In early October, a donation of a herd of 18 Salers from CAFNR grad Bruce Loewenberg were delivered to South Farm Research Center. It is the beginning of a continuous collaboration with Loewenberg, as each spring and fall around two dozen weaned heifers will be given to CAFNR’s beef cattle program.
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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.
Dozens of volunteers visited HARC this fall to pick more than 10,000 pounds of apples to be donated to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and the Moniteau County Nutrition Center in California.
Each fall, the MU Equine Program hosts an annual horse auction in which students get to help lead marketing plans and gain experience in preparing sales portfolios. The auction is live online till Nov. 13.
For the eighth year, South Farm Research Center will be hosting the South Farm Showcase on Sept. 27. Admission is free and events are scheduled for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CAFNR Animal Sciences houses a strong Equine Science program.
A valuable tool in monitoring precipitation is CoCoRaHS. The free online database includes daily reports of precipitation collected through a grassroots effort of volunteers that measure and submit to the website at www.cocorahs.org. The data is then mapped out to allow users quick and easy access to rainfall amounts in their area.
University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Pork Association are sponsoring the first ever Missouri Swine Health Symposium, July 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Bradford Research Center.
The new CAFNR smart phone app features stories, highlights events, showcases CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Centers and provides users a way to easily connect to the college’s social media accounts.
Although the University of Missouri is commonly known for instruction at the campus in Columbia, the MU outreach goes beyond the classroom — it stretches to every corner of Missouri.