“Overcoming fear with education promotes understanding”

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Newton County Sheriff’s Office released a PSA informing residents to stay cool when dealing with our cold-blood buddies in the wild.

As the weather warms up, our local reptile population will become active once again, the NCSO states.

“Although it’s always a controversial topic, leaving our native snakes, lizards and turtles to play their role in our ecosystem is the best policy. Snakes are the subject of a lot of phobias, but overcoming fear with education promotes understanding.”

-Deputy Kruse

Snakes like this Western Rat Snake help to balance the population of rodents and are beneficial to have around, so be sure to let them live in peace.



Joplin Chamber Members volunteered today to help those in need

JOPLIN, Mo. – Members of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce volunteered with the Joplin Garden Club today, April 12.

Chamber members assisted in seed planting and mulch spreading in the community garden at the Crosslines Food Pantry.

Chair Member Dana Pim stated:

“I love volunteering and I love bringing awareness to these non-profits that do such good in our community and being able to be a part of it. We’ve made a lot of friends because other people who like volunteering come out and join us so we’ve got quite the network now.”

Officials say the Crosslines Food Pantry is located at 320 School Ave. in Joplin.


Master gardening classes return to the four states area

JOPLIN, Mo. – Master Gardener offers a series of gardening classes for beginners in the four states area.

Eric Osen, a Master Gardener with the University of Missouri Extention Office offers a class that covers many different aspects of gardening. Throughout the class, students will learn the best ways to grow their own produce.

“There’s always concerns about food, food security, and being able to, you know, feed your family,” said Master Garden Volunteer Eric Osen.  “This is a healthy outdoor family activity. This is something that you could do with your kids, your grandkids to spend time with them.”

The classes will take place at the Web City Farmers Market, the Joplin Empire Market, and the Joplin Public Library.

For more information, click here.




Grant allows Rocky Comfort Elementary students to seed 10,000 plants

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – Agriculture students at Rocky Comfort Elementary will seed 10,000 plants thanks to a grant from Walmart.

Agricultural Teacher Elizabeth Wilkinson said the following about the annual event:

“The big shipment [of seeds] is quite a sight to see.” Wilkinson said. “My kids are hard-working and really good at what they do. It is really loud and chaotic while planting all these seeds, but we have a blast.”

Wilkinson says students will look over the seedlings for a few weeks until they are available for purchase at the school’s annual plant sale. Money raised from the sale goes to help with school improvement projects.

Click here for more information.


Craft Expo On It’s Way To NEO A&M

Keeley Adams, NEO A&M Honors Program Director. stopped by the KOAM studio to talk about the upcoming Craft Expo. This event is open to the public and anyone interested should come out:

  • March 26
  • 10 am to 3 pm
  • 200 I St NE, Miami, OK 74354 (NEO STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER)
  • Over 50 vendors will take part

Shop a wide variety of vendors for quality crafts and merchandise including Jewelry, Home Decor, and more!

Call 918-542-8441 for more information.

This event is hosted by NEO Women and Friends.



Jesse Gilmore talks cutting and caring for fresh flowers

Jesse Gilmore, an agent from the K-State Extension Office, talks to Michael Hayslip about cutting and caring for fresh flowers. Jesse is in charge of horticulture and you can reach him at https://www.ksre.k-state.edu


Beekeeper class helps students learn the basics

JOPLIN, Mo. – Interested in becoming a beekeeper? This class at the Joplin Greenhouse teaches new beekeepers the basics.

Hosted by Jill Carr and the Joplin Area Beekeepers Association, the class exposes yearning beekeepers to the following:

  • The real job of the queen
  • The proper clothing and tools available
  • How to check for problems/how to deal with them
  • The excitement of getting to know your bees
  • The benefits of bees.

Participants will even taste their own honey after cultivation.

The classes will be every Monday through the month of February. To learn more, click here.


Local beekeepers host informational class

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Cherokee County Area Beekeepers (CCABclub) hosts Beginner’s Beekeeping class today.

Located at the Cherokee County K-State Research and Extension office, the class covers the following:

  • Bee Biology
  • Equipment & Supplies
  • Taking Care of Bees
  • Acquiring Bees

The class also includes a hands-on activity of assembling a hive that will be given away at the end.

Community members had the chance to register online or in-person for $15. The registry fee also included lunch and an informational book.




EPA limits herbicides in 5 southwestern Missouri counties

MISSOURI – The EPA prevents the use of some herbicides in five southwestern Missouri counties.

In Barton, Bates, Cedar, St. Clair and Vernon Counties, the EPA will not allow the following:

  • Enlist One (2,4-D choline)
  • Enlist Duo (2,4-D choline + glyphosate)

The EPA made the decision based on concerns surrounding the protection of endangered specials that may “use corn, cotton, or soybean fields for diet and/or habitat”.

The registrant of these products, Corteva, has indicated that they have already completed additional studies that could address the EPA concerns and so it is possible that some county restrictions may be removed in the coming months, but it is too early to speculate.

What this means for farmers in the 2022 growing season

By Kevin Bradley
University of Missouri
Division of Plant Sciences

Assuming the county restrictions hold for the 2022 growing season, the obvious question being asked by growers who reside in these counties and who had already purchased Enlist soybean seed with the intention of applying the Enlist products is, “What should I plan on doing for my weed management program now?”

For growers who find themselves in this situation and have glyphosate-resistant waterhemp (which applies to most of the fields in our state), I would encourage them to use an effective pre-emergence residual herbicide that contains multiple modes of action at or near planting, and plan on coming back post-emergence with a timely application of a glufosinate product.

At the time of this post-emergence glufosinate application, I would also suggest another group 15 residual herbicide (products that contain S-metolachor, acetochor, pyroxasulfone, etc.) which is a program that is referred to as an overlapping or layered residual approach. Overall, this is a program that is still effective on the majority of waterhemp populations in our state. If you are certain that you do not have glyphosate resistance in your waterhemp, a similar approach that includes glyphosate instead of the glufosinate can be followed.

For the remainder of the state where these products will be allowed (non-highlighted counties in Figure 1), it should also be noted that there will be additional new label restrictions that are directed towards reducing off-target movement and protecting endangered species.

Some of the more notable of these include: no applications permitted when rainfall is expected within 48 hours or when soils are fully saturated; no irrigation that could produce runoff within 48 hours after application; requirement of a downwind 30-foot buffer; and no applications permitted after soybean crops are in bloom.

All applicators should check the modified labels to make sure they comply with these new requirements prior to use in the 2022 growing season.