Montgomery County Women's

Ag Awareness Banquet

Tuesday, November 8th

RSVP by November 1st, Pay $10 in advance 

All are welcome to attend!!!

Bring a friend-guys are welcome too!!!

Keynote Speaker:

Brenda Black - "Were You Born in A Barn?'


Brenda Vanbooven - Vegetable Gardening in High Tunnels/Daffodils


Karen Funkenbusch - AgrAbility Gardens for Everybody

Banquet Schedule

  • 3:00-5:30pm    Open Registraition/Visit Vendors
  • 3:30-4:15pm    High Tunnel Workshop with Brenda VanBooven
  • 5:00-5:45pm    AgrAbility Workshop with Karen Funkenbusch
  • 6:00pm           FFA Choir Student Emily Blaue sings the National Anthem
  • 6:15pm           Program Update, Invocation & Dinner served by

                                Montgomery High School FACS

  • 7:15pm           Keynote Speaker, Brenda Black

Do some shopping with the vendors and bid at the silent auction. Come have some fun and support future Women's Ag Awareness Meetings!!!

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

October Gardening Calendar


  • Weeks 1-4: Continue watering, especially evergreens if soils are dry.
  • Weeks 1-4: Nuts or seeds of woody plants usually require exposure to 3 months cold before sprouting. This may be provided by outdoor planting in fall or "stratifying" in an unsealed bag of damp peat moss placed in the refrigerator.
  • Weeks 1-4: Container grown and B & B trees and shrubs can be planted. Loosen the soil in an area 2 times the diameter of the root ball before planting. Mulch well after watering.
  • Weeks 1-4: Plant spring bulbs among hostas, ferns, daylilies or ground covers. As these plants grow in the spring they will hide the dying bulb foliage.
  • Weeks 1-2: For best bloom later this winter, Christmas cactus, potted azaleas and kalanchoe may be left outdoors until night temperatures drop to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Weeks 2-4: Spring bulbs for forcing can be potted up now and stored in a cool, frost-free place until it is time to bring indoors, usually 12 to 15 weeks.
  • Weeks 2-3: Cannas and dahlias can be dug when frost nips their foliage. Allow the plants to dry under cover in an airy, frost-free place before storage.
  • Weeks 3-4: Transplant deciduous trees once they have dropped their leaves.
  • Week 4: Plant tulips now.
  • Week 4: Trees may be fertilized now. This is best done following soil test guidelines.


  • Weeks 1-2: Seeding should be finished by October 15.
  • Weeks 2-3: Broadleaf herbicides can be applied now to control cool-season weeds such as chickweed and dandelion.
  • Weeks 3-4: Continue mowing lawns until growth stops.
  • Weeks 3-4: Keep leaves raked off lawns to prevent smothering grass.
  • Weeks 3-4: Now is a good time to apply lime if soil tests indicate the need.
  • Week 4: Winterize lawn mowers before storage.


  • Weeks 1-4: Sow cover crops such as winter rye after crops are harvested.
  • Weeks 1-4: Gourds should be harvested when their shells become hard or when their color changes from green to brown.
  • Weeks 1-4: A few degrees of frost protection may be gained by covering tender plants with sheets or light-weight fabric row covers.
  • Weeks 1-4: Continue harvesting tender crops before frost.
  • Weeks 1-4: The average first frost usually arrives about October 15-20.
  • Weeks 1-2: Harvest winter squash and pumpkins before frost. For best storage quality, leave an inch or two of stem on each fruit.
  • Weeks 1-2: Dig sweet potatoes before a bad freeze.


  • Weeks 1-4: Store apples in a cool basement in old plastic sacks that have been perforated for good air circulation.
  • Weeks 2-3: Persimmons start to ripen, especially after frost.
  • Weeks 3-4: Monitor fruit plantings for mouse activity and take steps for their control if present.
  • Week 4: Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees for protection against mice and rabbits.
  • Week 1: Fall color season begins.
  • Week 3: Begin peak fall color in maples, hickories and oaks.
  • Week 4: End of peak fall color.

4-H Volunteers!!!!

Background checks are done annually on every 4-H youth development volunteer applicant who works with youth in an ongoing manner. This year background checks will begin on Tuesday, September 6th. Applicants can get started by getting a copy of the most current, approvedAnnual Background Check Consent Form (LG639). The form should be turned in to the Warren County Extension office. Please refer to the Example LG639 Consent Form for your reference. Please get your forms filled out and turned in as soon as you can please. Thank You!!!

Missouri Farm Family Recognized

Darrell and Joyce Dothage and family of Warrenton were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair. The Dothage Family was selected as the Warren County Missouri Farm Family by the Warren County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Darrell,Joyce, Danny Dothage (grandson) and Donna Sherman (daughter). Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

It's a great time to join 4-H!

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact our office at 636-456-3444 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kid groups for 5 to 7 year olds will be forming soon.

4-H newsletters

You can click here to access the 4-H newsletters for Warren County.

Services Available

At Warren County Extension Office

  • Meeting room rental
  • Canner gauge tests
  • Soil testing
  • Plant and insect identification
  • Private pesticide applicator training
  • Publications
  • Distance education test proctoring?

For more information please click here.

Train online to be a Missouri Master Gardener

For more information regarding registration and Master Gardener events please Click Here.

Office Closings 

The MU Extension Office in Warren County is closed on the following dates for 2016

  • Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 &25 -- Thanksgiving
  • Monday, Dec. 26 -- Christmas


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