Building It From The Ground Up - A short course for agriculture land owners

This program addresses the needs of landowners looking to improve their property as well as their outputs and profitability over the long run of the agricultural operation.  This program will help those individuals trying to make sound economic decisions about their operations.

Targeting part-time operations or hobby farms, both new and old land owners/operators looking to run up to 50 to 75 breeding cows, 100 stockers, 50 to 75 breeding goats and/or sheep, or a small registered livestock operation, on farms ranging from 20 to 160+ acres.  it is not only about making a living on the farm, but about living on the farm, raising children on the farm and having the rural way of life.  The farm just needs to pay for itself and if it makes a little money along the way....Great!

Individuals wanting to attend any of the programs may do so for $15 per session or sign up for all seven sessions for $90.  Classes will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided during each session.  To register for the program, call the MU Extension Office in Camden County at 573-346-2644 or email  Prepayment by cash, check or credit card is required before attending the sessions.  Payment must be made at the MU Extension Office at 44 Roofener Street, Camdenton, by  Noon on Monday, September 17 for the first session and by 4 pm on Friday, September 28.

Sessions include:

  • Session #1 - Understanding Your Soil and Soil Nutrition:  Taking soil samples correctly, reading and understanding your soil test, effects of N, P, K and limestone on the farm, web soil (computer generated farm maps), etc.  This session will be held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton.  This class has been canceled because of lack of participants.
  • Session #2 - Pasture Conditions:  Inventorying current pasture conditions, plant identification, pasture renovation (re-building the pasture), chemicals used in the pasture to control wee competition, etc.  This session will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton.

The remaining sessions to be announced after initial interest is known.  They will be scheduled October through December approximately two weeks apart.

  • Session #3 - Cow/calf Operation:  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, health concerns and issues, vaccinations, worming, calving, etc.  
  • Session #4 - Sheep and Goat Production:  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, vaccinations, worming, facilities, lambing, kidding, marketing, 
  • Session #5 - Stockers and Backgrounders:  Selection, feeding, breeding, nutrition, health concerns and issues, vaccinations, worming, etc.  
  • Session #6 - Economics of the Livestock Business:  Market trends,highs and lows, best time to sell at what weight, economics of hay production, etc.
  • Session #7 - Equipment Needed On The Farm:  Holding pens, working facilities, hay feeding, hay storage facilities, fencing, waterers, shade, etc.  (Building the Farmstead, Part 2)

New MU app helps identify herbicide injury

MU Extension introduced a new mobile app to identify herbicide injury at its annual Pest Management Field Day on July 10, 2018.  MU Extension weed specialist Mandy Bish says Herbicide Injury ID lets users send photos of injured plants to MU Extension for preliminary diagnosis and feedback.  Users can also scroll through a library of more than 200 photos to look for similar types of damage.  When the app launches, users can choose from four options:  diagnose injury, search by herbicide, view sites of action or send photos and detailed description to MU for diagnosis.  

Bish says the app is not limited to corn and soybeans.  I includes photos of some ornamentals, cucurbits, tomatoes and trees.  It will continue to be expanded.

Download the Herbicide Injury ID app from the Apple App Store or Google Play on any mobile device.  

Beekeeping 101 classes 

Beekeeping 101 classes sponsored by Fitz's H Bar H Ranch will start on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.  The instructor is Terry Fitzgerald, who holds two degrees in Beekeeping from the Montana State University.  Terry is currently the President of the Pomme De Terre Bee Club and is a commercial beekeeper with many years of beekeeping experience.  

Classes will meet for four weeks on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Oct. 3, 2018 in the lower level of the Bank of Versailles in Greenview.  One book will be provided with additional books available.  Cost is $40 per person (spouses only attend free).  Topics to be covered include: anatomy, splits, a day in a bee's life and many more.

Class size is limited and you must be preregistered and prepaid to attend.  To register, go to Jack's Sporting Goods, 1289 East US Highway 54, Camdenton.  For more information, contact Terry Fitzgerald, 573-345-3167 or 573-836-6720 or or  Website is

Terry's Beekeeping Academy flyer (PDF)

2017 MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report

Check out the flip book version of the MU Extension in Camden County Annual Report.

Soil testing

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 provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)
How to take a soil test YouTube video 
Soil testing YouTube video 

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