Greene County

Services

Canner gauge tests

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids is available. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.)

Educational opportunities

Single- and multi-session educational programs cover topics in agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, and emergency management. Fees vary by program. Customized training is available.

Plant and insect identification

Plant and insect samples may be brought to the extension office for identification or disease diagnosis. Recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases are provided.

Private pesticide applicator training

MU Extension provides private pesticide applicator training for producers as required for Missouri Department of Agriculture certification. Individuals must purchase or bring a copy of MU Extension publication M87, Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual, to the training. Manuals may be purchased at the extension center.

The Private Pesticide Applicator Training is for producers of agricultural commodities, 18 years or older, wishing to renew or receive their private pesticide applicator’s license in order to buy and apply restricted use chemicals on their own land. License holders need to renew their license every 5 years to continue to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides on their own land.

Professional consultation

Faculty experts are available to answer specific questions and provide professional advice for individual situations. Fees may be charged for some consultation services. Call our office to speak to a faculty member or make an appointment.

Publications

MU Extension has publications on agriculture, natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health, families, community and leadership development, business and careers, emergency management and other topics. Prices vary by publication.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

We recommend bringing at least of pint of soil to our office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. We prefer getting soil samples on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

We can do soil testing for gardens, lawns, fields and commercial operations. Results are typically back to you in 7 to 10 days. In most cases, gardens, lawns and fields should be tested every two years.

Collecting Soil for a Test

Three easy steps will make it possible to get an accurate soil test from Greene County Extension.

1. Use a soil probe, spade or trowel to take a slice of soil 1/2 to 1 inch thick from a hole six inches deep. Place this sample in a clean plastic bowl or box. Dry or damp soil is okay, but soggy soil should be allowed to air dry.

2. Collect additional samples at six to 10 randomly selected spots in your lawn or garden. Mix the samples thoroughly, breaking any clumps. Try not to include roots, thatch, rocks or gravel in the sample.

3. Seal two cups of the mixture in a plastic bag, plastic bowl or box. Bring your sample to the Greene County Extension office.

Bob Schultheis, a specialist with MU Extension in Webster County, also has a video demonstrating how to collect soil for a test.