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Picking Through the Feed

Graduate student searching for pigweed in bird feed

Finding the unique ways that weeds can spread has become a calling card for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Division of Plant Sciences’ weed science program. For the past year, graduate student Eric Oseland has dug through more than 60 bags of bird feed, looking for which weed seeds show up in the various…

Twilight Tour a Big Success

Hundley-Whaley Twilight Tour showcases various research

The first ever Hundley-Whaley Research Center Twilight Tour was a big success, bringing in nearly 150 attendees on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The attendees heard about the various research being conducted at the Center, located in Albany. Topics included weed management, soybeans, cover crops, and drainage and subirrigation. “Our first Twilight Tour went very well,” Superintendent Bruce Burdick said. “Several of…

Fighting An Aggressive Opponent

Research shows waterfowl can carry and spread pigweed across Missouri

Palmer amaranth, one of the most aggressive pigweed species, is native to the desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. So why is the weed randomly showing up more and more in Missouri and throughout the United States, even as far north as Michigan? It’s a question that Kevin Bradley, associate professor of plant sciences, was interested…

Name That Weed

New app helps you identify that blotch in your garden

A new app can help people easily identify weeds in their field, lawn or garden.

A Sprouting Success

Weed Science Team wins first at NCWSS

The University of Missouri graduate student Weed Science team won first place at the annual North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) Contest. The team was comprised of graduate plant science students Tye Shauck, Kristin Rosenbaum, Eric Riley and Doug Spaunhorst. Shauck won several individual awards including: overall 1st place graduate individual, 1st place graduate individual in the Herbicide Injury Identification…

Improving Fields and Boosting Yields

Bradford Research Center set to host two events for Missouri producers

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Want to boost yields, improve control of weeds and insects, maintain soil health and see the latest agricultural products and research? Bradford Research Center, near Columbia, Mo. is hosting two events July 12 where attendees can find answers to those questions, connect to experts, explore field trials and see the latest agricultural products. Bradford is part of…

Controlling Superweeds

Plant researcher teams with Dow AgroSciences to engineer stronger plants

Zhanyuan Zhang, a research associate professor of plant sciences and director of the MU Plant Transformation Core facility, partnered with research scientists at Dow AgroSciences to engineer soybean plants that can tolerate an alternative herbicide that may help slow the spread of superweeds, such as tall waterhemp.

‘Weeding Out’ Midwestern Vineyards

Researchers tackle a growing problem to enhance the wine industry

Indulging in a glass of wine seldom conjures images of weeds. For the growing number of Midwestern grape growers cultivating their vineyards, such images come frequently to mind.

A promising new way to grow rice

A research program succeeds in spite of a passing hurricane

Despite being battered by the remnants of Hurricane Ike, an experiment to grow rice under center-pivot sprinkler irrigation yielded as much or more of the grain as conventional methods. This new technique may allow farmers to produce the crop in areas where it cannot be grown now, helping produce more food for a hungry world.

Growing rice where it has never been grown before

A Missouri research program may help better feed an increasingly hungry world

In an unexpected place, the Bootheel of Missouri, a research program that could increase rice production began just as the world was reading the shortage news. Using a system of watering familiar to Midwestern farmers, center-pivot irrigation, the study is looking to grow rice on land where it cannot now be planted. If successful, the project could significantly increase rice production.