The following publications might be of particular interest to people in Christian County. For a complete list of MU Extension publications, visit the main Publications page.

Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Revised

Get custom service rates for fieldwork, planting, fertilizer, crop harvesting, hauling and heavy equipment activities from a survey of farmers, agribusinesses and contractors.

Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Revised

Learn about trends in cash rental rates for Missouri cropland, pastureland, grain bins, farm buildings and fee hunting based on survey responses from 112 MIssourians.

How to Can Fresh Vegetables

Revised

Learn to safely can fresh vegetables in this research-based guide covering asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, corn, okra, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins and spinach. Recommended pressure canner process times are provided.

Purchasing and Leasing Farm Equipment

Reviewed

Deciding between buying or leasing farm equipment? Learn about purchase plans, rental agreements, lease agreements, tax and financial considerations and more.

Verbal Farm Rental Agreements Under Missouri Law

Revised

Learn about the problems and risks associated with informal verbal farm leases, and see the minimum requirements to include in a basic written lease.

Communicating With Landowners

Revised

Get tips on how a farm tenant or renter can best communicate with farm landowners, and learn the information farm operators should share with landowners.

Designing a Farm Resume for Print and Online

Revised

Introduce yourself and your qualifications as a farm renter. Follow these tips to create a paper resume or LinkedIn profile for sharing with landowners.

Crop Share Rental Agreements for Your Farm

Reviewed

Get a sample crop-share lease form and learn the advangtages and disadvantages of crop-share leases, basic principles, methods and concerns for developing an equitable arrangement and establishing rent, and the importance of putting it in writing.

Farm Liability Insurance

New

Learn how to manage risk and protect your farm with liability insurance. Understand who is covered, what damages are covered and general liability insurance exclusions.

Cover Crops in Missouri: Putting Them to Work on Your Farm

New

Cover crops protect the soil, improve its health and allow farmers to harvest sunlight when commodity crops are not in the field. Get tips on selecting, planting and making money off cover crops in this University of Missouri Extension guide.

Top Money-Saving Practices on Missouri Poultry Farms

New

The poultry industry continues to be an important component of Missouri's economy, with the 2007 census reporting $1,676,632,000 in sales. This figure represents 16.8 percent of Missouri's agricultural sales and ranks third in sales in Missouri only behind grain crops and cattle. Poultry operations are highly efficient environments in which temperature, humidity and lighting are closely monitored to raise high-quality birds.

Top Money-Saving Practices on Missouri Dairy Farms

New

Dairy operations use a substantial amount of energy to move and cool milk. However, substantial energy and monetary savings can be realized by implementing energy-efficient measures recommended in an energy audit.

Energy Efficiency and Farm Water Systems

New

Farm water systems are often neglected when it comes to energy efficiency. Although the savings to be realized may not be as great as perhaps energy-efficient lighting, the return can be fairly short for some energy-saving investments. This guide presents some general guidelines regarding farm water systems.

Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Farm Shops

New

Don Day
Extension Associate
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Amanda Marney
Extension Associate
Department of Biological Engineering

Joseph Kendrick
Extension Associate
Department of Biological Engineering

Weed and Brush Control for Forages, Pastures and Noncropland

New $31.00

Annual broadleaf and grass weeds can become a serious problem in pastures and forages. Learn about forage crop, soil and weed problems in Missouri. See color photos of weeds at different stages and select herbicides with the help of tables in this manual.

From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

New $20

Our Missouri garden journal is also a how-to guide and information resource. It provides a place to organize gardening info, plans and notes. Gift it to the gardeners in your life! If you are a Master Gardener, treat yourself!

Soil Testing for Lawns

Reviewed

Periodic soil testing helps you correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn. Learn when routine soil testing makes sense and what it analysizes in this University of Missouri Extension guide.

Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops

New

Collecting a representative soil sample is an important step in developing a nutrient plan for your farm. Make smarter management decisions and more efficient use of fertilizer nutrients by learning how to plan and take soil samples from your fields in th

Soil Sampling Pastures

New

John Lory and Steve Cromley
Division of Plant Sciences and Commercial Agriculture Program

Collecting a representative soil sample is an important step in developing a nutrient plan for your farm. The goals of your soil sampling plan should be to

An Introduction to Assessing the Environmental Safety of Your Home

New

Home-A-Syst is a confidential self-assessment program you can use to evaluate your home and property for pollution and health risks. In every home — large or small, new or old, city or country — there are potential pollution sources that can affect the health of your family, your community, or the environment.

Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports

Reviewed

John A. Lory
Plant Science Unit and Commercial Agriculture Program

Peter Scharf and Manjula V. Nathan
Plant Science Unit

Selecting and Working With a Farm Building Contractor

Reviewed

Neil F. Meador
Department of Agricultural Engineering

Two major tasks are involved in the successful completion of a new farm building — choosing the right building and selecting a good contractor to build it.

Most buildings constructed today are "pre-engineered," or package-type, buildings.

Buying a Packaged Farm Building

Reviewed

Richard E. Phillips
Department of Agricultural Engineering

Christian County Courthouse

New

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