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Eating from the Garden class - Three FREE classses- March 7, 21, 28 from 10:30am-11:30am at the Little Dixie Regional Library in Moberly. Call 660-263-4426 Ext. 7 to register. (PDF flyer)

 

Master Gardner Annual Plant Sale - May 5th 2018 from 8am-1pm at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park. Choose from a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants: houseplants, bedding plants, trees, succulents, natives and more. Also see a rain barrel display and learn to make your own rain barrel. A state forester will be there giving away free tree seedlings. (PDF flyer)

 

Garden Class - April 6th, 2018- 2pm-4pm at the Little Dixie Regional Library. Learn how to grow, care and maintain fruit trees, bushes and vines. To register, call the Extension office at 660-269-9656. (PDF flyer)

 

Mizzou announces full-tuition grants for low-income students

MU has announced that full tuition scholarships for low-income, Missouri residence students will be available in the fall of 2018. Please share this information with your youth, parents and anyone who may qualify. To find out more, follow this link: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/mizzou-announces-full-tuition-grants-for-low-income-students/article_0ab84064-f878-5306-89ea-78d5f50882ed.html.

 

 

Popular extension publications

 

Don't guess — Soil test and save time and money

Beginning January 1, 2018 soil samples costs will rise from $15 to $18 due to the cost the lab charges. Soil testing is the best guide to the efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments. Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable garden in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for improvements. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost for a regular test is $18 per sample box. Additional fees are required for additional tests. Each sample box requires 1 cup of dry soil. Results will be mailed to you in about 10 to 14 business days. See additional MU publications for information on soil testing.

 

Cash renting farm land

The University of Missouri just released the results of their most recent cash rent survey in the 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri (PDF). These rates were compiled using the survey responses of 226 Missourians who are involved with cash renting farm land. Every rental situation is different, so this guide should be used as a reference in addition to considering other factors in your area, including average yield, soil types, the number of acres available for rent in the area and the demand of rental land. The guide includes rates of crop and pasture land by acre, crop land by yield, pasture by stocking rate and rates for farm buildings.

For more information or a copy of these rates, visit your local MU Extension office and ask for MU Extension publication G427, 2015 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri.

Custom rates for farm services in Missouri

The rates reported in this guide are based on a statewide survey conducted by mail in the summer of 2016. Farmers, agribusiness firms, aerial applicators and land improvement contractors responded to questions on the rates they were charging or paying in 2016 for custom services, excluding the cost of materials being applied.

MU Extension publication G302, 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

 

Ordering Tree Seedlings in Missouri

What  tree species successfully grow in your area, how many trees can you plant and properly maintain and when do you need to place your seedling order?  These questions and more are answered in MU Extension publication G5006 Right Species, Right Place: Considerations Before You Order Tree Seedlings in Missouri.    If you are interested in ordering tree and small bush seedlings from the Missouri state nursery, the catalog and order from are available at 2017-2018 Seedling Order Form

 

 

 

Canning guides in MU Extension publications