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Terrific Turnout for Tomato Tasting

More than 1,000 attendees taste tomatoes and peppers at Tomato Festival

For 13 years, the Bradford Research Center has provided the Columbia community an opportunity to taste a huge variety of tomatoes and peppers, as well as a chance to learn which of those varieties could work in their own home gardens. This year’s event was no different, as more than 1,000 attendees tried about 150 tomatoes and about 75 peppers.…

Providing Pertinent Information for Producers

Rain doesn't dampen Fisher Delta Research Center field day

A few storms didn’t dampen the Fisher Delta Research Center field day, as more than 1,000 guests attended the annual event, held Thursday, Aug. 31, in Portageville. The rain moved the traditional wagon tours inside where attendees learned more about the soybeans, rice and cotton research taking place at the Center. The field day also featured an honorary breakfast with…

Improving Beef Cattle Production

Thompson Research Center field day set for Sept. 21

The Thompson Research Center has revamped its field day schedule for 2017, moving to an evening program and including a farm tour before the presentations begin. Registration and a wagon tour of the Center will begin at 3:30 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6:15 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the farm near Spickard. There will be a free dinner…

Studying Sustainable Agriculture

Hundley-Whaley twilight tour looked at maple syrup, mushrooms and monarchs

With a focus on sustainable agriculture, the Hundley-Whaley Research Center twilight tour stayed busy throughout the evening on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The sustainable agriculture tour featured presentations on maple syrup harvesting, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation and monarch habitat. The twilight tour also had presentations on other timely agricultural-related topics. More than 200 guests attended the event. “The sustainable agriculture topics are ones…

Highlighting Topics of Interest

Graves-Chapple field day touched on dicamba, other timely topics

The tour wagons were packed throughout the morning during the annual Graves-Chapple Research Center field day on Tuesday, Aug. 22. More than 225 guests enjoyed presentations on a variety of agricultural-related topics. There was a special question and answer session on dicamba during the event as well. “Things went great,” Superintendent Jim Crawford said. “The weather cooperated and we had…

Soybean Disease Shows in NW Missouri

Rare white mold can cause large yield losses

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwest Missouri show symptoms of sclerotina stem rot. MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed the disease.. Also known as white mold, the disease is rare in Missouri. It can cause large losses in fields with high yield potential. The stem and root disease is usually found…

Celebrating a Milestone

Food science program recognizes 50th anniversary

The food science program at the University of Missouri celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. Activities are planned for the weekend of Sept. 1-2, 2017, to bring alumni and friends back to campus to celebrate this milestone. Festivities kick off with an open house in Eckles Hall and the W.C. Stringer Wing on the MU campus from noon to 5…

Fishing for Data

South Farm recruiting anglers for upcoming eclipse

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ South Farm Research Center is recruiting anglers for the upcoming solar eclipse, which will sweep across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. The South Farm Research Center is hoping to prove an increase in feeding activity within the direct path of the eclipse. To do that, the Center is…

Blindness Doesn’t Stop Sixth Generation Farmer

District supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind serves on MU Extension's AgrAbility team

Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential. Brinkmann helps people with visual impairments succeed in agriculture, says Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility Project state director and University of Missouri Extension specialist. Brinkmann serves with Funkenbusch on the AgrAbility team. He is mid-Missouri district supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), one…

MU Extension Master Gardeners Build Mini-Greenhouses

Low-cost, low-maintenance greenhouses fund activities throughout the year

Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners know that good things come in small packages. That is why mini-greenhouses are growing throughout the Lake of the Ozarks region. The mini-greenhouses are the brainchild of Dan Britton, president of the Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners chapter in Morgan County. University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Joni Harper says members appreciate the convenience of the greenhouses. Master…