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Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team predicted the hot June temperatures back in January. El Niño was…

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Advocating for Pollinators

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers focused on aiding pollinators

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers continue to be advocates for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Thirteen Research Centers planted monarch waystations, beginning in late January. The waystations include milkweed and other nectar sources that benefit all pollinators. “By establishing a diverse habitat we’re…

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Growing Agriculture

Agriculture Education Days provide students with vast amounts of information

September and October are plenty busy for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Along with the everyday research that takes place at each Center, there were Field Days to be hosted and crops readied for harvest. Mixed in with that busyness are Agriculture Education Days. These days are designed to give high school and…

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Fielding Your Questions

Agricultural Research Center Field Days are opportunity to learn about a variety of CAFNR research

Research Professor Kelly Nelson shows a recent study looking at the effects of subsurface drip … Expand ▸Research Professor Kelly Nelson shows a recent study looking at the effects of subsurface drip irrigation systems for corn and soybeans at Greenley Research Center’s 2014 Field Day. Throughout the year, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food…

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Back to the Lab

Revitalized MU Soil Characterization Lab will find new home in CAFNR

For many years the Soil Testing Lab at the University of Missouri has been a valuable resource for producers of the state. Results from the tests give farmers a list of recommendations to improve crop and forage yields. But a lesser-known testing facility is getting a facelift and will be ready to receive samples come spring. Once housed in the MU College of Engineering, ownership of the MU Soil…

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A Trip to Dixie

Ag Research Center superintendents visit universities in Mississippi for annual meeting

Each year superintendents at CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Center meet to discuss annual business, plan for upcoming Field Days and work on planning collaborative projects. This year, the group visited research centers operated by University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The group visited the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center in Biloxi to see aquaculture…

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The Science of a Soil Test

MU Soil Labs help find out what is happening in your soil to help produce profitable crops

With harvests winding down, the farm’s focus might turn away from the fields. According to specialists at the University of Missouri, now is just as good as ever to find out what your ground needs. One way to start planning for next year’s growing season is to get a soil test and MU’s Soil Fertility Labs are there to help. David Dunn, Extension Associate Soil Testing Lab & Rice…

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Going Under Cover with Crops

Hundley-Whaley Field Day to highlight importance of our soils

At last year’s Field Day, MU Extension Professor Ray Massey spoke about the upcoming … Expand ▸At last year’s Field Day, MU Extension Professor Ray Massey spoke about the upcoming year’s economic outlook for producers. The popular talk will return this year as Ray also will share an economic outlook of crop prices for 2015. In the 1980s Missouri was…

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