Farm Progress

MU's research reveals the latest information in row crop and livestock production.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

June 14, 2017

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TALKING CATTLE: Rodney Geisert, Thompson Research Center superintendent, talks to attendees at the Thompson Research Center Field Day that took place last year in Spickard.Logan Jackson

Every summer, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agricultural research centers provide educational opportunities for Missouri farmers and ranchers through field days. These days provide the latest information from university researchers and local MU Extension faculty and offer information for cattle ranchers and row crop farmers.

For cattle producers, the Forage Systems Research Center in northern Missouri offers insight into the latest on nitrogen management and forage production. For research efforts in pasture management, producers may consider attending the Wurdack Research Center Field Day outside of Rolla. For more beef cow management, consider attending the field days at Thompson Research Center near Spickard or the Southwest Research Center near Mount Vernon.

Row crop farmers can see the latest university research for corn and soybeans. Field days will show not only research, but also MU Variety Trials. Get a look at how these different varieties and hybrids perform during the year by stopping at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany or Greenley Research Center near Kirksville.

Cotton and rice growers are not forgotten at MU field days. The Fisher Delta Research Center in the Bootheel region has been doing research on these crops for decades.

These MU field days, listed below, are free and open to the public.


8: Greenley Research Center Field Day, Grace Greenley Farm, near Kirksville in Knox County
22: Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day, Rock Port
22: Hundley-Whaley Research Center Field Day, Albany
31: Delta Research Center Field Day, Portageville


7: Bradford Research Tomato Festival, Bradford Research Center, Columbia
8: Southwest Research Center Field Day, Mount Vernon
12: Forage Systems Research Center Field Day, Linneus
22: Thompson Research Center Field Day, Spickard
30: South Farm Showcase, Columbia


5: Wurdack Research Center Field Day, Cook Station

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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