USDA, ARS, South Central Agricultural Research Station, Lane, OK. Agronomic performance of early ryegrass varieties in summer crop rotations: determine the value of utilizing early ryegrass in rotation followed by summer crops.
USDA, ARS, Subtropical Research Station, Brooksville, FL. Research on the impact of introducing new tropically adapted breeds of beef cattle on each component of the US beef production system (cow/calf producers, stocker calf producers, and feed lots).
USDA, ARS, Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Miles City, MT. Joint research to determine the impact of age at weaning and pre-weaning management of the calf on lifetime productivity.
USDA, ARS, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Boonville, AR. Objective of the partnership is to share resources and research expertise to address problems associated with cool-season perennial grass management in pasture and silvopasture systems, with emphasis on fertilizer and forage nitrogen use efficiency.
USDA, ARS, Nutrient Conservation and Metabolism Laboratory, Beltsville, MD. The research focuses on the uptake of phosphorus from livestock manure and fertilizer by grain and forage legumes that may have potential for use in the southern Great Plains.
USDA, ARS, National Center for Animal Germplasm Preservation, Ft. Collins, CO. Assist in development of strategies for preservation of small ruminant germplasm in rare or threatened breeds of sheep and goats.
USDA, ARS, Crop Germplasm Research Unit, College Station, TX. Research is underway to complete the development and release of a new hexaploid dallisgrass cultivar.
USDA, ARS Carbon Dioxide Flux Network of 10 locations in the central and western U.S. where C02 fluxes are continuously monitored over diverse grassland and shrubland ecosystems to determine whether rangelands are a source or sink for atmospheric carbon.
Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Collaborative research with faculty and graduate students on sheep breeding and management and new approaches to increasing stocker cattle production efficiency.
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. OK. Objective of the partnership is to resolve problems issues associated with use of wheat as a dual-purpose (grazing plus grain) crop. Collaborative research is conducted on forage production and utilization by stocker cattle and the development of grazing systems that reduce the economic risks associated with stocker cattle production.
Food and Animals Products Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, and Katahdin sheep breeders in Oklahoma. Conduct collaborative research on the evaluation of carcass and meat characteristics of Katahdin, Suffolk, and reciprocal-cross wether lambs.
Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA. Cooperative research focuses on development of herbicide-tolerant white clover and stress-tolerant alfalfa germplasm and the multi-location evaluation of a cooperatively-developed drought-tolerant red clover.
Animal Science Department, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Collaborative research with faculty and graduate students on the physiology of feed efficiency in cattle and sheep.
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Research to quantify the time interval needed for stocker calves to adapt to a new diet and the mechanisms which cause the “adaptation period” of weight loss after calves are first placed on wheat pasture.
School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Langston University, Langston, OK. The Forage & Livestock Production Research Unit maintains a scientific and support staff of five on the campus to develop low-input approaches to forage production on small farms. Other Unit scientists conduct cooperative research on genetic improvement of cool-season forage grasses with Langston University faculty and support the university’s Grassland Center of Excellence.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK. Determine animal and plant factors that regulate the amount of feed consumed by beef cattle.
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK. Generation of microsatellite SSR genetic markers to assist breeding of Poa arachnifera (Texas bluegrass).
Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK. Forage & Livestock Production Research Unit scientists collaborate with agricultural faculty and assist with college’s beef herd and equine program; most of the Unit’s student aids are enrolled at this near-by institution, which facilitates the transfer of newly developed technologies to students earning degrees in life sciences.
East Central University, Ada, OK. Location scientists participate in the National Institutes of Health Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program by serving as mentors to minority undergraduate students participating in the program at the university.
Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Uvalde, TX. Conduct collaborative research on the impact of introducing new tropically adapted breeds of beef cattle on each component of the US beef production system.
Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Blackland Research Center, Temple, TX. Compare fluxes of carbon dioxide and water vapor over grassland ecosystems of the western U.S. as measured by the eddy covariance and Bowen ratio/energy balance techniques.
Texas A&M University, Dallas Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Dallas, TX.
Objective of the partnership is to address constraints and management issues with the use of soybean as a forage crop.
