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A Day of Celebration

Southwest Research Center welcomes farmers, producers and students, breaks ground on new facility

This year’s field day was a special one for the Southwest Research Center. Along with its normal field day presentations, the Center hosted nearly 2,000 area high school students and broke ground on a new facility. The event took place on Thursday, Sept. 13. “The entire day was really exciting,” Superintendent David Cope said. “Our agriculture education day always draws…

Dealing with Drought-Like Conditions

FSRC field day tackles drought issues

Drought was the main topic of interest during the annual Forage Systems Research Center field day, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The event featured eight speakers, the majority of whom were focused on showcasing ways farmers and producers could deal with the drought-like conditions across a good portion of Missouri. Not only did farmers and producers from Missouri…

Engaging with Cattlemen Across the State

Eric Bailey will speak twice during the Thompson Research Center field day

Eric Bailey has hit the ground running since he joined the University of Missouri last year as an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and a state beef Extension specialist. Bailey has been a regular at the Agricultural Research Centers’ field days since he came to MU in June 2017, speaking and engaging with farmers, producers and cattlemen…

Sharing Research Results

Fisher Delta Research Center field day featured tours on soybeans, rice and cotton

A great crowd gathered for the 57th Fisher Delta Research Center field day, which focused on “Guiding the Future of Delta Agriculture.” Attendees packed the tour wagons to hear presentations on the soybean, cotton and rice research taking place at the Center. “Our researchers work tirelessly throughout the year on an enormous variety of projects, each of which highlight important…

Supporting Agriculture in Southwest Missouri

New facility will allow Southwest Research Center to meet growing needs

The Southwest Research Center was established in 1959 and serves 22 counties, with a focus on addressing the main agricultural concerns of area industries including beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Serving as a footprint for the University of Missouri in the southwest part of Missouri, the Center is a meeting place for farmers, producers, Extension regional specialists and students.…

A Unique Forage

MU researchers looking to see if intercropping sunn hemp can provide summer forage

Harley Naumann, an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, has a research and teaching appointment in forage physiology. His research focuses on understanding the critical physiological components of warm- and cool-season forages that lead to improved forage-livestock production systems. Naumann has been working with a unique forage since he arrived at Mizzou in 2014 – sunn hemp. His…

Covering Unique Topics

Drought, sustainable agriculture highlight Hundley-Whaley twilight tour

Strong rainstorms didn’t dim Jennifer Miller’s first Hundley-Whaley Research Center twilight tour. Miller was named the Center’s superintendent in April. She brought in a variety of speakers for the annual twilight tour, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Topics ranged from drought to pollinators. “I know that the rain changed our schedule a little bit, but I want to…

Presenting on Timely Agricultural Topics

Rain doesn't slow Graves-Chapple Research Center field day

A little bit of rain didn’t slow the annual Graves-Chapple Research Center field day. Tour wagons were sent out during the first hour of the event, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Rain forced everyone inside after that, and speakers presented to all guests in attendance. “Although our overall attendance was down a little bit from last year, we…

Improving Production Practices

Gene Stevens continues to make Crop Water Use App useful for users

As a University of Missouri Extension professor, Gene Stevens’ focus is on researching ways to improve production practices for numerous core crops, such as corn, rice, cotton and soybeans. Stevens, who is located at the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo., recently developed the Crop Water Use App, which assists farmers with their irrigation scheduling. Always aware of the…

A Pesky Pest

Kevin Rice is researching ways to battle the Japanese beetle

­When Kevin Rice came to the University of Missouri in January, one of the first things he did was hand out a survey to farmers and producers across the state to gauge what insect issues they were dealing with on a regular basis. His inquiries returned two main pests – Japanese beetles and stinkbugs. Rice has devoted a good portion…