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The Keys to Soil Health

Unlock the secrets to soil health with workshops from MU and NRCS

Producers are increasingly hearing about how using no-till and cover crops will help benefit soil health. But what actually is going on in the ground below your feet when these practices happen? Questions like this will be one of many answered in the Keys to Soil Health Workshop on February 11 in the Youth Building located at the Bates County…

Collaborating for the Greater Good

By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion. The problem at hand for producers is how to feed this fast growing human race. Solutions won’t be found in a single program. There must be a collaborative effort. Since its establishment in 1870, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has…

Autumnal Giving

Each year Bradford Research Center provides pumpkins for local students

Tim Reinbott’s love of pumpkins started back in kindergarten during a class field trip. Now as superintendent of the Bradford Research Center in Columbia, he is sharing his affection for the autumnal adornments with students around central Missouri. “Since 2005 we have been growing pumpkins to share with kids,” Reinbott said. “They are your traditional jack-o-lantern varieties but we do…

Show-Me Angler Adventures

New book from MU shares tales of Missouri fishing experiences

Chris Rice vividly remembers one of his favorite fishing experiences when he was 12 years old. His father had just bought a new bass boat and the two were headed to Lake Wappapello in southeast Missouri. A day of lackluster fishing took a quick turn for the better after the duo stumbled upon a large school of white bass. Fish…

Coming Together for Canned Goods

CAFNR Student Council donates most cans for Homecoming food drive

  Each October as the leaves start to change color, most of downtown Columbia becomes awash in bright yellow hues as well. It’s the time of year when University of Missouri alums from near and far come back to the their alma mater to take in a football game or one a stroll amongst the columns. Beyond the royalty competitions…

Vine to the Plate

Table grapes could be the next crop for Missouri's fruit industry

Missouri has long been known as the Show-Me State. More recently, it has been recognized for its geology with the nickname as the Cave State. Given the history of the agriculture products grown in the state, it might be hard not to place Missouri as a grape state. In the mid 1800s German immigrants established some of the first wineries…

2013 South Farm Showcase

Clear skies and pleasant fall weather welcomed record crowd

On the first day of the fall season upwards of 9,000 people visited the seventh annual South Farm Showcase. The South Farm Research Center, located on the southeastern edge of Columbia, hosted the family-friendly event on September 21. Hay bale-lined wagons transported guests to the many attractions located across the research center owned by the MU College of Agriculture, Food…

36th Annual Greenley Field Day

Cattle timed-breeding research and UAV demonstration draw crowds at Field Day

  On August 6, more than 100 people attended the Greenley Field Day held at the research center near Novelty. Educational tours were given around the farm that included topics about how to waste less hay, tillage radish management, herbicide burndown options for marestail and the utilization of grazing wheels for strip grazing summer annuals. A highlight for some, was…

The 25th Annual Graves-Chapple Field Day

UAV demonstration draws crowd at Field Day

More than 170 people attended the 25th Annual Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day on August 27 near Rock Port. Educational tours were given around the farm that included topics on establishing cover crops, future herbicide-resistant crop technologies and common pests for soybeans and corn. But the highlight for many, was a demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), piloted by…