Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Stoddard County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension in Stoddard County is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Stoddard County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the Stoddard County Extension Council provide guidance in identifying those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for yourself or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.


Soil Testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status.  Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations.  Each sample should contain about 1 1/2 cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep.  Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Cost for regular analysis is $15 per sample.

For more information, please contact our Agronomy Specialist, Travis Jones, at 573-568-3344.


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 office for $12.

For more information, contact Travis Jones, Stoddard County Agronomy Specialist, at 573-568-3344, for training dates and times.


Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Report

The Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Newsletter is a weekly report covering insect trap catch reports and current issues in select rice, corn, soybean, and wheat fields in the region.  Contact Stoddard County Agronomist Travis Jones at 573-568-3344, to subscribe.

Bootheel Crop Outlook Program Newsletter July 12, 2019 (PDF)


4-H Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter has the latest Stoddard County 4-H information on clubs, programs, deadlines, and coming events to help keep you updated and informed about Stoddard County 4-H!

To have your Stoddard County club's latest news published in our monthly newsletter, contact Kelly Midkiff, 4-H Youth Program Associate, or Kristi Baker, 4-H Youth Development Specialist at the Stoddard County Extension Office at 573-568-3344.

4-H June 2019 Newsletter (PDF)


A Matter of Balance Classes

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.  A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

LOCATION:  The Lunch Box, 23 West Stoddard, Dexter, MO  63841

DATE:  July 8 thru August 2, 2019

TIME:  1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Classes will be held twice a week (on Monday and Friday) for 4 weeks for 2 hours each.

For more information, contact Maude Harris, Scott County Extension, at 573-545-3516, or Mary Engram, Mississippi County Extension, at 573-683-6129.

Matter of Balance Flyer 2019 (PDF)