Patrick Byers

MU Extension in Webster County

University of Missouri Extension - Webster County
800 S Marshall Street
Marshfield, MO 65706-2069


Commercial horticulture

Produce food safety

Home horticulture


Educational Background

M.S. Horticulture, University of Arkansas, 1986.  M.S. thesis: The effects of timing and application rate of trickle irrigation on the growth and yield of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.).

B.S. Horticulture, University of Missouri, 1983.

A.A. Commercial Horticulture, University of Nebraska, 1979.

Relevant Experience

2008-present Cooperative Extension Service, University of Missouri, Marshfield, Missouri.
Field Specialist in Commercial Horticulture. Primary role is to help enhance the profitability and sustainability of Missouri farmers.  Responsibilities in outreach programming to commercial and home horticulture interests in the 17 county southwest region of Missouri and across the state. Assistance given commercial horticulture producers in the region via the services offered by Extension, such as farming practices for specialty crops, soil testing, disease diagnoses, pest control recommendations, and business development and marketing.

2003-present International experience.

Participant in five volunteer assignments through the US Agency for International Development Farmer to Farmer Program to Uzbekistan (2003, 2004), Azerbaijan (2006, 2007), Lebanon (2010), and Moldova (2013). Participant in educational exchanges to China (2005, 2018), Hungary (2018) and Slovakia (2018).

1989-2008 Department of Agriculture, Missouri State University, Mountain Grove, Missouri
Fruit Grower Advisor. Major responsibilities in the area of advisement to Missouri fruit producers. Directed and cooperated on fruit production research, particularly in the development of non-traditional fruit industries. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities.

1986-1989 University of Arkansas Fruit Substation, Clarksville, Arkansas
Research Specialist in Tree Fruits. Major responsibilities in the areas of tree fruit breeding and research.

1983-1985 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Graduate Assistant in the Department of Horticulture. Provided support to the small fruit and tree fruit research programs.

1980-1982 Southwest Missouri State University State Fruit Experiment Station, Mountain Grove, Missouri
Various fruit research support positions, including permanent field crew member, summer fruit research internship, and temporary summer worker.