Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center


Missouri Bootheel (1,119 acres)

The T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension, and Education Center (FD-REEC) 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, FFA Days and Field Days.

The FD-REEC 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 more than 50 years.

Local weather

Follow Fisher Delta REEC


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.


For general questions, contact the main office number: 573-379-5431


Research Highlights

  • 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

Variety Testing