Take the opportunity to vote - MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council elections January 21-27, 2019

Residents of Camden County (18 years and older) are urged to vote in the MU Extension in Camden County Extension Council elections that are taking place on January 21 through 27, 2019.  Extension Council Chair, Larry Bennett, said eight county residents will be elected to fill this year's vacancies in Districts I, II and III.  The nominees are as follows:

District I:  (Horshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, Sunrise Beach, Wilsons Bend, Decaturville, Ha Ha Tonka and Sunny Slope) - 6 positions open - all for two year terms:

  • Kayla Farrell
  • Kevin McRoberts
  • Amy Mills
  • Sandy Nelson
  • Matt Renkoski
  • Linda Webster

District II:  (Barnumton, Climax Springs, Greenview, Branch, Macks Creek and Roach) - 1 position open - two year term:

  • Caleb Cunningham

District III:  (Freedom, Toronto, Hill House, Montreal and Stoutland) - 1 position open - two year term:

  • Donna Owen
  • Chris Twitchel

Votes can be cast online at www.extension.missouri.edu/camden/ - click on "Council Elections".  Background information on each of the candidates is posted online also.  County residents who don't have access to a computer at home can vote at any of the Camden County branch libraries or at the Camden County Extension Office in Camdenton. 

MU Extension offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, food and nutrition, human development, business and industry, community economic development and youth development, along with various continuing education courses, workshops, printed and online information

County residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to vote for the local MU Extension Council members in the district in which you reside, and in doing so take an active role in enhancing the continuing education opportunities provided in Camden County.

For additional information, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office, 573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu. 

Building it from the ground up being offered

This program addresses the needs of landowners looking to improve their property as well as their outputs and profitability over the long run of the agricultural operation.  This program will help those individuals trying to make sound economic decisions about their operations.

Targeting part-time operations or hobby farms, both new and old land owners/operators looking to run up to 50-75 breeding cows, 100 stockers, 50-75 breeding goats and/or sheep, or a small registered livestock operation, on farms ranging from 20-160+ acres.  It is not only about making a living on the farm, but about living on the farm, raising children on the farm and having the rural way of life.  The farm just needs to pay for itself and if it makes a little money along the way....Great!

Individuals wanting to attend any of the programs may do so for $15 per session.  Classes will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information or to register for the program, contact the MU Extension in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu.

Sessions include:

  • Stockers and Backgrounders.  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, health concerns and issues, vaccinations, worming, etc.  Class will be held on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Equipment Needed on the Farm.  Holding pens, working facilities, hay feeding, hay storage facilities, fencing, waterers, shade, etc.  Class will be held on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 at the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dates to be announced:

  • Sheep and Goat Production.  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, vaccinations, worming, facilities, lambing, kidding, marketing, etc.
  • Economics of the Livestock Business.  Market trends, highs and lows, best time to sell at what weight, economics of hay production, etc.

Drought Survival meeting for cattleman 

In the 2018 drought, forages for cow herds are short.  Without rain, pastures did not grow and stored hay for winter feeding fell short.  However, feed options are at hand that were not available before.

This drought has more feed grains available at possibly lower prices, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri beef economist.  Missourians hard hit by forage shortages have byproduct feeds available.  The leftovers from making ethanol or biodiesel provide feed to fill the forage gap.

"This drought is unlike the 2012 drought," Brown says.  "This one varies across the state.  Even across small areas, some beef farmers are hit harder than others."

MU Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey says herd owners should supplement the forage.  Hay is not only in short supply, much of it is poor quality.  "Poor hay needs energy supplement,"   Bailey says.  "Corn and soy hulls have been the cheapest commodity feeds in Missouri this summer," he adds.

"Don't get complicated in making daily rations," Bailey tells farmers.  "Focus on getting energy calories into cows.  Five pounds of corn plus five pounds of soy hulls supplements even straw and baled cornstalks."  High-price hay makes lower-cost byproducts appealing, the MU specialists tell farmers.  Producers must shift their way of thinking about wintering their herds, Brown says.  This takes changing feeding routines.  It may require adding on-farm feed storage.

