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Lawn mowing safety

Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.

Forage sampling especially important this year

Wet weather has made haymaking difficult. Forage quality will likely be poor. We loan forage probes to get accurate samples for testing. Learn more about this process.   

Flood recovery

Do flood recovery right so mold and bacteria don't show up later. Get help here.

Japanese beetles are now active with big appetites

Here are your options for controlling them  

Enter the 2015 Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show

Putting up good quality hay is a challenge in the Ozarks due to weather. The best way to analyze the weather factor is to test the hay. While you’re testing it, you can enter it in the Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show. The show is designed to educate hay growers on the merits of testing forages,and those that have entered have found it aids in the marketing process. Cost is $21 per sample to run the lab test, and the entry deadline is July 10, 2015. Get your entry form here and contact the Webster County Extension Center at 417-859-2044 or by email at websterco@missouri.edu to arrange for the hay to be sampled.

Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show entry form (PDF)

Test pressure canner gauges and prepare for home canning

Summer is here, which means it is time to get canning supplies and equipment checked and ready to use. It's also a good time to brush up on safe canning techniques. We do free testing of dial-type pressure gauges during normal business hours. We recommend new or replacement gauges also be tested for accuracy. They should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.

Learn more about how to Test canner gauges and prepare for home canning, watch our YouTube video, and stay current on food preservation procedures with our Nutrition and health page. 

Match the herbicide to the weed to be controlled

See our guide for picking the right herbicide, rate, and timing to control pasture weeds and brush. Then calibrate your sprayer correctly. 

Pond leaks and weed control

Get a jump on sealing leaky ponds and dealing with aquatic weeds in them. Our pond construction and management resources may help answer your questions.   

Avian influenza facts

 Tips on protecting your poultry flock from the outbreak of H5N2 avian flu   

Soil testing time

Whenever the soil is not frozen is a good time to test your soil and find out what it needs for the upcoming growing season. Cost is $20 per sample. A soil auger or probe for taking samples is available for loan with a $100 returnable deposit. The soil sample should consist of 15-20 cores to a 6-inch depth from a maximum of 20 acres. We recommend bringing at least one pint of dry soil to our office, along with your field, lawn or garden information for helping complete the necessary paperwork.

Course Catalog 2015

See our catalog of MU Extension courses (PDF) that can be arranged to be conducted in Webster County.

Do you need an answer?

The faculty and staff of the Webster County Extension Center are available to assist you with unbiased, research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-859-2044 or email websterco@missouri.edu.