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Growing Agriculture

Agriculture Education Days provide students with vast amounts of information

September and October are plenty busy for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Along with the everyday research that takes place at each Center, there were Field Days to be hosted and crops readied for harvest. Mixed in with that busyness are Agriculture Education Days. These days are designed to give high…

The (Academic) Road Less Traveled

Pair of students work on dual degrees through MS/DVM program

For Jill Abel and Brianne Bishop, these days represent the quiet in the middle of the storm. This fall the two are taking nine credit hours in addition to serving as teaching assistants and conducting field trials related to their master’s research as graduate students in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. That may seem…

Improving Beef Cattle Production

Thompson Research Center takes a look at beef cattle during annual Field Day

SPICKARD, MO. – Creating strategies to enhance beef cattle production was the core focus of the Thompson Research Center Field Day, held Tuesday, Sept. 15. More than 150 farmers, producers and students heard numerous topics on management strategies to improve beef cattle production. “We had a really great crowd and a lot of great presentations,” Superintendent Rodney Geisert said. “Guests…

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…

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.

Rebuilding the Herd

Heifer management helps to produce quality beef

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, professor at College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. As farmers save heifers to breed for increasing their cow herds, careful attention must be paid…

For Better Bovine

Thompson Research Center Field Day to highlight management strategies to improve beef cattle production

The annual Field Day, which will be held Sept. 16, will feature informational talks and opportunities to connect with agricultural industry professionals, vendors and experts.

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

Managing the Most Precious Resource

Workshops help producers with soil health management practices

What actually is going on in the ground below your feet when management practices happen? Questions like this will be one of many answered in the Keys to Soil Health Advanced Workshops held throughout the state in July and August.

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.