Soil and water
Soil and water quality
Runoff from agricultural fields can have a large impact on water quality of streams and lakes. Learn effective practices for high yields while protecting water quality.Learn more
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News & articles
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension recently released guidelines for managing cover crops to benefit pollinators and wildlife.In the six-page guide, “Establishing and Managing Cover Crops in Missouri for Wildlife and Pollinator ...
- Published: Friday, Aug. 5, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farms constantly adapt to become more productive and successful. As you reflect on farm activities through this summer, consider these news and notes from University of Missouri Extension. They can help you keep your farm safe and ...
- Published: Thursday, May 19, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Quality landscapes begin with quality topsoil.Topsoil is the top 3-10 inches of the soil. Most surface soils have higher organic matter content than subsoil, but not all surface soil is ideal for gardens or lawns, says Manjula ...
- Published: Thursday, May 5, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Once again, wet soils have delayed corn planting throughout Missouri. The USDA’s May 2 Crop Progress and Condition report for the state shows that 27% of intended corn acres is planted – half the five-year average. Southeastern ...
Publication date: July 6, 2022
This form provides options for testing soil samples for a variety of specific nutrient levels and soil attributes.TopicsSoilFertilizerPlantGardensLawnsCropsSeedNutrientsPages1
Publication date: July 15, 2022
Compost is partially decomposed organic matter. It is dark and easily crumbled and has an earthy aroma. It is created by biological processes in which soil-inhabiting organisms break down plant tissue. When decomposition is complete, compost has ...
Publication date: June 21, 2022
We can test your water for irrigation, domestic, poultry or livestock suitability or run specific individual tests. Water analysis can be used to determine suitability for several purposes, such as for homeowners, irrigation or for use by livestock ...
Publication date: June 21, 2022
This form is intended to provide another level of detailed testing for water analysis. The testing packages in this form target specific nutrients to provide a more complete picture of the water quality for a particular ...
Publication date: June 30, 2022
When submitting a sample to the lab the sample information form should be filled out accurately for the lab to properly interpret the plant analysis. Send the original form with the plant sample(s) and retain a copy for your records. See specific ...
Publication date: April 14, 2022
Soil testing is a process or a group of processes used to estimate the ability of a soil to supply plant nutrients or support plant growth. Soil test results enable evaluation of the fertility status of soil represented by a sample. This guide ...
Use this web-based tool to generate a report describing the physical, demographic and environmental characteristics of a selected land parcel and its surroundings.
Use this spreadsheet tool to help you estimate the cost of irrigating forage systems.
Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory
Analyzes soil, plant, water, manure, compost and greenhouse media.
Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension
Resources to help you plan and manage for recreational fishing or commercial aquaculture.