Help in finding lower-cost feeds is available on the MU Extension Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board (AgEBB.missouri.edu).  The MU feed source service is updated weekly on AgEBB.  To find the nearest, least expensive or most available feed, a farmer need not make many phone calls shopping for feed.   Calling is done every week by AgEBB specialists.  

Bailey has been kept busy teaching producers how to extend available pastures and types of forage.  For some it means weaning calves early and culling unproductive cows.  Some producers have made silage or balage from varied crops.

Now, bulk supplied feeds may be available at biofuel plants or other places. The AgEBB alternative feed page goes beyond state lines for sources in neighboring states.  Iowa and Illinois crop farmers had more favorable growing seasons than Missourians. 

In the 2012 drought, the impact was across the Corn Belt.  With grain shortages, crop prices shot up.  This time, Missouri has greater yield loss than other states in the region.

"Drastic price increases are not as likely this year,"  Brown says.  "Shopping for byproduct feeds may offer less expensive rations for maintaining cow herds."

Nutrition was added to talks on heifer breeding and genetics.  Brown's price outlooks gain value as profit margins shrink from feed prices.  Farmers can find help on cattle rations from regional livestock specialists through local MU Extension centers.

The program is free and will focus on several topics including evaluating hay quality without a test, pasture utilization rates through the Fall/Winter grazing season, heard culling tips, early weaning practices, options to reduce hay needs, alternative feeds, reading and applying hay test results, etc.)

A Cattleman's Drought Survival meeting will be held on Monday, Jan 15, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at the Camdenton area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton.   Regional MU Extension Specialist, Terry Halleran, Hickory County Agronomy Field Specialist, Hermitage and Andy McCorkill, Livestock Field Specialist, Buffalo will be on hand for discussions.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Jan 10. 2019 so that we may have a count of all attendees.  For more information, or to pre-register, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu

Pesticide applicator training scheduled

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.  For producers whose license has expired or is expiring in 2019 or for those needing a license for the first time, a Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) session has been scheduled in Camdenton.

Terry Halleran, Extension Agronomy Specialist, will be conducting an evening class at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton on Monday, January 28, 2019 starting at 6 p.m.  The class will last approximately two hours.  Due to the new regulations, this training will not qualify you for the use of Dicamba.  You must attend one of the statewide training sessions specific to Dicamba.

There is a requirement that producers must have the M87 "Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual" in their possession for the class.  Producers who have a copy of the manual can bring it to the class and they will not need to purchase a new one.  Others will need to purchase the $12 manual at the class prior to the class at the extension office.

The MU Extension in Camden County Office is located at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton.  Call 573-346-2644 or email camdenco@missouri.edu to register for the class or if you have questions about this training class.  

New MU app helps identify herbicide injury

MU Extension introduced a new mobile app to identify herbicide injury at its annual Pest Management Field Day on July 10, 2018.  MU Extension weed specialist Mandy Bish says Herbicide Injury ID lets users send photos of injured plants to MU Extension for preliminary diagnosis and feedback.  Users can also scroll through a library of more than 200 photos to look for similar types of damage.  When the app launches, users can choose from four options:  diagnose injury, search by herbicide, view sites of action or send photos and detailed description to MU for diagnosis.  

Bish says the app is not limited to corn and soybeans.  I includes photos of some ornamentals, cucurbits, tomatoes and trees.  It will continue to be expanded.

Download the Herbicide Injury ID app from the Apple App Store or Google Play on any mobile device.  

2017 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.  https://www.flipsnack.com/meinkekroll/2016-mu-extension-camden-county-annual-report.html?0=meibarenkekroll

Soil testing

Soil tests save time and money.  Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.  Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

We frequently get questions from customers like, 'I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?'" Nathan said.

"Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements," she said. "They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)
How to take a soil test YouTube video 
Soil testing YouTube video 

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