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  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde | Teaching, Research, Extension and Service
    pecan carrot melon watermelon pepper green bean and more recently artichoke Farmers also cultivate cotton corn sorghum wheat and forages Open range beef cattle and goat production are supplemented by wildlife and outdoor recreation enterprises The Center conducts fundamental and applied research and develops technology that result in efficient sustainable and profitable agricultural urban and ecological management systems while conserving regional underground water resources These programs are designed to add product market value and create a sustained prosperity for citizens of southwest Texas and beyond Research programs focus on stand establishment of crops under stress conditions irrigation technologies for agricultural horticultural ornamental and urban landscape systems deficit irrigation strategies and tillage practices for greater water conservation physiology and drought tolerance of crops and native plants development of integrated strategies for conventional and specialty vegetable crops wildlife habitat management and conservation of natural biodiversity The Uvalde Center has special cooperative programs with these agencies Texas Center for Applied Technology TCAT TEES Water Conservation Technology Center WCTC Texas Department of Agriculture TDA Specialty Crop Block Program South Texas Natives TAMUK Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District and Texas A M Veterinary School Comments are closed Publications Economics Forage Fruit and Nut Trees Row Crops Vegetable Crops Livestock Resources Location Map AgriLife Extension District 10 4 H District 10 AgriLife Today AgriLife Extension experts Recipes can be altered for healthier holiday eating Nov 13 Rangeland Resource Management course offered through AgriLife Extension Nov 12 Texas A M University distinguished professor receives prestigious land grant award Nov 12 Texas A M AgriLife Solutions for a Changing World Office of the Vice Chancellor Services Agriculture Life Sciences Complex AgriLife Center Employee Directory AgriLife Agencies Texas A M AgriLife Extension Service Texas A M AgriLife Research Texas A M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences College of

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Research | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    acres These activities could use up to 5 million acre feet of water annually which is rapidly approaching usage by irrigated agriculture in the state A new initiative at the Uvalde Center is focused on identifying native and adapted plant species with low water requirements that have distinctive traits for commercial use in sustainable urban landscapes as well as other potential uses for rangeland restoration and reclamation forage production and improve feed and shelter for wildlife This includes research into the potential use of cold tolerant spineless cactus as a drought reserve forage for the livestock industry in more northern areas of Texas Managing wildlife and natural resources Researchers work with landowners to develop new paradigms in wildlife management and to optimize habitat management for production of trophy white tailed deer abundant bobwhite quail and conservation of endangered species while maintaining biodiversity of other wildlife species Collaboration on animal health issues with Texas A M Veterinary School aid agriculture by revealing that deer cannot transmit tick fever to cattle and identifying strategies to reduce disease transfer from feral hogs to valuable wildlife and livestock At the interface with plant production and water saving strategies wildlife researchers also examine rainwater harvesting for wildlife food plots and maintenance of native plant gardens to support attractive urban wildlife Research Impacts The finding that deer cannot transmit tick fever to cattle saved 2 billion per year by eliminating the requirement to impose quarantine restrictions on deer hunting and fund a costly wildlife control program A new method for aging deer is helping to make Texas a leader in the valuable trophy deer production industry Improving the genetics and water conservation strategies for vegetable crops melon watermelon artichoke hot and sweet pepper onion cabbage leafy greens in Southwest Texas will increase profitability and provide more

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  • Vegetable Physiology | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    internal analysis of the vegetable industry in the region Feb 2012 critical constraints include water limitations high temperatures narrow market windows commodity prices competition with CA and MX food safety and shortage of skillful labor CURRENT PROJECTS Developing efficient irrigation and cultural strategies to mitigate drought stress and enhance productivity quality and phytonutrients of cabbage broccoli artichoke and melon crops Determine the spatial and temporal stability of muskmelon and honeydew genotypes GxE interaction for phenotypic and quantative traits Ph D student Abscisic acid ABA functions in vegetable transplants and its applications to improve transplant quality desiccation tolerance and marketing period Ph D student Hormonal 6 BA applications to enhance for fruit set and growth of pepper and melons Crop production and marketing strategies for specialty melons and artichoke in several eco regions of Texas Evaluation of watermelon performance in a cropping system rotation with field crops under deficit irrigation and strip tillage practices IMPACTS Regional state Maximize resource water nitrogen use efficiency and management for high valuable commodities and design crops and products with enhanced traits and attractive to consumers National Be recognized as top water research program for specialty crops applying water conservation strategies crop coefficients deficit irrigation improved genetics for drought tolerance root systems physiological adaptations and water use efficient species The breeding and vegetable pepper programs jointly released numerous and more recently 2011 15 disclosures of jalapeno inbred lines and 3 habanero lines Improved pepper and melon breeding lines genetic materials could serve as plant parents to develop hybrids for major seed companies International Apply improved horticultural crop production systems to help commercialization of small scale South African farmers collaborate between Tshwane University of Technology and Uvalde Weslaco AgriLife Research Comments are closed Texas A M AgriLife Solutions for a Changing World Office of the Vice Chancellor

