Raffle For Sullivan County Extension Being Held

The Sullivan County Extension Council is having a raffle through December 12th.  First prize is a Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler, second prize is a $250 Credit At Richardson's Supermarket in Milan MO and third prize is a $100 Credit To Your Utility Bill!  Tickets are only $5 each!  Contact the extension office at 660.265.4541 or an extension council member for tickets.  For additional information, click "here"!

De"Calf"inated:  A Calving Clinic

On Saturday, December 17th, a calving clinic will be held at the Forage Systems Research Center near Linneus.  Topics are:  Fall And Spring Calving Season Economics; Signs Of Dystocia And When To Intervene; Nutrition And Winter Feeding During Calving; Sire & Heifer Selection and More!.  The day will start at 10:30 and early registration (By December 12th) is $20.  At the event is $25.  For more information click "here" or call our office at 660.265.4541.

Pesticide Applicator Training

 .  Do you need your pesticide applicator license?  More and more pesticides are becoming restricted each year and if you need your license (new or renewal) and have questions, please contact Valerie Tate, Agronomist, at tatev@missouri.edu or 660.895.5123  Or contact the Sullivan County Extension Center at 660-265-4541.   It takes approximately 2 hours to watch the CD...classes are held yearly, usually in late January and February. You will need to purchase the book for $12 and your license is good for 5 years.  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