2018 Washington County Extension Council - Front Row, left to right: Mary Ann Turner, Cassie Nickelson, John Held. Back Row, left to right: Jim Reed, Debbie Bays, Ben Boyer, Mark Stamelos, Carl Wilson. Not pictured: Jim Cresswell, Marvin & Judy Wright, T.R. Dudley, Jim Daughtery, Leisa Lewis.



2018 Washington County Extension Council Officers – Left to Right: Jim Reed, Debbie Bays, Ben Boyer. Not Pictured: Jim Cresswell


Women Managing Cattle

What is Women Managing Cattle? In Missouri, farm women raise more beef cattle than any other livestock or poultry. Profitability of these operations can have a significant impact on family finances. This course can offer something to everyone. Whether it is learning more about the beef industry, developing a better marketing strategy for your stock or how to increase the profitability of your operation. There will be various resources provided to assist in making important management decisions.

Classes: Mondays 6-9 pm October 29, November 5 and November 12

Venue: Progress Sports Complex, Ste Genevieve Center, Ste. Genevieve MO

Inquiries: Rachel Hopkins, Ag Business/CES  438-2671  hopkinsrm@umsystems.edu

Register: Ste Genevieve Extension (573)883-3548

Fee: $35 per person

Register & Pay by: October 22 

Pearls of Production

Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture is a program designed to provide a leadership and hand-on training opportunity for womeninvolved in livestock production in Missouri. the program is designed to reach women who are playing larger roles and making key decisions in the livestock production on the farm. This year's session is November 2-3, 2018, Columbia, MO.

Conference Fees (includes meals and refreshments):

  • $130 Early Registration (Includes T-shirt. Must be postmarked by October 12, 2018) 
  • $160 Regular Registration (Beginning October 13)
  • $80 Student
  • $50 Discount for additional registrant (must enroll together)

Additional information regarding registration and program available at : http://www.cvent.com/d/1tq7wd

Farm Tax Program (PDF)

FREE Farm Tax Program

Topics included: Drought, Sec 199A, Qualified Business Deduction, Depreciation Changes, Loss limitations, and more

When: November 19, 2018 from 6:15-8:45 p.m.

Where: Washington County Library

Questions and Register with Washington County Extension, (573) 438-2671 or hopkinsrm@umsystems.edu

Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale - December 7, 2018

The East Central Show-Me-Select heifer sale will be held Friday December 7 beginning at 7 p.m at the Farmington Livestock Auction. 130 heifers are expected to sell and catalogs will be available in November. If you are interested in enrolling heifers in the Show-Me-Select program you can do so by September 1 for heifers selling in spring sales or February 1 for heifers selling in fall sales.

Cattle A.I School

When: January 18-19, 2019 8am-5pm

Where: Farmington Auction Barn, 1600 Woodlawn Dr., Farmington, MO

Limited Class size!

Cost: $250/person with $100 non-refundable deposit due January 2, 2019* (Enrollment taken in order of deposit received)

Provided bu Mu Extension Kendra Graham, 573-756-4539 and Erin Larimore, 573-243-3581

*Mail $100 non-refundable deposit made to: SFC Extension at: 1 W. Liberty, Suite 101, Farmington, Mo 63640

Soil Sample Fee Increase

Do to rising testing/shipping fees soil samples will now be $17.50 per sample.

Hitchhiking spotted lanternfly could become problem in Missouri

Source: Kevin Rice, 573-771-7386; Dean Volenberg, 573-882-0476

COLUMBIA, Mo. – An exotic pest that hitchhikes on train cars, trucks and boats could suck the life out Missouri crops.

Spotted lanternfly has the potential to establish populations in Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice. It damages soybean, corn and hops, as well as fruit and ornamental trees. According to MU Extension viticulturist Dean Volenberg, it could have damaging effects on Missouri’s 1,700 acres of grapes, its primary host.

Adult lanternflies are active in June and July. Entomologists reported seeing the spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania in 2014. It has appeared since then in Virginia, Delaware and New York.

The plant hopper likes to lay its eggs on smooth, metal surfaces such as those found on train cars, boats and tractor-trailers. Its honeydew secretions attract other pests. It leaves weeping wounds as it feeds.

The adult lanternfly’s forewing is gray with black spots. The wingtips are black blocks outlined in gray. It has distinctive bright orange-red and white underwings, but it appears less vibrant and may be difficult to see when its wings are not spread, Volenberg says.

It likes fall feeding on Ailanthus altissima, also known as tree of heaven, a medium-sized invasive tree with stout branches that spread to form an open, wide crown. Its flowers are showy and fragrant and it tolerates drought. The tree also enables the ailanthus webworm moth.

What to do if you spot lanternflies

• Do not kill it. The insect contains cantharidin, the same toxic chemical found in the blister beetle.

• Capture it if you can. Lanternflies are jumpers.

• Take a photograph of it. Email to ricekev@missouri.edu.

• Collect a specimen and put it in a vial filled with alcohol to preserve it.

• Take it to your county extension center and note where you found it. GPS coordinates are helpful. The extension center will send it to Rice, who will track its spread in Missouri.

• Use caution when handling tree of heaven; its sap can cause headaches, nausea and possible heart problems, according to Penn State Extension.

Sign up for free pest alerts from MU Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program at ipm.missouri.edu/pestMonitoring.

USDA Hog Trappers

Washington and Iron Counties - Eli Holmes (573)778-6864

Private Pesticide Training

This will be an opportunity for you to recertify or become certified for a Private Applicator License. If you engage in application of restricted-use pesticides for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property you or your employer owns, or rent without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities you are considered a private applicator. You can take the training in our office by watching a 2.5 hour private pesticide applicator training video. To schedule a time to take the training in our office please call 573-438-2671

Missouri Land Grant Q&A PDF

2017 Farmer's Tax Guides -- Now Available at University of Missouri Extension Offices

With the new year upon us, 'tis the season for taxes. To help farmer's navigate tax preparation, the IRS publishes a "Farmer;s Tax Guide". The publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming and serves as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your 2016 farm tax return. Also included in the publication are administrative and law changes for 2016. To obtain a copy of "Farmer's Tax Guide -- Publication 225". visit your local University of Missouri Extension Office.

Upcoming Events in Washington County


  • June 21 -- Council Meeting, Washington County Library


  • July 12-14 -- Ste. Genevieve County Fair
  • July 19 -- Council Meeting, Washington County Fair
  • July 31-August 5 -- St. Francois County Fair


  • August 7-11 -- Washington County Fair
  • August 9-19 -- Missouri State Fair