Attention Ladies - Come Join the Farm, Family & ME! - Summit for Women in Jefferson City Sept. 13-14, 2018


Please help us spread the word, we have an awesome educational opportunity coming up for farm women.  It’s called Farm, Family & ME! – Summit for Women and will be held in Jefferson City at the Farm Bureau Building on September 13th & 14th.  We have a fantastic line up of speakers and topics that will be of interest to everyone.  They include Governor Mike Parson, Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers, Madeline Shultz from Iowa State University, Jason Johnson from Texas A&M, and many, many more.  So please tell your friends.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Comfort Suites but must be reserved by August 13th to receive the reduced rate.  So make your reservations today and come join us for an exciting time of fun, learning, and friendship as women from all over the state of Missouri make their way to the Summit! For more information and the registration flyer go to our website or give us call (417-326-4916).  Hope to see you at the Summit!  


Private Pesticide Applicators Certification

Is available at the Extension office.  We prefer you call the office at 417-326-4916 to set up an appointment.  It takes approximately 2 hours 20 minutes to view the DVD to become certified.  Cost of the training is $25 per person.

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 underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.” 

Cost for soil testing in Polk County is $18 per sample.

Trees add value to your landscape

Trees can provide your home with shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They can reduce energy costs, provide recreation for children and habitat for wildlife.

Newly planted trees need special attention, and not all trees are suitable for all conditions. MU Extension’s horticulture experts have developed a series of publications to help you choose the right tree and get it established.

MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
MU Extension publication G6810, Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Plantings
MU Extension publication G6815, Selecting Landscape Plants: Needled Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6820, Selecting Landscape Plants: Broad-leaved Evergreens
MU Extension publication G6850, How to Plant a Tree

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