Alternative Tree Crop Field Day on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The annual “Alternative Tree Crop Field Day” is planned for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, September 20 at the MU Southwest Research Center, 14548 State Hwy H, Mt Vernon.  Members of the public can join researchers, MU Extension specialists, and experienced growers to learn about alternative tree crops that have economic potential for Missouri.  Field day activities are free and will include educational presentations (on topics like tree crop economics and sustainable urban orchards), tastings of several fruits, and tours of the MU research plantings and orchards. Trees that will be included at this field day include jujube, pawpaw, American persimmon, hazelnuts, and black walnut.  For field day information, contact: MU Extension Horticulture Specialist Patrick Byers at (417) 859-2044, email or Andrew Thomas at the MU Southwest Research Center, (417) 466-0065 or email at


Bull Breeding Soundness Clinics – Are you bulls ready to turn in with the cows & heifers this fall?  The best way to find out is to have a veterinarian do a Breeding Soundness Exam on them 6 weeks or so ahead of turnout time. This is an insurance policy on your bull for the fall 2020 calf crop. October scheduled dates and locations are on this flier Bull Breeding Soundness Clinics (PDF).  For more information, contact the Lawrence County Extension Office at 417-466-3102.  


Seedling Order Form 2019-2020 located at

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University are asking for help from midwestern confined cow-calf producers on a survey project. The main goal of this project is to determine the common management practices utilized, the incidence and importance of animal disease, and the nutritional management practices in confined cow-calf operations. We want to improve our understanding of how these operations are managed so that we can better serve producer needs through research and educational activities. All data collected will be completely confidential and no individual answers will be published. Any presentation of the results of the survey will have all answers compiled from all participants. We hope to complete our data collection and analysis by this fall so producer educational programming may be planned beginning in 2020.  The srveyis available online here  and in paper version. Request a paper copy by contacting Dr. Terry Engelken at 515-294-2192. A stamped return envelope will be included so you can mail the completed survey back at no charge. You can email Dr. Engelken ( with any questions. 

About Our Kids, Inc. and Project ROCK (Reducing Opioids for Communities and Kids).  Please take a few minutes to complete the following COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS survey as we attempt to assess the “temperature” of substance abuse in Barton, Cedar and Dade Counties.  In addition, please forward this email on to your area friends, family, contacts, employees, co-workers, students, etc.  We appreciate your help and support!  Jerod M. Morey, MS, Executive Director, S4 Project Director, ROCK Project Director, ORBIT Project Director, About Our Kids, Inc.,           

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)

2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF)

Vegetable Planting Calendar (PDF)