Sullivan County Rural Showcase

University of Missouri Extension in Sullivan County will be hosting a “Rural Showcase” on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Green City, MO. The showcase will highlight local small businesses with a Small Business Spotlight in the Green City City Park starting at 5:00pm.  At 6:00 pm we will tour the Littrell Family Farm. The Littrell Family have a Farm-to-Fork operation raising Mule Foot Hogs. The Mulefoot breed is critically rare. As of 2006 there were fewer than 200 purebred hogs documented. Most of these originated in the Holliday herd of Missouri, which is believed to be the last purebred herd in existence. The Littrell’s have one of the largest herds of Mule Foots in the United States and they are one of very few producers who raise these animals and market the meat. Mark Stewart, Director of Off-Campus Operations for University Of Missouri Extension, and Shelley Bush-Rowe, Regional Director for Extension in the Northeast Region, will be in attendance. Mr. Stewart served as a Livestock Specialist for 28 years and as a Regional Director for MU Extension for an additional 8 years. He will speak on the changes coming to Extension in the next few months and how these changes will enhance services to rural northeast Missourians. The evening will conclude with a free meal provided by the Sullivan County Extension Council, the Sullivan County Cattlemen and Smithfield Foods.  For additional information, please contact the Sullivan County Extension office at 660-265-4541.  Please make plans to attend this free event!  To view the flyer, click "here".

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