Drought: No Drop in the Bucket

Crops / Environment

Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s (MU) Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia. The simulators are part of a $1,558,125 Missouri Life Sciences Research Board grant ... read more

Risk and Reward


Australian wheat should be marketed to the world on its quality and its strengths, says GrainGrowers’ General Manager of Grower Engagement Michael Southan. The problem, he argues, is that there has been no promotion of the Australian grain industry to ... read more

We All Want a Better Apple


But maybe the apple isn’t the problem. Maybe it’s us. The Gravenstein apple is the unofficial mascot of western Sonoma County, Calif. Its name appears everywhere on buildings, road signs, and storefronts; and if you visit, you won’t be able ... read more

Invasive Species

Crops / Environment

Scientists are rushing to agriculture’s defense. At first glance, California’s Coachella Valley, the arid expanse from Palm Springs south to the Salton Sea, seems an unlikely agricultural oasis. But it’s where 95 percent of the nation’s dates – the sweet, ... read more

Rodent Roundup


Problems with and solutions to furry ag pests.  A red-tailed hawk grips its perch, watches the deer mouse’s movement, and waits for the right moment to swoop in for the swift capture. Not far away, a mother fox, well nourished ... read more

Can a genetic tune-up save the orange?

Crops / R&D

When the Asian citrus psyllid first introduced its noxious stowaway – the Liberibacter bacterium that infects citrus plants and ruins their fruit – to Florida’s orange groves in 2005, the state’s growers, who had been monitoring the insect since first ... read more

Drought Expert Joins Mizzou Plant Science

Crops / Press Releases

Drought Expert and National Academy of Sciences Member Joins Mizzou Plant Science. National Academy of Sciences member John Boyer has accepted an appointment at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a Distinguished Research Professor. ... read more