University of Georgia, Tifton, GA . The collaborator assists in developing a line of pigeonpeas suitable for use in the southern Great Plains through the genetic improvement of pigeonpea germplasm collected by ICRISAT.
Kansas State University, K-State Southwest Extension Office, Garden City, KS.
Objective of the partnership is to develop approaches to management which help avoid problems with nitrate accumulation in wheat used as a dual-purpose (grazing plus grain) crop.
New South Wales Department of Agriculture, Orange, New South Wales, Australia. Development of feed balance models for pastoral and confined sheep, confined beef cattle, and dairy cattle for herder households in Western China.
Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, Gansu, PRC. Conduct collaborative research with faculty and graduate students on the identification of genetic markers for calpain and calpastatin in yak.
Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, St. Istvan University, Pater, Hungary. Agronomic evaluation and performance of an interspecific perennial rye hybrid determines whether this germplasm is adapted to and can be utilized as a perennial cool-season forage for the southern Great Plains.
Japanese National Livestock and Grassland Research Laboratory, Tochigi, Japan. Agronomic performance and production of cool-season perennial forage grasses, germplasm exchange and cooperative performance evaluations, and evaluation of male-sterile ryegrass in generating FestLolium hybrids for forage production in the southern Great Plains and Japan.
International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Patanchru, India. Scientists at ICRISAT provide new lines of pigeonpea germplasm for evaluation as a forage for livestock producers in the southern Great Plains.
The World Bank, Washington, D.C. Conduct collaborative work in Gansu and Xinjiang, PRC, on the genetic improvement of fine-wool and meat breeds of sheep; improvement in animal management for beef, dairy, and sheep breeds, including matching animal genetic potential to production environment; and implementation of sustainable production systems for native grasslands.
Sino-U.S. Joint Centers for Sustainable Grassland Management, Lanzhou, Gansu, PRC and Ft. Collins, CO. Development of sustainable grazing management systems for sheep and cattle; development and implementation of a protocol for scientific exchanges between the U.S. and China.
NRCS: State Office and various field offices in Oklahoma. Collaborations focus on a broad range of activities, including providing technologies to reduce the degradation of land resources used to support grazing livestock and participating in several annual NRCS new employee orientations and other training. NRCS assists with technology transfer, provides technical assistance to scientific and Operations staff and designs erosion control structures, pond dams, and other structures on the lands of the Grazinglands Research Laboratory.
Central North Canadian River Conservation District, Blaine and Canadian Counties, OK. Collaborative activities include development of educational activities for school children in agricultural production and natural resources conservation and technology transfer.
High Plains Conservation District, Harper County, OK. Research is being conducted in cooperation with the RC&D Coordinator and the NRCS Regional Conservationist to investigate the feasibility of harvesting CRP acreage for biomass/bioenergy. The RC&D Coordinator serves as a liaison to the renewable energy industry and provides input and assistance to the Unit’s biofuels/bio-energy research project.
El Reno Federal Corrections Institution, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice. Inter-agency cooperative agreements allow the Grazinglands Research Laboratory and the adjacent federal prison to cooperate in raising alfalfa and other hays to support the prison’s dairy and the Laboratory’s research herds. The prison’s Building and Construction Trades Vocational Training Program assists the Laboratory in economically maintaining and constructing new research facilities.
The Nitrate Elimination Co., Inc., Lake Linden, MI. Objective of this partnership is to provide enzyme-linked assay protocols for avoiding high nitrate concentrations in forages.
Barenbrug Seeds, Inc., Albany, OR. Agronomic evaluation and performance of interspecific hybrids of bluegrasses to if they can be utilized as turf or forage for the Southern Great Plains and western U.S.
Mr. Dan Glickman, Waukomis, OK. The collaborator provides land on his farm for experimental evaluations of the agronomic performance and production of cool-season perennial grass forages.
Mr. Charles Chason, Woodward, OK. Access to land for preliminary agronomic evaluations of the usefulness of an interspecific perennial rye hybrid.
Mr. George Chapman, Bonsmara breeder, Amarillo, TX. Evaluation of Bonsmara cross-bred cattle.