Featured Event: Bradford Tomato Festival

The 10th Annual Tomato Festival will be held Sept. 4 from 4-7pm. Come out to try more than 250 different types of tomatoes and peppers!
The 10th Annual Tomato Festival will be held Sept. 4 from 4-7pm. Come out to try more than 250 different types of tomatoes and peppers!

Bradford Research Center

Located 11 miles east of the MU campus on 591 acres, it has the largest concentration of research plots in crops, oils and related disciplines in Missouri. As a research laboratory and outdoor classroom, faculty and students investigate wastewater management, entomology, pest and weed control, alternative crops, organic transition techniques and the impact of hailstorms. Bradford engages the community through workshops, field days, corn mazes, the Tomato Festival, and native plants and pumpkin giveaways, and partners with University organizations, including Campus Dining Services, to improve MU’s sustainability.

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Simplifying Soybean Genetics

Senior Research Scientist Andrew Scaboo will speak on soybean breeding concepts and will take participants on tours of the research fields at Bradford. Genetics is a science that can be very…

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A Decade of Tomatoes

For the 10th year, Bradford Research Center will welcome guests to try more than 250 different types of tomatoes and peppers at the annual Tomato Festival on Sept. 4. Ten years ago Tim Reinbott and…

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Rebuilding Soils for a Changing Climate

In the 1980s Missouri was ranked second in the country in soil loss. At an average of 10.9 tons per acre, it wasn’t an accolade to be proud of. Farmers took to conservation efforts such as…

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Who’ll Report the Rain?

Nancy Bishop, senior research/lab technician, checks rain and other weather gauges at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. Each day Nancy uploads the recorded data to…

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Virtual Tour of Bradford Research Center

An Outdoor Classroom

With more than 200 research projects, 25,000 plots and several thousand breeding projects, students have a cornucopia of educational opportunities from which to choose

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A Research Laboratory Under the Sun

Students, faculty and extension personnel study everything from waste water management, entomology and pest and weed control to alternative crops and the impact of hailstorms.

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Community Involvement

There are as many ways to get involved at Bradford as there are plant varieties. The team at Bradford hosts numerous workshops and field days that are open to the public including corn mazes, the Tomato Festival, native plants and pumpkin giveaways.

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