Growing watermelons is nothing new for Steven Kirk. Kirk has grown watermelons, in combination with cover crops, for several years – more so as a cultural practice than a research study. That all changed three years ago, when Deborah Finke, an associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, was able to secure a grant from Ceres Trust to study…
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The third annual Organic Field Day, hosted by the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, will take place Thursday, Aug. 6. Registration for the event begins at 2:30 p.m. Tours begin at 3 p.m. Registration is available throughout the event. “We tried some different things last year, and we received a lot of good feedback,” Bradford Superintendent Tim Reinbott said.…
To help growers with the expanding organic movement, Bradford Research Center will be hosting its second annual Organic Field Day in Columbia on Aug. 1. Free educational talks and tours featuring a wide variety of topics geared toward the natural farmer will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For row crop farmers transitioning from conventional to organic production, the three-year transition period can be daunting. Controlling weeds and improving soil health are the cornerstones to success, but many questions surround the best approaches to accomplish these goals.
CAFNR is studying cover crops with a focus on weed suppression, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fertility in an environmentally friendly way and improving grain productivity.
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, aspires to create a closed-loop system that doesn’t require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. He hopes the system will become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities.