Missouri Bootheel (1,119 acres)
The Fisher Delta Research, Extension, and Education Center was established in 1959 in Portageville, Mo., to provide research and educational programs unique to the Southeast Delta Region of the state and to function as a Center for University programs, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, 4-H training, Future Farmers of America Field Days and Farmer Field Days.
The T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center facilities include 1,119 acres of land at five locations representing the major soil types of the region. Research studies are designed to improve production of crops that are of major importance to the region; namely soybeans, cotton, rice, grain sorghum, wheat, peanuts and possible new crops that could economically benefit the area.
In 2011, the Center was renamed in honor of T.E. “Jake” Fisher, who had served as an excellent superintendent and had been employed with the University of Missouri for over 50 years.
- Lee Farm (Hayward) Station Site
- Marsh Farm (Portageville) Station Site
- Rhodes Farm (Clarkton) Station Site
- South Dunklin Farm (Senath) Station Site
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147 State Hwy T
Portageville, MO 63873
- I-55 to Portageville (exit #32)
- Continue into Portageville on Highway 162 and turn left onto Highway T at the first 4-way stop sign
- The Delta Center office is on the left 3/4 mile from the intersection
- The Lee farm, location of the annual Field Day, can be reached easily from the Delta Center office. Continue south on Highway T about 1.3 miles and turn left onto Highway TT. The Lee farm is located 5 miles east of the of Highway TT and T junction.
- Director – Aaron Brandt, email@example.com
- Operations & Office Support – Tina Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Soybean Breeder – Pengyin Chen, email@example.com
- Cotton Specialist – Bradley Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cropping Systems – Justin Calhoun, email@example.com
- Irrigation Management – Earl Vories, USDA-ARS Agricultural Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rice Specialist – Justin Chlapecka, email@example.com
- Weed Science – Jim Heiser, HeiserJ@missouri.edu
- Variety testing on corn, cotton, soybean, wheat and herbicide trials.
- World-renowned soybean breeding program with research projects focused on natural tolerance to off-target Dicamba, flood, drought, and salt tolerance, nematode resistance, high protein and oil contents, and predictive breeding
- Irrigation research focused on improving irrigated crop management systems for humid and sub-humid climates.
- Evaluation of herbicide programs, new herbicide products and resistance management strategies.
- Applied agronomic research focused on innovative crop production systems for southeast Missouri, as well as soil fertility and precision soil management.
- Applied research to improve sustainability and profitability of rice and cotton production in southeastern Missouri.
Extension & Education
- Annual Career Exploration Day for local high schools.
- On-site consultations for landowners.
- Host events and conferences in Rone Exhibition Hall.
- CAFNR undergraduate and graduate students gain research and educational experience at AES REEC across the state.
- MU Extension – Agriculture and Environment Program