Canner gauge tests
Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)
Be safe; please test your pressure canner gauge. Testing equipment is available for Presto, National, Maid of Honor and Magic Seal products. We are unable to test All American. Call in advance to schedule a time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please contact the extension center if you have further questions or need information on food preservation.
Distance education test proctoring
MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Missouri Online courses.
Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.
Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available as a convenience to our clients. Probes/samplers are recommended to get a proper sample.
Meeting room rental
Hold a meeting or host a birthday party at the MU Extension office for a very reasonable fee. Call 636-528-4613 or stop by the Lincoln County extension office at 880 W. College St. in Troy for rental details and regulations.
Private pesticide applicator training
MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training.
See the private pesticide applicator training page or contact the field specialist in your county for details on training being offered via Zoom teleconference or in person.
Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult the Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory website for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.