U of Missouri Stone-Taney County Extension Programs Announced

Press Release

The following is information on programs coming up this year for the Lakes Region from the University of Missouri Extension:

Livestock and Crop Producers of Southwest Missouri,

Even though you will see fewer in-person programs offered this winter season, there is an abundance of virtual programs that you can attend.  In fact, the opportunities for your participation is much greater than normal if you would like to access them.  For programs tailored for livestock producers, there are ten programs in the coming months that you can participate in.  I know of four programs in-person that are currently scheduled.  For programs tailored for crop producers, there are three programs in January.  I have assembled dates in the calendar of many of the programs that are currently scheduled.  You will see that several of these events are covered in more detail in some of the comments below.  I hope you will join us for the educational opportunities.



January 5, 10 a.m. Virtual Private Pesticide Applicator Training (Hosted by Jill Scheidt – Details below)

January 7, 6 p.m – 8:45 p.m. – Lawrence County Soils & Crops Conference – Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon – There will be limited space.  See attached flyer.  (Masks Required) Preregister by Dec. 31 at https://bit.ly/37neT9p.

January 11, 10 a.m. Virtual Private Pesticide Applicator Training (Hosted by Dhruba Dhakal – Details below)

January 12, 9 a.m – Noon OR 2-5 p.m. – Calving Clinic – Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon – See attached flyer

January 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Soils and Crops Virtual Series – East Central Missouri – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-northern-missouri-soils-and-crops-conference

January 13, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Forage & Livestock Virtual Series – Feeding Stored Forages – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series

January 14, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Soils and Crops Virtual Series – Southern Missouri

January 14, 7 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting – Frost Seeding Legumes – Preregister at https://ipm.missouri.edu/townHalls

January 20, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Forage & Livestock Virtual Series – Native Forages for Missouri – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series

January 27, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Forage & Livestock Virtual Series – Beef Nutrition​ – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series

January 28 – Barry County Soils & Crops Conference – Christian Church, Cassville – In-Person Event – Details are forthcoming

January 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Soils and Crops Virtual Series – Northern Missouri – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-northern-missouri-soils-and-crops-conference

February 3, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Forage & Livestock Virtual Series – Livestock Farm Profitability​ – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series

February 9 , 10 a.m. – Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Plaza Theater, Lamar (In-person – 417-682-3579) (Masks Required)

February 9,  6 p.m. – Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Barco Drive-in Theater from your car or pickup, Lamar (In-person – 417-682-3579)

February 10, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Forage & Livestock Virtual Series – Cutting Edge of Pasture Fertility​ – Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series

February 11, 7 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting – Grazing System Design – Preregister at https://ipm.missouri.edu/townHalls

February 23, 24 – Spring Forage Conference – Virtual Online – See attached flyer – Preregister at www.springforageconference.com

February 23-25 – Virtual Alliance For Grassland Renewal Workshop – Virtual Evening Online Workshop – Details will be posted at https://grasslandrenewal.org/

March 4, 1 p.m – 4 p.m. – Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon (In-Person.  417-466-3102)  (Masks Required)

March 8, 9 a.m. – Virtual Private Pesticide Applicator Training (Hosted by Tim Schnakenberg – Details below)

March 11, 7 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting – Spring Forage Growth / Yield – Preregister at https://ipm.missouri.edu/townHalls

March 23 – Alliance For Grassland Renewal Workshop – Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon – In-Person – Details will be posted at https://grasslandrenewal.org/



