Showcasing the Uniqueness of Missouri Agriculture

Numerous research topics will be featured during upcoming Agricultural Research Center Field Days

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from cattle genetics to soybeans to pawpaws.

The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies rice and cotton. In the northwest part of the state, the Graves-Chapple and Hundley-Whaley Research Centers research best management practices for corn and soybeans. At the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, in central Missouri, multiple disciplines are explored, such as plant pathology and agronomy.

To showcase the endless research taking place at each Research Center, there will be numerous Field Days during the next several months.

While each Field Day will feature the same great presentations about the research at the Centers, a new feature has been added to the Field Day season – a giving match of up to $500 per donor. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, CAFNR will match donations made directly to any of the Research Centers. That means a $250 donation, for example, would result in $500 overall to whichever Center the individual chooses.

“Our Centers play a vital role in the CAFNR mission by conducting timely and important research – and taking that research to our farmers and producers,” CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert said. “Each Research Center is an important staple in the communities where they are located.

“Your donations provide critical operating funds that enable each of our Research Centers to purchase equipment, improve facilities and invest in new technologies. Your gifts will ensure the prominence of our Centers, as well as help agriculture research and education thrive in our state.”

Donations can be made online by visiting the Mizzou Give Direct site and entering the Research Center of choice in the search tab. Donations can also be made in person during each Field Day.

The Greenley Research Center, in Novelty, will kick off the Field Day season on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Graves-Chapple, near Rock Port, and Hundley-Whaley, in Albany, will both host Field Days on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Graves-Chapple will begin at 8 a.m., with Hundley-Whaley starting at 5 p.m.

The Fisher Delta Research Center, in Portageville, will host its Field Day on Friday, Aug. 30. The Forage Systems Research Center, near Linneus, has years of research in forage production in northern Missouri, and will showcase that research on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The Southwest Research Center, near Mt. Vernon, will host its Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 12. Beef cattle production and issues will be looked at in-depth during the Thompson Research Center Field Day, near Spickard, on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The South Farm Research Center will celebrate another Showcase, in Columbia, on Saturday, Sept. 28. The South Farm Showcase has grown each year, and had more than 60 activities set up throughout the Center and Jefferson Farm and Garden last year.

The Wurdack Research Center, in the Ozark hills near Cook Station, combines numerous production aspects, including programs to improve forage, beef, agroforestry and timber. The Center will host its Field Day on Friday, Oct. 4. At the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, in New Franklin, the annual Missouri Chestnut Roast will be held, returning on Saturday, Oct. 5.

For more information about each of the CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers, visit cafnr.missouri.edu/research/centers/.