For a farmer to succeed, research is critical. Through trials and partnerships with state organizations and universities, the MRRMC strives to create an optimum environment for successful rice farming in Missouri.
About Our Research
The Missouri Rice Research Farm has 110 acres located on an Overcup silt loam soil, which is eminently suitable for rice production. The northern portion of the farm is partitioned in smaller paddies (1-2 acres) suited for flood-irrigated rice research. The southern portion of the farm is divided into larger fields that are suited for both flood- and furrow-irrigated rice trials. The farm has a computer monitored weather station providing continuous measurements of solar radiation, atmospheric and soil temperatures, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and rainfall. Two centrally placed wells provide water to entire 110 acres.
Farming operations are completed by farm personnel and conform to University of Missouri Extension rice recommendations. The farm has an Almaco cone-type seeder for planting seven-row plots and a Wintersteiger self-propelled plot combine, complete with Harvest Master electronics, to record harvest data.
In addition, the farm possesses a furnished shop building for equipment preparation and maintenance. This is also where the field day luncheon and several monthly Rice Council meetings are hosted every year. A separate machine shed was completed in 2022 to allow for covered storage of all major plot equipment.
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Cooperation Breeds Success
For a farmer to succeed, research is critical. Through trials and partnerships with state organizations and universities, the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council (MRRMC) strives to create an optimal environment for successful rice farming in Missouri. Partnerships with rice research programs housed at the University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta REEC are vital for the continuing research conducted at the Rice Research Farm. The Rice Agronomy, Crop Protection, Weed Science, and Cropping Systems programs all conduct a significant portion of their rice research in cooperation with the MRRMC.