Upcoming Events

Extension Council Annual Banquet Speaker: Professor Nancy West

A winner of the William T. Kemper award for Outstanding Teaching, Nancy West has taught at MU since 1995, where she has also received two Gold Chalk Awards for Nancy WestExcellence in Graduate Teaching, the inaugural EGSA award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, the Outstanding Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research, and the Faculty-Alumni Award. She has published scholarly articles in such journals as Narrative, Nineteenth Century Contexts, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. She has written a book on narrativity and film noir (called Tabloid, Inc: Crime, News, Narratives) and another book on the social meanings of snapshot photography (entitled Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia). She is a contributor to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Written By Magazine. Currently, she is working on a book that explores the historical evolution of charm. See her full bio: https://english.missouri.edu/people/west

Vidies Catering will be preparing the menu for the Phelps County Extension Council Annual Banquet this year.

Herb encrusted roast beef
Rosemary and honey chicken
Green beans with bacon and onion
Boiled and seasoned potatoes
Ozark garden salad
French bread and butter
Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce
Tea and lemonade

Phelps County Quarterly Calendar of Events:

February 6 - May 22, 2019 Master Naturalist Core Training Flyer (CLASS IS FULL)

March 22, Live broadcast with station KTUI. Segments may be viewed on television Fidelity Comm. Channel 95 out of Sullivan and radio KTUI at 9:10 am – 9:30 am. County Engagement Specialist in Nutrition and Health shares program information and health facts for National Nutrition Month.

April 1, Missouri Woodland Steward-Walk in the Woods, Ozark Research Field Station, Newburg, 4:30-6:30 pm

April 10, Customer Service Training, MRPC Office, St. James, 9 - 11 am or 1 - 3 pm Do you hire seasonal and temporary employees? Get them ready with a customer service refresher course.

April 13, Growing Green, First Baptist Church, Rolla, 9 am - 1 pm

April 13, Bray Day Celebration, Bray Conservation Area, 10 am - 3 pm

May 11, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Plant Sale, Rolla Farmers Market, 8 am - 12 pm
May 18, Certified Fire & Ambulance District Board Training, Phelps County Courthouse Multipurpose Room, 8 am - 5 pm

Gardening Calendar

Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 1919, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Applicants certified as owners of a 2019 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

The Missouri Century Farm program will take applications starting February 1. All applications must be postmarked by May 15. Details and a downloadable application form will be available beginning February 1 at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

USDA Rural Development Agency, Small Business & Technology Development Center and other resources.

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

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