Plant Scientist Faces Future With Confidence After Surgery for Sinus Cancer

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Bill Wiebold developed a love of the land growing up on his family’s farm in Iowa. He had plenty of time to think about the soil underfoot as he walked the fields of corn, soybeans, oats and hay while rooting out weeds with a hoe.

“You’d think that would have turned me off of crops,” he said. “But it didn’t.”

Wiebold wound up making plant science his life’s work. As a professor of agronomy at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, his research and outreach helped the state’s farmers get the most out of their land. For the past three decades, the Columbia resident’s experiments with no-till farming, crop rotation and cover crops have provided valuable information about methods for reducing soil erosion and improving yields.

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