2018 Barton County Extension Council Election


Citizens of voting age, residing in Barton County, pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 262-577, R.S.Mo 69, will have an opportunity to vote and elect members to the University of Missouri Extension Council January 16, 2018 - January 29, 2018. The elected and appointed members of the Extension Council will guide and direct extension work within Barton County. Ballots will be made available at the Barton County Extension Office located at 801 E 12th St, Lamar, Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A ballot box will be available to return completed ballots by Monday, January 29, 2018; 4:30 p.m or ballots can be mailed and postmarked by January 29, 2018, in order to be counted.


Farmer's Tax Guide and Missouri Farm Tax Records

 Farmer's 2017 Tax Guides are available at the Barton County Extension Office as well as the Missouri Farm Tax Record Books. Missouri Farm Tax Record books are available for purchase for $7 a book.



Barton County Soils and Crops Conference


The Barton County Soils and Crops Conference will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Thiebaud Auditorium, 105 E 11th Street in Lamar.  There is a $5 registration fee. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 8, 2018 to 417-682-3579. For a copy of the schedule please click the link below.


Soils and Crops Schedule 2018.pdf


Private Pesticide Applicator Training


There will be an upcoming pesticide applicator training to be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Lamar.  Missouri law requires all purchasers and users of “Restricted-Use” pesticides to attend one training session to be certified for a private applicators license.  This training is also open to producers of agricultural commodities who have not been certified or have let their license expire. There is a $25.00 fee for materials. As of January 2003, the Department of Agriculture requirements changed whereby everyone must receive the same instruction whether they are getting their private applicators license for the first time or they are renewing a license that is expiring.   The license is valid for 5 years from the time of issuance.  If your license doesn't expire until later in the year, you can still renew it now and the duration of the license will extend for five more years from the time you take the class. Please arrive 10- 15 minutes early to complete registration paperwork. For more information about the pesticide applicator training contact the MU Extension office in Barton County at (417) 682-3579.  Register by Monday, February 12.



Five Barton County Farms recognized as 2017 Century Farms

The Lloyd & Sue Banwart, James & Barbara McDaniel, Jason & Angie Morgan, Roger & Ionia Phillips and Petticoat Lane Farms were recognized as the newest Barton County Century Farms at the Lamar Fair.  The Century Farm Program is sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension.

Banwart Century Famr 
         Lloyd & Sue Banwart Century Farm

McDaniel Century Farm  
      James & Barbara McDaniel Century Farm  

Morgan Century Farm
          Jason & Angie Morgan Century Farm

Phillips Century Farm
                 Roger & Ionia Century Farm           

Petticoat Lane Century Farm
                Petticoat Lane Century Farm

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines.  The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years.  The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.  The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Current Weekly Crop Scouting Report

September 20 - Hessian Fly-Free date

PDF     Audio

Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, reports for the Sept. 20 crop scouting update.

Wheat Report
“The Hessian Fly-Free Date is October 10th for Jasper county north to Vernon county, then stretching east across the state. Hessian Fly avoidance is not the only reason to wait to plant wheat. Planting too early can cause plants to grow too lush, making them susceptible to freeze damage and a desirable place for aphids to overwinter,” 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".

"Start Younger, Live Longer"

Visit University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Facebook page for updated nutrition information, healthy snack ideas and fitness suggestions.  

Start Younger Live Longer


Southwest Region News Service

Southwest Missouri News provides articles on timely topics to the media and citizens.  Southwest Missouri News 

Email subscriptions, Articles are sent to your inbox weekly.  To subscribe, use this online form.


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Links to other resources:

Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every five minutes and can be found at http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/realtime/lamar.asp

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