Innovative Thinking


The Potential of Pennycress

Greenley Research Center seeing positives with pennycress

The United States Department of Agriculture approached Western Illinois University’s Win Phippen in 2009 with a simple bottle of seeds. The USDA thought those seeds had some big potential. The seeds were field pennycress. Phippen, a professor of plant breeding and genetics, has been studying the crop ever since. WIU created a plant breeding program specifically for pennycress in 2009. They are…

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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. An inside look at food, health and the environment, Insight airs on Thursdays at 7:44 a.m. and 5:44 … Expand ▸An inside look at…

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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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Down, But Not Out

MU Researchers provide strategies for farmers and ranchers to deal with and recover from the drought at Greenley Research Center's annual field day.

NOVELTY, Mo. – With significant crop yield reductions across Missouri, and much of the Midwest, lots of nutrients and herbicides remain in the soil, having never been absorbed by drought-stricken corn and soybean plants. This presents opportunities and challenges for farmers looking to plant cover, winter or forage crops this fall. Kevin Bradley, associate professor in the Division of Plant…

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Black and Gold and Green

Research centers improve efficiency in research and practice

From turning today’s tuna salad into tomorrow’s tomatoes, and improving water quality and conservation through advanced irrigation and drainage techniques, CAFNR’s 17 research centers are improving production efficiency, reducing costs and inputs and working to conserve natural resources. Solar collectors power the monitoring stations at Greenley Research Center’s drainage and…

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Greater Yields, Fewer Emissions

New farming method reduces nitrous oxide greenhouse gases

Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way. U.S. agriculture creates 58 percent of nitrous oxide in the world, considered the third most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Scientists believe…

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