From turning today’s tuna salad into tomorrow’s tomatoes, and improving water quality and conservation through advanced irrigation and drainage techniques, CAFNR’s 17 research centers are improving production efficiency, reducing costs and inputs and working to conserve natural resources. Sometimes the solutions involve working with what nature provides, such as capturing ground source air to maintain consistent temperatures for heating and…
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For row crop farmers transitioning from conventional to organic production, the three-year transition period can be daunting. Controlling weeds and improving soil health are the cornerstones to success, but many questions surround the best approaches to accomplish these goals.
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, is creating a closed-loop system that doesn’t require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. Reinbott’s “Zero Carbon Footprint Vegetable and Compost Production System” can become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities who aspire to turn their waste stream into a productive resource.
Sustainable agriculture major Monica Everett was recognized nationally for her leadership on food policy at Mizzou. She’s created partnerships on and off campus to increase student awareness of where their food comes from, and worked to bring healthy, local food to campus and to area food pantries.
CAFNR is studying cover crops with a focus on weed suppression, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fertility in an environmentally friendly way and improving grain productivity.
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, aspires to create a closed-loop system that doesn’t require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. He hopes the system will become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities.
Whether they had their hands inside a cow’s stomach or identified potential water-quality issues on the farm, students learned about their potential futures through hands-on experiences and demonstrations Sept. 13 at Bradford Research and Extension Center’s annual FFA Day.
Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia. The simulators are part of a $1,558,125 Missouri Life Sciences Research Board grant to study how reduced water availability affects plants and crop productivity, and how new breeds of drought-tolerant plants can boost yields.
From nearby Rangeline Road, Bradford Research and Extension Center, east of Columbia, looks like any other typical Missouri farm. The metal buildings and greenhouses, however, use only a fraction of the energy of similar structures. And these energy saving secrets are just a mouse click away for all to see.
Things have been rough for the bobwhite quail since the 1950s when intensive “fence row to fence row” farming destroyed much of their habitat. Today’s quail population is about one-fifth of what it was during those days.