Sharing Soybean Success

Andrew Scaboo brings soybean research to all regions of Missouri

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! Few people can respect the vast differences between soil types across Missouri and what it takes to grow crops in those unique settings. Andrew Scaboo is one such person. Scaboo, a University of…

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A Safer Bean

'Healthy' soybeans can replace oils with unsafe trans fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Nov. 7 that they were ruling trans fats as unsafe in food. This determination could ultimately lead to a ban of trans fats in baked goods and many other foods, such as icings and fried foods. Trans fats have been linked to increased risks for heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at the University of Missouri have been working for years to create…

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After the Deluge

Flooded farmlands in southeast Missouri are too important not to restore

The Mississippi River region that was flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole on the 35-mile-long Bird’s Point-New Madrid floodway is too economically important not to restore to agricultural use, said a University of Missouri professor who conducts soil and crop research in the area. The floodway, which follows the Mississippi River through two Missouri counties, is…

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Sweet Fuel

Sweet sorghum is great for moonshine and might be a promising Missouri-made biofuel

During World War II, when sugar was rationed, bootleggers used the juice of sweet sorghum to make moonshine. Now researchers at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center are studying ways to boost the plant’s potential to brew not booze, but biofuel. The corn-like grass, which can grow to 12 feet, shows promise as a source of ethanol, said Gene Stevens, MU College of Agriculture, Food…

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Growing rice where it has never been grown before

A Missouri research program may help better feed an increasingly hungry world

In spring 2008, the world woke to banner headlines describing a global rice shortage. The news was grim for that half of the world that relies on the grain as its primary food staple. When price increases exceeded 50 percent in just two weeks, people in poor nations like Haiti rioted over the higher food costs that threatened their very lives. The political and economic repercussions were just as…

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