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.)

Distance education test proctoring

MU Extension proctors tests for students enrolled in Missouri Online courses.

Plant disease diagnosis

Plant disease, insect and weed diagnosis is available for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs.

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.

Soil testing

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.

Soil samples can be brought to our office at 260 Brown Rd St. Peters, MO 63376. Soil samples can be dropped off at our Soil Drop Off Station (look for the green cabinet). Please put your sample in a sealed bag with your name and phone number attached. The sample should be dry and the quantity needed is about 2 cups. After you drop off your sample please call us at 636-970-3000 to collect additional information needed about your sample and to collect payment. The cost is $30 per sample for standard testing. This fee includes

  • preparing your sample for soil lab testing,
  • processing and shipping cost,
  • detailed soil health results,
  • recommendations and guidance for your soil, and
  • 1-on-1 help from our horticulture specialist.

Another option is to send your sample directly to the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory according to the instructions on their website.

Room Rental

There are two rooms available for rent at our facility. Both are non-smoking and no alcohol is allowed on the premises for your event.

Complete an application/contract and submit for approval during our business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. When your application is approved, a deposit will be required to reserve a room. You can pick up a key to the room during business hours the day prior to your event and return the key the day following your event. If the room is left clean and in appropriate order, your deposit will be returned when you return the key.

More details are included in the application/contract. Please read carefully.

Room rental application/contract (PDF)
Room rental checklist (PDF)
Room rental flyer (PDF)

Large meeting room with kitchen

Deposit: $200 | Rental fee: $200

Capacity: 150
17 - 8' tables, 100 chairs
Projection screen, WiFi, whiteboard
Refrigerator, stove, oven

Large meeting room with long tables and many chairs

Kitchen in the large meeting room

Small meeting room

Deposit: $100 | Rental fee: $65

Capacity: 40 (24 with tables setup)
20 - 6' tables, 38 chairs
Projection screen, WiFi, whiteboard, podium

Small meeting room available for rent