Bradford Research Center


Crafting the Perfect Brew

MU Extension horticulturalists researching hops

Most often used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, hops have become more popular during the past few years, due in large part to the boom in the craft brewing industry. Hops, which are cone-shaped flowers, aren’t a new crop for Missouri, but it’s been years since hops have been a mainstay in the state. “If you go back over 100 years, you’d find a lot of hops being grown in…

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Terrific Turnout for Tomato Tasting

More than 1,000 attendees taste tomatoes and peppers at Tomato Festival

For 13 years, the Bradford Research Center has provided the Columbia community an opportunity to taste a huge variety of tomatoes and peppers, as well as a chance to learn which of those varieties could work in their own home gardens. This year’s event was no different, as more than 1,000 attendees tried about 150 tomatoes and about 75 peppers. The Tomato Festival, which took place on Thursday,…

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A Staple Event

More than 1,000 people attend 12th annual Bradford Research Center Tomato Festival

The Tomato Festival has been a staple at the Bradford Research Center for the past 11 years. This year’s event was no different. More than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a beautiful day of tasting tomatoes and peppers during the 12th annual Tomato Festival on Thursday, Sept. 1. “It was wonderful to have so many members of our local community out enjoying the tomatoes and peppers,” Bradford…

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A New Opportunity

The Bradford Research Center will launch its first Vegetable Farmer Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 25. The new event will highlight the production of tomatoes, as well as peppers, in Missouri. This year will also mark Bradford’s 12th Tomato Festival, which will take place this September. Research Specialist Steven Kirk, the founder of the Vegetable Farmer Field Day, has been involved in each…

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Twelve Years of Tomatoes

The Tomato Festival at the Bradford Research Center is back for its 12th year. This year’s event will offer more varieties of tomatoes and peppers than ever before. About 250 varieties of tomatoes and 160 varieties of peppers will be available for attendees to taste during the festival, which will run from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Bradford Research Center will host its 12th…

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Farming With Nature

Weed control, worms and cover crops will be discussed during the fourth annual Organic Field Day at the Bradford Research Center. The Organic Field Day will run from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and will run throughout the event. There are three different tours available to attendees in addition to several lectures that will take place inside the John Poehlmann…

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Teaming Together for a Great Cause

Alisha’s Pink Pumpkin Painting Party returns to the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center for the second straight year on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Alisha's Pink Pumpkin Painting Party will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center. Photo by Kyle Spradley. “A lot of people are…

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