FAYETTE, Mo. – The annual Howard County Farm Tour will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The event is organized by University of Missouri Extension in Howard County in cooperation with the Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Howard County Cattlemen’s Association.

Participants will meet at Salt Creek Tree Farms, a division of Rost, Inc. located at 1409 St. Rt. W, just outside of Fayette at 5:30 pm. The tour will continue at the Salt Creek Container Lot located 740 County Road 421. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Participants should dress appropriately for hot weather and some walking.

Larry Henneke will be providing a tour of Salt Creek Tree Farms. Tim and Toby Rost (owners) established Salt Creek Tree Farm in 1985. With 400 acres of growing fields, they are able to supply many of their own trees to the distribution lot and Superior Garden Center. Salt Creek Tree Farms grows almost 50 varieties, specializing in crabapples and maples.

In the past few years, they have also expanded into growing a selection of shrubs on their Salt Creek Container Lot. This allows them to have a constant supply of more frequently used shrubs and perennials. Their homegrown plants are grown in larger containers than what is most common, for those customers wanting an immediate impact in newly planted landscapes. Plants will be available for purchase.

The tour will conclude with a meal. The Cattlemen’s Association will be cooking burgers, tour participants are asked to bring a side dish to share.

There is no cost to participate in the tour, but an RSVP is requested by calling the Howard County Extension office at: (660) 248-2272 or by emailing [email protected]

Contributed by Heather Conrow, Livestock Specialist,University of Missouri Extension-Howard County