The 97th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Southwest Research Center located at 14548 State Hwy H, southwest of Mt. Vernon, Mo.  This year’s conference will focus on key management concerns that livestock producers are facing regarding pests and cattle nutrition.  Andy Barnes, Lawrence County Conservation Agent with Missouri Department of Conservation, will lead off with a discussion of how to address the problems of black vultures and feral hogs on farms in the area.  Black vultures have become a problem wildlife issue with cattle in pastures on some farms.  Another topic covered will be an informative discussion on understanding ruminant nutrition.  It is important for livestock producers to understand how various types of feed and forages can impact their bottom-line.  Reagan Bluel, field specialist in dairy and interim superintendent at the Southwest Research Center, will share her thoughts on nutritional needs of cattle and how to determine if those needs are met with the feed sources we use.  Reagan does a great job of making a technical topic interesting and in words that people can easily understand.  Tim Schnakenberg, field specialist in agronomy, will finish out the presentations for the evening with a discussion on how  livestock producers sometimes fail at pasture weed control.  He will outline a list of ways that people fail in weed control and how to easily turn some faulty weed control practices into successes once we understand some fundamentals of pesticides and plants.   There is no charge to attend but attendees must preregister by Dec. 31 with the Lawrence County Extension Center to order their meal and reserve a seat.   Please pre-register on-line at https://bit.ly/37neT9p or call 417-466-3102 to reserve a meal.  All attendees are required to wear masks if they attend this program!  Space will be limited due to social distancing efforts, so please register early.



In leu of many of the in-person Livestock and Forage Conferences, we have set up statewide virtual conferences to bring in a great number of topics and presenters for your benefit.  These are free events and can be accessed 9:00 a.m until 10:15 a.m. on each day.  You will need to preregister for them at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-statewide-forage-and-livestock-series.  See the flyer attached.

January 13 – Feeding Stored Forages​ Program covering “Evaluation of Forage Stands” (Dr. Ray Smith, University of Kentucky), “Stretching Your Hay Supply” (Dr. Eric Bailey, University of Missouri) and tips on buying hay.

January 20 – Native Forages for Missouri covering “Native Warm Season Grasses (Dr. Pat Keyser, University of Tennessee) and “Wildlife Benefits of Native Warm Season Grasses (Dr. Bob Pierce, University of Missouri).

January 27 – Beef Nutrition​ covering “Livestock Rumen Nutrition” (Reagan Bluel, University of Missouri) and “Tracking Animal Performance “.

February 3 – Livestock Farm Profitability​ covering “Tracking Overall Farm Profitability” and “Understanding the Market to Spread Risk”. ​

February 10 – Cutting Edge of Pasture Fertility​ covering “Soil Health vs Soil Fertility​”, “Soil Health and Grazing” and “Precision Ag for Forage-Based Systems” (Dr. Kent Shannon, University of Missouri)



In leu of many of the in-person crops conferences offered, there has been a statewide virtual soils and crops conference series set up with three programs.  This has been tailored for regional audiences, though you are welcome to join any of the programs.  These are free offerings and will be offered at various times.  A flyer is attached. The programs include:

January 12 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – East Central Missouri covering topics of “Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybean”,  “Weed Control Update – Row Crops and Forages” and “Nitrogen Management in Cool Season Forages”.  Preregister at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/east-central-missouri-soils-and-crops-conference

January 14 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Southern Missouri covering topics of “Corn and Soybean Policy Updates”, “Market Outlook” and a “Weed Science Update”.  Preregister by calling 573-243-3581.  An on-line registration link is coming.

January 28 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Northern Missouri covering the topics of “Weed, Insect-pest and Disease Management In Field Crops” and “Utilizing Technology to Implement Strip Trials”.  Preregister by calling 573-581-3231 or https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-northern-missouri-soils-and-crops-conference.



