The 2018 Missouri Survey

The second Missouri Rural Survey is currently underway.  It's purpose is to solicit input from Missouri residents, business owners and elected officials on the issues they believe are important in sustaining local communities and building a strong local economy.  The survey is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri Department of Economic Development's Office of Rural Development, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and MU Extension.  The results will be used by each agency to help guide their programming so they can better address challenges facing Missouri's rural communities.  

The link to the survey: 01k9fYMwumdUiN

The 2017 survey report can be found here:  The Missouri Survey 2017.

If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact your local Extension Office at 573-346-2644 or by email at

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.  

Making Landscape Design Simple class on August 23

If you are baffled when trying to design your landscape, come and learn a simple way from Jamie Kidd.  The class is Thursday, August 23 at 1 p.m. in the MU Extension in Hickory County Office Conference Room, 18715 Cedar Street, Hermitage, MO.

Jamie has developed a very effective teaching program making landscape design simple.  Jamie Kidd retired after nine years as a Horticulture Specialist from Kansas State University Extension.  She taught horticulture for seventeen years at the Kaw Area Technical School and the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women.  Jamie has a degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development/Technical Teacher Education.

She wrote a weekly gardening column for the Topeka Capital Journal newspaper for which she received a national award and has been interviewed on TV and radio numerous times.  She has been a guest speaker at the International Master Gardener's Conference in Alaska, the International Correctional Educators Conference in Salt Lake City and numerous garden shows, garden clubs and symposiums.

The class is free as it is being sponsored by the Hickory County Master Gardeners.  Pre-register by calling the MU Extension in Hickory County Center at 417-745-6767 by Wednesday, August 22.

Beekeeping 101 classes 

Beekeeping 101 classes sponsored by Fitz's H Bar H Ranch will start on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.  The instructor is Terry Fitzgerald, who holds two degrees in Beekeeping from the Montana State University.  Terry is currently the President of the Pomme De Terre Bee Club and is a commercial beekeeper with many years of beekeeping experience.  

Classes will meet for four weeks on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Oct. 3, 2018 in the lower level of the Bank of Versailles in Greenview.  One book will be provided with additional books available.  Cost is $40 per person (spouses only attend free).  Topics to be covered include: anatomy, splits, a day in a bee's life and many more.

Class size is limited and you must be preregistered and prepaid to attend.  To register, go to Jack's Sporting Goods, 1289 East US Highway 54, Camdenton.  For more information, contact Terry Fitzgerald, 573-345-3167 or 573-836-6720 or or  Website is

Terry's Beekeeping Academy flyer (PDF)

2017 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.

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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