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University of Missouri and University of Georgia Receive NSF-NIFA Award to Help Fight the Soybean Cyst Nematode

MU Lesa Beamer and UGA Melissa Mitchum will co-direct the 4-year award, which totals $1.2 million

The National Science Foundation (NSF) – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Plant-Biotic Interactions Program has jointly funded an award to researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) and the University of Georgia (UGA) to help combat a devastating soybean pathogen, soybean cyst nematode (SCN). University of Missouri’s (MU) Lesa Beamer, professor in biochemistry, and University of Georgia (UGA),…

FAPRI Releases U.S. Baseline Outlook Report Update

Several factors have disrupted agricultural markets in 2021

Strong demand from China, smaller supplies and other factors have resulted in higher prices for many agricultural commodities. Projected prices for corn, soybeans, hogs and several other commodities moderate in the years ahead, while cattle prices increase. Economists from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) team release the annual U.S. Baseline Outlook report each spring, and provide an…

A Different Perspective

CAFNR researchers use UAV imagery and artificial intelligence to improve soybean breeding

High yield potential is often the top trait crop breeders look at, as higher yielding crops can lead to more money in a producer’s pocket. Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) conduct a variety of trait-related trials through various breeding programs. The Precision and Automated Agriculture Lab (PAAL) in the CAFNR Division…

Research Center Magazine: Building a Foundation

Graduate student success a focus at Greenley

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! You can view the magazine online by clicking here: Road to Discovery.  Each year, Kelly Nelson advises a handful of University of Missouri graduate students who are doing a…

Battling an Unseen Pest

Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to researching soybean cyst nematodes

One of the greatest threats to crops lives underground and can’t be seen by the naked eye. Plant parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms that range in size from as small as 250 micrometers, or 0.0098 inches, to a maximum of several millimeters in length. It’s a parasite that Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to fighting. Mitchum, a professor in…

The Miracle Bean

Scientists develop additional soybean reference genomes

When the Human Genome Project began in 1990, the goal was to sequence and map all of the genes that make up the human DNA. That project was completed in 2003 – and genome projects on many other species followed in subsequent years. Several crops grown in Missouri soon underwent genetic sequencing and mapping, including soybeans. The first soybean cultivar…

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…

‘Mr. Soybean’ Named First Inductee into Soybean Hall of Fame

Norborne farmer Don Heil led the way for checkoff 

Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame inducted its first member, a Norborne farmer known as “Mr. Soybean,” into the Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame on April 5. The late Donald W. Heil, a lifelong farmer in the Missouri River bottoms of Carroll County, earned honors as an international promoter of soybeans, said Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist. Wiebold,…

Expanding Their Expertise

Missouri Soybean Center focused on promoting and enhancing Missouri soybean research, teaching and extension

The University of Missouri soybean community has recently developed the Missouri Soybean Center, with a focus on, “Promoting and enhancing Missouri soybean research, teaching and extension to address current and future challenges facing the soybean industry.” The Center will be unveiled during the Missouri Soybean Center Symposium, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 28,…

As Heard on Insight: The Soybean Sleuth

Kristin Bilyeu's research is leading to a healthier soybean

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! You can view the magazine online by clicking here: Road to Discovery.  Did you miss the first airing of the thirteenth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program…