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Advancing Surface Irrigation

Earl Vories honored with ASABE Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation

Earl Vories has been a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for 30 years, and has attended ASABE conferences since he was in graduate school at the University of Arkansas. Vories, a professional engineer, earned a major award at the most recent ASABE conference — the Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation. “These conference have…

Diving Deep Into Research

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers showcase various research during Field Days

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from corn to shrimp. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies rice and cotton. In the northwest part of…

As Heard on Insight: Protecting the Monarch

Thirteen MU Agricultural Research Centers will plant monarch waystations across Missouri

Did you miss the first airing of the sixth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. The monarch butterfly population has seen a steady decline during the past two decades. There are many factors beyond our control, including climate, which negatively impact the monarch population. One way to help, though,…

The Science of a Soil Test

MU Soil Labs help find out what is happening in your soil to help produce profitable crops

One way to start planning for next year’s growing season is to get a soil test and MU’s Soil Fertility Labs are there to help. A soil test is like taking an inventory of nutrients available to plants — which area is too high, too low or just right. While plant growth and prior yields may offer clues to nutrient availability, a producer won’t precisely know until they test their soil.

Helping out their community

Fisher Delta Research Center employees elected mayors of small towns

Most people think of a mayor as a professional politician with a big budget and a staff of assistants and cabinet members. In the small towns that dot the Bootheel region of southeast Missouri, where hamlets can be just a stop sign and a few houses, the reality is different. Here, leaders hold down regular jobs as they try to…