The Missouri Life Sciences Research Board awarded a $1.5 million grant to erect state-of-the-art drought simulators at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center. These simulators are allowing extensive open-air research into increasing crop yields in less than optimum moisture situations.

Mindy Ward, Missouri Farmer Today, provided an extensive explanation of how the simulators were constructed, their operation and the research being undertaken.

The units are fully automated and rain gauges on the structures trigger “a cascade of events,” Ward wrote in quoting a research center spokesman.

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