Author Archives: Kyle Spradley


The Science of a Soil Test

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

With harvests winding down, the farm’s focus might turn away from the fields. According to specialists at the University of Missouri, now is just as good as ever to find out what your ground needs. 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. David Dunn, Extension Associate Soil Testing Lab & Rice…

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For Better Bovine

Thompson Research Center Field Day to highlight management strategies to improve beef cattle production

Beef is a big industry in the Show-Me State. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri ranks second in the nation in beef production with 4.25 million head of cattle on 59,000 operations. Since its inception in 1870, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)at the University of Missouri has been there to provide research for the state’s livestock…

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Who’ll Report the Rain?

Volunteer-driven CoCoRaHS includes daily precipitation reports

Nancy Bishop, senior research/lab technician, checks rain and other weather gauges at the … Expand ▸Nancy Bishop, senior research/lab technician, checks rain and other weather gauges at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. Each day Nancy uploads the recorded data to weather reporting sites and the CoCoRaHS precipiation monitoring network.…

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Managing the Most Precious Resource

Workshops help producers with soil health management practices

Producers are increasingly hearing about how using no-till and cover crops will help benefit soil health. But what actually is going on in the ground below your feet when these practices happen? Questions like this will be one of many answered in the Keys to Soil Health Advanced Workshops held throughout the state in July and August. The workshop costs $10 and is sponsored by the Natural…

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A New Tool for Agriculture

CAFNR iPhone app connects users to Mizzou

Since its inception in 1870, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri has provided the best for the people of the state. Now it is bringing the research and stories from its world-renowned scientists and researchers directly to your iPhone. The new CAFNR smart phone app features stories, highlights events, showcases CAFNR’s Agricultural Research…

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Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Field Days

Events are a chance to learn from researchers at your local research center

At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, … Expand ▸At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, speaks to the crowd about what do cover crops contribute to soil nutrient availability and fertility. The main goal of any…

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