victims.

  • How to identify resources in your community that can help you save money.

Learning more about these topics will help relieve financial strain on you and your family while you are unemployed or underemployed.

To register for the workshop, contact the University of Missouri  Extension Center of St. Clair County at (417) 646-2419.  For more information or If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to give me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately by calling  Doug Scotten, University of Missouri Extension Family Financial Educator, at (417) 448-2560 or email at scottend@missouri.edu.

For more information on issues related to home finances, contact Doug Scotten at University of Missouri Extension, Vernon County, located at 100 West Cherry, Suite 2, Nevada, MO 64772.  Telephone (417) 448-2560 or email at scottend@missouri.edu.

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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