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Field day shows quail can thrive amid farmland

Northern bobwhite quail were once abundant in Missouri. Over the last 30 years, however, their numbers have declined more than 70 percent as modern farming techniques erased prime quail habitat.

The good news is that quail can coexist with modern agriculture, as demonstrated during a June 26 field day at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center (BREC).

"We had a great turnout," said Bob Pierce, MU Extension

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