A Closer Look at Natural Resources

FSRC to focus on timely agricultural topics during field day

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Forage Systems Research Center will bring a variety of topics to its annual field day on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and includes a free lunch, served at noon. The field day will touch on timely agricultural topics, including pond management, timber…

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Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in Missouri. “The…

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Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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Exploring Forages, Beef Production and Natural Resources

Nearly 400 attend Forage Systems Research Center Field Day

The Forage Systems Research Center does a variety of research, including exploring forages and best management practices for beef production. FSRC showcased that research during its annual Field Day on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Linneus, bringing in nearly 400 attendees for the event. Hundley-Whaley Research Center Superintendent Bruce Burdick explains how drones are used in agriculture during the…

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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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The Info Farmers Need

Horizon Point brings weather data through email alerts

Planting has begun at Bradford Research Center in Columbia. For other farmers across the state, the … Expand ▸Planting has begun at Bradford Research Center in Columbia. For other farmers across the state, the Horizon Point email system can be a great tool to monitor weather patterns and know when to plant. Photo by Kyle Spradley Weather is all farmers think about…

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