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Bradford Native Plant Sale Set For April 8

Sale includes presentations, informative booths and demonstrations

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Bradford Research Center will host its annual Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The sale will include a handful of presentations, informative booths and demonstrations, and Missouri native plant and shrub vendors. The sale will be free and open to the public and will be held rain or…

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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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Extending the Growing Season

South Farm, Jefferson Farm and Garden adding high tunnels

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers are no stranger to high tunnels, also known as hoop houses. High tunnels are unheated greenhouses designed to extend the growing season for landowners and maximize their profits. They come in a variety of sizes, with a focus on aiding fruit and vegetable crop production in a way that is…

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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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Achieving His Goal

Andrew Biggs was named the superintendent of the Bradford Research Center on March 15

Andrew Biggs set a goal for himself when he became the farm manager at the Bradford Research Center last year – he wanted to eventually become the superintendent. That goal came to fruition sooner than Biggs expected. Biggs was named the superintendent at Bradford on March 15. He replaces Tim Reinbott, who became the director of field operations for the University of Missouri College of…

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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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Northern Exposure

June 27 field day at Bradford looks at managing bobwhite quail habitat

A June 27 field day at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will look at how farmers, landowners and wildlife enthusiasts can manage habitat for northern bobwhite quail. The northern bobwhite, a small upland game bird, was once abundant in Missouri, but intensive farming and other changes in land use eliminated much of its habitat. In the Midwest, bobwhite populations have…

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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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