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New Training Requirements ofr Soybean Herbicides Containing Dicamba

The EPA approved new herbicide labeling as of October of 2017 and has major changes. Please study the labels on the Missouri Department of Ag website for the Federal label and 24c label, which is Missouri specific. Growers and certified applicators who will be applying the product will be required to have a private pesticide applicator license. Each person applying the product will be required to have the license rather than working under a growers license.

Also, private applicator licenses from other states than Missouri are not acceptable. The private pesticide applicator license must be a Missouri license.

Secondly, auxin herbicide training which is the new training requirements including dicamba are required. This training can be accessed on-line through the Missouri Department of Ag website or the University of Missouri Extension website and searching for “Synthetic Auxin Herbicide Applicator Training Program

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Andy Luke at 660-425-6434, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and DeKalb Counties

Private pesticide applicator training will focus on the use of dicamba resistant soybean technology. The new dicamba formulations are restricted use and so require a private applicator license. A training manual is required for licensing. If you have an old manual, please bring it to the meeting. All meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Andrew County Ag Update will be held Tuesday, February 6th at the Clasbey Building in Savannah; Buchanan County Ag Update, Thursday, February 8th at the Buchanan County Extension office in St Joseph; the DeKalb County Ag Update, Tuesday, February 13 at the Conley Building and Clinton County Ag Update, Thursday, February 15th at Youth Building in Plattsburg.

Following applicator training, the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension staff will present “Tips to Reduce Input Costs without Reducing Yield,” “Dicamba Injury and Insurance” and “Minerals and Vitamins for Beef Cattle: Meeting Requirements Without Breaking the Bank.”

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.

Supervisory and Leadership Skills Training Starts Feb. 7 - Maryville

No matter the workplace, issues like communication, conflict, working as a team, personality differences, generational differences, and legal issues abound. Across workplaces, whether that’s the farm, the factory, or the office, those differences in generational tendencies create some challenges during the “changing of the guard”, when baby boomers retire and younger employees take their place.

These issues and more will be addressed at a series of supervisory and leadership skills training programs offered by University of Missouri Extension.

The program, the “supervisory certificate series”, will be offered each Wednesday in February (7, 14, 21, and 28) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Northwest Technical School in Maryville.

Session topics include how to better understand personality and generational differences in order to build relationships that are more effective; legal responsibilities in the workplace; strategies for communicating more successfully; how you as a leader can empower your teams to be higher performing; the steps for resolving conflicts; and, the process for coaching employees.

The material for this course was developed by the award-winning trainers at the Missouri Training Institute, part of MU Extension and housed in the University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, and delivered by MU Extension regional faculty.

The fee for attending all six sessions is $875 per person; a full-day session is $280; and a half-day session is $140. Upon completion of the entire series, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Continuing education credits are also available upon request.

To register, contact Lori Tally, director of adult/community education at the Northwest Technical School in Maryville, at 660-671-1283 or, or visit their website at

Supervisory and Leadership Certificate series Maryville Starts Feb.7

Sixth Annual Soil Fertility School Starts Jan. 29 - Oregon

Growers are invited to participate in an in-depth school focused on understanding and increasing ones knowledge in fertilizing crops. There will be a series of ten evening meetings in January and February on Monday and Wednesday evenings covering all primary, secondary and micro-nutrients, fertilizers, recommendations and understanding of soil testing. The first meeting will start Monday, January 29th and will finish Wednesday, February 28th.

We are limited to 20 participants because of space and pre-registration is required before the event. There is a fee to cover school expenses.  The meetings will be held at the Extension office in Oregon and will start at 6 and end at 9:00 p.m.

Wayne Flanary, Regional Extension Agronomist, will be teaching the course. Sign up now by calling the Holt County Extension office at 660-446-3724.

Missouri's Fence Law Explained Feb. 13 6:30-9:00 in St. Joseph

Fyer for Missouri Fence Law Feb. 13 6:30-9:30 PM Buchanan County Extension Center.  Call 816-279-1691 for more information

Home Weatherization Workshop in Bethany and Trenton - Jan. 23

Regional Corn Growers Meeting - Jan. 18, St. Joseph

The Missouri Corn Growers and Northwest Corn Growers will host an informational meeting Thursday, January 18 at the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University. The meeting will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the formal program beginning at 9 a.m. All Missouri farmers and those from adjoining states are welcomed to attend. Lunch is provided by local and regional agribusinesses.

