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Agricultural Research Centers


The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers.

These research and demonstration facilities host more than 35,000 people each year for field days, Agriculture Education Days, extension activities, community events and more.
 

Baskett Research Center

Baskett is used for research and education in wildlife management and behavior, forestry and resource measurement. A long-term program to document tree canopy climate is currently underway using the MO-FLUX tower.

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Bradford Research Center

As a research laboratory and outdoor classroom, Bradford’s faculty and students investigate wastewater management, entomology, pest and weed control, alternative crops, organic transition techniques and engage the community through workshops, field days, and partners with University organizations to improve MU’s sustainability.

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Fisher Delta Research Center

The Fisher Delta Research Center is made up of three locations in the Missouri Bootheel with several varying soil types to allow researchers to evaluate better soybean, corn, rice and cotton production. The Center also maintains a regional soil and plant testing laboratory.

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Forage Systems Research Center

Research at the Forage Systems Research Center improves the quality of forage grass and determines its best use. An early promoter of management-intensive grazing, it supports the ag industry through courses in rotational grazing, cattle management and the economics of beef and forage.

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Foremost Dairy Research Center

Foremost Dairy Research Center is at the intersection of traditional hands-on teaching and cutting-edge research and supports Holstein and Guernsey breeds. Its work improves the health of dairy herds and the quality of their milk.

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Graves-Chapple Research Center

Graves-Chapple Research Center’s mission is to provide research and teaching in the specific soil and climatic conditions of extreme northwest Missouri. This occurs through research and demonstrations of conservation tillage and soil conservation management practices, turf and forage, and crop production practices.

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Greenley Research Center

Greenley Research Center evaluates efficient and profitable crop production while emphasizing soil conservation, water quality, new irrigation systems and energy efficiency. Ongoing performance testing of corn, soybean, sunflowers, biomass and winter wheat yields results to aid Missouri producers.

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Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center

HARC sits at the interface of the loess hills and Missouri River bottom and provides a scenic, historic and scientific setting for development of horticultural- and agroforestry-related studies. Interdisciplinary cooperation allows researchers from multiple disciplines, including entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, agronomy, animal science and agroforestry, to combine research efforts to address an array of issues.

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Hundley-Whaley Research Center

Hundley-Whaley Research Center’s projects focus on the best management practices and economics for corn and soybeans. The research center is noted for excellence in pesticide evaluations and comparisons and research with sustainable agriculture.

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South Farm Research Center

South Farm supports the research, outreach and teaching missions of animal science and plant sciences. The Center supports research and demonstration projects in entomology, turfgrass, poultry and maize genetics to more than 1,500 students annually. and is the location for numerous graduate student research projects. Each fall the popular family event, South Farm Showcase, share its projects with the general publicwith attendance in the thousands.

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Southwest Research Center

Established in 1959,  this Center addresses the main agricultural concerns of area industries including dairy, beef, forage and horticultural crop production such as elderberries and grapes. Currently, beef genetics, nutrition and management systems are researched, as is a pasture-based dairy operation project.

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Thompson Research Center

The mission of the Thompson Research Center is to develop, evaluate and disseminate beef herd management technical information using multidisciplinary approaches. Research is focused on reproductive performance, heifer development, synchronized breeding, supplementation strategies and animal health factors.

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Wurdack Research Center

Nestled along the Meramec River near Cook Station in the northeast Ozarks, Wurdack Research Center conducts demonstrations and research in integrated livestock, forages, forestry, agroforestry and wildlife management practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound and sociologically acceptable for the Ozark Region of Missouri.

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