Author: Logan Jackson

Connecting with the Community

It all started with a letter, written in the late 1980s, by a handful of agriculture agents located in northwest Missouri. The letter was addressed to then-University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Dean Roger Mitchell and was written by Wayne Flanary, agronomy specialist; Bob Chapple, ag engineer; Mike Killingsworth, farm management specialist; and Don Mobley, livestock…

Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in…

Promoting Farm Safety

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Forage Systems Research Center hosted more than 90 fifth grade students from three local schools on Wednesday, May 3 for a farm safety day. The focus of the safety day was to teach students the importance of safety, especially as those students head into summer break. This was the…

Battling Soil Saturation

Poorly drained soils cause numerous headaches for landowners, including reduced crop production and environmental nitrogen loss. It’s a problem that Peter Motavalli and Kelly Nelson, both with the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, have worked for years to combat. One of their field trials was published in the first Agronomy Journal of 2017. The trial…

Agroforestry Academy Enters Fifth Year

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host its annual Agroforestry Academy from July 23-28 in Columbia, Mo. This is the fifth year of the weeklong, hands-on experience. “The Agroforestry Academy is a very exciting event,” said Mike Gold, interim director of the Center for Agroforestry. “We’ve been able to train nearly 110 individuals over four years from across…

Adding Another Tool

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), such as drones, are becoming more and more common in the world of agriculture. Over the years, the rules and regulations have become more clear and defined – meaning the potential uses for drones in agriculture continues to grow. The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found a handful of ways…

A Precise Vision of Agriculture

When Adolfo Rosati, a research scientist in Italy, received a scholarship from the Fulbright Scholars Program to further his studies in the United States, those who know him had one simple question – with 50 states to choose from why was he going to Missouri? The answer was quite simple for Rosati. “I knew nothing about Missouri – except for…

Scouting Success

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Fisher Delta Research Center unveiled its Crop Scouting School in 1981. At that time, only 5 percent of cotton fields in the Missouri Bootheel region were being scouted for insects. In just 15 years, that number had grown to 76 percent. The school celebrated its 36th year of teaching…

A Strong Foundation

James Cash Penney – better known as J.C. Penney – always had a passion for agriculture. Most well-known for his department stores across the United States, Penney also had an extensive background in agriculture. He was instrumental in the development of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Foremost Dairy Research Center, donating the money to…

‘Growing Knowledge at the Farm’

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Jefferson Farm and Garden is partnering with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners for a six-part series called “Growing Knowledge at the Farm.” The focus of the series is to offer tips and techniques to individuals to create a successful garden at home. The workshops will take place the…