Throughout the year, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources researchers are busy performing studies, collecting data, making recommendations and much more, all to help farmers across the state. Most of the studies occur far from the Columbia campus, in small towns at every corner of Missouri. This regionally relevant research will be on display for the public in full-force this summer at the many Field Days.
“This is a great opportunity to get the latest information from CAFNR researchers and local Extension faculty,” said Marc Linit, senior associate director, MU Agricultural Experiment Stations.
The Agricultural Research Centers across the state routinely host Field Days as a chance for the public to learn more about ways to improve the product they produce or enhance the quality of their land by presentations and discussions with researchers, extension specialists and graduate students. For cattle ranchers and row-crop farmers to vineyard owners and walnut growers, there is plenty to gain from attending a Field Day; research and Extension faculty will address your agricultural challenges and questions.
For cattle ranchers, visit the Forage Systems Research Center in northern Missouri to see the latest on nitrogen management and forage production. Head to the Ozark hills at Wurdack Research Center outside of Rolla to understand the benefits of switching pastures from toxic fescue to novel endophyte varieties.
MU has long been known for its Variety Testing Program that helps farmers pick out the best seed. Each year, thousands of varieties of corn, soybean, wheat and cotton are tested at several centers and dozens of additional plots with the results published annually. To get an up-close look at the varieties, stop by Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany or Greenley Research Center near Kirksville.
Missouri’s wine industry has seen a tenacious resurgence in the last decade and MU researchers are at the forefront. With the help of the MU Wine and Grape Institute and vineyards at Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon, the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center near Boonville and South Farm Research Center in Columbia, grape growers are provided with the latest information and research.