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Save the Quail

MU Field Day focuses on enhancing habitats for Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail, known for their whistle-like bob-bob-white song, are a critical indicator of the health of a habitat. Their numbers are declining in the Midwest. A project at the University of Missouri is designed to inform landowners on ways they can help save the little bird. A field day 8 a.m. to noon on June 27 at the Bradford Research Center, east of Columbia, will showcase management…

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The Switch(grass) to Bales

A simple solution to institute bioenergy use

Scientists all over the world are looking for ways to use switchgrass as an effective biofuel. They should speak with Tim Reinbott, who has been doing that all winter. Reinbott, superintendent of the Bradford Research Center, east of Columbia, has substituted switchgrass bales for wood in the furnace that heats the center’s administration building. The fuel is more than cheap – it’s free;…

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Give It a Try

Results from MU taste tests help growers pick out crop varieties

More than 1,000 people attended the 10th Annual Bradford Tomato Festival in September. Results from … Expand ▸More than 1,000 people attended the 10th Annual Bradford Tomato Festival in September. Results from the taste-testing event is now posted on the center’s website. It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. The time when growers start selecting…

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A New Tool for Agriculture

CAFNR iPhone app connects users to Mizzou

Since its inception in 1870, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri has provided the best for the people of the state. Now it is bringing the research and stories from its world-renowned scientists and researchers directly to your iPhone. The new CAFNR smart phone app features stories, highlights events, showcases CAFNR’s Agricultural Research…

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Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Field Days

Events are a chance to learn from researchers at your local research center

At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, … Expand ▸At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, speaks to the crowd about what do cover crops contribute to soil nutrient availability and fertility. The main goal of any…

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Bringing Together a Community

Tiger Farm-to-Table Dinner showcases locally grown foods and area farmers

Most Americans are three or more generations removed from agriculture and farm and ranch families make up less than two percent of the United States population. A disconnect has happened between farmers and consumers. Several groups at the University of Missouri are looking to change that with an evening of celebrating agriculture, chefs, farmers and others from the surrounding Columbia…

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Collegiate Collaboration

At CAFNR's research centers, working with other universities is the norm

The high tunnel greenhouse at the Southwest Research Center is part of a collaborative project between CAFNR and Lincoln University. On a summer day last year, Horticulture Specialist Shon Bishop walked into the high tunnel greenhouse at Southwest Research Center. The center in Mt. Vernon, owned by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, recently installed…

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Autumnal Giving

Each year Bradford Research Center provides pumpkins for local students

Greyson Riddle, 5, grabs a pumpkin from the 5-acre patch at Bradford Research Center. The … Expand ▸Greyson Riddle, 5, grabs a pumpkin from the 5-acre patch at Bradford Research Center. The kindergartener joined more than 100 students from Mill Creek Elementary on a visit to the research center near Columbia. Tim Reinbott’s love of pumpkins started back in…

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Down on the Farm Shrimp

MU developing profitable new income stream for farmers

Agriculture typically brings to mind corn, soybeans and cattle. But research at the University of Missouri could make seafood a major cash crop in the Show-Me State. David Brune, a professor of agricultural systems management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is developing a seafood production system that is sustainable, scalable and environmentally friendly. At MU’s…

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Test Your Dirt

Project boosts drought tolerance through soil health

You can look at soil, listen to it and even taste it, but you won’t be able to tell much about its productivity until you test it. Farmers and homeowners wanting to know more about their dirt will get a chance for free testing at the Organic Field Day, to be held Aug. 1, at the Bradford Research Center, east of Columbia. The testing will also be available at Bradford on Aug. 9-10 during the…

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