The town hall series has moved to a monthly format until April.  There is no cost to participate in the virtual series.  Each program will be offered 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each day.  See the flyer attached.  To participate, you can register & submit questions at www.ipm.missouri.edu/townhalls.   A sampling of past Town Hall meeting excerpts can be found at this YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MUIPM.   Be sure to subscribe.  Here is the schedule with details on topics:

January 14 – Frost Seeding Legumes – Dr. Craig Roberts

February 11 – Grazing System Design – Ryan Lock & Dr. Craig Roberts

March 11 – Spring Forage Growth and Yield – Ryan Lock & Gene Schmitz



We will once again offer the popular calving clinic in Mt Vernon at University of Missouri Southwest Research Center on January 12.  You can choose either a morning (9:00am-12:00pm) or afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm) session to participate.  This hands-on program is a great opportunity.  Producers will learn how to determine calf presentations, difficult birth assistance techniques and after care.  University of Missouri Livestock Specialists will lead demonstrations on assisting difficult births, tubing and after-care of the newborn calf and mother.   The fee is $45/ person.  Preregistration is required by January 5.  There will be no day-of registration. Space is limited so register early.  This program always fills up early! Call 417-682-3579 for more information or register online: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/calving-clinic-1604687074.  A flyer is attached.



The 37th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday February 24th, 2021.  Due to COVID19, the conference will be held through a virtual live meeting in 2021.  The sessions will run from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm each day.  Conference log-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Registered participants can enter or exit the conference as they want.  After the conference, recorded sessions will be available to participants until March 24th, 2021. Participants can watch from home or ‘watch parties’ are being set up to allow multiple participants in one location.  Locations will be listed on the conference’s website.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, Forage Ambassador for Barenburg USA.  Dr. Ballerstedt has bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. The title of his keynote address on the first day is: Red Meat and Our Health: Separating Scientific Fact from Politics, Emotion, and Misinformation.  Along with the keynote topic on the first day, 13 other 45-minute sessions will be held throughout the two-day event. Topics include: beef cattle markets, Missouri climate trends, year-round pasture management, matching cow size to forage resource, small ruminant pasture management, clover and nitrogen fertilizer management, strip grazing milo, bale grazing, managing the grazing system in the winter months, annual forages for livestock production, warm season grasses testing and performance, and forage pest issues.

Agricultural businesses and organizations will have commercial displays and logo representation before and between sessions.  For more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor during this live event, visit the website or contact Nathan Witt at 417-451-1007 ext.3.  The cost is $45 per person. Mail in registrations must be received by February 16th to assure access to the conference. Participants can find more information about the conference and register online at www.springforageconference.com .  Contact the Laclede County SWCD office at 417-532-6305, ext.101 for additional questions.  A flyer is attached.



If you are needing to be recertified for having a private pesticide applicator license or need a new license, there are three options this year.  You can register for any of the first two options at https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/pesticide-applicator-training.


  1. In-Person Training offered on a very limited basis at a cost of $35 per person to cover the cost of materials.  Here are the programs I know about so far:

February 9 – 10 a.m. – Plaza Theater, Lamar (Hosted by Jill Scheidt – Call 417-682-3579 – Masks Required)

February 9 – 6 p.m. – Barco Drive-in Theater from your car or pickup, Lamar (Hosted by Jill Scheidt – Call 417-682-3579)

March 4 – 1 p.m. – Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon (Hosted by Tim Schnakenberg – Call 417-466-3102 – Masks Required)

  1. Applicators may attend an on-line Zoom teleconference training hosted by a field specialist anywhere in the state.  There is no charge since there is no cost of materials.  Here are the virtual program offerings that are currently finalized.  Be aware that we are planning weekly private applicator trainings using Zoom from January through March.  There will be more added.  Check the link listed about for updates on dates and times.  Here are some dates that are confirmed:

January 5 – 10 a.m. (Hosted by Jill Scheidt)

January 11 – 10 a.m. (Hosted by Dhruba Dhakal)

March 8, 9 a.m. – (Hosted by Tim Schnakenberg)

  1. Applicators can purchase a copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator Training (M87) manual, either picking it up at a local extension center or having it mailed to them along with a 25-question study guide and the appropriate certification form.  The participant reviews the material, fills out the study guide and sends it and the form directly back to their local field specialist, which will be graded by the specialist.  There is a $35 charge for this option to cover cost of materials.  Contact your local extension center for details.


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