University of Missouri – Dade County Extension 2019 Election will be held January 14-25, 2019

The people that serve on the Dade County Extension council direct the county program, by representing you, the people of the county.  Ballots will be available beginning January 14 through January 25, 2019. A ballot box will be available at the Extension Office, 2 N. Main Street and at the Dade County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse. The Dade County ballot can be found online at Ballots must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday or postmarked with January 25th, in order to be counted. Participation in the election is open to any citizen of voting age that is a resident of Dade County. 


Mandatory Synthetic Auxin Herbicide Training

On January 24, 2019, the Dade Extension office is holding a computer lab for producers to complete the online training module. This training is required in order to purchase any of the approved dicamba products: Engenia, XtendiMax, or FeXapan. The training takes approximately 2 hours to complete and examines best management practices to ensure proper application of synthetic auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba. Fee, by card only, is $30. Pre-registration REQUIRED, call 417-637-2112.  Dicamba Workshop (PDF)  Also, you can do this in the comfort of their own home or online anywhere:



A 4-H Member, Leader and Family Workshop - Saturday, January 26-2019- Crowder College, Farber Building- Neosho, MO - University of Missouri Extension is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.  Making the Best Better (PDF)


Warm Season Grass Cattle Grazing Workshop on February 1st in Lockwood, Mo. 

Stockton, Mo. – MU Extension is providing a Warm Season Grass Cattle Grazing Workshop on February 1st beginning at 1:00 p. m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Lockwood, Mo.  This workshop is part of the NRCS + MU Grasslands Project.  Jill Scheidt and Patrick Davis, MU Extension Regional Agronomy and Livestock Field Specialists, respectively, will provide the education.  The discussion topics include: Warm Season Grass Development and Management and Cattle Nutrition and Grazing Management on Warm Season Grasses.  This meeting is free to the community. To reserve a seat, contact the Dade County MU Extension Center at (417) 637-2112 or Patrick Davis by email at by January 31st.   Warm Season Grass Cattle Grazing Workshop (PDF)


Applications Now Available for 32nd Missouri Agribusiness Academy  The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2019 Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA). MAbA is a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.  The 2019 class will convene in Springfield for a hands-on look at careers in agriculture.  For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the department online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov


Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf


Don't guess....Soil test Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. The cost is $20 per sample and results are typically provided within two weeks.  Pasture (PDF) , Lawn (PDF) , Hayfield/Row Crops (PDF) 


Other Popular MU Extension Publications

2015 Pest Management Guide (PDF)

2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)