Kimberly Atkins, Vice President of the U.S. Grains Council, will address issues related to markets and trade. Chris Chinn, Director of Missouri Department of Agriculture, will address state agricultural issues.

This year, the corn growers will bring to St Joseph, Ben Buckner with AgResource Consulting and Naomi Blohm with Stewart Peterson. Both will provide a marketing update and discuss grain-marketing opportunities for the coming year. In addition, weather is always a concern to area growers. Bryce Anderson, DTN, will provide a weather outlook for 2018.

Paul Neiffer, CliftonLarsonAllen, will provide an analysis on the tax changes. In addition, Katie Marshall, Missouri Corn Growers, will provide an organization update.

For more information, contact Morris Heitman at 816-387-1390 or Jason Hull at 660-582-6902

Three State Beef Conference - Jan. 16, 17, 18, 2018

Opportunities for producers to visit with experts on cow-calf profit and loss and calculating breakevens, alternative cow-calf production systems, and using reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability are all on the agenda for the 33rd annual Three-State Beef Conference, to be held January 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

When it comes to profit and loss in the cow-calf operation, knowing your cost of production not only helps with managing risk, but also provides an opportunity to make changes to improve the bottom line. Shane Ellis, farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be on the program to address this topic on cow-calf breakevens.

Also on the program will be Erika Lundy, extension beef program specialist with Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center. Lack of available and affordable pasture has contributed to the growing interest in confinement systems and other alternative production systems. Erika will discuss opportunities and challenges with some of the alternative systems, and share data from cooperator herds.

Beef cattle reproductive technologies have advanced rapidly and provide producers with incredible opportunities for genetic improvement, among other benefits. Dr. Sandy Johnson, extension livestock specialist with Kansas State University Extension, will discuss how those technologies can be used to increase calf value and increase profitability of the cow herd.

The conference is a traveling program, repeated three times in three different locations. At each site, registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6:00 p.m. The first program will be on Tuesday, January 16 in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College. The second program, on Wednesday, January 17, will be in Missouri at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center in Albany. The final

program will be Thursday, January 18 in Nebraska at the Gage County Nebraska Extension Center in Beatrice.

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copies of the presentations. Registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

To register for the program in Creston, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Union County at 641-782-8426 or For the program in Albany, contact MU Extension in Gentry County at 660-726-5610 or Registrations for Beatrice can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402- 223-1384 or

If you need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform us immediately.

For more information contact your local university extension office or visit our website at  

Brochure Available (PDF)

Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future

Do you have a succession/estate plan for your farm or small business? If you don’t have a plan, the state of Missouri has one for you, but it may not be what you wish.  Attend an upcoming class to learn how to make your retirement, succession, and estate plan what you want.


University of Missouri Extension is reaching out to counties and communities to help farm families, individuals and businesses with succession, estate and retirement planning. The program, Your Farm, Your Business, Your Future, consists of a three-night workshop to be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on January 11, 18, and 25, 2018. It will be held at the Nodaway County Extension Center, Maryville.  Other locations in Missouri include: Memphis, New London, Trenton, and Centralia.


A team of University of Missouri Extension Specialists with extensive educational experience and technical backgrounds and a Missouri probate judge will be teaching the program. This class is designed to help owners of farms and small businesses to begin creating a plan for transferring a farm or business to the next generation, as well as, addressing the many issues involved with estate and retirement planning. Topics such as: setting goals, assessing a farm’s or business’s strengths and weaknesses, the probate process in Missouri, estate planning tools, calculating retirement needs and much more will be covered.


Pre-registration is required by 4:30 Friday, January 5th. The cost is $110 per individual plus $50 for each additional person from the same business with one set of materials.  The cost includes an educational handbook with case study examples, forms for planning, developing financial statements and recordkeeping. A light dinner is provided each night.


