Local highlights

Tomato Fest! 2016

The 5th annual TomatoFest! has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22 from 5-7 pm.  Master Gardeners, Horticulture, and Nutrition Specialists from Extension will be on site to discuss producing, preparing, and preserving tomatoes and will offer taste testing of more than 60 varieties, grown on site.  You will also be able to tour the trial gardens at the office.  This is a fun event and we invite everyone to participate.  For additional information, see the Tomato Fest! flyer.

Private Pesticide Applicators training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Buchanan County Extension office and watch a two-hour training video. The training is free of charge with the exception of purchasing the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Reference Manual at a cost of $12. Family members can share one manual. Call the Buchanan County Extension office, 816-279-1691, to schedule your certification or renewal.

Test your soil for better lawns and gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $13.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2015 are available now at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G427 or view the PDF guide.

Northwest Missouri extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region.

http://extension.missouri.edu/nwregion/newsletter.aspx

Weather information

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