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Agricultural Research Centers

Agricultural Research Centers

The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are a system of centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR's research to nearly 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers.

The varied soil, topographic and climatic conditions in the glaciated northern region, the Ozark Highlands, the Mississippi flood plain of the bootheel, and the central part of the state surrounding Columbia necessitate a regionalized approach to agricultural and natural resource management.

These research and demonstration facilities host more than 35,000 people each year for field days, FFA days, other extension activities, community events and more.


Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center

2,251 acres
15550 Veach Road
Ashland, MO 65010

Baskett is used for research and education in wildlife management and behavior, forestry and resource measurement. A long-term program to document tree canopy climate is currently underway. Data from Baskett has been used in more than 125 research publications. It is located in the Ozark border region of southcentral Missouri, an ecologically important transitional zone.

Hundley-Whaley Research Center

375 acres
1109 S. Birch Street
Albany, MO 64402

On the outskirts of Albany and located on second bottom river soils, this Center provides an optimum location for agronomic studies including testing and comparison of new varieties and new products. Research also addresses improved management practices for crops, timber and bottomland soils. Ongoing research projects focus on the best management practices and economics for corn and soybeans. The research center is involved in pesticide evaluations and comparisons, and sustainable agriculture concepts.

Bradford Research Center

591 acres
4968 Rangeline Road
Columbia, MO 65201

Bradford has the largest concentration of research plots in crops, soils and related disciplines in Missouri. As a research laboratory, faculty and students investigate wastewater management, entomology, pest and weed control, alternative crops, organic transition techniques and the impact of hailstorms. Bradford engages the community through workshops, field days, corn mazes, the Tomato Festival, and native plants and pumpkin giveaways, and partners with University organizations, including Campus Dining Services, to improve MU’s sustainability.

Lee Greenley Jr. Memorial Research Center

1390 acres
64399 Greenley Place
Novelty, MO 63460

Located in the claypan soil region of northeast Missouri, this Center evaluates efficient and profitable crop production while emphasizing soil conservation, water quality and energy efficiency. Greenley also includes the Ross Jones Farm. It is currently involved in developing a systems approach for irrigation and drainage using drain tile and studying paired watersheds to evaluate the impact of agroforestry practices on water quality. Ongoing performance testing of corn, soybean, sunflowers, biomass and winter wheat continues to yield results to aid Missouri producers.

Dairy Research Center

820 acres
Route 5, Old Highway 40
Columbia, MO 65202

The Dairy Research Center provides a learning laboratory for courses in dairy production and herd management. Research is conducted through a 220-cow herd managed by both Animal Science and Veterinary Science students. Other research projects include development of feed additives to improve health and dairy output, forage use, the feed potential of industrial by-products, and the effects of cystic ovaries on reproduction.

South Farm Research Center

1,452 acres
3600 East New Haven Road
Columbia, MO 65211

Five miles south of the MU campus, South Farm supports the research, outreach and teaching missions of animal science, plant science, veterinary science, biology, botany and other disciplines. The Center is the location of several research facilities including the Swine Research Center, the Beef Research and Teaching Center, the Turfgrass Research Center and the Equine Teaching Facility. The Center also supports research and demonstration projects in entomology, poultry and maize genetics. The Missouri Foundation Seed program uses South Farm to increase the sales of newly developed seed varieties to dealers. Easy access from campus allows South Farm to be used for hands-on teaching to more than 1,500 students annually and is the location for numerous graduate student research projects. The Center hosts a Showcase each fall to share its projects with the general public; it has become a popular family event, with attendance in the thousands.

Forage Systems Research Center

1200 acres
21262 Genoa Road
Linneus, MO 64653

Research at this Center improves the quality of forage grass and determines its best use. An early promoter of management-intensive grazing, it supports the ag industry through courses in rotational grazing, cattle management and the economics of beef and forage. The interactions of cattle, plants and soil are necessary in understanding cause/effect relationships in beef/forage systems. Since 1990, more than 3,000 farmers and educators from several states have attended the three-day intensive Missouri Grazing School.

Southwest Research Center

893 acres
14548 Highway H
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon was established in 1959; the site represents various soil types in this region. Serving 22 counties, this Center addresses the main agricultural concerns of area industries including dairy, beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Currently, beef genetics, nutrition and management systems are researched, as is a pasture-based dairy operation project. Horticultural and alternative crop demonstration and research are also ongoing, including studies on elderberry and grape cultivation.

Graves-Chapple Research Center

68 acres
Atchison and Holt Counties
201 Highway 136 E
Rock Port, MO 64482

Located near Rock Port at the toe slope of the loess hills, this Center's mission is to provide research and teaching in the specific soil and climatic conditions of extreme northwest Missouri. This occurs through research and demonstrations of conservation tillage and soil conservation management practices, turf and forage, and crop production practices. Soil conservation and water quality issues also are addressed.

Fisher Delta Research Center

977 acres
137 State Highway T
Portageville, MO 63873

The soils and topography of southeast Missouri offer researchers a unique opportunity to study cotton and rice production and irrigation. Researchers also are evaluating better soybean cropping systems, and weed, insect and disease-control systems. Three locations make up this research farm of 1,078 acres in a 12-county area that forms the Missouri Bootheel. Scientists at the Delta Center have gained recognition for developing improved soybean varieties, especially those with soybean cyst nematode resistance. The Center also maintains a regional soil and plant testing laboratory.

Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center

700 acres
10 Research Center Road
New Franklin, MO 65274

HARC, near New Franklin, sits at the interface of the loess hills and Missouri River bottom and provides a scenic, historic and scientific setting for development of horticultural- and agroforestry-related studies. Interdisciplinary cooperation allows researchers from multiple disciplines, including entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, agronomy, animal science and agroforestry, to combine research efforts to address an array of issues. Integrated studies of crop, livestock and forestry practices are occurring, as is the development of superior lines for timber and nut meat production. The Flood Tolerance Laboratory and Zone Six Arboretum are located there.

Thompson Research Center

1,600 acres
668 NW Highway C
Spickard, MO 64679

The mission of the Thompson Research Center is to develop, evaluate and disseminate beef herd management technical information using multidisciplinary approaches. Research is focused on reproductive performance, heifer development, supplementation strategies and animal health factors. Additionally, synchronized breeding for uniform calf crops is being studied, as are techniques for the selection and development of desirable traits through breeding of beef cattle. George Drury donated the land for the Thompson Farm in 1956.

Hugo Wurdack Research Center

1,217 acres
164 Bales Road
Cook Station, MO 65449

Nestled along the Meramec River near Cook Station in the northeast Ozarks, this Center conducts demonstrations and research in integrated livestock, forages, forestry, agroforestry and wildlife management practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound and sociologically acceptable for the Ozark Region of Missouri. Timber covers most of the acreage, while 260 acres provide the base for forage production, rotational grazing and cattle production. Current research includes programs to improve forage, beef, agroforestry and timber.

University Forest

160 acres
46 University Forest Drive
Wappapello, MO 63966

Columbia Area Locations

Claypan Research Center — Missouri Foundation Seed propagation.

291 acres
Route 1
Kingdom City, MO 65262

Hinkson Research Area — Maize and entomology research.

Rocheford Turkey Farm — Poultry research. Contact Jeff Firman for information.

Route Z (East of Columbia, MO)
Boone County, MO

Sanborn Field — Long-term soils research.

4.5 acres
South College Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211

Schnabel Woods — Woodland flora study.