An experience only agriculture can provide

Posted September 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

by Rebecca French Smith

Fall is a perfect time to learn about agriculture. Harvest is in full swing and farmers are bringing the last fruits and vegetables of the summer season to farmers’ markets, while some farmers are getting ready to host guests looking for an experience only agriculture can provide.

Across Missouri, farmers are opening their farms to guests not only during the fall but year-round. This time of year, pumpkin patches and corn mazes are busy making final preparations for guests to come gather their fall decorations or ingredients for their pumpkin desserts. Corn mazes will soon hear the squeals of children enjoying the twists and turns of the paths through the corn.

At other times of the year, u-pick berry patches, orchards and community supported agriculture farms are busy sharing their

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    Research has shown that vegetative buffers are very good at controlling sediment and keeping it out of waterways. But what about reducing herbicides?

    “We have a major problem with that in the claypan soils in northeast Missouri,” said Bob Lerch, a soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri.

    Lerch and his ARS colleagues decided to see how well buffers reduced herbicides in soils with high runoff potential.

    In 2004, the researchers began working

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    CHAPTER DEGREES AWARDED

    Chapter Degree Recipients are: Ashley Brown, Justin Johnson, Mckensi Marshall, Rebeca Posey, Steven Taylor, Kylee Tomason, Chandler Allison, Colby Charles, Logan Perridon, Claire Silvers, Hesston Stark, Chandra Bettis, Shelby Barger, Karlee Collins, Jake Hillsman, Morgan Sumner. Photo submitted by FFA Historiesn Makenzie Schwalm and Jaynee Beaty