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/research/vegetable-physiology/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Ornamental Horticulture | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    Assn Water savings through rainwater harvesting and adapted plants Support Wintergarden G water C D Evaluate herbicide phytotoxicity on ornamental plants Support Scotts Company LLC R D Assessment of water use in native landscape trees Support TDA Specialty Crop Program Submitted Stabilization of stream banks with vegetation Support TSSWCB Grant Program Pre approved Effects of graywater irrigation in ornamentals Submit proposals to TNLA LCRA SAWS EAA TWDB IMPACTS Irrigated agriculture in Texas is estimated at 5 5 million acres and decreasing with a yearly usage of 8 million acre feet of water While no such figures are available for green industry activities we estimate roughly that there are some 1 5 million acres of irrigated landscapes parks in the state and could be using 4 5 million acre feet of water annually using 3X more water per acre than irrigated ag An overarching goal of the ornamental horticulture program is to produce research results that will increase water and fertilizer use efficiency in green industry activities which even if modest will yield significant water savings and reduced pollution potential Another thrust of this program is to evaluate plant materials and management practices that sustain urban landscapes with minimal inputs and under stressful conditions salinity drought pH temperature pests while sustaining their aesthetic and functional roles Utilization of native and resource efficient plants and non traditional poor quality irrigation waters saline reclaimed recycled graywater are integral to these efforts OPPORTUNITIES COLLABORATIONS Generate partnerships and linkages with key collaborating and potential funding entities such as local and state agencies overseeing managing or regulating water for urban and landscape uses Synergize existing research and extension programs in ornamentals thru the central region and the state The Uvalde Center is placed within the Austin San Antonio 4 million Laredo Brownsville 1 5 million urban

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/ornamental-horticulture/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Cropping Systems | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    rangeland and pasture by wildfire the loss of the hay crop and the wholesale dispersal of cattle herds Losses to livestock and from lost hay production are estimated at 2 81 billion In 2010 there were 300 000 cattle in Uvalde and the surrounding 8 counties Cattle numbers on rangeland have been declining as a result of changes in land ownership There has been a small increase in acreage devoted to irrigated pasture both for hay and grazing in the region but availability and cost of water is a concern Current Projects Beef Improvement Texas A USDA NIFA funded project to investigate the biological basis for feed efficiency in beef cattle M S student Enhancement of water conservation and nitrogen efficiency through legume based cropping systems Funded by Texas AgriLife Research Evaluation of establishment survival growth and seed set of native grass and dicot species Funded by South Texas Natives Methods to improve estimates of enteric methane emissions from beef cattle raised in non confinement production systems Funded by the University of Manitoba Integration of animal foraging into conservation agriculture to sustainably intensify and diversify crop production in South Africa Funded by Texas AgriLife Research Impacts National Regional State Optimize water use efficiency increase soil organic matter and reduce soil erosion by using more appropriate irrigation management and tillage methods Develop understanding of feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in grazing cattle International Apply information obtained from local research to assist South African livestock owners to integrate livestock and cropping systems more effectively Opportunities and C ollaborations Proposals submitted to USDA NIFA to fully fund the Cropping Systems project and to the SUN Grant program to explore the potential of bermudagrass as a fuel for bioenergy Comments are closed Texas A M AgriLife Solutions for a Changing World Office of

