COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri farmers have a new tool to alert them to insects, crop diseases and other important information from University of Missouri Extension specialists.

MU Extension specialists launched the Mizzou Crop & Pest Text Alert system in response to their clients’ desire for an easy way to get important, timely information in the field.

“The text service allows us to quickly and directly communicate information to those involved in row crop production,” said MU Integrated Pest Management coordinator and state extension plant pathologist Mandy Bish. “As an example, we have a team of extension specialists who scout corn and soybean for disease weekly. The text alert system provides us the ability to send out a message as soon as we confirm disease threats such as tar spot of corn.”

When farmers sign up, they’ll receive pertinent texts, including

  • Insect and disease alerts.
  • Emergency pesticide label changes.
  • Reminders for the pest management field day and other events.
  • Links to Mizzou Crop & Pest newsletters.
  • New resources as they become available.

Sign up for text alerts at, or scan this QR code on your mobile device:

If you have questions about the Mizzou Crop & Pest Text Alert, email

You can sign up for email alerts from the MU Pest Monitoring Network at

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