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After the Flood, an Opportunity

Trials underway to find out if inoculated soybeans are worth extra cost

One year after the Missouri River flooded Northwest Missouri, researchers at the Graves-Chapple Research Center are turning post-flood conditions into an opportunity to examine growing conditions.

Months of Extremes

Atmospheric scientists analyze two warmest months on record

Two months in Midwest history – March 2012 and December 1889 – stand out as the warmest winter months in more than a century of weather records. A team of University of Missouri scientists determined why these months, separated by 123 years, were so exceptional.

Collaborating For Clean Water

Tony Thorpe organizes a fleet of volunteers

What’s better than canoeing on a stream with your friends? Doing it for a living and helping to maintain Missouri’s water quality. Tony Thorpe is the coordinator of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program. This effort, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leads hundreds of volunteers who sample water from various lakes across the state. The work is designed to create a…

Horticulture and Agroforestry Field Day Set for June 30

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), famous for its Chestnut Festival, will host a Field Day on Saturday, June 30. Two tours will cover more than a dozen topics from raising truffles, nuts and fruits to establishing alley cropping systems and growing biomass in a flood plain.

U.S. Northern Region Woody Biomass Assessment Featured on Journal of Forestry

An assessment of the regional physical availability of woody biomass as an energy feedstock in the U.S. Northern Region conducted by MU Department of Forestry and US Forest Service researchers is the central article featured in the May issue of the Journal of Forestry. The article highlights the potential of woody biomass to produce power in combination with conservation goals.…

A Change in Weather

Class of '93 graduate earns new job at forecasting service

Laura (Eikermann) Furgione, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences from Mizzou in 1993, was named the Acting Assistant Administrator for the National Weather Service (NWS) in May.

A Burning Question

Crafting a tool to inform fire management 

Prescribed fire is growing in popularity as a tool for forest management, but the benefit/cost ratio is hotly contested among natural resource managers. Joe Marschall, research specialist at the Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory, created a tool to quickly and accurately evaluate fire’s effects on timber quality in Missouri’s oak forests.

Randy Races the Extra Mile

To keep up with Indy Car

Randy Miles’ passion for IndyCar racing is well known among his colleagues at CAFNR. “The big day of the Indy 500 race is my personal Christmas,” Miles said with a laugh. The Indiana native has been into IndyCar his whole life. He grew up only about 40 miles west of the track, near Crawfordsville, Indiana. Miles is an associate professor…

Grad Student Honored

Simmons selected for Carver Graduate Fellowship

Langston Simmons was selected as the 2012-13 George Washington Carver Graduate Fellowship recipient at the University of Missouri. The fellowship is awarded through CAFNR’s Agriculture Experiment Station to a minority graduate student who most personifies the research and educational efforts Carver was so well-known for. George Washington Carver received acclaim for his accomplishments at Tuskegee Institute (Ala.) He was also…

Pining for Economic Opportunity

Pine straw can be great mulch and boost for Missouri landowners

Research at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) could yield new a new crop for Missouri landowners.