For more information, contact Randa Doty, Agriculture Business Specialist, by calling 660-582-8101 or email at  The Nodaway County Extension office will be closed December 25-January 1 for winter break.  Please feel free to leave a message or contact the office on January 2.  


Please see the attached registration brochure for full details and registration form.  (PDF)


Regional Council Meeting - January 3, 2018

The Northwest Region Extension Council meeting will be held at Hamilton United Methodist Church, 104 W. Samuel, Hamilton, MO, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m

View the Agenda (PDF)

Nutrition Classes in Maryville - 2018

2018 Healthy Eating Makeover

Are you trying to get healthy for 2018? If so, the kitchen is usually the best place to start. Small changes like healthy substitutions, eating off of smaller plates, and eating more meals at home as a family can yield big results. Join Registered Dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood to learn about how you can incorporate these strategies and many more for healthier cooking and healthier eating in the New Year. Samples of a healthy recipe will be available.

 When: January 3, 2018; 12-1 PM or January 6, 2018; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

 Nutrition for Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States. While there are some risk factors that are out of your control (like genetics), there are diet and lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce risk and keep your heart healthy. Join Registered Dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood to learn how you can show your heart some love. Samples of a heart healthy recipe will be available.

 When: February 7, 2018; 12-1 PM or February 10, 2018; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

 Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring is a time of renewal. It’s a time when many people are thinking about getting outside, dusting off the cobwebs, and giving their houses a good cleaning. Why not also take this time to clean up your diet? Join Registered Dietitian and MU Nutrition Extension Specialist, Sarah Wood, and learn how you can make healthier food choices, cut back on processed foods, and enjoy the fresh spring fruits and vegetables available at the market. Samples of a healthy seasonal recipe will be available.

 When: March 7, 2018; 12-1 PM or March 10, 2017; 10-11 AM

Where: Maryville Hy-Vee 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Cost: FREE

For more information Contact Sarah Wood at the Buchanan County Extension Center 816-279-1691

Stay Strong Stay Healthy in Maryville - Starting January 18, 2018


Healthier You in 2018

Many people start the New Year with the best of intentions, determined to lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier only to give up on those goals by Valentine’s Day. Change is hard, and it’s even harder going it alone. Get the information and support to help you reach your goals this year with this 8-week course led by registered dietitian and MU Extension Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Wood. Each week, we will discuss topics that will help you on your healthy living journey. Topics include: 

  • Nutrition and macronutrient needs
  • Strategies for success
  • Dispelling diet and fitness myths
  • Emotional eating and improving your relationship with food
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Health at every size 

Class Information: 

When:  Mondays at 8:30-9:30 AM   OR    5:30-6:30 PM, beginning January 22, 2018

Where:  Northwest Technical School; 1515 South Munn, Maryville, MO

Cost:  Only $10 for the entire 8 week series! 

Call 660-582-8311 to sign up today!


Missouri Steer Feedout 2017-18

See how your calves perform in the feedlot and on the rail by participating in the Missouri Steer Feedout. You can enroll as few as five head, with no maximum.  Refer to the brochure (PDF) for more details.

Dicamba damaged soybeans

By Andy Luke, Regional Agronomy Specialist

Are you questioning if you have soybean damage from dicamba?  Here is a Q & A's guide and pictures showing dicamba damage, Dicamba damage soybeans: What to know (PDF).

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2016


The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2016 are available from University of Missouri Extension 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri or view the PDF guide.  

Is your family prepared for an emergency disaster?

Now is the time of year to make sure your safe room at home is ready. Update your supply of food, water, personal care items like medicine & glasses, first aid kit, and flashlights with fresh batteries. Also, include a change of clothing for each family member and sturdy shoes. Keep your cell phones charged and use only one at a time in order to have extended texting abilities in case power is lost. Click the link for a complete list of items to include in your Disaster Supplies Kit.


For other information concerning emergencies and disasters, go to MU Extension Emergency management website.

Agronomy News

You can read the latest agronomy news in the Northwest Region by going to Agronomy Newsletter.

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.

Northwest region Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Ste A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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