Soil testing

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. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Cost is $20 per test. Results take 10 to 14 days after shipment to the soil lab.

Hay testing

Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available as a convenience to our clients. Probes/samplers are recommended to get a proper sample.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

Call the extension office any time for an appointment to view the two-and-a-half hour training video. Appointments may be scheduled for as late as 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Equipment rental

The AI Breeding Barn is available for rent to producers at a rate of $50 per day. It is portable and stored locally. Freeze Branding Irons are also available for rent for $15 per day or $25 per weekend. Brands are numbered 0-8. Livestock clippers are also available for $15 per day or $25 per weekend. A signed rental agreement is required to check-out these items. Contact our office at (573) 729-3196 for more information.


MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication. 

Meeting room rental

Meeting space at the MU Extension office is available to local community groups.

The 9-by-12 room seats approximately 50 people. Restrooms available. TV with DVD player are available. Projector and screen also may be available upon request. The room is available during office hours and by arrangement at other times. Contact the extension office for availability.

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

Call for an appointment.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.