Missouri Rural Survey

The second Missouri Rural Survey is currently underway; its purpose is to solicit input from Missouri residents, business owners, and elected officials on the issues they believe are important in sustaining local communities and building a strong local economy. The survey is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri Department of Economic Development's Office of Rural Development, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and MU Extension. The results will be used by each agency to help guide their programming so they can better address challenges facing Missouri’s rural communities.

 

Link to the survey: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01k9LfYMwumdUiN

 

The 2017 survey report can be found here: The Missouri Survey 2017

 

If you have questions or would like a paper copy of the 2018 survey, please contact Sharon Gulick (gulickS@missouri.edu) or Pat Curry (curryMP@missouri.edu). 


Upcoming Events:

Phelps County Quarterly Calendar of Events:

2018-19 Leadership Phelps County

Leadership Phelps County is a program designed to ensure the continued improvement of the Phelps County area by developing a network of leaders throughout Phelps County that possess a broader understanding of the needs and issues of the county and to increase commitment to community service and leadership. The program is open to adult community members (21 and older) who are interested in realizing their leadership potential. Participants are both learners and teachers, and are expected to share their knowledge and expertise with the group.

Wurdack Grazing School

A three-day Seminar at the University of Missouri Wurdack Farm!
Dates: September 26-28, 2018
Registration: By September 20 to Dent County Extension
Cost: 1 person @ $135 or Farm - 2 people @ $215 (1 set of materials, one certificate issued)
For more Information contact: Rachel Hopkins (573) 438-2671 or hopkinsrm@umsystem.edu

Women in Business Group launches to serve women in Rolla region

Updated: 09/10/18

Women in business in the Rolla area will soon gain access to a new organization designed to support their work. The Women in Business Group will launch in September with additional events scheduled through 2018.

The group will provide women with access to business resources, training, networking and a forum to test out new ideas. It is hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Woman Space Rolla.

Gardening Calendar

Drought Resources

In Missouri during years when precipitation comes in a fairly normal manner, moisture is stored in the top layers of the soil during the winter and early spring, when evaporation and transpiration are low. During the summer months the loss of water by evaporation and transpiration is high, and if rainfall fails to occur at frequent intervals, drought will result. Nearly every year some areas have short periods of drought in Missouri. There have been occasional years when the soil moisture has been depleted, arid when rains have failed to replace the water lost by evaporation and transpiration for prolonged periods. These conditions have caused widespread distress. With increasing population and more competition for the use of water, wise water management is becoming more important in the Show Me state.

The drought monitor map (opens in new window) is updated weekly to show which areas of the state fall into a category of drought. The map changes based on reports from landowners and residents, so the accuracy of the map is dependent on your reports. Report drought conditions in your area by clicking the link on the left-hand side of the page. Each drought category is defined by certain criteria from the United States Drought Monitor.

Resources for Your Flooded Home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. To help with your flood response and recovery, download MU Extension Publication MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home (PDF). This guide covers a variety of flood cleanup topics. Other flood related resources can be found here.

Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Phelps County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for a fee of $1.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up to date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/hesguide/foodnut. The Quality for Keeps series is all about home food preservation.  

Soil Testing

Don’t guess. Soil tests save time and money.

Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.” 

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample and mailed to the lab every Friday with a turn around time of about two weeks. Soil testing publications

Soil Sampling Questions and Answers

Lawn Maintenance Questions?

What is an Extension Center? Brochure

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