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Test pressure canner gauges and prepare for home canning

Summer is here, which means it is time to get canning supplies and equipment checked and ready to use. It's also a good time to brush up on safe canning techniques. We do free testing of dial-type pressure gauges during normal business hours. We recommend new or replacement gauges also be tested for accuracy. They should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.

Learn more about how to Test canner gauges and prepare for home canning, watch our YouTube video, and stay current on food preservation procedures with our Nutrition and health page.

Course Catalog 2014

See our catalog of MU Extension courses (PDF) that can be arranged to be conducted in Webster County. 

Soil testing time

Whenever the soil is not frozen is a good time to test your soil and find out what it needs for the upcoming growing season. Cost is $20 per sample. A soil auger or probe for taking samples is available for loan with a $100 returnable deposit. The soil sample should consist of 15-20 cores to a 6-inch depth from a maximum of 20 acres. We recommend bringing at least one pint of dry soil to our office, along with your field, lawn or garden information for helping complete the necessary paperwork.

Do you need an answer?

The faculty and staff of the Webster County Extension Center are available to assist you with unbiased, research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-859-2044 or email websterco@missouri.edu.