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A Growing Collaboration

Local landowners, companies come together to donate a new farm to Fisher Delta Research Center for critical research

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers work tirelessly to provide relevant crop studies for the many different soil types around the state. When key advisory board members for the Fisher Delta Research Center identified a gap in the Center’s research abilities in south Dunklin County, the board members, local landowners, cotton gin owners, CAFNR Foundation, ag…

‘Super’ Alumni

Q and A with CAFNR's Research Center Superintendents/Directors who are Mizzou alums

From insects to cattle, from cotton to soybeans – the University of Missouri has Agricultural Research Centers across the state studying all areas of agriculture. Of those research centers, which are spread throughout the state, eight have superintendents or directors who earned degrees from the University of Missouri. Those degrees range from Agronomy to Plant Sciences. “By having superintendents from…

Fielding Your Questions

Agricultural Research Center Field Days are opportunity to learn about a variety of CAFNR research

Throughout the year, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources researchers are busy performing studies, collecting data, making recommendations and much more, all to help farmers across the state. Most of the studies occur far from the Columbia campus, in small towns at every corner of Missouri. This regionally relevant research will be on display for the public in…

My Brother’s Beekeeper

Program brings tools together to protect hives

A program at the Fisher Delta Research Center offers beekeepers an opportunity to protect hives from pesticide drift.

Back to the Lab

Revitalized MU Soil Characterization Lab will find new home in CAFNR

Once housed in the MU College of Engineering, ownership of the MU Soil Characterization Lab is transferring to CAFNR. Lab space is being renovated at the college’s South Farm Research Center, located just minutes from the campus in Columbia to better serve its clients.

A Trip to Dixie

Ag Research Center superintendents visit universities in Mississippi for annual meeting

Each year superintendents at CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Center meet to discuss annual business, plan for upcoming Field Days and work on planning collaborative projects. This year, the group visited research centers operated by University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

Listening for Danger

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing

In a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, MU researchers have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more defenses.

The Science of a Soil Test

MU Soil Labs help find out what is happening in your soil to help produce profitable crops

One way to start planning for next year’s growing season is to get a soil test and MU’s Soil Fertility Labs are there to help. A soil test is like taking an inventory of nutrients available to plants — which area is too high, too low or just right. While plant growth and prior yields may offer clues to nutrient availability, a producer won’t precisely know until they test their soil.

Helping out their community

Fisher Delta Research Center employees elected mayors of small towns

Most people think of a mayor as a professional politician with a big budget and a staff of assistants and cabinet members. In the small towns that dot the Bootheel region of southeast Missouri, where hamlets can be just a stop sign and a few houses, the reality is different. Here, leaders hold down regular jobs as they try to…

53rd Annual Field Day

Several hundred packed Rone Hall and educational tours

Hundreds came out for the showcase of the year for FDRC.