University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty experts are available to comment on numerous aspects of water management, including drought, irrigation and weather.
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For Expert Comment on Drought
Bob Sharp, PhD
Director of Interdisciplinary Plant Group, Professor in Plant Sciences
His research focuses on the regulation of root and shoot growth responses to drought, using maize and soybean as model systems.
- Faculty page
- CAFNR news story: A Culture of Collaboration
- CAFNR news story: Growing Synergy Between the Lab and Field
- CAFNR news story: No Drought of Ideas
Felix Fritschi, PhD
C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics
His main research interests are in the area of plant responses to abiotic stress. In particular, he emphasizes on effects of water deficit and heat on plant growth and productivity.
Superintendent of Forage Systems Research Center
His experience includes growing forages during drought periods for all classes of beef cattle.
For Expert Comment on Irrigation
Kelly Nelson, PhD
Professor in Plant Sciences
His research is focused on increased agronomic production needs specific to Northeast Missouri, including drainage water management.
For Expert Comment on Weather
Pat Guinan, PhD
Associate Extension Professor in Climatology
He established the Missouri Mesonet, a system of 34 weather stations — 24 of which provide real-time weather updates across Missouri.
- Faculty page
- CAFNR news story: Weather Updates at Your Fingertips
- CAFNR news story: Making Good Management Decisions
Gene Stevens, PhD
Extension Professor in Plant Sciences
His focus is on researching ways to improve production practices for numerous core crops, such as corn, rice, cotton and soybeans. He developed the Crop Water Use App, which assists farmers with their irrigation scheduling.