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A New Focus

Pasture-based dairy program at Southwest Research Center accomplishes goals, will refocus research efforts

The small, experimental pasture-based dairy at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Southwest Research Center has accomplished all of the goals it set out in 1999 as a demonstration dairy; reinvigorating the dairy industry in southwest Missouri, according to David Cope, superintendent of the Center. For the future, in its continuing support of the southwest Missouri dairy industry,…

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.

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.

Youth in Agriculture

Center welcomes more than 2,000 area students

On Sept. 11, 2014 the Southwest Research Center hosted more than 2,100 students from 49 schools across southern Missouri during the annual Agriculture Education Day. More than 40 guest speakers welcomed students to stops located across the center. Speakers included MU experts, Missouri Department of Conservation biologists, researchers, MU and Lincoln University extension specialists and area industry professionals.

Highlights from our Field Day

Photos from the 2014 Field Day

The annual Field Day was held on Sept. 12 and featured different tours of informational talks and demonstrations geared towards landowners will focus on beef and dairy productions, horticulture, vineyard growers, conservation and ways to live more energy efficient.

Southwest Research Center Field Day Back on Calendar

Free educational event on Sept. 12 will feature talks and tours

The Southwest Research Center Field Day is back on the calendar for this year and is set for Sept. 12. Different tours of informational talks and demonstrations geared towards landowners will focus on beef and dairy productions, horticulture, vineyard growers, conservation and ways to live more energy efficient. Tours will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

Who’ll Report the Rain?

Volunteer-driven CoCoRaHS includes daily precipitation reports

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 The data is then mapped out to allow users quick and easy access to rainfall amounts in their area.

Taking the Reins

David Cope starts as superintendent of the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon

Growing up on a farm outside of Wheelerville in southwest Missouri’s Barry County, David helped with the family’s cattle operation and became enamored with agriculture. He raised cattle through FFA projects, studied agribusiness in college and worked with producers across the Show-Me State through MFA, Inc. Now he will help spread his devotion to agriculture as superintendent of the Southwest Research Center. David starts work July 7 at the center in Mount Vernon

A New Tool for Agriculture

CAFNR iPhone app connects users to Mizzou

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.