State Fair visitors get free MU soil-health test

Visitors to the Missouri State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 12, can get a free active carbon test of their soil. It gives insight into overall soil health.

The soil testing is a joint program from the University of Missouri, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Soil and Water Program at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. They promote cover crops to protect soil and prevent runoff from crop fields.

Visitors can bring up to three samples.  The carbon health test takes about 20 minutes at the fair.

For testing, fairgoers should bring about one-third cup of air-dried soil in a zip-lock bag. Tests will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Instructions on collecting a sample here:


Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

August 9 - Scouting for Podworms in soybeans

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Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted fields near Arcola for the August 9 crop scouting update.

Soybean Report
Soybeans ranged from the fourth trifoliate to beginning pod stage.

No podworms were seen. “Scout for podworms once soybeans begin to bloom,” said Scheidt. Threshold for podworm in soybeans are 1 per foot of row or when 5% or more of pods are damaged. “Late planted and double crop soybeans are at greatest risk for podworm damage,” said Scheidt.

Podworm, Soybean Looper and Green Clover worm

Scheidt observed a few green cloverworms. “They are primarily foliage feeders and unlikely to do significant damage. Threshold for any foliage feeding insect is 30% defoliation before bloom and 20% defoliation during or after bloom,” said Scheidt.

Read entire report.

More Information
The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension.  To receive the 2016 weekly scouting reports, print the 2016 Crop Scouting Enrollment Form, complete and return with payment to Barton County Extension, 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO 64759 or contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, 417-682-3579.

The cost of the program is only $35 per phone number, $95 for three numbers and $30 per phone number for those with four or more.

Crop Scouting Enrollment Form (PDF)

Previous 2017 weekly crop reports


Free "Seasonal and Simple" app available

This app allows you to view a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, produce information, recipes and an easy-to-read colorful chart that shows when produce is in season. A comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets will lead you to locally grown produce anywhere in the state.

To download, simply go to the App Store or Android Market and search "seasonal and simple".

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Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every five minutes and can be found at

Popular extension publications

MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
MU Extension publication G302, 2012 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar