Establishing and managing native grasses in Missouri

The MU/MDC Native Grass Extension Project and Native Grass Group are focused on implementing educational programs and demonstrations on the benefits of native warm-season grasses for forage production, wildlife habitat and conservation in Missouri. Check out the project and see resources by clicking More Information below!

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Multifunctional Agroforestry with Dr. Sarah Lovell

In this episode of the Field, Lab, Earth podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, MU’s Dr. Sarah Lovell discusses the various uses and forms of agroforestry, how agroforestry can benefit both farmers and their surrounding communities, and some tips for implementing agroforestry at scale. Tune in to learn: What are the main functions...

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Managing Warm-Season Grass Pastures

Native warm-season grasses have multiple benefits to soil health and for cattle production. This Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) resource provides guidance for planting legumes with native grass, haying, maintenance burning, and rotational grazing.

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Integrating Practices That Benefit Wildlife With Crops Grown for Biomass in Missouri

This MU Extension guide describes management practices that can be conducted in fields used for biomass production to benefit wildlife. It also provides information to help landowners make informed decisions on enhancing habitats on surrounding areas of their property while producing crops for biomass.

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Missouri Prairie Foundation: Prairie Strips

Missouri Prairie Foundation: Prairie Strips

This Missouri Prairie Foundation’s resource on explains the benefits of prairie strips and offers resources on how to establish them on your land, including how the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can support adoption.

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2021 Conference videos – Missouri State Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Watch video recordings of this virtual conference, held December 14th and 15th, 2021. Sessions include: Welcome and opening remarks with Scott Edwards, MO NRCS State Conservationist Farmer Panel 1: Farmer experiences with cover crops in Missouri –with Dr. Rob Myers and producers Johnny Hunter, Kate Lambert, Liz Graznak and Cecil Harness Boosting soil health...

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How Regenerative Agriculture and Diversity Saved the Hemme Family Farm

The Hemmes believe in the power of diversity, both in terms of the plants and animals on the land and the markets they channel their product through. The family has built their brand with cheese, but regenerative agriculture has helped them realize the opportunities are endless for new enterprises.

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CREATING INVITING POLLINATOR HABITATS IN AGRICULTURE

This handout offers advice to integrate pollinator habitats within your farming systems.

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Using Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality

This resource discusses how cover crops can can improve water quality by reducing erosion, runoff, and leaching by improving soil health.

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Cover Crops: A Cost-Effective Tool for Controlling Erosion

This resource discusses the costs of soil erosion and explains how cover crops and reduced tillage can limit erosion before it begins by protecting soil from raindrops and increasing infiltration.

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