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/research/animal-nutrition/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Wildlife Ecology | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    Research Associate Texas Agricultural Experiment Station USA 1992 1993 Research Associate Research Camp Manager Michigan State University Kenya 1992 1992 Ecologist Green Environmental Consultants UK 1990 1992 Senior Faculty School for Field Studies Kenya 1989 1990 Principal Investigator University of Alaska USA 1986 1989 Chief Ecologist and Manager Chobe Lion Research Project Botswana 1985 1986 Post doctoral Research Associate University of Natal South Africa 1980 1985 Junior Research Officer CSIR Savanna Ecosystem Project South Africa 1979 1980 Contract Ecologist National Trust for Scotland UK 1978 1980 Junior Research Assistant Institute of Terrestrial Ecology UK Selected Publications Cooper S M 2012 Technical Publication ESP 473 AgriLife Deer Aging Chart https agrilifebookstore org Moseley W A S M Cooper D G Hewitt T E Fulbright and C A DeYoung 2011 Effects of supplemental feeding and density of white tailed deer on rodents Journal of Wildlife Management 75 675 681 Cooper S M H M Scott G R De la Garza A L Deck and J C Cathey 2010 Distribution and Inter species contact of feral swine and cattle on rangeland in South Texas Implications for disease transmission Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46 152 164 Ramos C M S M Cooper and P J Holman 2010 Molecular and serologic evidence for Babesia bovis like parasites in white tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus in south Texas Veterinary Parasitology 172 214 220 Cooper S M J C Cathey D L Alford and S S Sieckenius 2009 Influence of rainfall type of range and brush management on abundance of northern bobwhites Colinus virginianu s in southern Texas The Southwestern Naturalist 54 13 18 Meek M G S M Cooper M K Owens R M Cooper and A L Wappel 2008 White tailed deer distribution in response to patch burning on rangeland Journal of Arid Environments 72 2026

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/programs/wildlife-ecology/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Extension | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    offers practical how to education based on university research It s available to any resident of Texas You may read it in the newspaper hear it on the radio attend an Extension workshop order a publication or just call your county Extension office Comments are closed Publications Economics Forage Fruit and Nut Trees Row Crops Vegetable Crops Livestock Resources Location Map AgriLife Extension District 10 4 H District 10 AgriLife Today AgriLife Extension experts Recipes can be altered for healthier holiday eating Nov 13 Rangeland Resource Management course offered through AgriLife Extension Nov 12 Texas A M University distinguished professor receives prestigious land grant award Nov 12 Texas A M AgriLife Solutions for a Changing World Office of the Vice Chancellor Services Agriculture Life Sciences Complex AgriLife Center Employee Directory AgriLife Agencies Texas A M AgriLife Extension Service Texas A M AgriLife Research Texas A M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine cooperative with AgriLife Extension Research Texas A M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Texas A M Forest Service Required Links Compact with Texans Privacy and Security Accessibility Policy State Link Policy Statewide Search Equal Opportunity for Educational Programs Statement Veterans Benefits Military Families Risk

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/extension/ (2012-11-14)
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  • Ecosystem Science & Management | Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
    as wildlife managers In certain situations brush densities can intercept and or transpire significant amounts of annual rainfall that could potentially go to productive purposes Livestock use of riparian areas is coming under increasing scrutiny relative to water quality Drought is a fact of Texas life and drought management has been a major educational effort among counties in the past few years CURRENT PROJECTS Dow AgroSciences New Herbicide Testing to determine susceptible brush species efficacy rates and application timing DuPont MAT28 Herbicide Testing to determine susceptible brush species efficacy rates and application timing Lone Star Healthy Streams Project which is investigating various best management practices to reduce riparian grazing and concurrent bacterial contamination Effects of Brush Removal on Distributed Recharge of the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan will assist the South Llano Watershed Alliance with development and implementation of a water protection plan Work with County Extension Agents to establish applied research projects and to support their educational programs IMPACTS Regional state provide improved grazing and brush management options for landowners National extend results of riparian best management grazing practices to other states OPPORTUNITIES COLLABORATIONS Continued work with Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Extension of applied research results to landowners and managers Comments are closed Publications Economics Forage Fruit and Nut Trees Row Crops Vegetable Crops Livestock Resources Location Map AgriLife Extension District 10 4 H District 10 AgriLife Today AgriLife Extension experts Recipes can be altered for healthier holiday eating Nov 13 Rangeland Resource Management course offered through AgriLife Extension Nov 12 Texas A M University distinguished professor receives prestigious land grant award Nov 12 Texas A M AgriLife Solutions for a Changing World Office of the Vice Chancellor Services Agriculture Life Sciences Complex AgriLife Center Employee Directory AgriLife Agencies Texas A M AgriLife Extension Service

    Original URL path: http://uvalde.tamu.edu/swt-rangeland-education-applied-research/ (2012-11-14)
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