Inspirational Impact


Scouting Success

The Fisher Delta Research Center Crop Scouting School offers high-quality curriculum

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Fisher Delta Research Center unveiled its Crop Scouting School in 1981. At that time, only 5 percent of cotton fields in the Missouri Bootheel region were being scouted for insects. In just 15 years, that number had grown to 76 percent. The school celebrated its 36th year of teaching students, farmers and co-op…

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Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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Strengthening the Soybean Team

Pengyin Chen hired to lead MU Fisher Delta Research Center soybean breeding team

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Fisher Delta Research Center soybean breeding team has gained national recognition for developing improved soybean varieties. The group, led by Grover Shannon, releases four to six new varieties into the market every year – and they just got a whole lot stronger with a key addition. Pengyin Chen, a soybean breeding…

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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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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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Cotton Goes Wireless

MU researcher investigates wireless sensors for cotton irrigation

Cotton grower Ryan Moore of Hornersville, Mo. (on right) watches irrigation sensor consultant Luke … Expand ▸Cotton grower Ryan Moore of Hornersville, Mo. (on right) watches irrigation sensor consultant Luke Below, of Below Ag Services of Parma, MO, make final adjustments on a wireless sensor array consisting of four buried soil moisture sensors and a rain gauge.…

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