Ozark County Extension News & Events

Monthly Newsletter and Program Updates


August 2019


News & Info

Hay Moisture/Temperature Fire Hazard Warning 

Recently, there has been at least one incident of hay bales catching on fire as well as multiple farmer questions regarding high temperature hay.  

During hay making, the hay bales will heat up for a period of time before cooling again.  When hay is baled at recommended moisture percentages the risk of fire is nil; however, hay with high moisture percentages is at high risk for spontaneous combustion. 

MU Guide 4575 does a very good job explaining the relationship between high moisture hay and temperature.   

County Extension Offices have hay thermometers to loan please urge farmers to check hay temperatures before storing in barns.  If hay temperature is found to be at risk of fire, they should be stored away from structures, spaced to allow air flow on all sides of the bale, and monitored daily (for fire) until the temperature decreases.

Sarah Kenyon Field Specialist in Agronomy, Ph.D.


Events & Programs

Certified Synthetic Auxin Applicator Training 2019 - online 

Ozark Empire Fair- July 25th- August 3rd in Springfield


Alfalfa 101 School - Thursday, August 1st from 4pm - 8:30pm at Dadeville High School

CANCELED - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop- Friday, August 2nd at 2pm in Nevada

Health Fair - Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30am-2pm in Ava

Lewis County 4-H Invitational Shoot - Saturday, August 3rd begins at 8am in Lewistown

4H Film Fest - August 4th-7th in Columbia

Building Better Child Care - Four Sessions beginning Thursday, August 8th from 6pm-9pm in Branson 

West Plains 5th Annual Back to School and Health Fair - Saturday, August 10th from 9am to noon in West Plains

2019 Master Gardener Training - Orientation begins Tuesday, August 13th followed by 10 sessions from August 15th - September 26th choice of two locations: afternoon sessions held in Branson OR evening sessions held in Ozark 

Grain Bin Tour - Monday. August 19th at 6pm in Golden City

Pasture Plant Identification Class - Tuesday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 27th from 6:30 to 9:30 in Marshall

Advanced Quickbooks - Desktop Training - Tuesday, August 20th from 9am to 4pm in West Plains

“Brown Bag Lunch” Gardening Series 2019 – Tuesdays at noon in Forsyth

          Tuesday, August 20th - Preserving Your Garden Abundance 
          Tuesday, September 17th - Bring Your Garden in for the Fall

            Tuesday, October 15th - Saving Seeds

Twilight Horticulture Tour- Tuesday, August 20th from 6-8pmin Mt. Vernon

Estate, Succession and Retirement Planning - August 23rd & 24th in Mt. Veronon 

Growing and Marketing Pawpaw - Friday, August 23rd from 2pm-5pm in New Franklin 

Native Grass Pasture Walk - Friday, August 23rd at 6pm at JD Mckee's Farm in Pottersville

Mizzou to You at the Lucas Oil Speedway - Saturday, August 24th at 4pm in Wheatland

Farm, Family & ME Summit for Women - September 5th & 6th in Jefferson City


Southwest Research Center Field Day - Saturday, September 9th from 9am - 1pm in Mt. Vernon

South Central Regional Grazing Schools:

           Greenfield, MO
           September 9,10,11, 2019 (daytime); 
            Contact: Cedar County SWCD
            417-276-3388, ext.3

Marshfield, MO
September 17,18,19, 2019 (daytime)
Contact: Webster County SWCD
417-468-4176 Ext. 3

West Plains, MO
October 8,9,10
Contact: Howell County Extension 417-256-2391

Springfield, MO
ctober 15,16,17, 2019 (daytime)
Contact: Greene County SWCD/NRCS
417-831-5246 Ext. 3
email: Mark.Green@mo.usda.gov
OR Eric.Morris@swcd.mo.gov

Ellington, MO
October 28,29,30
Contact: Reynolds County Extension 573-648-1035

>>>Missouri Forage and Grassland Council Statewide Schedule

Manage Your Risk Class - Tuesday, September 10th from 6:30-9:30pm in Marshfield

Southwest Research Center Field Day - Thursday, September 12th from 8:30am-2pm in Mt. Vernon

Ag Day in the Ozarks - Saturday, September 14th at the Gainesville Sale Barn

Opportunities with Chinese Chestnuts - a Farm Field Day for Missouri Producers -Wednesday, September 18th from 2pm to 5pm in New Franklin

Southwest Missouri Cattlemens Beef Tour - Saturday, September 21st at 1:30pm in Pierce City


Missouri Cattlemen’s Association 2019-2020 Performance Challenge Contest- Beginning this fall Missouri’s cattle producers will have the ability to compete for the title of “Overall Profitability Champion” and join the “Top 100” 




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